Cats in sweaters, blue birds and rock icons.

Happy Friday! My favorite day of the week. This means the end of the work week and the beginning of weekend fun (unless housework is involved of course). On Fridays, it’s either pub night where I get to drink a couple of cold beers with people I enjoy or it’s all you can eat sushi at a local restaurant. Yum and yum. Either one makes me happy.

I made this set of rock icon ATCs for an art present exchange on one of the trading sites I belong to. I forgot to post them a while back so here they are – Hendrix, McCartney, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin in watercolor and ink. Speaking of classic rock, I just finished watching that Tom Petty documentary on Netflix today. OMG… four hours! It was like a Ken Burns series in movie form. Two hours in and I looked down to see how much was left and it was only halfway through. LOL.

I wish I could put a cute little hand knitted winter sweater on my grumpy cat though I think she’d probably take out one of my eyes if I tried. But I can paint little sweaters on cats and that’s the next best thing. I do love cats, even my grumpy little ball of dramatic fur. This set of watercolor illustrations is available in all of my stores.

 

I painted this set of whimsical folk birds last week and have sorted it into a set of PNGs for all of you lovely designers out there. This one was a lot of fun to make too. There’s something about cute animals that makes me happy. You can’t be sad when you’re looking at a kitten or a puppy can you?

Pretty Blue Garden and Hand Art

Above are a set of art hands I made for a trade with other artists. They’re about 6″-7″ tall and are made with a thick cardstock and pretty patterned paper backing. All are watercolors except for Brain Freeze which is markers and ink. I enjoyed making these and can’t wait to see the ones I’ll receive in return. I think a big set of them would look amazing in a frame.

This is a watercolor set I painted recently featuring pretty green and blue abstract flowers. I bought some new blue and green paint that I absolutely LOVE! It’s the Winsor & Newton professional series and the colors they have are so saturated and bold. A bit pricey but well worth it for vibrancy.
This set of graphics is available in all of my stores though the set at Creative Market is a larger package that comes with more graphics and seamless background papers too.

 

 

Final of Collab Canvas with Ayala

All done! Here is the final result of my canvas collaboration with Ayala. I’ll link to her video as soon as it’s available.

The WIPs are below (click for large images) so you can see how I went from Ayayla’s lovely background to the fully realized Frida painting in the final. I had a couple of reference photos I used for Frida’s face and I painted directly onto the canvas with my Golden acrylic paints. I wanted to go for a colorful style so there is plenty of bright blue, pink, red and orange in her face. I thought that would match the super background. Once Frida’s face was painted, I used some pretty scrapbooking papers to cut out flower shapes for her hair. And overtop of those flowers, I just used a gel pen to draw in petals and shapes. I did the same thing directly on the canvas background – gel pens and permanent marker to create more flower definition for background decoration. I finished off the canvas with a light spray of varnish to keep everything clean and in place. All done!

If anyone else is interested, I’m always up for another canvas board collaboration! Just get in touch with me here and let’s get started 🙂

Here’s the canvas I sent to Ayala (see previous post too) and the lovely painting of a pretty Calavera girl she sent back to me.

 

Canvas Collaboration with Ayala

Lucky me! I get to do a canvas collaboration with Ayala Art. She’ll be posting a video (check her post here) of her process while I’ll blog about my techniques.

Right now, we’re just at the background stage. At right is the 8 x 10 board I made to send her. Ayala will make a nice and pretty painting on this board while I’ll do the same with the background canvas she sent me. I can’t wait to see the results!

Step 1 I love big and bold color so went with bright and cheerful orange and blue. I used a couple of different background papers (dictionary pages and music sheets) stuck on with a gel medium and white glue mixture. Over top, I added some pretty handmade papers as well as patterned scrapbooking paper.

Step 2 My next step was to take some Golden acrylic paints and dab on over top with a paper towel. I used a bit of Acrylic Glazing Liquid in my mix because I wanted transparency. I much prefer artist grade acrylics over the craft brands for the texture, the colors and the feel. I find craft paints too matte. I like shiny!

Last step – cutting out flower shapes from patterned paper. Again, these were stuck on with my gel medium and white glue mixture.

I can’t wait to get started on painting Ayala’s canvas.

Art and more art, and a few more arts

I’ve been busy, arting away on various projects such as Decos, postcards, ATCs and my own canvas art. Plus work. It’s a lot of art making!

Above is a postcard for my friend, Ann. She’s a Flannery O’Connor fan so I made her an author postcard for a trade we had on illustratedatcs.com. This one is colored pencil on a thick kraft type cardstock. I used inks over top of the pencil.

Below is a big set of Favorite Artist trading cards for a big swap on illustratedatcs.com. Everyone who participates picks a favorite artist and collects cards in the style of or a copy of a master by fellow artists on the trading site. It’s one of my favorite swaps since you get to create in a very different style from your own and you get introduced to artists you might not be familiar with. I usually go for the German and Austrian expressionists and have a wonderful collection of mini Beckmann, Klimt and Shiele. Lucky me!

 

At right is a fun watercolor set of still life mini paintings for yet another swap on illustratedatcs.com. I spend a lot of time there, clearly.

Sadly, I didn’t have tons of time for 29 Faces this September but I probably have drawn about 20 faces anyway, lol! I should have posted about it. Ah well. There is always February.

Goth Girls and a rooster, not together.

August already. How times flies! And the older you get, the faster it goes. Then again, I’m not a big fan of the heat so I don’t really mind if July and August sort of flash quickly by. I’m one of those weird people who prefer cooler weather, even tons of snow (only until March though). I work in my loft though, on the third floor. Our home is air conditioned but it sure doesn’t reach all the way up here. This is why I’m longing for September, when I can once again create in a room that doesn’t feel like a sauna. My drawing arm sticks to the table due to sweat. It’s pretty gross.

Anyway, enough heat whining. Here’s a set of art cards in goth girl style. These are done in marker and ink and are for a trade on IllustratedATCs.com, my favorite trading place.


I haven’t been posting a lot since I’ve been pretty busy this year but I have been making lots of art – some for work, some to sell and lots to trade as always. I wish I could be a better blogger but I struggle with it. Well…. mostly I struggle with time management, lol.

Here’s a bit of random stuff I’ve done over the past couple of months: A colorful rooster acrylic painting on canvas for a rooster lover. The pretty, pink peonies are for a graphic set I sell (available on Etsy). They’re drawn and colored digitally.

Oh! I made a new coloring book, this one is filled with retro style pin up girls. But they’re all nudes so don’t click if that sort of thing isn’t your thing. 🙂

Happy PPF! I hope everyone is having a great summer with family and friends and making lots of great art too. 🙂

 

Madame X Revisited, Hello again!

Geez, it’s been quite a while since I posted anything here. You know how it goes. Some days you have a lot to say and then months go by, time passes and whoops! No blog posts for weeks at a time. I’ve been busy making graphic files mostly, trying to put out new work all of the time.

Anyway, here’s a painting I worked on this week. It’s an 18 x 24 mixed media canvas, called Madame X Revisited. Madame X is a very famous (and incredibly beautiful) painting by John Singer Sargent and it’s one of my favorites. I saw it at the Metroplitan last year and fell in love with it. I collect artist interpretations of this painting (mostly in ATC/sketch card format) and wanted to create my own version. My daughter modeled for me 🙂
And below are a recent set of tree ATCs for a swap. I had a lot of fun making these in a graphic style.

Art-A-Thon

I’ve been absent from posting again. Not because I haven’t drawn or painted anything but because I am just a pretty bad blogger. At the moment, I’m participating in a 24 hour Art-A-Thon. I had a fun party to go to tonight but I hurt my foot a few weeks ago and it’s still in very bad shape so no party for me. Art is almost as fun, minus the beer. 🙂

Below is my Flower Girl, part of the art-a-thon prompts (this one for flowers). The next one is encaustic which I will be steering clear of since it seems messy and I don’t have any crayons or wax paint to play with. Above are some of my recent art not posted here yet, all ACEOs available in my Etsy store.

 

Ladies of the Forest

Day 30 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge and I have one more painting left to go. It’s been a hard slog I think! Last night, I went back to my markers (it felt so good!) and made a set of pretty forest ladies for a trading partner who is sending me three pretty antlered ladies in return. I also painted a sitting nude for one of my challenge pieces, this one on canvas board with a book page over top. I find that gets rid of the super annoying grooves in canvas. I should just buy flat masonite or birch board from here on in. The other painting (#29!) is a watercolor of a pretty red head with flowers in her hair. These two are both in my new (well old but recently re-opened) Etsy store.

I am super thankful for the one day respite on January 31st before I start in on the 29 Faces challenge for February. Anyone else in on that one? Can’t wait to start blog hopping for it!

Happy PPF!

30 Paintings….I’m fading, sort of.

Ok… I’m going to admit that I’m getting a little tired of painting. I’ve had to resort to ATCs to stay in the challenge. The big canvases were killing me since I have to work still and then feed my family every day. But I’m still in it! I don’t even know which number I’m at now. I’ll have to put the paintings all together and do a count to make sure I’m close to Day 26. But yeah, really getting tired of the paints. I would love to switch to my old standby of markers and pens. So much easier and quicker! Here’s a set of Benedict Cumberbatch silly style ATCs for a swap I’m in, also painted so they count toward my total! Here are: Stimifart Humperdump, Sunniflap Crasterdash, Fundybart Penderthatch and Bennibong Tokinflash.