Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Snow Leopard

"Snow Leopard"
9" x 12"
Kitty Wallis sanded pastel paper
pan pastel, sticks and pencil pastel 
Short process photos follow...

 Source photo used by Kyle Hanson/Unsplash

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Traveling a Mountain Path


This piece is created with collage, mat medium, inks, acrylics, pens, and watercolor.
The mountain silhouette is the one I see stepping out my backdoor.
The model was used from Unsplash - a website that offers free use of photos
supplied by photographers.  I often get good ideas by going there.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Perhaps a Journal COVER


inspired from LIFEBOOK 2023 workshop
collage, acrylic paints, Posca pens,
calligraphy ink on Canson mixed media board 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Steady Like an Elephant


"Steady Like an Elephant"
9" x 12"
watercolor, Posca pen

One of this week's lesson - was to paint - in complementary neon colors - an elephant.  As I jumped into this year long class, Life Book 2023, I continue to use it as a 'guide' more than a 'copy what the instructor has done'.  I used a different image/source photo to paint from, therefore translating the nuts and bolts of the lesson into my own subject. (Thanks to bek at Unsplash for the use of the image.) The message for this piece was to think about how being 'a creative' and producing art -  can be best served by moving along 'steady like an elephant'.  

I remember - once upon a time, long ago - I needed that 'I copy exactly what you do' activity to actually understand the process with the online 'art lesson' idea.  However, I intend to let this class help to feed 'what do I paint today?' and yep, I learn something about mixing mediums.  If nothing else, it keeps me humming along at the easel or drawing table, providing a vehicle for imagination/stimulation.  It's total inspiration!  These paintings are quick, paint in a day or a few days - but since I haven't been painting much, it's a way to drive myself back into a more serious 'DO ART' mode.  These lessons really address the whole person.  Meditation and soft encouragement are included, if needed.  So come along with me, by visiting back to this blog from time to time, to see what is happening in my art world. (See - the whole thing is - it helps me have something to BLOG about, too.)

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Off and Running with the New Year!

Happy New Year!  Jumping right into my art,  I am involved in a year-long course called Life Book 2023.  I intend to learn lots about technique and use of materials - but my goal is to just use the instruction as a 'guide' and do my own thing.

This is our first one.  Mixed media, with a collage sealed with clear gesso around the edges of the images - some of my year's goals are written beneath the colors. Also used is watercolor, watercolor pencils, Neocolor crayons, Sharpie pens, Posca pens, and acrylic paints.  LOVE the Process!

Happy 17th Blogiversary to ME

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