Sunday, May 15, 2011

Earbud Wrap

Taking a break from drawing and I found this great tutorial. I am one who listens to music while I work and I am always destroying ear buds in my purse. I used an old card, cut out the sides, and punched holes for the ear buds and jack. I love this. I feel so organized.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Juniper Progress

I have been so very busy and have been doing some other creative things like sewing and gardening. I did finally put some of my restlessness into the “Juniper” drawing and I am starting to really like what I see. I still have a LOT to do on the drawing but I think it will be one of my favorites.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Starting “Travels” Oil Pastel

I have been collecting snow globes for the last 7 or 8 years. Whenever I would visit a new city or state a snow globe was always a fun and cheap souvenir to take home. I now keep them at work to share with my students. They really enjoy looking at the different scenes and shaking them, watching the glitter or snow float around.

I’m going back to using one of my mediums of choice, oil pastels. I have started the base layer of color and will be continuing to build on that.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Juniper: Colored Pencil

So, normally my favorite medium is hard pastels but I have been wanting to work with colored pencils for a while so why not start now.

This is a picture of my cat, Juniper. I started by gridding the pictures and working on the preliminary drawing. I am working on the darker colors first.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Finishing the Heart Necklace

I was so motivated that I finished my first drawing. Yay! I like to add  a background as I work on the main object because the background color tends to help me clean the edges of the object.

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Shadows always help a drawing look more realistic.

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The chain was the most difficult part of the drawing because of the tiny details. I like to go back with Prisma colored pencils to fix some of the small detail.

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A good start…

I decided to start a little early on my new year’s resolution to create at least one piece of art per month. One of my favorite mediums to work with are pastels, particularly Nupastel’s hard pastels. I am feeling a little rusty but it started to get a little easier as I worked. The pastels in the plate are the colors I am working with to match the colors of the necklace pendant. The key to pastels are layering and mixing colors. I am using a warm paper color to help contrast the cool colors of the heart pendant.

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Love colors.

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You can see a mechanical eraser as well as a kneaded eraser. One thing I learned from a fellow student in art school is that you can blend colors with the kneaded eraser. It is great when you need to blend small detail.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year’s Resolution

Several months ago I found this blog site called New Dress A Day. It is about a girl who needed a creative outlet. She decided to challenge herself to create a new, stylish dress each day out of second hand clothes. I am not about to go sewing up a new dress a day but I have decided that as one of my new year’s resolutions that I would create at least one new art piece a month. I am an art teacher and tend to focus more on my students art instead of focusing on my own. I have struggled for years trying to figure out what kind of artist I want to be. I love being an art teacher but I would also love to see myself as a professional artist as well. What better way to create structure for myself then through a blog. I hope that sharing my journey will also inspire others not be afraid to just draw and explore.