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Vintage papers and how I use them in my work….plus some great new finds at Home Depot!

Hello to you and happy Super Bowl Day!!

Yes it’s a holiday around our house!!

I finished a piece last night with some amazing vintage papers that I found at a toy train show of all places!  My husband is a huge toy train fan and I love to go and enjoy with him. Fortunate for me, always looking for vintage items, I lucked upon a vendor that was selling all kinds of maps, records and various train memorabilia for very inexpensive prices!  I found an entire accounting ledger full of handwriting dated in the 1950’s…..it’s amazing and to most people it’s just an old book that’s been written in, but the writing is my favorite part.  Imagine over 60 years ago an accountant and engineer for a train company diligently wrote down expenses and income, thinking it was a mere form of record for himself and his business…..I wonder what he would think now knowing it has become part of my art?  Would he think I’m crazy?  Would he be thrilled?  Wherever he or she is now, they are now a part of me and I find that so moving and the connection so powerful that I have a difficult time putting it into words…..Their energy is now a part of my work and find it a fascinating aspect of my job…if you can call it a job!!

Here’s the book and an example of a page….

                                Below is the piece I worked on using the first pages of this book, the earthy tones really give it that vintage feel that I wanted.  EVERY SINGLE Paint used in this piece is from my favorite place, let’s say it together…HOME DEPOT!  They are all textured or metallic samples of Martha Stewarts line of paints.  The metallics are amazing and the textures range from crackle paints to the dark brown which you would swear is gritty mud smeared on the canvas with a knife….I also used some texture tools I got at the train show as well, a metal bristled “toothbrush” meant to clean track, but makes great texture in molding paint etc.  So for around five dollars a piece you get some great new textures and colors in good sized bottles that last a long while.  So here is the piece with a close up of the pages out of the Train Log along with an image that reminded me of my grandmother…..

           

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Final Post for Beveled Art Tutorial….Completed Piece

Hey you!  For the final step in this project you’ll need black pastels such as these….

This is the easiest part of the process but also just brings the whole piece together.  You’ll take your black pastel and outline each block fairly thickly.  Then taking a clean dry brush you’ll blend in the black pastel with up and down movements until fully blended.  See Below

Here are some finished shots of the outlined blocks…..

                        

And the Final Product is Below along with a cropped version that I’ll use for prints.

I truly hoped you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and even if you don’t follow step by step, hopefully you’ve gotten some techniques that piqued your interest.  Again I would love to see pictures.   Don’t forget to visit me on Facebook and Like Hummingbird Studios Page and follow us on Twitter OR sign up for our newsletter to your right.  You’ll get a free transfer technique and Monthly updates  and tutorials from Hummingbird Studios.   As Always Peace and Light from Hummingbird Studios and a Happy New Year!

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New art work that my husband hates….

Well, I just tried a new art technique from the following book which is amazing, you should give it a read!!  The book is by Mary Beth Shaw.  Click the picture below to order.

 

However the technique I used was by Misty Mawn and I fell in love with it.  Check out her link!  She’s amazing!  So here is the result of my attempt at one of her tutorials.  I loved it, My hubby, not so much.  It’s two panels put together to create one full image.  I was very happy with it, but I LOVE that my husband can be so honest with me.  We have VERY different taste in art so I’m going to show it regardless of his review, but I’m interested in YOUR review…shoot some comments at me and let me know what you think.  It’s different from my normal style but I’m branching out and would love to hear from you.  I can handle some constructive criticism! So I would LOVE to hear your comments below!!

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Something New….Where did this come from?

Well, this is my latest work and it’s got a different flow about it that my previous pieces, but I did it in one day all day couldn’t stop and then just “There it was”…..certainly softer and more blending, maybe all this portrait work at school and blending is rubbing off on my other pieces.  Can’t wait to see where it takes me next!!!

Let me know how you feel about this evolution as it takes place!  You’re the only way I get out of my head for critiques….any comments good or bad always welcome.   Don’t forget to Like or visit Facebook at Windy Kai: Hummingbird Studios….all those Social Media things…..love and light to you and yours….WK

How’s the first portrait coming along…..let’s just say I’m happier with it….

Well, here’s an update on the first portrait I’ve ever done since I was so unhappy with it.  Of COURSE I added my cubist element and the triangles and shapes made their way in!!!  They keep creeping up on me!!!  Not done yet but we’re getting there….

These portraits are scary, terrifying and the these walls I’ve built up about my insecurity are nagging, but they are slowly being broken down, and who knows faces may show up in my work more often….who knows….it’s the journey and I’m definitely on one!!  Just like you!

Peace and Light…WK

 

 

 

First Attempts at portraits

Well, as you know I deal mostly in abstract art.  For my class I attempted two portraits since they will be doing painted portraits coming up next week.  So here are the results.  I’m much happier with the second than the first.  As they say, practice makes perfect so I’m going to keep it up until I can reach the level of some of my dear friends.  Deanne Williamson for one.  So here’s me bearing some of my less favorite work for you just to show you I tried and will keep on trying….Please comment of like if you’d like, I’m interested to hear some feedback and suggestions.  Peace and light as always and remember if you’re afraid to try…. TRY…..

We Can’t Help It!!

Is she really adding stripes? YES!!! Why?  I don’t know!!…..Do you ever have a feeling as an artist or a buyer that you have no control over what you do as an artist or like as an art lover?  It’s just there or it’s not and you can’t explain why. When someone asks you as an art lover “What do you like”, I most often answer, “I’ll know it when I see it.”

So for all those art lovers out there who can’t “help” what they like….just a little secret….we artists can’t “help” what we paint!  I may not be speaking for all the artist’s of the world but when I’m in my studio it’s this bubble of feeling like you can’t make a mistake because every drop of paint or encaustic or paper or any medium you use to create your work WILL without your consent END UP EXACTLY WHERE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE.  I feel possessed almost and my husband will ask me, What’s it going to look like?, What are you going for here?” and I can’t answer him most often except to say…”he*% if I know!”  I’m just along for the ride!

And the ride is so exhilarating that you can’t breathe sometimes and you step back to look at your work and you think “where the He*% did that come from” or “Did I do that?”  “I couldn’t possibly have done that, I’m not that talented”, but there it is on the canvas and I love it.  Not another soul on the planet may love it, but I do and it came from a place inside me from which I do not know and that alone creates a sacredness about the piece that makes it ok if someone else doesn’t like it.  They don’t have to. The process was sacred to me.

So here we are with my latest piece and my first outdoor show (I’m used to indoor comforts) in one month and this piece literally came from nowhere in a matter of days.  It is very similar to my familiar style but there where some moments here and there, like the stripes and some free-handed painting that just happened and felt so familiar that I wanted to share with you all.

Artists, let your muse do the work for you today and art lovers, love what you love without feeling it necessary to explain why.  We like what we like and it’s all for the same reason….WE CAN’T HELP LOVING IT AND WE CAN’T HELP PAINTING IT!

As always, love and light  WK

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