“She Blooms by Moonlight” – my painting process

She Blooms by Moonlight -mixed media paintingAt Wonderhubby’s work Christmas party in December last year, I fell in love with the colours of the paper crowns from the festive Christmas crackers.

I could just see them as part of a painting, so I (fairly) discreetly gathered up as many as I could from the tables surrounding us…

I’m so glad I listened to that little acquisitive voice, because they were the touch that eventually revealed the whole story of this piece to me.

I really loved working on this wistful girl, even though she went through so very many changes.

I gave her a pet dog and hated it. And then her body was no longer right either, so I covered almost the whole lower half of the painting with gesso. In fact, about the only thing I did like about the whole piece was her face..

 

Then it looked a little like a snowscape to me, so I gave her a warm hat and a new body.

But I still couldn’t quite see her story until I added the little moon face, and suddenly it just gelled.

 

The pink and yellow in particular looked lovely layered together.
I added pieces of both to create a glow around the moon, which suddenly became petals to me.

I knew my girl needed something extra, so I decided to give her some petals too, and the relationship between the two characters was made clear.

Just a touch of dark blue for contrast in the sky, and they were done.

Hope your week’s been good to you,
jane xx

ps – linking this week to paint party friday and creative every day

29 faces, three, four, five

I’m still behind – no surprise there! – but slowly catching up.

This adorable little fellow was face #3, painted on a 4x4in canvas panel.

He just looked so sad and hungry with his bib tied around his neck, all ready for dinner!
And he sold the same day I listed him in my store, which was kind of happy-sad because I only got to spend a couple of days with him.

What Time is Dinner?
What Time is Dinner?
original sold, prints available

This past week has been fantastic! good and not-so-good.
I actually overdid things a little and ended up with another infected throat, but that’s just about gone now..

On the up side I’ve had three full days of art this week (!) sold two original paintings, one print and two aceo prints.
Plus had my etsy store critiqued by the lovely Jen (and boy do I have work to do!)

And I finally realised what my word for 2014 should be: Play!

"Play" original on cardboard available (email me) archival prints available
Play
original on cardboard available –email me
archival prints available

My word last year was trust, and boy did I get a lot of practice with that one!

So this year I think I’ve earnt some playtime, which I explored in this piece on 9x9in scrap cardboard – using every art supply I could think of, including nail polish!

Sunshine Girl original available
Sunshine Girl
original available

My fifth face is another unusual one (of course), because yellow isn’t a colour I use a lot of.
But in this case I just kept wanting to add more and more of it, and I love the effect!

It made her very easy to name, too!

I’ve been quite slack in visiting everyone else’s blog posts for 29 faces, Creative Every Day and PPF this week, so I’m making it a priority to visit at least 5 blogs each day next week.

See you soon!
jane xxx

29 Faces, one and two

29 Faces february 2014I forgot to mention earlier that I’m taking part in Ayala‘s 29 Faces challenge this month!

The idea is to create a face each day for 29 days and it’s amazing to see the improvement in people’s work during that time!

I’m a little behind already (of course), but I do have a good excuse reason, with the kids starting the new school year last week and Monkey Boy turning ten yesterday.

See? I told you it was a good one!

mixed media sad bear -29faces#1

So numbers one and two I did in my Sister Swap art journal that’s going to be traveling around the world for the next several months between myself and my friends Sandie and Tina.

We’ve painted our covers and the first two-page spread ourselves, and will mail on to the next person in our triangle for them to do the next two-page spread. Then rinse and repeat.

mixed media princess play - 29 faces 2014

This second one also doubles as an exercise for LifeBook 2014.
This is my sweet little friend who whispers inspirational thoughts in my ear as I paint.

And my word for 2014 is Play.
Yes, I know how to make my art work for me 😉

Are you doing any of these challenges or courses too?
I’d love to see what you’ve been doing.

cheers, jane xx

Art journaling, a new journey

I’ve been seeing a lot about art journaling lately, and over the Christmas break it got me all fired up to have a go myself.

At first I couldn’t see what the fuss was about – I thought “I’d rather create a painting I can hang than a book”.

art journal creature -wip

But then I realized that it’s all about the fun of playing with supplies, taking risks and making up your techniques as you go along.

It doesn’t matter whether you create something that everyone loves, as long as it speaks to you personally.

I made this first journal of mine from pages of watercolour paper, sewn together with string.

I’m filling it with designs and words and lists that embody my hopes and dreams for the coming year, hence the title of painting on the cover…

art journal creature

She gazes into the future, awestruck at what she could become.

Happy Paint Party Friday, everyone ♡♡♡

I’m also linking to Art Journal Every Day!

Cheers, jane xx

Happy New Year!

You Rule My World - mixed media - bird detailHere’s to 2014!
It’s going to be a great one, I can feel it!

We had a quiet Chrissy and NYE at home and let the kiddo’s stay up until midnight for the first time – and they both made it!
(although only just, in monkeyboy R’s case)

You Rule my World - mixed media - bear detail

Lots of Christmas goodies were had by all, and Wonderhubby and I are just about to enjoy a quiet cuppa.
(“quiet” being the operative word, since the kids have had an early night)

You Rule my World - mixed media - face detail

So, this is an example of what I’ve been up to in the last month since WH started his new job…

You Rule my World - mixed media painting - whimsical artPainting, painting and more painting, of course!
(thank you Santa for all those lovely art supplies)

I hope everyone has had a lovely Chrissy/NYE break, and would like to wish you all the very best the universe has to offer in 2014.

hugs, jane xx  WithLove-janecoquillon-heart3-shadow