So far I'm nine faces into the 29Faces challenge! I'm a few behind, but I'm hoping the weekend might be kind to my creativity. Can you guess which one is my favorite?
It is now week 2 of the 29Faces challenge, and I have to admit it has definitely been a challenge, My subject of choice is usually much more abstract, and either a tree or a skyline, or even the moon and stars. So, when I tell my brain that we are going to draw a face and not a group of purple trees, my brain does this rebelling thing for a bit, and then gets to work. Some of the results of last week's let's-draw-faces-and-not-trees arguments are below:
Also, in keeping with my personal challenge and promise to make more art this year, I finished two small acrylics on canvas this weekend, I haven't named them yet, other than the tree one and the building one. They need better names.
We are now in the 2nd full week of the new year, and so far I've accomplished not being tempted by chocolate once. My new year's resolutions are going great. Oh also - I haven't created in a quite a while - apparently I'm in a bit of an art rut.
In the meantime, I've browsed the information highway for bits and pieces of inspiration, and I hope maybe what I've found gives your creativity a little boost as well.
Convergence Part I is complete - see how land, water and sky seem to be one? That's at least what I see when I look at it - you may see something completely different. After all, that's really the wonderful thing about art. We all look at it and interpret it in our own way.
Here's another beauty from last week - untitled as of yet. I think it needs a happy, spring-like name.
Oh - and I'm sure you're wondering- preparations for what?
It's time for 29 Faces! So, all during the month of September, watch this page for a new face!
My daily trips to Design Seeds recently brought me to this rather stormy looking palette, Global Hues. I love the deep blues and greens. They remind me of the ocean, or a storm...or both?
In my mind's eye I see water, land and sky all converging, blues and greens and even grays mingling together. In fact, for the first time in a very long time, I've titled my piece before I've finished it!
Here are a few ACEOs I've got going right now - I'm just letting the art "happen" - if a scene appears, I go with that. I'll add color to them all, but I really like the black and white contrast so I won't completely fill them in. Make sense?
I enjoy creating little pieces like this, because there isn't too much thought to them. Well, at least there is more spontaneity and so much more ease in the creation. Besides, all the swirls and shapes are fun to draw! :-)
I'd love to hear what you've been creating lately!
At the moment one of my favorite go-tos for color inspiration is a site-slash-blog called Design Seeds, that lists wonderful color and hue combinations with very fitting names to inspire and encourage. I love browsing through the archives and looking at the different groupings of color. As you can see from the three I've picked here, my favorites tend to lean toward jewel tones and blues and greens.
With summer heat upon us, at least in my corner of the planet, I'm thinking of cool and soothing and escape from the heat. "Sea Glass" might inspire a few seascapes... swirling waves... maybe even a storm at sea. I see a mountain sunset landscape when I look at "Color Abstract", maybe even a colorful cityscape.
What has inspired you lately?
psst. photos are from and are copyright DesignSeeds
Experimenting with acrylic washes
A wash is simply a little bit of paint mixed with something to make it thinner and more transparent. Mix a little bit of acrylic with a bigger bit of water or extender and you've got an acrylic wash. Okay, so it might be a bit more complicated than that, technically speaking....or is it?
I recently decided to try something new, and decided to try incorporating washes into my paintings. The cityscape above started out like this:
In the last few weeks I have been working on small format art pieces, namely ACEOs or "art cards". The results have been quite vibrant and colorful!
The pieces were inspired partially by snippets of views into the forests that grow nearby, further fueled by an artist's vivid imagination.
All ACEOs in this series are original works and are available for purchase.
I am a self-taught artist, using my creative and sometimes bizarre mind to come up with colors, shapes and scenes and transferring them from my my mind to a canvas or piece of paper. I love to experiment with different styles, colors, media and shapes in my artwork, so you might find me listing acrylics one week, watercolor the next, and then a mixed media collage after that. I create art because I love it - it makes me happy. I'm here to share that enjoyment with others.