Friday, September 30, 2016

This week has gone by quickly.  It seems as though the year itself is just breezing by.  I can't believe it's almost October!  I am happy to say that I did manage to get a lot accomplished.  I want to start planning my weeks.  I jotted down a few notes onto some Post Its last weekend which were supposed to help to keep me on track.

 I also found a calendar which was included in a Flow magazine. I like it because you can plan out your week and also write down goals and prioritize.  I'm going to use this to map out next week. This calendar is in French. I don't speak french but, I have another one in German.  My German calendar is missing a few pages so, I just translated the languages.  

I actually did quite well with staying on plan. I felt like I was more organized and, I was able to get stuff done. 

I started my week by finishing up a Christmas commission.  I don't normally do commissions but, this was a special request from a collector who has supported me from the very beginning. Sorry, I can't show the completed illustration but, you won't have to wait until Christmas to see it.  The illustration turned out so well that I plan to make it available in print form and maybe as greeting cards in my Etsy shop in the next week or so.

Tuesday was set aside for painting and, I did just that.  I completed one painting and started a second.  Here is "The Night Watchman" and my mermaid painting.  My mermaid hasn't told me her name yet but, she did tell me her story.  I'll share it with you soon.

Wednesday as you know was Watercolor Wednesday.  It's the day I set aside for watercolor practice.  I was able to film this weeks segment so, head on over to my Youtube channel and check out the video.  

Yesterday I had to run a few errands in the city. I did stop by the art supply store to pick up pastel chalks and a block of Tear-off Palettes.   

It was such a lovely day, when I returned home I decided to set up my studio on the balcony.   I worked in my art/story journal where I finished this spread.

It's Friday and the week is not over yet.  I found some early morning inspiration in the work of artist Marcus Glenn.  I  stumbled upon him a few month ago on Youtube.  His work is awesome and inspiring.  Here's a video showing him at work in his studio. 

 Speaking of working,  I suppose I should get started.  I hope to get some painting done today.  This canvas has been on my easel all week patiently waiting for some attention.  I'll start with it and see where the inspiration leads me.  

That's it for the Week-End Wrap-Up.  I hope you had a wonderful week and I wish you a fabulous weekend!

Alles gute!




Wednesday, September 28, 2016
We're back for another installment in my Watercolor Wednesday series.  This week I decided to film the process for this illustration.

I was hoping that this would turn out to be a fall scene.  However, I think with the extensive use of reds, it reminds me more of Christmas.

Oh well, it's not a big deal.  Come on over to my Youtube channel and watch me paint!



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Art is the visual image of who you are.

Faith Ringgold


Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Here is my watercolor study for this week. 

I began with a rough sketch

Here, I've layed down a light layer of primary yellow and yellow ochre for her skin.
I like to start light and go darker as I'm working.

Adding in the darker shades,  I believe this is Burnt Sienna.

At this point I wasn't sure if I was liking the direction that the painting was going.  I had a difficult time getting the darker tones right and, I began to wonder if I was over working it.
Her hair, which looked cute in the sketch was also a source of frustration for me.

Despite my challenges and doubts, I decided to keep working.  I added a flower to her hair which helped.  Her side afro puff reminds me of some of the hair do's that were popular in the 1970's.
 Yes, I'm old enough to remember the 70's.

Here she is all finished!  I've titled the piece "Lost In A Daydream"

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Harriet Tubman



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Here are the finished photos from my latest altered art journal painting entitled
"What Is Beauty". Of course, there are many answers to that question.  I believe that beauty is all around us and it has very little to do with ones outward appearance. 

I believe that you can find beauty in everyone, and in almost everything.  Sometimes you may have to dig deep to find it but, it's there. What is beauty to you?

View the process video for this painting on my YouTube channel.



Wednesday, September 14, 2016
When I first started painting about three years ago, the first medium that I experimented with was watercolor.  I felt like I did well with with them and, I even started selling my watercolor fashion illustrations in my Etsy shop.  In 2014 I switched over to acrylics and I fell in love!  Since then, it's been my medium of choice.  

My husband I and recently went on vacation and I knew that I wanted to pack a few art supplies to take with me.  I decided to take my watercolor palette as it was easy to travel with.  I sat down one evening after a day of hiking with my paper and palette and began to paint.  I quickly noticed that my rhythm was off,  I didn't feel as comfortable with the watercolors as I did before.  Needless to say, the painting turned out to be a horrible fail.  

When I returned home, I decided to dedicate more practice to watercolors.  So, I am pleased to introduce a new series which I am calling "Watercolor Wednesdays".  Each Wednesday I will post a watercolor study.  These studies will be in the form of process photos or videos.  Here is the first installment, "Girl In A Red Headband".



Monday, September 12, 2016
My husband and I recently traveled to Bavaria for a hiking vacation.  Bavaria is located in South Germany.  The countryside and the landscapes are breathtaking.  We hiked up, and down three mountains. It was a bit challenging but, the views from the top made it all worth it. I really felt like Julie Andrews in the Sound Of Music. Being in the mountains was the fulfillment of one of my childhood dreams.  I created an art journal page to commemorate my trip to Bavaria.  You can view the video entitled "Ode To Bavaria" on my Youtube channel.  Here are a few photos for you to enjoy as well.



Sunday, September 11, 2016
 Hello everyone,

I am so excited to announce that I have a Youtube channel!  This is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time and I am having so much fun!

Come on over to my channel and watch me paint and, go behind the scenes in the studio. You'll even get a peek into my daily life here in Germany.

Thanks, and I hope to see you over on Youtube soon!

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