I’m pleased to invite you all to the opening of my show. It’s called “Girls In Sight”. If the images above look familiar it’s because the paintings that will be on exhibit are the very illustrations/portraits of the young women in my book “Portrait of a Girl and Her Art”. They are oil, mixed media, 30″x 40″ and incorporate a collage of the subject’s work in the back round of each painting.
If any of you live close enough to attend to opening, I’d be thrilled to meet you!
Another collage: revitalizing torn, discarded monotypes-line via pen and ink.
I’m clearly really interested in putting my monotype discards to use as reinvented images. He’s another.
I see this as a glimpse into an alien home on a planet far from Earth. This humanoid creature is troubled, looking out into space from a balcony in It’s home. Oh, and It’s wearing a very long sweeping scarf. The image below is a detail revealing (hopefully), the creature.
Proof that I’m watching too many Star Trek reruns while I make these collages;)
I seem to have collected many monotype discards. Here I’ve collaged the left side of a face from rescued monotype material then inked in the right side. To me, it looks like a sci-fiifeyed fantasy face. Resistance is futile.
India ink/crow quill, collaged photo, discarded monotype, watercolor pencil
More pages from the my new orange sketchbook. I don’t make a lot of collage, but I keep a bag of odds and ends tucked away with the intention of putting the pieces together somehow, someday. Today’s one day!
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan has doubly outdone himself, painting a self-portrait and collaging a rich textured stormy sea back round. Quite expressive, don’t you think?