I had a painting in mind of a fairy in flight. But sometimes ideas evolve little by little.
For instance, the flowers in this fairy's background started out as daffodils. But daffodils just weren't working for me. So, soon they became Queen Anne's Lace.
Second, first she was in bright daylight, with a blue sky as her background. But I just kept seeing a grayer background in my mind's eye.
Her smile and the twinkle in her eye pretty much stayed the same. I call her Lace Queen. And she is regal and delightful with a mischievous slant (which all fairies are prone to, to be honest).
One of the neat projects I am in process on is a companion coloring book for my Emily of New Moon graphic novel. This coloring book will have over 30 high quality images including many familiar artwork pictures from the webcomic.
I also made sure I incorporated more of the wallpaper backgrounds. These are based on historical Victorian wallpapers, because it seemed an appropriate place to remember Emily's trick of "holding fairy papers in the air".
My hope is that this coloring book is appropriate for any age to enjoy. The adult who likes to use fancy gel pens and prismacolor pencils for their coloring, and children. As soon as it is available for purchase, I will let you all know!
First, I'm still here. As the coronavirus interrupted all of our lives, world-wide, it interrupted mine and my plans, too. All is well and I've been working away during the shutdown. And now things are starting to get back to normalcy, a bit. Good stuff is on the horizon and I am looking forward to sharing more about that. But first, something I've been meaning to share here for awhile:
I've been working on a graphic novel of the classic story, Emily of New Moon, for over a year, now. Some of my paintings are related to this work. But I haven't yet shared about the graphic novel here, on my website. So, first I want to do that. The above image is a gif, with movement added. Because, art can be more fun with movement.
I have the first 25 pages of the graphic novel uploaded on the media site, www.dejavudimensions.com and you can find those there and see if you can find the movement in each one. This was a project of love, but it has turned into a wonderful business opportunity. This graphic novel is going to be turned into a dining experience, where you can visit select restaurants and enjoy a meal while you enjoy the show. We're working away on this project, and have been for months. To see a bit more:
I'll be updating with more about this, as we get further in, but you can also follow along on the Facebook page for the graphic novel, which can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/DejaVuDimensionsEoNM/
I love these monthly classes in the community! It is so beautiful to see others get out and stretch their artistic muscles and discover what they are capable of.
We'll be working with small canvases (size 6" x 6") to ensure that we can complete the project in the time allotted for the class.
For a short time, I have some recent paintings showing at a local Golden business, Cafe 13. Not only will you find a quirky Mademoiselle Flo (shown on the art stream in a previous post), but also Jack o'Mines, inspired by Golden's School of Mines, and a painting I called "Whiskey Sour", which features a hedgehog who has perhaps put away more than is good for him, and is still asking for more. If you get the chance to check them out in person (they always look better in person), I hope these paintings make you smile. That's the goal.
It's time for our monthly community acrylics class at Golden Library!
This Sunday from 12:30 to 2:00, we will be creating a flower painting Georgia O'Keefe style, while exploring the acrylic technique of Glazing.
We will be creating this piece of art on a 6 x 6 canvas (quite small, but this will give us the opportunity to complete the painting in the time allotted).
Georgia O'Keefe was one of those artists who became less interested in painting things as purely representational, and began exploring what she called capturing their essence. Join us as we learn a bit more about this ground-breaking artist and paint a beautiful flower by Glazing.
All supplies will be provided by the Golden Library. Although this class is full, you can always drop by on standby: last month, all our standbys found a place at the table. :)
There's been a lot of exciting things cooking over here, and I have been busily painting a variety of things, but nothing gave me as much joy recently as this beautiful native pony, complete with war paint and beads. The color tones were an experiment and a journey into what could be.
So even if I can't share everything I'm working on just yet, it's a beautiful thing to dive into a work like this, with vibrant colors and tones and let myself go. I love him, and besides...this guy is a legit "Colorado Native". They're hard to find these days.
Recently, one of my painting classes focused on portraits, and so I had the pleasure of creating the above painting from an old photo of my daughter.
As with all else, portraiture can be done using acrylics, not only oils. And using the techniques of multiple washes and layering,the soft smooth skin effect can indeed, be achieved.
There's something so timeless and forever about a painted portrait, so classic and yet so simple. It's almost nostalgic as if you are viewing a memory through a rose-colored lens and only the beautiful parts show through.
This lovely image was created on a masonite type canvas, using heavy body acrylics and finished with a semi gloss varnish.
appreciated the fact that I could draw or paint, even from a young age. But this idea that is prevalent in our culture (about born talent), can do some damage.
There's a "have or have not" mentality that doesn't take into account the fact that everyone can develop a skill like painting, and "birth talent" isn't a requirement.
everything to do with courage and a revolutionary determination to risk as they set out exploring their own creativity.
We should never critique beginners harshly, even if the beginner is one's own self. Instead, we remember the risk involved and the courage that it takes to try something new. And we respect the art, for that sake alone, if necessary.
But this new group of beginners all did amazing. Just look at their beautiful winter chickadees! It's never too late to begin to develop your art skill. Jump into those waters, and give it a try! Next class is February 9th. Call the library to learn more.
Sometimes, a picture just comes to me. An idea that tickles the back of my mind and won't go away because I like it and want to make it come alive. That was the way Jack came.
I'd been trying to come up with ideas for a series of semi-anthropomorphic animal critters, to join Mademoiselle Flo at Cafe 13. I had a grumpy hedgehog, a cigar smoking pit-bull...and then this little rabbit showed up in my mind's eye.
To me, Jack reminds me of "the little guy": the miner, the blue-collar worker, the eater of humble fare who doesn't often see the light of day. He's humble, he's at the bottom of the food chain, and isn't seeking honor or glory. But let's give it to him anyway. Here's our salute to you, Jack.
Here's to the little guy.