Friday, August 30, 2013

Um-m-m, not sure

Still on the Picasso Dog thing; I had a "traditional" dinosaur elements in mind, however this is what happened:
Something a bit different.
I think it's a Dino-Bird. The tail became a wing and then a beaky thing happened. A bit different, but I think the little critter has an endearing quality to the face. I just kind of have to follow my pencil :-)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Remy's Crocodile...

This is Remy with his new toy. The expression on this crocodile makes me laugh. Anyway, Remy loves this style, the kind with 16 (!) squeakers.
Remy looking very cool...
Remy, say "hello" to Croc...
A Golden greeting.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Yes, another version of a "Picasso Dog" drawing and this time it's a horse.
Not jumping...Flying!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fly Boy

I do my best not to do any planning in advance as it defeats the spirit of a Picasso dog drawing. but I suppose do I have a particular breed in mind, though it's difficult to tell, huh?
So after turning the page around and around this dog made his appearance ;-)
Meet the soaring "Picasso dog":
AKA "Fly Boy"

Monday, August 12, 2013

Assignments done, yay!

The base paintings from a few days ago now look like this:
Yellow red base:
Funny birds, huh.
Blue red base:
This would have to be Romy and Remy with me!

Friday, August 9, 2013

"Between Speech & Silence" assignment

Diane Culhane's "Between Speech and Silence" online class ended last Friday (!) and I have the final two paintings to complete. I tend to do either controlled graphicky things or large, non-objective swashy pieces, but this final assignment is somewhere in the only recently explored "middle". I am thoroughly enjoying this class - it's so freeing to experiment.
So, here is the first base painting:
And here is the second:
I have some collage elements to add and then I get out the brushes, pens and acrylics. Hm-m-m, I have no idea what will happen :-)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Altered box

I've never done an altered box before and although I used to do a lot of journaling, it no longer appeals to me. So I thought taking Carla Sonheim's Box Journaling online class would be a nice challenge...and it was. I thought of and then discarded so many ideas that it took me three days to actually start the thing!
My eventual choice was "change"; I've been studying the inevitability of change and how I respond to it.
Part of the box journaling assignment it to fill it with elements that in my case, are ones that have influenced personal change.
Unconditional love of my dogs has played a huge part, hence dogs images are prominent:
A side view.
I will be doing more :-)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Picasso Dog-ing an Elephant

Yes, I am still using Carla's ( Picasso Dog drawing exercise, especially in the sketchbook I carry with me. I hardly notice the time I have to wait for an appointment or a friend because I become so involved in making these little sketches!
And now, Picasso Elephant:
Picasso Elephant...relaxing :-)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cute Stuff and Class Stuff

Cute stuff is Remy doing this all on his own:
Remy with one of his fave toys, "Octo".
and this:
O, that sweet face...
And Class stuff is taking the online class, "Box Journaling" from Carla Sonheim ( even as I am finishing up assignments from "Blobimals Artist Books" and Diane Culhane's "Between Speech and Silence".
This is my front cover from Blobimals Artist Book 3:
Creating this book was fun...and funner :-)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Collage, sticky but true

I can't help it; when I "collage" I become a collage. I have paper bits stuck to my fingers, elbows (really, elbows!), clothing, scissors, brush pens, whatever I have close by. It's fortunate that Remy isn't under my work table or he'd have sticky bits all over his fur!
I'm  in my fourth day of Diane Culhane's online class (a lot of collaging) and I am enjoying it very, very much and also coming to terms with being in the "state of glue" :-)
This is my random placement collage painting class assignment:
I see dogs (a lot) in random elements...

Remy does this paw thing...

where he curls his paw and rests it on his toes. And he does it a lot. See?
What a funny boy!
I was up and down the stairs a couple of times and whether his head was up (as in the photo) or hanging down over the edge of the stairs (yes, he was patiently waiting for his breakfast) he kept his paw curled.
He's has his ways...and so many of them just crack me up :-)