Jan 13, 14 & 15 - #2hrchallenge

Sorry for the combined post. It's been a struggle this weekend to stay on top of my challenge. Mostly because I haven't felt well. I still did find time each day to work - Although it was mostly research and sketchbook studies. Those I could do from the couch and bed. :) Today I am back in the studio and enjoying more Baby Room Art. These pieces aren't necesarily for my baby room, but I've enjoyed creating the illustrations so much that I am giving myself the freedom to explore.

As a full time artist/painter its a bit of a risk. I've always been encouraged by my teachers and mentors to buckle down and focus on one subject and style. It's important for people to recognize your style and get familiarized with it - especially if you rely on sales of art for your living. This has been an area that is hard for me. I get so intrigued and interested by many subjects. I want to keep exploring and trying new things. So this month with the challenge I am allowing myself to go where I feel (creativity wise) and try whatever I fancy that day.

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Jan 11 - #2hrchallenge

I posted on Facebook yesterday, but thought I should add a photo here too. I was working on baby room art. It was so fun to do a mixed media piece - so different from my usual oil on canvas.

And into the forest I go - to lose my mind and find my soul

And into the forest I go - to lose my mind and find my soul

I spent a lot of time looking at quotes about the great outdoors and nature. I wanted to have a quote for the room that would mean something to my family and fit my woodland / nature theme. I settled on this one because it speaks to me. My whole life I've found reasons to be outdoors and places in nature to escape to. As an artist, I can get lost for hours looking upon the beauty of nature. I often connect more easily to God while surrounded by His creation.

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.