Thursday, August 18, 2016

Where Have I Been?

You may have checked in and wondered, what is she doing?  Well, it has not been my intention to let my blog LAG like this..sorry.  I signed up for and am taking an online class called “Ever After” from July through October.  It is a mixed media art and style development course with a fairy tale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte and 12 other popular mixed media art teachers from all over the globe.  So spending most of my time, watching, learning, trying, failing, trying again, and planning and drawing and painting and painting - along with petting and combing and playing with studio cats and organizing and cleaning studio...oy!

And~~~along with that, DH and I continue to work on things around our 112 year old farmstead that need attention.  Home maintenance, car and appliance repair are all things we tackle on our own.  Why?  Because we can.  

Here are several of the finished pieces and some of the sketches from the class and what I am attempting to make my this point, we are encouraged to copy the content and use the same methods and supplies for the learning part, about 3 complete pieces per month.  Then tackle our own piece using what we have gleaned from the month long attempts. studying, and videos along with journaling and sketching.  It's fun!  It's refreshing!  It's full of camaraderie and interest.  

The Little Mermaid
(almost exact copy)
Tam Laporte instructor

Beauty and the Beast
(a little change on the Beast - the one to copy looked too friendly)
Andrea Gomoll, instructor

Snow White
(used my daughter Jessica as a model for this one)
Annie Hamman, instructor

Just a sketch - trying out design elements - you get the idea

Jack and the Beanstalk, (my own creation)

Some Beauty and Maleficent sketching on my own

Sleeping Beauty
(not quite exact copy)
Jane Davenport, instructor

The Handless Maiden (my OWN maiden - 
and I hadn't heard this one either, google it)
Galia Alena, instructor

Little Red and Wolfie
(almost exact copy)
Micki Wilde, instructor

working on my own sketches - modeling the faces for my own version
of Little Red...

Now comes the good part for me - leave me a comment on
which is your favorite.  I want you to know, this is really
pushing me, and it's quite a struggle - but in a good way because
I am having a really good time learning to develop a new style
in this genre.


Victoria Culbertson said...

Snow White is my fav and second to that is Jack & the bean stock.

Pattie Wall said...

Sweet! Those two are definitely MY (already) style, thanks for commenting. I don't know if my style will change. I always am told, I paint so diversely, my style hits here and there...if I don't find ONE in particular, I am still going to be ok with that.

Leora Platte said...

I like what the class "Ever After" added to your style.

Pattie Wall said...

Thanks Leora - yes, I feel like I have a style previous to this course, but it IS adding some more dimension to that style. It has been a real shot in the arm, so to speak and has given me a new way to approach what I paint and how I paint.