Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Comic Relief

The above painting was with left over paint and some colored pencil lines done very fast~

Here are some characters that are in a comic book style. I spoke about these in an earlier post that I would share these with you. I did these in my journal just to use different colors, loosen up, work in another style and in one case use spontaneous painting! ( without too much thinking.)
When I have been working on art that is more detailed and thoughtful I need to escape with some comic relief so to speak or at least the freedom to experiment in a more free form. I did these all in the same day and didn't really spend a huge amount of time on them. I hope you find the time to play with color, loosen up in your art journals and look at art forms you might not normally view to find your inspiration!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Colors That Warm My Soul

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. ~ Joseph Addison

I perhaps owe becoming a painter to flowers.~ Claude Monet

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

I am finishing a painting with flowers in it but did them from my memory. It was so in the moment. Next time I will use a photograph or picked flower to look at. It was such a cold day outside today it warmed my soul to remember this day and to look at the vibrant colors of days past. This might just be my next color inspiration. I will be posting the artwork in the next few days.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Contemplation~ When I did this journal page I was thinking simplicity. I have been using a lot of layers and wanted to just make something not as complex. I think she looks like I am feeling right now, wondering, contemplating how things will turn out. Whether to leave her page as is or layer my written word and a floral paper down to change it completely. I decided to wait. I set her aside for the moment. You'll be surprised when you see what I created next. I was inspired by reading about the sale of some comic book art. I remember when I was a kid living in the city and my brother and I would walk into the comic book store and read them for hours. Always amazed by the art in them. I am not saying I did comic book worthy art, not at all but I allowed myself the freedom to explore with color and in a style I don't normally do. I will post more on that after I take the pictures and upload them. I am just exploring my art trying to find my own voice and embrace my own style~ That is what I am wishing for ~ Until next time, I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by my art world.
What do you wish to embrace? Here is a link to help you find out @ Jamie Ridler Studios

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Faerie Autumn

Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature. ~Lynn Holland

A rustle in the wind reminds us a fairy is near. ~Author Unknown

Faerie Autumn ~ I learned several things when doing this journal page. Sometimes having a little more patience will take you a long way. When you start something in the early evening maybe you shouldn't expect to finish it. Be able to find that stopping point and wait until later. It is just fine that I made mistakes and it didn't turn out quite as I had planned. I actually used the blow dryer to speed up drying but was putting on so many layers and the house was cold so they weren't completely drying. Hence I tore a layer of paint..oops....I was able to cover it up somewhat I don't think you can really tell. Another disappointment was I misspelled faire/faerie. I know it is just my journal but I was really hoping to be able to photograph her for a card of some sort. Maybe I will continue with my plans but I won't work on this page any longer. Sometimes you just have a love / hate relationship with your work but at least I learned a few lessons on the way~
When the student is ready, the master appears. ~Buddhist Proverb

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gypsy Life

Back to painting after a week of being out of town! Sometimes it is good just to drop things and help family when needed and that I did. I wanted to share the progress of a mixed media piece I am working on. I call it Gypsy Life. I wasn't quite sure of what I was going to put on this until I started looking through some old dictionary and misc. storage for artwork. I found the page gypsy and tore it out with the definition and put it to either side of her head. I used pencil, colored pencil, paint misc. papers, stamps and fabrics. I decided to walk away from it for the night and look at the painting tomorrow with fresh eyes. At that point to see which direction or finishing touches I will have for it. I have painted every day since I got back! I missed it. I have a journal page to show you in my next post. So hope to see you soon! ~ Theresa

Monday, November 2, 2009

Full Frost Moon Dream Board


What do you want to bring to life in this final part of the year? Is it time to breathe some fresh energy into your 2009 goals and intentions? Is it time for completion and clearing? Are you already starting to cast forward into 2010? What will you dream of under the Full Frost Moon?

These are some of the questions that Jamie Ridler asked at Jamie Ridler Studios. I made a full frost moon dream board at Polyvore to renew some fresh energy into my 2009 goal and intentions. I put a journal in my picture to represent my journal and list of things to accomplish.~ I don't want to just have the list in a journal. I want to complete the intentions on my list. I want to be able to stay focused, be original, creative and sell my creations. Soon I will be opening an Etsy shop. I have had this on my list but now is the time to finalize the intention! I also need to focus on being happy and healthy and not letting the past drag me down. ~ I have to draw on my faith and be secure that I am following the right path and my dreams will be a reality that fall into place. I want to be ready for a new year full of beginnings and happiness. There are lots of firsts coming in 2010~ I will share those with you later! Thanks for stopping by~ Theresa

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dia De La Muerte

Together Forever~
Love is journey not a destination~
Devotion ~ Cherish~
Together Forever In Memories~

El Dia de los Muertos
The Mexican holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day which occurs on November 1st and
November 2nd All Souls Day.

These two paintings were done in acrylic paints, mixed media and then covered in wax. It was hard to get a photograph to really capture the image as you see them in person. If you want to know more about the holiday visit wikpedia they have the entire history and articles that will make you have a greater understanding of these two days that are celebrated in many parts of the world. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of Dia De La Muerte.