When I awaken in the morning.....reach over and put my glasses on I don't head for the coffee pot just yet....I head to the studio. My eyes still blurry from sleep I open the shades and I look at the mess I have created over the last several weeks and I am ready to add to it. I pull the easel over and either look at what has been started or give new eyes to what sits completed. Perhaps it needs a tweak here or there. It isn't until I am set and ready to begin that I make myself that first cuppa. Most days the weather has been gloomy and soggy and gray - today there is filtered sun. It's like an addictive drug to keep going and after 7 completed pieces only one ended up shelved because I just didn't like it.
I have many drawings I have done over the years scanned in my computer and decided to print one out and trace it on to canvas. I find tracing my old drawings is great because I am tracing my own work so it's created exactly....I would NEVER do that from others work of course. This keeps the look of the drawing I liked in pencil and brings its outlines to canvas so it can come to life. Some are simple and some more complex.......I have several of these drawings, some from art journals, all scanned and saved. I am liking this process, I can flesh out characters I've created as I go along.
BohoHandyman is getting the creative bug and is thinking of trying some "rusty" mixed media art pieces a la Michael De Meng (but with his own spin). He can solder and weld and has wanted to do something creative with metal for a time now. So we'll see what happens in the next few months with that. OH my heart will sing when he is out there actually creating something artistic.....I am hoping for garden art. :)
OK, enough talking for now:
Done with various acrylics on 12"x16" gallery wrapped canvas. Is it a peacock? A Pheasant? Ahhh, but does it matter?
(need I remind you of the photography situation?)
Below is after I traced it to canvas and reworked it:
"Girl Riding Bird"
The bird body, wing and tail feathers are bits of old sheet music, old illustration pages, a piece of old catalog and a crochet pamphlet. The eye is a button. The umbrella was made with plain grunge board, molding paste, alcohol inks and Diamond Glaze.
This piece is on 12"x12" gallery wrapped canvas and trust me when I say it looks so even better in person.
Birds figure a lot in my art....in case you hadn't noticed.
I have received more lovely gifts from OWOH participants. How lucky I feel to be so honored and always feel it's important to share not only the gifts but those that sent them.
The black and white piece is called Lines of Life and is a graphite rendering done by her daughter Mikealah (18 yrs old)
These amazing prints were gifted to me by
Abigail Folk of Rusted Wings Studio who resides in Montana
Abigail is a VERY gifted artist (as is most of her family). Not only is she a gifted artist she is the mother of SIX beautiful daughters..... and she, herself, is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. I plan on going to Montana at some point so we can meet in person, sit on her porch and chat and do some art together.
It was from Alison aka Dormouse who resides in France and is from
It was from Jennifer who resides in the UK and is from
It is from Thearica who resides in the US and is from
Thank you ladies, thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
and now back to the regularly scheduled program...........but first let me say how much it means to me that you've stopped by and even more that you let me know you've been here. I hope you're having a most spectacular week.