Friday, December 20, 2013

Best Friends painting with glazing technique

Here is another painting I completed using Diane Culhane's 'glazing' technique!  I certainly LOVE using this technique to watch all the layers appear! 

I am calling this one "Best Friends". 

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and Break a Bristle.

Joan

Carla Sonheim's Year of the Fairy Tale Online Class



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I am so very excited!!  I just purchased an early Christmas gift for myself.  I will be participating in Carla Sonheim's 2014 year long online class called:  The Year of the Fairy Tale.

These are the kind of presents I love!!  The class officially starts on January 20, 2014 so there is still plenty of time to sign up. 

Carla in an amazing instructor.  I have taken a few of her other classes and have enjoyed each one.

Have a Great Day Everyone!

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan 


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Diane Culhane's online class: Table Top Drawing and Painting

I finished my final two paintings from Diane Culhane's online class. 

This first one resembles 'poppies' and for a background texture acrylic ground was used. 

This next painting of a teapot and tea cup has a thick gel medium as the background texture.

It was so much fun participating in Diane's class.  I am definitely hooked on adding textures to a background.  I love the results of these two products for adding lots of wonderful texture. 

Happy First Day of December!

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan 





Thursday, November 14, 2013

Diane Culhane's Table Top Drawing and Painting Online Art Class hosted by Carla Sonheim


Hello Everybody! 

I am SO excited.  This drawing is the result of Wednesday's lesson in Diane Culhane's Table Top Drawing & Painting Online Art Class which is hosted by Carla Sonheim.  The class started Monday, November 11, and runs for two weeks "live" with teacher feedback from both Diane as well as Carla, too.  There are a lot of wonderful friendly people taking this class right now.  (And you can also take this class after the two weeks as a self study class, so if you don't have time right now, you can take it when ever your schedule permits.)

It is a lot of fun drawing on a black background, the colors are amazing on top of the black.  Another reason I am SO excited, is that Carla featured a handful of drawings from our class at her blog today.  And ...  she included my drawing, too!  This is such a boost of confidence for me as I have been really trying to learn so many different ways of creating art by drawing and painting. Wait until you see all the beautiful, and I mean beautiful drawings that are coming out of this class!  It is unbelievable!!!

This technique is SO fun and enjoyable.  I want to keep practicing it so that I can create a drawing similar to some of the others that I have seen where they just let their imagination run free and create!  I tend to be a little less bold when starting out. 

You will have to let me know what you think of all those beautiful drawings at Carla's blog!  They sure are amazing!!

Have a Fun Day!

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and   Break a Bristle.

Joan 


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

She Loves Nature, Mixed Media Painting inspired by Lynne Hoppe

There are so many beautiful and amazing artists that I stumble upon from time to time.  And certain paintings will just jump out at me.

This painting that I am featuring today was painted a few weeks ago and was inspired by one of Lynne Hoppe's paintings called:  Tina Lorene.  I love how Lynne painted the face as well as the hair. 

Lynne is truly a nature lover!  I enjoy reading how she leaves special art treats in the woods while taking  walks.  Can you just imagine finding one of these treats when you are out enjoying nature?

So, for this particular Vase Face, I added a 'real' leaf as part of her hair to remind me that nature is to be cherished and adored.  I love collecting leaves in the fall and pressing them.  This particular one came from the University of Washington's campus last fall while we were walking around enjoying all the fall colors.   The name of this painting is "She Loves Nature".

In addition to using a leaf, I also used a variety of mixed media such as paper, thread, etc.

Wishing you a Wonderful Week.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan 



Friday, October 18, 2013

The "Vase Face" Story continues ...

 Here is my very first "Vase Face":


Last month, I mentioned and showed everyone this very first Vase Face.  I thought it would be fun, if not hilarious, to show more of my early ones.

I started taking online art classes about 2 years ago.  It was in The Art of Abstraction class taught by Alisa Burke where the Vase Face story began. 

For one of the paintings that we had to do, I was trying to channel my inner Picasso.

Well to say the least, not only did that first painting frighten me, it made me laugh, and laugh, and laugh!  That's when my husband called it a beeker face!  Then he said... no a Vase Face!  And my daughter suggested that I use flowers for the hair!  That is how all of these Vase Faces began. 



Here are my second, third and forth, fifth, sixth and seventh attempts at painting my Vase Faces:







 These paintings didn't frighten me, (as much), but they still made me laugh and laugh and they still do!

 Speaking of laughing, I hope that these "first attempts" definitely put a smile on your face and even made you laugh! 


Here is a more recent Vase Face which still remains my all time favorite:



There is just something about painting Vase Faces that I truly enjoy.  From time to time, I will keep showing you more "Firsts" of my Vase Face collection.  It's always fun to look back at the beginning of this art journey of mine!

Have a Wonderful Weekend Everyone.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle

Joan



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Family Time: "Cherish"


Here is my "official" painting that I am using to participate in Conny's "Mix It Monthly" Challenge

I painted "Love One Another" the other day, and Conny thought that it was a good match for her October challenge. 

So, I used it.  But then, I wanted to challenge myself specifically for her challenge.  So, I came up with today's painting:  "Family Time:  Cherish". 

The three main colors to use for this challenge were:  Blue, Orange, and Yellow.  And the main theme is "Texture", plus adding two or more people to the painting.  

So, since I LOVE fabric... I used all fabric and thread as my texture pieces for the background. 

Here is a before photo:


And here is the final result one more time:



What do you think?  Does this painting capture the precious moments of family time?

 *****

So after I posted this painting, I asked my husband what he thought... he said "Since it is "Family Time", shouldn't you add a duckling??"

Great Idea Honey!  Thank you ...





Now it is "Family Time" all way around!  


Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Love One Another" - Original Mixed Media Art



I really enjoy taking online art classes and workshops.  Just recently, I signed up for Project deConstruction:  Complex Collage an online workshop taught by Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen.

This is an awesome online workshop.  Both Julie and Chris do an excellent job showing so many enjoyable mixed media techniques.  There are lots of step by step details, great explanations which are all provided by video as well as very detailed printable PDF's. You will definitely get your money's worth and more!  It is amazing how much is taught in this workshop. 

I especially appreciate the printable PDF's, because I like to refer back to what I learned online, and don't always feel like looking at my computer. 

Here is a "before" photo of my collage:



And again, here is the final painting:



I am calling this one "Love One Another". 

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

UPDATE:  It's pretty cool.... each month, Conny over at Piaroms Art Blog  hosts a "Mix It Monthly Challenge", and her theme for this month fit with the this painting, so, I am also adding this painting "Love One Another"  over at her challenge!  Plus, I'm working on a new painting specifically for this challenge, too!
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Adorable "Pug Reading" Painting by Pia Drent



Isn't this one of the cutest Pug paintings you have ever seen!  It was painted by Pia Drent.  Pia lives in The Netherlands.

Pia is one of my favorite artists that I enjoy following.

On September 14th, Pia posted about her newly painted "Reader Blocks" and I noticed an adorable fawn Pug!  Immediately, I contacted Pia at her ETSY shop and asked for a custom made Pug Reader Block.







As you can see, our little Miss Jane Austen Eyre is a Black Pug, and I asked Pia if she would paint a cute little black pug reading "Jane Eyre".  And if you look closely, yes indeed it reads "Jane Eyre" on the top of both pages!  Both McKenna and I were so excited that Pia honored our special request.   Notice the vintage book page is from Wuthering Heights and it is mounted beautifully on wood.  We are so pleased with our new purchase and truly thank Pia for painting such a beautiful piece for us! 

If you are interested in viewing more of Pia's work, here is the link to her blog: Pia Drent and here is the link to her ETSY shop  The Bookbirds.  Right now Pia has more fawn Pug paintings available in her shop.  And they are very reasonable priced!! Pia also has a cute little kitten reading, an adorable monkey reading to a giraffe, a precious lion reading plus many other adorable paintings available for purchase. 

Have a Great Day Everyone.

Thanks for stopping by!

Joan 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lady of the Lake - Work in Progress

Here is a new painting that I started a couple of days ago while continuing to add layer upon layer!  It is a work in progress because more layers are needed, in addition to the layers, I need to tone down the outline around her face. 

She kinda just appeared onto the painting emerging from a lake!  Hence the title:  "Lady of the Lake". 

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days!! Completed!!

Here they are!  All 30 paintings that I completed during Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.  Hooray!!  I did it!

This was a very fun challenge to participate in and Leslie will be hosting another daily painting challenge for the month of January 2014!!  I can't wait to sign up for this one too!

Thank you again to all of you for leaving such kind, thoughtful, supportive, encouraging and heartfelt comments for me!  I truly appreciate you taking the time to do this here at my blog.

Wishing you all an awesome day!

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan
 

Monday, September 30, 2013

My Painting #30 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge






Today is Day #30 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.  Hooray!!  I completed a total of 30 paintings for the month of September! 

Today's painting is a Painted Poem.  The poem was written by:   William Carlos Williams - it is entitled The Red Wheelbarrow. This painting is 2 feet x 3 feet.  (sorry about the not so good photo!)  The poem reads as follows:

So much depends upon
A red wheelbarrow
Glazed with rain water
Beside the white chickens

I actually started this painting a while ago.  It was another work in progress that I totally neglected.  When I decided to participate in Leslie's 30 in 30 challenge, I told myself that I was going to paint a little each day on this painted poem so that by Day #30 it would be completed!  And it is!!  Whew!  This was quite an undertaking!  (Well, I still have to varnish it...but.. the painting part is finished.)

I got the idea of painting this poem in this manner from one of Paul Klee's painted poems entitled "Once Emerged from the Grey of Night" - dated 1918.   I thought this was a very cool idea and wanted to give it a try!  (My feeling now that it is completed.  Well, let's just say, I won't be painting anymore poems in the near future :o)

This painting completes the challenge!  Sticking with this challenge is my birthday present to me from me because today is my birthday!  You ask how old are you??  "wink...wink..29".

I would like to thank everyone who has followed me on this 30 in 30 painting journey.  I sincerely appreciate each word of support, encouragement, compliment, advice and friendly visit.  Thank you all so very much.

Happy Painting!  Cheers! and ... Break a Bristle. 

Sending lots of hugs to you all,

Joan

Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Painting #29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge



Amazing!  We are at Day #29 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.  Only 1 more day to go!

The inspiration for today's Vase Face is from the current book cover of "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I get all excited when I see a Vase Face from all sorts of inspiration!  This current book cover is absolutely stunning, so I used the colors and incorporated them into today's painting.  Here is a link to Amazon if you don't know what this book cover looks like.

 I also had time today for practicing my drawing!  My daughter, McKenna purchased a book of birds for me called "Birds - The Art of Ornithology" by Jonathan Elphick.

Here is the bird photo I was looking at:





And here is the bird I drew using graphite pencils.  I really like using these pencils because it is SO fun to blend!  (I ran out of space on the paper, so I couldn't make his tail feathers as long.) :o)





Hope you enjoy today's painting.

See you for Day #30.  I've got something pretty cool planned for the last day of this challenge!!  Can't wait to show you.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan


Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Painting #28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge


Yipee!  We are at Day #28 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.  Only 2 more days to go!

For today's painting, I am switching it up a bit.  This one is painted on a cedar fence board and it is from a little series I started a while back called "Dressed to the Nines!". 

I actually started this one a while ago and it was sitting in my 'ya gotta finish me sometime!" pile!! 

So...today was a good day to finish this bride and groom because I didn't have much time for painting as I would have liked to.  I'm not certain about the groom... but I am calling him done!  I guess that is what happens when you leave a painting sitting for too long...it's hard to get back into the groove of where you were when you originally started! 

Here are a few more "Dressed to the Nines" that have been finished for some time now:



Hope you enjoy this fun bunch!

See you for Day #29.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan



Friday, September 27, 2013

My Painting #27 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge



Okay!  We are at Day #27 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.  Only 3 more days to go! 

Here is another Vase Face.  I used only black, gray and white acrylics for this one.  Didn't want it to have any other colors.   This one is in the style of Picasso as well. 

Each day during this 30 in 30 challenge, I really enjoy visiting my 'favorite' artists.   One of my favorites is Samara over at SamDoum Art.  For the entire challenge, Samara has been completing Kaleidoscope Ink Paintings.  Her kaleidoscope paintings are beautiful, delicate and  very detailed.  When you look at all of her drawings in a group, you can just imagine what it would be like to actually view them in a Kaleidoscope!  Well, in one of her replies at her blog she was saying how fun and relaxing they are to paint.  So... hmm... I thought I would give it a try because fun and relaxing sounds wonderful.  She also mentioned that her designs are not planned ahead of time - just a spur of the moment painting.

So I pulled out a set of markers and a journal and began my quest.  And Samara is absolutely correct!  This was a very fun and relaxing experience.  However, as you can see by my drawing below....I believe it will be 'back to the drawing board' for me.  In fact, I know it will.  I did however get the biggest laugh out of my attempt. (and mind you, this was an honest attempt :o) My verdict:   This is the silliest kaleidoscope drawing I have ever seen! (not to mention, it hurts your eyes just looking at it!!)   But - it was oh so fun and very relaxing to do!  It was fun just going for it!  Not worrying what the outcome was going to be!





You will have to check out what real kaleidoscope drawings look like over at Samara's blog.  I'm tellin' ya ... they are beautiful. 

See you for Day #28. 

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Thursday, September 26, 2013

My Painting #26 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

Here we are at Day #26 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.  Only 4 more days to go!  WhooHoo!

And again - for today's painting, I just had to go back to my "Vase Faces".  For some silly reason, I love painting Vase Faces!  Go figure!


I think I will call this one "Samatha".  She kinda reminds me of back in the day when I was younger, much younger and my family and I watched "Bewitched" with Elizabeth Montgomery!  Growing up, I loved that show! 

I have been contemplating on whether or not to learn how to draw.  I truly love just 'going for it' and putting paint to canvas; however, there is a part of me that does wish I knew how to draw.  I am taking art lessons, and the other day I was asked to draw a bird...honestly... I felt lost - I couldn't draw the shape of a bird from memory because I had to look at a photo first.  This kinda bothered me because the shape of a bird should be simple.  So, instead of fighting it, I am going to embrace drawing (at least for the time being).  I do have a couple beginner books stashed away someplace, so I will start with those. 

While eating lunch today, I was looking at the October 2013 issue of National Geographic.  They are calling this issue "The Photography Issue". 

Here is a photo I took from the magazine.  This giraffe photo was featured as a two page spread.  This beautiful photo was taken by Joel Sartore.  You can view more of his amazing photography at:  Photo Ark.





I really loved the giraffe on the right side of the page!  He practically takes up the entire page, and there is just something so cute and silly about this giraffe!  So here is my graphite drawing:





I did have a lot of fun drawing this giraffe.  I think I will draw more this way - by looking through magazines and see what catches my eye as well as dusting off those beginner books.  (then hopefully, next time I am asked to draw a simple figure - I will know how.)   And the beauty of this new experience is... if I don't like it -  I can stop at any time. 

Well, anyways... hope you enjoy today's painting.

See you for Day #27!

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Painting #25 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge



Here we are at Day #25 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.  Only 5 more days to go!  WhooHoo!

For today's painting, I just had to go back to my "Vase Faces".  Here is a fun one!  Picasso Style!!

Hope you enjoy today's painting.

See you for Day #26!

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Painting #24 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge



Here we are at Day #24 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.   Time does fly by, ya know it!!

Today's painting is another naked Vase!  I still am not used to seeing a vase without a face! 

Not sure about the ivory table on this one...but nonetheless... here it is. 

Hope you enjoy today's painting. 

See you for Day #25! 

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Monday, September 23, 2013

Week #3 Completed! Leslie Saeta's 30 Painting in 30 Days September 2013 Challenge


WOW !!   Week #3 is Completed.

I have finished three weeks of paintings!  Here is the third week all together. 

Week #3 has been a lot of fun and I can't wait for Week #4.  I think I truly am going to miss this challenge...however, at the same time it will be nice to get back to a more normal routine! 

Happy Painting! Cheers! and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

My Painting #23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge



Here we are at Day #23 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

Today's painting is a Vase with Flowers.  No Face!  Oh my goodness,  I have been painting so many "Vase Faces", that when I decide to just paint a vase with flowers, the painting looks naked to me!!  Yikes! 

I am learning new techniques, and I wanted to just apply only the techniques I am being taught.  So this is why I decided to paint just flowers and a vase only. 

Here is a close up...look at how the paint reacted.  Isn't that cool?  I love learning new things!  And then practicing them over and over.



Hope you enjoy today's painting. 

See you for Day #24.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Painting #22 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge



Today starts week four of of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.  We are in the home stretch now!  Somehow I got ahead of the game and I have been able to finish paintings the night before.  This sort of schedule has been working out very well since there are so many other things to do that must get done.

Today's painting #22 was inspired by a Modigliani painting called "L'Amazone, 1909.  I liked all the colors he used for that painting so I used them for today's "Vase Face". 

I don't really have a name for this one yet, however, she looks to be in deep thought, calm, and serious. 

Hope you enjoy today's painting. 

See you for Day #23.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Painting #21 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge



Three Weeks Down --  only one more to go of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

This has been a great challenge for me to participate in.  I have been loving all the practice. 

Today's "Vase Face" painting is obviously inspired by Andy Warhol's Flowers and Liz both 1964. 

I really enjoyed painting a Vase Face for Day # 13 which was inspired by Munch's "The Scream", so I looked through my art books, and thought I would try creating a Vase Face using inspiration from Andy Warhol.  It is fun coming up with these creations! 

Hope you enjoy today's painting. 

See you for Day #22.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Friday, September 20, 2013

My Painting #20 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge


Happy Day #20 Everybody!  My goodness 20 days into Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

For today's painting, I actually had to paint it late yesterday (9/19/13) after I finished sewing all my orders!! Whew!  Talk about a busy but very productive day!  I wanted to complete today's painting a tad earlier because it is my husband's birthday today and I want to spend time with him.

I don't really have a name for this one yet...have to work on that.  As usual, to find inspiration, I was looking through one of my art books on Raoul Dufy.  He painted a beautiful painting called "Amongst the Flowers".  1907 in oil.  And I really liked the arrangement of the flowers and thought they would make a pretty Vase Face. 

Hope you like today's painting. 

See you for Day #21.

Happy Painting!  Cheers!  and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Painting #19 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge


We are on Day #19 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

Today's painting is called:  "Love is Love". 

I have been painting this one for a while as it is 2 feet x 3 feet.  I just put the final touches on it late 9/18/13 - (kinda cheating a little bit here for today, I know...)  however, I have lots of sewing to do so I won't be able to paint as much today.

Here is a close up:





Hope you enjoy today's painting!

See you for Day #20. 

Happy Painting!  Cheers! and ... Break a Bristle.

Joan