Category Archives: Art

Feather and Flower Seeds

Have been wanting to paint a feather, so I played around with this shape and added some graphic elements. The page looked bare, so I dug through my ephemera stash and found this handmade seeded paper that had just the right colors in it and I glued it to my page. Guess I’ll never know now what kind of flower seeds were in that paper…

 

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Back to My Sketchbook

I want to work more in my sketchbooks this year and found this partially used mixed media sketchbook when I was unpacking a few of my art supplies.  The paper isn’t the best, but it will take watercolor and marker without bleeding through, so I’ll use it to do some doodling and designs.

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I sketched sections of this design in pencil using HB lead in a Staedtler lead holder.  LOVE my Staedtler lead holders. I keep HB lead in one and 2B lead in the other.

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With the sketch finished, Winsor & Newton pan watercolors were used to lay in the color.  This is my favorite watercolor palette, the Martin Mijello airtight palette.

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The watercolors were allowed to dry, then Pigma Micron markers in sizes 05 and 1 were used to emphasize the lines.

 

Back to the Drawing Board

Have been so busy the last few months that I’ve only passed through the upstairs studio, grabbing this or that and laying down one thing or another on the table instead of putting it away where it belongs.  It was a mess!

Finally took time recently while I was off work to put things back in place and to clean off my table so I can get back to some drawing and painting.

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I uncovered a sketchbook with lots of yet to be filled pages and pulled out my old, old Winsor & Newton pan watercolors.  I don’t think they even make this particular box any more.  I bought it when I was in college and I graduated in Dec 1989.  That gives you some idea how old it is.  It’s been refilled a few times over the years and is still going strong.

I even found my box of Ebony pencils and my white plastic eraser.  I love Ebony pencils.

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Now I have no excuse not to sketch.  I even found one of my small sketchbooks I can stick in my purse. Some women love shoes and clothes…..I love sketchbooks and art supplies!

Will be hard starting up because it’s been years since I sketched with any regularity.  Not since college, as a matter of fact.  Just getting started is the hard part.  I know this is the only way to take my art (and my pottery) to the next level.  Let the sketching begin!

 

Art Begets Art

Ever heard the phrase, “Money begets money”?  It means that if you have money, you can make money.  One major instruction given by those who know HOW to make money to those who WANT to make money is to surround yourself with the trappings of money.

Likewise, when you want to make art, you should surround yourself with the trappings of art – art people, art books, art tools, and well…ART.  How do you know what is art?  I like this simple and to-the-point definition:

ART – The product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that affects the senses, emotions, and/or intellect.

I wanted to share with you some photos of a particular type of art that I love having in my studio.  It influences me in a wonderfully positive way.

 

 

Most of you who live around the Rankin County area in MS will immediately recognize the artwork on these pieces as that of the residents of The Mustard Seed, a special place for developmentally challenged adults.  This artwork definitely appeals to my senses and emotions.  It’s happy art, free and unencumbered, the way art should be.  It isn’t just a picture; it exudes the personality of the artist.  You can FEEL the happiness in it.

I love this artwork so much that I talked Danny out of his blue cup given to him by our son’s family.  It says, “I Love Grandpa” and I am not a Grandpa, but I couldn’t have that one little cup sitting by it’s lonesome, upstairs in the cabinet, when it could be brought into my studio and loved and used with the other pieces.  It just wouldn’t be right.

I hope that you will surround yourself with the things you love, the things that bring happiness into your life.  Take those pretty dishes and wonderful linens out of hiding and use them.  Take down those made-with-love quilts and dream sweet dreams under them from time to time.

Art should be used and loved and cared for.  Art begets art; beauty begets beauty; love begets love.