Saturday, January 5, 2013

     So, there is a little story behind this guy.  My husband is Brittish, and he has an amazing accent!  Even though he has been in the states for nineteen years, he still sounds very Brittish, and some words are better than others.  One in particular.  Squirrel.  It never gets old to hear him say it, and it makes me giggle each time!
     Friday, as I was driving to the art studio where I volunteer each week, I had the inspiration to create this.  I love how he turned out, and I hope that you do too!  I love the effect of the words showing through....definitely my style!  Thanks for looking, and make sure to check out the other artists in the hop!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

So here are the before and after progression shots of the latest portrait.  I am really excited about how it is turning out so far!  I love the look of the wood showing through, so I think I will make sure to leave some of it showing.  My plan is to re-draw the shirt with the pencil, and do a super simple background.  I love it!  Please feel free to leave a comment!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

     I am returning to a more realistic face today.  I am part of a weekly technique challenge that started today, and the theme this week is to use graphite and acrylic together in one piece.  I have drawn a portrait of my hubby on a 12x12 piece of wood.  My problem is that I like the drawing so much, I am hesitant to add the paint :). I know that I want to use transparent washes, and leave some of the wood showing through.  I also know that I want the pencil to show as well.  Hmmmmm....what to do what to do?!?!?  Stay tuned tomorrow for some progress :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

     So as I said yesterday, my word for the year is BREAK.  Here is my first creative offering.  It is a small canvas board in the background, with a mixed media collage.  Then I attached a small wooden block that has the girl painted on it.  This is actually one of a series I am starting.  I am going to try and work in series this year so that I can get a collection of works to display together.  I have already finished a larger canvas that is similar to this.  The colors are a little different, and I actually prefer the girl a little on that one.  I am planning three more of this size and color pallate, and then back to the bigger ones.  I hope that you enjoy them!
     Please make sure to check out the other ladies who are joining me for the creative start to the year!


Sunday, December 30, 2012 one little word for 2013

Ali Edwards started the One Little Word phenomenon online a few years ago.  Until now, I have resisted the urge to follow along, but this seems to be the year that all changes!  Here is what she has to say about it :
One Little Word
What it amounts to is choose a word that will define what you hope to accomplish in the coming year, a modern resolution if you will.  After much thought, I have chosen mine:   BREAK.

This may seem a little strange in the context of what I just said, but hear me out.  There is a song by Matthew West called "My own little world" with these lyrics:

In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I've never gone hungry, always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world, population: me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give 'til it hurts
And I turn off the news when I don't like what I see
Yeah, it's easy to do when it's population: me

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world

Stopped at a red light looked out my window
I saw a cardboard sign said, "help this homeless widow"
And just above that sign was the face of a human
I thought to myself, God, what have I been doing?
So I rolled down the window and I looked her in the eye
Oh, how many times have I just passed her by?
I gave her some money than I drove on through
And my own little world reached population: two

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world
My own little world

Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours
Give me open hands and open doors
Put Your light in my eyes and let me see
That my own little world is not about me

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
That I could be living right now

I don't want to miss what matters
I wanna be reaching out
Show me the greater purpose
So I can start living right now

Outside my own little world
My own little world
My own little world

I want my heart to BREAK for the injustices that I see around me each and every day.  I want to do so much more than I am doing right now!  

I also want to BREAK the mold artistically.  I am very inspired by artists around me, but I do not want to find myself falling into the trap of doing things their way because they have earned accolades or popularity for their style.  I was made intentionally, just the way that I am, and I want to be sure to remember that while I may admire another artist's work, copying their style is just that.....copying.  I need to focus this year on creating my OWN style, and embracing that uniqueness that makes me special!

BREAK......I intend to BREAK into the coming year and find my place in it!  What is your one little word?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2013....Ready or not, here I come!

I had a lot of lofty goals for this past year with my art, and they all came to be! Not only did I set out to paint 52 watercolor portraits, I ACTUALLY FINISHED THEM! My ArtPrize piece turned out better than I could've hoped for, and the entire experience was indescribable!
As a first time artist, not only did I get a venue, but it was actually one of my top three choices! At least 200,000 people came through the venue where I was showing and saw my art! Like I said, AMAZING! The best part of it all was when Walter, one of the homeless people from my piece, came in and saw himself! Not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions, and each time, he brought someone else with him! His pride at seeing himself up there was awesome! He said to me that he has lived in Grand Rapids for years, and had never been comfortable enough to go into that building, but I made him feel like he belonged there!!!
After ArtPrize finished, I displayed the piece locally in another competition, and took First Place in the public vote and also won the Most Reflective Juried award! That was the first time I have won a competition with my art!
As amazing as this year was, I have some great intentions for the coming year as well! I have joined a creativity challenge for January, and intend to get focused back on art. I also am not finished yet with the portraits! They have more of a story to tell, and I am going to do just that by turning them into a book! I have interviewed two of the subjects so far, and will continue to do more until I have enough for my book! I did get some press in the local paper for my project, and hopefully that will stir up some interest in thing as well!
I hope to begin work on a series of mixed media paintings in the new year. I am also using some of my prize winnings to join a local artists guild, in an effort to grow as an artist and get some more opportunities to show my work! As I said, 2013.....READY OR NOT, HERE I COME!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Watercolor Portraits

These have been done for awhile now, but I realized I never posted them here...I am ever so proud of them

The last one is my absolute favorite!  They are all done in watercolor and I chose to do a different color for each person....LOVE LOVE LOVE how they turned out!