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light in my Forest#1As a side hobby to my artwork, I take lots of photos so I can have good reference pictures for later.
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light in my Forest#4 These are a series of photos of the light in my forest. We live on almost half an acre with a lovely spot of forested ravine which leads down to a creek. I love the different effects of the light through out the day. Whenever I look out the window and see how beautifully the light strikes the trees deep in the woods, I want to grab my camera and run. Once in light in my Forest#8a while I make it out there before the light changes and manage to snap some pictures. I took most of these in October 2007. I love the one with the clump of yellow leaves all by itself in the photo at the lower left.

light in my Forest#3One of the things I wish I had pictures of is the view from my back deck down into the forest, when the”helicopters” from all the maple trees are falling. The first autumn we lived in this house the wind was blowing and it was a truly blustery day. With the leaves spinning in their downwardly spiraling dance and the helicopters whirling in the wind it was an almost magical experience. It reminded me of light in my Forest#9dancing wood nymphs joyfully flitting about on the wind in a symphony of chaotic motion. I plan on doing a painting of that one someday (I just have too many other projects in the works right now to get going on that one yet). A photo would not do it justice, and A video camera is not something I own. It is definitely a sight worth sitting and watching for awhile and I look forward to it each fall.

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Ever had an odd sized work of art that you wanted framed only to experience some rather severe sticker shock when you went to a custom framing store and priced having it done? I have quite a few paintings of odd size hanging unframed on my walls for that very reason. ((ok so the word plethora comes to mind LOL) I am somewhat abashed to say mostly with thumb tacks.) Usually standard frame sizes have not been foremost on my mind when beginning a painting 😉

Over the past year several things have happened to motivate me to learn how to make my own custom frames. As part of my art business startup plan, I decided to ask local businesses if they would display some of my work. the hitch to this was that I did not have any frames to display them in publicly. So I bought some face paint and worked at the local farmers market to earn enough cash to hopefully at least get one frame. although I did earn enough to pay for the face paint and business cards I had printed up, it was sadly not enough to also pay for a custom made frame.

As a den leader for webelos scouts, one of the assignments was to have the boys make a picture frame. I had another leader, with more woodworking experience than me, help the boys make some rudimentary frames. I really wanted something a little more professional than what the boys came up with, and I had done some searching on line finding some interesting articles on building frames. Although it did not look terribly difficult to do, My budget and framing needs required that I do things a little differently. One article that was mentioned by the artist magazine’s blog had some really good instructions, but I needed to do things a bit differently because Watercolors must be framed behind glass or acrylic. There was another article that required having several routing bits to contour the frame. A router is definitely out of my budget range at the moment, although it did make some really nice frames. Then I found one by Bob Villa. Yes,THAT Bob Villa. His technique required fewer tools than the others. So I decided to give it a try ( after all he IS Bob Villa) and write an article on how it went. I am now done building the frame itself, and will be writing about it in stages as I bring my project to completion.

part 2 of this article…

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melting waxThis post is a bit off topic as far as art goes, but being an artist, I am constantly thinking of creative ways to save money so I can get some new art supplies 🙂 Since it is valentine’s day I also thought this might be a good read for someone who is looking for a romantic craft to do…

Ever spend a lot of money on a nice scented candle, like one of those really big triple wick ones? There is usually quite a bit of wax left when it’s burnt down to the point where it’s not really safe to burn it any more. I really wax in juice can molddislike wasting things, so I had quite a few pieces of candles remnants saved up to melt down into new ones “someday.”

I decided this past week, with Valentine’s Day coming up, that someday was now. I had tried recycling candles once before, and had tried making my own wicks out of some thread I had on hand. My home made wicks did not work very well at all. and consequently I also had several candles left over from several years ago. thanks to another family member who mentioned to me previously that she had done the same thing only with using birthday candles for the wicks, I tried again.

heart moldFor larger candles I used tapered candle remnants and poured the melted wax into empty cardboard juice concentrate containers. To make shorter ones I used birthday candles and poured the wax into votive size glass candle holders.

I started out by breaking the larger candles into pieces small enough to place in a tin can in a pot of simmering water on the stove. While the wax was melting I made sure to set out something like some newspaper or card board to make cleaning up any spills easier. Have something like a jar lifter, the kind used in home heart mold close upcanning , to lift the can without burning yourself. Once it melted I poured a small amount of wax into the mold and let it cool a little. Then I placed the taper or birthday candle in the soft wax and held it there until it would stay in place. After the candle was firmly attached to the bottom of the mold I slowly poured enough wax into the mold to reach the top of the taper without covering up the wick.

I also created some heart shaped molds by cutting up cereal boxes and placing them in a heart cookie cutter. Then I taped it up to prevent leaks. I would recommend a wide votivemasking tape for this. The molds are not reusable because the tape does not stick to the cardboard very well once it has wax residue.Make sure to tape up the bottom really well or it will get really really messy.

Anytime I spilled some wax I would let it cool for a little while and then scrape it up while it was still soft. Then I would mash it down into the top of the new candle. this made interesting designs when I ripped the cardboard molds off the next day. I really liked the lava-like pattern of air pockets this process left behind.lit heartfinished heart


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self portrait #1One of the contests, on Artist magazines art forum artistsnetwork.com, which I entered this past year was a timed self portrait: 3o minutes to do a portrait of yourself in front of the bathroom mirror. I have done self portraits before, but never with a time limit like that. It was extremely challenging. Trying to hold the same position while looking back and forth between the mirror and my paper added to the difficulty.

I started with some colored paper I had on hand and tried doing a limited palette sketch with black, white, and one other color– in this case–brown, (also an exercise in the book Drawing on the Right side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards, which I highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn to draw or improve their drawing skills). I chose a lavender colored paper because I like purple and I thought it would be fun to let the color of the paper be my eye color. It took me quite a bit of time to get set up the way I wanted with tousling my hair just so (hey I am vain. LOL 😉 ) I think I actually spent almost as much time preparing as I did working on the portrait! At first I hated it. I thought it made me look like some kind of ghoul. Nothing eats at self image like a self portrait that does not go well. It had more Grey in the paper than what I was counting on, and it took me an hour to compete. After a week or two I decided I kind of liked it, but only when the light hits it just right so the paper does not look so gray. I did one other colored pencil on yellow paper, because I thought that would bring out the colors of my blond hair. I did get that one done in less time, but I liked it even less than the first, so I am not posting it here.

I decided make my next attempt to meet the time limit in Watercolors. In order toportrait #4 (unfinished)t in time, I skipped making a preliminary sketch in pencil and instead drew directly with the paint brush. another thing that saved time was choosing a limited pallet of three colors, one being the color for my hair, the other for the skin tones and one for the eyes and sweater. It does not exactly look like me, but It was done on time and I do like it. I especially like the glow in the skin tones down around my neck. the time constraints did cause some difficulty though because it forced me to work wet on wet in areas that would have been better if they’d had time to dry first. complete i

Encouraged by the third portrait, I decided to try yet again. Using similar techniques I tried to get a better match for my hair color. when the 3o minutes were up I still had not addedself portrait #4 the eyes, lips, or background. It took another 15 minutes to complete, reminding me of some of picasso’s work, although that wasn’t really what I had intended.

Undaunted , I decided to try one last time. while completing this one I had music running through my head that was reminiscent of mission impossible the whole way through reminiscent of my do or die attitude on this one. I used the same process as the others, forcing myself to be optimistic and trying not to look at the timer too much. I did get this last and 5th attempt done within the time requirements, i like it, and i do think it at least resembles me somewhat.

When I showed self portrait #5them to my husband and asked him what he thought , he said it reminded him of a free writing exercise in which the author writes whatever comes to mind for 1/2 an hour and then evaluates it later to see what is going on in the subconscious. I liked that comparison. It was interesting to see how different each painting turned out in conjunction with how I was feeling at the time…

Although I did not win the competition, I do feel like I learned about myself and improved my skills in the process. The winner did their sketch in ink and then used a wet brush to bleed the ink for the shading. That’s intriguing. I’ll have to try that sometime.

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