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.


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


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.


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.


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!
Mix It Monthly

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!


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.


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.