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.

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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Miniature Paintings

The obsession with tiny art

I’ve always enjoyed painting in miniature and have worked as small as 1 x 1 inch. It is a tiny space to fill, requiring some very small brushes. But the reduced canvas or paper size allows one to simplify the beauty of a petal, or the essence of a landscape to a sometimes minimalist interpretation.

Working small also allows the artist to complete a work in a few sessions, sometimes even just in one morning of studio time. The art techniques and talent required remain the same. It’s just a smaller art expression, a slice of beauty… captured with the tip of a watercolor brush or the slightest press of a painting knife.

I will forever be fascinated with what one of my dear friend calls… “wee” things. Yes, the small treasures of the miniature world.

Here are some that I painted this week. Original miniature paintings are currently available in my studio318 Etsy shop.

Thank you for visiting and reading my blog. Have a beautiful weekend.

Instagram–The 100 Day Project

Painting miniature paintings for 100 days on Instagram…

Another day. Another challenge. If you are a fan or participant on Instagram, you know these types of fun projects come up almost weekly. Someone is always creating another 30 day, 100 day, or year-long project to entice you to sign up and join in the madness.

Some finish the commitment, others have to shorten the project due to various unexpected conditions in their lives. But either way, I always feel that there is value in doing what one can with the time allotted. There is no sense in beating yourself up over whether you finish or not… the joy is in the journey! There is no shame in getting in there and giving it a try.

So, here I am with several daily, personal art journal commitments already, taking on another larger project such as this 100 day challenge. But it’s fun. And I’m chugging along, brush in hand, finding the time in between all the other ongoing art creations and Etsy business responsibilities.

A friend on IG suggested that I list these little painting in my shop, so I made a little section for them. The 100 day project. You can find them here… studio318

If you aren’t participating yet in the 100 Day Project, please consider doing so. It’s a fabulous way to build discipline and maybe try something new. Hop on over to Instagram and see all the creative projects people have taken on. It’s not just about painting–creatives everywhere are weaving, writing, carving–there are no complicated rules–just create something or do something you love for 100 days. Besides, we crazy people want more crazy friends in our lives, so come over and play!