“Fire & Earth” – Beadwork Necklace

Beadwork Necklace  Won 1st Place at LSA Exhibit 2013

Beadwork Necklace
Won 1st Place at LSA Exhibit 2013

I know that I haven’t posted in a bit…so I thought I would start back with showing you my beadwork necklace “Fire & Earth” which won 1st place in 3-D category in the Lake Shore Artists 2013 Exhibit.  It is currently in a consignment, but I really hope to get it back next month at the end of the consignment.   I then plan to list it in my shop.  The main colors are green and gold.  I did a peyote beadwork bezel on a greenish magnesite stone.   I added several different tassles.  Then I made a tubular peyote and right angle weave necklace.  The closure I made from brass.Fire & Earth (close-up)

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Completed Watermedia Painting – Coneflowers

Sorry it took me long to post the completion of this painting. 

Well, here it is completed….at least for now…I’ve been known to take “finished” paintings out of the frame and do more to them….I’m obsessed with my arts…don’t know if that makes me a perfectionist or not 😀

As stated in the previous post, this is a water media painting…watercolors, watercolor pencils, on Arches professional coldpressed cotton rag paper…I swear by this paper…pricey, but excellent if you want your painting to turn out professional looking…you can usually find it on sale online quite often. 

So, in the previous post I started out with the first flower with no plans of adding much….just started as a practice….but then I got a few ideas that I found in “Birds and Blooms,” an excellent reference magazine for those who love to paint florals and birds.  I highly recommend it…but, always remember to only use magazines and other printed sources as a REFERENCE ONLY…do not copy other people’s photos, you always should do your  interpretation only and switch up your references….this is a very important rule if you want to paint professionally…it’s not nice to copy other artists, photographers, media, etc….you can get into serious copyright problems…just FYI.

So, I added the extra conflowers…and I added another floral element in the top of the painting…a lavendar element (not sure what flower that is)……a little moth was added to the one flower for a touch of whimsy 🙂  I like to whimsy things.

My background, which should have been really done in the beginning, before adding the floral subjects….doing it first, would have made it easier.  But, I have to do it the hard way 😀  Well, here’s how I did it…..I like to wet a small area at a time…..making sure that I don’t touch the already painted areas…..then I slowly add colors here and there, letting the wetness run slightly to create mottled colored areas….this is something that you have to practice at….I suggest, just trying it on a blank sheet of paper….you have to work with what amount of wetness you want and the amount of color to run to create the kind of background that you want….be careful not to over wet the paper…and here’s where you really need a good paper to experiment on because there are art papers that won’t take all of the wetness and working with a brush…cheaper papers may create a balling up of fibers when you over work it with a brush and lots of water usage….good papers can hold up to this kind of method and other methods that an artist may need to use to create their painting.

If you have any questions, I’ll be glad to answer them.

After I completed this painting, I did get to exhibit in the Geneva Ohio Grape Jamboree Art Exhibit in late September, as I mentioned in the previous post.  It did not take a prize for there where lots of beautiful paintings entered.  I did win the Gold Star Award for one of my mixed media paintings in the exhibit and it was sold, which was a blessing.  I may have to post some of my mixed media painting soon…mixed media is fun…lots of experimentation, which I love.

Well, that’s all for now.  Thanks for reading….please leave comments 🙂

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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.

Big Summer Blowout – Prices Reduced at Bohemian Ice Jewelry Etsy

At Bohemian Ice Jewelry Etsy, many prices have been reduced for the End of Summer Blowout…..necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.  Also, I am happy to announce that the shipping fees have changed to $2.00 on first item…$0 on the rest of the items in your order.  Yes, that’s only a total of  $2.00 shipping on any order.  So, have a look at my artisan bling.  Satisfaction guaranteed.

Mechanicsville Covered Bridge Acrylic Painting

Covered Bridges are a historic jewel here in Northeast Ohio.  This is Mechanicsville Bridge which spans across the Grand River.  I did this painting in acrylic paints on a deep edge canvas.  The challenging part was the wooden slats on the side and inside of the bridge.  I decided to display the colors of fall using warm gold colors on the tree and the foliage surrounding the bridge.  I ended up painting this scene from a slightly different angle than the photo shows.  I felt that I needed to add more color than the reference photo displayed.

See the reference photo below.

This painting can be purchased at http://www.etsy.com/listing/53996614/mechanicsville-covered-bridge-fine-art

Having a Work Space is a Great Thing For Any Artist

Having a work space is a great thing for any artist….but, not everyone can afford dedicating a good portion of their “space” for use in their art or craft.  I have been blessed recently with moving all of my art paraphernalia, from the back room and from a bunch of nooks and crannies all around the house, to the nice sized middle room in my house.  My sweet husband, had a suggestion of moving around the rooms in our house, so that I could have a whole room to myself for painting, photography, jewelry making, and all the other artsy stuff I do.  After all, this is my life’s work….and I love it and it’s great having a place for all of my stuff.

It was a lot of work moving things around, but we got it done and I just love it.  I have a work table and my jewelry making table off in the corner near the two windows….outside the windows, we have huge rhododendrium outside covering the whole window but still letting light in….these stay green year round and have big beautiful pink blooms in the spring.  Our wood stove is in this room, so it has to stay, but it’ll be nice and cozy in there during the cold weather.

On the other side of the room, I have my two large cabinets to store a whole lot of things….it’s so nice to be able to find things again.  I actually know where everything is now.

As I said, it’s nice having a work space of your own, but not everyone can have one.  I know myself, there was a time where I had things stuffed into big tupperware containers jammed into corners.  I guess the biggest advantage to having your own art space is that you can start a project and leave the project for a while, without having to put everything away each time your take a break from it…..and knowing where you put things …having some sort of organization is wonderful.

First, if you don’t have your own room, the best thing to do is to try to organize everything into categories and separate with different storage containers.  Next, if you can spare even a small part of a room (that is out of the way of traffic) or even a closet, try using this smaller area the best that you can.  Once you get organized, it makes things easier and more enjoyable.

Another Art Blog to Take a Look At

This is just a little “shout out” to help publicize my other art blog which is called, “Alive With Christ – Art Blog.”    In this other blog, I use my art to explain verses in the Bible and Christian views.  Please check it out 😀