I took a two week family visit to see my daughter, Elizabeth, John , John Jr. and Ali. With a bonus of visiting my good friend from Fl, and her family. I took two weeks this time so I could spend grown up time with my co-hort in adventures. AND, this trip was full of many adventures from creating mosiacs on wood, making silk marbalized eggs, taking tons of pictures on a 100 year old farm (for painting), to birthing puppies .......I had fun.
Unfortunately after just two days back home in Fl I had to fly to NY to my Dad who had been hospitalized for internal bleeding. This was so scary for everyone, as they didn't know how or why. Making this long story short. His bad kidneys caused this, and heart attack, Good news is he is fine now.....but after 2 months in NY the decision was made for him to move to Florida permanently. I feel so much better with him here and near the VA hospital. While in NY i received news that my 6 year old Granddaughter had been diagonosed with Leukemia. One shock was bad, but now two. Our family was devistated. The only good news was that this is the leukemia that is the most curable. So far she is doing great. Will need 2 years of chemo, and is the strongest 6 year old ever!
So this is Daddy at his favorite place the beach. And Emma with her painted Rock.
He is now a permanent Fl resident and Emma will be undergoing more treatment.
Look for lots of fun and some give aways on my blogs.... everyone must post a comment to be entered, with at least 6 comments. Keep reading and posting!
This is our finished collaboration. It is 36x36" and is mixed media. I used water color & paper and Deb used acrylic & canvas. We are very prould of our creation and now have to wait to see who's collaboration brings home the prize money. When we dropped off our art we mingled with some other artists and I think the competition is pretty steep! Winning isn't as important as how we played the collaboration game, but don't let anyone fool you there is a big thrill in winning! All the winners will be announced at the Art reception on Sat night
Although I will be traveling to visit my Daughter and her family in North Csrolina, I will be at the reception in spirit and paddle face.
Art by one artist is awesome, but art by two will be spectacular. The show will be wonderful to experience so have an early dinner and go!!!!!!
In the meantime, be creative and enjoy life....bye for now xxxooo Bobbin
This looks nothing like our final creation, but I wanted to show how our idea evolved. Deb and I were going to paint the same subject only with different mediums. We picked a canvas size, and then we cut scrap paper the same size. Then we split the paper into 4 parts. 2 for acrylic and 2 for watercolor, these were my two strips. The idea was for Deb to paint her 2 strips on canvas, and then I would paint my strips on watercolor paper. Sounds good right? Well not so much. My paper wasn't working for me, and the local stores were out........Deb came to the rescue with a good sheet of Arches while I ordered some on line.
Then Jury Duty came into the mix. Ugh, my civic duty.................always at the wrong time....Is there any good time?
So with our time of one 1/2 weeks to complete the project what should we do? Note we live about 40 minutes apart, so we just can drop n on each other.
So our second meeting things strted to take shape, Totally different idea. Now Deb does the acrylic foundation.
We had decided on the colors to use, green, teal, purple and yellow. I eas using watercolor and making interesting textures........to rip up and place on the abstract backround. Lots of laughter went into this part of our collaboration.
The next stage was a little more complicated....we were afraid the colors were not of the correct value, and hue. MORE laughter came now as we thought maybe this wasn't such a good idea.
We both agreed more yellow was needed and the circular halves seemed perfect! Now you can't see Deb and Lilly the dog, who was also involved in deciding our color and designs.
This is almost done, but we ran out of gloss medium....off to the store......laughing all the way....Seems Deb and I have become instant friends, soul creatives and co-Artists.
I am not recording all the trouble we had coming to this beautiful end....the size of the canvas, the tye of paper not sure about the colors....and rushing through my Jury Duty to enter our "Motion by Two" into the show. Seems the Juried Art Service turned the deadline date off 2 days early and we both were on pins and needles waiting to hear from Jonathon, the Gallery and Events Manager letting us submit directly to him (THANK YOU JONATHON !!!"
A week later we were accepted into the show!. We are ecstatic and so excited. Now the only problem is I am going to North Carolina the day of the reception.....not to worry Deb will be there and she will have my picture.....
More pictures to come!
bye for this week and try something creative!
Collaboration is a word that describes working together. In Art it maybe a little more of a challenge. As I was checking on the Art shows in our area, I found one. Center for Creative Education is sponsoring its 3rd annual Collaboration and Mixed Media show. What would that theme mean to you? To me it means I need to partner up with another Artist to work on a Mixed media peice of ART. So I originally had an idea I would ask a few friends/ family/ artists to draw or write about something. Like peace, love, the color blue...just something. then I would take those small peices of art and create one big peice of art. Then I spoke to my Artist friend Deb Schmidt, and we decided to collaborate together. Maybe I'll do the other idea another year.. But this year we both will enter one peice of collaborated mixed medai Art.
Above is the "Call to Artists. I think it will be fun. Deb and I met yesterday and planned our Art Project. (Can't tell to much because I want it to be a suprise when we finish)
We had lots of laughs and actually planned and gave each of us some very specific parts of this collaboration. Being the Watercolor Artist, myself, and Deb the Acrylic Artist, (just so you know we both create all kinds of art with all kinds of media.) but for this project we are sticking to our favorite. The creation must be done before Feb 26, 2017. That gives us a week to complete.
I started my part this morning only to become frustrated with my watercolor paper. I thought I was so smart when I bought a package of paper, when it was on sale. only to be disappointed. It is 140 lb paper, but it wasn't good at holding the water, and even if it was cold press the tooth was too small for my liking. So I will be ordering on Amazon Prime to get my favorite Arches in two days.
In the mix of my life I was picked for jury duty. I have to be at the West Palm Court House at 8:30 am on Tuesday for further selection. It is a very interesting procedure, but sitting and waiting is just torture, for me anyway. Hopefully we will be out each day by 2:30 every day, like the Judge said, if I am chosen for the 11 day trial. Then I will be able to paint in the afternoon and be readyfor our collaboration.
Stay creative this week and check out Deb's Art on her web site: http//debsgallery.com
Usually when I do a wet on wet painting. I continue painting until I am done, BUT these last few weeks seems like I don't have time to do that. Does that happen to you? Not having the time you need to complete one project before going into another? I have decided to just go with the flow of my life and not get crazy...hahaha... No, really just find time in another spot of your life schedule.
Will the painting be better if I do all at once? or if I do in a series of painting sessions? I don't really have an answer for that. I know I have to paint to feel fulfilled and I just have to re-arrange the schedule, Sounds good, riight.? It is good. Life is just that - life, Dr appointments, food shopping,, laundry.....ugh....dog wqlking, cleaning.......so when I painted in the morning, now I may paint in afternoon, or at night. What I used to do was, paint in a flurry to be done while the ideas are fresh in my mind. No longer necessary, the ideas are still in my head, just I may have to spread them out a little more.
About this creation, wet on wet, which means I saturated the paper with clear clean water, and then used really juicy wet pigment and just put into the wet paper. Just randomly showing some design, but mostly a beautiful blend of color. That is picture #1, I did that after a class I was teaching as all the paints were waiting for me. That was the start. That is usually the step where I find shapes, and designs that will point me into the creative process of a tangible subject.
The next step normally would be for me to use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time, but instead I left it to dry naturally. As it was drying I wasn't painting, but doing another household chores ...but I propped it up so I could look at it during my day. I often do that with any picture when I am not sure if I am done. Picture #2. I think I was seeing music of sorts. It may have been the stereo I had playing, but whatever it was that is the direction I continued. Picture #3 is finished....I think....not sure, so this is where I check all those things a good art peice needs to be successful.
1. Is focal point popping?
2. Is it popping enough?
3. Is there anything else for me to do to make it POP more?
4. Is it balanced?
5. Are values correct?
All Art should be 1. 'Harmoniously Integrated."
Thought provoking with formal conditions of BEAUTY
2. Show Skill & Technique
3. Have a Meaning
4.. Have an Art Statement
last, but not least 5. Have a UNIQUENESS
So this is a little later than my normal posting, BUT that's life!!!!!
Bye bye for now....stay creative xxxooo Bobbin
I love Art, could you guess??? But I love all art..........mine, yours, Monet, Manet, and even Salvadore Dali....My favorites vary as well as I am sure yours vary. I do have some favorite paintings, but the list is too long. My most favorite medium is watercolor. As I paint most everyday sometimes I get tired of the same thing and do look for some variations in medium as well as style. Below you can see a few of my different techniques and mediums. Guess which is my fav....If you guess right I will be raffling a small painting to one person who leaves a comment....I could be you, just leave a comment...
So here is the painting I started in the Bahamas. I posted a photo of it on last weeks blog. As you can see it isn't done yet. Sometimes the paintings I start and stop....don't get finished quickly. I really need to do the Plein Aire, when I am the in the fresh air. That is what Plein Aire is ...painting on location in the fresh air. I think this one needs something, but not sure what it is....YET... so this is a to "be continued" painting.
This is the back of an old clip board. I was going to throw it out, but if you know me you understand I like to repurpose or revitalize something old, or crummy. So with a bit of acrylic paint......I did make it pretty again. This is what I call a mixed media project!
Don't tell, but I did about 3 crummy clip boards....
I am not sure what to call this kind of art, any suggestions? Maybe its a schupture, or a 3D art. I just call it getting crazy making a Fairy House. It is made on a slice of pine from North Carolina, and many, many twigs from my Florida home. I don't think you cn see it well enough to notice, but the front door opens, and inside there is a table and even beds! Still have to make a Fairy.
This is one of my many favorite mediums, It is alcohol inks. I happened on these accidentally and after using them I found the colors and the process most interesting. The one important thing is to remember to use in a well ventilated area. Yupo paper, which is a man made like a plastic surface, is the best. With its smooth and NON porous surface the inks react to each other and float on that smooth. I am trying to find larger sizes of Yupo so stay tuned for those paintings.
This is a pretty little flower. I started this as a demonstration to show how to use the white of the paper., to your advantage and NOT use WHITE paint. I sketched the flower very lightly and then put some color into the petals, leaving lots of white paper. I think it worked. Especially when I outlined the edges in my mix of yellow paints.
Next time I will show how to save the white using a masking fluid.
I think I am a week behind in my posting, but family comes first and mine needed me, so as they say "Better late than NEVER".....who are "they" anyway...???? Keep you sense of humor and always be creative. Bye for now. xxxooo Bobbin
The view from my vacation in Grand Bahama's It was stunning. ( I am in the process of painting it.)
Wow, A busy week was had by all. Tuesday Dad flew in from NY. Gary & I are cruising for 4 days to the Bahama's. While we are away, Nick will stay at my house with the three angels. Hope all goes well. I am writing this before I go....so I can have all ready.
One thing I learned while posting is that I can write a post and have it prepared and ready to publish by scheduling a time. This internet, and all its possibilities are endless. I have always had a fear of breaking, loosing information, or just the unknown. Its still very much BIGGER than my mind is, but it is not to be afraid of. That is just one thing I learned by accident. DON"T be afraid. Most of us Baby Boomers have not had the training that our Children and even Grandchildren have, and it becomes a barrier that we sometimes call fear. That is just an excuse to not go forward in our learning. In my field of art I need this computer to help me reach people that are not just my loved ones, who love my art because they love me.
Fear, can be crippling, as it overcomes our goals It comes in many forms, sometimes noticible, sometimes not. I am writing about the fear I experience in my Art worlld. Sometimes I have feqr of the white paper, as I don't know what to paint or how to paint it. Many more times my fear is one of the unknown. How do I market my work? Which show should I enter? Should my website be split into two? One for fine art and one for my fun, whimisical art? The biggest fear is of FAILURE. I think everyone has a fear of failing...... How can I overcome my fear? How can I keep my personal fears and my art fears separated? Do they need to be separated?
First to overcome any FEAR you must acknowledge it. Then you can take steps to work through it. I must admit, I do get the fear of the white paper now and then, Thats when the music and the paint becomes my inspiration. I just don't think of the fear of the paper...I just begin to paint. This works for me, I choose to paint, not stare at the paper. I think I have overcome that fear, as I paint everday!
My other FEAR is the marketing, of my work, the publishing of my books. This FEAR became a crutch. I don't know how to do it. I can't get the computer to send a pdf without help. So how did I overcome this fear? I didn't...... I am managing it. How, by deciding it will not stop me. I have been researching and learning for a while now online and at many webinars. I have noticed I am still challenged by the computer and how I can use it to my art interests. But I will not let it stop me. Can I overcome a mistake, most definately. So can you.....Thats the eraser of the pencil or the delete button on the computer...easy. The hard part is knowing if it is a mistake.
Advice and help from my many art friends and famly has been invaluable, I have my own website. Bobbinsartwork.com, is finally up and running, with the CART giving me some trouble, but I am working on that.
I also have my art on Fine Art America.com, Art Wanted.com, and am thinking of other venues to marketmyself. I of coarse have been on Face Book for years and have connected with lost friends, far away family, and enjoy this as a personal outlet. I do share my artwork on this , but have decided to use Instagram for art only. Twitter? Im not to sure about, but I have the option to post on FB
Maybe another painting....Jackson II.............
Be creative and paint! bye for now!!!
Last week I spoke about goals. Did you review your from 2016? I did! One goal I made was to get Silly Selma's book published. And it didn't happen in the year 2016. Not because I didn't try, but, I believe because I didn't focus enough on all the actions needed to get it published. This is very soul searching information for me to realize and share. As I look back I did accomplish alot, but if I had broken this GIANT goal into smaller goals I may have made more progress.
FIRST 2017 Goal = get agent & get published. Is there anything wrong with this goal? No, but it is waaaayyyyy to general.........and it is the same one I didn't reach last year. When your goal is too general, you set yourself up for failure. No one wants failure, So lets think this out. To get and agent or publisher what do I need to do? Finish book, check! Compose query letters . check! Easy right? Wrong. This is the hard part. I must make a query letter specific to the agent or publisher, and follow all their specific requirements .(and they have lots of them). Which includes Pdf files, gifs. etc.....Stuff......and I did need help with that first one and with help I sent the first one out. I really felt accomplished,but NOT smart, should have sent out multiples, many multiples. In my favor I sent about 30 or so query letters., for the entire year., not nearly enough.. Not many responses, (and most say if you don't hear back in 6 - 8 weeks your answer is no.)
I did learn how to make a photo into a pdf file., and I did have all my illustrations professionally scanned. I sent out between 15 - 20 more queries. I did get some responses, they may have been standard answers, but I was encouraged to actually get any kind words. Bottom line I did not find an agent or a publisher.
So how can I change this goal? How would you change your goal? In review I think I should keep my goals much shorter. The overall goal is still finding and agent and/or publisher. I will break down these goals for more success.
Long Term Goals: Get Silly Selma Published
Short Term Goal: Send 20 queries per month
I can do more of any thing I have listed,. I can add more goals, but I must stick to these goals.
Just a hint...make your goal sheet pretty...and make coies of it. You need to have in your studio, or where you paint. I also have one near my laptop. The more you see these goals, the more apparent and easier to attain.
Good Health and CREATITIVITY to everyone in this New Year of 2017...just do it!
So life sometimes gives us lemons......and if we don't like lemonade, what can we do? Just go with the flow, and by all means don't panic.
I made all these wonderful goals for the New Year and the very first day life interrupted. My great plans of painting daily, spending time on social media when having coffee in the morning.....etc, etc....just flew out the window when I got a call from my daughter in law. Two of her beautiful little girls were down with a horrible stomach flu, and so was she. Grams and I were called in to take her place, and due to the New Year Holiday, we were headed to the Hospital. We had Grandma gear all ready, coloring books, coloering pencils, sunglasses and beads for Dylan, extra this and that and lots of hugs and reassuring words. Palms West Childrens emergency staff was wonderful! Tests, meds and more hugs, Dylan was cleared to go home. Piper was a little bit more dehydrated and had to stay overnight
I never gave the goals or anything else a thought, just went to help. Does that make me a failure of goal keeping? NOT AT ALL. I always have tomorrow to start or I could do some tonight. I had enrolled in a 30 day painting challange, so luckely I had painted this weekend, and used what I had painted. As Leslie Saeta says this challenge is in place for us all to get painting. I could paint 6 paintings in one day and still be okay. NOTHING is written in stone, but FAMILY comes first on all accounts.
This is the one I did this weekend. It is created with alcohol Inks, which I am in love with.
Here is todays painting. Little Flower. For the 30 day painting challange. I used the wax paper again and it turned out just the way I thought in my mind. Yay!!!! Mind and creativeness working together.
A note about my little grand girls, all are well, and eating and drinking and being normal healthy little ones. Mommy is doing better as well, hopefully tomorrow she will be at 100%. This is part of the interuptions of life. I am now back on track with all Monday things done on Tuesday as well as all Tuesdays things. And a new start
These are two of the angels, Piper on the top, and Emma on the left. They were well enough to come and paint with me. Butterflies, flowere and just lots of paint. They were very creative little ones. We are planning another painting date with cousins Gianni and Nico. I have no picture, but just imagine Lilly the dogs excitement....she had blue paint all over her white tail....I guess she wanted to paint too.
I am back on track with goals thi week. Hope you are too. Just remember that paintbrush in your hand is never as important asyour family!
See you next week...xxx ooo
As Christmas was on Sunday I hope it was everything you all wanted it to be! I love when my family can all get together, and this is the time of year it can happen. This year is hard as one of my daughters is still in NC, still, I say because I had hoped she would get homesick and come back to Florida. I guess that isn't going to happen as She and John bought a new home, and all four of them are enjoying everything North Carolina. Next ? airplane tickets to see them. Before any flight takes off I must pack Christmas and re-organize the artwork.
Last year, 2016, I vowed to learn PHOTOSHOP. It did not happen. Was I a failure? Not at all. I thought I was, but I learned alot about that program, and alot more about myself. Yes, in my mind, I am computer challenged.. As I use and seek information the more experienced I become. I make mistakes, and I learn from them and sometimes those mistakes force me to do something else,,,,,,like using my own handwriting in my book Why is Silly Selma Silly? Which I have found that my handwriting is a little more charming and goes well with my illustrations. Am I giving up on Photoshop? NOT at all. Just a skill that will take longer for me to conquer.
With all the fuss and busting of the holidays, I did manage to join a challenge using Instagram. It was run by Cory Huff and the Abundant Artist. He is a marketing expert and in two days my following of 8, only my family became 166. I think that is pretty impressive. So for this upcoming new year, I will be updating, my website, my Facebook page and my Instagram and twitter accounts. I am determined to fulfill some of my important goals.
Speaking of Goals....... What are your goals for 2017? I think to define our 2017 goals we should revisit our goals of 2016. Sometimes our goals get lost, forgotten, or changed. Some actually get completed. But in setting new goals it is necessary to review. I hope you will think about your goals this week. I will be reviewing and then setting new goals for 2017.
Just a hint....I am going to paint everyday.....everyday....yes everyday!!!!!
til next week have a safe and Happy Healthy New Year!!!! xxxooo