Baby in a Red Cape

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Little Red Baby-Hood

Continuing with the winter theme, I created this “Little Red Baby-Hood in the Woods” a couple of months ago. Painted with acrylics with some fabric glued on. The baby is me. Cute. Still can’t paint people, so old photographs are a great stand-in. And they fit so well with the whole mixed media thing.

And this one is completely complete… there’s a bird on it. Doesn’t having a bird in your creations totally elevate them to Art? Anyway, I did a similar painting (as yet unrevealed) that I like better, but this one is more wintery. And the other one is also as yet unscanned, which I think makes them look better on the computer than taking a picture.

Acrylic paint, fabric, photo (printed on a laser printer)

Original photo:

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What? It’s Winter?

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I admit it… winter is my least favorite season. This southern girl is just not a cold weather person. But apparently, the seasons change, and so, apparently, does the theme of my blog. I haven’t settled on my favorite, and this Spirit theme just seems appropriate. Yep, probably won’t be the last theme, but I’m just going with it.

My original thought about this blog was that it would be very minimal, letting my art doing all the talking. Yeah, not sure if I’m just not confident enough for that, or I just like to over explain, but there are going to be words. That’s just who I am. I’ve written several blogs, and this one is the first that really has no agenda. Look or not, read it or not, this is my exploration of my art.

So, knitting is art, right? I made that little dog sweater when Sam, my “grand-puppy”, was actually still a puppy. I think he’s outgrown it now. Don’t you just love the expression on his face? That’s how I look when I know it’s cold outside, and have to wear a sweater.

My Own Style

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Sure, doing exercises from books is really useful for learning the “rules” of painting, but I really want to develop my own style. So this is my first that’s not from any book. I started with a photograph, painting with acrylic paints. After the landscape was finished, I printed the photo on tracing paper, and cut out the picture of my dad and one of the trees. Then glued them on. Not exactly my complete vision, but for me, I like this direction.

Acrylic paint, tracing paper

Photo inspiration:

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The Color Wheel

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Sure, the color wheel is Art 101, but knowing the it really is the backbone of everything, well, color. Art, fashion, interior design, how to coordinate your car’s interior and exterior. And it’s lesson #1 in the book Creating Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker. I’m working my way through the exercises in this book, though not particularly speedily.

Watercolor and acrylic paint, micron pen

Learning Shading

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Working a full time retail job leaves little time for weekend painting classes, so I turned to books. I purchased Acrylic Painting with Lee Hammond, and one of the first exercises was learning the Elements of Shading. Just painting random gray spheres seemed kind of boring, so this is my interpretation. The rainbow didn’t turn out quite like I envisioned, but it works for me.

Acrylic paint, magazine pages

My First Landscape

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In the weekend class I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the second project we painted was a landscape. I had brought several personal photographs as possibilities that were taken either by me or my husband, Roland. We were using acrylic paints, and learned about adding pre-painted tissue paper for texture.

Acrylic paint, tissue paper, painted September 2012

Inspiration photo is of Point Lobos State Reserve in California.

Spark #2

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In September, 2012, I took a weekend painting class at Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta. The class was called landscapes and collage (or something like that), and turned out to be different than what I was expecting, but having never really done any painting (except walls in my house), I was intrigued. Oh, yeah, I had also been doing some experimenting with watercolors in the 366 Pages journal mentioned yesterday. This class was primarily acrylics, though not this introductory piece. This piece was the first thing the instructor had us do. Let’s call it the Paper Tree Forest.

Construction paper, colored chalk