Tuesday, October 20, 2020

hopscotch happy

            


Hopscotch happy is a painting I created with my new Art Foamie Stamps. I love how you can change up the hair and add bodies. They are so easy to adapt and so versatile! The hopscotch is another stamp I designed taking us back to simpler times. I hope you are hopscotch happy today.



Lil Happy is inspired by Arai Ryoji. He is a Japanese artist I discovered recently through pinterest and for a while I was sure of his name. Then as I was searching on Hobonichi for a new notebook, I saw that he designed a cover and some folders and stuff. His stuff is so playful and childlike. Lots of childlike marks and scribbles. head over to pinterest to see some of his incredible work!

This is a journal spread I've been working on after being inspired by several different Japanese artists.


Coming up next month over on Patreon, we will be celebrating Japanese art by getting inspired by different artists creations. Mainly childlike and flat. Not necessarily anime style. more scribbly and raw. that is my favorite.





Monday, October 19, 2020

Cozy book and Mary Blair

 Are you ready for the Holiday season? I am already dreaming about making Christmas and winter art. 


Cozy book original is now available in my Big Cartel shop!

inspired by Mary Blair's work in her Up and Down book.

I am learning so much through an extensive study of her work. When I first saw her personal work and book illustrations I wasn't directly aware of the amazing line work with gouache to create such stunning texture. It isn't "in your face". It's such a subtle and brilliant (deceptively simple) design work. I keep discovering more and I love incorporating some of the figure postures into my work.

This is the piece that inspired the cute girl above:

You can check out more about Mary over on a website that her nieces created to honor and celebrate Mary's incredible legacy.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

live free


Live Free available

Live free from toxicity

from fear

from the gremlins that lie to you.

that tell you, you are less than.

that tell you, you are imperfect.

that tell you, you come from brokenness and "you are weak"

Live free from perfection

from procrastination

from being alone.

Because in your brokenness, you are strong. From your weakness, you have strength. 

And in your imperfectness, you are Perfect.

yes, I shall Live Free.



-Mindy Lacefield




Inspired by scripture:

NIV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Friday, October 16, 2020

MY HUGE news REVEAL!!!

 I have been anxiously waiting to reveal what I've been working on this summer. I am kind of beside myself at the moment at how beautiful these stamps turned out. Kae Pea has done an incredible job of creating these beauties. I have not a few stamps, but a whole collection that can be layered upon one another. Kae Pea has let me in on a little (BIG) secret....about using these with watercolor. What the....?!? watercolor with stamps? Yes indeed. you could also use these with acrylic paint and ink but the watercolor look has it's imperfections and it really doesn't look like you stamped something on the page. These kind of stamps really fit my style of creating beautifully. I just imagine you adapting and changing these to add your own colors you love as well as altering as you go. Adding more hair for example or different eyes. Changing up the house is really fun. That house could be my favorite one. 

The 3rd photo is an example of the first layering of the stamps. And the others have been added to with watercolor. I am also excited to use them in conjunction with oil pastel at some point. I am just beginning to play and experiment with these.

I have a video for you to check out my process and you can purchase them from Art Foamies website Now!



 
















Thursday, October 15, 2020

HUGE news coming tomorrow!

 Get.ready. Big big news is coming tomorrow. 

I don't think I've had big news in a while. But I've been waiting with anticipation to share what I've been working on these last several weeks. I think you'll love it. Stop by here tomorrow afternoon. Better yet, subscribe to my blog to get it delivered to your inbox.

Pouring more energy into this blog space feels so good as I am spending less and less time on social media. . Cozy writing on my blog and sharing more for my readers feels more fun and even more inspiring. I WILL share more here. I will share often. I feel like if you are here, then you are my people. So hello people! thank you for joining me. 

As we (im)patiently wait for tomorrow, I have more art to share with you. Below are a few examples of what my Patrons receive when they first sign up for the Messy Inner child tier on Patreon.

I'm focusing more on watercolor at the moment because it such a quick prep process. Acrylic takes more time as you squeeze out all the colors you need. Here you just spritz your palette and go.

See y'all tomorrow!







Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fried Rice illustration

The craving is real. Yak and Yeti and Disney's Animal kingdom has THE.best fried rice. (get the house with shrimp and chicken). After much mouth watering debate....as you see I am not a cook....but after watching Ratatouille again.... it urged me to at least try. Because, come on "Anyone can cook!" - Chef Gusteaux.

I googled Yak and Yeti fried rice and landed here. This blogger, Carrie obviously knows when the craving hits, ya gotta do somethin....and quick. Thankful for her recipe and easy instructions. Listen. I even put an egg in mine. I know, how do you even do that?! Well, not that hard apparently if you know what you're doing. (of which I didn't but the instruction was on point).

So my obsession with fried rice, spilled over into my journal. The ingredients and the Mary Blair inspired ice cream girl was in my mind as I created this. I wanted a childlike imperfection in my lettering. Try using your non-dominant hand and gouache on a brush. Believe me, it will guide you to a place where magic only lies in a different hand :-) Not too fussy. Not too "pretty" and certainly not beautiful, cursive, curly cue lettering. But it's definitely more me and fits my style much better.

So what have you been cooking lately?

What will you cook? Because "Anyone can cook". Even me.



Mary Blair inspiration:

thanks to Magic of Mary Blair via Pinterest






Monday, October 12, 2020

Student work from stay curious

 Just look at all the amazing work created by students in the Stay Curious class. There are a few spots open if you want to join in and the zoom live portion begins tomorrow. Registration will close after tomorrow. Artwork by Jenny Messerle, Brittany McLarney, Jill Fromelius, Cheryl Ann, Tammy Koolbeck and April Gleason. wow, just wow!! 

And this is just a random sampling of all the fantastic work in the class.


April Gleason

                                              Iwona Tilley



Brittany McLarney


Jenny Messerle




Cheryl Ann