Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to see what I have created for this weeks challenge of UNDERPAPER! I am completely and utterly honored with every bone in my body that I was asked to be a featured artist for this week. God truly does know how to bless a person! I'm also glad you are here and I hope you continue to visit as much as you can here at Clare Plantation.
So lets get started...
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
Art Challenge: Under Paper
Journal Prompt: What lies beneath...
I had a visual in my head and I was going by a few images for inspiration. One was my favorite artist EVER, Vincent Van Gogh. I choose to look at this painting here called "The Olive Trees"
I liked how Van Gogh used line to create that sense of movement and I wanted to use that idea for the background of this weeks page spread.
I also looked at another painting that has that same Van Gogh / Impressionistic style to it. This painting is by Eric Hanson and you can check out more of his AMAZING work HERE. I like Van Gogh's movement and I like Hanson's use of color and collectively I love both their impressionistic style.
So I started off with a simple sketch and mapped out where I wanted objects to go in my page spread as you see here below.
I pulled out my ice cube tray palette and went to town in choosing bright and bold colors just as Hanson used in his painting.
And I painted the background. My art professor always said that we learn by practicing from other artists. It is also very important to me that I don't copy everything from what I am using as a reference because I want the piece to be my own. That's when I used artistic license and created my own thing.
I scratched and smeared the paint everywhere. It made me feel good to paint quickly and with a lot of energy. I feel accomplished as well when the painting gives off that feeling of energy and movement. WHAOOOO!
Your probably thinking...okay when does the under paper come in? Well its riiiiiiiiiight abooooooooout.....NOW!
I just fished through all the under paper I had stashed away and looked at the design, the colors and shapes offered on the paper. When I found what I liked and thought it best for the project I moved onto the next step.
Next I drew on the back of the under paper the outlines of tree bark. Then when I cut out the trees that I drew, on the flip side was a neat design of the painted under paper already splashed with color, shapes and line. Cool huh?
I kinda cut out too many but I will for sure be using them for other projects.
Then I pasted them all over my page spread. I also cut out a deer that has yet to brought out to be noticeable in the bottom right hand corner. Can you see it? It looks kinda like one of those "I Spy" books. LOVED those books!
Not only did my page spread remind me of "I Spy" books. The look of my spread above was a concept I was going for when I used Kate Shaw's paintings (seen below) as a reference as well! You have got to check out her work HERE, it's AMAZING!
Then came the detail! I took my journal and black pen with me to the couch and watched "Say Yes to the Dress" while I drew branches like a mad woman! I was up till about 2 in the morning working on this page because I just got so into it! I just couldn't stop.
Then of course the little fawn came to life as well!
So I wrote in the bottom left hand corner shown above,
in reference to the prompt "What Lies Beneath"
"What lies beneath is a quiet soul who wants nothing but a simple life because what lies above will last forever more!"
With a few additions here and there.
All I want to do in life is live small and comfortable. I don't need much but God, a plant to watch grow, my ability to make Art, Jane Austen Movies and a family of my own in a small house deep in the woods. It's a life that might be thought little of but it's a life that I desire the most!
I hope you have enjoyed this page spread I have shown you today and I hope you can come back to check out more Documented Life Project page spreads that I post every week here on my blog.
I post content five days a week and I do my best to offer inspiration to you and to share God's Amazing Grace and Love to you all!
This piece is also available in my Etsy shop as five different art prints and you can check it out HERE!
God Bless and May We Bless God!