Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Few Sketches

Here are a few sketches done on the previously discussed amazing gray paper--

As you will notice, the coloring of the photos is all messed up. Sorry about that- the lighting just was not working in my favor. The bottom picture that shows some of my color charting/testing, is accurate however. 



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Paper Love

On Thursday mornings I babysit three of the sweetest children. The family homeschools, so I have the opportunity to help them with their school work and it really is a joy. When they are done with their school work we play games on the trampoline and I think I have just as much fun as them. When I was younger, I always wanted a trampoline but it was always "too dangerous" or "we didn't have a good spot in the back yard." So in some strange way it fulfills my childhood wish.

This past Thursday, upon finishing watching the kids, I met my mom for lunch at Chipotle (delish!) and then took a thorough and leisurely trip to Michaels. It has been months since I have gone in a craft store and just walked through all the isles, so it was wonderful.

I had a couple specific things to buy for the art class I teach, but other than that I just wandered around throwing my favorite goodies into the cart. And boy did I find the goodies. When I use my Prismacolor pencils, I prefer a toned paper. Generally, I end up using a pastel paper, but recently I have been wishing for something with less of a tooth. After seeing some gorgeous sketches done by a friend on smooth, gray paper I have really been wanting some. And lucky for me- Michaels had just the thing! And buy 1 get 1 free!

I obviously scooped up both colors- tan and grey. I have yet to use the tan, but I have done a few sketches on the gray paper and I adore it. The colors pop oh so bright and everything goes on so smooth. The paper came in two size pads, and I bought the smaller (5" x 7") but I will definitely be purchasing the larger as well- I think it was 9" x 12". 


Presenting: The Beginnings of (Insert Project Title Here)

Several weeks ago I had this concept for a new painting. I could see it in my mind, but I couldn't quite put it into words. I have been working with Garnet Goldman on this project since that initial idea. We put into words the idea I had and made a little action plan. So far I have a 24" x 24" partially primed canvas and lots of little squares waiting for mini pictures. 

So here's the idea: 

This is a twist on a self portrait. It is not really of myself, but will clearly express my views, interests and lessons I am learning. I am dividing my canvas into 144 2"x2" squares. Each square represents something whether it be an interest of mine or a Bible verse. Several of the squares I designed this week came straight from Psalm 119. Although, that is not clear unless you know it and have the verses in front of you. But that's basically the point. Other squares represent concepts related to the World vs. Christ. For example, the moon represents darkness (world) the square below it, once completed, represents light (Christ). The big swirl represents chaos (world). The vertical lines descending to the people represent glory (Christ). You get the idea, right? 

Here's a close up of a few squares...

Once all 144 squares are planned, I will painstakingly paint each one onto the canvas. An clear, iridescent outline of my face will go on top (confirming that this is a sort of self portrait). I am super excited to see the face, because on top of the paint will be tons of little bitty glass balls. 

As I make progress, I will also make posts about it. So be on the lookout! As of now I have 24 squares down and 120 to go. I am praying for revelation and concepts for each of the remaining squares! 
Also, as you can see, this project is yet to have a name. As I work I am trusting some clever, inspired name will come along. 


Friday, March 1, 2013

Market Peach

Recently, I've kind of had a thing for candles. They look pretty and smell good. Two very positive things in my book. And fire is preeetty captivating- is it not? 

When i walked into Bath&Body Works Today I was pretty thrilled to see their new mason jar candles among the new Spring products. They make five scents- strawberry, lemon mint leaf, strawberry, pineapple mango and market peach. After much deliberation over the pineapple mango and market peach, I chose the latter. However, I'm sure I'll be going back soon enough for the pineapple mango. The candles look fantastic, and did I mention they are only $12.50?