Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My New Facebook Group | Clare Plantation's The Drawing Room

Hey Guys!
 Have you created anything after watching one of my videos? Have you participated in my Monthly Challenges? Did you try any of my techniques that I shared with you? Well come on in to my new Facebook Group called The Drawing Room at Clare Plantation were you can post your artwork, check up on my Monthly Challenge Archives, interact with others, share what you have learned and so much more! This place is for you to take the stage and shine! Hope you join us!

Click HERE to join Clare Plantation's The Drawing Room

Monday, June 29, 2015

Overalls and Painting Peeks

So I went to Goodwill this week and grabbed some bibbed overalls. I cut them up for shorts and they still are a bit to long but oh my goodness where they so comfortable in the studio.

I've been reading Alisa Burke's blog like crazy here lately...can you tell why? I just love her style and couldn't wait to get some overalls for myself.

Thought I might share a little of how my galazy, canyon painting is going. I started making girly squeals when the sky at the bottom right started looking the way it did. It's coming along!

Now this bad boy is giving me some issues. So I've been obsessing over journalgirl's blog here of late. I was determined to spend some time in the studio making some art that looked similar to hers. I really want to get that lathered, layered painterly look to my painting but, it didn't come out the way I wanted. 

It's a work in progress so I'm sticking it in the oven to let it cook. There are elements that I like but I want to like it all as a whole. When I get those likeable elements sewn together to make a one likeable painting...I will be happy!

So there you have it folks...painting peeks and studio attire. 
Having so much fun in life right now!

I hope you all have a wonderful creative week!
May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Friday, June 26, 2015

What's Happening in the Studio

God has blessed me with a job allowing me to be in my studio all day! I now run a gallery in an Art Center in our small town and I really couldn't be happier. It is now undergoing renovation with it's website, educational opportunities, better gallery presentations, artistic community events and opportunities the whole nine yards. I am right smack dap in the middle of it all and delighting myself in being so involved in the arts 24/7. It's a slow process as of now because we are getting all the preliminaries straightened out with board meetings and counting inventory but, while there is this slow period, I am working hard in my little studio I like to call home.


I took time this morning to quote un quote warm up for some more involved artwork I needed to prepare myself for in other projects. The night before I had started sketching feathers and thought it would be really cool to create a flower formed by feather. I thought it would be even more interesting to use a pine cone motif or other non floral elements of nature to create a flower. 

So I'm thinking of making this into a much larger painting. Can't wait to see how that turns out!

 These paintings are in acrylic below and is just a start to small body of work that I wish to put in our gallery downstairs

I taught one of my high school students this week and she really wanted to learn how to oil paint. I had spent all of my years in collage using oil paints and I had for a while after collage but, I have broken away from it due to art journaling and its frequent use of acrylic paint.

So as I was teaching her I excited myself to get back into oil painting.

I also finished what I wanted of my mural and am so happy to have the little cans of paint stashed away for when I want to add anything else to the mural. As for now I am just going to let it sit and cook to see if I want to add anything to the sky. We'll see.

I posted on instagram this collage I put together by way of a travel and astronomy magazine I found at Goodwill. I can not wait to have this little number finished and hung in the gallery. It's going to be so much fun to paint. One thing I forgot about oil paintings though, THEY TAKE FOREVER TO DRY, and this just an underpainting! So excited though!

So I just thought it would be fun to share with you my full week in the studio. I really am completely pleased with the way it is arranging and decorated. I've had so many people say they just love to stand and stare into my studio. It's been a slow process and long haul but it has been worth it, I am finally doing what I love best!


So I am here to tell you, whatever dream you have work your hardest and it is sure to come true! Believe me I know!

Happy Creating!
May God Bless You And May You Bless God!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Documented Life Project | Week 24 - Recording Memories

Remember when I said that I was going to be jumping on some artwork involving this tree trunk...well...I did!

June Theme
Travel Journaling
June 13
Art Challenge: Recording Memories
Journal Prompt:  Taking the Road Less Traveled

*Check out the Documented Life Project HERE at The Art 5 Academy*

Soooooo, I thought I might share my process through pictures. 

First of all, I had this particular page already slammed with all those beautiful shades of blue and purple. I smooshed the pages together to get that zebra spotted detail on the left page and I utilized that effect in the tree trunk I sketched on the right page.

I then applied gesso in a variety of ways to the tree trunk by way of a pallet knife and paintbrush to have different forms of texture. 

Then I went in and smudged some green paint around the tree trunk to allow the tree to shine by laying a contrasting value directly next to it. That way it stood out more.

You can see the texture better in the tree trunk here.

Then I pulled out some delicious under paper and slapped it down, not really thinking about how I would glue it down. Afterwards I took some Admiral Blue Apple and Barrel paint, a fav by the way, and faded the edges of the under paper into the background.

Next I added watercolor along the left side of the tree trunk and a little in the middle to add a bit of form to the tree trunk. I liked the amount of color that was seen in the actual picture of the tree above so I tried to incorporate that into my painting.

Then I applied small little sketches of some pine trees at the bottom and oddly enough on the edge. Being a little dare devil today!

Followed by that, I took one of my favorite stamps that I carved and stamped a small border along the left side of the tree trunk.

I started to see the painting needed a bit more depth and added some fading mountain ranges to the bottom right part of the page.

My metallics had to come in at some point, so I used my deer stamp with the metallic gold paint I had and made it look like it was hiding behind the tree trunk.

At this point I was running out of things to do and I just didn't know how to finish it so I doodled a few gold dots here and there and then drew some flowers up in the top right hand corner.

Then to top it all off I outlined the flowers with gold, the deer with white and used both white and gold to make my floral boarder stamp pop more. I probably over did it but it seems to work for me for now.

So I considered it finished. I wrote just a little bit about how I was feeling in wanting to be proud of what I was doing as an artist. 

For me personally I want to impress certain members of my family. I want to make them proud and sometimes I feel like I let them down because I am not a super successful person making the big bucks. But like I wrote, I cannot imagine doing anything else in my life but art. I truly don't know how I could breath without doing something creative or artsy fartsy.

I am working hard at what I do as a small business owner, teacher, soon to be gallery operator and event coordinator and artist and I need to be able to be proud of myself and not try to make others proud. It's a hard lesson for me but I'm becoming stronger little by little. You viewers have played a major role in helping feel stronger and proud of what I do! So here's to you!

I hope you are proud of what you do as well, be it an artist or another profession and you keep that assurance of yourself!

Happy Creating!
May God Bless You And May You Bless God!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ahhhhh...THE STUDIO!

I have been wanting to share a large post about my studio for a long time! I have admired how other particular artists do it and I wanted to do something similar! So here today I will share with you everything from the dirty to the pretty in my studio.

Yeap! I'm a messy artist! I look organized in pictures but I'M A MESS! After a few days of being deeply absorbed in a project I organize and gussy up my studio as much as I can. I really enjoy cleaning my studio because I can look at my supplies and rethink how I want to do other projects. Its sort of a source of inspiration for me.

My whole workspace consists of seven major parts to make this corner desk table. I used 4 stackable cube organizers from A.C. Moore. I used 1 writing desk that I've had since I was real little and two wooden doors for the table top from Habitat for Humanity. Thats all I've used and it's worked so well so far!

I do have dreams for a much larger work table and prettier shelving but as a sophomore at life...I take what I can get.

The above picture is where I do all of my projects from my DLP to all my other journals. I record my videos here and film workshops as well! It's the battle ground, the main stage where all the magic happens. And yes...it's magical even in this mess. Hahaha!

Over on this side is more storage and extra shelving for small decorative pieces and lighting! That wooden shelf ladies and gentlemen was the PERFECT Goodwill find for 3 bucks...go ahead I can wait while you recover from shock! Hahaha!

These are just a few pieces that I have collected for my inspirational shelf, for lack of a better way to describe it. That card was given to me from my first group of kids that I taught art class to and will never forget them for it! I made that blue elephant in college in my one and only ceramics class, P.S...this girl CAN'T do 3-D work. Then that tea pot has been in the family for a while and use it for eye candy. And the pink/purple elephant I bought in Washington DC!

Sometimes I enjoy looking at how things land on my table. It's weird I know but I thrive off of having lots of visuals around me!

My little library of informational books, Art History textbooks, notebooks, journals and plenty of other things an artist hordes...You know what I mean!

As of now I have a delicious pile of Happy Mail shown below stacked in the open wooden box shelf that I tend to fawn over and fish through for inspiration. That chest up at the very top of that wooden box shelf is my Inspiration Station and I fish through there as well for more ideas.

At the very end of my table is like my dumping ground and I usually don't like the way it looks with my keys, purse and lunch boxes. But this time some of the colors looked pretty with my watercolor journal and floral table cloth. I'm thinking of turning this spot into a little work station where I pay bills and do computer work.

So then, after absorbing into my mess and building a battle plan I look at some of my stuff that I have laid out and made and figure out where I want them to go.

Lately I've been OBSESSED with under paper and I save the bejebez out of them. It's probably one of my hoarding materials. Thankfully it's free! Hahaha.

So then I put that under paper in that wooden caddy on the right where I have easy access to it.

Then I start putting things away in my homemade cardboard drawers that work extremely well for all my simple art journal needs.

This wooden caddy I bought while antique shopping with my Aunt and Grandmother, best find since the Goodwill Shelf.

Here I store all my colored pencils, drawing pencils, twistable crayons and of course my under paper.

So for more inspiration, I painted that simple little painting as a start for a children's book about a deer...what else right? Then I collected some finds on my nature walks and housed them on the little Goodwill shelf for eye candy as well.

So the very first year I went out west, we stopped at the Crazy Horse National Monument and they had a large wooden crate that held all the rocks that came off when carving the Crazy Horse Monument. Now I use to hold down all my drop clothes (which P.S are Lysol disinfecting wipes all dried up) and I can easily wipe my paintbrush on the cloth without it moving.

I keep my paint brushes and palette knives all in one jar that I dripped pink paint in for some extra flair.

And FINALLY, when I'm finished cleaning...the studio looks ready to be destroyed again!

This lazy susan, paint carry all was the best idea in storing paint! I highly recommend it! You can easily find it at Walmart.

Frequently used journals and inspirational coloring books right now.

So as you can see I am terribly simple when it comes to having art supplies and storage space. It just proves that you don't have to have an elaborate space to create, all you need are the basics, a few great Goodwill finds, a journal and your in business! Also dig around for some memorabilia and inspirational pieces to make your studio a conversational piece as well! Also, don't forget to have fun developing and place to call your own where creativity is unleashed and a mess doesn't matter...every now and then! ;)

Hope you enjoyed and Happy Creating!
May God Bless You and May You Bless God!