Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Simple and Cool

     This post is two fold.  First is my design style and second is to show you transformation from the real world to my world.
     One of my preferences in art is simple.  This is hilarious because to get there is an unholy mess of a work space by the time I am finished.  I'll spare you those pictures for now.  Scraps of paper everywhere.  I store the tiny pieces in a box and recycle when it's full.  To illustrate I put a photo of a building in Oakland that is near to my heart and the paper version I see in my head and have created for many friends.
     As you can see I boiled it down to shades of white. (The three shades of white is the fabulous cardstock from Yes there are much more going on in the front of the temple.  What you see is actually the stairs to the next level up which is a lovely vista point to the San Francisco Bay behind the temple.  But with simplicity in mind the stairs are not what I want people to remember when they see the temple hung up on a wall. It's the spires.
     Through photography you can get most of what this medium does but I would like to last point out that the spires are coated in glitter.  I cannot light them up as they are in real life, but I can make them sparkle in my own way.

    Now for point number two.  The Oakland LDS Temple is also a perfect example of how I see the world.  I've been playing with paper for years that now I see a building, a painting, a photo and immediately see the layers, the colors, the basic shapes that "make" the object.  I taught a friend in the past how to do this and she hopped on board which cemented my view on the world.  One of us would nudge the other when we would hang out and say "wouldn't that be cool done in paper?"  Unfortunately she is now doing it solo as am I but I still have that voice in my head.
     On my pinterest site I have a few pictures in the craft and art board that say those words to me.  "We would look really cool done on paper."


Side Note for my Paper Addicts: Check out The Paper Source for amazing paper, and kits to make art on your own.  I have bought a few paper kits to figure out how they did that!  My favorites are the water lily and poppies.  I stuck the lily to my walls and the poppies are my centerpiece at my dinner table. The magnolia kit is advances so take your time putting those together.  They are not paying me to advertise, I'm just a big fan.

Monday, October 29, 2012

For my friends.

Here is the second commission I completed recently.  I went simple because I wanted to emphasis to be on my two little islands in the front.  Everything came from my head and I sketched out my ideas before I started.  (Don't want to put in work if they aren't going to be in love with it, that's isn't what I do.)

As I mentioned in previous posts I have a signature look, that now I also see in the water here.  It isn't straight across but I use multiple blues and a blue/green to do what I would have done with a pen if I was more of a pen and ink kind of artist.  I am glad she likes it and I have three more commissions to go.  For my next trick the doctor will be in.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

I love Pretty

So not to be an over share I have had some medical problems.  I went on Facebook and pleaded for commissions for some extra cash while I recuperate at home.  (I don't have sick leave so living on savings only lasts so long.)
My first request was a famous person.  I have never done a famous person and I knew it would end up looking like a Disney princess version of her.
He loves her, thank goodness.  But I think I'll stick with imaginary people for now.

Any guesses?

In the 50's we all "loved" her.


Thursday, October 25, 2012


Somewhere along the line you notice something about your style that takes some time to develop.

This girl was on the plain blue paper and I hated it. (I also had her eyebrow in the wrong place.  She was in a constant state of surprise.)  Once I furrowed through my blue paper and picked similar blues to break up the boring background enough, but not too much I illustrated the wind around her and the distant water around her.  Then refer back to my mermaid.
I never saw it coming but it is refreshing to know that after years I made something that is no one else's.  The most interesting part is my flower girl is from over a year ago and I couldn't rest until that boring blue was as interesting as the waves in her hair.  In a years time what else will surface? I am excited to find out.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Trial and Error

It doesn't always work out in your favor.

I have had artwork that I have wept for, yelled at, and bargained with.  Even then it comes to a close as a hot mess in my opinion.  I know what I make and not everything comes up to the same standard. Here is what I mean.

Her face is unimpressive and her hair lacks everything.  You may think it's fine but look at another example of awesome hair. 
You may recognize her from earlier post.  I ripped her from original background and changed the size from 12x12 to 11x14 and used paint to add dimension as well.  The stars in her hair just make me smile. I'm in love with her hair.  May never sell her.  I'll save it for a later day.