I’m very excited to have this shop as it is one more way to have my work available to the public. Bluebirds of Happiness are the latest creations I’ve been working on at the Farmers Market and what doesn’t sell at the market will be available at my Etsy shop.
One of my goals as Springtime approaches, is to incorporate bees into three collage/paintings measuring 11″x14″. Above, you will see the beginning stages of my work using my blossom sketch, bees I’ve drawn and cut out pieces of paper. I find as I walk outside and see beautiful pink blossoms on the trees and pink and yellow tulips popping, I want to incorporate those into my artwork.
Shown above are the blossoms I painted this morning as well as the background color and the collaged leaves. While working, the thought crosses my mind, “do I want to apply any ink to these paintings, or just stay with embroidery for detail?” Time will tell!
Prior to the NoBo First Friday show (in the usual creative frenzy of thinking I will get even more accomplished before the show), I began nine more bluebirds for 5×7 paintings. I finished my first one last night! A section of it is shown in the upper right corner of the photo.
I began with a small canvas and applied color to the outer edges. While at one of my favorite stores, Two Hands Paperie, I found a beautiful pack of papers. After choosing one of these lovely paper as a background for the bird, I cut it to the desired size and applied it to the canvas. Using one of the previously painted nine birds, I trimmed it out (similar to the one with the white background) and applied the bird to the background. At this point the background competed for attention with the bird and I brushed on a glaze to tone it down.
Next, I painted more leaves and branches. After allowing drying time, I picked up a pen and added lines for shading and outlining. The ink added more depth and dimension to the piece. All that is now left to do is sign it!
If you are so interested by this little bluebird and would like to inquire regarding purchasing, contact me through the “contact” tab above.
At the beginning of January, I decided to take part in doing a daily sketch through The Artist Table. Almost every day I’ve been doing my daily sketch/drawing.
This is a photo of what I did last night. I used a photo from earlier this year as my reference.
My level of comfort in using a brush pen is increasing. The sketches/drawings I create are without the use of a pencil and eraser. In other words, every single mark I make with the brush pen is permanent, whether I like it or not. It’s a great way to look closer and be more determined and accepting of each stroke,
I also find a challenge in creating the marks to denote values and shadows. The interaction and play of patterns can be quite fun!