Abstract Watercolor Kitty

Abstract Watercolor Kitty by pixygiggles
Abstract Watercolor Kitty, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

This is a fairly small piece, 6″ X 4.25″ that I worked on last night. It was a “just paint something” type of a thing. I was playing around with color and ended up with this. Noticing the similarity of the shape that reminded me of a profile of a cat, I went back in with black ink after it dried. I kind of like it. I may explore this a little more today. What do you think? 🙂

Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird by pixygiggles
Free as a Bird, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

I thought I would share the piece of art that I’ve been working on the past couple of days for the Coursera’s class, Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques with teacher Anna Divinsky. I thought that this class was just the refresher course I needed to get me back in the habit of creating art on a more regular basis and to once and for all determine what direction I want to take my art. Our assignment this week was to do an introductory piece and create an Artist Statement addressing the following:

1. Explain your process (medium and technique). How was it made? Which art materials and approached did you use and why?
2. Describe the idea behind your artwork. What story or message does it get across? What does it mean to you?
3. Why did you create it? What are your reasons for creating that specific art piece? What do you want your audience to feel and think while observing it?

My Artist Statement for this piece titled: Free as a Bird

1. Mixed media – Papermate gel pens, watercolor, collage on Strathmore Drawing paper (80lb). I first created a pencil sketch of myself from a photo, drawing the tree behind me from memory. I also sketched the bird from a random photo that I found online. Next, I drew over the sketch with a black gel pen and allowed it to dry overnight. This afternoon I completed the watercolor washes and cut out the two pieces, the tree and me, and the bird. I honestly, didn’t care for the original background I had created; so I thought creating a collage from the pieces was an acceptable solution. After painting a new watercolor background image and allowing it to dry, I pasted the pieces together using rubber cement. Finally, I drew the tree branches and music note ‘leaves’ with gel pens.

2. The idea behind this piece was my love for nature and music, the two things in life besides art that bring me the greatest amount peace and contentment. I chose to use music notes as the leaves on the tree as a subtle reflection of how the natural world has its own form of music, if you listen closely, and my own appreciation for all types of music. The bird represents the freedom I feel from creating art, music, and relaxing in nature.

3. I created this image because I wanted to get across the message that taking a brief pause out of our busy schedules to enjoy the things we love is what freedom is all about. Peace comes when we slow down and appreciate life and feel gratitude for those things in our lives that we love and that calm us.

One more for Peace

Playing with design and pattern while practicing with watercolors and gel pens. I meant to have this finished for yesterday’s daily post, but I got sidetracked before finishing it this morning. I kind of like the result. I’m thinking about trying some holiday card designs just for fun. Who knows, maybe I’ll come up with something worth marketing? I’m curious, what kinds of cards would you guys be interested in seeing?

Day 234 Watercolor Rose

Day 234 Watercolor Rose by pixygiggles
Day 234 Watercolor Rose, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

My creativity feels like it has hit a brick wall. Lately, my daily photos have been much less than impressive to me, and my attempt at a watercolor tonight left me equally unimpressed. If there is anything this 366 photography project is teaching me, it is that creativity cannot be commanded. It must be inspired. I guess I’m not feeling very inspired lately.

This makes me curious. What tips, tricks, and techniques do you guys use to keep the creative juices flowing?

Day 98 Watercolor Sketch

Day 98 Watercolor Sketch by pixygiggles
Day 98 Watercolor Sketch, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I am very inexperienced at using watercolors. I intend to change this by doing a lot of these quick sketches to help me develop a technique of my own. This is the first one I’ve tried, so I wanted to post it in my daily photos as a reminder to myself and to follow my progress. My sketch doesn’t do the original photo justice.

**NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED** I claim no ownership of the photograph that I sketched from. It took me a little research to find the original author of the photo I stumbled upon the other night; but this striking image of a Harris Hawk is apparently by Alan Woodgate: www.flickr.com/photos/16248967@N08/6413357933/in/pool-706…. Amazing nature photography! Check him out.

Madison’s Bumblebee

Today, I had the honor of spending most of the day with my neighbor’s 5 year old granddaughter, Madison. She was excited to learn that I had a set of these watercolors.

If there’s anything I learned from being a pre-school teacher, it’s that children love making art. We spent the entire afternoon painting pictures while listening to the radio. I had a blast and I hope she did, too. Sometimes, going back to a medium used in childhood can be a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing; so that would be my art tip of the day.

Thank you, Madison, for your contribution to my blog!

Madison’s Bumblebee

My Bumblebee