Monday, September 10, 2012

Peerless Pains

I can't seem to be content with my water color pallet.  So here I have redone it to match Jane's new printable pallet and I think I'm finally happy. Just one page and 52 colors with a mixing pallet on the middle.
And this is my cat Auburn Peanut Butter. Ever since my surgery she stays put on my shoulders when she gets the chance.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

I've Been Busy Today!

This morning I woke up after about 6 hours of sleep...which was good since I haven't been sleeping at all. I was feeling excited with these classes I'm taking with Jane Davenport and this book I am working through. I am working a little out of order but this was the first home work challenge. I am not finished with it. Right now it is just a gessoed page in my composition journal with torn tissue paper.

The homework challenge is simply gesso and texture with recording the process. I have the gesso and a bit of texture down but I am still not 100% sure what I want to do. Jane used one stencil with a bunch of different medias to see how each one reacted to the paper and gesso and then drew a face over the top of that with a quick little quote. I am more indecisive then she, so I haven't quite gotten down what I want to do.

I began the second week for colored pencils and I was surprised to see that Jane had included drawing faces and her secret technique to drawing bodies! Watching her videos, and watching her work, I kept thinking, "I'm going to try...but I doubt that I am going to get my work any where close to how amazing Jane is." Once the videos were done, I took a deep breathe and drew. My first face following Jane...

Even I was impressed! I mean, it isn't perfect, but nothing really is. And if know me, you know that I have been wanting to draw like none other but I have never really had the confidence to challenge and concur. Comparing my first face drawing to this drawing from Jane's class...I am so excited that I enrolled!!

First Face Drawing - No Pencil, No Erases.

I have also been working through a book called, "You Can Draw in 30 Days," by Mark Kistler. I am not really trying to learn in a certain period of time but flipping through the book in the store, I could tell that it was already better then most books I have encountered. It is also a lot more reader friendly. Each subject is broken up into "lessons" and the author isn't a drone. Very easy read. I have already completed the first two lessons. This picture is just the second lesson.

Again, not perfect, but it's a start. And it is a better start then what I originally had in mind.

I feel like I am well on my way!!

Happy Journaling!!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Supplies Me!

I have been down and out for the last two weeks, and as stated in my previous post, even when I could hardly stand up for more then 10 minutes, I was still trying to do a few things in my art journal. I just couldn't help it! Well, I had a lot of complications with the side effects from my surgery, including having to miss the first week and a half of school. With great struggle, I decided to drop my classes just for this semester, so I can allow myself time to heal without having to push things.This came with a huge let down because I was looking forward to taking art and piano.

While healing, I had a lot of time to search the internet and of course, find ways to spend money. I have know about Jane Davenport for a while now, through 21 secrets. I always loved her art work but everything on her blog, from classes to supplies, seemed very overly priced to me. (This is from the beginning of my love affair with mixed media.) But this go around, I decided to ask some of my friends in my mixed media groups what their opinions were. Everyone raved about her. So I bit.

And I am so happy I did. I am so excited about the prospects, she is amazing. Just her personality alone raises my spirits! And I haven't even been doing her class for 24 hours!

I could not find a blog badge so here is a picture...

I think you should check her out!!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Few Projects

I've been out of the game for the last two weeks because I had to get my gallbladder out. I itched to get back in, and in fact, the face page I did a very small few minutes at a time.
Anuways, these are done in composition notebook.
Happy journaling!!

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