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Friday, May 6, 2016

Busy Day in the Studio

While vegging out at the Marriot-Springhill Suites-in Oklahoma City for the past few days, I was able to get in some great study time.  The Art of Watercolor magazine had some pretty amazing artists featured in the most recent issue.  I found several techniques to experiment with when I got back to my studio.  Mixing walnut ink with watercolor pigments was my favorite and the results were compelling me to try more pigments.  It also lead me to experiment with mixing plain watercolor pigments of darker values with my routine palette for some interesting color play.  Love the beautiful dark gray I got mixing Burnt Umber with Cobalt Blue.  

Saturday, April 30, 2016

New App

In todays techno world, there truely is an app for just about anything and everything.  This blogger app allows me to post on the go, from anywhere I have a wifi or sprint connection.  There are still a few places around with no services for miles, but sometimes, having some downtime allows you to reenergize or get bored.  Today I am exploring the options this new app offers and whether or not I think it's a tool I will actually use for the benefit of saving me time.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Taylorsville Photo Club

In Liberty Park there is an 8 acre Bird Park called Tracy Aviary.  A very interesting place to see some very interesting birds.  My favorite of all birds are the Flamingo's and they are living in a unique habitat, very much like their natural environment.

One thing that is really exciting and fun to watch, is the Bird Show that happens twice a day.  The image here, is one of the many bird species that plays a part in the show.

After exploring the entire Aviary, we decided to venture into the park itself.  The glass greenhouse is a sight to behold.  When the sun is out, the glass reflects the sky and appears to be blue, but yesterday it was a little overcast, so the glass looked almost frosted.  One surprise for me was, the door to enter the greenhouse was open.  Finally I had my chance to go take a peek inside.  What a great space.  I was able to get some interesting photos of overgrown "Pregnant Onions".  The largest I had ever seen.  About the size of a free-standing range in your kitchen,   Pretty big for a plant I used to grow as a house plant!

Another thing we were able to do is visit the Chase House.  Home to local Folk Art, a museum of local culture.  Did you know they offer free evening entertainment?  Stop in and grab yourself a schedule of events.

If you are interested in photography and would like to learn more, join us at the Taylorsville Senior Center on Thursday mornings at 10:30.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Art Everywhere You Look

I recently took a weekend road trip up to Evanston, Wyoming for a photo op and to enjoy the horse races.  Yup, they are running again after several years of being shut down,  New owners are back in business.  Not to be side-tracked, we were driving around town and we found this amazing old brick railroad round house,  Parked next to some older derelict buildings was this dining car.  Someone had boarded up all the windows which was probably a good thing, but they also had painted people sitting at tables on the wood.  You never know where you might find the work of another artist.  I'm always on the look out.

Found art is appreciated and I know several artists who like to leave little tokens of their work for others to find. It might be a sticker on a light pole, a wall mural behind a gate, a scrap of paper left on a table,  You never know where you might find some artwork so be on the lookout.

Monday, June 1, 2015

What can you do with Stenciled-Gelli Printed Papers?

After creating some beautiful alternative gelli plate prints, using Cecilia Swatton's amazing stencil designs, (exclusive at Stencil Girl Stencils) this question always seems to arise:  What do you use these papers for?  And I always have an answer.  

There are many uses,  depending on the type of paper that I recycled.  The list is long and includes creating bound art journals, but this week I used these beautiful painted papers to create something new:  "Art Jewelry".  

Easy and lightweight!  These take only a few supplies such as: eyelets, hand punches for the shapes and rounded corners, Glossy Accents if you want the paper to look like polished stone, a cropodile tool to create holes and set eylets, plus miscellaneous jewelry parts to create earrings and pendants such as these.

But since nothing is allowed to go to waste, even the negative cut-out shapes are put to use.  Here they were used to create some fun bookmarks to give as gifts.  Just need to pick up some tassles of tie some raffia through the eyelet and they will be finished. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Alternative Gelli Plate Prints

At our open studio this morning we played around with an alternative Gelli Plate printing technique, using stencils from my good friend Cecilia Swatton, via Stencil Girl.  Along with a variety of texture tools, these were some of the prints that were made.  Totally had a great time and will be making some fun and funky jewelry next week from these awesome papers.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Out and About

I was driving around the other day trying to find some places that could be used for plein air painting and perhaps a picnic with lots of shade and I happened to see these new ducklings swimming along Canal Street.  I just had to jump out and get some pics.  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

On-line Mini Workshop

I recently was the lucky winner of Tracy Vertugo's "Animalisto Mini MOJO Workshop".  It is based on those adorable hand painted, whimsical wood carved animals from Mexico.  I'm sure over the years you've seen a few.  They are decorated with fun bold colors and funky patterns.  I tried my hand at doing an owl but it began as an angry owlette.  I finished it this morning and while it isn't exactly whimsical in the style of animalistos, I like it.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fallen Leaves

This painting was started months ago but was set aside while I was on vacation.  Today I found it in a stack of old paintings I was going to recycle and decided to go ahead and finish it.  Because the paints I used were cheap liquid watercolor I knew I needed to be careful in my approach.  Or better yet, just try to accomplish some depth and shadows.  I love negative painting and I still have a lot to learn but it's also a ton of fun just playing with the various wet media.  I ended up using walnut ink, acrylic ink and more watercolor in a violet & deep yellow.  

Long Horn Steer

I finished the steer finally but still not convinced it's actually completed.  I like the light and shadow effects, so I did learn some valuable lessons on that, but I'm not crazy about everything behind the fence.  Will need to put it away for awhile and give it a rest.  Then I can pull it out again and see it with fresh eyes.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sharron Bell's Crystal Workshop

I had the privilege of attending a workshop on how to paint crystal this past Saturday and I finally put on the finishing touches yesterday and removed the masking.  When I heard that Sharron was going to teach a workshop on crystal I was intimidated at first, but knew I wanted to attempt a painting.  Sharron provided us with an exquisite photo for our drawing and I got creative from there.  After transferring the drawing onto my watercolor paper, I proceeded to paint in the darkest of darks to establish my values.  I used a permanent black acrylic ink than masked out the few white areas I wanted to retain.  The painting was done during the workshop and I finished it yesterday in my home studio.  The background was originally too busy so in order to focus all the attention on this beautiful crystal, I chose to darken the entire background except for one streak of purple which helps to ground the image and lead the eye to the focal point without being distracting.  Sharron's workshop was very interesting and it has inspired me to get creative with my own crystal still life for the future.  Thanks to everyone who made the day very special, who provided us with a catered lunch and for the Sandy Senior Center for allowing us to use the facilities on an off day. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Work in Progress

I love getting to a stage in a painting that allows me to remove the mask to expose the white.  I knew I had covered too much of the fence posts but they will look beautiful once I refine them.  Needs some work in the middle behind the steer as well.  Maybe lighten what's there and add a few more receding, rolling hills.  It's coming together.  ☺

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New way to post

I am testing out my options for using the new Galaxy Tab 4.  I am hoping to be able to post to this blog directly without any technical issues or posting problems.  Here we go.....

Success!!  Just terribly slow to process and post.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Welcome to the Artistcellar Blog Hop!

It is my privilege to participate in this current Artistcellar Blog Hop and Thank You for joining in on the fun.  I hope you have had a chance to visit all the other blogs on the list of participants (see below if you missed one!) and I hope you left comments along the way to be entered for a chance to WIN this amazing stencil set!  If you leave me a comment before midnight, Oct. 31st, I will enter your name in my drawing as well.  Please be sure to leave me a way to contact you along with your comment.  (If I cannot contact you, I have to disqualify you and I want everyone to have a chance at WINNING!)  Please visit the Artistcellar website to view many more designs and get your creative Mojo on!  The other Participants are:

Oct. 25thLisa Cousineau (Artistscellar) Official Start Date of this wonderful Blog Hop!
Oct. 26thEffy Wild
Oct. 27thLisa Chin
Oct. 28thCheryl Sleboda
Oct. 29thPaula Phillips
Oct. 30th –Cindy Powell (YOU ARE HERE)
Oct. 31stCecilia Swatton

My technique for using Cecilia Swatton’s “Kaleidoscope Series” of stencils involves something unusual.  It involves the art of watercolor.  Much like acrylic painting, watercolor is a fascinating medium in that it is usually transparent and can be removed. 

In order to design backgrounds in a free form painting, I like to incorporate a variety of techniques but one of my favorites is removing paint through a stencil so that it leaves an imprint of the stencil behind.  (Similar to a ghost image if done correctly) 
Since I am using a 140 lb. watercolor paper I must be careful not to scrub the paint off, but gently remove it with a slightly damp sponge.  If the sponge is too wet, it will seep under the stencil and create an undesired effect.  (Just like too much paint on your brush). 

Another way to remove watercolor from the paper is to use a baby wipe, but these are moist towelettes, so if using them, this process needs to be done carefully.  Moisture from the towelette will seep under the stencil, but if you blot it on a paper towel first-like a sponge, it can be used with wonderful results.

I have used Cecilia’s stencil collection for many art projects including of course the Gelli Printing Plate to create background pages for art journals.  I won’t go into details as there is an over abundance of information out on the web about this topic.  But I will give you a tip:  I paint a lot of paintings on some of the most fabulous papers, but, not every painting is a keeper.  I never throw them out; I recycle them into awesome art journals by applying acrylics & stencil patterns over them.  Once bound, they become books full of ideas for future projects and experiments.

Whatever medium you use, stencils can add such interesting depth to your work, so I hope you will give this a try in your art journal or fine art piece.  Experiment and have fun with these unique stencils by Cecilia.  Don't forget to leave me a comment below to be entered to win one of these wonderful sets.  Or browse the Artistscellar website for more designs.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Starts Today!

A Blog Hop!
It is a great honor to be selected to participate in this Artistcellar blog hop that is introducing this wonderful NEW set of stencils called: “The KaleidoscopeSeries”.  My friend Cecilia Swatton is the featured artist/designer, who has created four unique abstract stencils called: Trillium, Sunflower, Black Orchid and Lily, for us to use in our art projects.  You could win a set of these amazing stencils if you visit the blogs listed below on the days that are posted and leave a comment on their blog.    Please be sure to leave a way to contact you in case you are the Winner! 
These stencils are of the highest quality and can be used for a variety of art projects.  If you would like to see some unique, inventive ideas for using stencils, scroll down to earlier posts on this blog, to see how I’ve used stencils in the past or come back to this blog on October 30th, 2014 when I will be sharing a unique way to use these stencils for Fine Art paintings.   Leave me a comment on my Oct. 30th post or before midnight on Oct. 31st and you will be entered in my drawing to WIN this fabulous set of stencils!  Go check out these artists fun and inventive techniques for using the Kaleidoscope stencils!
Here is the list of participants. 
Simply click the name in the list below to be taken to their blog:

Oct. 25thLisa Cousineau (Artistscellar)  Official Start Date of this wonderful Blog Hop!
Oct. 26thEffy Wild
Oct. 27thLisa Chin
Oct. 28thCheryl Sleboda
Oct. 29thPaula Phillips
Oct. 30th –Cindy Powell (YOU ARE HERE)
Oct. 31stCecilia Swatton