Saturday, July 30, 2016

Life Book 16 - Week 30 "Shadow and Light" Lesson with Jane Davenport



Here is the lesson I finished today from Jane Davenport's instruction module called 'Shadow and Light'. The initial steps were to create a line drawing. The first line established the chin curve followed by a line for the top of each eye, then one for the bottom of the nose and another for the middle of the lips. 

This painting was done with watercolor which is not a medium I normally work with. Jane's step-by-step instructions were very helpful though. I did find working wet on wet was challenging in this lesson and didn't quite work for me the way the instructor demonstrated. But then her tools were different then what I had available.  

Sometimes its amazing to see how a two-dimensional surface drawing can actually become an image with some depth. So I'm also posting the line drawing that was done for this.  

One surprise for me was in the use of watercolor for the eyelids. I didn't think I'd get the kind of depth I wanted, but both eyelids came out well from that perspective.   

This piece is good lesson information and works for the intended purpose. It is not my best but I have a much better sense of how to work with watercolor than I ever have!  

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Reveal!


I can now share the three Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) I made and swapped with a partner in Belgium recently (those on the bottom in this photo).  The theme for the swap was Healing, Transformation and Magic.  So, the first ATC on the bottom left is the loose interpretation of a person transforming into a butterfly while magic is in the middle and healing takes the form of truthful being-ness in the card on the right.

I packed these little ATC treasures in color-coordinated Japanese paper envelopes and then placed them in the purple organza bag. It was such a pretty package, and I know my partner was delighted with them. It was so fun to contribute in making the day they were delivered so special for my partner!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Unintended Saying


I was recently cutting out photos and words from magazines to use in some future art projects and look at the clever (and completely unintentional) saying that resulted!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 13



I will probably re-work this piece. I like how the background started out (top image).  But the 'flower' in the center (bottom image) of the more developed piece is too controlled compared to the rest of the background.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 24 Lesson


I just finished my Week 24 lesson and am really pleased with it.  I love how the face came out (light and shadow areas)! Overall, I think its pretty effective.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Creative Club


Today's club project was to create a weaving using yarns, ribbons and plant cuttings. What a terrific idea and it was a great day for such a neat outdoor project!  I don't claim to be a weaver, but it was fun to make this first one. By the way, the loom we used was made out of a wood picture frame...clever idea that worked just fine.

Posted to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 20 Lesson Completed!


For this lesson, we were to create an unplanned acrylic background as a foundation. Using a classical pencil drawing of a face, we were to then create a watercolor face over it.  

I re-painted a background page  that hadn't been used.  When dry, I added a coat of clear gesso to apply the watercolor pencil on, because I didn't think they would work well directly on the acrylic.  I didn't like how that worked.  So, I totally took off the watercolor pencil with baby wipes (since the surface was still damp) and started over.  This second effort came out much better though I can see in the photo that the right eye is somewhat mis-shapen, even though the piece still works.

I 'm going to do another one using a drawing of Shakespeare as my inspiration.  We'll see how that one turns out.  For the next one, I wont use the clear gesso and see how the watercolor pencils work without it.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Art at the Broad in LA!

What an amazing place the Broad Museum is.  Located across the street from the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, it is a museum that stands on its own architecturally and collection-wise. All art inside the building is lit with the natural light that filters through the unusual building windows (see photo below).  It is quite amazing how that lighting works so well!

Beyond that, the collection is amazing.  Plus, the staff who work in each room are not docents, they are actually paid staff who have gone through about a 6-week art program to give them a knowledge base to prepare them to answer visitor questions about the various works, context of the works, artists, etc. represented on the exhibit floor.  They certainly enhanced the overall experience -- which was exceptional!

Below are photos of the Broad exterior and a couple of the art works on exhibition.





Sunday, May 22, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 18: Its called 'Born to Bloom, Born to Flower'


This was an amazing lesson led by Effy Wild, guest instructor with Life Book 2016.  I didn't think I could get something that would even resemble the instructor's lesson piece.  But by letting go and following her process, I had a good experience and am happy with the result.

In the future, I want to hold off on using gesso as a base for acrylic paint over watercolor paper.  That's because it gets a glossy finish that can't be removed or changed when painted over.  When I applied acrylic without the gesso, the finish was matte.  This is a good lesson to have learned!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Mandala Theme


I finished this today!  It has a collage foundation layer that has been spray-painted, stenciled and doodled over.  Spray painting isn't my favorite technique, but I do like the effect you can get from layers of stenciling.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: www.willowing.org.