That’s right…I have been keeping up with Effy’s blog along so far, and I love this shit.
In addition, in my Art Class on Saturday, I vowed on the dark of the Aries Moon that I will get paint on my fingertips.
I did this with my fingers.
I was testing out my new paint from yesterday in one of my art journals.
I anticipate that these iridescent colors will REALLY pop on black paper.
Also, I ❤ Iris Apfel.
It’s Me! In the Thing!
I’m so happy to be making something Arty!
Tonight was my journey back to my place, to prepare for my work week.
She’s licking my fingers cuz I had salmon for dinner.
I came home to her, so all is well…
Then wake up to hot coffee and snuggles with the love of my life…
My Matthew, My Heart
Received an art supply order.
My new Iridescent Paint Set!
A case for my set of 98 watercolor brush pens. They are currently in a box…not conducive to my artsting style.
I made an Aries Moon vow to get paint on my fingers, and I plan to start with that yummy iridescent paint…
Happy Sunday & 11 days of blogging so far…
My Sweetheart turned me on to a couple new apps to play with.
Over is used to put words on top of my artwork. Like this:
Quik is an app that creates slideshows of your pictures and layers them in time to some basic tunes. Like this:
This is too much fun, yall!
Put gesso on a paper bag, then just went for it.
I kinda like her.
I’m in painting mode again, now that my gear is at Matt’s. I can paint on the weekends when I actually have some time.
I have a crazy busy week with Dr. Appointments and job interviews!
I’m interviewing on Friday for a supervising librarian position in my current system.
I have folks staying with me in my home, and they are awesome (my kitchen is CLEAN y’all!) so I come to Woodbridge for the weekends…spending time with my Man.
While the Raiders win
I bring my Art Bag with me (most everywhere) so the is always something to create/draw/paint/color/whathaveyou
My Art Bag
My BFF jokes that it’s the biggest backpack not carried by a camper…
Still, tho…the world is on fire here on the west coast and the air is atrocious
If you’re not familiar with Purple Air, the numbers should be under 50.
I sketched this out today…I plan to redo it in color on canvas…
My style…I started drawing at least one face per day and have a blast doing so…
I have stellar fellow art students that I am connecting with online, and I am blessed with opportunities to keep learning.
I hope you have those too…
Drawing every day, working on shading for faces that just came out of my brain/hand…
I tried to copy a photo from Pinterest:
…and I think I did pretty well:
Oddly, I made her mouth too small…I usually make the mouth too big…
Anyway…I’m off to keep practicing!
I have been taking year-long, online art classes from
Effy Wild. I started with Journal 52 when Effy took it over from the prior instructor, then in 2019 I participated in Book of Days, and now I’m in Moonshine for 2020. What a year so far!
Our latest lesson was a blast and I’m really starting to feel like I’m discovering my artistic style
I used my water-soluble pencil for the first time and I LOVE the watercolor effect
Liked it so much, I almost didn’t want to go further and “mess her up”
I dont have the exact supplies as
my instructor but I make do with what I have.
I used red, white, and blue glitter paint as I didn’t have violet. I tried my red over the gold for the background but I thought it was too pink…
…so I covered it with Pyrole Red and wiped some back off. If I’d thought it through, I’d have used a more transparent red.
After I covered her glittery hair with nickel azo gold, I used a stencil to put the swirly gold marks.
Then I worked on her face. I’ve been sketching and shading at least a face per day for a few weeks now and I can absolutely see improvement in in my technique over that amount of time…
The quote is, “She’s mad but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire.” – Bukowski
I think this creation is inspiring me to work on canvas so that I can show some of my work in a local spot (I live and work in the downtown arts district).
I call myself an Artist now. Without sarcasm.
My second Brother, the most fatherly of my Brohim, asked me to create a painting for a dear family friend. We have known Mike since I was about 8, so it’s a long time we’re talking about here.
Pages from an old book of Mozart scores makes the first layer…
Mike plays guitar and my Brother, Joe, plays the tenor saxophone, so I included an image of a Gibson Les Paul and a tenor sax.
A tenor sax is only a few inches shorter than a Les Paul…close enough.
I added layers of ultramarine glaze to the background.
So…I have a thing for circles and decided to add one here. Modeling paste is a blast to work with…I love the texture.
I decided to shift the layers to convey movement.
Gold glazing to shine it all up some
This is the final version under one type of lighting
The final version in different lighting, complete with gilded edges and my signature on the back.
I delivered this to my Bro yesterday, and even though it’s belated, Happy Birthday Mike!
This was my second completed canvas…