Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Streets outside of Rome


Streets Outside of Rome
24 x 24
Mixed Media on Canvas

Inspired by some photos I took on a trip to Italy
This street cafe was located in a small town just outside Rome.
The quaint picturesque streets were something I wanted to remember
I created this piece for our kitchen nook....
letting go of the typical traditional style italian earth tone colors
I was more interested to create something for the space that had some bold pop
Creating a loose and colorful paint strokes
not worried about realistic details I applied paint in a variety of brush sizes and
used a palette knife to be sure I couldn't control every detail.
However, I still can look down the street and can feel the same as when I was there.
We sat out on the small tables on the cobblestone street for dinner.
We looked up at the laundry hanging on the line,
the small villa at the end of the street is the
actual space where we spent the last night.
I can look at the piece and it can take me right back to
laughing with family,
eating homemade bread
while sipping a glass of the local vino.
What's better?
The sides of the gallery wrapped canvas although not shown above
is wrapped with a variety of photos I had taken on the trip
The cobblestone street is applied with the texture of torn paper with
printed lyrics of my favorite Dean Martin Song... an Evening in Roma!!
What fun!
Although not the typical realistic version, I created a fun memorable piece,
and when I look at it in my kitchen it reminds me of the great time we had on our trip!








Monday, October 10, 2011

Sisters

FAITH
4 X 12
ACRYLIC AND PAPER ON CANVAS

This work is inspired by women of all ages
at various stages in their life
of all cultures and lifestyles.
Our journey through life and hands us daily struggles or blessings.


Sometimes we just need to pray
Sometimes we need to find faith.
Sometimes prayer is all we have.
-kristin osterman-




Saturday, May 7, 2011

Chilren's Art


Jillian's Mixed Media
4 x 12
Paint and Paper on Canvas

Child's Prayer
Dear God most high, hear and bless
Thy beasts and singing birds:
And guard with tenderness
Small things that have no words.


I have really enjoyed doing some pieces for friends
and their children's rooms
This was a gift for a new baby's room.
I don't have a girl, so what fun to work in pink!!!
Inspired by patterns and colors that are used in her quilt.
Keeping it simple and cute was the goal
and adding the initials for a personal touch!






Monday, April 11, 2011

USF Women's Baskeball

Porche Grant
14 x 17
Pencil and Charcoal Drawing

As a former collegiate basketball player,
I am always excited to render athletes.

Doesn't everyone have some sort of
competitive drive and
know's what it feels like
to want to be successful?

What it's like to practice day in and day out
What it takes to do it on the days you don't feel like it
What it means to want to be the best
What it means to compete.
What it feels like to win
and to want that feeling again and again.

I have been drawing for years
And there is always something special
about taking a
blank piece of paper,
and a pencil,
and
making
something
happen.

Reference Photo USF Athletics





Sunday, March 13, 2011

Be all you are meant to be

Be all you are meant to be
4 x 12
Karen Raven quote
Mixed Media Collage

Something about creating these little collage pieces
brings me great joy.
The colors, the ideas,
the design process,
and also the thought
someone is going to receive it
and in their heart
they will feel good.

I love this quote
by Karen Raven
and have used it in another piece.
"Only as high as i reach can i grow,
Only as far as i seek can i go.
Only as deep as i look can i see,
Only as much as i dream can i be."

What is your joy?
Do you ever have that feeling or voice inside say 
"I am meant to do this".

That's what I feel when I come up with an idea
or I create a new piece of art.
I continue to learn and practice
and try new mediums.
And I may not necessarily create a masterpiece...
but deep down,
I know I'm moving in the right direction.

My wish is you find that voice inside that tells you
what your meant to do
and it is from a higher sense of spirit.

I know that my best pieces of artwork
comes from that place deep inside...
it is a driving force beyond 
my mere existence... 

I'm simply here to bring it into the world.

Hopefully you are also doing the same!







Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Garden at Giverny

The Garden at Giverny
9 x 12
Acrylic and Pastel
Pastel Paper

Ok, well, not what I had intended...
Found a photo my mom took at Monet's actual garden.
My parents went there on a trip to France a few years ago.
How awesome to find those photos now!

The idea was to render a likeness of the photo in pastel.
I started. Got frustrated.
Ready to scrape it...
Didn't want to start all over again,
waste the pastel paper
or time I had already put in it.

So I sprayed what I had done.
Now I really didn't like it,
but thought it had a decent fundamental base
for an underpainting.
I don't even know if you can or should do it.
But I did anyway.
I painted over the drawing.

I'm sorry Mr. Monet...
lol
He would be shaking his head, I'm sure.

We can only get better when we keep practicing!
As the master himself said:

"It's on the strength of observation and reflection
that one finds a way.
So we must dig and delve unceasingly."
-Claude Monet-

Disaster or not...
it's all part of the process.
Monet painted in his garden in the same spot sometimes
4-6 times...
No master go there overnight...
they had amazing work ethic.

One day,
I hope,
it will all come together!








Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Home on the Range

Pastel
14 x 18
140lb Cold Press Watercolor

Asked to tackle this piece as a retirement gift...
I worked from two reference photos.
One was of the property and one was of the subjects
headed back from a hunting trip.

I tore edges of a large piece of watercolor paper
stretched it on a board.

Started sketching the landscape and figured out
how I could get the figures worked in as though they fit naturally.
Once I liked the composition
I layed in an underpainting in watercolor.
Then began to apply the layers of pasel,
starting with hard nupastel
and working up to soft sennelier and rembrant.

"Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. 
Only being open to change
will you have a true opportunity
to get the most from your talent."
-Nolan Ryan-

Thanks for stopping in... more to come!!









Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sunshine


Sunshine
6 x 8
Mixed Media Collage

Believe it or not,
spring is just around the corner.
Inspired to create that spring feeling today...
my favorite time of the year.
Everything is pretty in the spring.
Flowers bloom, the sun shines
and there is that fresh smell in the air
summer coming.

When I think of spring cleaning,
I don't really think of washing windows.

I think of a renewal of spirit.

A time to wake from winter with a new vibrance for life.
Get out and ride a bike,
take a walk,
go on a picnic...
appreciate the simplicity
of enjoying a sunny day.

When spring and flowers come to mind
so does
kindness
harmony
compassion
patience
and
love.

Hope the sun is peeking out for you today!





Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Number 9

Number 9
9 x 12
Mixed Media
Newsprint, Acrylic, Ink, Pastel

"How many a man has thrown up his hands
at a time when a little more effort,
a little more patience
would have achieved success"
-Elbert Hubbard-
Patience... waiting... seeking...
When walking through a small town
I saw from a distance a buisness man waiting
for a street car on the corner.
Most people may not find this facinating.
I did.
I was compelled and inspired to do something with that scene
How many times in life we wait.
We wait in line at the grocery store,
for the plane to take off,
or to simply use the restroom.
On a bigger scale
We wait for job offers,
for lab results,
the right person to come along,
our bank account to fill up to a certain number.
Terminally ill to pass,
expecting mothers to give life.
We wait.
Sometimes patiently,
sometimes not.
Waiting is a part of what we do.
Sometimes we don't wait when we should,
sometimes we wait too long.
Sometimes we need to take an initiative, not to wait.
We know that success can mean doing the small things
everyday we are given a chance to work at reaching our potential.
Where is your happiness?
Are you still waiting for it...
or are you making it happen?
How can you best serve the world today.
What are meant to be?
Are you waiting for the answer...
seek, find, do.
I chose to title this piece Number 9
Waiting on street car 9.
9 happens to be a number that symbolizes patience.
It also represents inspiration and the perfection of ideas
it is the number of achievement and harmony.
"if people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery,
it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."
Michelangelo



Monday, February 14, 2011

Human Spirit

Human Spirit
14 x 17
Charcoal Figure Drawing


 In Nakedness lies the
 truth of the Human Spirit...
what is your truth?

Today I am reflecting on drawings
i found in my art studio from
a figure drawing class i took in Italy years ago.
What is more romantic than to think of Italy today!
The food, the wine, what's not to love??!!
The gestural drawings where done in a swift 60 seconds

The purpose is too look only at the outside (contour of the figure)
and draw as quick as you can in less than a minute
before the model changes positions.
Talk about stress for a portrait artist!!!
You have to leave out all details and only worry about big shapes.
But as I look at them now years later...
I see so much more than an outline.
I can see the big picture.

I think we can all relate to a figure drawing to some degree.
It represents a raw human appeal and spirit...
it's not about naked body parts, it's about human form

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. 
We are spiritual beings on a human journey."
-stephen R. covey

When succombed to outside pressures we put on ourselves...
Let's take a look internally to our heart and find our purpose
to best serve those around us.

"The divine spirit does not reside in any except the joyful heart."
-talmud quotes-

Hope everyones heart is full of joy on this valentine's day.
Where is your naked truth
and what is it
that you have
to offer
the
world?






Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Outdoor Market


Outdoor Market
9 x 12
Mixed Media

"Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers.
Kind deeds are the fruits,
Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds,

Fill it with sunshine, kind words and kind deeds"

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-

Found a photo my mom took on her last trip to Poland.
Edited down to what I thought could work in the composition.
Painted very quickly... just to get subjects in.
Really just wanted to play around with some vibrant colors.
Mixing colors and finding combinations will be a lifelong journey...
but i'm learning something new each time i sit to paint.
Thanks for stopping in!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Road Ahead



Road Ahead
8 x 10
Mixed Media

"Dare to live the life you have
dreamed for yourself.
Go
forward
and
make you dreams
come
true."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

From Small beginnings come great things
-Proverb-

All that I can, I will
-French Proverb-

Anyone with a child can probrably remember a time you have seen this image...
There they go...
riding their big wheel down the street
as fast as they can possibly get their legs to go.

Wouldn't  it be great if we all enjoyed life with
the same type of enthusiasm and drive!
We are blessed to have one of those
kids who likes to
do it all
see it all
and everyday takin on life
with fire and passion,
his heart on his sleeve
and
with reckless abandonement!!

(he'd drive that big wheel cross country
if I let him off our culd de sac!! lol)

I'm sure life with him will be at times exhausting,
 never a dull moment...
but hopefully
his spirit will light up the world along the way!

This piece is a mix of everything!!...
Completely inspired by his personality:
Watercolor base
Newsprint
Pastel highlights
Acrylic Palette Knife strokes
and
Ink Text Throughout

Put yourself out there and
make those dreams come true!!
Till next time...















Friday, February 4, 2011

Coffee Break


Coffee Break
8 x 10
Mixed Media

"A tree is know by it's fruit,
A man by his deeds.
A good deed is never lost;
He who sows courtesy reaps friendship,
and he who
plants kindness
gathers love."
-Basil-

Completely open to anything today, I found an old photo
I had snapped one day in St. Petersburg of an outdoor cafe/coffee shop.
There were other people in the photo...
 but I really liked focusing in on the one woman in a
thoughtful spot under the tree. 
She was enjoying a book and having a cup of joe.

Without spending lots of time
I did a quick sketch of what I wanted with Ink
on a small piece of pastel paper.
I added a  bit of color with hard and soft pastels.
Sprayed the drawing, but felt like I could do more with it.
I applied adhesive and mounted the paper onto a piece of old canvas.
I then applied some layers of acrylic paint in different directions and green values.
I liked what was coming out,
but wanted to add a quote or text to tie
more ink into the piece.
I found this quote I loved and painted it in.

What are we really without kindness we give and
recieve to our family, friends and even complete strangers?

All good things are rooted in kindness.
And when you have this in your soul,
you can completely savor 
every moment
of life...
and you can truly feel content in those quiet moments,
like the feeling you get from a sunny morning
with a good book and cup of coffee!




Thursday, February 3, 2011

Be Yourself




Be Yourself
4 x 12
Mixed Media Collage

"Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken."
-Oscar Wilde-

I love this quote, especially for young girls...
It's great to have role models,
but more importantly to have the self confidence to know who you are,
where your going and
 to be who you were meant to be!

Still inspired by collage work and finding ways to
play with color with paint and papers
as well as incorporating
composition and design techniques!

I am so grateful for all of those who continue to check out
my work and support my journey!!!
Good things lie ahead!!!
:)



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dare to Dream Big


Dare to Dream Big
4 x 12
Collage

"Only high as i reach
can i grow,
only as far as i seek
can i go,
only as deep as i look
can i see,
only as much as i dream
can
i
be."
-Karen Ravn-
(quote included in collage)

Always seeking inspiration... i picked up the Somerset Studio
magazine... the art of paper and mixed media...
Such fabulous artists featured.
I decided to do come up with my own version.
A mix of painting, written text, papers and paint!
First I found some colorful papers and cut out shapes
Firgured out composition and design elements
Painted the canvas background colors,
added paper with medium
then added written text
and strokes of paint over paper
Framed the sides of the canvas
 with pieces of ripped paper
It's ready to hang without a frame!!!

Through the committment to this blog,
I am working and exploring mediums and techniques
I would not normally have tried.
I'm excited.
Driven by endless possiblilties,
excited to do more...
and
daring
to
dream
as i go!!!









Sunday, January 30, 2011

Red in Bloom


Red in Bloom
8 x 10
Acrylic on Canvas

"Everyone discusses my art and
pretends to understand,
as if it were necessary to understand,
when it is simply necessary to love."
Claude Monet
Reference photo I took was of a wild patch of flowers in New England.
I loved the bright bold colors and wanted to see if I could capture some of them.
Loved Monet's work of Wild Poppies and
Jeanne-Marguerite Lecadre in the Garden
So I thought I'd try to do the blooms in a
quick impressionistic technique...
not quite like Monet (of course)...lol
but good to practice anyhow!!!

I painted a light blue background color for sky
and added a mass of green along the bottom.
Painted in some trees and added leaves and blooms
by dabbing on a variety of color ontop of background
then added some stems for flowers in a variety of green mixtures.
I could get used to this style of painting!!!
Monet is truly a master, an inspiration
and truly loved!!!
After a bit more of color and value study,
 I'll try and try again!

Check back soon!!!






Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Music in the Soul


Music in the Soul
16 x 20
Newsprint and Acrylic on Canvas

"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest,
heals the heart and makes it whole,
flows from heaven to the soul"
-author unkown-

Inspired by a photo I took in New Orleans.

I used the same type of method of mixed medium,
the newsprint in the background is actually an inspiring article
I found about a local youth church band. 
The symbolic meaning of them included in this piece is two-fold. 
The importance of music in our community,
what it means to develop musical talent and skills in our children
so they can express themselves creatively
 and also to represent the inspiration of how Jazz music
is the foundation, heart and soul of New Orleans. 

The power of music from the soul can move us to emotion,
 set a mood, bring back a memory, and instill hope!
Rarely is there a time I sit down to paint
without putting on some of my favorite tunes!