Friday, January 30, 2015

Lifebook 2015 Week 5 Bonus

This week had two lessons and I wasn't done with the first part yet but completed the bonus so am showing it to you here.  The teacher showed us how to draw a feather.  We added words and doodles to make it our Affirmation Feather.  I loved this lesson so much.  I did learn that some of the supplies I used did not give the same result as the teacher's supplies so I want to do this over again to get a better result.  One of the gals in our class used her software to reverse the colors of her artwork.  Cool Beans!!  I included several of my other art pieces reversed for fun.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lifebook Week 4

Well....I'm a little behind on my Lifebook art work but am hopefully catching up.  This Courage dear heart ballerina was intimidating for me!  I put her off for a good week using housework as my excuse.  I like the way she came out.  If you had a x-ray machine, you would see that she has two additional faces tucked under the paint.  I just couldn't get her the way I wanted!  The skirt was really fun to do.  I painted it dark purple with bright green over, then used a catalyst to scribe in the dark lines.  Then over painted with lighter colors and dots, lots of Pitt white pen dots and fluff swirls. 

Yup.....took courage this week but I did it!!

All artwork is considered for sale too....;-)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lifebook 2015 Week 3

I hope you enjoy this piece!  The sentiment is sooo true!  The lesson involved using your Tombow watercolor pens but my stash has dwindled over the years and so I used watercolor paints instead.  I only have one of those little palettes with hard squares of paint and it is obvious that tubes would be much easier to mix colors!  I also need WAY more practice with watercolors!  I have LOTS of mistakes in this piece and overworked it quite a bit.  But, hey....that is part of the learning process, right?  Joanne Sharpe was our teacher this week and we were learning about using lettering in our art.  It was a very fun lesson!  I changed up the words and the flower from the original lesson...made it my own that way! This is 12 x 9 on 140lb cold press watercolor paper. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

LifeBook 2015!!!

A present I gave myself this year was ART!  Lifebook 2015 by Tamara LaPorte was just the ticket!  An art lesson every week for the entire year.  One of my resolutions was to have one art day a week.  I hope to accomplish that!  BUT.....even if I fall short.....I should have a number of weeks to count as success! 

This week the lesson was on your Beacon of Light.  With over 2,000 people taking the class, there are a lot of different ideas of what that looks like.  Since the Lord God is mine, my project included him in it! 

The middle panel of the 'dress' completes the upper portion of a cross.  There are crosses adorning the rays from her head.  This project didn't come about without problems and learning areas!  I learned that when using a paint pen, always test it on scrap paper first to avoid a blob on your artwork.  Then I learned that several layers of gesso can cover up what is left over from the blob that you tried to remove.  It took a lot of time to reverse the error but lesson learned!  I learned that using gold ColorBox ink on your artwork doesn't always work as it doesn't dry well leaving ink that can smudge.  I learned that you don't have to tilt the head too much to really be tilted.......over achieved on that one.  I learned that perfectionism wasn't necessary in this lesson......hard to overcome.  I can see that I need to learn how to blend better and how much water is the right amount to blend and to dry brush!

At the end of the year I hope to see a big improvement in my skills!  If you are interested in Lifebook 2015 you can see more info here.   The class was $120 for the whole year and that is only $2.30 a week for awesome lessons!  I am in the course for the art.  There are meditation sections that I don't care to participate in but there are there if you wish.  the first week was pretty heavy as there are videos for beginners which I watched.  All in all, about 6 forty-five minute videos!

I hope you enjoy my Beacon of Light!  The second picture shows some of the glitter and gold paint that make this piece really shine!