Friday, November 25, 2011

Uptown Girl

8" x 10" Acrylic/Collage on Canvas Board

So, Taylor Swift got a little done-up! (See previous post) This was my second piece for the "Faces in Collage" workshop that I've been taking online.  I've decided that I'm really not creative enough to do it the way that Sharon (and a lot of the others) have done.  So, I'm going to try to figure out how to use the faces in another way with other backgrounds, etc.  Since I'm not very good at drawing, painting on collaged faces is just the ticket for me!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now comes the craziness before Christmas!  Luckily, for me, it's not too bad.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Trying to catch up!

I just realized that I haven't posted for a week.  It's been a busy one!  I've finished the 4 commissioned "Girls" - made a quilt for church - and have been trying to watch all the videos for my two online classes.  Here is the start for the second one that I'm trying for  "Faces in Collage".  I never did finish the first one - I couldn't figure out how to integrate the background, but I'm still going to try (whenever I find some time!).

Of course, today - which I thought was going to be a gloriously "free" day - is going to be another errand-filled busy one!  But, sooner or later, it just HAS TO SLOW DOWN!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Multimedia Artboards

I ordered these Multimedia Artboards from Dick Blick last week.  Just wondered how they might work for my collage class in January.  They are wafer thin, textured on one side and plain on the other.  I first put some acrylic paint and lots of water on it for the background, dried it - then collaged with painted papers and a beautiful napkin that Sharon Tomlinson sent to me.  I must admit, I think I'll get a bunch of these for the class.  It took a lot of abuse, but did not buckle one bit.  I'm not sure how I felt about painting on it, though - but collage worked great!  This one is 8" x 10" - and I bought a pack of 5 for $4.99.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Step One

So here's where I am now.

I think I'm pretty well done with the face, so now it's time to work with the background.  I must admit, I really thought the hard part would be the face, but I think it's going to be the background.  You really need to have an imagination to do the next part, and I fear that I'm sorely lacking in that department!  We'll see!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A new challenge!

So, I started "Faces in Collage" - an online workshop by Sharon Tomlinson.  This is the beginning of my first project.  If you go to her blog, you can see all the gorgeous paintings she has done, beginning with magazine collage.  I've got my fingers crossed that I can figure out just how to do it!  By the way, it's never too late to sign up for this class, it will be there forever!  Come and play with us!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sold on Fine Art America!

So I just got a notice that a print of this painting sold today on Fine Art America!  The buyer purchased the print on a gallery wrapped canvas in a 22" x 36" size.  I'd love to see how that looks!  The watercolor original painting was done on 9" x 12" paper, I think.  Anyway, it's fun to get a sale - I've been on that site for 2 years, and this is the only 2nd print that I've sold.  And a couple of cards.  However, I watch it almost daily, and it's amazing how many people look at my art! 

UPDATE:  I just received a notification that the photo of this painting that I sent in is too low in resolution to enable them to make the larger print.  They wanted me to take another photo and send it in, but I no longer own this painting - it resides in another state!  So, no sale for me!  Oh well, I was happy for a little while!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Busy Days Ahead!

I'm working on creating 4 "Girls" commissions,

Making 10 Cardinal cards for a friend,

Sewing in 63 embriodery floss ties for this quilt for church (by tomorrow!),

Tearing out more magazine pages for my class with Sharon Tomlinson,

And, getting my lines and back-story down for the Mystery Dinner Theater play on Friday!