Entries Tagged as: creative every day 2010

The Owl and the Pussycat, Take Two

November 14th, 2010, Comments (19)

Day 14 of Art Every Day Month. You may remember that I did an Owl and the Pussycat painting already this month (on the first day!), but I came across a different sketch I'd done for this painting and really wanted to bring it to life too. So I did! This one is also acrylic paint on 6"x6" panel.

I can't believe we'll be half-way through the month tomorrow. Time flies! I hope you're having fun with this. I am. :-)

Out of the Woods

November 13th, 2010, Comments (22)

Day 13 of Art Every Day Month is upon us! Today, I had an idea, but not a lot of time to bring it to life, as I spent a good part of the day being lazy with the hubster. So I may do another version of this another time. It's about 6"x10" with acrylic on paper.

The Walk

November 12th, 2010, Comments (26)

For day 12 of Art Every Day Month, I created intuitively and playfully. I didn't know where I was going, when I put ink on watercolor paper and let it drip. I let it sit for awhile and wasn't seeing anything I wanted to pull out, so I started painting over it with acrylic and let that sit for a bit until I saw an image I wanted to play with. I cropped the paper I was working on and drew in the figure.

It's was a little hard to take a picture with the shiny gold paint, but I think I got the essence of it. I'm calling it "The Walk" and it's about 6"x9" with ink and acrylic on paper.

What’s Behind

November 11th, 2010, Comments (26)

For day 11 of Art Every Day Month, I had the urge to play with collage. I put the elements together first, glued them down, and then let it sit for awhile. Eventually, a curve stood out to me that made me think of the curve of a shoulder, so I started sketching and this image came out. I was going to develope it a bit more, but decided to leave it simple. It's about 9"x12".

Tree Visit

November 10th, 2010, Comments (21)

For day 10 of Art Every Day Month, I was out most of the day, so today was a totally spontaneous creation. I simply started painting and let it sit for a bit. I ended up cropping a part of it to draw on top of with ink to create the "Tree Visit" image, which is about 4.5" x 9".

In the Hollow Tree and my Big/Little Announcement

November 9th, 2010, Comments (91)

For day 9 of Art Every Day Month, I wanted to do a little tribute to the magical stage of life I'm in the middle of. I'm making a baby! Now that I'm into the 2nd trimester, I decided to share the news here. The hubster and I are super excited to welcome this little one into the world sometime around May 10, 2011.

The art, "In the Hollow Tree," came to me this morning as I was thinking about how I wanted to share the news. I was drawing a figure sitting cross-legged and had the idea to draw her within a hollow tree, like the one in the woods behind my house growing up. We used to stand inside it and look up into the darkness, imagining it was some kind of portal to another world. It's about 9"x12", with acrylic and ink on watercolor paper.

Squirrel in a Snow Storm

November 8th, 2010, Comments (14)

Day 8 of Art Every Day Month. Not every day can in a direction you like and today's art did not go the way I hoped. Ah well. I do like the little squirrel, inspired by the crazy squirrel I've seen flying through the air to get on top of our bird feeder during the crazy wind storm we're having. He's an acrobat! And it was still fun to play.

And by the way, weather gods, I'm not looking to call the snow forth by painting snow! Heh. I'm not ready!

Red Leap

November 7th, 2010, Comments (25)

And now for something completely different! Or at least it feels very different from what I've been up to this month so far.

For day 7 of Art Every Day Month, again, I began with an intuitive/spontaneous approach. I took a piece of rice paper and roughly traced a leaping figure in sharpie marker that I found in a magazine (changing a few elements...I gave her flowing hair.) Under her, I wrote the word "leap."

Later, I took a piece of 6"x12" canvas paper, and squirted paint directly onto it, red and golds, then sprayed some purple-ish spray onto that. When that dried, I used gel medium to put the rice paper over the painted piece. It wasn't quite as transparent as it has been with past experiments, but it made a cool effect. I let it dry, tore away the excess rice paper and voila!

The shapes in the rice paper make it look like she's leaping through a forest to me. Although all the reds make it feel like she's leaping over or through fire.

Sometimes it amazes me the things that will come flowing out, if given the time and space to do so. This piece is just right for me today.

Bird Tree

November 6th, 2010, Comments (34)

For day 6 of Art Every Day Month, I wasn't sure what was ahead when I sat down to make art. Looking around I saw a photo of birds in flight and wanted to draw the bird shapes, so I started out there. The idea for the tree just popped into my head as I was drawing. I was imagining a tree made up of birds instead of leaves and then in the fall, each branch would release its bird as it would its leaves. This would be the moment of release.

Then I remembered something I wanted to try. In a class at Squam I took with Diana Fayt (an amazing ceramicist), she taught a method of drawing that involved drawing with graphite, going over it with oil pastels and then making the drawing more clear with turpenoid. The smell of turpenoid makes me feel sick after awhile, so I wanted to see if it might work at all with water soluble pastels. I knew water might smudge the graphite, but I figured it was worth a shot.

I drew the image first in graphite, then put a wash of the pastels over it. It did smudge a bit and get lighter, but not too bad. And it gave a nice soft effect. I went back into it some more with pencil, leaving some parts soft and faded and some parts darker. I like it. It's about 10"x14" with graphite and Caran d'ache watersoluble pastels.

Quiet Umbrella

November 5th, 2010, Comments (22)

Today for day 5 of Art Every Day Month, I felt the urge to work in collage. I had no idea where I was going, but this image came along as I worked. At first I thought I'd put more color into it, striped socks, colorful boots, and such. But after I painted in the figure, she seemed to want to stay this way. A little more somber. So for now, she'll stay as is, more quiet. This piece is about 4"x4" with collage and acrylic on panel. Hope you all have a beautifully creative weekend!