YUP - You don't have to tell me that this is weird - I already know that but it was great fun!! This is my portrait of our family in the style of Paul Klee. Several of his works feature stick figures cavorting about.
The stairs represent our house and the dog represents - well, the dog. BONUS points to anyone that can identify the four members of our family correctly!!
Linking to Creative Every Day Check-In.
Caleb and I ran to the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science while Corey and Connor worked for a few hours yesterday afternoon (Caleb and I definitely got the good end of that deal!). I wanted to see the art and Caleb wanted to play in the science areas. Unfortunately for Caleb they closed the science gallery for renovations - and mom(me) wanted to look at "each and every picture" on the walls. Here's a peek at some of the standouts of the permanent collection -
MOUNTAINS TO THE NORTH - AUTUMN, LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK
Oil on Canvas, 1922
PORTRAIT OF A BOY
PORTRAIT OF CAROL OWEN COLEMAN
Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen on canvas, 1975
Here is the part that I love - I'm always telling my boys that they should date their artwork. Caleb refuses since he says that real artists only sign their name and not the date - Check out Rembrandt's signature - it has the date - 1646!! I think the date is one of the coolest parts of this etching! There were quite a few of his etchings on display behind glass. One of the great things about a small museum is that you can really get close and study the work. Whenever I've visited large museums there are always crowds of people obscuring the view. Obviously these aren't their well-known works but how often are you that close to pieces by famous people??
"Mildred" is based on my interpretation of Amedeo Modigliani's work. I remember seeing his long-necked, long-faced ladies a long time ago but didn't realize what a "nudie" painter he was so click on the link at your own risk!!
BTW - I asked my son, Connor (15), what he would name this lady and he said Doris or Mildred. I laughed at him but then looked online at the most popular names in the 1920's and Doris and Mildred were ranked 8th and 9th respectively. Go figure - that kid is smarter than he looks!
Linked to Creative Every Day, Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Every Day
Time for another Second Floor Challenge - this one has the theme of Circles! While this canvas is definitely not one of my favorites, I am bound and determined to do all of the Second Floor Challenges so you will just have to deal with my Kandinsky knock-off.
Connor made his own version in art class several years back and his is definitely more true to the Kandinsky look. Mine looks more like, "Gobstoppers broken in half" - according to Caleb. 10 year-olds are brutal art critics!
Time for a fun challenge at the Moxie Fab blog - Spatter! Sounds easy but spatter is hard to control and messy - so to amp up the mess for myself I decided to make my chevron background with a stencil (Balzer Designs) and spray mist. Using spray mist (Sunny Yellow - Inkadinkado) gave me the unintended added bonus of yellow spatter to go with the brown spatter (Transparent Raw Umber - Liquitex).
The sentiment is pieced together from two different A Muse stamp sets. The yummy sparkly brown glitter is from Martha Stewart.
"The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has SIGHT but no vision."
- Helen Keller
An incredible quote from an amazing person. As a young girl I read a lot about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan - so inspiring! I decided to participate in the Illustration Friday Challenge for the first time - the topic is SIGHT.
I started with this girl with large eyes - but wanted to do something different from what I've done in the past so I
covered her eyes with a piece of cardstock attached with repositional adhesive (looks as if she is embarrassed to be seen in this blog post).
Then added a couple layers of watered down gesso. NOTE TO SELF - In the future if I want to add gesso over an image that was colored partially with Neo-Color crayons then seal it first! Otherwise the watery gesso will totally smear your colors!
A little outline with a white paint pen really makes the eye stand out!
Some bookprint about eyes/sight and some washi tape made this the newest addition to my art journal. Speaking of sight - this is a pic of our son Connor putting in his new contacts for the first time on Friday. (Think it would help if he opens his eyes a little??)
YUP! I crack myself up sometimes - why, you may ask, is this regal looking woman being referred to as a "bag lady"?
Recently, my husband made a bag lunch to take to work and left one lone rejected empty bag on the counter that I felt compelled to use for a quick sketch.
and layers of paint
and ink then ensued.
Some more scary than others until finally. . .
she arrived - The bag lady! When I asked my husband what he thought he said, "She might look better with a shirt." I replied, "Hhhmphhh - who asked you?" (oh ya, that would've been me). Anyhoo, that is why he is currently not employed as an art critic.
Bag ladies rarely get the respect that they deserve so I thought my gal would appreciate a crown - and some decorative washi tape. All things are better with washi tape, right?
Last Thursday it was fun day of sketching with my pal, Roni. I wanted to try figure sketching so I got my wooden figure and took it over to Roni's house. LOOK at how sweet the two look together - like a "generic parent figure" walking a "generic child figure" in the park. Doesn't that touch your generic wooden heart?
(Also note the take-out cup from Cracker Barrel - we had breakfast before sketching - everyone knows that sketching goes much better after a hearty serving of Hashbrown Casserole!)
Anyway - my figures kinda look like robot people - they were fun to draw but I couldn't figure out any text to put with them until I grabbed my 1940 Healthy Growing book and started snipping out some wording.
"The things you do most of the time seem to affect your bones and muscles."
". . .at first it may be hard for you to stand or sit straight and at ease. . ." This layout is definitely different from any other endeavors in my art journal but I love it!!
BTW - This figure sketch for a painting looks so modern to me but was painted in the 1500's by Luca Cambiasi. How cool is that??!!
Finished up my girl canvas!! The ladies were such fun to make and I'm tickled with how they look all together on the finished piece.
The believe card comes from a set by Melody Ross and the words were written with Cosmo Cricket letters and held up with Tim Holtz Memo Pins (be careful - those babies are SHARP). Some vintage lace and Me&My Big Ideas rub-ons finished up my messily painted background.
TRUST, FAMILY, LAUGHTER, CREATIVITY, LOVE, MYSELF - all good things to believe in.
Caleb - "Mom, Don't ya think it is pretty vain to put myself on there?"
Me - "Isn't it important for me to believe in myself though?"
Caleb - "You got a point there. . ."
Did you know that Liquitex has spray paints now?? I just got my free sample in the mail the other day and am anxious to try it out - bet it will be awesome with stencils!
BTW - Do you see that the mass produced letter is addressed to "Dear Artist"? Maybe now instead of answering to mom I should demand to be called "ARTIST" -
Caleb - "ARTIST - Why do I have to take a shower?"
Connor - "ARTIST - What's for supper?"
Perhaps when I show my next creation someone in my family will say - "That's nice, ARTIST". Has a nice ring to it, doncha think??
Messy, messy fun in the art journal - wanted to try my hand at fingerpainting flowers. Wait for it - - "try my hand at fingerpainting" - har har!! I'll be here all week . . .
The top page is meant to look like a patch of orange poppies on a sunny day. However, my husband says they look like a bunch of peaches with their pits showing - sigh. I believe a bit more success was met with the second attempt.
Here is my half-dried out palette - once the painted flower designs were dry and trimmed down for the journal, I decided to cut up the remaining bits into small strips for use on future projects -
The idea for fingerpainting flowers came from a recent Alisa Burke post where she made amazing work of her flowers -
The whole point is to try something new - It was fun, messy and quick - definitely something to attempt again on another day!