27 March 2009

Ink Me

Well, my little guy is sick, sick, sick this week and I've not had much time for art, but here is a "round 1" to share. This is a 1st draft for a tattoo design. It would be about 2" in diameter on the inner wrist. Time to bring it onto the computer. (This is the hand-drawn version.) and perfect the symmetry and finesse the line quality. I'll post again when it's further along!

25 March 2009

Pile 'O' Princesses

I like to keep ya'll guessing, don't I?

This image just popped into my head today and I sat down and drew it. The freeform, simplistic sketching style was so stress-free for me since I often go crazy with detail. I'm thinking I might manipulate this digitally and offer it in several color schemes on my etsy site. Posters for your little princess anyone?

24 March 2009

Ocean Deep - So Peaceful

I did an art showing last summer which led to a custom order. My client saw a piece in the style above, but it was small for her needs. I ended up doing 3 pieces in the above style which we hung side by side in her home. The frames are reclaimed barn wood and were built by my husband. (Thanks, dude.) They were then dusted lightly with an antique gold spray paint. The painting sits flush with the frame by virtue of a clever lip cut into the frame's inner dimension. The texture of the piece is achieved with layers of tissue paper and the color is applied with acrylics tempered with gloss medium. I loved doing them. I feel a similar series in a fuschia color family coming on!

19 March 2009

Completed Crest

Those of you who have been following along know that this is phase II of a project I started a while back. Well, its the final phase. I'm done. This is a crest made to represent my friend's priesthood/ministry. He selected the imagery and text and I just put it all together. Now I'll save him a few formats and email it off to Rome so it can be used on correspondence and such. I love finishing a project!

My Softer Side

This is the last of the abstract color studies. It's soft, right? I was very peaceful when I was painting it. I was really in the zone for a few days when I completed it. I remember I'd be painting for hours on end and not even notice the time passing. If you want in on the "peaceful trance" dealio, feel free to visit my etsy shop here.

17 March 2009

Dappled Light

Here's another in my random color series. I was also experimenting with brushes vs. sponges, vs wood pegs, etc as paint application tools. The texture and gaps that each tool gave make the texture across the canvas more unique. I am always drawn to repetition in art....the same motif or shape or color repeated not just 3 or 4 times, but countless times. I think it makes the eye move and dance across the art and it suddenly becomes more of an "experience." The fact that it makes the canvas feel dynamic even though the color palette is still so muted is so......me.

A Departure

Okay, so I know this is pretty random for me and a departure from my usual aesthetic....but I'm going to post my experiments right along with the tried and true. I've been seeing a lot of mixed media that combines hand and computerized coloring lately. Now that I've tried it, I can see some positives and negatives for me. I might try again, but I think in a less abstract way since this did not turn into what I hoped it would. Stay tuned. I might get the hang of it.

One of My Favorite Color Schemes

I have been absent for a while, I know. But not every project can be completed in a day! So, while I am working on some new projects, I'll be posting some previously completed work from the collection that's gathering in my studio.

This painting was completed last summer. I did several that were color studies of some of my favorite combos. This one just makes me happy when I look at it. It measures 24"x30" and 1 1/2" deep. Right now, it's hanging on the wall in my office, but maybe it will find a new home soon??
You can check out this, and some of my other work for sale here.

06 March 2009

Tiny Art Series - Entry 5

Here is the 5th in the series. I loved the shape of this chair and felt like wallpapering the room behind it. The rest is history.

05 March 2009

Tiny Art Series - Entry 4

A bit of collage, a bit of pigment ink. Chalk up piece #4.

04 March 2009

Tiny Art Series - Entry 3

It's no secret I love all things colorful and a little bohemian in flavor. Can you tell? This time I worked in pigment markers. But I'm proud of myself for being 3 for 3. Three pieces of art in three days....even if they are itty-bitty.

02 March 2009

Tiny Art Series - Entry 2

Today was yellow paper and curvy lines...who knows what tomorrow will be?

01 March 2009

Tiny Art Series - Entry 1

I've been so busy lately, that I'm promising myself I'll complete miniature studies or sketches everyday or 2 in a small cardstock booklet. I'm thinking that each piece may be casual and possibly unremarkable by itself, but when I compile maybe 25 or more pieces, it could be fun!
Here's piece 1.