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When I can successfully scan, I use my blog to publish my art. Since I share this computer with my hubby, I can't always update as I would like.
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This morning I was struggling with my usual frustrations: making breakfast, walking the dogs, sketching a picture, working on a painting, sweeping the floor, etc. Because I'm a morning person, and I did not sleep well last night, I did not know what to sketch. After some serious thought, I decided to sketch myself :).
Of course, I am much younger looking here, but what the heck.
I thought I would share my sketch with my blog friends.
Have a nice spring day!
Recently, I have gone back to using some traditional watercolor to create a couple of paintings.
Here are the results.
I just finished the Daisies and Oxalis today.
The second painting, Building A Sandcastle, was done a few weeks ago.
I feel like there is so much more to learn about capturing details in a painting/
I don't want to overwork the paint, so I stopped before I damaged the images.
Over the weekend, my daughter and oldest and best friend went to the Boston Opera House to see Sleeping Beauty. It was a fun experience. There were many little girls in the audience dressed up in their tutus and tiaras watching the performance. Of course, I wanted to reminisce about the show, so I did a little sketch.
Lately, I have been sketching a lot. I must say that on every post, but it's true! I sketch every day, almost. The problem is finding the opportunity to scan and post some of my efforts. That can be so frustrating. I have decided to put effort into putting myself first more often. This will be a work in progress. It's hard to undo old habits...very hard.
I'll also have to plan more posts with other recent sketches.
With this sketch, I have created a new character and I hope to explore some fun things for her and her friends. She doesn't have a name, yet. I love her personality already.
Here's a new piece that I'm working on using watercolor paints. The picture quality is not great. I took it with my phone. When I finish, I'll scan it for a better looking image.
Even though I haven't been posting, I participate in
Art Every Day Month.
I met Leah a few years ago at a sweet workshop
that she hosted. It was, for me, such an enlightening and enjoyable event. Thank you again, Leah for that glimpse into your process.
This painting is inspired by some art that I found online by Gustav Klimt. It's amazing how the work of others can inspire new ideas and foster creativity in ourselves.
Last week I decided to try Twinkling H2Os, a product that I have admired for quite a while.
I had hesitated to order any, because of the wait and shipping costs. Well, I'm so glad that I have moved past that stumbling block. Soon, a new workshop starts at LuminArt for Silks Acrylic Glaze, taught by Dion Dior. Both Silks and Twinkling H2Os have intense colors and added mica along with other minerals.
This whole experience has become a stimulus for my latest creative block. That is an exciting and uplifting development.
I hope to reorganize my blog soon. I really don't want to start over on a new blog, but I have to so something to make this process work better.
Inspiration Avenue's challenge this week has been Fairies. I decided to join in, because I figured - "Here's something I can do." After some agonizing days with no results, finally, today I was able to complete a painting using watercolors. It was frustrating to have nothing to show all week for my efforts. I'm so glad that this little one emerged from my brush.
She's inspired by a bookmark I have from the Boston Ballet advertising Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
This little watercolor was done for the Illustration Friday prompt this week. Many times I don't get a chance to play with the prompt, so I'm really glad I made the effort this week. My girl is waiting patiently for a friend to come along to play. It's early enough, so she decided to sit on the big branch of her tree until she hears her friend come up the road.
I'm posting an illustration of my grandson. Right now, it's still a little sketchy. I hope to enhance it without destroying the likeness. I was inspired to try some boy "type" of pictures because there are so many drawings and cards for girls. Let me know what you think, friends. I want to explore some color and backgrounds to add to the sketch.
Here is the Garden Fairy that I sketched a few weeks ago. Sorry it has taken so long to post her, little problems keep popping up like stumbling blocks. I tried to use instagram with my iPad, and could not upload the picture to my blog. There was no way to transfer the image using iPad. I photographed the image with my camera and cropped it. That seems to be the best way to post pictures that are too big to scan.
The image below is from my sketchbook. I started thinking of some
fun doodles with positive messages.
I think it would be fun to do more of these
to give as gifts or make into note cards.
I'm always getting these grand ideas, and then
I'm not sure what that's all about.
I do love to draw and paint.
I am having a lot of fun learning
This is the last page in a 60 page sketch book.
I sketch something every day.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Please comment, if you wish.
I love to hear from visitors.
I spent some time today
working on a new sketch in my art journal.
This fairy is the result.
I wish the details were a little darker.
It's difficult to see her, I think.
I would love to paint her in either watercolor
Maybe I'll start that tomorrow.
I also created a background with some
I might add some more designs to it and
use it for a collage.
I could save it for later to use in a
Lately, I have been doing a lot of sketching. Some of them are okay, and a lot of them are explorations of different techniques.
I have a story started in my head and I have done a bit of brainstorming for the characters.
This girl is part of my brainstorming process. I want to "bring her to life," so I have created an image of her...
I may make her a little younger and my inspiration came from
I watched her Collage demonstrations on the Strathmore free video course. I am so impressed with Strathmore papers and these free workshops are fun, fun, fun.
After visiting her blog, recently, I became inspired by
I have been exploring some doodles while I'm waiting for my order from Amazon.
This is my latest doodle creation.
As you can see, both of these are works in progress. I guess you
know that I'll continue to doodle in the
These are two pictures that I have produced in a workshop with the lovely Jane Davenport. Her videos are fun to watch and she is so-o-o inspiring. I just love when I get a chance to try something a little different to move along on my art journey. Thank you Jane!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone :)!
Here is my latest WIP
He eyes need more intensity and there are some details
I want to include at the bottom of the work.
This is mainly watercolor, but I used some acrylic in the
dress and background and some watercolor pencil for details.
She will be a gift for a friend once it's finished.
Here is my latest work in progress.
I love the gingerbread cottages at the camground on Martha's Vinyard. They are so charming.
I would love to paint a series of pictures representing the little village tucked behind Oak's Bluffs marina.
It's so calm, peaceful and charming.
Here is my first attempt - done in acrylics. Painting the details is taking longer than I imagined.
I sure hope I get better and quicker at this.
Anyhow, I'll keep working on this one and post my progress.
I love the way these setches came out. I'm keeping a little visual journal and adding pictures to the notes and messages that I write.
It's fun to see what develops as I go. Not everything scans like the original, especially when painted.
I have more, and I promise to keep scanning them.
I'm still learning how this scanner works, so
please bear with me.
Some of you may think that I have abandoned my blogging! Trust me, I know I haven't posted anything in a long time. It is not intentional. I have been reading posts faithfully. More Importantly, I try to sketch and paint something every day. Life keeps interrupting and keeping me busy. I love my aart and I love all of your beautiful work. I now have a new scanner that I'm getting comfortable using. So soon, I'll post some of my efforts - promise!
A while ago, I was asked to create a painting for my sister-in-law's guest room.
For a while I put the idea on a back burner. I just couldn't come up with a suitable idea.
Fortunately, she was still interested, so I decided to paint something with a window/door view of the beach.
I find the process of finding the right subject so challenging, sometimes.
I'm not sure why I get stuck.
I am happy with this so far. I think it needs a little more work, but I wanted to show my work in progress.
The image at the top is an earlier version of the work. I decided that the interior of the cottage needed some more detail, so I added the wreath, rug and tote bag.
I decided to dabble in a little watercolor this weekend. It ws fun to go back to something light and delicate. I was able to get nice results even though they are not as vibrant as the acryllics. I didn't want to overdo the details in this painting. I have a couple more ideas to try using butterflies.On another note, still about butterflies, Trudi Sissons at Two Dresses Studio is collecting artful butterflies for the Holocaust Museum in Houston Texas. I'm placing a button on my sidebar with a link to her page, if you're interested in participating. Briefly, the Holocaust Museum is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies to remember the 1,500,000 children who perished as a result of the Holocaust. Consider participating in this beautiful memorial that will be displayed in the Spring, 2013. The Poem, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, written by Pavel Friedman on June 4, 1942 is the inspiration for this project. You can find the poem on Trudi's blog. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2011.
This is what I've been doing lately. I actually have three colored pencil concept drawings completed, but for some reason, they wouldn't upload. I might try to darken them a bit and try again. They are a little pale. I want to paint these babies and reproduce them for sale in a gift shop. I just haven't decided how big they should be. I'm also thinking of making copies and use them as collage. Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated. I just hope I can show you the other two sketches.
Finally, I was able to upload my two additional drawings.
Some kind of glitch must have happened earlier.
Here are the acrylic paintings that I created from my concept pictures.
I'm relieved that they are complete,
but I have some more to work on.
I called this one Blanket of Dreams
This is called Chickies.
This one I called Dragonflies.
Somehow they don't look quite the same when they're scanned.
Details that I labored over barely show while other components stand out changing the way that features appear.
Hello friends, I just want to let everyone know that Dolci Studio now has a page on Facebook. I have a badge on the sidebar in my blog. Please visit and press the "like " button if you haven't done it yet.
I hope to continue to expand my work. Please visit and let me know what you think.
Thank you all for your wonderful support.
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Well, my friends and visitors,
I decided to explore some watercolor again.
Here are the results...
Watercolor is so much fun.
It's quick, adaptable to many subjects
I even decorated the back of each of these cards :)!
Until I get a chance to create some more,
enjoy the week!