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Monday, March 23, 2015

Blue Horse

I felt like doing something a little different in the studio yesterday. Something moved me to do a horse painting, so that's what I did. But I made my horse blue for a touch of fantasy.

Blue Horse Painting

First I'll say that this looks better in person than it does in the photo. Neither my scanner nor my camera seemed to want to capture a good image today for some reason. But I think you'll get the idea.

The horse is done in Inktense pencils. If you've never used Inktense, they come in both pencil and block forms. I have both, but I used the pencils on this. The pencils work much like watercolor pencils, in that you draw with them and then add water. Only with Inktense, the "leads" are made with compressed ink pigment instead of watercolor. The ink becomes super vibrant once it's wet, and adding any wet media (water, gesso, etc) is what makes the color permanent. So with the horse I drew him in regular pencil, then outlined with Inktense. Then I added water, then added more Inktense and more water, and I kept repeating that until I was happy with the horse. I did the background with Inktense and stencils. There's a tiny bit of Pitt pen that I used on the horse's eye, so with that this is technically a mixed media painting. But it is mostly Inktense, and it's done on watercolor paper.

I've never really painted a horse before. I did do a unicorn with my recent Unicorn Girl painting, but that was a little more whimsical than this. I love how it turned out, and I don't think it's too shabby at all for my first horse. Who knows, maybe I'll do another one of these days.

Art Journal Flowers

I did a couple of things in the studio over the weekend. The first thing was an art journal page. I hadn't art journaled for awhile and I felt like adding a page. And since I was in the mood for flowers...

Art Journal Page of Flowers

Looking forward to Spring flowers and no more snow, that's for sure! The flower colors here were made with bleeding tissue paper cut into flowery shapes. Then I stamped on flower designs, and then finished by drawing on stems and leaves. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hey Girl Addict

If you follow Art Chick Studio on Facebook, then you know I'm rather a fan of the "Hey, Girl" Ryan Gosling memes. I make some of my own from time to time, and I share others I find on FB too. I'm not sure how those Hey, Girl memes ever got started, but some of them are so hilarious. It didn't take me long to become addicted to them. So, to help fuel my addiction, I decided I'd start sharing some of those memes here on the blog. :) Here are a couple that I've made myself.

Hey Girl Ryan Gosling Art Supplies

Hey, Girl Ryan Gosling Chaos

More to come in the future, as I find some and/or make more of my own. Have a great weekend.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Splish Splash Abstract Art

I finished this art piece last weekend while in the studio. It was a commission by one of my former art students. She wanted something for her daughters' bathroom--something abstract. She wanted me to use purple and bright green, since those were her bathroom colors, but the rest she left up to me. And this was the result. 

Splish Splash Abstract Art

This is mostly acrylic paints. I scraped the background colors on with an old credit card. The circles were made with various lids in my studio and a few other round things here and there. I added some details with markers and paint pens too. It was fun to create and I was so glad to be able to do this for them.

Nicolas Cage Pop Art

I was looking through some old artwork last night and decided to have some digital fun with some old oil paintings. This one is based on a portrait of Nicolas Cage that I did several years ago. The original is all in blues, but I felt like changing it up.

Nicolas Page Portrait

It kind of has a Pop Art feel, and I love the reds and grays together. Not sure if Andy Warhol would approve or not, but I like it. Thanks to Nicolas for inspiring me with his face! :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Light Up Mixed Media

I was thinking about my mom a lot the past week. That's nothing new. But this time it inspired a painting, which I created in the studio over the weekend. 

Light Up Mixed Media Painting

I used Inktense Blocks for the background, kind of as an experiment--because they're so vibrant. The silhouettes are done in acrylic. And the text is acrylic stamping. The words are from a Leona Lewis song that I love called, Run. And every time I hear that song I think of my mom. It's just a reminder for myself that even though she's no longer here, she still beside me, always.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Sky's the Limit

I haven't done a Three Muses challenge in awhile, so I decided to participate in this week's challenge, which is called The Sky's the Limit. I didn't create something brand new though. Rather, I took a page from one of my art journal's and transformed it into new digital Fairy Art.

Maxfield Parrish Digital Fairy Art

My original piece is called BECOMING YOURSELF. <--If you click on that it will take you to that original blog post. I cropped the photo a bit and then added my digital magic. And of course, this digital art features the art of one of my favorite artists, Maxfield Parrish. I turned his lovely lady into a fairy. And I really like how this art journal page turned digital art came out.