Today I show you how to make two small canvases featuring the unassuming daisy. Come over and join me on StencilGirl Talk blog!
Hope to see you there! :)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
When you are sitting at your art table, do you ever just think..."this is NOT where I want this painting to go" or "this is crap"? Well, some days are just like that. I put paint down but don't like the direction.
I had a vision for this painting, it was going to be so spring-like in color and form with lots of abstract flowers and layers. I kept putting paint down, but honestly just hated what I was seeing. I didn't like the composition at all. I didn't like the way the colors tied together. It just wasn't my vision.
I pulled out an old hotel room key and spread the wet paint all over the canvas in different directions.
I was actually please with the result. I briefly thought of leaving it like this but once it dried, I was back at work and came up with a very loose, not completely abstract bouquet of spring goodness.
This piece will be available for purchase soon!
Share in the comments below what you do when a piece isn't going your way.
Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
After a spring break visit to Florida, I was inspired to paint several "beachy" pieces. The weather on the gulf coast was spectacular, beautiful scenery and SUNSHINE. ahhhh...such a reprieve from winter! I wanted to make it last and painting was one way to do that.
I thought I would share with you a few of the pieces... one of which has already sold and been moved to a beach cottage on the Florida Gulf Coast!
What is your favorite place to regroup? :)
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Have you ever heard of Color Burst before? I hadn't until I was introduced to these bottles of powdery pigmented color fun by Ken Oliver. Once you activate with water, they turn into beautiful BURSTS of color!
I began by playing around with watercolor paper and a wash of plain water. I then began experiment and "squirting" powder on to the paper.
Gorgeous, luscious color ~ or what??!!
I then began laying down stencils - the Doodle It FlowerTornado stencil and the Doodle It Layered Circles stencils by Maria McGuire from StencilGirl and squirting different colors into the stencils.
After I got some beautiful designs and color and let everything dry, I drew out some flowers in vase and painted a bit with my brush to "bring out" what I saw.
I used Ken Oliver ink in this nifty little container to rub the edge of my painting.
I finished it off with writing the word "be" in cursive.
Want to know more about Color Bursts? Carolyn Dube has done a short video showing you a little more about the product here. Want to buy some Color Bursts? Click here.
I am not the only artist playing with Color Bursts... It's a week long blog hop of Color Bursts! Prizes and inspiration await. Each team has fantastic giveaways. Leave a comment to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from StencilGirl! Head over to Ken's blog to find out about team's prizes!
Giveaway will end March 29th at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Keep on hopping along and check out these great posts to see other ideas and have more chances to win the giveaway!
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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Been painting visions of spring lately and that usually includes some florals. I usually love my florals that are loose in nature and just come together very organically. Here is progression of one recent piece.
I created a background of vintage ledger sheets, maps, wallpaper and molding paste using StencilGirl's Art Nouveau stencil by Lizzy Mayne.
I then drew out my floral and began loosely painting in and around, adding in more charcoal and pen as I went until I was finished.
Here are some close ups.
Here is the final piece.