Featured Blog Posts – February 2012 Archive (27)

Zentangles

OMG, i just found out about this form of art. How cool is this?? I sit in my room for hours just looking at galleries, blogs, websites. Now i can put away the laptop and do something constructive. Does anyone know if you can just "play" around with this on regular watercolor paper and sketching pencils?

Added by Christina Mcclintock on February 29, 2012 at 12:13am — 8 Comments

Unfinished Angel

Let me try out this blog thing. I am a new colonist. So I saw on Art Colony that the Challenge of the Month was angels. I thought 'well, I am not doing any angels.' Then I went downstairs to play with my paints. I had been wanting to work on clouds. After some blue background wash (acrylics) I started "a string' which I read about when I was looking at "Zen Doodles.' I'm really trying to speed myself up with this painting, and acrylics dry so fast. The string looked like angel wings, so I…

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Added by AmeliaS on February 26, 2012 at 12:46pm — 3 Comments

Time to enjoy

I have decided that im not going to go anywhere in my car today, I am going to stay home, paint, draw, ride my horse and do things that I have been trying to do all week. I have so many ideas that I think of for art throughout my work day, but then get home really late and snooooooozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! So many ideas, so little time. Thank god I bring my sketchpad for my lunch breaks! No wonder my artwork is so slow lol

Added by Burgundy Smith on February 26, 2012 at 12:36am — 1 Comment

aarrgghh, housework

Since ive found my "artistic" side i have no patience with everyday chores. Have a Nascar party im giving tomorrow and i need to clean...id much rather be creating.

Anyone else out there find it hard to "carry on" with mundane chores (such as housework) when your head is filled with so many techniques, ideas you want to do?

Being so new everything is brillant and creative. Maybe after i do this for a few years i wont feel like i am neglecting my artistic side. lol

Added by Christina Mcclintock on February 25, 2012 at 10:23am — 11 Comments

busy day

I was at my sons house for two days and had such "artistic" withdrawls. I did two handpainted/crackled birdhouses, 6 journals (just got them papered not embellished) 2-8x10 altered canvases (first time ive ever attempted that, looks pretty good so far) need some embellishing, oh, and a set of handpainted coasters. PHEW!!! I have a craft fair coming up in April and need to get some products made.

Added by Christina Mcclintock on February 23, 2012 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Yay! New commission!

A former client has asked me to think about a larger painting for her cousin's new office. The office is ultra-modern with black leather and lots of chrome and glass, and apparently her cousin isn't a big fan of loads of colour. I asked her to take a look at my small (8' x 10") painting Polar Ice 3000, suggesting that the blacks, grays and whites with small pops of red and yellow might work in that environs. She agreed and last weekend I started the 24" x 36" work, on approval since she's a…

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Added by Ev McTaggart on February 23, 2012 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

A Week of Cabin Fever Insights

Ok, so I took my own advice and spent 15 minutes each day last week collecting one thing each day that made me smile.

Here’s my list from the week:

2/15 : fabulous support from friends at The Art Colony

2/16: saw a snowy owl

2/17: rescued an injured bird

2/18: helped a friend in need

2/19: made an “island” for the kitchen from recycled materials

2/20: made a delicious meal with my sweetie

2/21: went for a run in the sun

2/22: had…

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Added by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on February 22, 2012 at 3:09pm — 10 Comments

Art Hoarder!

I am in the process of moving and I will move in three months. I am packing all of my things up and I want keep all the random art stuff that really needs to be thrown away. We don't have a lot of room soooo I am trying to clean and throw stuff away but I can't do it. Do any of ya'll have trouble with throwing away art things? I want to keep old erasers, dried up paint, etc. Do any of ya'll have any advice?

Added by Skylar Tucker on February 22, 2012 at 10:05am — 7 Comments

Ira Glass speaks to me:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who…

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Added by Amy Lowe on February 21, 2012 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

About Me

Hi, i hail from Southern Indiana. Beautiful change of seasons and wonderful people. I started on my quest of  anything art by accident. I found myself without a job back in May 2011. Ive lived out here in the country for 11 years and never had (or made) the time to visit my surroundings. I did the...organize my whole house about a million times and finally after a few months my hubby said "get out of the house". So, i started little by little visiting some antique/craft shops. I entered one…

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Added by Christina Mcclintock on February 21, 2012 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

My Doodles and Memories

My artistic side starts when I was in kindergarten, when my teacher gave us an assignment to draw anything we want. I struggled to draw before. My father is my first art teacher, my father is not really an artist but he know somehow or he has a passion for it but never got a chance to enhance his talent. He taught me how to draw the leaves of a tree. I could remember he taught me how to draw one that leads to different shapes and types of leaves. He always instructs me to visualize it.  Then…

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Added by Kimberly Ratilla on February 20, 2012 at 8:59pm — No Comments

30 in 30

Painting has always fascinated me.  For the longest time I wanted to paint, so I started around 3 yrs ago with watercolors.  I really enjoyed it and never had an interest in any other medium except for watercolor.  But recently I've had an interest in oils.  I've seen alot of really nice work done and thought I would give it a go.  I started with my 'Robin' and that wasn't too bad.  But I put the brushes down for a while.  Looking back it seemed like work to me and not alot of fun.  Probably…

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Added by Marg C on February 20, 2012 at 3:19am — 2 Comments

This is for other temporarily demotivated people like me

who have fallen on their nose for making a mess on the canvas and feel they can never paint again. You might be thinking that I might as well be working on the next rather than writing blogs (my second today) but then I found this cute blog that I want to share with everyone who reads my post. Go to lynnwhipple.wordpress.com; its very inspiring. and she has a cute video   http://youtu.be/vPKvHgunyfY in which she suggests that every starting artist…

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Added by baljeet kaur on February 19, 2012 at 11:21pm — 2 Comments

The Good and the Bad

Never thought I'll ever come across this one..lol..Now, usually when I fail in one attempt, I surf the net extensively to get motivated and during the process I come across some superb artists who give me a complex and I refuse to touch my brush for that day. Sometimes I find artists who are great and I wish I could paint like them, like when I saw Thaneeya's work and when I saw Jeff Lyon's work. Yesterday, after falling on my nose for my second abstract, I found Jennie Brigham…

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Added by baljeet kaur on February 19, 2012 at 10:37pm — 3 Comments

About me and my artistic side

I really don't have one specific area of expertise, nor a favorite medium.  I've pretty much done every craft there is at one point or another.  I've always enjoyed sketching and drawing.  I always take paper with me to meetings at work...not for notes, but for doodling.  I almost always have a craft project of some sort in the works.  Only recently have I attempted painting on canvas.  My son's teacher needed someone to paint a banner to sell at a silent auction fundraiser and I volunteered…

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Added by Tretha Conaway on February 19, 2012 at 1:15pm — No Comments

About Artist

People have all king of energy that they use every day in life. And the energy is used in so many ways. Artists of any kind use their energy on "POSITIVE CREATION" and the more positive creation they put out there, the more energy they have. The more positive energy they have the more interesting and intriguing will be their art! 

Just want to express my thoughts!!!

Added by Ugo P. on February 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Pondering Artist: Are you like me?

I am a slower-moving artist. But I know many others who are just amazingly fast. They can complete a new piece in a day or less. I so admire that. But I don't have that ability.

The passing of Whitney Houston has made me give more thought to this subject of my speed and how I progress as I create a drawing. Life is short. We all know that.  I hadn't thought about my own personal speed in my creative process, before.

Maybe I should step it up and strive to do more art; getting…

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Added by Jill Smith on February 18, 2012 at 10:26am — 3 Comments

Better Every Day :)

Hello my fellow artists!

First I want to thank all of you for the prayers and well wishes.  I really appreciate it! *hugs all around*.

In regards to my epilepsy, I am doing very well so far.  I have not had any further tonic-clonic seizures as of yet and I realized today that it's been several weeks since I've experienced any of what we think may be simple partial seizures!  I have also been migraine free for an entire month!!  That's the first time in four years I've been…

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Added by Cat Lengyel on February 18, 2012 at 1:22am — 2 Comments

Gnomes vs Snowmen: The Battle for Mochimochi Land

The talented knitter, Anna Hrachovec, was recently invited to show an installation at Vogue Knitting Live, an enormous knitting event that moves around the USA.

(photo from the Vogue Knitting Live website…

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Added by Meg Mackenzie on February 17, 2012 at 4:02am — 6 Comments

Holiday painting

Here in Ontario, this weekend is a 3-day one--for a holiday officially known as "Family Day" and unofficially known as the February holiday to keep us from going mad after a long winter because otherwise there's no holiday between New Year's Day and Good Friday. This winter has been particularly mild and generally free of snow and ice in Toronto, so we Torontonians aren't stir-crazy--yet. However, that doesn't stop us from embracing wholeheartedly the idea of a mid-"winter"…

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Added by Ev McTaggart on February 16, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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