Home on the Plains

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Still enthralled with buffaloes!  With this one I was thinking about how everyone thinks of the plains of Kansas as a bit drab, when actually it is teaming with all kinds of beautiful life. As a child I remember being in a field of huge sunflowers that towered high over my head and became the inspiration for the giant sunflowers in this piece.

“Home on the Plains” is on a 16 x 20 inch cradled wood panel.

 

How Now Brown Cow?

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The latest in my Home on the Range series celebrating Kansas.  Of course it has to be titled “How Now Brown Cow”!  This particular piece is a tribute to the Kansas farm.

On a 12 x 12 stretched canvas with 1 1/2 inch deep sides. Created with Citra Solv altered National Geographic pages and acrylic paint.

Who Me?

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“Who Me? seems to be the expression on this chickadee collage made entirely from Citra Solv papers as an example for a two part Citra Solv workshop at Dillon Nature Center the last couple of weeks.

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First the class made Citra Solv altered papers, then used them to create a bird collage of their own. I think they all did a fabulous job… we had roosters, sparrows, owls, robins, cardinals, and crows!  Quite a flock of artwork!

Tea Time Discovery

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“Painting” with only paper can be a fun change of pace, and is a good exercise in really having to pay attention to color values.  I often like to throw in a little extra challenge and fun by adding images here and there for the viewer to discover.  In this collage, “Tea Time Discovery”, there are a dozen images hidden in the piece… I Spy style!  Can you find them?

  • crab
  • girl
  • sea shell
  • woman
  • gold llama
  • violin
  • dog
  • owl
  • red rasberry
  • guava
  • lizard
  • turtle

Happy hunting!

If you would like to purchase this piece, find it in my etsy shop here!

If you would like to make your own paper painting, I am holding a workshop this week at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, and I would love to see you there!

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Participants will make their own 8 x 10 collage on a stretched canvas. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

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Faces and Such

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Faces 29 through 35 completed this week… though four of them are borrowed from my junk journal.  I got a little behind on my faces, but since I was making them in my art journal pages, I decided those would count. (after all, I am the one making the rules here!)

I started off well

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then got busy in my art journal instead of my faces!

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I also saw the completion of one whole month of faces!

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That feels good!

On the subject of cards… I also got in some new postcards of my art this week, now available in my etsy shop.

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Hope you had a good week!

Coming Up Hearts

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Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to give a piece of original art in the place of a card?  That was my thinking in creating these little 5 x 7 mixed media heart canvases.  They all have sweet little messages on them, perfect for a loved one.

They are available at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita, along with a number of larger pieces.

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And I missed posting my faces from last week on Saturday, but I am still on track, though some are certainly much better than others!  Here are faces 22 through 28, plus an extra one back there that my granddaughter did to help me out.

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The contour face is one of my favorites again… I think I may try one in color… I also like the washy looking black and white in the bottom corner, done in about a minute and a half with a stabilo pencil and water brush.  I too often don’t get the proportions quite right, then the whole thing is sunk.  Taking time to get off to a good start proves more important to me than making the perfect features.  I am learning!

For those of you participating in a challenge, how are you coming along?  If not so good, don’t despair… just jump back in today!

Happy Birthday Kansas!

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“Bison of the Plains”  11 x 14

Today commemorates the date that my home state Kansas joined the United States.  Kansas is often underappreciated, so I am making an exception to my usual schedule to give a nod of gratitude to the place I live.

The best thing of course is the people.  For the most part they are kind and friendly and I feel blessed to rub shoulders with them.  I also feel blessed that there is space between people when I so choose!  I live near a small town with little traffic and no lines at the store, or bank…. where of course everyone knows your name.

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My second favorite thing about Kansas is the sky.  It is huge!  The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful, and the stars are bright and numerous.  We have majestic displays of all kinds of cloud formations.  Below, the trees and grasslands hold their own number of treasures, with a multitude of wildlife of every kind making an occasional appearance.

To help us celebrate, I have created a coloring page… free to download, print, and use!

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Have a blessed day, full of gratitude for wherever you live!

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess. 5:8