It’s been a looooong time!

I have neglected my blog for an embarrassingly long time! I was prompted to write this post today as I’m interviewing for a job that I really, really want this evening at 9:00 PM. What in the world does that have to do with blogging you may ask.  I am going to be asked about technical skills so I had to do a fly by to remember what theme I use in WordPress. While here I thought I’d write a quick note about what I’m up to.

As I mentioned above I’m really excited to interview for this job this evening. It suits my skillset so much better than anything I’ve seen in the last year. So today, to calm me I did a quick watercolor doodle.  Please enjoy and keep positive thoughts for me with this particular job!

watercolor doodles

Watercolor Doodles

 

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 being totally lazy. 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 unfulfilling, 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