Friday in my art studio

Painting and staying warm

I know that I have nothing to really complain about when it comes to cold weather, but seriously, this cold snap in the south is getting old. The little space heater in my Florida home art studio is helping me cope. I just keep thinking about our brutal summer temps and 5K training in the heat last year, and I think I’d rather be sweating than freezing. Yes, I’ll take the heat. I’m no longer a New York winter girl. Waiting for the warm up–come on Florida!

Here are some photos of the things happening in the studio this week! I’ve finished submitting my paintings for a competition (more about that later), and I’ve started some small works (5×5 inch) mixed media studies on canvas paper. It’s so much fun to work in the square format–and working small allows me try new things and experiment for larger pieces.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

Contemporary Charcoal Drawing Video

The beginning of a contemporary abstract painting…

Yesterday I was reorganizing the studio, going out to look at art supplies, and generally not painting anything at all. Some days you just can’t force the process–even with a painting deadline on the horizon. An artist learns to trust that ideas will happen only when the time is right…

But this morning the muse “magic” that totally defies logic kicked in at 5:30 am. Yes, creativity demanded attention–before coffee–before I felt even half-way human; yet, who am I to argue the time of day that inspiration decides to appear?

I figured if I could get this charcoal drawing idea out of the brain and on to my paper, then I could happily stumble to the kitchen and fix myself a cup of morning coffee.

So it happened. And the coffee was good. And the day will be filled with painting.

 

Art Education – John Muir Laws

Self study online

There are so many wonderful, free resources on the internet for people who want to learn art techniques and how to use new materials. It just takes a bit of commitment to research the available training and then carve out the time to watch, take notes, and put into action the new ideas.

In my quest to find some more information about gouache, I came upon some excellent material and videos by the awesome John Muir Laws. I sat for several hours, just soaking up various information he has on the internet and totally enjoying his teaching style. If you haven’t invested in your art education journey yet, you are missing out on some fantastic opportunities!

Here are just 2 of the art education note pages that I scribbled down while watching his videos. Gouache is a super fun material, and I’m loving it more each day as I discover ways to utilize it in my journals and mixed media projects.

I think it’s important to keep learning and growing as an artist. There are new ways of using materials that seem to come just from experimentation alone. But more importantly, there are so many wonderful, helpful artists out there who have provided tips and research so we can all improve together.

Derwent Inktense pencils

Contemporary Sketches in my Leuchtturm sketchbook

I always forget about this Leuchtturm sketchbook. I have far too many notebooks here in the studio. But this particular sketchbook by Leuchtturm has nice smooth, thick pages. The surface works well with colored pencil and graphite art.

Derwent Inktense pencils and graphite in my Leuchtturm sketchbook
I love how vibrant these become when water is added!

Adding small details and floating images in transparent layers is one of my favorite approaches to contemporary art.

Second contemporary painting in the Sea Glass series

I finished up this second mixed media contemporary abstract this morning. My current inspiration comes from tide pools and sea glass.

These are artworks on paper using various materials, including acrylics, crayons and pencil. Each piece features colors of the sea and unique, linear abstract drawn motifs.

Living in Florida provides ocean inspiration and an appreciation for seaside hues.

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Contemporary mixed media series

Abstract Seaside Treasures

Happy New Year everyone!

I am really excited about 2018, because I’m focusing on creating larger, contemporary works in addition to the mini paintings and smaller works that I have been doing for several years now.

This is one of the new mixed media contemporary abstracts created with acrylics, crayons, and pencil on heavy paper (14 x 11 inches) using bold colors and floating, linear imagery. It is the first painting in my Tide Pool and Sea Glass theme this quarter. The loose, layered style is one of my favorite methods of developing a painting. Each layer works together to give the viewer both color and linear movement experiences.

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New Art Prints and Tipins

New prints and art journal cards now listed in the Etsy shop. I tried to select some of the most popular images from my sketchbooks and art projects.

I am still trying to find the best solution for listing these on Etsy. They charge a fee for each listed item, so it gets expensive for me to list all these individually—if you wish to create a different set of 6, please send me a message and we can arrange a custom package for you.

Thank you to the customers that have placed orders already this week. You are awesome! 😊