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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Outlander The Red Dress

Are any of you Outlander fans? I'm a wee bit obsessed myself. I even have a Tumblr blog dedicated to the show. I just did some digital art for that blog last night, but thought I'd share it here too...in case any of you are Claire and JAMMF fans. :)

Outlander 202 Red Dress Digital Art

Outlander 202 Red Dress Kiss Digital Art

I've only read the first three books in the Outlander series so far. I'm planning to read more, and I especially want to stay ahead of the TV show. I can't watch a TV show or movie and THEN read the book it's based on. That totally ruins the book for me. I can only do it the other way around. :)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to episode 3 this weekend. Vive la France!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Kept Heart Kephart

I'm very into genealogy and sleuthing around in my family tree. I have a particular affection for one of my great, great grandparents, Susan Eleanor (Templeton) Kephart, who is in my maternal line. One day awhile back I was just playing around with some digital art and created this piece using a photograph of her holding my great grandfather. I don't think I ever posted it. I liked the meaning behind the quote, about how life is fleeting, and how it's in everything around us.

Kephart Digital Art

I never got to meet my great grandfather or his mother, but I keep their memory alive in my heart, and in my art. NAIH ♥

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dracula Digital Art

I was in the mood to play on my iPad Pro a couple of weeks ago. I need the practice in making digital art on that, since I'm so used to doing it on my PC. I have several great apps on the iPad that I'm still learning to use. So I decided to create some digital art for one of my former students, who has a real love of horror movies and characters from them. Dracula ended up being my theme--and I mean old school Dracula, because those are the only horror movies I ever really watched growing up. This was the result.

Dracula Digital Art Creation

I used a combination of three apps: ProCreate, Stackables, and Brushstroke. And then also a couple of minor editing using Paint Shop Pro on my PC after I was finished using the apps. I really like how this turned out. And the bonus is that my former students seemed to really like it too. Win!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Stars Beauty Mixed Media Girl

Last year I created a post about the art journal spread I was doing after buying Jane Davenport's book called Beautiful Faces. After I had finished that spread last April, I had gone in a few months later and added some stars to my mixed media girl I'd created in the spread. And as I was flipping through some photos today, I realized I never shared the updated creation. So I'm gonna share that with you now.

Stars Beauty Mixed Media

I just thought that my background was a bit plain, especially considering that most of the time I add torn paper or something to the backgrounds of my paintings. I wasn't feeling like adding solid color, and I didn't want to distract from the face too much. So I decided that stars would be the way to go. It added a sense of texture and just a little something extra to make it feel more finished. I like her much better now. Sometimes you just have to step away from something you've done for awhile, and then come back and look at it again with fresh eyes. It can make all the difference.

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Mixed Media

After about a month of being so busy with school work that I couldn't manage to find creative time in my studio, I finally got a little bit of a break and spent my entire Sunday painting away. It was wonderful. And I felt like making a Mixed Media Girl, since I haven't painted one in quite awhile. I'd hope to do a page in my art journal as well. I got the page all gesso'd and prepped but didn't have enough time for a journal page. So I'll try to do that next time. But this painting--Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful--is the result of my studio time yesterday.

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Mixed Media

Hopefully I'll be back in the studio next weekend. I hate it when I can't get in there. My muse gets a little feisty when I can't let her out to play. ;)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Red Poppies Redux

Last year I did a painting of a Red Poppy. I liked it, but I didn't love it. So I decided to work a little digital magic and try to turn it into something that I love. Guess what? It worked. Behold, my Red Poppy Redux.

Red Poppies Redux

So now instead of this just being an acrylic painting, it's become a mixed media painting: a mixture of acrylics and digital art. I truly do love it now. There's just something about poppies I have always loved. :)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Dragonfly Stained Glass Painting

I watched another tutorial recently by Brandi Dayton where she did a painting to sort of look like stained glass. Since I like to create actual stained glass from time to time, I thought it would be fun to try a painting that looked like it. This is the result. 

Dragonfly Stained Glass painting

This was fun to do and rather relaxing too. I will probably do more stained glass-style paintings in the future. I chose a dragonfly because my mom really loved dragonflies. I think she would have liked this one. :)

Monday, February 15, 2016

You Are Loved Mixed Media

I got a few projects going in the studio over the weekend, but this is the only one I managed to get finished. Another mixed media project with a heart theme. I couldn't help myself. 

You Are Loved Mixed Media

I collaged a few types of scrapbook paper in the background, then added a few colors of acrylic paints...added some stenciling and stamping and the heart, then more stenciling and embellishing until it was complete. 

Next week I'll have a painting to share that isn't mixed media. Can't wait to share it once it's finished!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Fairy Nicolette

I have a beautiful and fabulous niece named Nicci. Well, technically her name is Christina Nicole (she was named after me, because my given name is Christina), but she goes by Nicci. And Nicci's birthday is on Valentine's Day, just like my sister. How cool is that? And this year she said she would like for me to paint her a fairy for her birthday. Ask and ye shall receive, as they say. So please meet Nicolette, the fairy that I named after Nicci. :)

Fairy Nicolette

She was created primarily with Neocolor II crayons, but I also used some paint pens and some stamp ink and stencils too. Nicci is fond of purple, and even though it looks a little more pink in this photo, she really has a lot of purples too. And I was only too happy to create this little bit of magic for my sweet Nicci!