Thursday, February 25, 2016

18/52 Art Journal Project - Topic 9 | February 25th

February 25th Topic 9


Oh my goodness have I been working my tail off this week. I saw a post by the lovely Alisa Burke on her blog HERE last week and I really started defining and writing about what can make Clare Plantation unique. I started thinking about my goals and what I can do better. 

Well one thing that I wanted to do better was the format/presentation of my 18/52 Art Journal Project. I wanted a better intro to my videos. I wanted them to be more interesting to watch so I worked up a quick video for you to see what I've done. I've still got a long, LONG way to go and I know for a fact that I am NO graduate film student but it's I guess a hobby I just simply enjoy.

So check out this quick video of my process and a little depth on WHO! inspired me to create such a page.

Thank you so much for participating everyone! Take care the rest of this week!
May God Bless You and May you Bless God!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

18/52 Art Journal Project - Topic 8 | February 18th

Happy Thursday everyone! Here is Topic 8 for you guys! Gosh we are just trucking right along aren't we!

February 18th Topic 8

(Haha topic 8 on the 18th)

I choose "Hat" as a topic because I can't help it, I love my hat! I got my hat in Oregon this past summer and I was determined to get one! I really didn't think that I would look good in hats but it really just makes me feel powerful and different! I love how article's of clothing or accessories really boost how good you feel!

I made just a quick little video so watch this simple yet actually one of my favorite page spreads right now! This really shows you how simple and easy this project can really be!

Is there something that you wear that inspires you this week?

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

18/52 Art Journal Project - Topic 7 | February 11th

February 11th Topic 7


 I really wanted to make this page, one that I liked. I've been struggling wither or not to make these pages pretty for you guys or to make them raw and just sketchy. I haven't been practicing what I've preached but I've just got to force myself to simplify and experiment in this journal!

 So I fixed some tea and got super ready to make my Topic 7 journal page.

 So I really like my supplies I chose for this month and I'm going to keep it up in using them. To check out my newly switched supplies you can go HERE.

This gelli plate has been working wonders for me this week as I learned a new technique that I have been obsessing over. Check it out. 

Place a blob of different colors on the gelli plate and then smooch it on the page without spreading it out with a brayer.

Look at that vein like texture. Gosh I love that.

Then I just kept adding layers and layers all over the page creating that same effect. I also printed a corner of the gelli plate to make a sharp point for the mountain theme I was going for.

Then I added some gesso above the mountain range to give the "future" sky I put there a bit of texture and tooth to grab onto.

I laid that underpaper piece beside my working area because I truly was so excited to use it. My plan was to make another mountain out of it by tearing it.

Random side note, funny how this little orange blob looks like Africa.

Then I glued this bad boy down and I like how the warm and cool colors are at play here.

 The texture in the mountain range closest to us is what really gets me! Uugh I could run my fingers over it all day long!

So now it's time for the sky I mentioned. I lathered the Neo Color Crayons on there and then watered them down with my flat brush.

That purplish blue color worked PERFECTLY next to that orangey pink color! Delicious!

Then I used my Stabilo to make the mountains pop a bit more and I think that did the trick.

This was pretty darn simple and I really just didn't want to add much more to it. I think with this page I got more of that experimenting down. I'm getting the hang of it.

I hope you guys are enjoying this project! 

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book Reviews

I really can't avoid talking about this past weekend. Every Christmas we always receive a family gift and it had come to the point were we just didn't need anything. So we decided to visit The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. This past weekend we set off on a mini vacation back in time!

It sure did stink royally that we couldn't take pictures inside but, never will I forget how much fun I had discovering famous masterwork paintings, tapestries and murals. I really do believe I turn into a mini tasmanian devil when I see a masterwork.

So I took a few quick snapshots of the exterior as my brother, sister and I were heading to the front door to take the magical tour.

Once inside, since I knew I couldn't take pictures, I took my sketchbook to capture just a few things as I explored these castle walls.

So here is my beloved sketchbook I lugged around with me that I thought we could take a review from.

Just off the breakfast room in the Biltmore Estate was a sitting room looking off into this beautiful landscape. I just loved taking a minute to sketch quickly and not thinking of the the end result. I really wanted to just capture the Ooooos and Aaawwwws when first seeing the landscape. 

There was this awesome painting by John Singer Sargent of Edith Vanderbilt painted in this sweeping zig zag shape that I mapped out in the top left hand corner. That was what striked the most about this painting as well as the costume. I had way to much fun sketching this.

The artist name down in the bottom right hand corner was an Italian artist I learned about who painted a mural for the ceiling in the library of the estate. It is well worth googling! 

So for two other book reviews that I highly recommend are the ones pictured below.

"Abstract Art Painting" - Expressions in Mixed Media by Debora Stewart


"Mastering Composition" by Ian Roberts.

"Abstract Art Painting" - Expressions in Mixed Media by Debora Stewart has been a complete eye opener for me on how to approach the art of abstract art. This book has explained how to see abstractly and how to loosen up. I read it as well as my composition book just before I go to bed and after I read just a little I'm so ready to paint the next day. I highly recommend this book if you want a good and inspiring read to better your understanding of abstraction.

Now this book has become a life changer, "Mastering Composition" by Ian Roberts. I remember studying concepts of composition in college but not with get depth and detail. This book has been helpful to better understand how to guide the eye in and throughout a painting. It has thaught me simple tips and techniques to better simplify the painting to where the viewer doesn't get confused and or lost in the painting. 

I've got seven gessoed paintings sitting in my studio so ready to practice what I have learned with both of these books and even in my sketchbook. If you are looking for some academic help to better your paintings then these are the books to go to!

I also highly recommend going to see the Biltmore Estate. To me it's the Disney World in North Carolina as you really do feel like your in a magical place. 

Hope that these books have sparked your interest! I promise that you will learn and benefit from the painting books. Then from my sketchbook, I hope that you have seen just a glimpse of the beauty at Biltmore.

Hope you guys have a blessed week!
May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

18/52 Art Journal Project - Topic 6 | February 4th

Alright, I fell into the trap of wanting to change my supplies after a month but I really want to make these supply choices stretch as much as possible. Plus I ordered some NeoColor Crayons last week and I just couldn't resist using them this week.

This journal is lookin' mighty fine don't you think? Hahaha!

February 4th Topic 6


Check out the Process Below

This result wasn't my favorite, I need to get in the swing of this project. It's a drastic change from large, elaborate art journal pages to tiny, sketchy art journal pages. I'm gonna admit, I miss that but this is really challenging me! I'm gonna get it right here soon. Hope that makes sense.

I think it's also because I don't like the hefty amount of orange. Not my favorite color on it's own.

I tell ya, my favorite part was using my handcarved stamp. P.S. look forward to a new stamp collection soon! Hehehe!

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!