Sometimes, a photo is more dramatic in black and white. Marie Otero recently offered an online class on black and white photos and, although currently lagging behind, I am learning a lot from the class.
I do not have a good record with online classes. I have trouble getting a regular time to work on my assignments and I have a bad habit of letting things drift. I am currently enrolled in a class with Jane Davenport and am working on my drawing skills.
One of our assignments was to make an emotional map of facial expressions. Here is the beginning of my map.
Below are three steps in drawing my first face. I decided to try to make an elf
instead of a "regular" person. I used copic markers to color the face.
Often, when I'm in a bit of an artistic slump, I find it useful to make component parts (see previous posts on stamp carving and paper painting). It makes me feel productive; and, I know I'll use them later (often "as is," sometimes with modifications). That said - I've been working on fabric inchies (one inch squares) and twinchies (two inch squares). I have some scraps from my cutter quilts that seemed perfect for turning into twinchies and inchies.
I cut out several squares and I am slowly working on embellishing them.
I've had a fairly unproductive art time for a while (Excuses: got a new knew on January 16 and have been sort of dealing with that - will get a new right knee on March 6 - don't worry, I won't show you my scars; have been overwhelmed by snow and cold). I finally got into production mode and carved some stamps to use in journals (and cards and collages and for fabrics).
I wanted some border images...
I also played with making positive and negative images for borders
I decided it would be fun to have a couple of city scapes.
You can't go wrong with hearts (or can you)...
well, I decided I went wrong with the solid hearts and carved design into them.
I am working on making Magi dolls out of paper; not flat, traditional paper dolls, but dimensional dolls constructed out of paper (and paper clay). I am making 3 wise women and calling them Magi - full of wisdom. I think the first one is finished. She is almost a foot tall.
Her dress/chemise is made out of handmade paper (all three of my Magi will have the same handmade paper chemise).
Her cape is sewn together from apaper towels I used to clean up alcohol inks.