Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Finished Suzi Face, and A Heart For Haiti

I actually created a Suzi face complete with collage and embellishments--


This was done on a piece of wood, and I think I like it.  I've been fooling around with it so much that I'm not getting an objective view anymore.  You know what I mean--when you keep working on a piece, and you can't tell  if your satisfied with it or not?  This time, after I sketched the face, I put clear gesso down before I used the Prisma pencils, and I love the way they look over the gesso.  The gesso gives it a gritty texture, so the pencils aren't really smooth over the surface, which I really like.  I'm getting a little more comfortable with the pencils--you have to use a light touch to get those layers of colors.  And I liked the collaging afterwards--using all that girly stuff--I felt like I was 10 years old again.  It's hard to know when to stop.  Overall , I'm happy with it, and I hope in 6 months time that I won't be, because that means  I will be that much better.

I decided to name her Lisa,  because I'm giving it to my daughter Lisa : )  I hope she likes it!

And look at this guys--



This is the first 2 pages of my new art journal!  I know it doesn't look like much, but it's a start.  Everybody says--just get color down on the blank page--so that's what I did. I don't know  how it will end up, but I'll show you when I'm done.  It's fun just putting down any old color with no purpose--again, like being 10 years old !!  And I will never be out of inspiration either. Milliande and Mystele on utube have been showing art journal techniques all this month.  Just click on their names, and it will go to their utube channel.  Milliande has been having a journal prompt daily during this entire  month!  They are just 2 of the many talented and generous artists that share their  art journaling on utube.  All you have to do is put a search in for art journaling, and you'll be on the computer all day long.

And I also wanted to mention the new project that Kathy at Amusing Muses  has started for the Haiti recovery efforts.  She's starting an auction in June and is asking everyone's help by donating an art piece.  She explains it all on her blog--what a great way to help out.  If everyone donated just one piece of art--think how much  this would add up to!!  I can't even imagine how it would be trying to go on in this kind of devastation.  And the next time I complain about my computer giving me problems or the gloomy weather, I'll be happy to know that's all I have to complain about.  You can click on her name or the banner on my sidebar for more info, and SPREAD THE WORD!!

43 comments:

The Reclusive Goddess said...

Your Suzi face is beautiful! I'm sure your daughter will love it ... and if she doesn't you just pack her up and send her to me! (your Suzi face .. not your daughter) And your background is wonderful! Absolutely wonderful! You are not giving yourself near enough credit! Can't wait to see more!

Janie Husband said...

I love your Suzi girl....I had a great time doing mine....loved adding all the "stuff" to the painting....i did my in the Moleskein....I finally got used to using it....

Silke said...

Your Suzi face is just beautiful, so soft and dreamy. I love those butterflies you added - did you paint them on? And thanks for the recommendations for the art journaling - I actually learned how to do image transfer backgrounds from Milliande when I first started painting. I'll have to check out her new videos. Thanks!! Hugs, Silke

Janet Ghio said...

I really like your Suzi face. I think it is so interesting to see how everyone's Suzi face is just a little different!
Your journal pages look like a great start. Don't you love Millande? I am not familiar with the other person. I am going to go check her out. Thanks for the link!!

Martha Lever said...

She is so beautiful!!! You did a great job. Did you prep the wood before you drew on it or did you draw right onto the wood? I couldn't figure out if Suzi had prepped it.

Bobbi Lewin said...

I have that same issue when I've spent a long time on a piece. It's as if I can't really "see" it anymore. I usually just take a break from it and come back later, and then I can tell if I'm done of if there is something blatant I was missing!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

My friend Dana asked me today if I was interested in taking a Suzi class and I said NO. I am such a poor artist, I have no interest in trying to draw a face. That is Dana's thing, not mine. Having said all that, it doesn't mean I don't appreciate what you are doing, and the mixed media piece you just created is wonderful. I am so in awe of your talent.

Like you, I sometimes don't know when to stop. I either go overboard or too minimal. I think yours is just right.

Deb Harvey said...

I love your Suzi face, and your daughter is going to love it too! She's a lucky girl to have such a talented mom that gives her such wonderful gifts!

Jacqueline said...

I really love your Suzi face! She is really so beautiful. Your daughter is lucky to have such a great mom!

Janny said...

She is beautiful!!Your Daughter is goinig to be happy;o)

WrightStuff said...

I love your art Diane. This is a wonderful face that has your own stamp on it. I'm doing my first full colour (the one from the lesson where she paints the two page spread with the girl with the windblown red hair. My girl has pink hair!

WrightStuff said...

Oh yes, and I forgot to mention... great name you gave her!!

WrightStuff said...

Oh yes, and I forgot to mention... great name you gave her!!

joanna said...

Diane, your painting is beautiful!! she kinda looks like you! I'm sure your daughter will be thrilled!

Buffy said...

wow she came out so beautiful,love the butterflies and the colors and her face is so sweet. I'm sure your daughter will love it. And love the colors on your journal pages too. I've been wanting to journal but I sit there thinking about what to journal about and never do it.

Kelly Berkey said...

Beautiful! I'm in your class so thought I'd follow along with you. You are such an inspiration!! I love the colors you choose and her hair is wonderful!
Hugs,
Kelly

Marilyn Rock said...

This is jaw-dropping stunning!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Diane, she is absolutely beautiful! You've done an excellent job here! Bravo!!!!!
Love those journal pages too and can't wait to see what you do with them!!
Have a great weekend!

claire barone art said...

she is amazing love her painting on wood is great i much prefer it to canvas

Sherry said...

Diane - Lisa is beautiful! And I'm sure Lisa will love her.

Someday, those pages with the random color are going to cry out to you and something beautiful will pop out of them.

Emelie said...

You have a beautiful blog, and amazing work, I enjoyed every minute of the visit I will be back to look more. You made me want to dig out everything I have saved and get busy printing, cutting, painting and arranging. Most expressive work. The background is very beautiful.

Did you see the latest copy of Cloth Paper Scissors? The artist used a cleaning citric product on pages of a magazine, let is soak a bit, tore out the pages then to dry
and had some exotic looking backgrounds. I have not tried that yet. I will. I will post good effects if there are some.

Thanks for a grand time Emelie

Diana Evans said...

Hi Diane!!! this is beautiful!!! wow...the face is gorgeous!!! I love that it is such a tall piece...really wonderful!!!

jgr said...

I love your Suzi face!!! Love it!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Diane,

I couldn't find your e-mail address, so here goes the answer to your question on my blog. I got my freezer paper at WalMart, or at least I think that's where I got it. Did you look for it next to the wax paper and aluminum foil at your grocery store? That's where it should be if they have it.

As you saw from the picture, the brand was Reynolds. Also, the box doesn't look that large in the photo, but it's much larger than a box of wax paper.

Betzie said...

She is so pretty Diane! Love the colors you used too.
I will have to check out those You Tube links, thanks!

Suzie Button said...

Your artwork is stunning! Thanks for visiting my blog too and becoming a follower, and I too am now a follower of yours! I wish I had your level of artistic value, your Suzi face is truly gorgeous! Suzie

Brenda said...

Nice...!!

Uniquely Myself said...

Diane you did so well on the painting. Some day I will attempt painting a face. sandra

Jonny J Petros said...

Hi Diane Your painting is really beautiful I love all your embellishments.I really love your red hair girl you painted in your journal the one with green eyes I always have to go back and look at her.Best wishes Sincerely, Jonny

joyfulploys said...

Diane...outstanding!!! She is lovely...I like all the embellishments you did. Your daughter will love it. What kind of wood did you use? Love it!
Cheers,
Mary

LiveArt said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful piece!! love what you've done!! Your daughter must be over the moon to get this :) You're such an inspiration Diane!!

Linda

Priscilla said...

WOW this is just fantastic..I love the hair and the butterfly on her cheek. So much to learn..thanks for sharing your talent and knowledge with everyone. Happy Birthday ;)
Priscilla

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Your paintings are beautiful. I do like your your work and your blog. I invite you to visit my traveling blog which is in English and in Greek. Warm regards. Philip Travelling

Marlynn said...

"Lisa" is a beauty! I love how you are turning these out...... your art journal is gonna be great, I can already tell.

Ophelia said...

This piece is amazing!!

Tammy said...

Your daughter will love it. I too have been working on Suzi faces. The pencils are new to me also.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

She is beautiful and your daughter will love her! Thank you for the links. Journaling fascinates me! Enjoy your weekend! Twyla

Debbie said...

I just signed up for Suzi's class today! I love your painting and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you put on your journal page!

Leslie said...

Hi! Your paintings are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy blog hopping!

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Oh, I really like your Suzi girl, she is so pretty. Love all the embellishments around her.
I have joined Sharon's Norah's class also. Be lovely to see you there.
Would love to take Mystele's class also. These artist are amazing!
So good to share their art and give us some inspiration.
Your art inspires me and love the amount of colours and patterns that are in your creations.
Fabulous!

Have an awesome day!

Julie

Jo Reimer said...

I'm so glad you started this blog, Diane. You're doing some goo stuff. I like the Suzi face, too, and I think some forms of your Suzi should show up in your journals. It'll be such fun to see what you do this year.
Thanks for saying such nice things about me; No wonder my ears are burning.

Tammy said...

Your painting is Gorgeous! She is so pretty and I love the butterflies.

Carissa Paige said...

What a beautiful face! ;-) It has your own personal swing to it. Beautiful job!

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