Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mother's Day Art and a WIP

hi everyone! I thought I would show my latest folk art painting. You may have seen the rough sketch for this last week.
What a relief to finally finsh it. I changed the background 3 times!  nothing seemed to work, so after adding some nice vintage papers for texture, I ended up gessoing over it, and trying another color. That didn't work either, it was the wrong shade of blue. So out comes the white gesso, and then I came up with this one which I am happy with. I wanted the mother and her kids to stand out against a shabby background. Now if you can't tell, the kid on the left is a boy, lol! and my very first one. I think he's kind of cute :-)

Next up, is a work in process I am doing for the Gut Art class taught by the awesome Mystele. Working with this much color and this loose is very new for me, but I'm loving every second of it. Can't wait to get back to it. This may not look  like my style, but I really enjoy learning new things. There are so many online workshops out there, and I believe in learning all you can about something you are passionate about. Art should also be fun. I realize I never play at art, I am too serious, and spend countless hours trying to make sure a painting is 'perfect'. It feels good to let go of that, and let a painting go where it wants to.
thanks for reading!

12 comments:

Cameron said...

I think the background looks great! It's funny...you say you're too serious at art, but I look at it and am struck with such playfulness and whimsy...Something I would like my art to convey!

I think my technique is too stuffy :)

Am going to follow you now...Your art is a joy to view!

Nicola said...

This piece turned out so great! I love it and the little boy is so cute, i seem to draw girls more than boys so I know they can be a challenge. I love the piece from your new class, it's so interesting to see you do such a different style but I totally agree with you that it's so great to try new things! I look forward to seeing more x

slommler said...

The finished painting is beautiful. Your boy is totally cute!!
And I love the piece you are working on...very cool!
Hugs
SueAnn

Marlene said...

Pink it turned out wonderful, I knew from you sketch it was going to be "a keeper" The little boy is adorable. I like your new work also, even if it is not "your style", I can still see you in it.

Flor Larios Art said...

I like both of your paintings...the first one is sweet and the second one love the modern look...keep creating!

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Wow it turned out beautiful!

What a cool painting below. It sounds like a fun class!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

worth all the trouble. it's beautiful. I like the boy and could tell right away it was a he ;)

Jodi Ohl said...

Love your new piece, all the layers you've done really has worked to achieve a beautiful background! Great composition, thank you for joining in the Melange, Motherhood challenge!

Enjoy Mystele's class, it looks like a blast!

Jodi

NANCY LEFKO said...

beautiful painting :)

whyte said...

Betty, it's precious. Since I lost touch with your for awhile it's so much fun to catch up with you again and see how far you've come!!

Tammie said...

Your mother's day painting is so charming, I love the way it turned out. And your new class piece is wonderful too. I look forward to seeing pieces as you study new things.

Oxana said...

Beautifull creations!!!