November 16, 2010

"Be glad of life..."

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars"
- Love this quote. It's a good reminder to just slow down and enjoy life. There are times when I get going so fast and I'm so stressed about everything, that I overlook the little joys of life. Sometimes I forget the things that are really important. And sometimes I suddenly find myself lost in something (usually something in nature)...maybe it's the sunset, a sunrise, a beautiful night sky, or the way the sun shines through the clouds. But these are the moments that stop me dead, and bring me back to reality. They slow me down and remind me that life isn't always about the everyday stresses...the class work, the grades, the lab report, the bills, the dirty dishes. Nope, there is a whole other world out there. It's always around us, we're just often blinded by the stresses of our lives. Sometimes we just need to slow down and look up at the stars.

This was a Saturday afternoon project I worked on this past weekend. I decided to play with some of the techniques I had learned in the Graffiti Class. I pulled out all of the materials from class and went to it with a scrap of watercolor paper left over from the class. Using the scrap piece of paper helped me to stay loose. I knew this was just a fun project, a learning experience...I was not going to create a masterpiece. So I just had fun with it and didn't worry about the finished project.

I had come across the quote recently, and it gave me inspiration for the piece. I wanted to use the graffiti techniques to create a night sky background. The colors that I used for this piece were much darker than the colors I had used in class, and because of this, things turned out differently than they had in class. The first layers I put down were almost completely covered by the top layers...they didn't peek through as much as I had expected. But I still really like how the piece turned out. It was fun to just pull out the paints, and splatter and sponge and splash and play for a couple hours!

November 7, 2010

Graffiti Art Class

Yesterday I went to a Graffiti art class at the Swank Coffee Shop in Southern Pines (one of my favorite places!). Jodi Ohl taught the class, and she was wonderful! I had wanted to sign up for this class during the summer, but had missed it and was so glad that I had a chance to take it. And I had a blast! It was completely different than any art projects I had done before. It was all about being loose and created layer upon layer, realizing that the initial layers would eventually be covered, but they guided you as you created your piece. Jodi encouraged us to let things go, not to get too attached to those first layers, and to just let the piece build upon itself. It was a wonderful learning experience, not only in encouraging me to be more free and forgiving in my art. But we also learned so many different techniques during the course of the class. We started with a collage using ModPodge, then used paints, stencils, sponges, any random object that would create a fun texture, and then we finished it off with spray paint! Tons of fun!

November 1, 2010

Another Stipple!?

Yep, I've started another stipple. What can I say? I'm a stippling fool.. This time I chose a much simpler picture and made it much smaller. So it shouldn't take me nearly as long as the last one. I'm also working on some other ideas for art projects - not stipples. So maybe those will be up here soon too!
The current stipple is another piece where I combined my love of art and baking. I thought this would make a great piece to hang in a kitchen. Check out the progress I have already made...