Saturday, August 29, 2015

Smile Project Update #2


I would love for YOU, yes YOU,
to join me in this collaborative piece of art.

This is an update to the absolutely beautiful smiles that are presently part of my Smile Project.  
They make me smile when I look at them!
What are you waiting for?  Come join in the fun!



One morning last year, as I woke up, this idea was in my head.  It's been residing in my heart waiting to come to fruition.  Lately,  I've been feeling little nudges urging me to get it out of my heart and out into the world.   My intention is to create a piece of art expressing the value of a smile and the title is tentatively going to be "When You Smile the World Smiles with You".  (this title is subject to change during the creative process)

This is where you come in:  
IF you believe in the value of a smile and want to participate all you have to do is email me a hi-res photo of you smiling to - in the subject line please type smiling face.  Once I receive your photo I will draw your smiling face and I will let you know when I will be posting it.
In most instances, your photo on your facebook profile will do.   When I have gathered enough smiling faces I will be creating a very large unique and fun piece of art.

Friday, August 21, 2015

She Has a Goddess Within

I happen to believe that we all know that we have a Goddess within, we just have to let her be seen. 

My intention was for her to resemble a regular woman yet when one takes the time to look closer what is revealed is the multiple layers that together creates a Goddess within.  

I took a liking to the Urban dictionary definition of a Goddess:

woman who is so beautiful, brilliant, and wholesome that she is simply not like any other women on Earth and therefore possesses some sort of uncommon spiritual element that while it cannot be solidly defined it is clearly present. 

I've been asked by several people what I used to create her.  Please bear with me as I try to recall the many layers.  I did not document the steps as I did them. (this is a lesson I have now learned)
She is on an 14" x14" loose canvas.  I began by priming the entire canvas with gesso.  After it dried I applied a thin layer of joint compound (one of my favs) followed by a thin layer of matte medium to seal the joint compound then painted with acrylic paints.  Then I drew the face using charcoal  followed by painting her with acrylic paint.  After all of these layers were totally dried I did another layer combination of joint compound, matte medium, and acrylic paints excluding the areas where she was.  Accents colors added - shadowing was done - for her headdress I used a doillie stencil and modeling paste - on the other side of her face I used pan pastel and a stencil  and other mark making then sprayed with fixative - the random black dots are India ink - oil paint touches to her clothing - another thin layer of joint compound scattered around for the top layer of texture

There... I tried to describe how she was created.  If I missed something I apologize in advance.  Now I'm off to figure out how to mount her.  I have several ideas that I am mulling over.

If she speaks to you and want to bring her home just let me know.

Monday, August 3, 2015

latest news

I wanted to share my latest  news with you.
    *  I am now accepting orders for custom charcoal paintings.  Perfect "one of a kind" gift.
    *  One piece of my art "Sentimental" is hanging in the Naperville Fine Art Gallery for the
            month of August
     *  Four pieces of my art and multiple journals are at Nido Bianco Gallery in Three Oaks 
     *  I was just accepted into the:  Art on the Praire Art Fair 2015
                                        Warrenville, IL  City Hall Complex
                                             Saturday Sept. 12 (10am-6pm) & Sunday Sept. 13 (10am-4pm)
                                             be sure to stop by!

     *  I will be teaching Create Art with Abandon AND Custom Copic Stitch Bookbinding at
           Naperville Art League in September and October.  Check out the dates and join in the fun.

By the way...  I am currently working on portrait #16 for my Smile Project.  I am still looking for more smiles to share.  Here's the link if you want to learn more so you can join in the fun..

Thanks for your continued support.
I couldn't do this without you!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...