Thursday, August 2, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, November 18, 2011
I have been quite busy getting ready for an Art and Craft Sale tomorrow and have put the 120 paintings (see blog entries below) on hold while working on all of these pieces. Please click on the images to see them larger.
'Dreaming' - Mixed Media on Wood
'Be Who You Are' - Mixed Media on Wood
'Ladies of the Forest Series - Jessie' - Oil on Canvas
The above two pictures you really need to click on to see Annie and Jessie.
All the above work (except those on canvas) have wire with beads attached for hanging. It just looked quite cluttered when I scanned them showing the wires and beads.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
1. Practice mixing paint 2. Mix some paint up and test it out before laying it down. 3. Do what I did for this one... Move on, it is a bad painting, I'm going for 120 of them and this is just one of them.
I hated the cat in the entry below and thought he was horrible until I loaded it with the photo of him and then I didn't mind it as much ( Yes, I made him fatter than he is, I see that now)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
a lot of sketches of my cats and one thing I learned is it was much harder for me to paint him then draw him. I also learned 'relax'! It is 120 'bad' paintings. I started this last Thursday and it took
a lot longer than the one or two hours that you're supposed to give yourself. I started fretting and worked really late on it until my eyes felt like they were looking out the side of my head. I stopped and thought I was far from finished and didn't come back to take a look at it until Monday night when to my surprise I realized he was DONE! I just needed to highlight his eyes. I was shocked but it taught me something. That is one mistake I keep making, I keep working and working on a piece and
over work them too often. Walk away, leave it and look at it another day!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
anything, just paint. He even showed us a painting he did of his breakfast. A fried egg in the pan. He also gave us a link to one of his past students Jeff Mahorney which I found very inspiring. Well worth the look. So here is my meager beginning. #1 I thought the EDM list would help with the ideas. Looking over it I decided on #24 Draw a piece of Fruit because I had just bought these apples for there beautiful markings. Hopefully I am back tomorrow with another painting.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Finally, I am back. I didn't mean to be this long. Busy, odd summer. To keep it short, I was wounded for the month of July and the weather was cold. I did manage to do half of an art festival (in pain) I sold a lot which was great but... I was in pain and forgot to take pictures of the items that sold. Now they are gone and I have no record of them. Oh well, they were sold and the people that bought them 'loved' them.
I thought a good place to start back was with the Blind Contour Fridays I do with my son to finish off our week of homeschooling.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
This is my sketch for the February Sketchbook Challenge 'Opposite'. I thought of a bunch of ideas but those 28 days of February went so fast, March snuck up on me and night and day was all I got done.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Yesterday we had unusually cold weather for where we live, and I had a thought seeing frost on the car window. What would happen if you did a wash of water color and put it outside wet? I got my answer. It actually showed up. What a happy surprise!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
This is the last Blind Contour Friday with Peggy. My son and I enjoy doing them together and they have become such a part of our Friday Schedule (people with Asperger's like routines and schedules, completely opposite of my personality) We will be continuing to post on the Flickr Blind Contour group if you are interested. This week we drew my daughters gum ball machine. Benjamin's is the top drawing. I liked that he got the globe of it so round. Twice. I also like that he captured the gumballs inside. Thanks for following along.
Friday, February 4, 2011
We were both thrilled and happy to be asked.
With all the kind responses and followers my son receives at his blog http://www.mixupfun.blogspot.com/ and then being asked to be the featured artist he had to ask this morning, "Am I famous?"
Benjamin has Asperger's Syndrome and found by Grade 4 the public school system far too stressful. When I began homeschooling him I couldn't say the word school and I couldn't teach him in a formal school style. So I began just doing art with him and from there snuck learning into the art sessions. (flour dough mixtures to make North America and then paint it in, 3 dimensional models of the solar system, things like that) When I started Blind Contour Drawings as part of a course I was taking, Benjamin was very intrigued and wanted to do them as well. So we started doing them together. When Peggy started Blind Contour Friday we made it part of our schedule. We look forward to ending the week of school with the blind contours. Thank you Peggy