This past week in Noah’s Art Camp was “Self Portrait Week”. Part of our many assignments was to complete several finished self portraits using a mirror as reference. I’ve played around with self portraits a little bit before but only from a photo. Referencing a mirror was definitely more challenging in the end and more rewarding. I definitely see a huge advantage to working from life now. The shapes are more “real” and light interacts differently. Read More
Since moving here to Japan I’ve found that I cannot go anywhere without carrying a bag. The main reason being that I walk everywhere or ride the train as we don’t have or need a car. Often when I travel to Tokyo for my dance class I carry two bags, a smaller purse and a larger bag for my change of clothes and water bottle. Since I have been printing with Society6 for a while now I thought it was time to see what their newly redesigned bags looked like in person. I love the colors in my “Sea Nettle” print and so that was an easy choice as my first buy. I’m so happy with the outcome and thought I would share photos as well as a review. Read More
This month has been filled with learning new things. At the beginning of the month I joined The Magic Box, an online art course and community that has proved to be an excellent resource not only with the courses but the attention and true critiques of my work in progress from fellow classmates.
Hers is my first homework assignment. The purpose was to practice a new technique of coloring, creating forms with color and not brushes, and to create color comps before beginning your art project, planning out to minimize the problems later. We were asked to start by selecting a master painting and pair it with an animal. Here is my “Fox in Kimono”. Read More
I have always loved tree houses. As a kid we’ve had several of varying complexity with many many hours spent playing in them a day. This was just a fun personal project. Playing with lines and creating complex detailed illustrations is something I love doing.
With this particular one I’m using a new technique. To color I select the area so that only it can be colored and then using a round gradient apply the color in many many transparent layers and degrees of softness. A bit time consuming if you get lost in layers but I enjoyed the effect. Read More
It continues to fascinate me, the things I learn about myself when I paint and create art. Not always deep things but new found preferences or tastes when I’m forced to decide that I like or what I think fits. Painting is a continuos series of decisions. Does this area need to be darker? Will that fit? Should I keep my strokes loose or tight? Is it to blue/green/red? I’m learning to keep pushing past the just OK point in a a painting to something more complete, the hidden finished piece beyond. Some paintings don’t have that and I’m learning to let go and just stop working on something that is going nowhere. Read More
I’ve published my very first youtube tutorial/tip video! Quite excited and quite scared all at once. I hope in the coming weeks to share a few more tips on some of my methods of painting. I am still very much in the process of learning myself and want to help out those of you that are also in the same boat. Enjoy!
Another update on my art progression. If you follow this blog or my facebook page you already know that I’ve been pushing out a lot of work in the just the past few days. It doesn’t feel like it’s only been 5 days but time flies by when you’re having fun, learning new things and creating.
I’ve found a lot of resources out there for the freelance artist or for the self-taught. They have created a lot of ideas flowing. I feel like I’ve made some huge leaps and bounds in just going through a few worksheets on thinking through the more business side of art creation. Read More
It’s finished! Yet another painting! I’ve been working on this piece since last night, about 4 or 5 hours of work on it then and again today. In all it’s felt like an eternity!
But before I show you let me tell you a bit of the background behind it, a story in pictures so to speak. Read More