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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tulips and Flutterbys

I've been so busy with school work this week that I keep running out of time to finish the painting that I finally completed in the studio last weekend. It's similar in style to my Whimsical Birds and Flowers painting that I did a couple of weeks ago. I am really enjoying the techniques I learned from the fabulous Brandi Dayton that I've used in these last couple of paintings! This one I'm just calling Tulips and Flutterbys. :)

Tulips and Flutterbys

Apparently I'm in the mood for Spring, no? I love tulips. I used to have so many of them in my yard. I need to plant some more. But I digress. This is a mixed media painting. I used acrylics, colored pencils, Neocolor II crayons, paint markers, and some ink to stencil the swirly in the background. I love how the little butterflies turned out--again, just a little touch of fun and whimsy.

I think I need to hang this in my kitchen so that something warm and cheery always greets me there in the morning. I may need to hang my other flower painting in this style in the kitchen too!



Friday, January 29, 2016

Ian Somerhalder in Blue

Well, you know it had to happen eventually. I HAD to create a portrait of Ian Somerhalder to add to my Celebrities in Blue collection. The only difference this time is that, instead of painting him in oils, I created him digitally on my iPad Pro that I got for Christmas. 

Ian Somerhalder in Blue Digital Art

Hello, beautiful man. (Yes, I still love my husband!). Ahem. He is rather gorgeous. I created this using ProCreate and Brushtrokes--two of my favorite art apps. Then I did a little digital enhancement on my computer when I was finished. I love how this turned out.

Gonna share this on Twitter too for Fang Art Friday! :)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Whimsical Birds and Flowers

The second painting that I created in the studio this week is the result of an online workshop created by artist, Brandi Dayton. I've followed Brandi for awhile, and I absolutely love her style of painting. It's just so warm and colorful and happy. So I was thrilled to see her offer this workshop, even though her generosity to make this workshop free was born out of a personal tragedy, which was the loss of her son. You can read about this workshop, and this first lesson here:


The first lesson involves whimsical birds and flowers, which is what I've created. I can't even tell you how much fun I had creating this painting. And Brandi's videos were very well done and easy to follow. I loved seeing her process, and it was great to use colored pencils in a mixed media painting, which I'd never really done before. So this is the result of the first lesson in Brandi's workshop.

Birds and Flowers Mixed Media

This mixed media painting is a combination of acrylics (the background), colored pencils (the flower stems and leaves, and the birds), Neocolor II Crayons (the flower petals), and paint markers (white outlines and white dots). I loved the whole process of this painting and I definitely want to use the techniques I learned from Brandi in other paintings. That is what I love about watching other artists work: it inspires me to try new things and approach things in brand new ways. And that always helps me to grow as an artist, which is always one of my primary goals.

Follow Your Heart Mixed Media

I finally had a chance to finish my recent mixed media painting that I started a couple of weeks ago. I got sidetracked with making party goodies for my granddaughter, Destiny's recent 6th birthday party. She had a Descendants themed party and that was lots of fun! But I was in the studio all day yesterday, and not not only did I finish this Follow Your Heart Mixed Media painting, I also did another one (I'll post about that later).

Follow Your Heart Mixed Media


I started with a collage of various scrapbook papers. Then I added some acrylic paints. Then it was time to start layering and adding textures. So I used several different stencils and a few different rubber stamps as well to do that. After doing that I added the heart, and embellished it with a stencil and some markers, and I added the wings with a stencil as well. Then I added a few more rubber stamps, and the lettering.

I really like how it turned out. These pinks and aquas are favorite colors of mine anymore. I seem to just gravitate toward them a lot in the studio. What are your favorite colors to paint with?

Monday, December 28, 2015

Metallic Doodle Mosaic

Well, the year is coming to a close. I haven't been able to get in my studio for two months since I've busy with an art teaching job, subbing for an art teacher at a nearby school who went on maternity leave. I had forgotten how much time it takes to teach all day and then lesson plan all evening--and keep up with two college classes to boot (not to mention the household stuff!). I do hope that recent teaching experience will help to land me a full time job this coming school year--fingers crossed. It was a great experience! But the sub job ended on the 22nd so I finally have a little free time again. 

That being said, I still haven't made it into my studio, but I do have plans do that by next weekend. I'm itching to paint, although my studio is such a mess I may end up cleaning it before I get to paint anything! C'es la vie. 

For now, I somehow manage to do a little doodling just for fun on the couch over the weekend. This is nothing spectacular, but I sometimes just being able to doodle a little bit will satisfy my creative cravings. So here is my Metallic Doodle Mosaic, done with just metallic colored pencils and a little white, on black paper. 

Metallic Doodle Mosaic Drawing

It actually looks better in person than it does in this photo. It is challenging to photograph metallic pencil at times. But you get the idea.

Hopefully my first post of the new year will feature a new painting! In the mean time, I hope you all enjoy what's left of your 2015, and may your new year be filled with many blessings...and lots of creative time!

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Lovely Rose

I was in the mood to create some digital art over the weekend. I had planned to get into the studio, since I've been doing so much school work lately that I haven't been in there much. But time got away from me, as it tends to do at times. But since I still wanted to create *something,* I decided to do a little digital magic late last night, starting with a vintage photo of Lily Elsie and see where it led me. This was the result.

A lovely Rose Lily Elsie

This was created with a combination of PaintShopPro and PhotoScape. Lots of layers of images here and various filters to create the final image. Thanks to the lovely rose herself, Lily Elsie, who inspires a lot of my digital art.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rainy Day Fairy

It's not raining, but I must have been thinking about the rain...and fairies, when I created this Rainy Day Fairy Art digital art. Every now and then a fairy has to make an appearance in my artwork (digital or otherwise), or I don't feel quite like myself. :) 

Rainy Day Fairy Art

You may recognize the lovely Lily Elise, who was the vintage photo inspiration for this piece. She makes regular appearances in my artwork. She was quite lovely, don't you think?

Hope this fairy art brings a little magic to your day, as it did to mine.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sunflower Friendship Mixed Media

I made a special mixed media painting for a very dear friend recently. I waited to post it until she'd received it, and now that she has I want to share it with all of you. My friend, Connie recently moved into a new home in Tennessee, and she loves sunflowers. So this was created especially for her.

Sunflower Friendship

I used lots of torn scrapbook paper, acrylic paints and paint pens, stencils, and some paper elements too. I always love making things for other people. It seems like the paintings I love the most are the ones I make as gifts for friends and family. Connie says that she has a sunflower-themed guest room, and that is where this painting will go. I hope it brings a little sunshine to everyone who sleeps in that room. :)