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New piece, step by step

I’ve started a new piece that came to me in my car while driving home from work…..as soon as I got home this was the sketch that quickly and messily came out of my head….

My favorite poem Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allen Poe came to mind and I knew it had to be the back ground so I began immediately …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The text of the poem reads:

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Edgar Allan Poe

As you can see it’s a chilling, sadly romantic story that revolves around the sea so I guess my themes of cool colors will continue!  I can’t wait to get those swirls and circles in there to go with my original messy sketch and I will keep you updated as I go!!

Please don’t forget how much I admire and love you all….your respect and opinion is valuable to me so As always, 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 from WK

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See Me At ART ON THE GREENE in Arlington

Click here for more information on Art on the Greene

A free 3 day Arts Festival located between The Ballpark in Arlington and Cowboys Stadium. Richard Greene Linear Park is the venue that will play host to the inaugural event on March 23-25, 2012.  Art On The Greene will feature the finest artists and prominent local live entertainment. Richard Greene Linear Park is also the home of the Caelum Moor Sculptures by Artist Norm Hines.

            HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

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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Follow Along Beveled Project Part III My Favorite New Technique

Hi!  I hope you’re enjoying following along with this project.  I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to see how it turns out.  I’ve done two others with this technique and I’m so in love.  I hope you love it too, it’s easy, fun, a little messy and CHEAP, all the makings of a great technique.

1.  First you’ll need just chalk pastels and some gesso to go over the dried molding paste or heavy gel you used for texture to begin with in Step ONE.

 

2.  After your molding paste or heavy gel texture has dried take the pastels and rub them over the texture.   This can be quite messy so work from the top down so the powder from the pastels doesn’t mix with that of the sections below.

Rub Pastel over texture                                          Texture with pastel

3.  At this point you’ll take gesso on a brush and brush gently over the pastelled texture leaving some dark areas and some lighter areas, even some full gesso strokes with no color.  It adds interest.  Then after the gesso is on you can rub the pastel on the texture again to get some darker areas on again leaving you with various values from white to dark.  You’ll have to clean off your pastel to get the wet gesso off, but it doesn’t damage the pastel.

4.  Here are how my three textured areas turned out after the gesso and pastel.

                    Note the darker and lighter areas where I didn’t fully mix in the gesso with the pastel and let it mingle allowing the full value of colors show through.  This is enhanced when you go over the wet pastel with the fresh pastel to push in extra dark.  Like I said, just wipe off  your pastel with paper towels (keep them for future use) and you’re good to go!

So right now we have what is looking like a mess, and the fun part is that it IS a mess, but as we move forward on our next steps we will remember our original sketched out composition (don’t ever lose that) and decide on colors to go over our ephemera, and using other techniques we will bring that orignal composition together into a fun fun piece. 

I hope you’re enjoying following along and If you have ANY questions about the steps just click on my Contact page or leave a comment even better and I’ll answer it for everyone.

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.  Peace and Light…..WK

 

Beveled Canvas Project: Follow along!!

Well, I got these amazing new canvases that are beveled on the edges….they are so cool as you can see here….so I’m starting a new piece on a large one and I’m going to try to document it stage by stage for you.  The first pic is of the plain canvas.

The next pic is of some lines I’ve very loosely sketched in to create sections for different textures and colors.  I think I’m going to try to go with some brighter colors for this one just for fun.  I very much stick to warmer colors and maybe I’ll play around with some brights this time.  Below you’ll see the general layout and some heavy molding gel that I’ve put in various textures.

 

 

Finally the last picture is of the corner showing the texture going off the beveled side. 

If you want to follow along you can use any canvas OR if you want these great beveled canvases check out Jerry’s Artorama for their very reasonable prices.  Or you can just use a regular canvas to follow along with the techniques I’ll be using.

So to recap

1.  Sketch out a general layout to section off your canvas into different squares and triangles, rectangles, anything you want really.  I stuck with squares and rectangles of various sizes for this piece.

2.  Use molding paste or a heavy bodied gel medium to cover various sections.   Then using different tools, stamps or even your hands give the paste texture.  Then leave to dry until we can begin again another day!

As always don’t forget to Like the post if you do indeed like it or share it with some friends on Facebook or Twitter or LEAVE A COMMENT with anything you’d like to add to this project.  I would love to hear what variations you would have on this project as we go.

Love and Light and Happy Holidays to you and yours.  WK

5 Mixed Media Art Books that you MUST Own!

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Ok, I admit it, I’m an art book junkie, but there are certain gems out there that NO ONE should miss out on!

1.

           Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations, and Exploratory Projects (Lab Series)

2.

                Art at the Speed of Life: motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day

 

3.


Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Experimental Techniques for Composition, Layering, Texture, Imagery, and Encaustic

4. 

Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers

5. 

Unfurling, A Mixed-Media Workshop with Misty Mawn: Inspiration and Techniques for Self-Expression through Art

Well, of course this is just a beginning…more “Must Have’s” coming soon!!!   Don’t  forget to comment or visit me on facebook under Hummingbird Studios Windy Kai (or click on the facebook symbol to your right)…..Hope to see you there!   Peace and Light,  WK

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!!

Don’t forget to LIKE me on Facebook, DIGG  and check out Misty Mawn & Mary Beth Shaw  They are worth your time believe me!!

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