Good Wednesday all my crafty friends! :) It feels so good to be back in the saddle!! Last week's post really helped "jump-start" me back in cyber-land! LOL It feels weird on one hand, but then at home on another! You know, our art community is like a lifetime friend......you may not see them for weeks, months or even years, but when you come back together, it's like you haven't missed a beat.....like you just saw them yesterday!! Well, that's how it feels to me! So....Gene Autry.....I'm riding in the art saddle again! LOL
So last week, I posted the Octo Art that I made for my sister!!! I mentioned it was for a friend, but just in case she happened to read my blog....I had to play it off!!! LOL It was for her birthday, which was Sunday. She is a great lover of octopus's and I had always wanted to do her one, so there you have it! The awkward bit is that her husband is an actual "professional artist," so I always feel a little beneath his amazing artistic talent when I send her things, but hey.....throw caution to the wind, right!!?? LOL So below, you will find the finished piece!
|"Octo" in all his glory!!|
As I stated last week, this was all done in dip pen and ink. I have long loved dip pen and ink art. There is something very cathartic about it to me. Yes, it may take a little more time, but that is the beauty about it to me. Yes, I could use Micron pens for the same look, but it's the whole dipping and inking that I love. This was done on Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper. Because of the tooth of the paper, sometimes I get a little "catch" when drawing, but I love the feel of cold-pressed paper and so I just press on! I may try some hot-pressed in the future just to see the difference, which I know will be significant in terms of flow.
I did a real quick watercolor wash on Octo and around with my AMAZING Schmincke watercolor paints! I got this lovely set several years ago as a gift to myself and have never regretted it!! Now, I am certainly NOT a seasoned watercolor artist, but I am learning. It may take a lifetime, but I'm willing! By far, it is one of the more complex mediums I have worked with, but nevertheless, I am having fun! I did do some shading with a woodless graphite pencil afterward. I like a woodless graphite pencil, because I don't have to sharpen it as much (I am inherently lazy) and I can shade on the side better without the wood. And voila, it's done and put in the mail!!! I would usually try to frame things in a "floating frame," but I was already out of time and needed to get it in the mail! LOL
So what's on my desk today????? Well my next fun piece of course!!! This one I have been wanting to do for awhile as well!! But guess what.........it's FOR ME!!!!! LOL Yep, this one I want on my own wall! I'm still in the process and when I'm done, I will post it as well.
|I'm getting there! LOL|
In the home I moved from, I had a huge walk-in closet that not only housed my clothes and shoes, you know thing it is actually supposed to do....hee hee....but it also housed my art station (that my ex husband built in) on one end and my spiritual station on the other. It was wonderful because it was my true "she cave!" I think I spent A LOT of time in that closet! LOL When I moved into my new apartment, I was real worried I wouldn't have a designated "art space," so all my art supplies stayed in the garage until I could figure it out! I actually found an amazing art drafting table at Walmart last year on sale for $99 and I snapped it up!! I love it! It inverts so I have a great incline for canvases and then sets down like a desk for other crafting! I thought even if it was less than quality, and at least lasted me a couple of years, I was only out $99!! LOL I have so enjoyed it! Now here it is in my "new" art space with lots of great natural light in my bedroom! I'm a happy "art-er" again! LOL
|My Happy Place!!!!!|