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New art supplies I’m excited to share with you!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 | 2 comments

New art supplies are always something to get excited about, right?

New art supplies

New art supplies!

I had been holding off for months on purchasing¬†new supplies. It can be addicting and sometimes the ‘idea’ of having something is more exciting the actual ‘having’ and those supplies just lie around feeling lonely. ūüôĀ

I decided to wait and let time tell me if I really needed anything. Here’s how I came to purchase what I really wanted…

What was in the box…

Not too long ago I made The Bee Keeper with acrylic paints and charcoal pencil. I’ve used charcoal pencil before but I don’t do so often and forgot how fun it can be! Once in art school, I recall spraying a large drawing on my art table with fixative once complete. The fixative not only fixed the charcoal to the paper but all the charcoal that had landed on the art table also became permanent! When I lifted up by paper there was a large rectangular white patch where the paper had been! Kind of funny.

Now when I use charcoal I spread it around with clear gesso and this keeps it intact and there is far less mess. I decided to buy a little set of coloured charcoals from Derwent.

I try to buy local when I can or buy from Curry’s Art Store in Ontario. They have a great selection and their customer service is excellent!

Derwent Tinted Charcoal

Derwent Tinted Charcoal

Curry’s is also the only store I have found in Canada to carry my favourite watercolour brushes: Princeton Neptune Watercolour Brushes. I’ve been thinking about getting a #0 and #2 brush for some time. As my smallest brush has been¬†a #4 I found it tricky for adding paint in small areas. These brushes¬†hold a good amount of water and the bristles bounce back quite well PLUS they are not made with animal hair. I like that. ūüôā

Neptune Princeton Brushes

Neptune Princeton Brushes

The Mona Lisa Metal¬†Leaf Kit¬†has been in the back of my mind for a while. I have grown to like gold hues as you may see in some of my latest pieces including The Bee Keeper and Maiden, Mother, Crone.¬†Now it’s time to give the gold leaf a try!

Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Starter Kit

Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Starter Kit

Shiva Oil Paint Sticks¬†and Dorland Wax have also been on my list for a while. I’ve wanted to try some cold wax techniques with oil paint. I learned that the paint sticks are like real oil paint so they will dry over time, unlike oil pastels which don’t completely set. If you have experience something different I’d love to know! ūüôā

Shiva Oil Paint Sticks

Shiva Oil Paint Sticks

Dolrand's Wax Medium

Dolrand’s Wax Medium

It just so happens that before I made my order I signed up for Juliette Crane’s Wild & Free class.

Wild & Free Painting Course

Wild & Free Painting Course

She uses these two supplies in her work and since I couldn’t decide on colours I chose ones that were suggested by Juliette. Too many to choose from otherwise! ūüôā

I am excited to get to work with my new toys art supplies! If you want to see more of my work and works-in-progress you can follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page. I post often!

I’d love to know what some of your favourite supplies are!

And by the way, I just added purple to my hair!¬†You can get the full story on my Instagram or Facebook page (including why I am laying on the bed!). ūüôā

Until then, happy creating!

Moongirl xx

 

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Art Postcards available at Moongirl Art Shop!

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 | 1 comment

Art postcards  are now available at Moongirl Art Shop!

I am so pleased with these postcards printed by Moo Cards! The colours are so lovely and the paper is nice and thick with an ultra smooth surface that I just love.

Art Postcards Set 1

Art Postcards Set 1

Art Postcards Set 1

Art Postcards Set 1

The cards are sized as 5″x7″s, larger than your average postcard so tThere is¬†plenty of room on the back for writing your message to that special someone, or a thank you to that person who helped you out when you needed it. ūüôā

These are so easy to give and display too! Just grab an 8″x10″ frame with a matt sized for a 5″x7″ image and you are ready to hang it on your wall! Voila! Postcard and art in one¬†pretty¬†package!

Art Postcards Set 2

Art Postcards Set 2

Art Postcards Set 2

Art Postcards Set 2

I only have a limited number available of each set and then they will be gone! I almost kept a set for myself! ūüėõ

Some of my favourite artwork over the years are¬†printed on¬†these cards including images from¬†originals sold during the art auctions. There¬†will likely be a whole new set of artwork the next time these cards are available. That means I have to make a lot more artwork before they will be in the shop again! I have some serious art’ing to do!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer – or winter is you are in the Southern Hemisphere. I know that may sound odd but I like winter! Maybe I should paint a winter theme next!

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Happy creating!

Moongirl xx

 

 

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The Purpose of life is to find your gift | A quote for you

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 | 2 comments

Some say that Picasso said these words, or perhaps William Shakespeare…

Whatever the case may be I just love this quote.

Don’t you?

These words remind me that I am right where I want to be.

I have many of you to thank for that. ♥

 

I may be a very visual person but I also love to read. I just. love. words.

When I come across a quote or a passage in a book that moves me I write it down. I often take my Bullet Journal out with me in case I read something inspirational and want to record it. From time to time I come back to read the words again and they move me just as much as the first time.

 

What words inspire you?

Do you have a favourite quote or saying that fills you with inspiration? I’m always up for adding to my notebook!

 

Happy creating ‚Äď and¬†reading!!

Moongirl xx

 

 

 

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Paintings to share with you! Auction just around the corner!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 | 2 comments

I have new paintings that I am so excited to share with you! The next auction at Soul Sisters United Art Collective on Facebook will take place Aug 2 & 3rd!

I love including images of my paintings-in-progress so this post may be a bit longer than other ones. Sharing my progress is important so you can see how it all comes together. And it shows all of my ugly stages too. I have a lot of them! Ha!

Damsel | 4×6 watercolour

I couldn’t not make another mini painting for this auction. I had no idea how fun they were until I made one for the previous month’s auction!

Don’t you just love damselflies?? We had recently visited a lavender farm and around the pond nearby were ¬†many blue damselflies. They were so beautiful glittering in the sun that I just had to include them in a painting!

Girl and damselfly pencil sketch

Girl and damselfly pencil sketch

Sadly, I didn’t take any other pictures I progressed through this piece. I usually like to show the pencil stage followed by watercolour colour paint and then the pencil and white highlights added in at the end.

Will you settle for a little detail? I hope so. ūüôā

Damsel watercolour painting face detail

Damsel watercolour painting face detail

Oh gosh! Can I be in love with the way these little wings turned out? I just love all of the colour subtleties that make them look like stained glass with light filtering through.

Damselfly watercolour painting detail

Damselfly watercolour painting detail

Oh such yummy detail! Yum yum!

Damsel has been created on cold pressed 140 lb watercolour paper. The border pencilled in is sized to 4×6 and would look so wonderful inside a 5×7 sized window mat in an 8×10 frame. Don’t you think? ūüôā

Damsel watercolour painting

Damsel watercolour painting

I am sure gonna miss her when she’s gone.

The Bee Keeper | 12×16 mixed media

Lately I have been wanting to paint more faces with charcoal, Stabilo All Pencil and gesso. Don’t get me wrong, I love watercolour so much, but I love this too!

My bee girl began with a simple and quick charcoal sketch.

charcoal sketch

I love to blend the charcoal with clear gesso. This technique not only cuts down on the powdery mess of charcoal but helps to seal it a bit. It is also much easier to blend, in my opinion, and get darker tones.

Charcoal and gesso sketch

Charcoal and gesso sketch

Ever do this??

Where did I put my brush?

Where did I put my brush?

I had originally thought of making the girl’s hair¬†like a beehive but I just couldn’t see it in my mind’s eye so I left it for the time being. Her eyes looked a little small to me so I enlarged them to give her more presence and added more shadows to her face.

Charcoal and gesso sketch

Charcoal and gesso sketch

Adding Colour

Adding colour can be a challenge for me. Sometimes what I see in my head is challenging to convey on a canvas. I wanted to keep loose with this piece and I kept seeing an aqua green colour on her left side so just went ahead and added it, balancing it out by adding some of the green to her other side too and a bit to her eyes. See the little glint of gold in her eyes? I’ve been wanting to use gold in my work too which is so odd because I really don’t like gold. Or, I used to really not like it… ūüėČ

 

Charcoal and Aqua Green girl painting

Charcoal and Aqua Green girl painting

After adding a bit more colour I¬†sat back and looked at my progress. I was feeling frustrated because I just couldn’t see or feel where to go from here. Ugh! How frustrating it was when I really wanted to keep going but didn’t know where to go next! Should I continue and make a royal mess and perhaps destroy the entire piece in a moment of disgust or should I take a break, make a yummy tea and watch a half hour of Friends From College on Netflix. Yep.¬†Tea and Netflix.¬†Good plan! ūüėČ

Ugly painting stage

Ugly painting stage

Too much colour?

Oh this is so funny for me to look at how I went from the previous picture to the one below! I had returned¬†about an hour later (yes, two crazy funny episodes later!) and just began to add paint and spread it around with¬†the edge of¬†an old credit card. And I added some colour to her face. Truth be told, I wasn’t too sure if I should use the round and rosy cheek circle like I usually do. I didn’t know if it would fit well into this one…

I felt like I was starting to lose her in all that colour. Her lips didn’t stand out as much with the aqua green either.

A mess of colour

A mess of colour

At some point in the evening my husband took this shot of me painting. It had gotten dark outside so I had shut the curtains on either side of me. It made for a very moody image and I love it! There I am squeezed into the corner of the dining room, finding a place and time to create. I just had to share it. ūüôā

Artist at work

Artist at work!

On a Roll!

Woot! The muses found me again and off I went painting away and feeling like I was really getting somewhere! I added more gold paint and figured out that I wanted her hair to have a big braid on the side and disheveled everywhere else. The bees love it!

Girl and her bees painting

Girl and her bees painting

Oftentimes I ask my husband what he thinks of my paintings as I am making them. Sometimes he hesitates because he doesn’t want me to be hurt by his criticism. I remind him that I can take it and it will only make me work harder and produce better work with constructive/subjective criticism. He was having a hard time connecting the bees to the girl and I told him she was a bee priestess and that was that. No wonder he hesitates sometimes with telling me what he thinks! His words did get me thinking though as they often do.¬†During our conversation he had suggested adding some honeycomb. I decided to have a tea and then sleep on it.

Tamara, be open to Criticism

He was right. Honeycomb! Ha!¬†But¬†I didn’t want to add a honeycomb stencil although it crossed my mind. I painted the honeycomb/hexagon shapes freehand so they looked more organic and blended the shapes into her body. There. One with the bees she was! I also added some of the marvellous FW ink in gold to imitate honey dripping. If you haven’t used acrylic inks before you should try them. They are so fun and they are lightfast too! ūüėČ

Bee Keeper painting almost finished

Bee Keeper painting almost finished

Finished!!…?

I was finished! Until I wasn’t.

I am learning to stop before I do too much but at the same time I am also learning that I have to be open to ‘fixing’ a painting. My Bee Keeper was now grounded with the hive and bee on her shoulder but her other side looked weird to me. I added a little ‘armpit’ mark and some honey drips with the FW acrylic inks.

I then painted the canvas edges with a mishmash of the same colours used throughout, signed the piece and gave her a light spray so the water-soluble areas didn’t smudge in case I missed some with the gesso.

Finished!!

I am so happy with my Bee Keeper! She really came together for me after much time and love and I am so happy to her available for our next Soul Sisters Auction!

The Bee Keeper painting

The Bee Keeper painting

I am going to miss her too…

But that’s good, right?

Truthfully?? I know many will say that you should create paintings for yourself but there is nothing like the feeling you get when someone tells you how much they like/love your work. When I wrap up a piece that has so much of myself wrapped up in it, I feel so fortunate, so grateful to do what I do.

I hope to see you at the next auction coming up soon!!

Thank you so much. My heart swells.

And remember, happy creating, in whatever way is your own way.

Moongirl xx

 

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Moongirl Art Newsletter sign up is now available!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 | 2 comments

Moongirl Art Newsletter Sign up!

You can now receive¬†news about¬†what I have been up to, my latest inspirations, early sales notifications and giveaways, freebies and much more! So exciting, don’t you think?

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Thank you and happy creating!!

Moongirl xx

 

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Moongirl art note cards coming soon!!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 | 8 comments

Art on note cards will soon be available for purchase!

I have had a lot of requests for¬†my art as note cards¬†but¬†assumed that it¬†would take me some time to make these¬†so they¬†kept going to the bottom of my ‘to-do’ art list.

I fulfill all art print orders myself so that means I am always scanning, fixing files and matching prints to original artwork. This must all be complete before the originals are sent to their new homes. I pretty much have this process¬†down to a science but this note card paper isn’t the same paper that I use for prints.¬†It is not only a different size but also has a rougher texture and is scored for folding.¬†Often when printing from one type of paper to another what looks perfect on one paper type can print out completely different on another, especially when that paper doesn’t have a specific printing profile. So needless to say, I am relieved and thrilled that this worked on the first print run! *insert happy dance here*

art note cards

Art Note Cards: Front and back views

This note card features my painting, Storm, which was purchased at the Soul Sisters July auction. The original is presently on its was to a new loving home in Yellowknife, North West Territories! I am tickled pink!

art note cards front

Art note cards: front view

I have¬†added my business information on the back of the card. ūüėČ

art note cards back

Art note cards: Back view

Which art pieces should become note cards?

I need to choose which pieces of art I would like for the first run of¬†cards. I will most likely choose five different images for a¬†pack. If you have any favourites please let me know in the comments! To view my work you can click on the Artwork and/or Etsy link in the menu, or ‘photos’ on my Facebook page. Thank you!

Stay on the lookout for these goodies becoming available! ūüėČ

Happy creating!!

Moongirl xx

 

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Embrace the Grey watercolour painting ready for auction!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 | 2 comments

Embrace the Grey¬†may seem like an odd name for this watercolour painting. And maybe not. ūüôā

But before I talk about that I will share a bit of my progress with you.

I always begin a painting with¬†the face because this part I can see in my mind’s eye right away. I am very interested in painting lively expressions lately and two of three of my pieces for this months auction don’t have neutral expressions. I really find it adds to the piece and I will be making many more faces this way!

When I finished the main parts of the face I had to step back for a bit. I had no idea how I wanted her hair to look and had that ‘Uh-oh’ feeling. But I have learned in every painting completed over the past year or so to just keep moving forward with patience and love. It always works out in the end.

I decided to have some fun with her hair and added washes of orange and grey. I am so glad I did! She started to come alive for me. Whew!

I took a break at this point because I find if I keep working straight I tend to lose sight of what I am doing. This also gives me a new perspective on each piece so I can view it more critically and see what I need to add or fix.

From here I added some white acrylic paint and marker and really liked where she was going.

I apologize for the colour in the first two. They were taken with my phone and are a bit off. I often take pics as I go along and like to share my process and a phone has that handy camera! Taking quick pics along the way is also another method I use to distance myself from a piece so that I can look at it more critically.

I fixed the nose and tweaked the cheeks, added more white and grey to the hair and highlights. Highlights in the eyes always make them come alive.

When I was completing¬†this piece for the¬†auction¬† (which begins today!) the thought ‘Embrace the grey’ popped¬†into my head and I laughed. I am going grey and this seemed fitting!

8x10 original watercolour and acrylic painting

8×10 original watercolour and acrylic painting

Since I just finished this piece late last night I still need to flatten it out so I apologize for the odd ripple on the left side. But I am so happy I completed her in time and had to share!

The auction is from noon EST today until tomorrow at 6pm EST. There are so many wonderful pieces. Hope to see you there!

A million thanks as always!

Happy creating!

Moongirl xx

 

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