Moons and Junes and Ferris Wheels…

Art

The dizzy dancing way you feel. 

I’ve always been a little obsessed with moon faces. Perhaps its the dreamy vintage illustrations I have always adored. Perhaps its the art from The Smashing Pumpkins Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness from my early teen years.

Well, I got a new watercolor pan set over the holidays, so I put together this watercolor self portrait. Click through the album to see work in progress shots to the finished painting.

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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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This winter there was a new addition to the family in the form of a brand new nephew. I wanted to gift something he could enjoy through the years, so I painted this for his nursery. It’s based off the children’s poem Wynken, Blynken, and Nod And Nod.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
   Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—
Sailed on a river of crystal light
   Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
   The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring-fish
   That live in this beautiful sea;
   Nets of silver and gold have we,"
            Said Wynken,
            Blynken,
            And Nod.

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Secret Santa Portrait Reveal

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Finally! Today is the day! I can post this lovely portrait I did for the Sktchy app’s Secret Santa art exchange. I sent the piece off 2 weeks ago, but couldn’t post it until today to keep the surprise. We were provided a small piece of cardstock for the project.  I treated the cardstock they provided with watercolor grounds before painting over it, which gave it a fun texture.

Merry Artmas!

Sktchy Art Exchange

 

Pastel Portrait Class, New Show in Newark, and Chinchilla Love

Art, Art Shows & Events, Classes

Pastel Portrait Class

Today I taught a pastel portrait class for beginners at Tulpehocken Exchange. It was the perfect activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was an intimate group with creative folks including musicians and a sculptor. I taught them some basics using dry pastel and offered tips on facial proportions, color, the blending vs. texture balance, and various methods of achieving different styles. Pastels are a great way to get vivid, painterly affects. They’re a wonderful step into painting. (Or use on their own.) Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the class.

 

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All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit 

My next show will be at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. It’s a pop-up exhibit “featuring artists that fall at ALL points on the weird spectrum.” CLICK HERE to visit the Facebook event. I hope to unveil some new pieces there.

Important Info

Time/Date: March 25th, 12 – 4 PM

Location: Newark Arts Alliance
276 E Main St, Suite 102
Newark, Delaware 19711

More info on the Newark Arts Alliance can be found at newarkartsalliance.org .

Chinchilla Floral 
Those who know me in person know that I have 2 ornery chinchillas that I love to pieces. I created this small watercolor painting of a chinchilla floral print. It’s now available on Society6 on phone cases pillows, travel mugs, stickers, and other projects. Personally, I think it’s perfect to show your chinchilla love with a snazzy phone case. You can visit my shop  HERE Chinchilla Floral

chinchilla floral society6 screenshot

Click on the image to go directly to the chinchilla floral products.