Color Theory

Yes, color theory sounds a rather bit dry and boring doesn’t it? Well, I found one of a plethora of color tools on the web and made it my own by taking the predominate colors in an image and showing the complimentary and the triad colors of those colors as well as the palette. I’ll be doing a lot of these! It is a perfect way for me to work in the newest class by Jodi Ohl that I’m taking. I’ve always loved Jodi’s classes and Podtastic is no exception. Jodi is known for her brilliant colors and I want to replicate that. Here is an example of some of my playing with color tools and Photoshop.

Field of Flowers:

Flowers-against-the-Sky

 

Hello World!

The famous first words typed on a computer “Hello World!” I feel like they are MY first words since it’s been so long since I blogged! My apologies to all. Here’s what’s going on with me.

I got a part time job and I’m just struggling to make everything merge together seamlessly. I have not blogged or created anything new since I started working, I know I can’t keep THAT up for too long! However, for now, I’m going to immerse myself into learning my job.

I am a Beauty Consultant for Elizabeth Arden!! I love the Arden line and feel very proud to represent them! The line is sophisticated, very affective, geared mostly toward the mature woman, and pricey! 🙂 Yet worth every penny! My skin has never looked so good as since I started using my little kit I got with a foundation and lipstick purchase. AND, Catherine Zeta Jones uses the same line I do, the Prevage line, it prevents and erases damage done to your skin through over exposure to the sun, environmental factors, and/or smoke, etc. LOVE IT!

Catherin Zeta Jones

Catherin Zeta Jones

Anyway, once I get settled into a routine I’ll be back to my creative endeavors, jewelry and painting, in the meantime, I hope to be able to get some before and after pics of some of the make-overs I’m doing. Just one of the reasons I love my job, I’m painting, the only difference is my pallette is someone’s face, hehe!

Toodles for now!

Eve in Mixed Media

A Modern Day Eve, I created this piece using mixed media. She was very fun to work on and in choosing the title of the work, I just kept thinking ‘New Woman’. Well, of course the first new woman was Eve thus that is exactly what i named the piece.

Here is the original Eve:

Portrait of the New Eve

Portrait of the New Eve

And here is Eve Remixed, I think they would make a very cool vignette:

Portrait of Eve Remixed

Portrait of Eve Remixed

Painting Portraits

It seems like all I’ve been doing this week! Painting portraits. I took a new class from Karen Milstein, and it is a fabulous course! It’s her first e-course and I couldn’t have been happier with it. I learned so many neat techniques from her and one of the coolest things is the way she uses pigments. I’ve found that I no longer HAVE to go to the studio to paint, I can actually paint from my bed if I’m having a Fibro or back episode. I mean, how COOL is that?! I’ve always just had to stick with the colored pencils or markers but now I can actually PAINT! Well, I DO have to be careful but it is possible.

Finally, I’m beginning to find classes unfullfilling, I’m just not learning anything new. I think it’s a sign that I need to stop leaning on classes and go my own way. However, Karen’s class is one of the few exceptions. I already know how to paint but Karen took it to a new level, a looser more fun place and I gained a lot of confidence in her class.

Karen is known for her gorgeous doll girls, with big eyes and little round faces, they are so adorable you just want to squeeze them! That just isn’t my style though and I found Karen’s techniques easily adaptable to my own style. Here are a few of the girls I’ve painted this week!

 

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

 

Unknown Girl 1

Unknown Girl 1

 

Unknown Girl 2

Unknown Girl 2

Beautiful Spring Color Circles!

If you are an artist, you know that feeling when you complete a piece and sit back and your heart sings! This is one of the pieces that did that for me. It’s titled simply ‘Circles’ and to me it embodies life, the cyclic nature of life, what ends begins again and what begins must always end. What do I love about this painting? I love the colors, I love the patterns in the 3 major circles, I love the texture and decayed looking color around the edges of the painting.

There is a good chance, I’m the only one who WILL like this painting, and that is OK too because the joy I feel when I look at it is worth all the time and effort that went into this piece.

Speaking of this piece, I created it in an altered book. That’s an entirely different topic that I’ll have to write about one day. I love altered books and you can do them as simple as just gessoing the pages and working on them or as elaborate as creating cutouts inside so that not only is the book itself three dimensional, but your work insidide the book is three dimensional as well! As I said, another time 🙂 For now, here is ‘Circles’.

Circles - Mixed Media

Circles – Mixed Media