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.
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!
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'm continuing my series of drawings, a couple of which are pictured here. The drawing at the top is still very much a work-in-progress, with just a little more black and white detail added at this point.
I'm enjoying this little series very much, and I can't wait to have some of these listed for sale.
I also have other ideas for drawings, including ACEOs, as well as paintings that I'm itching to get started on.
But... only so many hours in a day, right?
This is a little peek at the drawing I've begun based on the photograph in my last post. I'm using copic liner-markers on Strathmore watercolor paper at the moment, and will be adding color using watercolors.
I'm really looking forward to sharing the progress of this piece!
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.