Flowers in the Breeze Blossoms Painting

Gently bending in the breeze, these wildflowers are standing tall. Inspired by the beautiful poppy, this flower painting is created in acrylic on wood, a reminder of quiet moments and the gentleness of a breeze.

A Girl and a Bird Art Journal Painting

In my art journal practice recently I've been drawing girls, something I have only dabbled in previously. But more and more I'm drawn to the endless complexities of faces. In this painting, a purple haired girl is making a new friend, a little red bird.

The prompt for this art journal painting was paint like an 8 year old. So in that child-like mindset, I began by limiting my palette of colours. I kept the brush strokes loose and strove to not over-do details. I also limited my time to keep the painting from becoming overworked.

Review: Best Books for Exploring Art Collage

Welcome to a new regular series - book reviews (with sponsored links to books I own and recommend).
As a self-taught artist books have been enlightening, inspiring and educational for me. I've read dozens and dozens over the years and I can't wait to share them. Yay!
I had to start where my art journey first blossomed - Collage, which is formally defined as:

noun: 1. a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope.

Spoiler Alert: It's just paper and glue. Simple. Anyone can do it.
Let's start with the book that started me on that glue and paint covered art journey.
New Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland, is an updated and expanded version of the amazing inspiring original Creative Collage Techniques (my copy has dogged ears and more than a few glue stains). This book is an exciting gateway into Collage (it was for me), with step-by step instructions and demos to help you dive right in.

Folk Art Paintings: Cats, Birds and a Snow Leopard

Cats are the theme for three new miniature Folk Art paintings. First up is a turquoise striped cat having a visit with a flock of green birds. In Making New Friends, the birds are feeling quite comfortable around their new feline acquaintance.

Painted in a loose, informal, whimsical style, each painting is created in acrylic on heavy artist's paper. All 3 are Art Card or ACEO* sized.

Two Folk Art Cats ACEO ATC Paintings

This is Sooty Cat with Ball of Yarn, one of two new miniature paintings with a Folk Art flair. Sooty cat is dark grey with mischievous green eyes. He's up to no good and totally okay with that.

Two Ways to Create a Mixed Media Painting

This Manakin bird painting was created with the idea of the bird first, beginning with an outline of the bird shape. Layer upon layer of the mixed media piece was built from there. The colours and texture (including crinkled tissue paper) were added in stages while the details of the bird were continually enhanced.

Sewing More Fabric Bird Brooches

Three new bird brooches stitched with colourful variegated threads. Imagine these birds pinned to a bag, jacket or shirt. They make a statement at 2.5 to 2.75 inches long. Confession - sewing these tiny fabric treasures is way too much fun.

Enhancing an Art Journal Drawing with Photoshop

Playing around with an art journal drawing and photoshop, effects can be quickly added, enhancing the overall look. This portrait of Violet, a green eyed girl, has a grainy filter applied that adds a cool texture.

Gray Catbird Raw Edge Stitched Picture

A transparent gray catbird is portrayed in this stitched picture. Akin to sketching in an art journal, a fabric picture can come to life by laying down strips of torn fabric and then stitching and sketching with a sewing machine. In this piece the variegated threads add colour and the raw edges of the fabric, free to fray and unravel, add texture. And similar to a paper journal, journal quilting is an excellent process for playing, meditating and working out ideas.

Numbers Painting, Typography Series

The latest painting from the ongoing typography series includes numbers from 1 to 6. Created in acrylic on wood and inspired by both graffiti and early 20th century sign painting, this piece is one of several featuring numbers.
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