Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 30 in 30, Day # 11

30 paintings in 30 days.

Today is a commission piece.

I had a great time at the Nicholas Conservatory last night. We were painting orchids as a part of the In Full Bloom; The Orchid Exhibit. It was a great opportunity to tell people about the Rockford Art Guild and JR Finally Art.

Crab Apple BlossomsII
Alcohol Inks and Pen on Yupo Paper
11" x 14"

New friends, Jim and Vicki

Pam, The Guild President


Beth and John, the Vice President.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 30 in 30, Day #10

30 paintings in 30 days

In celebration of  In Full Bloom; The Orchid Exhibit at The Nicholas Conservatory, The Rockford Art Guild wild be hosting a  Make and Take this evening, 5:30 -7:30pm. Come on down and paint an orchid on Yupo paper with alcohol inks. It's free to everyone that has purchased a ticket for the exhibit. These are the sample orchids hopefully showing the many varieties and colors they come in.

Be sure to visit the Conservatory again next week as the Rockford Art Guild has a show of art February 14th - 25th.

Nicholas Orchids
Alcohol Inks and Pen on Yupo

The exhibit runs through March 11th. 
For More Info on the In Full Bloom- the Orchid Exhibit click here 

Friday, February 9, 2018

February 30 in 30. Day # 9

30 paintings in 30 days

Today's post in in honor of Galentine's Day. Galentine's Day is the day before Valentine's Day. It's an opportunity for women to celebrate their gal pals. Downtown Rockton will be hosting a big party with lots to do at each shop. Their will be photo booths, waffle bars, Margaritas and a lot more including a chance to win a 16 bottle wine refrig filled with goodies from the local shops. JR Finally Art will offer two Make and Takes. A friendship bracelet and these Love Tiles.

Love Tiles
Alcohol Ink and Pen

Come on down to JR Finally Art Tuesday night and make on yourself for $5.

JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery
210 W. Main Street

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February 30 in 30, Day # 8

30 paintings in 30 days.

Do you remember spin art when we were kids? You dropped paint onto a paper that was spinning and all the colors would expand out to the edges of the page in a really unique design. I've been wanting to try that with alcohol inks for some time now. So I asked for a Spin Art set for Christmas, $10, Walmart. The 30 in 30 gave me the perfect chance to try. I will say the Spin Art has gotten really cheap since we were kids. It is no longer battery operated. You need to pump a button to spin the much smaller paper. The paints they give you to use are pretty useless too. BUT, I was able to try it using Yupo paper. Here are the results. Okay, I've had enough. A bit disappointed but that's okay. It's just that I remembered it so much cooler than it was. Maybe I was thinking about Creepy Crawlers.

Spin Art
Alcohol Inks on Yupo

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 30 in 30, Day #7

30 paintings in 30days.

I had a hard time with this one. I will admit it. It started out as a piece about recommitting to goals and not letting little stumbles get in the way of the directions you want to move in. I wrote myself a lovely little pep talk in silver across both pages knowing that enough of it would be covered up and that my private pep talk would stay just that. But then I lost the direction when I stenciled with molding paste. I like them very much but they are way too centered and there's four of them, an even number, I know better than that. Anyway, I was never able to get back to any kind of a focal point after that. I decided to stop trying so hard and doodle my way through the rest of it. So I let everything dry and plopped down in front of the TV and casually doodled. It still doesn't have a point of interest, but I'm okay with it.

Celebrate the Ordinary, See the Extraordinary
Mixed Media

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

February 30 in 30, Day #5

30 paintings in 30 days.

When I do journals I never know what's going to happen. I like it that way... I think it's good for me to be spontaneous and problem solve on the spot. Some of these journals seem to take time between the layers. Time, not just for the paint to dry, but to get away and see it with fresh eyes.

This page had a self portrait that I drew with Conte' crayons several years ago. It wasn't very good but my intentions were to keep it and have the eyes showing or some recognizable face part. I kinda lost it as the layers pilled up. I knew I wanted to use leaf cut outs but I wasn't sure where I was going. It became fitting to use the dragonfly, the symbol of change, metamorphosis, as my face morphed into something else totally different and unrecognizable. I liked the poem. It's from an unknown author. I'm liking using words as an added texture on the paper. I'm drawn to cursive handwriting - something that will be obsolete at some time, as school children are no longer taught it. I like the idea that if any of this survived 50 years or so the journal would have some secret long forgotten language on it. How cool would that be?

Mixed Media