MOVING TO NEW SITE


I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not missing, instead I have ventured into the wonderful world of my own website!

http://www.craftyartistkc.com is now live. Although it is not completed, I am slowly transitioning my posts over to the new site. Please please please go check it out and subscribe via email. I will be adding a lot more ways to follow me, but for now, please subscribe via email.

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Joey’s weekly challenge #135


I’m always amazed at what Joey comes up with for the challenges and I absolutely love doing anything with circles. In this challenge, found here, you can see that part of the challenge was also doing three tangle patterns. Disco, Drogon, and Msst. None of  these have I attempted before, so the whole thing was challenging.

Joeys - 135

Joey’s challenge #124


 

Joeys-124

This one was fun and very out of my comfort zone. I learned a new tangle called Gra-vee. All the while I had to use a circle string with a loop in the center. I decided to add color to this piece because I felt like it gave it more dimension.

If you want to check out the challenge presented, you can find it here

Green


Leaf 1

Oh the seasons are changing and the leaves are turning. Before long it will be all about pumpkin spice and then peppermint EVERYTHING! So before time flies past, I wanted to take a minute to appreciate the green leaves and the flowers and everything in the summer we are soon going to be without.

For some reason, I thought that each art piece leaves a impression, a thumbprint on our hearts. While I was drawing this, I thought the swirls looked like fingerprints. Just made me realize that everything we think and feel goes into our artwork.

Thank you for taking time to allow my art to leave an impression on your heart. I can only hope that it inpires.

Digital enhancement 


 

Mandala 1

Let me start by saying that this mandala you see is completely hand drawn. No compass, no grid lines, nothing. Just my notebook and my pen. It was super fun but super scary at the same time. I have been in the middle of watching a series on Netflix with my honey so I did this one sitting on the couch as opposed to sitting at my desk where there is a large flat surface.

OK, Now lets move to the digital enhancement part of the post. Because I am such a newbie at art, I have marveled at the abilities of those around me, but then I found out that the art had been digitally enhanced. Now, digitally enhancing your own personal artwork is not a bad thing. Although when I first found out, I was stricken with sadness. I had been pushing myself so hard to be perfect with my art, just to find out that some artists just use photo shop techniques to give various views to each art piece they did, essentially creating and endless amount of art from one drawn piece.

So, here is my attempt at doing just that. The wonderful thing about mandalas is they look good alone or in a group. I felt like creating pop art from this single mandala made it so much more interesting to look at. Keep in mind that all this digitizing was done on my phone so there weren’t many options when it came to creating something different.

This next piece was so much fun to draw. I also drew this is my small notebook I keep with me always. It allows me to draw wherever I am, when I have a moment. This started as a single flower in the in the bottom corner and turned into a garden! As with all my art, I don’t ever know how things are going turn out in the end. But this one, with just a pop of color turned out fantastic.

So to digitally enhance this picture, I decided to use the Negative filter. Boy was I amazed at how it turned out. I thought I liked the original, I really liked the enhanced version. It made me want to try some art on black paper. I haven’t found what I’m supposed to use to draw on it yet, so I haven’t tried it. I hope to figure it out in the near future.

So in the end, you can see that digital enhancement of an original art piece can be so much fun and can also lead to amazing ideas in the future. I would love to know your thoughts on digital enhancing software and creating prints for sale. (As I hope to start creating soon!)

I am very excited about where this has taken me with my art. I am always eager to learn new things. Digital enhancement of original artwork is not new, but it is new to me.

Zentangled Paradox


Paradox

I am gonna share with you a poem I wrote over 10 years ago. When I was just trying to figure it all out. I thought this drawing went well with it because it to is confusing yet beautiful.

There is something in my head, but I can’t figure it out,

Am I losing control, I want to stand and shout,

Or is that really what my heart desires,

Or am I simply fueled by the fires,

Of anger and frustration that is held within,

I can’t believe that I’ve been stretched this thin,

My body is telling me that I had better stop,

Before my juice runs out and over uncontrolled I flop.

Am I really this tired or is it all in my mind,

I feel something’s missing, something I can’t find,

A lot of things go wrong and yet, so much is right,

Is what I’m really feeling deep inside fright?

All of these feelings just can’t be let loose,

Am I a loser, a freak, or at the end, the caboose.

What is it? What wants to take control?

I wish I could walk through my mind on patrol.

Does this make sense or have I lost you?

The confusion overwhelms me, I just might turn blue

in the face from holding it all inside.

Is there someone in my life in whom I can confide?

I know there is someone, but would they really care?

Do I let them know my secret, Do I really dare?

Not that the secret is bad, but that its really this,

I have so much in my head, so much that they all miss.

My mind is cluttered it needs to be organized.

Maybe when I feel this way, they’ve got me hypnotized.

Can they really handle every feeling that I have?

Sad? Happy? Frustration? All together drive me mad!

What am I doing spilling all my guts,

No one can heal me from all these deep cuts.

So many in my heart, and yet you’ll not see any scars.

Its as if I put the these emotions on a rocket ship to mars.

This way no one knows them, and they can all be free,

And no one will have to feel these things, but me.

Charity Woods, 2003