Monday, October 20, 2014

Is the Artist alive in you?

 “When the artist is alive in any person,

whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible.”
Robert Henri

I will do a comparison today of self portraits between Henri's and my own. - yeah, I have nerves of steel. lol

Self Portrait, 1903, oil on canvas
Notice the darkness of Henri's work, allowing the light on his face to POP! See the redness of his flesh and his mustache (which appears a notable different than the hair of his head) What an intense yet mystical  fellow he appears to be .

Pam Hartfield, Self Portrait, 1999,
Oil on Canvas
 Now look at the bold light in mine that does not allow for the light in my face to pop...I think I have just taught myself a lesson. Technically the painting works but can you imagine how the blond hair and pink lips would bounce off of the canvas had I used a darker blackgreen background? Green being a direct compliment of red this could have been a showstopper for me. 

How sad it is to see my mistakes.  Yet...exciting that I have kept my mind open enough to learn proving the artist is still alive and kicking in me!

Now I have set my mood for my next work and I do believe Henri will be my muse!! I wonder what he would think about that?
Happy painting y'all...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Handmade Chicken Door/Wall Flag

And the winner is 

Melissa S.!!!!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stepping out of the Box

'I stepped WAY out of my box' and I liked it!

Often we get stuck in our ways...pretty little trees, perfect flower petals, asymmetrical always.  I stood in front of this blank canvas and said no more same ole same ole today. You know what? It was fun. 

We all remember the word fun but do we remember  how to actually  have fun? Remember the things you did as a child? Ring around the rosie, jacks, hop scotch,super mario  (threw that in to keep from giving away my age), the list is endless and if you search back you will remember that feeling. 

Today I challenge you to stand in front of your empty canvas and ring around the rosie until you all fall down then pick yourselves up and paint that feeling. The subject does not matter but the feeling will live forever. 

I found this scrolling through a social network feed. I have no clue about the author but I know I  like the message and I will leave you today with it.  

"Invite fun into your life and it will find it's way into your work." - author P.H. Original's aka Pam Hartfield

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Spooktacluar Giveaway!!!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tweets about Where did my muse go?

Dang Muse.......... Come Back!

Okay, again today I have looked high and low for my muse.  I looked on Facebook, it's not there.  I looked on Twitter, it wasn't there.  I looked in Gmail, it didn't show up in there.  I even looked in my old AOL mail and it wasn't hiding there either.  I think someone stole it. As a matter of fact I am convinced of it.  Did you do it?

I asked Twitter and received some awesome responses.  
I just love these creative minded people.

@pluslily just suggested probably the @
Oh my, I hope the Egyptian cobra didn't get her.  Now, I am really worried. What if I never get her back?

@imaflipsidder said, "I am my own muse (amusement, that is.) ha ha. I find it by looking at the good in people. In the little things. Challenge." Oh and something about that what the imaflipsidder was all about her flip side is her muse. Now she says she's borrowing her for a while but she'll send my muse and her flipside home together! (suspicious @imafipsidder keeps changing her story)

@callmaggie said, Wow finding a Muse is tough. Look at your life & speak of things that make u light up, usually U will light someone up 2 :) (yes, I tried to trip her up too but she doesn't have it)

I just heard from  @DanicaFontaine  responding to that twitter search I did and she said. "I have her hog tied and gagged and locked in a trunk in my basement. You didnt need her today, did you? (LOL)"   I asked @DanicaFontaine to please untie her and send her home.  I told her she was supposed to help me work today but that girl will do anything to get out of work. @DanicaFontaine said she was now loafing around counting zebra stripes and cheetah spots  and busying herself trying to grow platforms and heels. Then she went on a walkabout with a painted butterfly that turned into a black widow,  Now she's all tangled up in something. Imagine that.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Year of 2014, so far...

Yep, I have been away for a while and making money elsewhere, starving artists do that.  I have dabbled on my crafty side in the past year. I went through an apple phase last fall ...

I had a ball creating these.  Kinda... getting back to basics.  

And that led me right into doing this. I am pleased with this piece and am sure Robert Henri would find something to say about it, although I am sure it would be negative but dang it, I like it. I have signed it and since removed it from my easel.

That all I have for today but remember happy trying to paint y'all.