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.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

My Life Book 2016 Coursework to Date (10 of 18 lessons completed)!


One of the pieces is not pictured because it is already framed and hanging on the wall!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 17



The instructor for Week 17's lesson is Roxanne Coble, and her lesson theme is 'Your Story, Your Altar'.  My interpretation of the lesson was based on my recent trip to Michigan and what it meant for me.

My first effort for this lesson went awry in that the background painting didn't work.  My second effort didn't work either because the background painting got lost because of too much collage work. This was my third effort.  In working on it, I liked the use of the white gel pen for outlining as well as for some other finishing touches (in assorted pen colors).

I'm still getting air bubbles when collaging and haven't yet been able to remedy that.  It happens using Liquitex Matte Medium and Golden Gel Medium.  I'll keep practicing and hopefully get better at it.  It seems to happen most often with the use of pages from magazines.



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, April 23, 2016

'Forest Storm' on Display


My art quilt is now on display through the fall at the City Attorney's Office as part of the first of its kind -- employee art sharing program.

Employee art pieces were pre-selected earlier in the year for display at offices throughout City Hall. Two of mine are on display.  Aside from this one, there is an untitled painting that has taken up residence at the Department of Transportation.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Art Finds from Michigan Trip

A trip to my roots brought with it opportunities to make some art finds along the way.  From walks and drives, to museum visits, to a shopping excursion--there was an amazing array of visuals as you can see.  

'Sloth Pieta' in front of the Broad Museum, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI
Abandoned Building
Eaton Rapids, MI

Entrance Tile Design at the Lansing Art Gallery
Lansing, MI

Porcupine Quill Box by Y.W. Keshick
Natural History Museum, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Quilt Block Painted Barn Siding
Dimondale, MI

1920s Millinery Exhibit
Natural History Museum, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Painted Hubcap from Wall of Painted Hubcaps
Lansing, MI

Alley Painting of Brick Wall
Lansing, MI

Decorated Key by Sharon Martin-Fertig