Friday, June 24, 2011

Green, the Color of Nature

It's green week of Summer of Color and I was enjoying myself so much I made two works for this week instead of one!  Both are mixed media ATCs.  I bought a small pad of ready-made canvas ATC's once in the art store, and I thought they'd be perfect for experimenting on.  I painted the deer on one of them and embroidered the border.  Something was missing, so I added the white flowers, which I think give it the perfect summer touch.

The green angel came together out of the same color I mixed for the deer's background, but this time I added a bunch of torn paper for the early layers.  Like my blue ATC last week, I went in for final detailing with pastel pencils.  I think of her as an Angel of Nature, a guardian of the forest and its creatures.  

Working in green reminds me of all the lovely plants outside in nature that we so often forget to thank for their company.  The peace we feel when we walk among trees is a touching of souls.
Have you taken a walk today?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gazing through a window into periwinkle dreams . . .

It's blue week for Summer of Color, and I decided to make this little ATC (artist trading card for those who have never heard of them before) for my first piece.  

I love working with neutral and grayed-down colors, so I used a muted periwinkle blue as the dominant color.  Inhabiting this 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch space is a character of mine who shows up a lot in my sketchbook and school notebook margins, a fluffy-haired Victorian-coat-wearing man with his three raven companions.

I used watercolor and brown ink washes first, layered Sanguine, Sepia, and White Prismacolor pastel pencils over that, and finished the detailing using Micron pens. 

Can't wait to start my piece for next week, this time the color is going to be green!  

Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer of Color!

School has been keeping me busy and away from the blog world of late, but summer is finally here!  I'm looking forward to posting photos of my recent art project I mentioned a while ago, eating ice cream, reading all the books I haven't had time to crack open, and getting to enjoy lazy me-time in the summer sun.

I also want to make this a summer full of art and new ideas.  I was really excited to find a blog event created by Kristin over at Twinkle, Twinkle called Summer of Color that I'll be participating in.  So many wonderful artists are joining in, I can't wait to see what everyone will create!  Basically, each week Kristin will give us a color to work with (the first color is blue), and the task will be to create some sort of art project in any style, any medium to be posted by the following Monday.  Visit her blog to read more about it, anyone can join and it looks like its going to be a great way to get creative during the laziest months of the year.  

I haven't decided yet what I'll be working on, but I think I would love to get back into the mixed media spirit, since I've been doing a lot of oil painting lately.  I might work with journal pages, ATC's, little canvas boards, whatever strikes my fancy.  I love the idea of letting color inspire my pieces, this is going to be exciting!