Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What I learned from Dogs

I'm a dog walker pet-sitter. I love all the dogs I walk each one has their own special character. Here is a few things I've learned from them over the years

People watching is more fun when you are with a dog that loves people watching too. Let’s face it people get creep out if you are staring at them. But with a dog doing the people watching suddenly it’s cute, you even get few hello’s and kisses thrown your way 

Being stubborn and standing your ground eventually you’ll get your way, especially if you’re low to the ground.  If you don’t get your way it fun to watch someone trying to get you to move. 

Show major confidence when walking down the street. You automatically get respect and people don’t mess with you. Oh yeah and having a Rottweiler by your side helps too

 Say hello and be happy to see everyone that comes across your path. You well develop a fan club, you even might get treats, kisses, treats, hellos back, treats, smiles oh and did I say treats

Enjoy everything, smelling the air, rolling in the grass and getting scratched behind the ear. Just feel good and enjoy the simply things in life. Be happy and greet everyone that comes through the door. You feel good and they feel good.

Enjoy daily walks and when you meet a friend along the way it make the day and walk even better

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Friday, October 18, 2013

My First Commissioned Piece

My Aunt saw this piece I made earlier this year and fell in love with it.

She wanted me to make a large piece copy of it. This piece was originally done on 8.5x5. Now I had create it on an 18x24 canvas. Yikes!!! That was a lot of canvas...a lot of canvas. Can I say that again a lot of canvas. Most of my pieces up to that point were small in comparison. The largest one was 11x14. This was just about double in size. Okay I have to say it one more time that was a lot of canvas. It took me about 2 months before I finally sat down to do it.

I held my breath as I gave it to her and she loved it. What a relief. Am I still scared of those big canvases... you bet. But I'm doing another one and I'll post it when it's done.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Steampunk art

Steampunk has always fascinated me. When a art class turned up incorporated these elements into art I had to jump on it. I learned a lot in this class. Not only in how to add the elements of gears in art to create the look of Steampunk but so many details as well.
The first piece we created was this squirrel

It was a great piece to get our feet wet with adding gears into a piece but also in shading. The goggles on the squirrel is a rubber gasket used in plumbing that I painted on giving the look the depth. The second piece we worked on was this Butterfly

Making the body out of nuts, bolts and jewelry pieces was my favorite part. E600 is now my most favorite glue. Our next piece was this Owl

This piece is why I took the class. The teacher rendition of the owl was so beautiful. When it came time to actually make it I didn't think I would be able to create the eyes. I still can't believe it sometimes when I look at it. Our next piece was the beetle

I took a different approach to this piece. The instruction were more for a beetle with painted gears. I went for a mechanical beetle under construction. Out last piece was this girl

This was the hardest piece for me. I really don't draw faces well to begin with and with paint even worst. I can't tell you how many times I had to repaint her nose. I learned so much with the piece, where to put shadows and highlights and actually painting a face.

 My favorite piece that would be hard to pick between the girl, Owl and butterfly. Each of these pieces taught me something. The play of shadow and highlighting to give depth and dimension to what is being painted. I can leave out the beetle where I went in a different direction from the class.

The teacher is creating a second Steampunk class. Can't wait to see what she has in store for that one.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

My First Original

If you been following my blog you know I take tons of art classes on line. Yep I'm signed up for more than I can really keep up with. But they all looks soooo good {insert the little girl in me whining and a really big grin} Most of the art work I create is following the teachers instructions. One of the classes I signed up for last year, is not really art instruction but more along the lines of self development and then taking the lesson learned and creating a piece of art to represent the concept.

To say I was bit intimidated would be a major understatement. I was stuck, stuck, stuck. Create a piece from my head own head.... ick And then seeing all the beautiful pieces the other ladies were posting... double ick.

Last week I decided I better get a move on, stretch my wings and just go for it. Here is what I created for Paradigm shift and the changes it has on your life when you have one.

The concept for the piece was easy enough. When I have had shifts in my thinking I always feels that my heart gets bigger and my capacity to love gets bigger as well. I know I wanted to use a heart to express my idea. The first two segments were easy enough to conceptulize but the last one was a bit harder. Until I thought of wings then it all came together. Now to post on the class site or not to post.... to post.
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