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Setting a piece aside and leaving it to the muses!

Well, I’ve been working on a piece for quite some time now and it just isn’t happening.  The whole composition bothers me, the colors, the shapes, the lines, the textures, basically ALL your Elements and Principles of ART!! Hah,  So I’ve decided to set it aside and put it in the hands of my muses and begin another piece.   Here’s what’s not working for me….

So now it’s on the floor with some pastels awaiting my attention when the mood strikes.

BUT, we just got back from a cruise and blues and golds are just running through my head like mad, so I’ve begun the following piece.

I’ve LOVING the golds and blues….the texture of the molding paste, the composition which in my head is filled in with all kinds of blues including collage, pastel, paints with herbs etc.  I feel very inspired by this piece and I hope it will help to get me over the hump of the other piece!

SOOOO, the question to you today is, have you ever been stuck on a piece?  We ALL know the answer is YES for all of us…so I would love to hear about it in the comments section or on my Facebook page….. pictures would be even better!!!  I’d love to be reminded I’m not alone in this!

I look forward to comments……Don’t be afraid, let’s hear them!!!  Also, 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, Love and Light…..WK

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My New Diggs

Well, for awhile now I’ve struggled with an EZ up tent, well several of them as they kept breaking) and mooning over and over about how lovely pro-panels looked and my CPA ie my husband…..asured me that simply couldn’t take the “Plunge” to buy ALL new equipment, let alone top of the line items like Flourish TrimLine Tents or anough Pro-Panels to fill my tent.  You see up until now I had prided myself on being the frugal art insider….and believe me I won’t dissapoint you.  This was a gift from a Greater Source…My God is taking care of me!

After looking online at ArtInsiders.com,( if you haven’t discovered this site, go directly to it!! after you  finish reading my post  🙂 ) I found plenty of tents for sale or panels for sale but shipping would kill us…so my brilliant husband said check Craig’s list, that’s local.  I told him I had already checked many times.  His response…”Check again.”

And to our surprise in our own city we found not only a tent, not only the panels but BOTH for literally less than a third of what they would cost new….and no they were not beat up and used even five times, NO…ONCE!!!!!  

So although I have the newest toys, I will still be the frugal queen….in fact this is my biggest frugal aquisition of all!!!

 I look forward to comments……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, Love and Light…..WK

Collaborative Work With a Friend

A friend and I got together to do this work, sketching, she did the wood burning and I stained and painted it…..we felt a real iconic, fairy tale look to it….we had fun and did it in about thirty minutes so we can’t wait to play together some more and see what happens!!!  Collaboration can be a great thing!  She even left me her wood burner to play with….now THAT’S Dangerous!!

We also did this dragon and tiger……

Some VERY different work for me, but too much fun!!!!  I may be playing around with that wood burner alot, God bless my husband!!

 I look forward to comments……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, Love and Light…..WK

New Work….Abstract Circles

Good Morning!

I’ve included today my last piece before my show on the 23rd….(don’t forget to visit me on the 23rd-25th at Art on the Greene in Arlington!)  and I’m very happy with the turn out, especially the colors….Would love to hear your feedback, good or critical….

I’m doing some experimenting with some less structured abstract as well….it’s such foreign territory to me that I feel exhilaration at the process but terrified as well….any feed back would be truly appreciated as I take this new road…..I love this style and can’t wait to dive in….painting really is such a perpetual playground….I know you feel the same about your art.  It just doesn’t get any better than getting to “play”for a living!!

I look forward to your comments and 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. All pieces are on sale at www.Windykai.com

 Peace and Light and I hope to see you in Arlington on the 23rd-25th!  WS

Browns and Blues won’t leave me alone!

Here’s a look at my newest piece.   I’m in love with browns always but now  browns and  blues can’t stay away from each other in my work.  They are like magnets.  So here’s my latest piece on my easel.  In this picture the different tones of browns and yellows I used didn’t show up as well as I would have liked so I will get an updated pic up soon.  I ranged from dark browns to light tan colors  but the pic on my iPhone didn’t quite catch it so I’m off to capture it with my “real” camera.  Who knew there was something an iPhone couldn’t do??? 🙂

Do you have colors that you “magnet” towards?  Colors that call to you?   Please share in the comment section if you do!

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Here’s a better pic of the above painting that really captures the tonal values of the browns used.

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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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Happy New Year! Follow Along Beveled Canvas Project Part IV: Filling In the Squares and Choosing your colors

Hello again and I hope everyone is having a happy last day of 2011 and ready for 2012!

The next portion of this tutorial is the bulk of filling in the canvas but is also the easiest and the hardest at the same time.  This is where you choose your colors and how they are going to compliment your sketched out composition.  There are Three parts to this.

  1. taping and painting in

  2. spraying (optional)

  3. going over your textured areas again with oil pastels before moving on to the final step and details

So step 1.  filling in your pre-sketched out composition with colors.  Now I had intended some brighter colors but I found these great testers at Home Depot for $.50 each in pastels and I fell in love with them.  So I decided to go with softer colors for the main areas and then in the last step I’ll bring in brighter colors for pop and detail as you’ll see in the next post.   I tape off areas using painters tape and then paint the areas.  BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART is WIPING THE PAINT AS YOU GO WITH PAPER TOWELS TO LET THE PAPERS AND PHOTOS YOU’VE PUT UNDERNEATH SHOW THROUGH.  If you don’t wipe as you go you lose your under layer and a lot of character.  See below.  Please forgive the lighting I was working by my window in the middle of the day and the glare was terrible.

  • Tips: use a soft touch on your tape to avoid tearing under papers
  • be careful of drips, but to be honest the occasional drip of color here and there can be a nice touch

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Step 2.  Choose certain blocks to spray watered down paint or India Ink or even Tea on.  I have watered down white paint in a travel size hairspray container and I used it on my purple blocks.  Have fun with this but don’t go overboard, it should be used sparingly!

 Step 3.  To finalize this section I take oil pastels that are darker than the paint and rub it on my textured areas to create a “Pop” and get it ready for the next and final step.

 

 

 

 So Here we are at the end of the fourth tutorial and this is where the piece is standing.  Remember we have one more very important tutorial to finish up the piece and you’ll be amazed at how such a simple step finishes off the piece so so nicely.

Remember if you Like this post or want to share it please do so below but most of all I would love to see pictures of your work if you are following along to share with our friends that also read this blog, so send them in!!!!  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 Phenomenal New Year!

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