One of my first paintings for the new year. It’s an abstract (I guess you would have guessed that, lol!) I named it after my shiapoo Bonzo. Bonzo Blows a Bubble.
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:
And here is Eve Remixed, I think they would make a very cool vignette:
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!
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’.
I’m so lucky to have a supportive family. They don’t just ‘say’ they are fans of my work, they actually purchase my work!(Of course I give them a family discount, it’s only fair!) When my sister in law contacted me this week saying she and my brother had redone their bedroom in yellow, gray and white, and would I do an abstract for them, I was more than excited! These are some of my favorite combined colors, why had I never thought of painting them together! I was chomping at the bit to get behind the easel.
I actually completed two pieces for them, I did a smaller piece with the left over paint. Here is what I came up with.
My latest abstract is entitled Yonder. I’m delighted the texture shows so strongly in the photograph! I just ordered a new camera so I can get better shots for reproductions. I purchased an Olympus 16 megapixel with 10x zoom and it’s red!! I love it! Anyway, here is my first art picture taken from the new camera.