Thursday, May 31, 2007


Plymouth ATC
AAAAHHHH!!! That's how I feel being back with the charcoal in my hand. I love color, but I love the forgiving nature of charcoal. This ATC is a take on this photo.
Other art news of the day... After visiting this artist's blog who works in colored pencils, I made it to Border's on the way home to buy the Colored Pencil Solutions Book. I'm hopeful that it will answer some of my questions and frustrations working in this medium.
Thanks for checking in. Visit again soon.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Red Tail-lights ATC
I think I bit off more than I could chew with this attempt. It's inspired by this complex photo. The perspective is off on the bumper but I learned a lot while drawing this. I'm particularly happy with the blurred background effect. Still don't know what to do to produce white after so much color has already been applied to the card. Visitors comments very welcome on the answer to that.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

And the Trading Begins...

Originally uploaded by angie19130
Here are the ATCs I've received in the mail over the last few days. Such artistic talent. I'm amazed.

IF - Cars

Endless Summer ATC
Well I've decided to post to Illustration Friday and see what happens. The piece above is another ATC done with colored pencils. It was inspired by this photo on Flickr.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Let There Be Color!

Inmost ATC

Exuberance ATC

Two new ATCs, but boy what a difference a little color makes! Both are done with colored pencils and a blender pen. Inmost also includes a little white ink at the center. Here are the photos that inspired them: Inmost & Exuberance. I made both to include in the Stripes challenge for the FineArts ATC group. I hope they like them. I'm pretty pleased. Hope your having a great weekend.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Let's Have Another Go At This

Swirls ATC
Well I thought I was going to start with color ATCs today, but I had a request to try my hand at this photo. I think I've come a bit closer to looking like the actual person in the photo, but I'm still pretty sure her mother wouldn't recognize her here. I may have a better chance of capturing resemblance in a larger format. I hope the woman I'm hoping to trade with likes it. That's all for today. Hope yours was a good one.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Deep In Thought

Deep In Thought ATC

Yes it's another charcoal portrait ATC. I hope I'm not becoming boring, but I'm enjoying the process and getting in lots of drawing practice as well. I made this one specifically to entice a trade with the woman in this photo, the inspiration for my drawing. Here's the card I'm hoping to trade it for.

I'm very excited about trading The Thinker for this card today. Love it! It's actually THE card I was hoping to trade for when I made The Thinker. I can't wait to see the lovely acrylic piece live.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Thinker

The Thinker ATC
Another charcoal portrait ATC. I made this one especially for the Stripes challenge in the FineArtsATC group. It was inspired by this great photo. Although the original photo was not named, I think The Thinker suits it well.
I made trades for both Sincere and Wonder ATCs today. I'll post what I got in return as soon as they arrive. Really enjoying trading.

Monday, May 21, 2007


Wonder ATC

Another charcoal portrait ATC. This one was inspired by this great picture. I was unable to capture the baby-nature of the original photo, but I like the end result anyway.

My First ATC

Sincere ATC

This is my first ATC. After working on a variety of artistic things this weekend and feeling very dissatisfied, I decided to do another charcoal portrait inspired be this photo. I recently came across fiDoArt and the amazing ATCs at Fine Arts ATC yahoo group. They both inspired me to take the leap into trading my art.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Class I Went For

Alphabet With Square Hands
I've admired Ann Baldwin's collages for years and years. Unlike most of the teachers at Art & Soul, Ann spends more of her time being an artist rather than teaching others her techniques, but arthritis has limited her ability to create or teach in recent years. I was so excited to see she was back teaching and couldn't believe she was actually coming to the east coast for a change. The opportunity to take a class from her was my main motivation for signing on for Art & Soul this year.

Here are the pieces I created during her class, Collaging with Words & Paint:Text & Texture. I'm pretty pleased with them and plan to mount and frame them sometime soon. Ann had us painting two pieces at once and it just so happened that mine included the letters A & Z each. I loved incorporating cheesecloth into my work. It created wonderful texture. Rest assured I'll be doing more pieces like these.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Where Have I Been?

Where have I been? Art & Soul in Hampton, VA. It was an exhausting and rewarding five days. I learned so much and made some new art friends as well.

Here's the pretty little book I made in my very first class there. It's a mere 4 ¼" X 5¾". The class, Carved, Bound & Wired, was taught by the very generous Doris Arndt. She provided almost all the supplies for the class even though we hadn't paid a materials fee. Her patience and spirit really won me over.

The process for making the book is just what the name of the class implies... First we Carved designs into the covers of the book and covered them with hand painted paper. Then we Bound the book. I love this binding. I'm sure I'll use it again, but not until I get myself a Dremel. I can't imagine not getting one. Doris suggested we wait until near Father's Day when she's sure they'll be on sale. I hope I can wait. Lastly we attached a Wire closure to finish it off. Every time I pulled it out for people to see at the event, others would walk up to see this great little book.

Stay tuned for more entries on my Art & Soul experience.... Have a great Mother's Day.