Monday, May 23, 2011

Modern Folk Art Painting ~ Maya on Canvas

Maya on canvas is the 5th in a series of modern folk art paintings I've done over the past 3 months. With each painting I learn a little more and I seem to be getting better and better at blending my acrylic paint.

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Maya was created in mixed media collage style using acrylic paint, decorative papers and rubber stamps. The orchids are individually hand cut from watercolor paper, folded sculpted and assembled into a 3 dimensional element. Orchid centers are embellished with a tiny faux pearl.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Gesture Drawing: How to Draw a Mermaid

Gesture drawings can help take the fear out of drawing the human form. If you ever thought that you can't even draw a stick figure, I've got great news for you folks! I don't consider myself to be Michael Angelo at drawing mermaids or the figure in general but I can tell you that gesture drawing helped me more than I could have imagined.

Serafina mermaid as stick figure gesture
I went from drawing this simple sketch above to the drawing you see below. One thing to keep in mind is that this drawing was pieced together using several drawings. Hey, that's why they invented tracing paper but you'll learn more about that later.

Serafina mermaid final drawing
Kell Bell studio is pleased to present a short series of videos on how to use gesture drawing to draw a mermaid. The only things you'll need to get started are a pencil, sketch book and a little imagination. Let go of your fear and have fun, it's just pencil and paper. Erasers are optional!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mixed Media Art ~ Creating a collage painting on wood panel

Mixed media art has been such fun for me especially the creation of this collage painting on wood panel entitled "Sabine." The creation of this piece was all about the process and for the first time I was not in a hurry to get to an outcome. I took my time, learned, played and most of all, I had fun!

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I put together a video of the progression of the piece. You can watch various stages of both the drawing and the painting process. I hope you enjoy.