I have been very inspired by the Impressionists lately. Actually, things have come full circle because the first time I ever fell in love with a painting was one of Monet’s landscapes. I have been studying and researching other Impressionist artists and came across Berthe Morisot. I have to say that although I am not the biggest fan of figurative work, I fell in love with Morisot’s brush technique. What better way to explore this than to paint a copy of one of her works. I chose a pastel drawing of Morisot’s and decided to recreate it in oil. This was the finished product (the bottom image is just a detail from the full piece above). My copy is much more colorful than the original and has some proportion issues, but overall I am very pleased with this study. I might do a few more master copies in the near future!!
I recently reopened my Etsy Shop back up and I have a few a new product to share with you. I have created eight coloring sheets that are instantly downloadable on your computer and ready to print right at home! Each sheet is a different species of moth. When I was drawing these, I wanted each moth to be as close to the moths in nature as possible. That way you can do an image search using the common name of the moth, and see what these beautiful creatures look like in nature.
You can print these on thick paper and use paints to color. Use crayons, markers, colored pencils, whatever gets you going! Add some glitter and really spice things up! These are great for kids and also complex enough for adults to have fun with as well. Each sheet is sold separately for $2, but you can purchase the series of eight for $11. You can print the sheets as many times as you want. Print them out for birthday party activities, keep kids busy at a wedding, or just spend some quality art time with your little one!
I just wanted to send a quick note that I will be sending out an email newsletter that gives updates on painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design in my studio. In the future I plan on doing some contests, giveaways, tutorials, inspirations, as well as coupons and discounts to email subscribers only on my upcoming storefront. If you are interested please sign up!
I was going through some of my old polaroids the other day and noticed that my black and white polaroids had changed color, and started to ‘grow’ little white dots. Intrigued by this, I scanned them right away and then proceeded to tear them apart to get a better look at what was happening. By doing this, the white dots peeled away along with the backing of the polaroid leaving holes in the emulsion. By repeating this process I now have 10 more photos to add to what I thought was a finished photo series. The new images fit seamlessly into the concept of the work and I could not be happier to make such a discovery.
I am now inspired to take it even further and see how far I can destroy/manipulate the image until there is nothing left. Do you have any ideas or techniques that could be helpful?
To see all of the photographs and read about the concept of this work, please visit my website.