Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 12/11/2012 09:38 am by opal
It was so hard for me to come up with words for this painting. I think it was a complete fail. By the time I got to thinking about what I wanted to verbalize, I was tired and out of sorts. I just wanted to finish the painting. What I should have done was let it sit and let myself think it over. I should have taken more thought over what kind of words to actually put to paper.
I’ll be changing the words on the painting but I wanted to document the process of how important it is to get it right. To take the time and deliberate over each step. The painting won’t be perfect, but it’ll be an improvement over what it was.
I did enjoy the process of this painting. I used spray inks, metallic paint, rubber stamps, patterned papers, book pages, and something new to me! Vintage sewing patterns. Can you see it?
I also did something new to her face. Extra points to those who can spot it.
All in all, an enjoyable painting despite the fiasco with the wording which I will fix sometime today. Hopefully I’ll get off my lazy ass and take some photos of the new and improved painting this week.
Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 11/30/2012 01:45 pm by opal
I’ve moved on from owls to cats.
I tried to put a lot of different textures in the painting. I hope it doesn’t overpower the whole thing.
I used rub-ons for the belly and his third eye.
Punchinella as a stencil with spray paint. Scrapbook paper for the moon.
A Crafter’s Workshop stencil with more spray paint and a bottle cap dipped in paint used as a stamp.
Punchinella, bottle cap stamp, and scrapbook paper.
I find I’m happiest when I diversify my painting. Right now I have a painting of a whimsy and a stylized portrait going. I’m also contemplating another cat. I like to have my fingers in many pies. It keeps me from getting bored! I also want to try some “Fearless Painting” that I learned from a Lifebook lesson. The teacher is Connie Hozvicka from Dirty Footprints.
As far as Lifebook is concerned, I’m trying to catch up on the lessons. I have a lot of ground to make up. I don’t think all the lessons are for me, but there’s still a lot I want to try and learn. I couldn’t keep up with the lessons as they were going on. Life was just going by too fast and my health wasn’t good. I’ll just have to cram. :-x What I’m going to try and do is download all the videos of the lessons I think I’ll really want to do. I have a TB on my desktop so I think I have enough memory.
I need to get cracking!
Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 11/27/2012 10:42 am by opal
Finally, a chance to post photos of one of my newest paintings!
“Building a Mystery”
This painting is the result of an online class I took from Juliette Crane. The class is called How to Paint an Owl. Details can be found here. I really enjoyed the class. It was comprehensive and fun. A lot of fun. I like Juliette as a teacher and as a person. She let me pay over time. I really appreciated that!
I used acrylic paints, India ink, chalk pastels, Washi paper, spray paints, and a Pitt pen. I also coated the painting in Beeswax and some kind of finishing spray that I can’t think of off the top of my head. Not in that order. If anyone has any questions about the materials let me know. Better yet, take the class! It’s worth it!
This painting was a lot of fun. I have a couple more that are almost finished. They just need a coat of beeswax. I’m also working on a painting of a cat. I’ve had a cold that won’t go away thanks to weather that can’t make up its mind. It’s impeded my health and painting progress.
The weather has also been chilly the past two or three days. Combined with the bad cold and cuddly cats? It’s just a recipe for staying in bed all day long with the laptop. I can work just as well in bed with my cats and I’m much warmer and much more comfortable! Since I realize this is such a rare thing, I enjoy it all the more. I’ll be back on my feet in no time. Not to mention the weather will warm up!
Hopefully I won’t go so long before posting. For those in the United States, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Otherwise, I hope you’re keeping toasty and enjoying the cozy weather!
Posted in Shop News on 11/26/2012 08:24 am by opal
“Angel of Hope”
From November 26 until December 1st, use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY1 in my Etsy shop and receive 20% off on all original paintings. This is in celebration of the holidays! All of my work is done on hot press watercolor paper. Please stop by for a look!
I’ll post again later with more artwork. It’s either been really cloudy or I’ve been really busy with the holiday season. Things should slow down a little this week for a bit. So I might be able to breathe for a little while before things rev up again. At least I hope so!
Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 11/11/2012 06:46 am by opal
Wow! It’s been almost six months since I’ve posted! What have I been doing? I’ve been wrapped up in baseball and cooking. That’s right. Cooking! For those that know me, the only time I would step into the kitchen would be to use the microwave. Cooking is a big step!
It all started when I quit smoking. After that I decided to start eating healthier. So I started cooking! It’s helping a lot. I feel great! My doctor approves. I even started exercising a couple times a week! My doctor! He’s happy!
Now that the baseball season is over I’ve got more time to devote to painting. I even have a WIP to show.
Building a Mystery
I thought I was done, but the more I looked at it the more I realized, Oh no! Not done! The tree on the left isn’t done and there are numerous other issues the painting has.
So it’s back to the drawing board!
Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 07/08/2012 08:28 am by opal
I was playing around with a painting. Some interesting new textures came out of it that the camera didn’t pick up.
The background has a kind of velvet sheen to in. It’s kind of interesting. I basically played with paints and my fingers. I also played with a water bottle to keep the paints moist. It was fun, although you can’t really see the collage background anymore.
I added some scrapbook embellishments because they sparkle. They blend in a little better in reality. It was a fun painting.
The acrylic adventure is just fun on the whole. I’m enjoying it. I bought a bunch of new acrylic paints to art journal with and to use on canvas. I hope to be able to use them this week. I need to recover from a fever first.
Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 06/30/2012 10:38 am by opal
For Week 25 of Life Book, Juliette Crane gave a class on how to paint whimsy animals. I decided to paint a bird. Mostly because I like how free birds are and because birds just speak to me symbolically.
Her class was only an hour long, but boy was it comprehensive. I learned a lot in that hour and I hope I put it to good use. Not only did I learn how to paint a character, I learned more about layering. I hope it shows in my painting.
I had a lot of fun with this painting. I hope it shows! I had such a good time, I plan on making more.
Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 06/28/2012 09:16 am by opal
I need to rewind back a few paintings ago to the first collage painting I did.
I painted the face over multiple patches of paper so the area is a little bumpy.
I don’t really care for that part of the painting. I do like the way the paper shines through the hair.
I’ve also been using this new product called Inka Gold. It’s a really nice product that gives off a nice metallic shimmer. It’s a bit like shoe polish and it needs to be put on as the last layer as it doesn’t react well with wet media. It’s still a nice effect.
This painting is in my art journal because I was just experimenting. Lately though, I’ve been doing my collage paintings on canvas as I’ve been gaining confidence in what I’ve been doing. Hopefully I’ll have more to show for what I’ve been doing a little later on.
I have other projects in the works going on. I have a painting on wood, a whimsical animal painting, and a geometrical circle painting on claybord going on. They’re all very much works in progress though. I’m not sure how any of them are going to turn out so they might never see the light of day. In the meantime I’m also producing more collage paintings as well.
Until next time, ciao!
Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 06/27/2012 12:12 pm by opal
I’ve been experimenting with my own brand of acrylic painting of faces. I still use watercolor crayons only not in abundance like I used to. I’ve also been painting over collaged papers.
I try to get a large enough piece of collage paper for the face though. I don’t want any bumps or anything where her eyes might be. It’s still hard to get all the air bubbles all out.
Then I collage the whole canvas in a patchwork fashion with patterned paper and book text. There are often spaces of canvas open but I like to think that adds to the charm of the piece. >.<
On the whole, I’m pleased with this piece. It’s not as easy as sketching the figure on paper then painting, but I think the results are worthwhile. The whole process is very addictive too.
I’ve been doing other things as well. I just haven’t had the motivation to take photos. I’m so lazy! I’ll try to remedy that malady this week.
Posted in artwork, mixed media, paintings on 05/28/2012 08:12 am by opal
For the first time I worked on canvas.
It’s just a cheap canvas from Wal-Mart but it’s still a canvas. It’s not nearly as gessoed as a more expensive canvas would be, but in a way that made it easier to work with. The watercolors absorbed a lot better.
It was not without it’s challlenges. Blending was still a bit challenging as you can see there. Getting the edges crisp and clear was also rather challenging.
I originally wanted the butterfly to be gold, but the ink didn’t show up on the dark paper. The white doesn’t show up very well either. Live and learn.
There’s actually a small hole in the canvas. That’s where the idea of the collage came from, out of necessity. I think it worked out okay though.
I already have plans for my next little canvas and I bought a big canvas that’s better quality. I need to sketch out what I want to do more for the big canvas though.