I love how my Down Syndrome mini turned out! A blue and yellow ribbon symbolizes Down Syndrome awareness, and for the rest of the painting, creativity took over so I just let it flow. I chose not to add words; I think the painting itself does the talking. I have never worked with or known an adult with this disability, but from the experiences I've had with children, they are mostly happy, and show their happiness with big beautiful smiles and sparkling eyes.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
My sister requested a mini representing Autism for her office. She works with people who have developmental disabilities :)
I thought it was such an awesome idea that I painted another for my shop, as well as one for Down Syndrome. I can't wait to get the finishing touches on them so I can upload them to my etsy store!
This is the one I made for my sister...
Thursday, March 28, 2013
My favorite piece so far is the Inspirational Flowers (mixed media), but I also have a soft spot for the breast cancer mini. Come by and check it out :)
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
The words say:
The lace was an after thought as I realized the canvas was slightly dented. I didn't like the looks of that at all, so it was sequinned lace to the rescue! I've been wanting to use this lace because its such a pretty blue and the sequins add sparkle. Tonight was the perfect opportunity. I think the color and bling give the painting just the right touch of whimsical pizzazz.
This piece will be for sale in my upcoming etsy shop... opening soon!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I am not going to make a practice of taking requests; I think that would be too much for me time wise as well as stressing about meeting the customer's expectations LOL, so I will stick to creating on a whim and posting the finished products for sale (on etsy) at least that's the tentative plan.
I'm excited about the prospect, yet fearful. I've never attempted to sell my paintings, or have any sort of online store like etsy or ebay, so yeah, there is alot of stuff going on in my head right now BUT it seems to be helping me through this depression, but NOT the insomnia LOL I can't get my thoughts to turn off, and I can't seem to put a work in progress aside. I absolutely have to finish it once one has began. I'm going to have to discipline myself and set a strict time limit each night. I can already hear a little voice in my head arguing with me like a child: "But...but... I HAVE to finish it first! I don't want to go to bed!" I can just visualize my child self stomping her foot and having a tantrum.
Speaking of bedtime... I best get to it! It's already late (sigh).
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I wish I had better lighting and better pics, but I used my cellphone, and the lighting in my house is lacking. The colors just don't show as well as in the real deal. Oh well. I'm real happy with my little dragonfly though. He was a last minute addition and I was too chicken to attempt painting him directly onto the canvas so I cheated. I painted him on watercolor paper, cut him out, and Mod Podged him on :)
It's not too bad for my very first attempt at a mixed media piece, and my first time painting a sunflower and dragonfly. I had a bit of difficulty with my signature, darn it, so it's a bit sloppy. Hopefully with practice I'll improve, but what really matters is... I had fun doing it.
Friday, March 8, 2013
I have plenty of watercolor and acrylic paint, but needed a some other things, so I took a trip to my local Walmart and picked up a few supplies:
Canvas (didn't want to use watercolor paper for this project)
I've never done a mixed media piece before, nor have I ever attempted to paint a sunflower.
I began with freehanding an outline of the sunflower in pencil, then started painting it with watercolors, adding a bit of background as I went. I used salt in the wet paint to get that texture for the flower.
After it dried, I added more watercolor, drying in between, and then I added some decorative paper with mode podge, some stencils, stamps, lace, etc.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Here are a few ideas I found...
Using pages from an old book, or newspaper as the background or in specifics areas
I love the use of cardboard in this one; what a clever idea!