Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Life Without Art is Stupid!

I added some new prints to my shop including this new art journal page.

I found this quote on Pinterest and loved it. Here is a picture with the original quote.

I love it!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Another Journal Page...

It's raining here and I am still in my PJ's (at 3:30pm); I have paint all over my hands and my heart is full!!!

In Honor Of Spring

Here is a new page in my journal. It is titled "Grow." It was inspired by artist Flora Bowley. I would love to take her online workshop in June, but funds are a little tight right now. I felt like doing something that was flowery since Spring is right around the corner (although it doesn't feel like spring around San Diego, it is raining and even hailing at times today).

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Believe All Things Are Possible!

Here is a new piece I completed in my art journal. I am still practicing a more loose painting style for the face.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Looser Style

I have always wished I could have more of a "loose" look to my portraits. A more painterly look (if you will). This, plus my desire to always learn more led me to "Little Glimpses" Studio ran by the very kind and loving artist Mystele. She is teaching a class called "The Hub Too" and I signed up for it. Here are the two pieces I made in the class. How do you like the more loose style of the faces? I am very pleased with them and the process was extremely easy (thanks to Myste).

Saturday, March 10, 2012

So you are upset about Picnik closing?

My favorite free online photo editing program "Picnik" is being closed as of April 19, 2012.  I could never really grasp the whole Photoshop thing, so Picnik was my go to place for all of my editing needs. I stumbled across Picnik about a year ago and couldn't believe how user friendly it was. So I have been editing ALL of my artwork photos using this website. When I found out it was closing, I seriously almost cried!!

I have been doing some research on other free photo editing sites and I found none of them to be as cool as Picnik...UNTIL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy that I stumbled across a blog that informed me that the people who worked on Picnik have started their own site called "Picmonkey" . It is almost identical to Picnik which means it is just as user friendly. I tested it out today and I LOVE IT!!!!

I did a few cool things with my most recent journal page to show you an example of what you can do.

Here is the original with no editing:

Here is is using "Picmonkey"- I cropped the page, adjusted the exposure (darkened), temperature, softened the image and added a shadow border.

Here I changed the whole image to a Sepia tone.

Here I changed the image to "Cross Process."

And finally, I added a white cloudy border and a thought bubble with text.

The possibilities are endless with Picmonkey and they haven't even finished adding all of the features to the site. Go and play around with your own images (or they even have their own pictures you can practice with)!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Guardian Angel Journal Page

Here is my new journal page "The Guardian." Before the ending of each church service, my pastor always says the same thing. "I pray that God sends his guardian Angels to look after you this week and that you arrive back safely to worship with us next Sunday." That was the inspiration for this page. I wanted to portray the fact that even though the world can be a dark, dirty and dangerous place, that God has his angels looking out for us. I hope you like it...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Art Journal Page-Wisdom

Here is a new art journal page from "one" of my journals. It was inspired by the very talented Donna Downey. Every Wednesday she puts out an art journal video on her blog. Go check her out, she is very inspiring.

The quote says "The doors of wisdom are never shut." - Benjamin Franklin