Thursday, February 26, 2009

Twinkly Star Detail

There's something about stars. Twinkly stars. I love them. And they add so much to the atmosphere in my Lyrical World paintings. I've been adding stars to my paintings off and on for quite sometime. I used them in my 2007 Jubelale painting and they looked like snowflakes. Snowflakes and stars are magical elements.
I almost forgot about the star detail today. I was sitting back and studying my painting and I was thinking "What does it need?" and it came to needs some twinkly stars. So I added them to the Lyrical World and I loved it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Day in the Art Studio

Thought I would show you what I worked on yesterday in the art studio.

First of all, let me introduce Belle, my trusty art studio companion. She's a very sweet border collie and loves hanging out wherever I'm hanging out. You can see she wasn't too interested in getting my attention. She's happy just being nearby.

I finished putting on the last coat of acrylic spray over the top of my Two Ravens painting. This coating helps protect it as well as brings out the color to more vibrant tones as well as enhances the layering effect and gives the painting some luminescence.
Then I started working on my lyrical world raven paintings.

Here's one that is still only about 1/2 done. I already have the title "Basking in Moonlight". I haven't titled the other one yet. Sometimes you have to live with them awhile before the title is revealed.

Then I went back to working on a painting titled "Whimsical Womb II". I created a "Whimsical Womb I" painting which sold a few years ago and I always loved that painting so I thought I'd do another one in a similar fashion.

And that's my "show and tell" for today.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2nd Raven Cactus Painting

I finished the 2nd Raven Cactus painting. It's on the right. I felt the one on the left needed a companion. The one on the left is titled "Raven Searches for Home", the one on the right is "Two Ravens Watching the Sunset". This makes me want to do a third one, titled "Ravens Watching the Moon". I love making paintings with Moon in the title. We'll see what I come up with next.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Art Fabric and more on making stuff!

Here's some more info on making stuff. I discovered this Web site on making art fabric on-demand. Wouldn't this be fun to design your own fabric for curtains or pillows! If you have a design and use their service, I'd love to hear about it! Here's a company that has used them and here's another fun Web site on making stuff.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Raven Painting and Cactus

The painting on the left is titled "Raven Searches for Home". I decided it needed a companion piece to go with it. So today I'm working on another Raven painting. It has 2 ravens in it as well as a cactus. Here in Todos Santos and the surrounding Baja desert, there are lots of cactus. Some are huge and some smaller. I've also started some lyrical world paintings that include the raven in them. Combining two of my favorite themes, birds and my lyrical worlds seemed like a natural thing to do. The black line works well with the raven image. To me, the raven is such a mysterious character and he often shows up in Native American stories. I like to create my own story about him in my paintings. I'll post some more images later.