Monday, January 31, 2011

A new portrait-I think she's a mermaid...

This was really fun to make. I really got into a nice groove with it, and felt very inspired. Yay!!! I like how the hair turned out with the texture but also the way the different colors and the strokes of the brush combine to make her hair very "flow-y" (Is that a word???) I like the background too, I used some really cool stamps, Technique Tuesday Handful of Henna, which are just beautiful. They were so perfect for this! And I'm happy with the blending of the skin, which is still far and away the most anxiety producing part of painting portraits for me. The rest is pretty easy. But getting the skin and the depth and the shadows and highlights? Stressful. Of course I've only done like 8 portraits so far so after I've done 80 or 800 I'm sure it will be totally automatic. Gives me something to look forward to!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I got a blog award!!!

From my good friend Angela over at

Isn't that sweet? YAY!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My latest painting!

I had so much fun with this, I used a lot of multimedia techniques. She has texture paste and book pages in her hair, and there is lots of layering to get the translucent effect in the background. I finished it with the bird stamp, one of my favorites. I love art!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

The many things he did to win my heart again...(Chapters 34-36)

...for the second time!!!!! Sigh...I'm working on another painting right now and I just finished another art journal page and I want to start some more cards! I LOVE ART!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Art Journaling Page

This was so fun, I mixed up color copies of all my own art and made this beautiful collage art journaling page!!! I'm doing the free art workshops over at Strathmore for their new visual journals. The first workshop is by one of my favorite artists, Pam Carriker, so of course I had to join in!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Our First Home (Chapters 30-33)

This is our first apartment, which we now only use for communications and dinner, otherwise we sleep and do everything else in another studio 2 blocks away. It really helps a lot though, so we don't feel quite so incredibly squished!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Chapter 29

This was my 32nd birthday, right after I had just gotten to Paris. It was very special.