The Fascination with Tiny Art

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2016 by rcscreations

If my calculations are correct (and I think they are)…then I have completed 70 painted tea bags as of today. Seventy painted tiny treasures in five weeks. Don’t ask me how…  All I can say is that I feel like I did over 10 years ago, when I first learned what an ATC (Artist Trading Card) was…and I had to make a bazillion of them, because I thought they were so cool!

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Part of the secret to my success…or obsession…is THIS…my make-shift “stay wet palette”. Now, I have wanted one of the Masterson ones for years, but have never bought it.  So, I decided since I have been snatching moments to go into the art room to paint tiny tea bags, I should try not to waste paint. Here is my solution…  a disposable pie plate, with cover, several wet napkins on the bottom, and deli sheets with paint on top. When I am done, then I cover the pie plate. And the paint remains wet for a few days.

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I am still very much in love with the process of painting on tea bags…so much so, that I have been trying out different kinds. I prefer not steeping the tea bags with the tea leaves in them. They take longer to prep. The steeped and dried tea leaves are not easy to get out of the bags….and I just love the painting part of it. SO, I found that acrylic Burnt Umber Liquitex Ink does a great job in “faking” tea stain. And I can blow dry them in seconds, and start painting!

My favorite tea bag of choice (at the moment) doesn’t come with any tea in it at all…they are disposable tea bags, and thank you Amazon for delivering them in two days!🙂 Summit Tea Co.

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Twins – one of my favorite tea bag portraits…ever.

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Here is the process of painting it. With Burnt Umber acrylic ink, and then a coat of clear gesso over the top of that…it makes a wonderful surface to paint on. The dimensions of this tea bag is 3 3/8 x 3 7/8 inches… So…that’s way larger than a typical tea bag. Which enabled me to paint multiple people on one bag.

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Three Sisters – Yep, I can fit 3 on one bag!  Trying for some looseness in these portraits. I put down these brush strokes and didn’t mess with them much after that.

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These two are the Celestial Seasonings Vanilla Rooibos tea bags…steeped and oven dried, makes them a bit crispy to work on. They do wrinkle a bit.

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The Summit Tea Co bags are more fabric like in their feel, and a real pleasure to work on…not too many wrinkles to navigate.

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This is one of the five tea bags that has already sold. That makes me soooo happy that other people love my tea bag portraits too!!!

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Love the swatches of color on her face! I am pretending to be Matisse!

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I was smitten with this one right away… Antonia… And surprisingly the afterthought of a Fleur de Lis emblem was easy enough to paint.  Someone in my tea bag portrait class bought this one.

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You can never get too tired of Rococo pink wigs, can you???

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And dots for hair!

In the last week, I have added a BUNCH of tea bag portraits to my Etsy shop. Take a look.

While not officially a tea bag…I decided to paint even smaller…a tiny cardboard jewelry box. Only 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches…one of the smallest portraits I’ve ever done!

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I am just a little bit in love with this one…ok, more than a little bit. My teacher in this class, has dared me to paint a portrait on a postage stamp!!! Now, THAT is tiny!!! I am looking for a largish vintage stamp to paint on…IF I attempt it. You know me, always up for a challenge!!!

One of the assignments from the Tiny Bags of Love class, was to make a tea bag journal. And since I am not fond of sewing, I made a no-sew accordion style tea bag book.

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Unpainted tea bags, prepped with gesso, and then drawn on with a Micron pen.

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It’s pretty amazing what you can do with a paper cutter, glue stick and tape!

I am still doing my scribble portraits every night before bed. Sometimes it is just with a pen, and other times I add colored pencil.

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And I am still playing with my Prisma App! It completely changes the look of these drawings.

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I printed out some of the Prisma altered art photos, and made thank you cards with them.

I have a pretty big addiction to iPhone photography and art apps…in case you didn’t know. I think my very first purchased app, was Hipstamatic, and I still love using it to this day. I have purchased a few (ok, more than a few) of their “film and lens” kits for the app, and there are days I wander around the house trying them out.

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You can see I have little collections of things everywhere, from shells and rocks collected from beaches, to my vintage watercolor paint tins, old books, and dried flowers. Yes, I am a collector.

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And last but not least….a “large” portrait. Yes, at this point, 5 x 7 inches seems pretty big when compared to a tea bag! “Janie and her Polka Dots” is now in the Etsy shop.

So there you have it, my fascination with tea bags, and so much more. More tea bags are on the easel… 30 more to go, to my goal of 100 tea bags!

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Tea Bags and Scribbling

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2016 by rcscreations

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It’s a new month, but it feels like a continuation of August, as I continue with my love of painting tea bags and scribbling portraits. But there is something new I have been playing with, and that is the Prisma app on my phone…I am loving it so much, especially the Mosaic feature. Here are a few altered photos from my Amsterdam 2014 trip…they look like very cool illustrations, thanks to Prisma.

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I was thinking how cool it would be to print these out and put them on postcards or greeting cards.  

And now on to the tea bags…they have STILL captured my heart. I am up to 56 painted tea bags as of today.

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A few of these were prepared first with plaster (Spackle), or molding paste, to get a very textured background.

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And this one, was probably the most challenging one….tall and skinny and oh so difficult to paint. But I LOVE how she turned out, complete with flowered hat.

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And this one was painted and gifted to my Mom. 

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These two you saw with my last post, but I did find these adorable display stands at Michaels and thought they were really a great way to display these without a frame.

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These last two, as well as five other painted tea bags are now for sale in my Etsy shop. I will slowly be adding more this month. I think they are a great way to have original art in your home, without taking up too much valuable wall or shelf space. 

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SIX WEEKS OF SCRIBBLES

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Before a little colored pencil and graphite…… and after

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So, I’ve been VERY diligent in the last six weeks, to do at least ONE scribble sketch a day. Sometimes I only have time and energy for a pen scribble, and other days, I can add colored pencil to them. I really love the look of these scribbles…it’s been ONE YEAR since starting Julie Johnson’s Scribble Art class, and it has changed the way I draw!

I also joined a Craftsy class taught by Urban Sketcher, Marc Taro Holmes, Travel Sketching…and I am loving it so far! If you haven’t taken a Craftsy class, I highly recommend it. The classes are always on sale, and most can be purchased for under $20.  Here I am practicing line work from landscape photos found on Pinterest…

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and the next assignment was to add dark shadows to the line drawings.

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The classes range from sewing to drawing to painting, to cake decorating and more. I am all for online classes…learning in your jammies is GREAT fun!  

And last but not least, a bit more acrylic painting…some on wooden blocks…

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some on slate…for my “Nature’s Canvas” class taught by Tania Bain.

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And these are two more 5 x 7 inch acrylic paintings on Ampersand Gessobord    

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What Dreams May Come – a continuation of my Dream portraits series. These last two, and seven of my tea bag portraits are now available in my Etsy shop.  

I’ll be back soon, to share more art love🙂  

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And then there were 36…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2016 by rcscreations

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So, 2 1/2 weeks ago, the Tiny Bags of Love class started. In my last post, (the portraits above) you could tell I was a bit enthusiastic about the class and the techniques of painting on these tiny “canvases”….  Well, 36 tea bags later (not counting the few coffee filter portraits I did), I am, what I have been called by a fellow classmate, “Beautifully obsessed”.  

In the last couple weeks, I have been pretty unstoppable. I work on these in batches. Some are easy, and some take more than a day, or two, to finish. Painting tiny can have it’s challenges!

Here is the gallery of goodies for you…

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One of my very favorites, of course… I call it, Tea With Vincent.

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A bit of a self portrait…with the man of my dreams (and my reality)

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Frida inspired…. Digging those thick eyebrows.  And a little white gel pen to add words.

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I love the unfinished look of this portrait…aiming for looseness, a bit of abstraction.

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The round tea bags are Tetley brand, from England. They make such a fun surface to work on.

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These next two, are an experiment with gouache. 

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And this one above, is an experiment with black ink, white gesso, and a little watercolor added.

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I am proud of myself for trying HANDS! Or shall I say…TINY hands! 

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These tea bags are actually disposable empty tea bags, for you to put your loose tea in…which is why there is a draw string on top. I didn’t even know such things existed, until I saw someone using them in class...so I ordered some from Amazon…because of course, Amazon has everything you need (or didn’t realize you needed), and you can have it in two days!🙂   This portrait above was almost a lost cause…and I almost thought of ripping it up and starting over. But the teacher encouraged us to keep trying, and save the ones that were giving us a hard time. There are SO many layers here, the portrait is almost 3D! 

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I love how this class is pulling me out of my rut of too much detail…I mean look at some of these loose portraits, and the blobs of color here. It is stretching me to new ways of working…and I like it!

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This one reminds me of a Matisse painting.

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Two faces on one tea bag…is a challenge!

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A Parisian beauty….loving that red hair!

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The tape I used to hold the tea bag in place while painting, didn’t want to come off the tea bag, so I have a tear..,..but I love it anyway. This portrait…this face, and all the layers…(swoon…one of my favorites!)

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These tea bags are so nice to paint on….larger than the round ones, and once they are given a coat of gesso, they really take the paint well. 

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These are the last three I’ve finished working on…yesterday.  The background here, is a piece of cardboard, that I once used as a palette.

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This tiny portrait of “Fashionable Sisters”, took probably the longest to work on than any of these…but I stuck with it, and finally ended up with a tiny painting I love.

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And this last one???? Well, she is probably the quirkiest of all the faces I’ve done on these bags. There was something about that yellow blob of paint on her forehead…instead of making it more realistic, I went with it, and added MORE yellow to the portrait, and once I tidied up her crazy little hairstyle…I called her finished!  

I have more tea bags prepped and ready to go…. Guess what I will be doing tomorrow????

 

From selfies to tea bags

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11, 2016 by rcscreations

Some exciting art happening around here…even in the middle of summer. I am taking two online classes that have gotten me so excited about painting. One is Gillian Lee Smith’s Unearth, Gather, Create…which I am loving. She is very detailed, and I love listening to her Scottish/English accent, as she is teaching us to use lots of different materials, and dig deeper into our art. She is even encouraging us to do self portraits. So here goes…  

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This is a pencil drawing from a selfie of mine. It sure is difficult getting the proportions of a familiar face just right!  

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But I was also determined to paint it…and in using just Ivory Black and Titanium White paint, I was able to concentrate on the values and shapes of the face, without worrying about color. Painting the eyes…ah, that was the tough part! But the funny thing is, as I was painting the eyes, I kept seeing family members, past and present, show up. I guess it’s all genetics, after all. This portrait, this simply painted portrait, is probably the truest and most honest portrait of myself I have ever painted. I see myself in those eyes. And I feel like this is a huge accomplishment in trying to get ME on the painted surface. It is the vulnerable me…with no pretense, no hiding. Just me.

I have lots of teachers of classes to thank for getting me this far, and definetely have Gillian to thank, for pushing me forward with the confidence and skill to do this (as I wipe the sweat off my brow).  

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My next class, that started earlier this week, is with Jeanne-Marie Webb…an artist I have “known” since years back…we have been in many Misty Mawn’s online classes together. I have admired her art for a very long time! And in 2015, she embarked on an art quest…to paint 365 portraits on…TEA BAGS! At the end of last year, I was happy to be able to purchase one of her works of art on a tea bag…

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  Isn’t she lovely???  

She is now teaching this class online, Tiny Bags of Love, and I jumped at the chance to learn from her. I am really enjoying the videos, that concentrate on drawing and painting, and not just using drawing skills, but also painting intuitively. By the way, this class is closed, but a second class starts August 15th, so click on the link above if you are interested.

Here’s what I have worked on so far…

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And I even worked on tea stained coffee filters

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 I have to say, I jumped in feet first, painting furiously, then moving on to the assignment of drawing small portraits. 

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I have wanted so much, to paint more loosely…and with these small and fast paintings, I feel like I am striving towards that goal. Who knew that looseness would come by working on tiny “canvases”?!?! I am using Celestial Seasonings tea bags, because they are larger and more of a square format, and they work very well with a little gesso painted on first.

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When paint isn’t available, it sure is great to have a cheapie little PaperMate mechanical pencil to do some drawing.  The 1st set of drawings above, were intuitive drawings with no references. The second set, were taken from some of my 5 x 7 inch paintings, shrunk down to 2 x 2 inches. I hope to paint more tea bags next week!

I am also trying to be diligent with my daily scribble art drawings. Even if I can’t paint, I can always take a few minutes to draw. It’s calming to me, and also helping me with my painting skills. 

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Some of these drawings are with Staedtler or Micron pens, and some are with added colored pencils and white gel pen. This last one, is just pencil…a cross between a Frida and a Modigliani.  

That’s all for now…

I hope you are keeping busy with art too!!!

Escape from the sun

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2016 by rcscreations

Yes, it’s the middle of summer….

 while most people love the chance to be warm in the sun…I hide from it…I always have an escape plan, and that escape plan usually includes ART in the air conditioned studio art room.

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One of my favorite purchases of the summer…my Raskog cart from IKEA…a perfect place to have drawing supplies on wheels!

We took a short vacation to the ocean last month, and I took a small arsenal of art supplies with me. 

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At this table, I had a view of the ocean…pure bliss.

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I am still enamored with Scribble Art, as you will see.

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And while I took a short break to paint, I always come back to the mighty pen.

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These are the last eight days of scribble portraits. I am trying to do one a day…again. I had a good routine going, then things got in the way. And now the goal is back…all I need is a comfy place to sit, a Staedtler or Micron pen, and a piece of paper.

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This character is one of my very favorites!

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I haven’t forgotten my love of painting. In fact, I was happy to delve into water lilies again! They have a way of calming me. All of these water lilies are in my Etsy shop.

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I knew I wanted to paint a couple Rococo inspired pieces, so I found some vintage fashion illustrations, and made some drawings first in pencil.

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Then came the paintings.

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Both on 8 x 10 inch gessobord and I’m happy to say, both are sold to repeat customers. (insert happy dance here)

I am taking a “Fractured Portraits” class from Kate Thompson, because I am trying to get more loose in my brush strokes…not so tight and detailed. Here are the stages and the final painting of Mia.

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Mia – 12 x 12 inch acrylic on canvas panel (available on Etsy)

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And another attempt at painting looser…from start to finish. From graphite pencil, to inktense pencil and water and brush…

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to the addition of acrylic

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and more layers

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And the finished paintings. This is Alita – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on gessobord

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Aimee – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on gessobord

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Maryl – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on gessobord

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And this is Mercy – also a 5 x 7 inch acrylic on gessobord  

All four paintings above are now in my Etsy shop.

And this week, my newest portraits…still trying to keep the “looseness” theme going, but I constantly want to go back and blend brush strokes…old habits are hard to break!

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Theodora – 6 x 6 inch acrylic painting on gessobord (SOLD)

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Lillian – 6 x 6 inch acrylic on gessobord

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Kitty – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on gessobord

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And look! A side view portrait! I think I can count on one hand the amount of side view portraits I have done! But Kate Thompson’s class is encouraging me to try again. This is Gwendolyn. These last three are available in my Etsy shop.

This week, after a couple sales, I decided to buy a self study course by Gillian Lee Smith, called Unearth, Gather, Create. I am excited by this course, because I completely loved her Drawn to Expression class I purchased in April. I am watching a few videos every day…there are six weeks of videos, from drawing, to charcoal, to pastels, to acrylic, and oil pastels, and more…she is an awesome teacher. My next post should show work from that class. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer, whether it is out in the sun, or in an air conditioned room…I hope you are creating some sort of art!

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A little Dr Seuss (and art too)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2016 by rcscreations

 How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before its afternoon.

December is here before its June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?

~Dr. Seuss

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Looking for June quotes, I came across this one. I LOVE how Dr. Seuss made up his own words! What an imagination!

Yes, time has “flewn” so very quickly! And yes, it’s June….and a very HOT one it has been so far. Not my favorite season, this so-hot-but-not-even-summer-yet  kind of weather, that we seem to have just about every end of May, into June. Not a fan. In fact, it just makes me tired…and though I have loads of artwork I want to try…I am sluggish. On days it’s too tiring to paint, I read about painting. Or watch class videos on drawing or painting. Or sometimes I just veg on the couch and watch a good British mystery. I rarely recommend movies or shows, but I just finished one called Doctor Thorne on Amazon (free if you have Prime). If you like Anthony Trollope (The Way We Live Now) or Jane Austen (Emma and Pride and Prejudice) you will love this series.

My love for making art never wanes. When I’m too whooped to paint, drawing with my pens, pencils, colored pencils, etc…makes me happy. I can do this on the couch (and even in my pajamas, if need be). 

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I’ve been drawing a lot on toned paper, and really loving the look of it. When you add a little colored pencil to it…it gets quite dreamy.

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While I was on the phone, I started drawing on the cardboard on the table. I liked it so much, I decided to add colored pencil.

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I am loving Prismacolor pencils lately…so much!

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And I am playing around with more pens. I found a few inexpensive pens at the art store and decided to add a wash to them, with an aquabrush. I love how the shading happens…

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And I am still loving the look of Scribble Art portraits.

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I started a new journal a few weeks ago, and have been filling it with faces…

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Most of these faces are from Master Drawings found in museums. This is from a portrait of Anthony van Dyck.

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And some of these are drawings from my paintings. This one was inspired by a painting of a painting, by Marie Laurencin. This has been a fun way to practice faces. It’s a small book, about 4 x 5 inches, but a great way to do quick sketches. I hope by the end of summer, it is filled with fun little portrait sketches!

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I didn’t know that Strathmore made a paper pad specifically for Colored Pencil, until I went into a small art store in a university town. I thought I would give it a try.

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I like the texture of this paper very much! And color pencil work looks great on it!

Last month, I decided to try an assignment from Gillian Lee Smith’s class, Drawn to Expression. It called for spraying your watercolor paper with water, then adding ink and paint, and spraying it again, and then adding pencils, and more ink, and letting things flow. A lesson in looseness, and to play with the unexpected.

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When they had dried, I went in with colored pencils, carbon paper, and graphite, to add more detail.

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How’s this for looseness?!?!?!  I really LOVE how these turned out. I would have never thought to work this way. This is an awesome class assignment (an awesome class!) and I can’t wait to get back to some of the exercises.

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  I also played around with paint last month…craft paints actually. These are Hand Made Modern Acrylic Paints, recommended by Mindy Lacefield. They did a great job on these Spring Mail Art cards that were sent out a few weeks ago. The colors are vibrant. I think I will use them in my journal, instead of my Liquitex, Amsterdam and Golden paints. For an average of $2 a bottle, I am ok with that!

There are also new portraits in the online shop!

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All five of these are on 5 x 7 inch Ampersand gessobord, and painted with acrylics. Esperanza was an experiment in composition, and I think it turned out well.

All five of these are now in my online shop, ArtcyLucy Studio on Etsy.

And finally, one last painting…for my husband’s niece who graduated from high school this weekend. I hope she likes it!

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and the final painting -Samantha

 I’ll be back in the art room soon, back to organizing and tossing out or giving away things I don’t need, in order to give me a bit more elbow room when I paint. I also may treat myself to a new easel in the near future, so any recommendations would be great. I have an H frame easel at the moment that works fine. And I have been using it for the last four years. But things are starting to fall off of it, and I think it is telling me it wants to retire (poor overused and unappreciated easel)🙂 It’s led a noble life.

I hope you are surviving the heat (or cold, depending on where you are!).

 Here a bit more Seussian wisdom for you.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.

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It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.

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You are you and that is true, there’s no one in the world who’s you-er than you.

(Dr. Seuss)

What happened to April?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2016 by rcscreations

I didn’t mean to skip a month in posting…honest. I actually had been very busy getting class assignments and commission work done, when  BAM!  I got sick. It just kinda happened. That’s what I get for boarding a plane.

  
Oh well, I am back home now, and still on the mend… but well enough to type a blog post, and let you know what I have been working on.

I am still into SCRIBBLE ART! Not a great surprise, I know.

 

What can I say…I just love the flow of the pen on paper. This drawing above, was one I started at my friend’s studio…where we played with gelli plate printing with other artist friends, and then I was asked to do a little demo on scribble art. I’ve done three renditions of this girl with roses in her hair. I love each of them.

 

A little scribbling, with a little Kees van Dongan and Modigliani influence.

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This was part of my “sketching in public” day, waiting for the car to be serviced.

  
And so was she. I brought along my iPad with photo references. And a couple pens, and my little Piccadilly journal. 

 

And the next day, waiting on a different vehicle being serviced…I settled in at Mickey D’s…trying not to get distracted by everyone’s conversations around me, and just draw.


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Before my trip, I started a self study online class with Gillian Lee Smith, called Drawn to Expression. I want to get more loose in my drawings, and in my paintings. There were four weeks worth of videos. These were my first assignments, just loose drawing with charcoal pencil.

I ordered some supplies for the class, like this new little Strathmore toned paper journal, and a set of Conte crayons, that are like hard pastels.

   

I decided to go with my husband to his business trip in San Diego. While I was there, I enjoyed a trip the art museum, and Spanish Village Art Center. I also took along some of my supplies, and watched class videos on my iPad and then did some of the class assignments. It was so relaxing to work on art throughout the day.

I enjoyed some of these 30 second to one minutes face drawings, a five minute drawing, as well as a 20 minute drawing (that took only 18).  Mostly with charcoal and graphite.

I decided to add freckles to this little drawing I worked on, but instead it make her look like a rabbit, so I called her Bunny Girl.

 

I love her playful hair! Scribble art in the hotel room. Such fun!

 

Conte crayons, charcoal pencil, colored pencils, just trying to get loose in my portraits.  

Michelangelo would probably cringe at my scribble art of his masterpiece. But I love it. I remember standing in front of this statue at the Louvre, and taking photo after photo after photo.

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Second day of hotel room art…. Getting looser! Trying charcoal pencils, Stabilo pencils, spraying them with water, and working into it some more.

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Charcoal and Conte crayon (I adore this portrait!)

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And one scribble portrait for the day. “It’s good to be Queen”, she says.

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Last full day of art making. I went to the nearby Staples store to get carbon paper, and used it for a couple of these assignments…a type of blind contour drawing on the carbon paper onto the paper below it….my favorite of the carbon paper assignments, is the one on the lower right (of the photo above) of the three girls.

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My favorite loose portrait of the day, a rough and loose pen sketch of Alberto Giacometti. His work is very interesting to look at, from the very loose sketches and paintings, to his very tall and skinny sculptures.

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But I also REALLY love this portrait of Renoir. It was the assignment where we drew, and erased, draw some more, erase some, draw more, erase…to create depth. I love the depth and emotion in this portrait. And secretly, I wish I could paint like Renoir!

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I got home from the trip, with a bad cold, that went into my chest…so lots and lots of coughing, lots of staying home under a blanket with a cup of tea…AND digital art. iPad sketching and Apple pencil. I used a few different apps for this one, but mostly Art Set Pro app, it’s my favorite!

More digital art below

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I am also learning to appreciate adding colored pencil to my pen drawings.

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I’ve been ordering some new supplies, like this Bee Paper Bogus Rough Sketch paper. Almost the texture of a paper bag, but better. It takes to pen and  pencil very nicely! They come in large sheets, and I would love to try some larger portraits and figure sketches.

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I also tried R&F oil sticks, which have oil paint and wax in them. I used it to create the portrait above, with pastels and charcoal and pencils…and oil sticks. My first time using these materials together. It was VERY tough! And I am still waiting for the oil stick to dry! This girl is used to quick drying acrylics, so this was WAY out of my comfort zone. But it was one of the assignments for the Drawn to Expression class, and I was up to try it.

 More scribbling portraits…because I love it.

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These two guys were part of a Jean-Francoise Raffaelli painting, and I loved their stance, and knew I wanted to sketch them. I am getting more and more comfortable sketching with pen!

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This was drawn with carbon paper, using three separate reference photos, and then I went in later with more pen. I might have to paint something like this.

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And back to my continuous line drawings…they make fine characters, don’t you think? I missed drawing like this, you really do look long and hard at the reference photo to capture shapes, instead of details.

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I also worked on two commissioned paintings last month, and four new ones for my shop. All before I got sick.

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Angelica- 8×10 inch acrylic painting on Ampersand gessobord

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Katelyn – 5 x 7 inch acrylic painting on Ampersand gessobord  They are now both with their new owner, as of yesterday, and she LOVES them! I fell in love with the Angelica painting, and secretly wanted to keep her for myself!  

Four more paintings that I finished…three are still available in the shop.

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 Joan (sold)    

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Flowers in her Hair   – 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting

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Sweet Jenny   – 5 x 7 inch acrylic painting 

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The Dreaming Rose – 5 x 7 inch acrylic painting You can find these three, and many more in my online Etsy shop, ArtcyLucy Studio.

I’ll leave you with one last drawing today. Back to just graphite for this one…practicing side views, ears, and hands! 

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I am coughing less, and slowly getting my energy back, so I hope to get back to the more energetic art of painting soon. In the meantime, I will just be sketching and relaxing.

I hope you are healthy and happy and surrounded by lots and lots of art!

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