Body of work- Beachlife and Freshfish

In an effort to grow the body of work that I call Beachlife , this little pair finished yesterday will be added to the pile. I will never tire of giving fish , crabs and other sea creatures their own character marks- they just make me happy. Hope you all have a great PPF and weekend.

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You are my inspiration

Every once in a while I will get addicted to another artist’s work. At first I stare, then I try to do it justice by imitation (something some art teacher taught me in school), and then I try to adapt the learning to my own style. If you take classes in a certain style or technique, it eventually makes its appearance in your own work. As one of my current teachers says    ‘ practice, practice, practice’ …(like I didn’t hear that enough growing up with piano lessons once a week for what felt like eternity).

This weeks artwork is

watercolor, ink and marker

watercolor, ink and marker

Owl Brain

In preparation for May’s Whimsical Women show in Cary , these are some of the magnet designs. Owls surrounded me in college as part of my sorority’s identity. They used to make me nuts until I started making them whimsical… I like their new identity . Happy Paint Party Friday !

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Without water, I would have no art…

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This little crabby was created with the amazing Derwent light wash water solvable graphite pencil – and the sunset is Caran d arche crayon. I love art supplies and I love the ocean- they mix pretty well don’t you think?

Have a very artful day .

They’re back… more creatures from the deep blue sea

I think it is because I am a Pisces. Not being ‘into’ astrology, and having no clue what that really means – I do love the ocean. I love the sand. I love the sunshine and all the cool things that wash up on the beach. Even the ‘gross’ jelly fish are cool – you just can’t get too close.

That said, this morning was crabby morning – not in a bad mood- just felt like crab-ing it a bit. This is crabby love I. There is a two, but I am only sharing one. The other feels ‘unfinished’.

Have a lovely crabby day .

crabby love

crabby love

At the risk of repeating myself – Who am I, deux ?

owl painting

a little lighter, and a whole lot messed up..

Owls #2

Sometimes when you run a series of paintings weird things happen. The dude was a mess. He is now fortunately covered by a paper version, but his ‘texture’ was lost and it feels like cheating a little. While collage is a very legitimate artful category, the point was stick to the canvas and paint.

Oh well, may my path to artists’ hell continue for I have now mixed Golden fluid acrylics with the ‘cheap’ stuff , Liquitex glaze, Heavy Artist’s Cement  from US Artquest to hold the dude in place and I think we just about hit every manufacturer there is.

There were supposed to be 4 in this series, but I think I might just end the pain here.

completed 12/28/12.

Have a very whimsyful day !