Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start Sketching Daily Exercises

Joanie Springer over at ART for the SOUL of it posts various Art Tips each week in her newsletter.  In her January 16th issue, she talks about a simple way to sketch daily. 

After reading looking over all of the information, I decided to give it a whirl:

Here is the item I sketched - my pin cushion:







And here is my quick sketch: 

This exercise was a lot of fun.  So I tried another.




Here is the item I chose - a nic-nac from Mackinaw Island, Michigan:

This is a fun way to enjoy sketching first thing in the morning.

Wishing you a Wonderful Day.

Happy Sketching Everyone.

Until next time,

Joan



Saturday, January 26, 2013

FREE 32-page Apple Painting Tutorial







Joanie Springer over at "ART for the SOUL of it" has created a fun and easy 32-page Apple Painting Tutorial and it's FREE.  

I just recently received my pdf copy of her tutorial and reviewed it. 

Wow!  This tutorial gets a "10".  It is one of the better tutorials I have seen by far.  I am in the process of gathering the supplies, and look forward to trying it out!

Joanie's lovely art is collected all over the world.  Her studio is eco-friendly and she considers her style to be Contemporary, Quirky, and Soulful. 

I am very proud to say that I am one of her latest #1 Fans.  I truly LOVE her artwork.  It is a complete joy to view.  Just don't take my word for it...stop by and take a peek for yourself:  ART for the SOUL of it -- I am sure you will be delighted with what you find.

Have a Wonderful Weekend Everyone.
Until next time,
Joan

Friday, January 25, 2013

Favorites on Friday: Mosiac Art

We were in Kirkland, Washington today on our way to our favorite pizza place:  Zeeks, and stumbled upon this very bright and happy mosiac wall of art!

Here was another:

Seeing art displayed like this sure does put a smile on your face!  It is so delightful and happy!

(Oh, and we arrived at our destination:  Zeeks Pizza.....

once this pizza was delivered to our table....

let me tell ya - it, too, put a smile on all our faces!!!)

Happy Friday Everyone!

Until Next Time,
Joan



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Alisa Burke's New Online Class

I truly enjoy taking online art classes with Alisa Burke.  She is such a doll, and I really enjoy her teaching style.

We are in week two of our "Larger Than Life" class.  Here is my attempt to complete a first layer.  The size of this canvas is 2 feet x 3 feet.  And I LOVE working large.  (Well, ... this is plenty large for me.  Alisa works really, really large.)

I am looking foward to adding my second layer tomorrow.

Until then,

Joan

Friday, January 18, 2013

Favorites on Friday: Picasso continued...

One of my favorite quotes is from Picasso:  "Every child is an Artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." 

Isn't that so very true! 

Here is another quick little drawing I did a little over a year ago when I was first decided to teach myself how to draw.  I used colored pencils for this one. 

Until next time,

Joan

Friday, January 11, 2013

Favorites on Friday: Picasso

With Art it is impossible to pick only one favorite painting or drawing or an Artist for that matter.   Well, let's just say for me it is.  So, I thought it would be a fun idea to share all of my "Favorites on Friday".

Picasso!  He is one of my #1 Favorites.  And there are several of his paintings that I just love.  This is an all time favorite entitled:  Jacqueline with Crossed Hands, 1954. Oil on canvas, 116 x 88.5 cm.  Musee Picasso, Paris.  It is featured in one of my art books called:  "Fifty Artists You Should Know":

It was a year ago this month, that I started having interest in learning how to draw and paint.  So, I found an old book to use as my practice journal.  At that time, I didn't have any paints, so I used colored pencils.  I was curious to know whether or not I would be able to copy this painting of Picasso's so.... I just went for it and here is the result:

Not too bad for a real beginner, with no art training - huh?

Who are some of your Favorite Artists?

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend,

Until next time...

Joan