Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Recent artwork for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 and new course Petit Papillon - check sidebar for links

The first 3 are sketches I have done for Petit Papillon...a wonderful course taught by Olga Furman...having so much fun with these babies!

Lesson 1 - charcoal
 more of Lesson 1
 and more lol
The rest is an assortment of art I am either working on or have completed for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 - you can go to my Flickr page if you want more details..just wanting to also share here


Week 15

Week 16 - Roses and Leaves

Week 12 - Bear Medicine sculpture

Week 15 - layers of me

more of week 15

Friday, April 07, 2017

some more artwork from Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 - BEST COURSE EVER!

This has been the best art course I think I have ever participated in. I am learning so much and so many different styles and being more creative.....LOVE LOVE LOVE it....you can check it out by clicking on the link on my sidebar ...wonderful teachers and assignments!

Week 13 - taught by Katrina Koltes

Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017

Week 14 - working daily on color theory  - lesson assignments provided by Olga Furman


Week 14 - optional color theory lessons


Week 14- Paint Your Heart and Soul


Week 14 - Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017

did another butterfly girl

Paint Your Heart and Soult 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

some whimsies and more from Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 art course

just a whimsy

Week 6 - Butterfly Dreams with Olga Furman..

Week 6 - Butterfly Dreams

Week 7 - Dreamy Abstract with Balia Zielinska (I plan to do this one again with a new technique I learned recently as no matter what I did here on this lesson I always got circles lol)

Week 7 Dreamy Abstract with Balia Zielinska

Week 7  -Dreamy Abstract with Basia Zielinska

Week 8 - There is a Way with Marie Ndolo

Week 8 with Marie Ndolo - on wood
on wood above

on paper below

Week 8 on paper

Week 9 - I'm Home with Danielle Mack

My week 9 - Danielle Mack.....well..I am not sure about the big butterfly I stuck in her hair.......but......it looked too bare up there so there it will stay for now anyway. I hesitated again about this lesson for some reason ...along with week 10. I am still not 100% certain why specific lessons sort of make me hesitate or almost not want to do them......BUT.........I have also discovered...THOSE are the lessons I learn the most and end up loving the end results with whatever I create...maybe because it forces me to step a bit out of my comfort zone? Not certain about that either....but I am learning a lot with this course and am LOVING it all so much! LOVE learning different styles and techniques and becoming inspired to make my own creations with what I learn!

I also have to admit most of my creations have been little girls it seems or young girls and I seem to be working through a healing process of sorts.......bizarre isn't it? BUT that is what seems to be happening with the messages I seem to get with what I end up creating!

Week 9 with Danielle Mack

Week 10 - Creating your own OOAK with Galia Alena

my week 10 - Galia Alena - another lesson I hesitated on ..as I explained in lesson 9 post.....some lessons I really run from for some reason....but those are the ones I push through and learn the most about me and what I like or don't like and how I can turn it around to still be creative..and I end up loving the final results better than the lessons I give into easily! I was and still am not a big fan of drips......BUT........I decided to use the drips to make her dress.......wanted it to be sort of like those drippy wine bottle candles you see...but acrylic paint does not build up like that unless you add glue or something to it ...anyway......I ended up smearing those drips a bit so added more up in her BIG HAIR...this model I used is a young girl who is such a soulful soul and has BIG hair ...love her....anyway........there is a BIG MESSAGE in this creation....and it did not start out that way but came through to me as I worked on the girl. Rather than add more drips from the butterfly wings which actually WOULD have been great...I painted some on instead........not the same effect but........again...I actually LOVED making this creation and all I learned....and the final results.........extreme message for me and more healing. I originally thought about the girl holding a small birdcage with a key to have let the bird free....but got the message loud and clear the girl should be the one stuck in the birdcage and being given an opportunity to wake up and be free....as the bird brings HER the key to open the locked cage door to let her out....anyway............deep stuff at least for me and it always blows me away when that sort of thing happens. I like creating and art I think the most because of that reason..it can really express emotions and allow incredible statements to be made for others too and healing 

Week 10 with Galia Alena

A left-handed whimsy (though I did do the details with my right hand)

left-handed whimsy

another whimsy


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

working on techniques I am learning in Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017

I actually painted her upright but when I tried turning her to the side to be lying down I liked her better I think that way! Working in techniques I am learning in Paint Your Heart and Soul art class....

working on techniques

I think she looks best this way but the hair would not be falling in the correct way

working in techniques

she might  look okay this way too?

still working to perfect techniques

Sunday, February 12, 2017

More Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017

Week 5 - lesson 3 - making something new using prior subjects and techniques

Week 5 - Lesson 3 - Paint Your Heart and Soul

practicing lesson 1 techniques by Olga Furman

practicing techniques

Week 6 - Butterfly Dreams  - taught by Olga Furman

Week 6 - Butterfly Dreams

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 - week 4 and starting week 5

week 5 assignment 1...using our same subject from lesson 1....but PAINTED on toned paper instead of charcoal...I find the little girl is growing up a bit by painting her lol (I used red iron oxide to paint my background all the same color...then keeping the same tones we used before with the charcoal.......allowing the tone colors to come through...I painted it with watercolor and acrylics......black, white only and then instead of pasting an object on I painted a red rose barrette in her hair
Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017

week 4 taught by Lucy Chen

Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2nd week Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 - Bear Medicine taught by Jennifer Albin

okay...so I have to admit for some reason I did not even want to do this lesson at first. I am not sure why I fought it so hard....and I just let my thoughts rest for a few days..tried to work on ideas....was not happy with any of them.....and then I saw others start posting their creations and I finally got more inspired and the larger "warrior" inside me (which I actually DID start out drawing me as more of a warrior with a bear) just gave up and shrank into this child.....and I have to say I felt so relieved and elated but finally SAFE! I wish I could express all the emotions that went through me.......and this bear. I have always been drawn to POLAR bears......always....and I have always seen them as my guide but also more importantly my protector. The warrior inside me suddenly shrank into this vulnerable tiny girl and into the arms of this polar bear.......and it was like I broke free somewhere in my real life finally. What an amazing feeling and the end result when I look at this...I am so happy....and I love how this turned out and it literally makes me cry every time I look at it. So thank you Jennifer Albin for a great lesson and for causing me to give many hours to my inner thoughts and finally allowing myself to just let go and go with it! Week 2 - Bear Medicine

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lee Dong Wook as the Grim Reaper from the Korean drama The Goblin - 2nd portrait attempt using Olga Furman's methods from class

Lee Dong Wook - as the Grim Reaper from The Goblin

well I wanted to try a man for my 2nd attempt at the charcoal portrait using Olga's methods......and really wanted to do Lee Dong Wook from the Korean drama The Goblin..he plays the grim reaper.....and he turned out pretty close ....my white charcoal is pretty bad and tends to scratch the surface more than blend or flow onto it like regular charcoal pencils so not sure why that is the case but I cannot really add white with it it seems or it goes overboard and then won't blend in well. I may have to upgrade. This guy is so yummy and I wanted to catch all his deliciousness...lol.......but I think I am calling this done even though it is not exactly the way I want it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

recent artwork...and my week 1 from Paint Your Heart and Soul Lesson taught by Olga Furman

Week 1 -Paint Your Heart and Soul art course -lesson taught by Olga Furman - charcoal portrait with 1 collage element - loved the lesson and will be working on more

Week 1 lesson-Charcoal Portrait with 1 collage element

Just some more whimsee characters

mixed media

mixed media

mixed media - in progress