The Beginning of a Painting….

Well, it all started when I went to my Wednesday morning art workshop where we, local artists do our art and catch up on all the usual artist stuff.  I didn’t have a new picture started, like I usually like to do ahead of time.  So I shuffled through my canvas art bag to find some birding and gardening magazines to get some ideas.

This coneflower is what developed out of a few reference photos that I used.  This was the beginning of a larger painting that I finished for an upcoming exhibit.  Here’s a “shout out” for our Geneva, Ohio Grape Jamboree Festival, which has an art exhibit as one of it’s events on the last full weekend of September every year.

So, first I started out with Arches 140 lb. cotton rag watercolor paper, which I swear by…..I like the cold-pressed version.

Next, I took a combination of watercolor pencils and watercolor paints to create the flower that you see here…..basically, penciling in the flower shapes and some of the shadows….then adding some water lightly (and I mean lightly…dip brush…dab on tissue….this was taught to me by an artist friend)…and carefully applying the wet brush to the penciled areas….also, adding watercolor paints where needed.

So, this is the beginning of my painting, which I will continue with the rest of the instruction in my next post……

Check back for further instruction and to see the final results   🙂

Also, check out my website www.alivewithcolor.com  where you can find links to my Etsy stores and an “about the artist” page.

Hand Beading Jewelry…enjoyable work…a bit of instruction

Hand beading jewelry is enjoyable work for me…maybe it’s not really work… it’s so enjoyable.  Doing this, of course, is part of my job as an artist, since I sell my jewelry at BohemianIce Etsy

This necklace, I just listed, is a Native American style beaded necklace.  I really first started with making the 1″ square beaded pendant by using waxed linen thread and using the square stitch on my selected beads.  I then used thin flexible jewelry wire to make the dangles that hang from the 1″ square…attaching them by using sterling silver crimp beads.

I then strung the 30″ necklace part on the same durable jewelry wire by adding various shape and color glass beads, paua shell beads, glass bugle beads, and large green glass bugle beads…finally attaching the pendant to the necklace using one of the large green bugle beads.

To see the listing on etsy and to get more information about this necklace, please check it out at this link  http://www.etsy.com/listing/43467236/native-american-style-hand-beaded