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. 9 - #2hrchallenge

What goes into creating a painting? Brushes, canvas, and paint are definitely a necessity, but how do artists even get to a point where they feel ready to pick up their materials and create? Inspiration and creativity are fostered and developed in each artists life in many different ways.  Events, places, politics, and people around them might spur their work. Other times its the process of picking up their medium, making marks, and seeing what emerges. I think for most its a process of trying, searching, learning and growing and then figuring out how to communicate that visually. For me ideas for artwork are always bombarding my mind usually in relationship to life experiences. It's for this reason that I need to have a notebook or sketch pad handy to record the ideas.

Recently I started to paint little studies exploring the relationship between animals and people. I've always loved animals. Having two dogs of my own, I love to watch and evaluate their behaviors. They are like people in so many ways. Loyalty in pets is something I've been intrigued by. My pup Asher, has become more loyal since I've become pregnant. Subtle shifts in her behavior show me that she knows theirs a little one growing in me. She makes sure she's always by my side to check in on me. It seems like animals are capable on some levels to connect quicker and deeper than some human relationships. I've started to use these small studies to develop some of these ideas.

Since starting the 2hr challenge I've allowed my self to jump in and play a little. I'm not worried about the outcome as much as I am worried about spending time mixing, evaluating, observing, and feeling. However that doesn't mean I don't need time to think, plan, and ponder. For today's challenge I spent time in the development phase. I planned, read some art literature, looked through photo references and did some color planning.