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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Painting #18 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

Here we are on Day #18  of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

I am not really sure about this one?  Hmm...she isn't really speaking to me.  Nonetheless .... here she is anyway!

I have a bad habit of tearing up a painting or wildly painting over it when it's going nowhere for me.  When I mentioned doing this, both my husband and daughter said "resist the urge!"... so instead of chucking this one, I kept on going.  This is how she started out before I tore away the edges a little.   She just looked silly to me:


She started out at a pencil drawing because I feel that I really need to learn how to draw!  Many artists have told me that drawing is the foundation to painting.  And I haven't really been doing this.  Instead I'm just 'winging' it.    I don't really have the patience for drawing...but I guess I better learn!  I just want to throw paint on and add lots of color!

Well, hope you enjoy her in one form or another. 

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

Joan

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My Painting #17 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge


Now we are on Day #17  of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

For today's painting, I actually did start it a couple days ago, and put the finishing touches on it last night and today. 

It is called:  "Angel Wishes; Wishing You Peace".  As I have mentioned earlier, I love collecting Art Books as a way to find inspiration and as a way to practice.  While I was looking through one of my Marc Chagall books, I thought I would pick out some of my favorite images that he used and see what I could do with them. 

I love painting buildings, and the little bird was fun too.  The angel was a challenge, but I kept on going anyway.

Oh on yesterday's post, I introduced my FACEts.  Here is the very first FACEt that I painted before this 30 in 30 challenge started.  Again, it is most definitely inspired by Chagall:




Hope you enjoy today's painting.

See you for Day #18. 

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

Joan

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Painting #16 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge


So we have started Week #3 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

In addition to coming up with the idea for my "Vase Faces", I have also created what I am calling "FACEts". 

Here is a FACEt that I completed for today's painting.  It is inspired by Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss". 


Here is a side view that shows the 3D aspect of the painting.



I came up with this idea because I have a lot of tiny canvases that I didn't know what to do with.  One day, I thought "hmm... I could use them for individual eyes, noses, and mouths!".  Tomorrow, I will post a pic of the FACEt that I completed prior to starting the challenge! 

Hope you enjoy today's painting. 

See you for Day #17.

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

Joan

Week #2 Completed! Leslie Saeta's 30 Painting in 30 Days September 2013 Challenge

Hooray!  Week #2 is Completed.

I have finished the first 14 paintings of the 30 paintings challenge!  And here they are all together!

Week #2 has been a lot of fun and I can't wait for Week #3.

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

Joan

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My Painting #15 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

Today we are starting Week #3 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

For today's painting, I had already prepared the background ahead of time.  This is another mixed media painting.  After letting the glue dry, so that I could start adding paint for a background, I decided that I would just throw my left over paint onto the surface.  After looking at the results, I really liked how the colors formed and made a neat effect for me to paint in this longer mask type image. 

So, on top of the thrown on paint, I used a writing stencil. 

What cha think?  Has a unique feel to it, doesn't it. 

Hmm...don't really know what to call this one?  Any suggestions?? 

Hope you enjoy today's painting. 

See you for day #16.

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

Joan

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Painting #14 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

It is Day #14 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.   Hooray!  Two Weeks Down and Two More to Go! 

See this proves that time certainly does fly by!  I can't believe today marks two weeks of Leslie's 30 in 30 painting challenge. 

For today's painting, I wanted to paint on a smaller canvas because I have a lot of orders to work on -  (Dog Collars, Harnesses, Cat Collars, and Snoods.) - which means I will be sewing all day today!  This one is 4" x 5".  I also wanted to use my stencils, so I stenciled the background with a cursive stencil.  I love bright colors, so she needed to stand out! 

I am calling her:  "The Writer".



I also wrapped the painting onto the sides:




She is the smallest Vase Face so far! 

See you for Day #15. 

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

Joan

Friday, September 13, 2013

My Painting #13 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

It is Day #13 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge.

Happy Friday the 13th!!  I just couldn't resist posting my Edvard Munch inspired Vase Face!!  I totally love painting my little Vase Face creations!  Of course it is very clear that, I was inspired by  Munch's " - The Scream, 1893 - Oil on canvas.

Even though I must admit that I didn't paint this one today -- you can surely see why I had to post it on Friday the 13th of all days!

See you for Day #14.

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

Joan

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My Painting #12 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

It is Day #12 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge. 

I prepared today's painting yesterday.  I wanted to do another mixed media painting and then look at all the glued on magazine shapes to help me determine what to paint. 

I really do lean towards continuing with my "Vase Faces"!  Somehow a Vase Face always appears for me.  However, this one is with a twist!  I noticed a vase on a diagonal and thought what the heck!  So I painted it in the direction I noticed within the shapes. 

I am calling this one:  "Nobody's Perfect". 

Notice how the top of the painting is a corner!  I actually put a sawtooth hanger on the back of it so that the painting could hang this way! 

This was a lot of fun to do - something so out of the ordinary.  I am a true believer in dancing to your own beat!  Be yourself! 

Hope you enjoy today's painting.

See you on Friday, the 13th for our 13th painting. 

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

Joan

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Painting #11 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

This was a Two Handed Drawing!

Now we are on Day #11 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge. 

This week also starts the first of three weeks of a new online class that I am taking called:  "Her Story" by Danielle Daniel and hosted by Christy Tomlinson.

My painting for today is the result of drawing with two hands at the same time!  BOY!!  This was SO fun.  And this is how the drawing turned out before color was added:




Danielle did say we could add color if we wanted and of course I did because I LOVE color. 

When I finished the drawing she looked very Picasso to me.  So when looking through my Picasso book, I noticed he painted several women sitting - then I added a chair using the two hand method.  This painting was inspired by Picasso! 

I am calling her:  "Woman Sitting With Nature". 

Hope you enjoy today's drawing/painting. 

See you for Day #12.

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

Joan

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My Painting #10 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

It is Day #10.  Man, the days sure disappear, don't they?  Anyhow, I am participating in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge! 

Today also was the first day of a three week online workshop that I am taking called:  "Her Story"  by Danielle Daniel and hosted by Christy Tomlinson. 

For today's lesson, we had several drawing exercises.  One of the exercises was to draw using a pen so that it couldn't easily be erased.  Plus we also had timed sketches and lots of other fun stuff. 

So for today's painting, I looked around the front room trying to find an object to sketch very quickly using a permanent pen!  (This sketch was finished in approximately 10 minutes. And then I added color by using watercolor pencils.) I found a framed photo I have displayed of my daughter collecting leaves at the park across from our house.  When she was a toddler, we loved autumn days and the falling leaves!  There are so many beautiful leaves in autumn.  It was always so much fun collecting leaves.  (And to this day, we still collect leaves!)

I am calling this sketched drawing:  "Collecting Magical Leaves".

Hope you enjoy today's sketch.

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

Joan

Monday, September 9, 2013

My Painting #9 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

Here we go!  Day #9 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge!

I am having lots of fun with the mixed media paintings.  Again, I glued all of the magazine shapes on to a 140# 11 x 14 piece of watercolor paper.  I did this yesterday so that everything would dry overnight. 

I enjoy looking at the magazine shapes and trying to imagine them as something else. 

This painting I am calling "Seniorita Bonita".  For some reason, there is just something about the whole piece that radiates Spain. 

Hope you enjoy today's painting. 

See you for Day #10.

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

Joan

Sunday, September 8, 2013

My Painting #8 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

Hooray!  Today starts week #2, day #8 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge!

I am calling this Painting "We All Need A Watchful Eye".  I decided that I wanted to paint another mixed media painting using the techniques taught in Diane Culhane's Online Class:  Between Speech and Silence.  I really enjoyed this class and learned so many new approaches to art.  I highly recommend this on your list of online classes to take. 

Yesterday, I started gluing all of my magazine shapes to a 140# Watercolor paper in the 11 x 14 size, so that today everything would be nice and dry for painting.  I let all the glued on shapes determine how this painting was going to turn out.  Then I added faces to each shape.  After I finished it, and was thinking of a name for this painting, I remembered that all of us need to have a watchful eye.  The reason being, is because I recently read an online article of a new purse snatching theft that is happening in many states at gas stations called "Gas Station Sliders".  The thief literally opens the passenger's side door while you are pumping gasoline and slides your purse out, then hops into a waiting car and speeds off with your purse!  So, ladies... be aware of this new crime and definitely keep A Watchful Eye!

And here is a close up:



Hope you enjoy today's painting. 

See you for Day #9.

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

Joan

Week #1 Completed! Leslie Saeta's 30 Painting in 30 Days September 2013 Challenge




Hooray!  Week #1 is Completed.

I have finished the first 7 paintings of the 30 paintings challenge!  And here they are all together!

Week #1 has been a lot of fun and I can't wait for Week #2.

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

Joan


Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Painting #7 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

One Week Down!!  Three more to go!!  Here we are at day #7 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Daily Painting Challenge! 

For today's painting, I decided to paint one of my "Vase Faces".  It is called:  "A Few of My Favorite Things".  About two years ago, my daughter McKenna participated in a 365 Photo Project/Challenge, and for her final photo she took a photo of all 365 photos!  She printed each photo in a 2" x 2" size and arranged a collage of all 365!  It was very cool.  When she was finished using the photos, I asked to have them...cuz ya never know when a creative moment will happen...

I chose a few of McKenna's "Favorite" photos as used them to represent the 'flowers' of my "Vase Face".

Here is a closer view:


And another:

I created Vase Faces totally by accident when taking an online class back in April 2012 offered by Alisa Burke.  The name of this particular class is called "The Art of Abstraction." 

In the class I was trying hard to focus on my inner Picasso.  Below is my very first "Vase Face".

Scary isn't it...!%#! (yikes!)

And here is one of my more recent "Vase Fases" - Flora:


Whew!  Much better!!  Not so scary!   These two paintings definitely prove to me that painting daily is very important for enhancing one skills. 

Hope you enjoyed today's painting. 

See you for Day #8.

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

Joan

(P.S.  more details ahead on the development of the Vase Face Story :o)

Friday, September 6, 2013

My Painting #6 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge

Happy Friday!  This is Day #6 and  I am participating in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge.

I am calling this painting:  "Face The Storm!".

All I can say is: "WOW"!  Last night over here in the Seattle, Washington area did we ever have a Lightening/Thunder storm!!  For both my husband and daughter - this storm was Awesome, Beautiful and Amazing!!  Now... for me ... on the other hand ... this storm was SCARY!

I actually started the background of this painting yesterday.  After I painting the first layer, I used a scratching tool and made several squiggles and straight doodles.  When I awoke this morning, the marks looked like rain to me!  (Hmmm... wonder why I thought of rain?  Seattle?  Storm?  :o)

So, when I was looking at one of my art books on August Macke, I saw a variety of ladies using umbrellas!

This painting was inspired viewing August Macke's work as well as my need to "Face The Storm!".  (Notice that I put a small rainbow in the right upper corner.)

Hope you enjoy this painting!

See you for Day #7.

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

Joan



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sharing Thoughts On Thursday: Beautiful Souls, The Sisterhood of Art. Plus Day #5 of 30 in 30 Painting Challenge

I think sometimes people are unaware that they have been an influence/inspiration to someone at some point in time.

Not too long ago, I purchased the above painting by Lisa Graham called "Sister Siblings".  I did so because it is a joyous reminder that other artists out there in this cyber world have been a positive influence/inspiration for me. 

Here I am, a little ole newbie late bloomer - if you will - with no art experience whatsoever, and for a little over two years now I have been dipping into the painting world and loving every minute.  So far, this journey has been very rewarding.  I have a long adventure ahead and can't wait to see the progress I make along the way. 

You ask:  "Which Artists have been an influence/inspiration for you?"

I'm glad you asked.  There are so many artists out there that I have admired for a while now and the ones I'm listing below are just a few.  I like to think of the 7th one in the poncho as me - sitting there enjoying and learning from all of you!  (and I love ponchos, too.) 
Nancy Medina, Melissa Langer of Pugnotes, Joanie Springer of Art for the Soul of ItLynne Hoppe, Alisa Burke, Stacy of Magic Love Crow , Lisa Graham , Conny of Piaroms Art Blog and this gathering of women goes on and on and on!   It is truly endless because this world is filled with so many amazing talented women and that is why  I find myself adding to my blog list all the time!

I know Lisa is calling the painting "Sister Siblings".  However, to me, it will always be:

"Beautiful Souls; The Sisterhood of Art".

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

Joan

And I almost forgot.... Here we are on - day #5 .  I am participating in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days - September 2013 Challenge.




This is a mixed media painting I just finished using the techniques that I learned while taking Diane Culhane's :  Between Speech and Silence online class. 

I used a couple of my Picasso books as resources for objects as inspiration to complete this scenery.   I also used one of my favorite quotes from Picasso:

"Every Child is an Artist, the problem is how to remain an Artist once he grows up." 

Here is a close up to view the quote.  It is typewritten on a few of the leaves in the tree.

See you for Day 6.