Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Story Behind the Illustration

Remember this piece from a couple of posts ago?

Well the class I am taking (see last post)
suggested we document our work.  
So here is my attempt to explain this piece.

As an artist it can be such a process to figure out why 
I do what I do.
Sometimes there are so many conflicting thoughts dancing in my head,
and sometime I just let the dream become real without much thought,
and sometimes it is more of a technical exercise than a visceral one.
I wasn't really sure why I was so attracted to bell jars or "cloches"
and this exercise made me pull that deep rooted want to draw them
and attach a "why" to it.
Now to get this piece filmed and posted on Etsy
as well as printed large and framed for the gallery
and finish another painting for the gallery.
And off to teach iPads to little fingers later too;
just love their giggles.
I need a 48 hour day!  :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

some iPad illustration documentation

Happy almost autumn!
I just started Cory Huff's 8 week
The first step I am working on is to document how and why I do what I do.
Easier said than done.
So I finished this piece yesterday
and then took snapshots of it along the way,
put them into a collage on pic monkey
and voila...
it's a start.
Tomorrow I will show you more photos made into a collage 
with a written documentation of why I do what I do
and I will even be included -ha.
And now I will go back to making soup 
on the first of many grey days to come :(((
And yes she will guard all day.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Autumn Reading List

So many art books,
so many wonderful ideas to spur us on.
Steven Pressfield says in
the War of Art,
"Are you a born writer?  Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace?  In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don't do it.

It may help to think of it this way.  If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don't do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself.  You hurt your children.  You hurt me.  You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor.  It's a gift to the world and every being in it.  Don't cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you've got."

There are so many snippets of wisdom in these books.  
I will share some over the next few months OK?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

summer snippets in instagram

It's back to work for me next week.
And actually I can't wait to teach a new round of kiddos 
how to paint with their fingers on the iPad,
and how to make messes while creating mixed media,
and how to make beautiful oops (my favorite kiddo book),
and how to love what you create and not stop loving your God-given talent
that is right there in those amazing finger tips.

So looking back over the summer-
what can I say other than it has been great.
So here is a brief review with instagram.
Follow me with that little button over on the right if you want.
 Ahh Carmel California...sigh.
We flew into San Jose and then 
drove down the coast to visit my dad in So Cal.
 I finally found my own heart rock!!!
 Grapes toasting in the sun at the San Louis Obispo mission.
 I still think palm trees are rather funny looking.
 A painting at the Huntington Library in Pasadena-
a gem of a place with art museums and botanical gardens.
 This friendly fellow at Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar - 
another hidden gem of a botanical garden.
 Beets from our wonderful farmer's market.
 An amazing looking plant from So Cal.
Bougainvillea from So Cal.
 As much as I love traveling to new places,
it's always good to come back home
and just sit on those warm evenings and cherish family.
Notice the black cat looking out the screen door 
and a very old corgi asleep on the stoop.
 We had a very special visit from our Pennsylvania son, 
our daughter-in-law and sweet Sophie.
What a special treat as they hadn't been here in two years.
This photo just cracks me up.
 And this one melts my heart.
This was the morning they left
and Sophie graced me with a nap
and small baby noises as she slept away.
Again sigh...
 And I got my Etsy shop up and running again.
Finished this guy yesterday and will get him listed soon.
 But I would escape to the beach in a heartbeat if given the chance.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Etsy shop up and running!

my Etsy shop is up and running...
been empty for way too long,
but it is ready for perusing and hopefully 
will bring a smile to your face.
I decided to concentrate on iPad sketches this time.
So you will find
a bell jar series in the works...
as well as iPad remakes of some of my favorite sold mixed media pieces,
and a soon-to-be section of spiritual quotes.
just click here or on my name at the right of the screen to see them all
as well as info all about me;
I do find that part so challenging.
Try narrowing down the core of who you are creatively
it is so difficult to be accurate, concise and open.
I think I did it -
would love some feedback!
Now it is time to make some more.
Next in the works is an art studio inside a bell jar...
it could happen ;)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

summer mode

 Ahh summer,
what can be better than
sitting here in the cool of the evening 
 while she bathes your feet
and she gives you a huge cold wet hug
while giggling the whole time
 or passing this furry dog out for a ride with his family
and again just ending the day on the patio 
with the sun light dipping towards the horizon.
Ahh summer...

Monday, July 21, 2014

an iPad fingerpainting kind of summer

 This summer is of course sailing along way too quickly.  
I am enjoying fingerpainting on my iPad
and I have about 12 finished pieces.
If you happen to glance over at my Etsy link on the right of this page
you would see nothing there.  
Correct, my store has been empty and I am trying to remedy that.
I plan to have 20 prints for sale by September.
A lofty goal but just one finger dipped in virtual ink at a time will get me there. :)
Here are some of the pieces including prints of my paintings 
that I then draw over and embellish on the iPad.  
The best of both worlds...
I have been enjoying summer's bounty at the farmer's market
and kale and lettuce so far from our garden,
 and iced tea is my go-to beverage with orange mint from the garden.
I have new bowls from Anthropologie which are the perfect size for sorbet.
Our Zoe is getting old :( and I am hoping this isn't her last summer with us,
but at 14 1/2 she has finally stopped fetching and is starting to slow down,
but her appetite is as good as ever 
and she patiently waits for me to drop something yummy
as she knows I can be kinda clumsy with food.