N is for Nature

There is nothing specifically arty starting with the letter ‘N’. I went through the dictionary, I even went through the indexes of some of my art books and looked under N (great suggestion, Hubby :D), but all I could come up with was ‘nature’ and ‘negative space’.

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Sunday Sketches

Sunday Sketches

I had plans for this Sunday Sketches. I was going to get out the neglected Inktense Pencils and tackle a project I’ve had in mind for some time.

But I’ve been crook all day and am likely to be crook for several more days. The annoying thing is, my eldest daughter went out with my sister today and my youngest went to bed, so there was FREE time this afternoon!

What did I do with it? I went to bed and slept the lot of it away. I could have done art. I could have done a pile of things, but I slept. Very annoying.

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Ice Crystal

M is for Mosaic

Do you remember those Butterfly Paintings back in B is for Butterfly? This is the next stage. Basically I created the butterfly painting in blues, let it dry, cut it up randomly with a pair of scissors, sorted the pieces by tone, painted a small canvas with graduated colour (see below for an in progress shot) and then began semi-randomly putting the pieces together.

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A drawing exercise

L is for Line

One of the assignments we were given was to draw a picture six times in six different ways. It did prove to be a challenging exercise and introduced me to the concept of different linework and some of the interesting effects that can be achieved. It took nearly eighteen years for the concept to hit home, but here are my drawings.

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Painting knives

K is for Knife

Yet another project I have stirring at the back of my mind. I have impasto gel, modelling paste and now seven new painting knives. Yes, seven, I don’t do things by halves…especially when they are only $1 each – I didn’t say they were expensive painting knives 😀

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KJ's book

J is for Jewels

Jewels, glass beads, rhinestones or whatever you would like to call little bits of shiny glass, they are something I’ve had a recent interest in gluing to my artwork.

It started with a handmade book I made for my eldest daughter.

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Phantasmal poison dart frog final

I is for Inktense

Now the key to these fantabulous pencils is that while they act like watercolour pencils for the most part, once they are dry they are not watersoluble – like waterproof ink. This may sound like a small difference, but it isn’t. Because they dry waterproof, you can go over and over and over your piece of work and build up some beautifully intense (funnily enough) colours.

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Love by Liz Powley

H is for Happy

And Happy is exactly what I’ve been for the majority of this long weekend 😀 I’ve been merrily arting and blogging away on various projects and it has been great fun.

A couple of days ago I posted G is for Graffiti where I mentioned my first art journal page. It was based on street art and a technique demonstrated for those of us participating in the challenge.

Well, I really liked the ‘Love’ page I threw together and being me, I couldn’t just leave it there. So I created a painting.

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Love by Liz Powley

G is for Graffiti

I had some great fun yesterday. Now considering the title of this post, you might wonder what I have been up to. But no, I’m far too much of a goody-two-shoes to actually go out and graffiti anything. But what I can do is a piece of artwork in the graffiti style…well, as close as a square cucumber like me can manage.

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Paint Party Friday

F is for Friday

Yes, F is for Friday, but not just any Friday, but Paint Party Friday! Every week on a Friday, artists from all over get together at the Paint Party Friday blog and share their painting accomplishments for that week. It is fantabulously hosted by Eva and Kristin, two avid paint enthusiasts who provide the hard work to keep this great challenge/party/motivation kick joint going.

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