Colors of Summer

I’ve been enjoying the wonderful weather we have had this past week.  I decided to paint something bright and summery.  Coral is one of my favorite colors.  Pair it with yellow and, to me, it just screams summer.

This painting is on a 16 x 20″ canvas.  I painted the entire canvas with a yellow acrylic paint and then added some corals, pinks and oranges to it.  I used bubble wrap and white acrylic paint to help transition the two color sections.  Next I added a vintage butterfly picture and painted the sides black.

Have a wonderful summer!

Debbie

Well Hello

Can’t believe it has been a month since I last posted.  I have been busy but at least some of that busyness included art making.  I finished this abstract painting, along with a few others,  since my last post.   This painting is on a 12 x 16 inch canvas with the painting extended onto the sides.   I used mica flakes to add some glimmer.  I like the texture the flakes add to the painting in addition to the glimmer.  When I look at it, it makes me think of a formal evening gown so I decided to name it The Gala.

I’ll try to get pictures of the other two paintings and post them before another month goes by.

Debbie

 

 

Find What Sparks a Light in You

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This painting was created based off a lesson in the Layers of Light course I am taking given by Laly Mille.   I love her teaching style and her beautiful light filled art.  If you haven’t taken her class, I would strongly recommend it.  The price is very good and you get so much out of even just one lesson.  She gives six lessons in the course.  So far I have completed two.  Here is the first painting I created from one of the lessons.

I added a few quotes to this painting.  One of them was by Oprah that reads – You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.   The inspiration I received from Lally’s lessons definitely sparked a light in me and I hope to create many more light filled paintings.

The flowers at the bottom were created with alcohol inks dropped onto the canvas.  I have never cared for alcohol inks much and very seldom use them.  Laly really likes using them so I thought I would give them another try.  Once I got the first few drops down, I rather liked the way it looked.  You can tell I got a little carried away but it was fun!

I hope you all have found or will soon find what sparks a light in you!

Debbie

 

Decisions, Decisions

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I haven’t got much art time in lately with all the holiday preparations going on.   It feels like forever since I’ve posted anything on the blog.   I have been working on this painting off and on for awhile now and it isn’t finished yet.  It is on a 9 x 12″ piece of mixed media paper and I can’t decide if I want to cut it down into two smaller pieces or not.  Guess I will put it aside again and get back to wrapping presents.

I wish you all Happy Holidays!

Debbie

You Get a Line…

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I am taking an on-line mixed media workshop called Layers of Light by Laly Mille.  I have only had time to create one piece from the first lesson but enjoyed it so much!  I am looking forward to working on the next lesson, which is with plaster and encaustic.

I’m calling this piece You Get a Line because, after adding the image of the boys going fishing, I kept singing that Little Big Town song, Boondocks.  The three little round pieces are crinoid fossils from a lake in southern Indiana.  I almost didn’t add them because I thought they kind of looked like Cheerios.  I showed the piece to my daughter after I had finished it.  She asked me what the little circles were.  I told her and she said “Oh, I thought they were Cheerios!”  🙂

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Mixed Media Girl & Dragonfly

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I came across a canvas that I had created background on a few years ago but never finished.

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I started with collage using scrapbook and other papers.  I added very little paint at the time I created the background and just decided to keep it that way.

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I scanned and enlarged a sketch of a girl I had done on a legal pad.

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I used carbon paper to transfer the sketch to the canvas.

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I then painted in the girl using acrylics, watercolor crayons, Pit pens and a Stabilo pencil.

I finished it off by adding a little dragonfly embellishment.

Now I’m off to the next painting adventure.  Happy Sunday everyone!

Waxed Wooden Tag Art

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I came across some wooden tags in my stash and decided to paint a girl on one of them  and then coat it in beeswax.  I sketched her in with a graphite pencil, painted her with watercolors and outlined with a Pitt pen.  I used a gel pen for the whites of her eyes and in her hair.

After stamping on some script text at the top of the tag,  I still felt it needed something more.  I added some little jewelry pieces that I had saved from a broken earring to a string and tied it to the tag.

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Here she is after a few coats of beeswax.  It really deepened the colors. I’m not sure if I like it better with or without the wax.  If I do another,  I’ll make her eyes a lot lighter now that I can see how much they darken up with the wax.  I do like how the wax seems to soften the shading around her forehead and under her eyes making it look more blended.

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It was hard to get a good image showing the texture created by the wax.  You can see it a little better at the top of this image.

Happy Friday and may you all have a great weekend!