Jan 12 - #2hrchallenge - Baby Room Art

Jan 12 - I've been having fun getting the baby room ready for Baby VC. It's finally coming together, and just in time, today I reached 37 weeks! My theme - woodland/nature gives me a lot of freedom in the creation of original art. If you saw my Jan. 11 post on Facebook then you saw my collage piece. Today I was working on a little watercolor illustration. I used pen and ink and watercolor.

I started by working through some ideas in my sketchbook. I wanted to work through a few ideas before settling on a final outline.

After finalizing my ideas in my sketchbook, I started with a very light graphite outline before using the ink. I also looked at a few different letter types before settling with cursive.

Time to add color... I used thin layers of watercolor over the ink drawing. It's important to be careful with the watercolor. It can be easy to over due it.

I love the photos I've seen of gallery walls. It's a great way to add a variety of art, color, and textures to a wall. I still have a few things to add to my gallery wall, but you can get a glimpse of my vision. It's so fun to personalize the room! My dad built the wooden shelves using barn wood from our family farm in IA. I also have an oil painting I did of a fox on a cigar box. When I was planning the wall I tried to pick pieces that had different depths and shapes. I am still on the search for a few perfect items to add to the top shelf. I also plan on adding a letter to the wall once we pick our sons name.

Jan 10 - #2hrchallenge

As I near my due date I have been finalizing baby room stuff. I've had fun decorating, refurnishing furniture, and creating some original artwork for the room. I still have a few art projects to compete and only a few weeks to do them. So for my challenge time today, I dedicated it to working on a new piece for the room. This was really fun play time for me. Since its outside my normal 'oil on canvas' I felt like I was able to tap into a different creative stream. The rules are different and I get to experiment and see what happens. I didn't get anything finished today.... just a lot of planning, cutting, sketching, and mark making. I'll keep you posted on the progress, but here are a few pictures to wet your whistle.

The piece will be a mixed media work. I'll include watercolor, pen and ink and collage elements. The babyroom theme is woodland/nature so I am brainstorming ideas around that. It's fun to personalize art for a specific room. It's made me more intentional about my content.

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Jan 7 & 8 - #2hrchallenge

I'm getting back into the groove of it again. Loving my studio time and the routine of it. Here is yesterday and today's post.

Jan 7 -

On Sat. I finished up this portrait. I was working from multiple references to get the likeness and gesture of the boy.

On Sat. I finished up this portrait. I was working from multiple references to get the likeness and gesture of the boy.

I still had some time on the clock so I started this portrait. My friend Ani modeled for me a few years back. I've been wanting to paint this photo since then. I'm finally getting the chance. Keeping it loose and free in beginning stages.

I still had some time on the clock so I started this portrait. My friend Ani modeled for me a few years back. I've been wanting to paint this photo since then. I'm finally getting the chance. Keeping it loose and free in beginning stages.

And from today... Jan 8

I worked on this portrait more today. I am trying to keep it loose and juicy strokes of paint.

I worked on this portrait more today. I am trying to keep it loose and juicy strokes of paint.

Jan 8

I like to have a big clean surface to work on. My palette gets cleaned off every night so I can work with fresh mixtures each day. Color mixing is one of my favorite parts.

I like to have a big clean surface to work on. My palette gets cleaned off every night so I can work with fresh mixtures each day. Color mixing is one of my favorite parts.