Sunday, May 29, 2016

THE CUPCAKE GIRLS


I call these the "cupcake girls" but I really should call them the "paper napkin girls" because that is what they are made from…decorative paper napkins!

I first painted the background with acrylic paint and next painted the faces and hair.  Except for a few doodles in the background, everything else is patterned by using napkins.  Easy peasy!

The technique for the faces are borrowed from Danielle Donaldson's book " Creative Girl."



The technique for the faces below are borrowed from Karen O'Brien in her book "Imaginary Characters."


I am soooo thankful for the generosity of artists like Karen and Danielle who share their techniques with others…they are an inspiration to us all!

Until next time…

Hugs, Ginny

WHATEVER YOU ARE..BE A GOOD ONE.


"Whatever you are…be a good one."


Sorry….I have been "MIA" for a while and I have lots to share with you all.  

First, I have been finishing up my "Teesha style collage journal."  Which is taking FOREVER!  I think that I have been struggling with it because my interests have changed.  I have been exploring different medias such as watercolor and acrylic abstract.  Never, ever would I have dreamed that I would be interested in abstract painting…well, I am here to tell you that I have a 36" square canvas hanging over my fireplace just waiting for me to add more layers of paint and to call it finished.

I sometimes wish that I was an artist that concentrated on one media and style but I want to do it all!!!  Watercolor, acrylic paints, inks, crayons, pencil, abstract, collage, whimsical, portraits…all of it!  

Second, I have been busy taking Danielle Donaldson's "All Creatures Lovely And Small" on-line watercolor class and fell in love with watercolor again!  I have her book "Creative Girl, Mixed Media Techniques For An Artful Life" but Wow...her video's are so jam packed with techniques and tips that I somehow didn't pick up from the book.  Don't get me wrong….the book is fantastic and I would recommend anyone interested in painting like Danielle to add it to their library but also think about taking one of her classes because seeing how she actually paints her girls and little animals will get you painting in no time!  More about this fantastic teacher and her class in a future post.

Now…on to "Swamp Girl."  lol.  Those of you who have ever ordered anything from Teesha Moore will recognize the donut packing tape (or something similar) at the top of the page…I save everything for future use!  Also, there are a few pieces of her collage papers here and there.  And…of course, swamp girl needed a few "worm" doodles dripping down the page to make it complete. 

Finished collage

This is the collage prior to the pen work.  I hope you can see that it really didn't take a whole lot of pen work to change it up.

collage prior to pen work
Until next time…..

Hugs,
Ginny

Sunday, December 27, 2015

KITCHEN REMODEL

Ok...I said that I would post pictures of my kitchen remodel so here goes…

This is my kitchen before the remodel.  It had pickled oak cabinets, tropical brown granite countertops,  dated wallpaper, a soffit and built-in bench seat.  It really wasn't too bad but when I started to think about all the things that didn't work…I decided that it needed a total gut job!  Things such as...you could never find anything in the pantry, a drawer opened into the stove handle (why do builders do that?), and the corner cabinet was completely useless as it did not have a turn table and the door was only 12" wide.  I could no longer fit my aging body in there to extract things located towards the back.



So this was the plan…get rid of the soffit, bench seat and pantry.  Put in new 42" cabinets that reach to the ceiling in a darker, richer color with a lighter countertop and wood floor.  Add new stainless steel appliances, extend the countertop and add lots of lighting for ambiance and doing tasks.

Now that it is done, I live in my kitchen!  It is soooo functional.  The new appliances are awesome and the big peninsula is perfect for working on large art projects.  I gained a lot of space by getting rid of the pantry, moving the stove a foot, extending the counters and cabinets into the breakfast room and utilizing a counter depth refrigerator.  Although, I lost the pantry…I don't miss it one bit as the huge drawers make it much easier to see everything stored.  Hopefully this will cut down on wasted food that was always getting lost or hidden in the old pantry.

All the finishes came together perfectly.  I found the perfect fabric from Joann's for the valance over the sink, the stone and glass tile backsplash mirrors the lines of the shutters and match the granite and the teal accent wall with the chalkboard doors add a bit of contrast and whimsey.

Are you ready to see the final result?  Here it is…ta-dah!




Well…I hope that you enjoyed the tour and until next time….

Hugs,
Ginny

Sunday, December 6, 2015

BEAUTY IS NOT IN THE FACE...


"Beauty is not in the face…beauty is light in the heart."

Every now and then I get super inspired and race to finish the collage….
forgetting to take photos of the collage before the pen work.  
Yup!  That's what happened to this one!  
No before photo.  Sorry!



Enjoy….and until next time…

Hugs,
Ginny

FORGET NOT THAT THE EARTH DELIGHTS...


"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet 
and the winds long to play with your hair."

Wow!  It's been a while since I posted.  I have been going through a kitchen renovation, including new floors in my great room…a complete gut job!  I have to tell you…I think that it has been the most stressful thing that I have ever gone through in my whole life!  Why?  I think that it is because as an artist I see every little thing that is out of kilter.  The electrical outlets didn't line up, the appliances were not installed correctly, the cabinets according to the granite installers were not level and therefore, the granite countertops did not square up with the cabinet and so on and so on.  I even made the granite installers come back and lower one end of the countertop to be parallel with the cabinet drawers.  They may have made them level but they did not take into consideration how all the combined elements can trick the eye and make things appear as they are not.  It actually looked like the granite curved up at the end.  I know that I am a perfectionist and that I have a tendency to expect the same from others but…Hey!…who has to live with this and see it every day?  ME!  

All that said and done,  I owe a lot to my kitchen contractor…he and his staff came to my rescue on more than one occasion.  I think that he tried to warn me in the beginning when he said "have patience" and I tried to warn him when I told him that I will drive him crazy because I am a detail person.  lol!

I will post before and after pictures once I have the backsplash installed.  It really is stunning!

I wish that I could say that making art de-stressed me but to be honest, I couldn't concentrate on my art when so much was happening with my house.  I didn't so much as pick up a pencil and doodle but here is a collage that I completed before the reno started: 

Finished collage

Collage prior to mark making
Until next time….

Hugs.
Ginny

Saturday, October 10, 2015

LOOK NOT TOO FAR AFIELD….


"Look not too far afield…the answers lie within"

Now, I couldn't just leave the baseball cards in their original context…could I???  I have a rule that I have to touch the pen to every piece of collage and change it in some way.  It may be to add dots or shading or to change it entirely.  I thought that the little martian heads were a nice touch.  What do you think?

Finished collage

Collage prior to mark making
Until next time…

Hugs,
Ginny


IF YOU REALLY WANT TO FLY….


"If you really want to fly, you need to 
let go of the things that weigh you down."

This collage started with images borrowed from two of my original paintings; the girls face and a shirt borrowed from "Frida"….a page from my journal of famous woman.  I hoped to challenge myself by using materials from sources other than magazines and collage sheets by others….and did I say that I wanted to challenge myself?  This was definitely a challenge!  I was not inspired in any way by the grouping of collage pieces but as I added paint and Prismacolor pencil, it began to reveal its character.

This collage taught me that you can change the color of practically anything to enhance its presence and to balance the composition.

finished collage

Collage prior to mark making.
I hope that this inspires you to try using some of your art work in your collage pieces.

Until next time…

Hugs,
Ginny