Tuesday, August 31, 2010

FAT Tuesday - #1

Today is FAT Tuesday!  This is the VERY FIRST Featured Artist Tuesday ever!  I've started this special day to honor all the wonderful artists who have been an inspiration to me.  Each Tuesday I will be featuring five of these delightfully unique individuals.  I am sure you will enjoy their work as much as I do!

I also want to provide a forum for artists to share their work with one another--this includes all types of arts and crafts, including photography.  If you would like to take part in FAT Tuesday, check out the guidelines at the bottom of the page.

My sister Clytie is one of the most creative people I know.  She's never considered herself an artist but I've always known  better.  This is one of her amazing ACEO cards.

The card is made of graffiti peeled from the walls of an abandoned building.  She spray painted a real spiderweb, captured it on the card, then added a spider, cut from more graffiti.  These are one of a kind cards--each is exquisitely made from GENUINE graffiti, trash, recycled wallpaper and found treasures.  To see more of Clytie's altogether cool artwork, visit  Random He'Art'Work.

Deann is a wonderful artist who's work with photoshop baffles my mind.  This is just a sample of her amazing artwork!  Deann is one of my favorite people--her lovely whimsical nature shines through this wonderful piece entitled Dragonfly Dreams.  You can see more of Deann's artist's heart at The Whimsey Asylum.

Megan Coyle's work is fascinating.  To create these incredible works of art, she cuts tiny pieces of color from magazines and newspapers--then puts them together to create wonderful pieces such as the Crane.  This piece is currently hanging in the Goodwin exhibit.  To see more of her unique artwork visit Megan at Megan Coyle - Collage Artist.

Tera is another artist who's work just delights my heart.  Her work is often done on the computer and her desire is to make the world a shiny, pretty, happy place.  Her blog with its whimsical artwork does indeed brighten the corner where we all live!  To see more of these uplifting pieces, visit Tera at Olive Hue Designs.

I first became acquainted with Tammie's unique style through her photography.  She is not only a wonderful photographer and poet, she is a gifted artist.  She sees the world in a way which echoes my own heart.  This piece is called Present and Longing. To see more of Tammie's beautiful artwork visit her at Beauty Flows.

Here is a list of guidelines for those taking part in FAT Tuesday!

* Upload the art you want to share onto your blog.
*  Don't forget to leave a link to your art on Linky tools.
*  Be sure to visit other artists who have left their link.
*  Leave a comment when you visit each artist's blog 
(We artists need to encourage each other!)
*  Be sure to put a link to FAT Tuesday on your blog page.
(You can copy the button below to do this if you'd like.)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Goldfish Steampunk

Wouldn't it be a surprise to look into a pond and find these two frisking about with the Goldfish? 

I am a member of a group of artists who love to draw Merfolk.  The challenge this month was to draw merfolk in Steampunk.  I did a lot of research and learned alot.  Since I love Goldfish so much, I decided to draw them for August's challenge.

This whimsical drawing is also up for sale on Ebay!  This is my first entry ever with the group.  I'm both scared and excited.  If you'd like to take a look, visit Goldfish Steampunk!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gentle Rose - Guest Heart Thursday

Can you find the hearts?  This is one of the bookmarks I create--it is my gift to you this beautiful summer day.  It is a celebration of summer's ending, memories of sunshine and flowers, birds and blue skies.  (The bookmark is lovely when printed in color on glossy photo paper.)

I also wanted to honor Dani, a lady who's unique photography delights my soul.  She is off to China for a time and she will be sorely missed. 

For more wonderful heart art, photography and heart stuff, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Catching Bubbles

Here is another of my "Merfolk" drawings.  This little fellow is just learning to swim.  His babysitters, these darling fish, are blowing bubbles up in front of the baby's nose and he's trying to chase them.

In my mind's eye, the baby's hands and arms are kicking like the dickens.  He's so excited over those bubbles!

Have a wonderful day!

NOTE to all Artists:  I am going to begin Featured Art on Tuesday (FAT Tuesday) starting next week to showcase some of the amazing artists found on line.  If you have a piece of your own art you would like submit for FAT Tuesday, or know someone who's art blows your mind, I would love to hear from you.   My email address can be found under my profile!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Leigh Grin

This is a portrait of my delightful youngest sister Leigh. She actually liked it, and hung the original in her house!

Using acrylics, this painting is one of the first surreal pieces I've ever created. The funny thing is, it actually does kind of look like my sister--the impish, fun side of her.

Truly, I have been blessed with two of the most wonderful sisters in the entire world.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Beauty Sleep Revisited

When I first started blogging my Sister Clytie and I were bantering about (as sisters do).  This is the challenge I received from my Sissy: "...I hearby challenge thee to a dual!!! You must post a blog of something artistic you did/saw today. And I must do the same!!! Ha! No backing out now!'

And my response: "Oh, Darling and Funny Wench sis, I take up thine challenge! No backing out now--mine gauntlet hath been flung."
To which she replied, "Ouch! I've been guantletized! I accept thine acceptedness! This will be fun!" Love -- Random Wenchedness in training

The lovely sleeping beauty above is what I came up with that day. (grin) Heehee--Sisters are SOOOOO fun! (grin)

It seemed like too much fun not to post this again!  Have a great afternoon!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Best Friends - Guest Heart Thursday

There are some Friends we remember for a lifetime.  Some of them are human, others are not.  Dedicated to Mika--who was lost and now is found!!!

For more wonderful artful hearts, art, cards and amazing heart photographs visit Clytie at Random Hearts, for Guest Heart Thursday!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Morning Glory Faery - Sunday Scans

She looks a little pensive--Winter has lasted all too long. This drawing is another of my favorites, echoing the rich colors of the Morning Glory flower.

Some of my best childhood memories are embellished with the velvety purple flowers of Morning Glories. Turned upside down, they became beautiful maidens who danced along the tops of the grape vines near my grandmother's house.
It was always a mystery to watch them tightly closing against the night, only to burst into gorgeous flowering in the warm morning sunshine.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Deep Sea Romance

This is number one in a set of various pieces of artwork dedicated to mermaids and merfolk in general!  I thought you would enjoy being the first to see them.  I just now finished the first two.

I love fish--I have a pond full of them.  I decided I didn't want a complex background interrupting the grace of the two merfolk.  Hence these happy looking fishies.  I was pleasantly surprised at the way the fish seem to glow, giving the piece an almost 3-D look.

With the kiss trembling between these two, anyone can see they are deeply in love--Theirs is the classic story of two kingdoms at war.  He is from one, she is from the other.  They will move heaven and earth to be together for the rest of their lives.  Their adventure is only just beginning as they seek to end hostilities between their homelands beneath the sea. 

I have this drawing up for sale on Ebay under Bethartworx.  I'm SO excited!

UPDATE:  This original drawing has been SOLD!  

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Flaming Heart - Guest Heart Thursday

One cold winter night I sat before the fire, keeping warm, when I noticed this heart glowing in the depths of the woodstove.  I clicked a photo of that warm heart--and to my surprise found an Angel.

Above you see the angel as I first saw her, flitting above the Flaming Heart.

For more wonderful heart art and randomly found heart photography check out Clytie's Guest Heart Thursday!  You won't be disappointed!

You can find more hearts at this link:  GUEST HEART THURSDAY

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Butterfly In Full Color

Here is the Butterfly in Full Color!  I used my beloved Prismacolor pencils along with Prismacolor Verithins to add color to the original pen and ink.

I blended the colors using a clear Prismacolor blender pencil.  Then I used a fine point Sharpie to darken and sharpen the outline of the butterfly.  I find if I used Microns after the colored pencils, the bees wax tends to clog the tips.  If the Sharpie gets clogged, I roll the tip from side to side until the ink comes back through.

Thanks for taking time to walk with me through the process of creating one of my pieces from start to finish!  Have a GREAT day!