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This is What I’ve Been Doing…..

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Recently I started taking abstract classes from Richard Hawk, and although I feel I have a long way to go, I also feel I’m on the right road.  My love is for “Figurative Abstract,”  and finally I’m experimenting with the subject matter and having fun doing it.  One of my art sisters decided to take classes with me, and together we go twice a month for direction and inspiration.

This video is of Richard Hawk.   I hope you can see why I’m impressed and why I’m growing as an artist.  If nothing else happens, I can tell you this…..I’m painting more often, I’m being more bold and less afraid while creating, and have no fear of what the end result is!   I have never believed that there are mistakes, only opportunity to learn and grow.  Richard believes the same.  He has me using pens, crayons, ink and all things are on the table in an effort to explore creativity.

It is one of the most fun things I’ve done in years.  Many articles have been written about finding inspiration, unblocking your creativity, and how to start looking at things in a way that sparks ones inspiration, and I’ve written several of them myself.  Richards classes have definitely taught me how to do that and more.

As the days and months go by, I plan on showing just how crazy I can get, and how crazy my art turns out. In an attempt to show all of this to my followers, my hope is that you can see growth in me as well.   I owe all this to my new mentor Richard Hawk the artist.

Thank you for stopping by and reading Stone Soup,  see you next time.

An Unexpected Diva Day!

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Last Saturday was the monthly Diva Day.  The fact is most everyone was either out-of-town, or busy in another way.  So what do you do when your monthly girl day falls apart?   That’s what we did……Maxine and I had our Diva Day together, without the others.   My painting still needs a few finishing touches, they will come in the next day or two.  But it was lots of fun just painting with just the two of us…

It seemed very quiet, and after talking about how, sometimes quiet is good, we decided to put some music on and liven the place up.

Maxine was still working on her art when I left at one in the afternoon, but as always she produces wonderful pieces, and I love watching her work.

While I was packing up, I noticed ants just walking around her home like they owned the place.  We never tracked them down, and haven’t any idea where they came from, or what they were after…..But they cannot stay!

 

Later after lunch, my husband and I went to Trader Joes to pick up a few things, and the entire trip  was nothing but red lights.

Another sit and wait day.

Thank you for visiting Stone Soup, see you soon…..

What About Prep Work?

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Prep work?  What do you Mean?

We always talk about inspiration, subject matter,  paints, their color,  pigmentation.  All these things are important.  But as a mixed media artist I know how much other stuff is needed just to start painting.

Do you save everything?  Are you obsessed with all kinds of things to put into your artwork?  How about fabric, have you tried that yet?    It seems that isn’t the thing I think about when I’m getting ready to create.  In reality, if you are a mixed media artist,  you collect everything.   Everything!  

My husband is very tolerant of all the mess I create.  Many times my studio is so disorganized, I move into the kitchen or dinning room.   In my defense, my studio is very small!  So small I find myself moving slowly, and very quietly into the best spots in our home.  Still not any complaining from my husband.   Doesn’t he sound like a great guy?  He is!

I have been sitting here tearing out words that look good to me in an attempt to construct a large piece of paper I can copy, tear, and insert into my mixed media work.   I don’t like to do it, and it takes time to tear and paste.  I did it, I completed and entire page….

Sketching has been on my agenda lately also.  I don’t sketch often and I need to keep my skills polished!

The classes I take are an attempt to learn new things.  A way to learn how to see differently, or look at things through a different lens.   As long as I’m learning, I’m growing.

Do you have a sketch book you can grab and a pencil or pen.   Try sitting for a few minutes and just put down on paper what you see.  Pick one thing, don’t try to draw everything, you build up to that!

Also, perfection is for cameras!!!

Don’t try to be perfect, that’s for cameras.  Everything is perfect in it own being.  The more creative the more interesting, and you don’t have to beat yourselves up!  Don’t expect to do a great job at first, it takes time, and practice.

 

 

Something Outside the Box!

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You know I love to create in different ways, and I’m always up for a challenge. When I ran into this video, I thought it might be an interesting project in the near future.  A friend of mine has been telling me about bleach pen art, and how she’d like to play around with the idea.  I think it might be fun to try…….what about you?

Watercolor Demo by Millie…

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I am amazed that the love of painting clearly is a driver in Millie’s life. I’ve grown to love her zest in life, the drive to still do videos, and the knowledge and confidence she shares with us as viewers.  I’ve always believed that there is at least one thing you can learn by being in a class, or watching a video such as this one.

Today I’m showing “Millie Gift Smith‘s,”   Part 1 –   Michigan Landscape in Watercolor.  In my view,  watching this video gives me more self-confidence.  Being perfect is a cruel allusion someone has dreamed up to make us feel less that we are!  It took me a while, but I finally learned (in my opinion), perfect is for cameras, interesting, clever, and creative is for artists!

Watch how Millie teaches us to easily  paint with watercolors.  You don’t need to know everything,  just where to get the information you need.  I’d say this video is a good way to start using watercolors.

Sometimes We Have to Play!

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Last week several of us got together for our Diva Day. We just played with paint, paper, & a serious supply of plastic wrap.

There are times when playing is the only thing that starts the juices rolling, and this was one of those times.  Since we only get together once a month, talking is mostly what we do.  But we did play, each in our own way.

The process we played with is to cover the paper with paint, and put plastic wrap over the top.  Twist and pull, leave a pattern on the paper, then leave it alone and let it dry.  The darker the paint the more intense the pattern.  If it dries to light, do it over with a darker color.  Or do it a second time to allow for more layers of pattern.  There isn’t any right or wrong way to do this!

When the plastic wrap is dry, and it’s pulled off, start looking for images in the dried pattern.  Again, anything goes.  Whatever you see, either outline it, and paint around it, or just paint around it.  That is called “Negative Space Painting.”  The idea is to blend out the paint you are using for outlining.  Keep it wet, and work it until you have defined images on the paper.

This will be totally different for some, and easy for others.  It took me forever to wrap my head around this method, but it’s fun, and pushes your brain to thinking creatively.

Here are a couple of examples of Negative Space painting…..

Artichoke Flower

God of Wine

Traces of the Past

I hope you have fun trying this, if it doesn’t work the first time, try it again…..OR, use watercolor, or acrylic ink and pour the paint over the paper.  Remember to use watercolor paper, and if pouring a color is what you like don’t forget to wet your paper first. Both mediums will work.  Watercolor will take longer to dry, and has it’s challenges.  Acrylic dries faster, so keeping it open might be a challenge for some.

Thanks for checking in, and trying something new.