I celebrated my birthday yesterday and it was an amazing day. Thanks to all of my family and friends who helped make it special ♥ I love this time of year with the Autumn colors, Halloween and yes I still love my birthday.
Today I'm going to choose "AMAZING" as my piece featured for Inspiration Tuesday.
This piece was based on a Circus theme. I was inspired by the BIG TOP colors and the characters in the old Traveling Circus days.
My base palette was Red, Purple and Black. This Gypsy lady has actual vintage love letters for the highlights in her hair and she definitely needed real jewelry embellishments! I was so excited when my BIG TOP red and white turned out so vintage looking! This is made from red and white striped scrapbook paper, and I added the vintage look with paint and charcoal and used my white gel pen for the stitching.
I love to read your comments and appreciate any shares on social media! Happy Creating, ~Alicia
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." ~Scott Adams
Happy Inspiration Tuesday! The inspiration behind this "Mystique" painting. She's on 12" x 12" wood AND she will be published in the next Somerset Studio Gallery Magazine! I will be sure to post photos when I receive my copy. I love going to Barnes and Nobel and having hubby snap a shot of me in front of the magazine rack. Kinda dorky, but fun!
Mystique started out with an idea for a masquerade piece. I love the idea behind the fancy masks and ballroom dancing! The allure of being able to dress up and pretend.. that's what I still like about Halloween, along with all of the cool decorations and colors!
This is how the sketch started for my girl. I had been working with a lot of doodles and zentangle style of doodling and wanted to work this in somehow. Her finished mask is full of zentangle doodles!
If you haven't tried this relaxing and fun technique, I highly recommend it. There are classes you can take online here at Zentangle and Kai-Zen Doodles, they look so fun!
After the mask I just worked with my chosen jewel tone colors and added REAL feathers that I purchased online from etsy shop, Our Sacred Earth. Such the perfect add on to her fun mask!
Happy Creating, ~Alicia♥
Stephanie Butler10/14/2014 I have recently heard of Zentangle and hope to put some time aside to learn it, I believe I already doodle in this style. Love the mask it makes the whole piece!!
AliciaArtShop10/15/2014 Thanks Stephanie! I agree the mask makes this piece. I do this type of doodling while I'm waiting in offices and at night when we're watching television. Thanks for commenting on my blog and I hope you have a GREAT day, Alicia
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each week I will pick one of my original pieces and discuss the inspiration behind it! So check back each week and don't forget to sign up for my newsletter.
This week I am discussing the inspiration behind my original, "What Lies Within". I LOVE this piece and I am so happy that the new owner loves it too. ♥
I began to sketch What Lies Within while sitting outside on my driveway on a beautiful sunny day. It was Fall so the cement of the driveway was a bit chilly but the sun was warm on my legs. I call these perfect days for sweatshirts and shorts! I wanted to try a different type of face, and was just working on lips and eyes. I loved this girls eyes so I decided to paint her. I worked with my prismacolor pencils on the paper and got her face shaded and the eye and lip color based in.
Next, the messy and really fun part! The background :) I seriously LOVE working on backgrounds. Sometimes, I just work on backgrounds to try out new colors and then just have them partially ready for a new upcoming piece.
I like to work on wood because it is strong and allows for A LOT of layers. I love mixed media because if I make a mistake, instead of scraping it off, often times I just layer over it and let some of my "mistake" show through. I call these happy accidents.
It was Autumn and I already like to work with warm colors, so I picked about 3-4 base colors to start with: an antique gold, wine, burnt umber, hippo gray. Worked the background with paints, inks, tissues, vintage papers, etc. etc. I kind of feel like a mad scientist sometimes when working on my background... little snippets of paper and tissue is flying about and splatters of paint are getting all over my table. So much FUN!
Here's a sample of my "Little Red Riding Hood" background in the works.....
After adding my "What Lies Within" girl to the background, I was missing something special...
WHAT was she trying to say?
I brought my unfinished piece upstairs and just left her somewhere that I would walk by and see her often. Then I searched Emerson quotes online and found this amazing one and it just felt right. I wrote it on a piece of vintage paper from a story book and attached it using matte medium. FINISHED!
Thanks for stopping over and I would love to read your comments! ~Alicia♥