Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Collected Intuitions

A little photoshopping goes a looong way... real photo here.

So, the show was awesome! The space looked amazing, filled with beautiful art from all these awesome ladies you see in the picture. The energy was super positive, everybody was excited about the event.

And what a turn out! The place was packed at one point! Everybody had a good time!

Paintings were sold! Fun, fun, fun!

The most rewarding thing for me, though, was to have my family and my friends there, my greatest supporters.

My friends and I - photo by Cynthia Shaffer.

Unfortunately I didn't take a single picture of my husband and children... Thanks, Hubby, for taking care of the kids while I mingled! xoxo!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Excited...A little nervous too!

Sooo...tomorrow is kind of a big deal for me...my very first GALLERY SHOWING!!!

The artists of Studio Crescendoh Painting Studio - myself included - will be showing our work together! We're all very excited! Jenny Doh, the owner of Crescendoh, organized everything and offered her studio for the event.

Every one of us will have a few paintings on display. And these are mine:

Take a look at all the great artists that will be there too!

Don't see me? 

No, you're not crazy, I'm not there... yours truly here missed the deadline to send a photo for the flyer, so I did a little 'photoshopping' and here's MY version:

Ha! Yeah, baby, I WILL be there! It says so on the flyer! :-)

So, if you're in the area, stop by! Did I mention it's a FREE event? Here is the info:

October 6th, 2012
From 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Studio Crescendoh
207 N. Broadway St., Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701

There'll be refreshments and a musical performance.

PS: Covered parking is available at the Artists Village parking structure at Third Street and Broadway, for $2.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

It took me a year...

...to consider this painting DONE.

This is what happens sometimes...I start a painting like I always do - adding a lot of colors, making different marks...

layer 1

Then I added another layer, refining some shapes and finding new ones...

layer 2

By the third layer, when I decided to "embellish" a little bit more, I started to actually like it.


That is the worst possible thing that can happen...you get attached. 

I like it! Now what? What can I do that WON'T ruin this? 

layer 3

So I put it aside and started working on something else. And this painting kept staring back at me for a year! A YEAR! I couldn't believe it when I saw the date of the first picture I took of it!

Suddenly, one day, I just wanted to finish it. I wasn't worried about making a "mistake" anymore, and that took all the pressure off, making way for inspiration to come.

final painting
Now I love it! LOVE IT! Love the colors, the shapes, the transitions. Am I allowed to love my own painting? I hope so. And I hope that other people will SEE the love in it too...

Have a great day!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Loving Homework

face painting exercise

I recently finished Mindy Lacefield's Paint Your Story self-paced class, and let me tell you: loved it! After so many months of little or no painting for me, this class was just what I needed to get me going again. 

Because I knew there was going to be a new lesson everyday, I pushed myself to find the time to paint. I would tell my daughter "Mommy has homework to do" and that made me feel less guilty to actually use that time for myself. *

background and face

There was a different video everyday, which, in my opinion, is what made this class so good. The exercises were fun and playful, and Mindy had several prompts and tips that really helped.

These images are paintings that were all done during the class.

I'm really glad I decided to take this class. Totally worth it and money well spent!

* By the way, I haven't painted since the very next day the class ended! I really do need more homework! Any class suggestions???

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fire Wings of Death

That title is the name of one of my son's monster drawings. My little artist is a 7-year-old boy who loves to draw - you guessed it! - monsters. Always. And this one, in particular, he asked us to scan and copy (just because he wanted to see the scanner and the copier do their thing), and when it came time to give the image file a name, he chose fire_wings_of_death.jpeg. Ha.

This is the guy.

Anyway, the other day I had this idea...well, actually I've the idea for awhile, but this week I acted on it...to add this "creature" to one of my paintings and see what would happen. So I took advantage of all of my "extensive" (not) knowledge of image transferring and started the process.

materials for the transfer

I printed the monster on my ink jet printer, got one of my backgrounds, and glued them together with gel medium. After a few seconds I started to peel the drawing off to see the transfer.

Revealing the image.

I had to spray some water and use the rag or my fingers to rub the rest of the paper off the background, leaving only the outline of the monster. Now it was finally time to start painting.

Image right after the transfer. Pardon the photo quality.

I started adding some blocks of color to really bring out the creature. Colors are hard, sometimes. The first color I used was the red on the outside of the drawing, only to then decide I didn't like it. I guess it was 'competing' with the subject a little bit...

Covering some of the background, but leaving some interesting areas untouched.

I ended up using with blues and oranges, mostly, and I was happy with the contrast. I also like the little bits of the original background showing on the final piece.

Final painting

My son was very proud when I showed him HIS monster in a painting! So cute! I think we're gonna hang it in his room.

Here are some detail shots:

All in all, it was a fun project. I enjoyed trying the image transfer thing. How about you? Any cool new techniques? Have you ever done image transferring? Share!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Remember me?

I wonder if there's anybody reading anymore...it's been so long since my last post! Truth be told, though, it's been awhile since the last time I painted too, so I felt like I didn't have much to say.

But I have an excuse - a good one: we bought a house! And for those of you who are home owners, you know what the process is like...from the moment you start to look, to putting an offer, then the escrow, and packing, moving, unpacking, deciding what goes where...anyway, lots and lots of stuff to do. And then some.

For awhile after we moved, the only paint I used was house paint! Look:
We painted some stripes on the guest bathroom walls.

Almost two months later, things are starting to normalize again, and, little by little, I'm making my way back to my studio. With my youngest still not in preschool, though, it's not always easy to find time to paint, but it is what it is and I just have to learn how to MAKE time for me. :-)

what's on my easel. still in progress.

Hopefully I'll be back soon(-ish). And with more paintings to show. I miss it and I feel like I'm forgetting everything!

Thanks for waiting! ;-)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I painted!

Ever since I started painting I don't think I'd ever gone that long without it. I haven't painted since last year! Well, HADN'T painted since last year. This morning I finally decided to stop procrastinating and just go for it. Because, yes, I have small children and, yes, I have been house hunting for the last 2 months and, yes, I have other stuff to take care of, but procrastination plays a part on it too, make no mistake.

A few months ago I decided to start 3 paintings to hang over my bed. We have a Cal King bed, so 3 canvas should cover the entire width. Anyway, they have been staring at me forever, like this:

And today I worked on them a little bit more and added a few more layers of paint. I probably spent no more than half an hour painting, with regular interruptions from my 3-year-old, who asked me if she could paint too, after I was done. I said yes, so she kept coming back every 3 minutes to check if it was her time to paint yet. Oh, well.

Still work in progress, of course, but at least they are going somewhere now.
And so am I.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Still here!

I feel like I haven't blogged in forever! In fact, I haven't done anything even remotely artsy in awhile... The only paints and colors I've had on my mind lately are the ones that are gonna go on the walls of my new home!

Yes, we're buying a house! So, between the house hunting, the offer, the negotiations, and budgeting the necessary remodeling/repairs that need to done before we move, you can understand why the lack of art on my part.

my first 'art project' in over 2 months: a Valentine's Day box for my son

Meanwhile, my BFF came and went and all I have to show for it is this photo:

We had a fantastic time together (as did our kids, who seemed to have been BFFs themselves, which was an added bonus): we talked, and shopped, and went to Disney, and watched Bridesmaids, and laughed, and talked some more. Ok, a LOT more. All in all, a great few days...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Word for 2012

If you follow some of the same artsy blogs I do, you probably read a blog post like this one already. There seems to be this trend going...people choosing their word for the year. So I decided to jump in.

I thought long and hard about this...not so simple to come up with ONE word to define your goals for the whole year, your hopes and dreams, your resolutions, your vision of how to get closer to the life you want for yourself. But I did it.

I have been known to - especially if you ask my dear hubby - get really excited about an idea, make plans, talk about it non-stop, get prepared and then...just drop it. Like it never happened. Like it was the most crazy idea ever. The last and most outrageous example was cake decorating.

my daughter's 2nd birthday

When my daughter was turning 2 I decided to make and decorate the cake myself. I had NEVER done that before, but for some reason I just assumed I would do a good job, and I had the idea for the cake already, so I did it. And I loved the result!

Long story short, I got so excited about it that a month later I had 2 "partners" and we had made cakes for all of our friends' kids birthdays. I was buying supplies, testing recipes, deciding on a name for our business and registering domain names.

some of the cakes we decorated

A month after that, one of my partner friends had basically dropped out (she wasn't really into it, plus she had a full time job), the other one was talking about going back to school to be a nurse, and I was frustrated with several failed cake recipes. Suddenly, I was like "Cake? Really?" And that was that. The "business" was over before it even had a name. Looking back, I still don't know what I was thinking...

But it is different with painting. It's self-expression, it's freedom, it's liberating... It's truly a passion. So I want to see it through. I want to see where it goes.

So my word for 2012 is PERSEVERANCE.

According to the dictionary, perseverance is steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. That is exactly it! This year I want to be able to look past the problems - the eventual lost of mojo to paint, the low sales period, the lack of time to make art - and persevere, hang in there. That way I'll know, whether or not I become a full time artist, that I gave it my best shot.

PS: one of my cake partners actually stuck by the idea (well, sort of). She is now selling Brazilian Truffles. She finally decided on a name - SUGARTRIX - and I truly hope she perseveres as well.