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Digital Painting Tutorial/Spring Part 2

Okey Dokey, part two is mostly about the way I manipulated my photos to provide a back round and a dress for Ms. Spring.  There have to be myriad ways to deal with photos incorporated into digital paintings.  I’m simply revealing the way I went about it in this piece.  And, I have no problem revealing this to you.  I think that the photos in this context will get the job done better than my painting of said areas.

New “Practical” Inspiration Page

I’ve just added a new page on my Portrait of a Girl and Her Art Blog, which supports my soon to be available book, of the same name.  I’ve included printable guides for your sketchbook and portrait work, along with some general basics about making art.  If you’ve never tried working in a sketchbook or drawing a portrait, now’s  the perfect time to start.  Just click here.

New Project Ideas!

Art teachers, parents, grandparents, uncles, friends and aunties, new projects with “how to’s” for artsy young people on

Portrait of a Girl and Her Art Blog.    Subscribe! Many more projects to come.

Sneak Peak/New Book- Cover!

VERY soon now, Portrait of a Girl and Her Art will be available in hardcover, paperback and PDF .

I’m working on additional electronic formats.

Very soon I’ll have purchase info ready for one step clicking.

Portrait of a Girl and Her Art  already has a dedicated blog where art tips, exciting interviews with young artists, and submissions of art by young artists will keep the inspiration momentum flowing!  Please visit soon.

ALMOST…My new book is COMING

My brandy new book, PORTRAIT OF A GIRL AND HER ART  is in the final stages of production!   Hopefully, all typos and misspellings have been identified, and the many gorgeous images have been perfectly  placed.

What’s it about?  Quite simply, it’s all about young female visual artists and their work.  It’s a labor of love that has taken me five years to complete.  In it, you’ll find portraits of fifteen featured artists, quotes from them about making art, and at least one featured work from each.  But wait, there’s more.  The book is chock full of vivid visual art of all kinds from even more girls and young women artists.  There’s also..a take-away guide for you, the reader, to inspire your artwork and/or a creative way of thinking.  And finally, “sketches” or  little bios of the featured fifteen artists from my point of view.  It’s eighty pages packed with awe and inspiration.

I couldn’t be prouder of this book!  You’ll be hearing lots more about it in the weeks to come. I’ve also created a blog for PORTRAIT OF A GIRL AND HER ART  to keep the inspiration flowing.   The blog will serve as an interactive art class filled with tips, concepts, interviews, ideas, heart, and of course, lots of ART!   I’m working on it as you read.  Everyone is welcome to visit and participate.

I just can’t wait!!!!

Another New Digital Painting

“The Rescue” also employs a scanned textural item. Obviously it’s the net.  The oranges that came wrapped in it were delicious.

KIds aRT

The essence of the sea.  The tumbling  foaming waves, seaweed, and glistening reflections of sky, are all here in Graces’s collage. So simple and so beautiful.  Good work Grace!

YOung aRT/sKetCh BoOks

Looking for some artsy inspiration on a grey cold afternoon?  Here is inspiration for literally EVERYONE.

Meet Taylor.  An artist I’ve admired since she was a small individual.   That’s the way of think of Taylor.  Sure, she was a once a child, but always so much her own person, even as a small person.  Today, Taylor is a brilliant, beautiful young individual, who will be forever, an artist.

You don’t have to take my word for it.  The proof is in her sketchbooks.  Taylor began housing her wonderings, ponderings, drawings, and writings in a kind of living journal as a very young teen.  She works in her self created sketch books to plan larger works.  She explores her experiences with and in the world, in her books.  Each page is an elegant small work of  Taylor art.

Unfortunately, my photos do not do justice to her books. Taylor employs pop outs, little kinetic pieces,  three dimensional incorporations, and folded surprises.  Some pages are simply artfully designed pencil drawings, tatoo designs or poems. But each page is created with materials you would find in most households.  No fancy art supplies.

So how about you?  Inspired yet?  If you need a little bit more of a push to get a sketchbook of your own going, look for “Portrait of a Girl”, my new book, coming in a few months. It features Taylor and many other young female artists who just might give you the affectionate kick in the pants you need to bring a personally artful dimension to your life.

Kids ART

Jonathan has doubly outdone himself, painting a self-portrait and collaging a rich textured stormy sea back round.  Quite expressive, don’t you think?

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