The Art of Direction

Hi.

May I just say that sometimes art has a mind of it’s own? Well it does. And it did. I started out to paint the retro house sketch and I ended up with something completely different.

For all my paintings I like to do an undercoat or “wash” – a thin layer of paint in a colour that goes with the colour scheme of the painting. I got a little carried away with it and started experimenting. I made it really watery and drippy, threw salt on it (salt absorbs the water leaving white areas around it), sprayed water from a spray bottle and used a blow dryer to control the direction of the drips.

Storm Painting Unfinished
Storm Painting Unfinished

Then later when I came back to it I got as far as drawing the graph on the canvas when I noticed the white and blue on the bottom looked like crashing waves. So I had to make the decision to either continue with the plan or to go out on a limb and change direction.

I went with the flow!!

Storm. Acrylic. 12x24
Storm. Acrylic. 12×24

So within a couple hours I had a painting which is dramatic, moody, and beautiful. I’m happy.

I then prepped the next canvas I had for the retro house. ๐Ÿ˜›

Ruth

Space Cat

Hey Hey!

Remember the sketches I posted last Friday? The cat one is a completed painting now! I’m calling it “Space Cat” because that’s what Dayton, my hubby, said it looks like and I think it suits. Also, I’m gonna start the retro house one today.

Just incase you have no idea what I’m talking about or forgot here’s the sketch to go with the painting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cat Sketch
Cat Sketch
Space Cat. Acrylic. 12x16
Space Cat. Acrylic. 12×16

Probably the biggest challenge with this painting was transferring the image. I’ve been looking into different ways of doing this because it can be quite troublesome sometimes.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m referring to the process of getting aย sketch on to a canvas so I can paint it. The most common method is to draw a graph over the sketch and on the canvas and then to redraw it square by square. This is good drawing practice, but the drawbacks are that you ruin your sketch and also sometimesย the graph lines on your canvas can be hard to cover up. For example, sometimes I want to leave areas of my painting with just a thin layer of paint but I don’t want pencil lines which don’t erase well of canvas.

To combat this, I photocopied my sketch and drew the graph on that. However, I wanted to enlarge my sketch but only by a little bit and I also had difficulty figuring out how to graph it so that my drawing wouldn’t end up too far in a corner.

Because of these things, I have looked into buying an old overhead projector because then it would be easy to adjust the size and position of the sketch without photocopying, graphing, or any guesswork. The only thing with that is that I don’t particularly have extra space to store one (my art room is cramped as it is) and then I would have to be buying bulbs and transparent sheets and also regularly pay to have my sketches transferred onto those sheets.

So. That is my predicament.ย For now, I think I’ll continue to graph and then someday when it seems right I may choose to upgrade. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ruth

Four Seasons Tree Paintings

Hey everyone!

So Last night I gave the tree paintings to my friend, so now I will show them to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Four Seasons Trees. Acrylic. 11x14, framed in natural wood
Four Seasons Trees. Acrylic. 11×14, framed in natural wood

Art just makes me so excited! There’s this feeling of accomplishment when you finish something and you finish it well that is so great. Before I was taking art seriously I would only paint every couple months or few weeks at best. The same painting would drag on for months and I would get frustrated because I would want to try new ideas but felt obligated to finish what I started. That would leave me with several unfinished paintings that were always “hanging over my head” so to speak and I never got to experience the feeling of success.

Now things have changed for me though. Since I have been married I have been able to see that this is what I want to pursue in life and to make that happen I have made a commitment to pursue art daily. Only since I have really made those decisions have I seen great progress. Now it feels like those dreams of becoming a full time artist can become a reality if I just keep moving, keep working, and keep stepping out. It won’t come easily or quickly but I am excited to watch my “journey” (that word is so cheesy but it’s accurate) unfold before me.

Anyways, that’s a little bit of my art and a little bit of me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good day.

Happy Friday

Whew! It’s Friday ๐Ÿ˜›

Just finished two weeks of one to one support for children with special needs at spring break camps. Now back to my regular work schedule. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for art, I finished those tree paintings for my friend! I will give them to her this weekend and then after she sees them and is happy with them I will post pics for the rest of you. I know, waiting is hard. ๐Ÿ˜› After those were done I moved on to a few sketches and some smaller projects that I hope will move quickly. The goal is to do a couple paintings where I can practice just getting my idea on the canvas before it goes stale and isn’t interesting anymore. Just get it out and done and move on. We’ll see how it goes. ๐Ÿ˜›

So here you go, a couple sketches and a painting in the works (at least I’m not sure if it’s done or not yet)

Shapes and White Space Painting. Acrylic. 11x14
Shapes and White Space Painting. Acrylic. 11×14

This one is kind of funny, because I did the colourful part last year sometime, didn’t finish it and put it aside for several months. Lately I’ve been going over different ideas in my head for it all involving some kind of white silhouette and then tonight I thought of doing a mountain range because I love mountains. But it looks kind of cool whichever way you turn it and I’m not sure if I should leave it as is or add more detail..

Cat Sketch
Cat Sketch

I just started putting this one on canvas tonight..

Retro House at Night
Retro House at Night

This is the other one that I’m hoping to put into painting quickly. I think I have just the right canvas for it too… Tall and narraw to emphasize the big “heavenly” expanse above the house and stars…

Aaannnnddd… that’s it.

Ruth

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Happy Belated Blog

Hey friends,

So I just realized that I forgot to post anything yesterday (I have made Fridays my blog day). I’ve been working on those tree paintings for my friend this week and they’re almost done, just started the last one today. I’ve also been staining the frames to go with them and I realized that I am going to avoid staining things in the future whenever possible. It stinks like fumes and it’s really hard to make sure you don’t leave any drips that are going to dry and make it look bad.

On another note, I wasn’t really tired when I went to bed last night so I went on a pinterest binge and was sufficientlyย inspired for enough projects to last me a year. Here’s a few of the pics that stuck out to me…

Make a projector for your mobile phone using a shoebox, a paperclip, and a magnifying glass. It costs less than 5 dollars. http://hative.com/diy-ideas-with-recycled-shoe-box/

This is one that I especially want to try..I think it would be very useful if it actually worked.

credit: The Haps [ http://www.harpershappenings.com/2012/09/11/miniature-mounted-menagerie-also-known-as-im-obsessed-with-tiny-plastic-animals/]

This one is fun.. There’s a million different uses for spray painted plastic animals. I just think it would be fun to do, plus small plastic animals pretty much sum up my whole childhood so I kind of have a fancy for them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, here’s one more..

Sew together a cute whale! For more info visit: http://sussle.org/t/Craft

DIY stuffed animals? Whales? Heck yes! I could make a whole family of them! ๐Ÿ˜›

It’s fun to see the things that other people are doing and creating..there’s so much cuteness out there!! So I hope to make some of my own cuteness and share it with you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ruth

After Thought..

I just realized while reviewing my different blog posts why I’m having trouble deciding on a “brand image” for myself.ย The brand image is something I’ve been thinking a bit about lately..things like matching fonts and colour schemes for my website and future business cards, etc.

Anyways, I just looked at the logo I posted last friday and the painting I just posted tonight and they couldn’t be more different. I thought it was entertaining. ๐Ÿ˜›

A Work in Progress…

Hey there ๐Ÿ˜›

So this may potentially leave me with nothing to post on Friday, but hopefully it will just motivate me to create something new instead!

There’s this old painting that came from my in-law’s house that they said I could paint over if I wanted. So I’ve been playing around with it and different ideas. It started because a couple months ago or so I got this picture during church that the more I thought about it the more I wanted to paint it. But I wasn’t really sure how to do it so a specific idea turned into just wanting to paint something to do with Jesus and his magnificence.

However Christian art is hard for me because it seems so generic. After all, there’s only so many ways you can paint a cross or Jesus on the cross, etc. I guess though that this process has made me care less about whether a cross has been painted before and more about just wanting to portray God’s power.

There’s something undeniable about the face of Christ that grabs you. There’s a reason why so many artists throughout history have attempted to illustrate it. It pulls you in and makes you feel weak and loved and amazed all at the same time.

So this painting, which is by no means finished, I felt to share with you because it just seems to have the feeling of war. If I was going to leave it as is I think I would call it “The Warrior’s Plan” or something like that. There’s something noble and eye catching about it..I think it’sย the fluorescent orange and the red and the way the cross kind of swoops out at the bottom.

Here it is:

The Warrior's Plan. Mixed Media. 29x41 Including Frame
The Warrior’s Plan. Mixed Media. 29×41 Including Frame

I hope God speaks to you though it.

Ruth

P.S. This is when I wish I had an actual camera and not just my phone, because the picture really does not do it justice. There is so much more texture then what is shown.

The Biz

Hey Hey ๐Ÿ˜›

So for this week I started a new project which, honestly I can’t decide whether to post yet or not.. On one hand I want to share my process with you guys (aka whoever actually reads what I write) ๐Ÿ˜‰ , but on the other hand it feels safer to share the “in progress” pictures once the piece is actually finished because then no one can judge me because it’s already done anyways. ๐Ÿ˜›

Also though, this case is a bit different because it’s a commission!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Meaning I’m doing it for a friend so I also kind of want to surprise her with the final product. I guess I could at least tell you about it though.. It’s a series of four 11×14 paintings and each one is the same tree in each of the four seasons. I’m excited about it because I am doing it in a style that is a bit cartoony or simplified and I think it will be really cute when it’s done. Also, I bought floating frames for them ย which makes them look that much better.

One thing that I will share with you guys is my new logo! I’m in the process of making a new website (I want to get some better photography for my stuff too). It will have the same domain name but will be just a bit more professional looking and closer to what I had imagined. I am working on designing a brand for myself so that I can make business cards that have a similar look to my site.

Anyways here’s my logo ๐Ÿ˜›

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