Fabric flowers, kraft paper, charcoal and paint

I was going to wait for my new scanner to arrive in the mail, but I just can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been working on this past week! So here are some photos:

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On my most recent trip to Daniel Smith I acquired a pad of Stonehenge Kraft paper – luxurious, soft creamy acid-free sheets that I couldn’t wait to experiment on! So I’ve been experimenting with charcoal, sumi and acrylic. I’m especially excited by how smoothly acrylic paint goes on, and next will try out more than just one color (baby steps here!). ^_^

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Then I had to see how the cut fabric flowers would look contrasted on the brown paper, as I’ve only ever laid them down on white. I have to say, I rather like it! The colors, and the kraft paper feel very homey to me, very soft, warm and comfy.

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Here are some snapshots of four more drawings that have yet to have flowers added. I have mixed feelings about this – I rather like the simple drawings, without anything added. Overdoing drawings/paintings/artworks is one of my biggest fears, art-wise, which is why I love spontaneous drawing so much, and prefer it to planned-out paintings. What do you guys think? How do you know when a piece is finished?

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Thanks for bearing with me through the many pictures. I hope this finds you well – what have you been up to?

22 thoughts on “Fabric flowers, kraft paper, charcoal and paint

  1. *sighs* Your work is everything I’ve ever wanted to do and see. I yearn with every fiber of my being to be able to do what you do, and I admire and envy you with nearly even passionate force. …some days I envy you more than admire you, and some days my adoration for you burns as fiercely as the sun.

    • Ah, Jenny. You always make me blush! I’m jealous of so many artists some days I spend all my time drooling over my keyboard trying to figure out how it’s done. But I think jealousy can be healthy in doses. I’m certainly jealous of your infectious laughter and energy!

  2. Gosh, I like the fabric flowers. Part of what I like is the visible texture of the fabric weave. It adds such an unexpected quality to the image. I also really like the thin wisps of hair and the varying amount of transparency in the white t-shirt. Very nice!

  3. These are so wonderful 🙂 I’ve been trying my hardest to get back into the swing of things with my art, but I feel like I’ve slowed to a crawl. These are very very inspiring 🙂 Your figures have always been so effortless, it makes me a bit jealous.

    • Thank you, Nick! I find it’s super hard to get back into making art if I take a break, so I try to do at least a little each day. I want to see what you make next, once you do get back into the swing of things!

  4. I like very much the hair, especially in the first drawing.

    But not the space between the breast in the second. The hole suggested by the shadow is not working with the pleat of the shirt, if you see what I mean and if I can express myself correctly with my poor english (I’m French).

    Still in love with your work, anyway…

      • Thank you to take it so nicely ! I know critiques are constructive, but as we are not in the same place, I don’t know how it will be received, and sometimes it may happen at a bad moment… I really care not to make you feel bad, because I love very much your work. I wish this year I can buy some of your art for myself ! (I already bought but it was for someone else…)

      • Oh yeah, of course! I wish I got more criticism, so I’m really thankful. I know there’s always tons of room for improvement. And thank you for getting some of my art for a gift for someone else (lucky friend)! 🙂

  5. Your flower pieces are always something to be admired. You’ve also convince me to try stonehenge paper! Do you use references for your poses, by chance?

  6. i really do love seeing your drawings/paintings, they are so heart felt and warm with emotion, i say don’t worry about overdoing something, just do another one than, here’s to making art !!!

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