Friday, October 20, 2017

Get a Permit, Rent an Easel, and Paint your Masterpiece in the Louvre!


https://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/lens/2017/10/05/how-to-walk-out-of-the-louvre-with-a-masterpiece/#_=_

I'd love to try this!  With only 250 permits issued per year, it's not likely--but it is fun to imagine trying to recreate an old masterpiece.  Would you be intimidated to try?  I might be a bit if people were watching me paint.  But what a great way to learn about color, composition, light, etc. 

Friday, October 6, 2017



The base of this piece is a collage of parts of articles. I created a verse from words that I was drawn to and was inspired to do a piece in green. Then I applied gesso to cover the entire page of collaged articles, wrote in green watercolor crayon, drew my witch, activated parts of the watercolor areas (and added black), and then did some detail work. Fun, since Halloween is right around the corner!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Fun and Fast Art Project


The recipe:


  • Journal with watercolor crayon on watercolor paper (overlap the writing so it can't be read)
  • With a permanent marker, draw a face (without lifting pen off paper) over the journaling
  • Activate areas of the drawing with water
Voila!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Inspiration from a People magazine photo!


Thank you to the professional photographer who took a photograph of Ian McKellen that appeared in the July 27, 2015 issue of People magazine!  I used it as a source image for a painting done this weekend.  Even though there were some challenges, I'm quite pleased for my first painting of a man's face.  I also used white pen to create chin/facial whiskers (and the hair), left the primary areas of the face in complementary colors rather than tamping them down into more neutral ones, and used gesso and Neo Color watercolor crayons for the background.

This post also linked to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com.