Saturday, July 30, 2016

Out of my comfort zone....

Everyone knows that I like to dabble in very soft, delicate colors most of the time.... like the paintings below that I made today. These were totally spontaneous and quick strokes with a larger brush:

But every now and then, I will play with some bolder color schemes like this one below where I mixed a few purples together.  As much as I love purple, I rarely use it with deep black:

This was really a challenge for me, I didn't want this card to look too dark, too gothic like - so I added a touch of yellow here and there. Overall, I think it worked out the way I wanted it and will probably be a good card for a male recipient. Always sooo much fun to experiment!!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend and still enjoying your summer ~ xoxo

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Just one.... many different words for the word 'one' - Uno, Un, Une, Mot, Single......a lot of times I like to concentrate on just one flower - one stem. It's a lot of fun to concentrate on just one focal point and I don't like to rush a painting, ever.  It should be slow and relaxing, it's what you make of it.  I made a fuller length video here. Over 9 minutes.  It's long and it's slow paced - it's my little pace of happiness.......

so -- if you have time, grab a cup of coffee or whatever you like, sit back and enjoy! I hope it gives you as much comfort as it did for me.

Cheers! xoxo

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Garden

Today was such a perfect day.....I don't have many 'perfect' days...but when I do...I cherish it! Everything just seemed to fall into place was at the end of the day, when everything was taken care of, I sat back and relaxed a little...took out my inks...

..and dabbled in a more intricate piece. I made the branches and leaves more wavy and carefree....I tried making this much more spontaneous and not just strict lines up and down.  I added a few whimsical butterflies.  Still haven't gotten the hang of painting butterflies yet, oh - those are hard, but still practicing.

Hope the bright colors bring cheer to your day! Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Part 1 & 2

I'm back super quick to add the videos that I made on how I painted one of the Birdie cards from my previous post earlier this morning. So much fun! My camera decided to overheat....yup, overheat, and stopped my video right in the middle, so I forged ahead and did another video to finish it.

I wanted to add that for this, I did do a rough sketch of what I wanted my bird to look like.  I used a pencil and put very light pressure on the paper, just enough to see what parts I'll be painting, but not dark enough that it will appear in the actual finished product. You can always over paint any visible lines and smooth out the edges with a mix of colors later.

No two are exactly the same, this finished product is slightly different from the one I posted earlier, same colors, but different sizes/texture.

Birds on a Branch

Today, I focused on incorporating other elements into my paintings in addition to my florals.  So I tried my hand at painting some simple birds. This one is a really big, plump bird and pretty much covers the entire card.  I think I will downsize it just a tad on my next design. Blues and yellows and a touch of orange are colors I love to contrast on most birds.  Love using a mix of orange and reds as well.

On this one below, I dabbled with two birds and painted florals surrounding them.

I normally don't hone in on black too much as I prefer more delicate colors - so it was a fun challenge to work with richer, deeper colors.

Hope you're all having a beautiful day! xoxo

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wildflowers Bouquet

Working with wildflowers and bouquets are always a fun challenge - there are so many little details and finer brush strokes. Always makes me nervous when I work with the smaller brush tip.  Here's another fun video that I made that is a little longer than the last one and I started more from the beginning of my painting.

Here is the finished product - the one on the left is the partial from the video:

So much fun! Art is such a wonderful form of relaxation therapy. Just love it so much.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Painting Video

It's a beautiful day! I thoroughly am enjoying summer....I hope you are all doing well and are basking in the sunshine - it's truly my favorite season!

I had some time to play with my paintbrush and inks today.  Nothing that you haven't seen before but I made a video of me actually painting, which is something I rarely do only because it takes sooo much time to make a video, you all know what I'm talking about. ;))

I don't think anyone has actually 'seen' me creating up close....unless you've crafted in person with me before.

It was an extremely long one from start to finish so I trimmed it down to about 2 minutes.  Enjoy! It's just a little tidbit of my relaxation time.

Monday, July 4, 2016

The one that never made the cut.....

I think as crafters and artists, we all have those creations that we love and THEN.....there are those that never make it onto a card or a project for that matter.  Those are the ones where we look at our work for hours and hours on end....and we ponder with the question --

"Is it good enough?"
"Will it leave my hands and be sent to another person?" -- LOL. We all go through it.

So I was sifting through some of my earlier paintings and came upon these tulips that I had watercolored. It was very early on when I was exasperated at figuring out these particular types of flowers. When I had finished, I vowed I would never post this or let alone send it out....

So it went back in the drawer and was hidden for months.....Today, I took it out and went ahead and made this fun collage with it using different angles, then I looked at it and said, huh, it doesn't look quite as bad as I had originally envisioned.

Funny how our perspective changes.

I'll definitely be re-visiting this painting and see how effort #2 turns out. It will be fun to see the result and see if I have improved my strokes.