Tuesday, November 24, 2015

October 31st Documented Life Project - Art Challenge: Tea Bags, Dryer Sheets and Fibrous Papers

Good Morning Everyone! I hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it. Funny story, when I was in high school, I was good friends with a German exchange student. Very stupidly I asked her what she was doing for Thanksgiving and yeah...ignorance was in good supply that day.

So I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on what is gonna be going down here at Clare Plantation. Nothing major as I am going to be taking a smallish break over the Thanksgiving Holidays. I need to spend some time with family and just re-energize my creative juices. I've even taken a break on teaching my students and work needs to be something I don't think about for just a little bit.

Just a few things that will be coming to you soon for the holidays. I have a couple videos planned to show you all how to make board book journals. I've got some really simple ideas that will be easy and fun. I want to make a video that will show you how you can gather inspiration from old journal pages to make new ones. You will be surprised as to how you can an inspiration to yourself. More monthly challenges of course and maybe a studio tour when I get it looking like I want it.

I really do hope that you all have a splendid Thanksgiving and for those who don't celebrate, may you feel just a little more thankful for the blessing you receive this Thursday.

So for now, here is a little step by step of a recent DLP challenge from the month of October. It was way to much fun and probably a medium I will use again!

October Theme
Translucent Papers
October 31
Art Challenge: Tea Bags, Dryer Sheets, Fibrous Papers
Journal Prompt:  Just Create!

For more information about how to join the Documented Life Project click HERE!

So I mixed gesso with molding paste together on the paper to create texture and to experiment what might happen when I apply paint to it. The dryer sheet is what I choose for this challenge and I am so glad I did!

I tore the dryer sheet into several pieces...

Then applied them to the wet gesso and molding paste.

If you can tell, this is what the dryer sheet looks like in the wet gesso and molding paste.

I started applying paint to the dry textured paper and wanted to go with this dusty dry look inspired by of course the desert. I added blue just to cool it down and cause I didn't want it to look to dry.

Then I added some Golden Metallic Paint which really aged the page and yet made it sparkle as well.

Can we just PLEASE talk about how yummy this looks!

Then I added some cut wood motifs in the design and kept it really faint, for now.

Those of you who follow me know my obsession with under paper. I use it all the time. So I cut up the under paper into tiny thin strips to come off as trees or at least an idea of them.

Then I took an image and traced it on plastic stencil carving material and cut out another stencil.

Molding paste has become another favorite art journal supply for me. Here I used it in my stencil I created and it turned out looking like this, below.

In that my plastic carving skills aren't that great, I took a tiny paint brush and brushed out the pine tree motif a little bit more to have them look a little more like the pine trees I wanted.

A nice layer of green was perfect for the raised surface of this pine tree image.

So the wood cuttings needed a little bit more contrast so I took that same green and added around the wood rings.

So I finally called it done, I really was happy how this turned out. It fits perfectly to my modern forest motif style. Here are a few close ups.

I hope you all enjoyed this and are inspired to finish this year out of the DLP with a BANG! It's so sad it is almost over but I am really excited to see what the next project will be!


May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Clare Plantation Explained!

If no other videos are watched on my channel but this one, then I would be quite content. I just wanted to share what Clare Plantation Stands for. I wanted to explain my artwork to you so that it doesn't just seem like pretty paintings and art journal pages. I want you to feel something and get something out of what I do. I hope you better understand me and my business here at Clare Plantation after watching this video. If you do and think others might benefit and enjoy my business from it, then please share! Share as far as you can go! May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Paintings in Depth!

Hey guys, I thought it might be nice to take this time and explain my paintings from my most recent body of work. Hope you all enjoy!

After the Rain

This painting is a "in the moment" painting. I was at my grandmother's house and just after the rain had let up, off in the field beside her house I saw this beautiful moment of mist nezzled in the trees just below the sunset. My grandmother pointed it out to me and I literally sprinted to the spot to take a picture. The moment I took the picture the mist had melted away and everything had changed. The evening was moving quickly and I caught that one moment of the mist after the rain. 

While I am at my grandmother's, I tend to cherish each and every moment. Time has been slipping away quickly here for me lately. My grandfather passed two years ago and ever sense then, the time that I spend with the rest of my grandparents are special because I don't get to have that time with them forever. After the Rain reminds me of a wonderful day at my grandparents house and with the rest of the family. It was in the moment and a memory I will always have.

If you have a memory that you caught through pictures and you can't help but smile because of that wonderful memory, then this painting is for you!


Galaxy Canyon

This particular painting will fit perfectly in your home and will start up interesting conversations with viewers. I actually collaged the composition of this painting even before I painted it. First I fished through an old astronomy magazine and found beautiful images of galaxy photos. Then I went through a travelers magazine and found this hiker sitting near a rock arch in the Arches National Park in Utah. So I cut out the scene of what the hiker girl was looking at and collaged the galazy print behind it to look almost outerspace themed. 
I love for traveling and exploring is truly a passion of mine and although this girl isn't exactly me persay, I painted this girl with myself in mind. I allowed myself to fit into her shoes and sit where she was sitting. Therefore when I allowed myself to be this painted girl I really felt that elevated drama and mountiantop experience when I travel. It's an out of this world experience for me and I had to paint something that when I look at it, I continually feel that feeling when I travel and explore this beautiful world God gave us! I read a quote once that God gave us two things to read...the Bible and Nature! If you are a traveler or just simply have an undying passion for it, this painting is for you!

Medicine Bow

This painting took a very long time to get to the final product. Layers upon layers upon even more layers of paint are piled up on this painting which really lends to the interest of it. You could very easily get lost in the details of this painting as you move in closer. I know I do, even as this artist who is infactuated with lots of paint and color. 
This image is of a National Park in Wyoming called Medicine Bow and we stopped at this mountian with a beautiful body of water below it. This also just might be an "in the moment' painting in that I caught this fisherman just below the mountain. I choose to put him in the painting so that you can understand the scale of the mountain. It truly was a breathtaking scene even in cloudy, almost ready for a down pour of rain, weather!

If you enjoy drama and over the top scale in a landscape then this painting is for you!


Pacific Coast

This painting was of the Oregon Coast in Lincoln City. My family and I went on a cross country trip last year and we made it to the coast all the way from Virginia. When we reached the other side of the country, it was powerful accomplished feeling that still have yet to describe fully! All I know is that I was glad to be able to paint this painting in order to show the scale and atmosphere that I wasn't quite use to being from the eastern shore. I wanted to have the viewer feel engulfed by this moment of such grandeur and even within that one moment as that bird lands on the rock. It is a rather large painting and you can't help but feel as if you are in the painting and see how deep the painting can go.

If you enjoy mountiantop experiences, then this painting is for you!


Snake River Canyon

This painting is of Snake River Canyon! My family and I went on a cross country trip this past summer and the Snake River Canyon was one of our stops. The sun literally just popped out and allowed me to take stunning pictures of the canyon.

I had intentions to not finish this painting but I pulled it out after several weeks to attempt reaching a finished product and this happened. I had been fighting with several projects before and this painting was an escape or "branching out" from those other projects. I am obsessed with color and sometimes I think it might be a specific artist sickness but after this painting I have learned to embrace it! This painting is by far one of my favorites and is splashed all over my wallpapers of my electronic devices. 

If you enjoy western landscape with a splash of color, this painting is for you!


For more information on how you can purchase these paintings, check out my Etsy Shop HERE to learn more.

Hope you might see these paintings a little differently now!
May God Bless You and May You Bless God!