House Update and #29Faces

Hello friends! How is everyone out there in Internetland? First, I’m excited to share an update on our new house.  We move in less than a month!  :)


And, on to the #29faces challenge that I committed to participate in.  I haven’t exactly kept up, as the idea is to complete 29 faces during the month of September.  BUT, I’ve been doing my best, given my current life’s circumstances. My first girlie, officially #2, is a paint-over collage ala Tam (Willowing).  I struggled with her, but I’m gonna call her done.  She’s in my art journal, so I will be adding some color and journaling around her.


This next one – officially #3 – is just a little sketch I did while watching TV the other night.  I’ll add some paint to her.


These next three (yep, I’m these as 3 faces lol) – are on canvas.  They are totally inspired by Michael Lang, whose Youtube channel is keeping me up at night.  He is one talented artist.  My goal is to learn his style of painting.  Since I have no plans to sell these pieces, I totally copied some of his faces so that I can follow his video to learn his painting methods.  I find this to be the best way for me to learn a new technique.  The next step in my learning process will be to use my own original drawing, and his techniques.number5and629facesnumber429faces

Being Gentle With Myself

It never fails.  Whenever I try to commit to anything these days, shit happens.  If it isn’t my health, it’s something else.  A dear friend lost her 28 year old son last week, under very tragic circumstances.  I’m still in shock.  To make things even worse for her, she lost her husband just a few years ago under the same circumstances.  I wish I was healthy enough to do more for her, but, sadly, I can only be there in spirit.  I just hope she’s strong enough to get through this.  She does have a lot of support, and two wonderful children, so I think she’ll be okay.  RIP Justin.  :(

Justin Roovers – April 19, 1985 – August 30, 2014


So, I’m being gentle with myself.  Even though I haven’t kept up with the 29 Faces challenge, I have completed one face, and started a few more.  My muse just isn’t co-operating to finish them.  When I do feel creative, my body doesn’t allow me to art for very long before I need to lie down for a while.  *sigh*  I’ve been doing physiotherapy now for a few weeks, and I was just starting to make some progress when I had a setback, which has put me back where we started in terms of progress.  My therapist is encouraging.  She thinks that if we were able to get there before, we can get there again.  I’m just frustrated with the length of time it is taking for this injury to heal.

A Face A Day for September

I really enjoy drawing and painting faces.  I haven’t been doing many faces lately, so I decided that I was going to try (again) to do a face a day for a whole month.  I’ve tried this before, and wasn’t able to make it through the whole month.  So, this time, I AM GOING TO DO IT!  :)  Here’s face #1 – done entirely with Posca Paint Markers, on my recliner (with my TENS machine and my heating pad – my new reality) – while watching the U.S. Open Tennis championships.  The markers definitely have their limits, but it was fun to be able to “paint” without the mess.   Having said that, this one was inspired by Eduard Fleminsky.  His portraits are much more realistic, but he uses color in such a creative way.

Edited to add — I just found a challenge group called ’29 faces’.  so I will be participating in this challenge.


 I’m taking a few online classes right now with some awesome portrait artists, so it should be easy to get inspired and try different styles of faces.  So, my plan for tomorrow’s face is to do a paint-over collage, Tam (Willowing) style.  I’ve done this before, with “so-so” results.  I love the idea of using a magazine image.  I think it helps to train your brain to paint faces, and it’s FUN!  :)

Another Mixed Media Abstract

Hello my friends!  Two posts in two days!  Aren’t you impressed?  As I mentioned yesterday, I have been dealing with health concerns – daily chest and back pain caused by nerve impingement in my thoracic spine (well, that’s the most recent diagnosis after 3 months of medical tests and appointments).  My art is the ONLY thing that is keeping me sane.  It was so nice to hear from some of you yesterday!  It really lifted my spirits.  Thank you!  You inspired me to post another completed piece – much different from yesterday’s.

This is truly mixed media – I started with molding paste through various stencils, and followed up with collage, Liquitex acrylic spray paint, acrylic paints, pouring medium, and even Pan Pastels!  I think I ended up with a very unique, graphic piece of art!  :)


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Mixed Media Abstract Art

I’m still struggling with health concerns, but my art is helping me to cope.  So, I completed this highly textured mixed media piece over several days (weeks!).  The techniques and concept were inspired by Karen Hale.  I love her work!  I put my own personal spin on it, with the chipboard numbers, collage, and various textural mediums, oh, and some stenciling too.  What do you think?  I always love feedback….good or bad!  :)






My Art is ON MY WALLS!

I am sharing this here because it showcases some of my recent art!  :)  We listed our home less than a week ago, and so far, we have had showings daily, with multiple showings on several days.  Four more today!  When I see it looking this good, I feel a little weird…but, I know that our new home will be even more beautiful.  I am so blessed.

My Muse is in Overdrive!

I’ve got lots of art to share with you today!  I’ve been happily creating lots of art, despite the fact that we have been crazy busy getting our house ready to sell.  We are building a new home, too, so lots of work to do/decisions to be made there, too!  All good stuff.  As part of the process of staging our house, we had to get some art up on our walls.  I know….I’m an artists, and our walls were painfully bare!  Sad!  But, not any more!

First, I want to share my latest piece, that I finished yesterday.  I think it’s finished, anyway.  My hubby (bless his heart) thinks it needs more, but I’m not sure I agree.  Any feedback you wish to give would be gratefully accepted!  It’s my largest piece yet – 36″ x 36″, and I call it “Serenity”.  It’s mixed media – lots of molding paste texture.

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Next, I really like this one!  It’s highly textured with multiple texture mediums.  It’s 24″ x 24″, untitled so far.  (any ideas?)texturalbyw

bywdetailNext, these two pieces were a couple of the very first mixed media pieces I ever made but I didn’t like them much any more, so I reworked them to go above our bed.  We have a high headboard, so had trouble finding art that worked there.  TONS of texture!  The areas around the focals were all white before.  So much better now!  :)

mb1 mb2 mbbothLast for today, a piece that I had done a couple of years ago, but was unfinished.  I added the stripes, and called it a day.  It works in our bathroom, but it’s a bit too small, I think, so I may replace it with the large “Serenity” piece above.

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That’s all for today!  Thanks so much for stopping.  As usual, I love comments, so feel free to leave one!  :)



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