This is an out-of-the-way spot in Alaska, Talkeetna, a little town at the base of North America's tallest peak, Denali. This cafe was rustic, beautiful, and served delicious food.
I was working on these chickens, really I was. Lately though, I'm not good at drawing in the car, which is where I've been lately. The chickens in hats were inspired by my old "chickens in underwear and high heels" sketch. (don't ask where that idea came from!) I saw a picture of some women in big hats and that was the inspiration for the three. Hope to make you smile.
Chickens in Hats
The theme for this month's challenge is, simply, Chickens.
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Carmen Beecher's Chicken
|Rulers of the Roost 6"x16" Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Press Paper|
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Donna Vines Chicken
I used this beautiful paper that reminded me of eggs in a nest as the nest.
I wanted to do a collage chicken for my challenge. Up until now I had only done landscapes or stationary objects, doing this was a great lesson in the difference between a living subject and a teapot. I am o.k. with my first attempt but am going to try again using my lessons learned.
"CHAIN AND ROPE"
by Denette Schweikert
8" X 10"
This has been really fun painting. I think I took the picture on a family trip in the coast of New England twenty years ago. Going over old photos, I have found so old gems that I am starting to paint.
New toys are a dangerous thing to an artist and there is no such thing as too much of a good thing!! I got my new Gelli plates a few days ago and I have been playing ever since. I have been making lots of new papers trying everything from rice paper to copy paper. I have also been experimenting with lots of different textures, design and next is lifting magazine photos.
I can justify all this because A. I have lots of papers from rice, tissue, cotton and copy B. I need these papers for my collages and I know I can squeeze them in with my reams of other papers which I have for my collages C. I have lots of unused acrylic paint and..... D. I wanted the darn Gelli's.
There are lots and lots of YouTube videos out there to help you with anything you might want to do or try. They are a lot of fun and the results are always interesting if not beautiful.
|The tools of the trade|
Gelli plate, brayer and acrylic paints
tissue paper with two colors
tissue paper with bubble wrap texture
the gelli plate is clear and clean when you get it and cleans off pretty easily
this piece is for a special project.
Doodling 101, Lesson 01: Taking a Line for a Walk
by Kathy Garvey
I've always been a doodler and I find it's the fastest way to get children drawing and to loosen up adults. It's also my way of not feeling guilty watching mindless TV when I feel like taking a break from physical activity. And, it often leads to fun results or inspiration for other artwork.
During Covid Isolation I've had a lot of time for doodling and thought I would write up some of my methods for anyone who wants to play along for themselves or the little ones in their lives.
Here is a totally easy simple method to get started and I think it was one of my favorite artists, Paul Klee, who gave this exercise it's name "Taking a Line for a Walk."
Below is a step by step example of my process from the multiple lines to the finished picture.
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