Saturday, January 31, 2009

good gravy it's 31 days!

kinda how i've been feeling. looking at all the art i have lined up on shelves over my table, seeing the changes, noting things that are constant

what a wonderful experience this month has been!

i will be starting something different for february.

art every other day. i hope you all stay with me for it. i love your comments and my stat counter shows a slow increase in visitors.

my brother Tim, who watches my children twice a week, made this beautiful snowman with my son.

i am so grateful, as i have no idea how to make one.
but i am quite sure this is the best snowman i have ever seen.

favorite part? the hair

Friday, January 30, 2009

30 days

here is an oil painting of me and my naughty children

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

lame, i know

i don't know where the day has gone
i guess between sledding twice, skating lessons with Paul, pizza afterwards...
long story short, i don't have a completed painting.
this is what i have done so far

i'm really not sure where it is going either.
most of it may get painted over
so tune in tomorrow to see the results...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

27 days


I used beeswax to adhere the collage papers and to coat the image. i scraped in around her face and rubbed oil pastel into the grooves.

Monday, January 26, 2009

I can't believe the month is almost over!

blue dress

I have to thank Misty Mawn for challenging us to the 31 days of art in January.
January is a long cold month. I usually experience a let down after the holidays, and all I see ahead is long, grey days.
Because of this challenge I have been much preoccupied. My days have been filled with Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Yellow Oxide and Titan Buff.
I have experimented more and I believe grown more than I have in a year.
I will take from this the knowledge that hard work will get you everywhere.

I believe in February I am going to slow down just a bit. I will be attempting "Art Every Other Day"

Then who know? In March I would like to go back to art every day.

We'll see.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

day 25

look closer

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

what would be day 20

this should be day 20 of art, but alas, I have done none today.

I started a new semester of school today, so I was anxious...

Anxious about my classes.

Anxious about starting a new schedule and breaking the little routine my family and I have set up for the last month and a half.

Anxious about not being home as much.

Anxious about the sitters (my brother and his girlfriend) who will come to our home two evenings a week.

Anxious about art getting pushed to the bottom of the priority list.

and on and on

Some of my fears have been laid to rest already.

I LOVE my classes. Media & Techniques in Art and Fibers & Textiles.

The fibers class sounds like it will be a 16 week long communal quilting bee. Eleven students sitting around a table sewing, dying fabric, paste papers, embroidery, felting and more.

Media & Techniques is an Art History class but we get to do art projects in it. Yay! One painting, a drawing, printmaking and something else I forgot. Field trips to galleries and demonstrations in class.

I will only be gone Tues and Thurs 3 - 9, so still home the other 5 days a week.

I think it will all work out.

So, no painting today, but I will begin again tomorrow, and I WILL keep it a priority.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Day 19

I can't believe this is day 19 and I'm still with it.

This has been harder and easier than I imagined.

I feel like my art has taken some unexpected turns and instead of feeling out of ideas, I am excited to be trying lots of new things.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Continuing with the color theme, and I'm using glazing again.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

pale yellow

i used a texture called "blended fibers" on the background, it gave a wonderful bumpy surface where the paint could move forward and back.
I did a glazing treatment on her face, using primarily yellows, what a fun experiment!

i have to say, i never thought i would like yellow so much

Friday, January 16, 2009

red - day 16

Misty Mawn's prompt for the day was red, I had to accept the challenge, I don't think I've ever used this much red before!

Her dress was a flash back to my Brownie days, I was suddenly inspired to to a basket weave with my monoprinted vintage papers. Remember making those placemats out of construction paper?

I think it also fits the Illustration Friday theme, because she looks quite pale and lovely against the vibrant background.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

IF: Contained and Day 12 of Art

My excitement can not be contained!
I can show you my latest illustration for Lipstick Magazine

buy prints here or here

Sunday, January 11, 2009

day 11

I didn't post anything yesterday, but I did paint!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

6 days

this girl

Monday, January 05, 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Two posts in one day?

When I was in highschool I entered a competition at our local art museum. Actually our teacher was supposed to chose one student to represent out school. She chose me. What I remember from the event is we were instructed to find a piece of art, draw it, and write a short essay on what the piece meant to us. We had a few hours to complete the task. I chose a Mesoamerican god sculpture that kind of cracked me up. I drew him with dollar bills in his clenched fists and wrote about how he was the god of greed.

We (all the students) then ate a brown bag lunch while we waited for the panel to judge us.

I didn’t win anything that afternoon, but was given an interesting and lengthy written critique. The judge liked my drawing and rendering skills, but was actually taken with the essay. She offered that perhaps I should go into writing.

I laughed ruefully, as I had heard that before, and promptly put her advice out of my mind. Writing was easy. Art is hard.

As readers of this blog may notice, I resist the urge to blog verbally. I cringe when given papers to write at school. I can barely squeak out thank you notes after given gifts and am notorious for being delinquent on leaving feedback.

Writing takes up valuable time that could be better spent on art.

I wonder sometimes if I was/am ignoring my actual talent and choosing instead the thing I fight with, agonize over and obsess about.

Art hard.

But when it works, nothing gives me greater pleasure.

IF: Resolve - In two parts

I resolve to take better care of my body this year. This means exercise!

I ALSO am resolving to make 31 days of art this January. Wish me luck!

painting on ebay now

Friday, January 02, 2009

Two days and two paintings

Maybe this could become a trend?