Monday, February 28, 2011

More paintings and a lovely box

 I have really enjoyed all the sketching and painting I have done while in Cedar Key, Florida. I attempted to immortilize Jane's lovely orchids. The pansies are blooming in February!

 This is my morning coffee cup and another orchid. I plan to give this painting to Jane as a thank you for all she did for us this holiday. I was invited to potlucks, a dinner out, and two visits to the womens' club as a guest.
Lesson 6
I am sad to be finished all my lessons. In lesson six we are to paint animals before they move. 
This is a sleeping Oatie!

 Lesson 5
In this lesson I made a mixed media box for my sketches. I bought some Bristol board in the local grocery store, used gesso and acrylic paints and made my own stencils from motifs I designed.

 Top of the box.

 Accordion Book for paintings

 Paintings inside

Close up of the cover of the accordion book.
Gesso shell, painted with Inktense watercolour pencils.
After completeing this on line class I am eager to start another one with Jane La Fasio.
I enjoyed seeing the other participant's art and getting comments form Jane to improve my skills. 
A very positive experience!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sketching and Watercolour Class

 I am taking Jane LaFasio's online class, Sketching and Watercolour: On Location.

Lesson One : Drawing Keys

My souvenir key from New York City!

 Second painting: my new car key, my house key and my souvenir key fob from Newfoundland.

 Additional painting of objects found in our rented cottage.

 Lesson Two: Painting on Location at the Bare Foot Gallery and coffee shop in Cedar Key. Unfortunately the little Gallery is closing at the end of the month.

 Carnations given to me by my new friend, Jane, here in Cedar Key.

 Little ceramic bird I bought at the Gallery.

 Lesson 3: At a Museum, using a Water soluable pen and water. This is my sample. I hope to visit the museum soon.

A painting of my favourite comfy chair, part of lesson 2.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Art work in Progress

While on vacation in Cedar Key, I decided to revisit my on line classes with Susan Sorrell ( Creative Chick) on Personal Symbols and Fertile Earth. I decided to use a painted fabric covered with a transparent fabric as my background. While here in Cedar Key, I explored around the cottage and drew little nature sketches. I also included garden statues and mementos. I used these to create my appliques of painted and transparent fabric. I decided to use the little bird ceramic as my focal point and a variety of shells and a sand dollar as my accents.
Photo 1: beginning to applique, back stitched the spirals in the background transparent fabric
Photo 2: Starting to use embroidery details
Photo 3: Inspiration Photo

I've been busy each day working on my Jane LaFasio online class: Sketching and Watercolour. I painted the little bird ceramic as well. Don't forget to check out The Sketchbook Challenge and Photos on Flickr. I've posted all my photos on my Flickr site, hope to see you there.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cedar Key

Oatie and I on our way to Cedar Key.
He is in the back seat with his paw on my shoulder.

A short stop at an Outlet mall in Georgia for some shoes.

An embroidery I've been working on. I appliqued the shimmery circles with fabric I bought at The Fabric Art Shop in Lake City, Florida.

I signed up to take an online class with Jane La Fasio called Sketching and Watercolour, Journal on Location
This is one of my first efforts, painting my keys.

Sketchbook Challenge page: the view from my window.
Below is the view with my camera.

More from Cedar Key soon!