Two Final Flower Crazy 2 Paintings

….thanks to Carla Sonheim for this wonderful class

I’m in the habit of purchasing on line art classes and then not completing every assignment. Luckily I have access to the class forever so I can always go back and see if I am more inspired later on.

The last class I purchased, Flower Crazy 2, kept me motivated throughout all eight assignments. The final assignment involved creating two paintings, using watercolour, gel medium, collage, ink and pencil or charcoal. There were numerous steps involved and with each step the painting evolved into these interesting abstract creations.fullsizeoutput-7b66
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Collaged Vessels – A New Art Project

…thanks to Anne Marie Grgich for her inspirational collage project

Part three of Carla Sonheim’s Year of the Collage features artist Anne Marie Grgich. Our first assignment involved obtaining three vases, piles of coloured thin paper and a glue stick. The paper was to be sorted by colour and cut into large and small pieces.

When everything was assembled we were to attach similar pieces around the vase using a numbering system. The pieces were attached and burnished with a glue stick and your hands.

I did most of this assignment up at the cottage. It was very mediative. The first layer is complete on two of the three vases and now I have to wait for the next lesson to find out what the next step is.

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Back into Collage

…another art project for the soul

Randomly gluing down bits of paper and then adding some marks is another very restorative way of making art. It started off as a way to patch up some pages in a sketchbook that I want to start using again. I took out pages that I didn’t like and discovered that I had to reinforce the front of the book if I didn’t want it to fall apart. Collaging the double spread with colourful bits of paper did the trick.fullsizeoutput-7a40

All Lined Up

….thanks to Judy for hosting the All Lined Up Photo Challenge

A special shout out to our son-in-law for the last photo of our granddaughter with the line of dipping sauces in front of her.

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Finding Art in Sidewalk Cracks

….part of the Sketchbook Revival

On day one of Sketchbook Revival one of the two visiting artists was Carla Sonheim. You’ve heard me mention her many times on my blog because I’m constantly taking on-line classes with her. For this particular session, Carla had us look for animals or objects in a photo of sidewalk cracks that she provided. I’ve done this exercise many times with my students when I was teaching. It’s a lot of fun and it’s amazing how many different things people can find. Here are 3 animals and one person that I found in the same photo.fullsizeoutput-7781
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A New Course

….second course for the year

When I heard that Carla Sonheim was bringing Lendon Noe back to do another course I just knew I had to do it. It’s a mixture of collage and abstract and using my personal space as inspiration. The course is called Inspired by Place. Check it out. You can sign up anytime.

The first lesson was a warm up. We had to draw different size squares and rectangles and then create different landscapes using only a horizon line and alternating the foreground, middle ground and background with different shades of black, white and grey tones. The grey tones come out in the papers with the text.

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Then we had to take photos or find photos of a place that has special meaning for us. Most of the photos I collected were of the house and the park at the end of the street and of the cottage and the beach. Using one of these photos as inspiration we had to create an abstract landscape using some of the techniques we used above. I chose the view of the city that I see every day when I walk to the park.

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What a Difference a Little Colour and Collage Can Make

….took another page of one-line drawings and added some interest

I love going back through my sketchbook and finding pages that I feel need more work. This is a page of one-line houses that I drew last year.fullsizeoutput-6c4c

I purchased some new Tombow paint pens and pulled out my Artist Loft markers and added some colour to this piece. Then I added some collage for more interest. I’m much happier with this updated piece of art.fullsizeoutput-768e