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Apple Collages

Apple Collages

I think every artist has painted an apple at some point.  It a good exercise of light and shadows.  I recently completed a large, complicated piece of several Koi, so I needed to give my brain a break and work on something not as complex. I was inspired by an oil painting that I did about ten years ago, long before I got into painting with paper.  One of the three paintings (shown above) is my new version of that oil painting  Something to note, in the apple slices you’ll find parts of apple pie recipes.    Here's a time lapsed...

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The Making of a Fox Collage

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The Making of a Fox Collage

  ☞For full details on how I create collages using magazines, check out my online workshop and ebook. Whenever I draw a person or an animal, I always start with the eyes.  I know I should draw out the basic shapes first, but for me, if I don’t get the eyes right, the drawing doesn’t work.  This is a challenge for me working with torn paper art.  I need to work from the background to the foreground.  Often the eyes are the last part I work on.  It really bugs me as I look at the empty stare of the sketched...

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Sunflowers in a Vase

Sunflowers in a Vase

Original Post: March 2014  It as been a long and dreary winter in Ohio this year that doesn’t seem to want to end.  When the weather is above 20 degrees, I go out to my garden to look for any sign of spring.  A sprout from a crocus, a bud on a tree, something… anything!   Yet, I’ve found nothing.  It’s so depressing. When I went to grocery store, I saw sunflowers in the fresh flower section.  Sunflowers are so bright and cheerful, something I need in late March, so that became my inspiration.  What I like  about this painting,...

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Wilma, Our Beloved Cat

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Wilma, Our Beloved Cat

Our sweet calico lived to be 17 years old, pretty good for a cat.   My husband, Mark, already had Wilma, before I moved in with him. That’s something that attracted me to him , his love for animals.  Wilma was a very affectionate cat with a beautiful, long, silky, coat.   She adopted me right away by taking residence on my lap and purring up a storm.  Years later, on the night before she died, she climb onto my lap and fell asleep.  I didn’t want to move her.  Her body was so frail at this point and we knew...

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How to Make a DIY Projector for Art

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How to Make a DIY Projector for Art

Whenever I make a piece of art that’s larger than 16″ x 20″, I need a way to project my original smaller sketch onto the larger canvas.  I’m looking into buying a real projector, but in the meantime, my homemade projector is doing the job. Keep in mind, it’s less than ideal.  The lumens are so low I can barely make out my drawing when I project it onto the canvas.  For my paper collages, I really just need the rough outlines so I can get the proportions correct and this is doing the job.  Bottom line:  it’s cheap, gives...

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