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No Weather Day

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 in Creativity

I am having a no weather day today. This is because, when I look out my window, I see an excess of whiteness. Anyone who has taken my colour theory class will know that the colour white is considered a neutral colour – which means it is considered neither warm nor cool. (Try to teach that to someone living in North Bay.) So, the weather has been neutralized today - as have any travel plans. Painting, however, will be happening today.

To my friends who may have to have weather today – please drive slowly and carefully.

Words & Stones

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 in Creativity

Collage techniquesJust loving layering with collage! Into the painting in progress I have collaged polished stones, glass, words, metal art foil, and charcoal (see previous post). The stones and glass were attached to the canvas with acrylic clear gloss gel. I was pleased with how easy it was to incorporate some words into the image. After printing the phrase off on my black and white printer, I tore the words so that there was an uneven edge all around. I put a layer of matte medium onto the painting, and placed the paper into it. With more matte medium on a brush, I thoroughly soaked the paper and made it lay flat. After that layer was dry, I used similar colours of acrylic paint on top of the paper to make it fade into the painting. I was pleased with how unobtrusive, yet still legible, the writing became. This image is just part of the phrase, and a small part of the painting. Curious to see the whole painting, and see what the phrase is? Probably tomorrow - check back then.

Powdered Charcoal

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Creativity

Charcoal detailYesterday was the first day of my art sabbatical. I was happy at the end of the day with what I had learned - lots of exploring - and layers on layers! One of the items I played with was powdered charcoal. It can be used to give a more organic looking texture than, for example, spattered paint. This is the method: paint some clear matte medium onto the paint surface wherever I wanted black dots. Pinch some charcoal powder between my fingers, and sprinkle it over the desired area. It doesn't matter if it lands on areas you don't want it. Simply wait until the matte medium is thoroughly dried, then take a damp cloth and gently wipe away any excess charcoal. A final coat of acrylic varnish locks everything in. You can get the feeling of it from the detail image posted here. Not ready to show you the whole painting yet - perhaps in a few days.

Thought Gems

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 in Creativity

1stSnoTDuring my painting time over the next 3 months, I'm also going to be using what I am calling "Thought Gems". Each day I will take an inspirational thought or quote, write it out, and keep it with me for the day. Everytime I change tasks, for example go from painting to lunch time, I will review that thought. Hopefully these gems will keep a sparkle in my day. Care to join me?

  • Cheryl O    |  Jan 5, 2015

    I'm always excited about your wonderful paintings, Kathie. All the best with getting ready for the show.

  • Kathie    |  Jan 5, 2015

    I'm with you, too, Cheryl! I hope to spend serious time this winter getting an inventory ready for an April show. You are an inspiration to me............

  • Brenda Scholten    |  Jan 5, 2015

    Scholten not Acholten lol

  • Cheryl O    |  Jan 5, 2015

    Journalling is another wonderful way to be creative, Brenda. Have fun!

  • Brenda Acholten    |  Jan 5, 2015

    I think that's a great idea about having a thought for the day. Had never thought of that. I have been wanting to start journaling and an inspirational, positive thought would be a good way of starting. Brenda

  • Cheryl O    |  Jan 5, 2015

    Yay Pat!

  • Pat    |  Jan 5, 2015

    Fabulous idea! Count me in.

Those Crazy Scribbles

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 in Creativity

How to start a creative day? Gesture drawings! These funny scribble drawings are to an artist what scales are to a pianist. They warm up the right side of the brain and start the creative juices flowing. They look like nothing much in themselves - but then a pianist doesn't perform scales for people either. What a gesture drawing looks like hardly matters. It's what is happening inside the gray matter when you take the time to do these - and it can help you make better art. Here is a sample...


If you would like to try some of these, get yourself a whole lot of sports action photos. They need to show the whole person in action, head to toe. When you put your pencil down on the paper, in your imagination you are placing the pencil onto the person in the photo. Then move your hand very quickly as you try to capture the essense of that motion. Don't think about the edges, but rather bounce your lines around inside of the figure. Where you feel more tension or bulk, scribble tighter. The whole drawing takes 20 to 30 seconds to complete. I will do about 10 of these as warm ups every day. And they are great for any time that you feel stuck during a creative process. Have fun!

  • Cheryl O    |  Jan 5, 2015

    Yes, Shirley - I had a wonderful expert put the website together and teach my some of the maintaining of it. All the best, it's a big job!

  • Shirley Hokke    |  Jan 5, 2015

    I love your website, Cheryl! This is where I need to gain some ground. Your site also provides a wonderful blog that is attached to your fb. I'm only wishing to have all this done....kudos to you! Did you have help setting things up?

  • Cheryl O    |  Jan 5, 2015

    Art is in the eye of the beholder, Fiona :D

  • Fiona    |  Jan 5, 2015

    When I first glanced at this I thought it was a couple of hockey players from the World Juniors going at it!

  • Cheryl O    |  Jan 5, 2015

    You got it, Richard!

  • Richard Stoddart    |  Jan 5, 2015

    Great picture of a pitcher.

  • Cheryl O    |  Jan 5, 2015

    Glad you like it, Gwen. I'll be giving out more creativity tips in the days ahead.

  • Gwen    |  Jan 5, 2015

    What a great reminder - I used to do this but have gotten away from it. Thanks for the encouragement! Your 'scribble' looks great - lots of action expressed.

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