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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Grit and Grace Classwork on Raw Canvas

Really like this one. Drew with charcoal using non-dominant hand, then looked for shapes I wanted to emphasize--saw the hand first, then saw the face--emphasized the face...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mark-making and Playing

This was one of the pieces I did last week while exploring charcoal and vessel mark-making in my class. I like to tape paper down to cardboard so.I can work on multiple pieces at a time--on this one I used painter's tape to give a clean edge. I used my hair dryer to make sure it peeled away cleanly when I was done. If you look closely you can see all the texture and layers that are incorporated in this--

Monday, January 11, 2016

"Grit and Grace" with Katie Kendrick

Today was the first day of my online class with Katie Kendrick, and it lived up to my expectations! These are what Katie called "mark-making warm-up exercises". So much fun. I'll be doing this again. Love how adding white grasp and marking in the wet grasp added so much texture.

I'm planning on scanning these so that I can print out pieces of them for use in collages and paintings!

Monday, January 04, 2016

"Grit and Grace" Online Class with Katie Kendricks

{Image copyright Katie Kendrick}

I am so excited! I signed up to take Katie Kendrick's new online art class, Grit and Grace. It begins on January 11th and runs for four weeks. I've always loved Katie's art as well as her blog, and this is a Christmas gift I bought for myself from the proceeds of my before-Christmas trunk sale of my jewelry.

I've done a couple of online courses before, and while they're not as intense as an in-person class, they have lots of ways to make up for it. There's usually a Facebook group, which allows for getting to know other students in the class. It also provides a way to see other people's work, which is always inspiring. The other wonderful thing about an online course is that you can watch the videos over and over again, gleaming more from the teacher each time. I'm a big believer in learning by doing and doing and doing again, so it's perfect for me.

I'll be posting my work here on my blog as well as on my Facebook page. There's a link above if you're interested in joining me on this journey!

Saturday, January 02, 2016


Drawing and coloring at night...relaxing and fun. I have this theory that all of us would benefit from a little more kindergarten time--coloring and painting is good for my health.

Trying to work my way thru all the paint party Friday entries--so much cool art!

Friday, January 01, 2016

Paint Party Friday

I'm making some promises to myself in this new year. One of them is that I will start sketching in the evenings while everyone is watching tv. I used to do this as a regular practice, and then stopped when I started doing a lot more reading in the evenings. Nothing wrong with reading, but I drifted into reading lighter and lighter material, to the point where I realized I might as well be watching tv...

So tonight I was making some little sketches for a friend. When I finished I was flipping through a magazine and sketched some women from ads. This one was my favorite.

Linking to Paint Party Friday...

Illustration Friday: Moon

"Piper's Moon"
[Stretched canvas, collages and painted background, vintage book illustration, moon stamped on old book page, gold leaf]

Years ago, when I first had my studio and was really experimenting with art techniques, I used to religiously participate in Illustration Friday. It was the perfect way to make myself think outside the box and work quickly. Then, as I sold more art and had a shows and then branched out into jewelry and metalwork, somehow IF fell by the wayside.

As a nod to getting the blog back up and running, I'm going to commit to doing both Illustration Friday and Paint Party Friday. So, in the spirit of New Year's resolutions (which I am not a fan of) here's my first illustration. This week's topic was "Moon" and I was just three days ago considering putting this piece up for sale in my Etsy shop! It's kismet...