Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fruit & Floral Wreath Card

Color Throwdown #461: Fruit & Floral Wreath Card
Happy Sunday, everyone! Today I am playing along with the Color Throwdown #461 challenge. This week's colors are green, yellow, orange, and purple. I just love the combination, and since I've been practicing wreaths lately, I decided to paint mine instead of stamping it. I know this really is a stamping challenge, so I used Papertrey's Graceful Gardens II for the sentiment in the center. I'll be honest, when I first worked on this wreath, I tossed it aside. What I love most about watercolor is, if you will walk away and let it dry, it usually looks completely different! I'm planning to send this off in the mail to Lasting Hearts Card Drive when I make a few more to go with it.

There's still time to play along!! Thanks for stopping by!

Just for Me!

"Today will be fabulous, darling!"
After painting a few pictures for family, I decided it was time I painted something just for me. I'm still working on gaining balance with the florals in wreaths, and it appears to be getting a little better. Since I was pretty pleased with the way this one turned out, I wondered what sentiment would go well with the wreath? Why not something to help me make every day awesome? I found another wreath on Instagram with this sweet saying, and I couldn't resist. So there it is...a reminder that every day and its outcome are truly within our control.

Hope today is fabulous for you, too!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Analyzing Art in Order to Improve

Roses...all over practice
Welcome everyone! I thought I would take a moment to post pictures of a few projects I've been working on. To date, I have had three commissions! That is so exciting for me as I never ever imagined that anyone would want a painting from me!! So, who was interested??? Well...drum roll husband, my sister, and my dear daughter-in-law!! Hey, if your own family doesn't like your work, then....maybe a new hobby is in order!!!

For the journal piece above, I was working on filling a space with a single subject. I feel this practice helps me with sizing, placement, and fill. And it did, until I tried to 'organize' the roses for the painting below.

Pay attention to the circles!
Yes, I thought I was so clever using a yogurt cup to create the circles for my roses in this painting. Until I noticed....that I had six roses all perfectly aligned in two rows. In the math world we call that an array, and it is a lovely thing if you are going for a rectangle. In the art world, neat rows may have their place, but not when you are trying to imitate the randomness of nature. That's why I love the crop feature on my camera. Problem solved!

All About the Staging
Another area I've been trying to improve upon is staging my artwork for Instagram. This is one of my favorite photos and totally impromptu. Turns out, I actually did a few things right with this photo. The wood background gives the feel of a boardwalk along the ocean and the shells add another layer to create the mood of deep waters. I probably should have tried again with the wash, but as always, I decide to do these things when I am running out of time to get ready for work. Ha! Nothing's more important than art, am I right?

Wreath for my dear daughter-in-law
And finally, the painting above is my latest commission for my daughter-in-law. She loves this scripture and wanted me to paint a wreath of leaves. Lately, I have been experimenting with various textures and layers. Another thing I realized with my wreaths is that I needed to work on planned repetition and balance. I believe I have improved somewhat with the latter since there are repeated leaf styles, florals and even a balance of complementary colors in the wreath above. 

In the end, stepping back and taking an honest view of my work and progress is helping me know where to go next. Thanks for stopping by, and I would love to have your feedback! Please leave a comment below if you have any advice or questions! Until next time, paint your heart out!!