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Watercolor Techniques for Beginners REMAKE part 2 of 4

Watercolor Techniques for Beginners REMAKE part 1 of 4

Fabulous graphic artist!
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Astonishing paper art. A must see.
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Integrative Thought

Periodically I share with you some of my “favorite” things…or things I find fascinating…and I recently have been introduced to some wonderful artists that you need to know about…

Ingrid Siliakus is a paper architect/artist from the Netherlands…I invite you to check out the following sites to see some of this amazing work:










Gugger Petter weaves newspaper into portraits…check out these sites:














And lastly, I belong to the Spiritual Cinema Circle and receive DVD’s each month with inspiring movies, documentaries, and short films.  This past month the feature was a documentary film on Ginny Ruffner, a lampwork glass artist who also creates glass sculptures, metal sculptures, paintings, public art, pop-up books, and commission work.  The movie is about her life before and after a head injury from a car…

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I adore Monet‘s works of art and who that loves Monet does not appreciate Seurat?

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New York State Of Mind

There we were, meandering around the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  As well as seeing work by several other of my favourite artists’, I’d had the chance to view a couple of my favourite Monet‘s pieces – ‘Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies‘ and ‘Water Lillies‘, as well as a Van Gogh I really liked, so was feeling pretty darned great!

Then I wandered through to one of the other galleries and stumbled on this.

My husband Mike is rather fond of Georges Seurat’s work. We’d seen some of his other pieces at MoMA on a previous visits, but he always said he’d love to have seen what’s probably one of Seurat’s most famous ones – ‘Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’.

There was a rather excited ‘Mike!  Mike!  Look what’s here!!!’ – his face actually lit up when he saw the…

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Here, I have posted the original and several images of the original edited using Adobe Photoshop Filters to make them look like works of art. I used this particular photograph because of the rich colors and the brilliant light source. Starting after the original photograph, each new image becomes just a bit more abstract until the last three. If the viewer did not know these as manipulated photographs of a castle on the banks of a river or lake with the sun shining in the background, they may not see anything except blobs of color. This is where the imagination can really go wild.

I have also included in this post a link for a tutorial that shows how to use Adobe Photoshop Filters.

Using Filters in Photoshophttp://www.myjanee.com/tuts/filter/filter.htm

I borrowed the original image from:

Amazing Photos of Castles, Palaces, and Chateauxhttp://www.roxanneardary.com/blog/castles-palaces-chateau/This amazing photograph is of Moritzburg Castle, located in Dresden, Germany

Original Photograph:

Next, I would like to take these same images and see what I could accomplish using oil paints, watercolors and acrylic on raw canvas. Maybe even see what could come about if I used colored washi paper to get different effects. The possibilities are only as limited as the imagination.


Mockingbird Song

“Sweet Warbler”

The other day, I stood in the neighborhood playground singing the nursery rhyme, “Sing a Song of Six Pence” with the two-year-old boy that I have charge of from 9 to 2, M-F. As we repeated the words and added silly hand gestures to impersonate the black birds, king, queen and the maid, I heard the sweet twittering of a mockingbird that sat in a birch tree just beyond the fence that surrounds the play area. It occurred to me that the little avian was trying its best to sing along with us. So, I started another round of the song and sure enough, the little gray bird with white on its underside and long black tail feathers, tweeted several different bird calls that seemed to indicate that is was doing its best to  mimic into bird song the notes we sang so lustily.

In my mind, this delightful incident went to solidify the amazing character of these little song birds. Their feathers may not possess lush, magnificent colors, but their intelligence and ability to mimic what they hear goes a long way toward their popularity poll.

Stylized: “Mockingbird Eggs in Nest”



Mockingbird:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird (Includes example of its song.):   http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_mockingbird/sounds/ac

Avian AttitudeAvian Attitude (Flickr photo)

Fergiemoto has done it again with another adorable bird photograph! Read the haiku that accompanies it on Fergiemoto’s page @ http://creativityaroused.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/avian-attitude/

I enjoy the photographs of cute birds or insects that accompany well-chosen haiku. Simplicity that is both refreshing and beautiful, said in a minimalist technique that works so well . This is Fergiemoto’s genius.


Etegami – Celebrate

Etegami - Celebratehttp://creativityaroused.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/etegami-celebrate/

“True friends and family will hold your hand in a hurricane to keep you from drifting away”.  ~ Fergiemoto

I absolutely adore Feriemoto’s art and poetry. Click on the link above and find out more about the artist/writer and their work.

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