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Art Journal Sketchbook time means no excuses

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 | 2 comments

I’m happy to have had yet another successful auction at Soul Sisters United Art Collective last week! I have been busy packaging my original work to send to new homes and using small spaces of time to put my art journal sketchbook to good use.

watercolour and acrylic painting

Packaging original watercolour and acrylic paintings

I’ve been enjoying getting back to having some fun art play in my art journal sketchbooks. I am working on filling a page everyday. Truth be told I am not succeeding on the ‘every day’ aspect but I am creating more often. When I find I am not in the head-space to make ‘sell-worthy’ art I delve into my Stillman & Birn sketchbook instead. It feels good to just play and see what happens without wondering if something will be good enough to sell when complete.

watercolour pencil portrait art journal

Having fun in my art journal with watercolour splashes and pencil portrait

I often break out my art journal sketchbook during out evening family reading. We all love to read together and for the duration of the Wings of Fire series which my boys absolutely love and have read more than once, my husband is the official reader. There are many characters involved in this series and he is best at creating fun voices (and remembering them all!) for each character. The boys love it and it gives me time to listen to the story and create at the same time. Idle hands, not good.

This is a great time to practice drawing faces. I feel I haven’t quite found my style to a T. I’m still working on eyes and mouths and noses. The face, really. I love drawing the long nose line, the long necks and limbs with tiny fingers and toes, but the facial expressions and details are still a work in progress for me. Right now I am really enjoying just playing around with somewhat realistic faces and seeing where it takes me.

The theme for auction next month is Monochromatic. I have a few ideas for watercolour and acrylic pieces. One of them may be something simple like this. I have to remind myself that simple is good. I scroll through Pinterest and find so many wonderfully simple yet beautiful works of art. It is so very inspiring! I have them all squeezed together in one group on my Pinterest account and think I need to do a bit of breaking it down into more cohesive subject matter. But alas, to scroll through so many varied pieces and see how others create brings me joy.

watercolour portrait monochrome

A purple monochrome portait in my art journal

Between creating art to sell and packaging pieces to be sent off to new homes (it’s hard to let them go but it’s good too, you know?) I am enjoying the sketching process. There are no excuses for not creating. A sketchbook is the perfect tool to use for those wee bits of storytelling time when I just want to listen but feel the need to ‘art’.

watercolour original

Preparing more original watercolour art to mail

Do you  have an art journal sketchbook? I have too many to be truthful! But the only way to fill them up is to use them, right? I will be sharing more sketchbook work here to keep me in line. Ha!

Happy creating!

Moongirl xx

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Today’s Auction Pieces: watercolour and acrylic paintings

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 | 2 comments

Oh my I have been so busy painting that I haven’t blogged in a bit!

Today is auction day! I have been painting like crazy in my ‘spare’ time and have completed four pieces! I am so thrilled. Geez, I even dream about painting now! I know I usually post pictures of my process too but that would make this post far too long today! (Sorry!)

Auction begins in about 10 minutes (!) and lasts until 6PM EST tomorrow (except for the mini auction which ends at 4PM tomorrow) at Soul Sisters United Art Collective on Facebook. How exciting!!

Below are my four pieces available for purchase. It will be difficult, as always, to see them go, but I know they will be going to loving home – and I don’t have the room – ha!

 

Nyx and Hemera

Watercolour and pencil on 8″x10″ cold press paper

Lunamoth Girl

Watercolour and pencil on 8″x10″ cold press paper

Maiden, Mother, Crone

Acrylic on 12″x12″ stretched canvas

Moonchild

Watercolour and pencil on 5″x7″ cold press paper

Come on over to the auction site to comment your likes, loves, or even to bid! We are a group of ten artists and every auction we invite a guest artist too! There are so many beautiful pieces that I am always inspired! Hope to see you there! xx

Happy creating!

Moongirl xx

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My new art space makes room for more creating!

Posted by on May 13, 2017 | 2 comments

How exciting, right?! I am very happy to now have an entire surface upon which to create. For years this has been my art table which is the same one I used in art school years ago!

The art table I have been using for years filled with supplies and little room to create.Somehow, I managed to paint using this small bit of space on my art table. Table is in the corner of our dining room. We live in a 100 year old house with limited space. Add homeschooling into the mix and all of the books and miscellany that goes along and there is even less free space. All my sketchbooks are on the back right of the table and many of my supplies on the left, in the cart or under the table. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to create!

Here is how this change came about:

My youngest son’s keyboard died so we replaced it with a full-size one. The only place it would fit was where my art table stood. My art table wouldn’t fit anywhere else and I wanted to get rid of my computer cabinet too. It felt closed-in and too dark.

We emptied out my computer cabinet that sat to the right of my art table (the other side of the window you see above) and gave it to a friend. We now share a computer space in the office upstairs. Yes, we moved in together!

Here is a picture of what my computer work space used to look like in the dining room. What a crazy, suffocating space! Now all my computer work is done upstairs in the office and I get more work done with less distractions, like making a tea, folding laundry, snacking…watching the backyard birds at the feeder…My old computer area.My new art space is where my computer cabinet was and I love it! I now have an entire surface upon which to work! I asked some friends who all have the same art table how they like it and they gave it great reviews so I picked one up for myself. Thank you, Michaels.

I can easily angle the surface if need be and a ton of supplies won’t crash upon the floor! My sketchbooks are stored below a bench that sits at the window and the rest of my supplies are in drawers below the table or in the cart. My new art table from Michaels. The last thing I did was string a fancy line on the wall as a holding space for inspiration. I now hang my works-in-progress here to see what is needed next and when they are complete.

This piece shown was in the latest Soul Sisters United Collective Auction  on Facebook and will be making its way to a wonderful home filling up with original art!
I like using a clothesline style display to hang my art work on after it is finished.I am very grateful to be able to send my original pieces to their new homes. The kid in me who always drew is very happy!

Now I have more space to create and our dining room looks bigger! I love purging and now I have friends with ‘new-to-them’ furniture ! All my energy centres feel lighter. Plus, we cleared out a bookcase in our bedroom to become my meditation and yoga space. Happy chakras!

And happy creating again! Yay!

Moongirl xx

 

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A little sketch inspiration from Liz Steel

Posted by on May 12, 2017 | 2 comments

Wednesday:

I received an email notice about a new Liz Steel You Tube video. In this video Liz takes you through her one-hundredth completed sketchbook. Yes! 100! Now that is sketch inspiration!

I was so inspired by Liz sketching every day that I ended up watching more of her videos and reading a number of her blog posts.

We were all together on the couch that evening with my husband reading another volume of the Wings of Fire series out loud. Rather than just sit and listen I decided to use this time to sketch. Since part of the story takes place in a rain forest I created this sketch with markers and copics.Sketchbook girl

Yesterday morning sketch:

The inspiration continues. I broke out my Stillman and Birn Zeta book that I bough last year but hadn’t used yet. I have heard good things about this line of books and the Zeta series has hot-press pages. This was a great way to break it in!

I grabbed a few supplies. I didn’t want to use my good watercolours as I planned on making a quick and loose sketch inspired by Liz.breakfast sketch setup This was the impetus I needed to break out my fountain pen, clean it out, and fill it with waterproof ink. I enjoyed using it to put the finishing touches on my first daily sketch!Vuarnet Fountain Pen I stamped today’s date in the top right corner and added a blurb with my fountain pen. My handwriting isn’t as nice a Liz’ architectural style! But I am not used to writing with this pen as I haven’t used it in so very long. It was a birthday present from my sister years ago when I was in art school. So I am happy to be using it once again.

The mug is a little on the flat side but that is okay. I wanted to see if I could paint my breakfast without being too fussy about the end result. It will improve as I continue. This took me about 20 minutes. Breakfast Sketch
Here is hoping this is the beginning of a daily sketch! Thank you for the inspiration, Liz! I may even get out to paint some architecture or more landscape as I began last summer.

Happy daily creating!

Moongirl xx

 

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Queen of Hearts Commission Painting

Posted by on May 7, 2017 | 6 comments

I am excited to share this, my last commission, with you! It’s not that I don’t love commissions, it’s just that Life is getting busier and I can no longer accept commissions. I have been very grateful to those who have asked me to create something special for them and this Queen of Hearts was no exception.

I had previously created a painting, titled Alice, for this same client. As you can most probably guess, this was my depiction of Alice in Wonderland, one of my all-time favourite stories. Once Alice had been safely delivered a request had come for a Queen of Hearts painting. How wonderful!!

Here are some images of my progress. This piece is acrylic on a 12″x12″ canvas.

I just love making these crazy eyelashes and wild hair!  It took me some time to figure out how I was going to add the flamingos and card soldiers.It made sense for me to keep painting the Queen while I figured out other details. I knew how big I wanted her and where on the canvas to place her so the rest was all detail.Adding more layers of paint to the Queen of Hearts because we all know that she must be the centre of attention!And look at her!! I just love the way she turned out, particularly her face. I used two of my favourite supplies, the black Stabilo All Pencil and the white Posca Pen for the Queen and these really added to her personality. It is rare for me not to incorporate these supplies into my acrylic paintings. My Queen wouldn’t have been the same without them (and I’d like to keep my head so I took no chances!!! 😉 ).I am so pleased with my Queen! I hope you like her too!I enjoyed adding the flamingos and their expressions. All the little details with the pencil, Stabilo and Posca Pen made all the difference. It’s all about the details!! 😉

Here at the two paintings together: Alice and the Queen of Hearts. Alice has been in Australia for over a year so I used photographs as a reference when planning how to make the two look like a set. I think I did a pretty good job creating the Queen to match with Alice. 

Colour me happy to have the Queen of Hearts as my last commission! I just love looking at her!

Happy creating!

Moongirl

 

 

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May Auction begins today! | Flowers Theme

Posted by on May 2, 2017 | 2 comments

Hello! Oh it’s been a busy time around here! I will get into that in another post but first, before I run off to a Dungeons & Dragons game with my boys I must make this quick post.

I have been painting like crazy these last few days to make ready for the Soul Sisters May art auction. I managed to finished two paintings and am happy to share them with you. 🙂

Three Sisters, 8″x10″ watercolour and graphite illustration

I just love adding all the little details!

Wallflower, 8″x10″ watercolour and graphite illustration

I always have such a great time putting the finishing touches on hair and those little fingers and toes!

The auction begins today at 12EST. I hope you can visit us! There are so many wonderful paintings looking for new homes!

Join us and comment, like, love or even buy!

Thank you!!

Happy creating!!

Moongirl xxx

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The Spiritual Runes | A book review

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 | 2 comments

I love books!! There are just not enough shelves for all of our books! We end up with piles on tables or the floor. On occasion I get a chance to eek out some time between making art and homeschooling to read one of the books from Moon Books and write a review!

I’ve always wanted to buy myself a set of runes and learn how to read them so I was happy when The Spiritual Runes: A Guide to the Ancestral Wisdom was available for a review.

In Harmonia Saille’s book there is, of course, a section on making your own runes and reading them. Harmonia does not jump right into this, instead pointing out the importance of familiarizing ourselves with the runes first.

For once we know how they came to be, their history and traditions, we can start to form a bond with them just as we do when we become familiar with a trusted friend.

She equates the study of runes to that of a tree. We first travel up the roots to the trunk and then to the boughs and the knowledge we learn along this journey brings us to our own intimate relationship with our own runes. In studying the runes she also suggests to have more than one book on runes and to look for ones that cover the complexity of them, not just how to read them. Just like anything else, the more we understand the in’s and out’s of a situation or person, the more deeply we can relate.

Harmonia covers the different types of runes or rune rows and their history and mythology. I love both history and mythology so this chapter was an interesting read for me. She includes a story of how Odin found runes while hanging upside-down in a self-sacrificing ritual, the Icelandic Rune Poem, a creation myth and more.

In Chapter 3, she gives examples of ways to connect with your runes and includes a visualization exercise including music, candles and your runes. On the next chapter on meanings she makes it clear that rune meanings can vary from writer to writer. Along with an image of each specific rune she gives you a meaning in a reading, keywords associated with it, counsel, and accompanying colours she has assigned to each.

From here Harmonia goes into two more visualization exercises building on the first one in Chapter 3. From here she goes into making, cleansing and empowering your runes, casting and reading, using the runes for magic, and making a rune wand and a talisman.

The book also comes with an appendix just in case you need to familiarize yourself with one of the Norse Gods and Goddesses mentioned within as well as a glossary of the Psyche.

I love this book! There is plenty of information herein to get me started and I really do appreciate the fact that this book isn’t just about reading runes but includes much more. My only criticism is with the layout of the chapters and is just a personal one and not something that would make me deter anyone from purchasing. I think that making your own runes should be before all of the visual exercises but not necessarily the meanings of the runes. For me, learning the meanings would then add to the energy I put into the runes as I create my own and then make connections through visual exercises. I like to ‘do’ as I make my way through a book like this, meaning I would rather read the chapter on meanings, then make my own runes, and then do the visual exercises. Yet again, most probably just me being finicky in my learning style. I may change my mind about this the more I use this book and gain more knowledge. 😉

I have not made my runes as of yet. I will admit to that. I am waiting for the weather to be a little nicer so I can spend more time outside searching for just the right wood or rocks. Living on the east coast means beautiful, smooth beach rocks and great pieces of weathered driftwood. Mmmm…I may have to make two sets!

I may make another post about my experience making my own set, making connections and doing some readings or maybe even some magic. I only hope that my experience with reading tarot and a bit of my own magic-making over the years will help. We shall see! 😉

Happy reading and rune creating!

Moongirl ❤

 

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