Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Classes and a Bob Update

Can  I  tell  you  how  glad  I  am  that  I  signed  up  for  Christy  Tomlinson's  She  Art  Class!    The  first  week  was  jammed  pack!!   And  she  starts  with  very  basic  designs  for  the  girls--she  shows  3  examples,  and  one  of  them  is  an  angel  which  immediately  appealed to me.  So  I  decided  to  make  some  She  Art  garden angels--




I  love  her  energy  and  enthusiasm,  and  she's  very  organic  with  her  designs,  which,  for  the  most  part,  I'm  not.    But  her  technique  of  creating  rubbed  off  on  me,  and  I  just  worked  along  with  her,  and  I  love  the  way  these  girls  turned  out  in  such  a  short  amount  of  time.   All  of  the  layers--

And  the  textures--




I  highly  recommend  this  class--although  registration  is  now  closed,  I'm  pretty  sure  I  read  that  you  can  sign  up  again  in  April--I  can't  wait  to  see  this  week's  lesson!

And  my  other  class  with  Alisa  Burke,  I'm  also  enjoying--Sketchbook  Delight.  I've  just  watched  the  first  2  weeks  of  the  class,  and  I  have  to  say  that  I'm  not  the  world's  best  sketcher,  but  I  do  enjoy  it.   And  in  these  lessons  she  gives  us  permission  not  to  be  perfect--I  know  that  sounds  silly,  but  you  when  you  hear  someone tell you  this,  it  makes  you  feel  good  about  sketching  no  matter  what  your  sketches  look  like.

And  she  tells  us  to  draw  what  we  like  to  draw  and  what  appeals  to  us.   Well,  I  like  to  draw  faces  and  collect  them  as  well--so  that  was  the  natural  choice--


This  was  so  relaxing  to  me.   She  encourages  us  to  fill  up  the  page,  which  is  never  a  problem  with  me--this  is  what  I  like  to  do  anyway.   And  these  pages  are  done  mostly  with  colored  brush  tip  pitt  pens  and  outlined  with  micron  pen (one  of  my  new  loves).  Her  choice  is  watercolors,  which  I'm  planning  on  trying  (she  has  some  great  tips  with  watercolors).  I've  never  used  watercolors,  but  have  always  wanted  to-so  now  will  be  the  time.

And  speaking  of  Alisa,  not  only  does  she  have  some  great  art  tips,  I  also  found  a  very  quick  recipe  on  her  blog.

These  tiny  red  potatoes  are  so  darn  good.  I  actually  ate  them  as  my  main  course.  In  her  recipe  she  also  added  pearl  onions,  and  a  variety  of  fresh  herbs.   I  didn't  have  the  onions  and  all  I  had  was  the  fresh  parsley--still---DELICIOUS--and  the  fastest  dish  you  could  prepare.  I  don't  like  to  cook  either.  You  can  find  her  delicious  recipe  HERE.

Okay,  and  more  thing--Bob.  His  Mom  and  Dad  were  in  a  wedding  yesterday,  and  apparently  it  must  have  been  an  adult  only  wedding,  because  Bob  couldn't  go,  and  they  didn't  want  to  leave  him  alone  just  yet.   So  I  had  a  visitor  yesterday--

He  looks  a  bit  worried,  doesn't  he?   He  kind  of  was once  his  parents  weren't  there,  but  then  he  settled  in  fine  and  made  himself  at  home.   As  you  can  see,  his  leg  is  just  about  healed.  But  he  kept  going  up  and  down  our  stairs,  and  by  the  end  of  the  day,  he  was  having  trouble  keeping  his  leg  on  the  ground--it  was  probably  a  little  sore--poor  thing.   Monday  will  be  the  first  time  in  2  weeks  that  he'll  be  left  alone.  I  think  they're  going  to  have  a  whole  new  set  of  problems!!

64 comments:

Manon said...

I love the She art Diane it goes so well with your style. Your angels are just adorable. There is just something about faceless faces, I just can't put my finger on it. Keep on sketching it will come just enjoy the process. It looks fun to me and I may take that class too!
Hugs
ManonX

Isabel said...

Love the new garden angels!!!I Love drawing angels ofr faces with no Features!!! My Fav:O) Glad Bob is better!!! Such a cutie:O)

Janie Husband said...

oh, these are so beautifully done, diane....and bob makes me smile....soooo cute..

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Love em Diane, very you! Poor Bob, he looks like he could use a hug.
Happy Weekend to you, I just love all your beautiful art!
Your friend,
Jenny :)

Laura Haviland said...

She is beautiful, I love her...
A real vintage feeling, she shares.
Bob warms my heart !!
Happy Creating to you, Hugs Laura.xoxx

Lori Saul said...

Beautiful styling and color in these amazing pieces. Very inspirational!

Julie-ann F Bowden said...

Such beautiful art! Your always so arty!

Tara @ Aquamarine Art said...

These are so fab! And I love hearing about the classes. And I ALWAYS love a Bob update! :)

Kelly said...

Bob is awesome! I love his little self - makes me want to rub that little face..
But I was dying to take Alisa Burke's class, but I knew I didn't have time right now to do it... you are making me so jealous with both of your classes! Sounds like you are on a roll and having a ball... Your angels look great!

Sonja said...

I love She Art class also, Christy is so enjoying at her painting, you just have to follow the example and get messy. But as Manon, I just don't like faceless faces. I had to paint some eyes and lips to my girls :)
Your garden angels are lovely. You've found the way to combine your unique stile with She Art. Great.

Marilyn Rock said...

Diane! I couldn't wait to see what you would do with Christy's workshop! Beautiful garden angels and it's your own spin on it. Thanks for referencing the workshop; I probably would have never found it.

Poor Bob; I'll keep positive thoughts for him and all. Glad he's doing a bit better. xxoo

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Your new art is just fabulous ! You know what I love best ? The blank faces ... I think they are so cool ;-) Good to read Bob is getting better !

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Loving the art you are making in the course - so feminine and lovely!

Dear Bob. He looks a little like he is wondering what on earth you are doing. He is very lucky to have you for his granny!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Beautiful angels! I love the texture! Is it from underneath... or something you put on top? It adds so much to the piece. Those potatoes look so yummy. Aww... Bob is so sweet! :)

roc said...

love the new artwork! lovin' that bob, too!

Janine said...

Oh Diane these are wonderful! You make me want to take all the classes you are taking!

Thank you for your kind words on my blog!

Marlynn said...

Diane, love your angles and your sketches. So glad Bob is healing well. Poor little guy. You gotta go to Ghost Adventures web site and sign a petition so they can go and investigate the White House - seriously. LOL. Can you see it now with Zak and his hair trying to be respectful in the White House. OH my could you believe Russell getting sent to Redemption! Enjoy your week.

WrightStuff said...

Oh look at those big Bob eyes... who could resist?

Loving your angels my dear - did you read that I am going on an art retreat? Taking art classes to a whole new level!

Createology said...

Your garden angels are just wonderful. They look like you have been perfecting your techniques for years. Also great sketch pages. Looks just like the actual posers. Happy arting...

Lorraine said...

your canvas panels are just brilliant love all the layers and colours..the blank faces makes you want to put your own expressions on them too..clever. thanks for your comment on my bird paintings..I am getting back into painting canvas too

Buffy said...

OmGosh Diane those girls you sketched are adorable. And I love your she art girls,and you can so see your own style in them. Her class is a great deal for the money. Thats so funny that you mentioned those potatoes because I made them last night and yes they were easy and delicious but I had mine with some bbq chicken and corn. I just love the way Bob always looks worried! He's so cute!

Janet Ghio said...

I like your she art pieces. I am also taking that class. It's a lot of fun. I made the mistake (I think) of putting a face on my girl--she just didn't feel finished without a face--but I really like the faceless girls--so conflicted!! LOL
And poor Bob--he does look worried!

Kelly Berkey said...

gorgeous art. i'm jealous of all your energy to take on two classes.
bob is so darn cute. you are one lucky grandma!
xo

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

Adorable angels! I love the facelessness and the fact that they're garden angels--can't wait for spring :)

Holly Loves Art said...

Oooh I love this newsy post so much Diane! The class you are taking looks amazing and your pieces are incredible! Thank you for the links - I am going to check them out.

The potatoes look delicious too - I have veggies as a main course a lot since I'm a vegetarian. I will pop over to check out the recipe.

And BOB... what a cute little doggie-boy. I'm sure you made him feel loved and comforted without his folks.

Have a great week ahead.
Holly

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Di, I LOVE your angels. They are stunning. You need to put these up on your wall as they are brilliant. I think you'll need to make another one as 3 look better together and 2.

Awesome work Di. Thanks for sharing.

Kyles =D

Martha Lever said...

Love the garden angels She Girls! I had to go look at that class and it didn't take long for me to decide I had to do it. I will have to wait until April though.

Ophelia said...

These are gorgeous!!! I am so glad you are enjoying your classes!!!

Terri Kahrs said...

I can tell that you've been enjoying your classes, Diane. Your new pieces are filled with color and texture. Beautiful!!! I just LOVE Alisa Burke's blog and wouldn't miss a post for the world! There's always something wonderful going on. And I adore her photos. Thank you for the Bob "fix"!!! I'm thrilled to hear that he's healing so well. Hugs, Terri xoxo

Rebecca Anthony said...

OMG Diane, these angels are absolutely, positively so incredibly beautiful!! I love them, beautiful work!!

Diane Writes said...

I hope Bob will get well soon. :) The angels are oh so pretty! I am almost imagining of seeing and touching them. The details are so amazing. It's another art from the heart.

Artist Terri Smith said...

I Love These Diane! WoW! And I'm Happy "Bob" Is Better..What A Sweet Faced Baby Boy! He Can Come Live At My House Any Time! Hugs, Terri

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

I love, LOVE your She Art girls. Isn't the class and process sooooo fun?? I am loving the class and Christy too. Looking forward to starting a new week. Have fun!!! :)

Cameron said...

You seem to have taken easily to the She Art style...it looks as if you've been making these girls forever!

I love the layers and the whole Garden Angel theme...so pretty!

NatashaMay said...

I love she art workshop, too! :) I have so much fun doing these girls. I can't wait for todays lesson. :) You did two fabulous girls. Love the backgrounds, too.

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, your creations are amazing, Diane...truly splendorous..I love them!!! And I sure hope Bob is feeling better...gee, he is adorable and he's been through so much, poor little guy!

I hope you have a great day!
XO

Connie said...

Your angels are lovely. I love all the texture and layers. Bob is so cute! I bet he won't be happy at Home Alone. Watch out!

Theresa said...

Oh the classes looks FUN and love what you're doing! Ah Bob...smooch!!!

Sunny Carvalho said...

Wow! Those are beautiful, Diane!! How big are they? Thanks for visiting my blog and for the sweet comment on my metal jewelry. I left you a response over there but I'm not sure if you see it unless you go back (please tell me if you did so I'll know!). If not, I said I do have an Etsy shop but it's empty right now as I get ready for Artfest. If you are interested in anything before it's on it's way to Seattle, let me know! I'm glad Bob is doing so well!

Bren said...

These are beautiful, unique with your special stamp of distinction. Love hearing about the different courses you are taking, gives me lots of info for decision making. So glad Bob's mending well.
Plus looking forward to your guest spot at The House of Art on the 15th, you're a busy woman!

rachel awes said...

gorgeous! every one!
i'm picturing those dear angels
watering the garden of YOU too!
loooooooove! xoxox

Msartist said...

Hi Diane, I love what you have created from the classes! Lovely!
I missed the sign up and was sad. Good to know she will offer it again. Oh, I hope all continues to go well for Bob. Have a lovely week.
~Theresa

wanda miller said...

ALL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL...one more...WONDERFUL! smiles and hugs right back to YOU! XO

sharon said...

Your creativity is boundless Diane, and beautiful, everything you do!
I just love that Bob to pieces!

IM GIRL said...

Your art garden angels are lovely! I adore them! and I have to say I really want to hug your little doggie and pat his sweet head, what a charmer!

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane I LOVE these girls!! You did a beautiful job with them!! I always love your backgrounds and color palettes! This class does sound so tempting but I need to wait till I catch up on a whole bunch of other classes I am in! lol

Glad to hear that little Bob is on the mend!

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog! Glad you are liking the photo art!

A Dancing Mango said...

Diane,
Your angels are just beautiful.. fun and make me smile.. I love your sketch book as well.
Great job.. I would love to try my hand at it too. ♥ Darlene

Lesley said...

Oh look at that little face - bob is so adorable!! Hope he copes on his own ok.
I just love what you've been doing in class. Your angels are scrumptious. So tactile with all those layers and texture and lovely pastel colour palette too.
Your 'faces' are fab!!! So colourful.
Lesley x

Janny said...

Love your Angels, you are busy;o)
I hope Bob will be oke soon!

Tammie said...

Diane,
Your art is wonderful, I can tell you are having fun and it shows in your details!!
yum, those potatoes look awesome, thank you for the recipe.

Gloria said...

I love your girls. Glad to hear that little Bob is doing better, he looks so sad.:( Great work Diane and glad you enjoyed the classes.

Serena said...

Your creations are gorgeous, Diane! Your own style still shines through. I can stongly recommend Alisa Burke's Sketchbook Delight class too...I'm loving it! So inspiring! I'm off to check out Christy's link after posting this comment.

Poor Bob...such a sweet, forlorn face. I hope he copes okay when he's all alone on Monday. That's going to be tough on his parents, I'm sure.

Diana said...

Your angel ladies turned out great! So glad to see Bob almost healed. I'm amazed at all the work you turn out and always beautiful.

Artzy Heart said...

Your mixed media pieces are so imaginative. The class sounds just wonderful! I also looked at one of your earlier blogs, Branching Out. The jewelry you created is beautiful! I'll have to check out the class and Kelly's Etsy shop. Thank you so much for sharing.

jgr said...

Hi Diane,
Your angels are beautiful!! I'm glad you like the Sketchbook Delight class, too! I've really enjoyed it. Bob is totally cute, I love his outfit.
p.s. Thank you for the lovely comment.

joanna said...

Love what you're doing in this workshop Diane!
that little Bob has such a cute face :))

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Hi Diane! Your She Art angels are gorgeous! I need to get hopping on my girls. I will soon, I promise. :) They are really really beautiful - you did a GREAT job! I'm happy that Bob is doing ok - what a cutie!!! Theresa

Heather said...

I have never heard of She Art. But I am going to have to look into that! I too am taking Alisa Burke! Isn't she great! You did a great job with both those classes. I love all the texture of the She art. And the watercolors are wonderful!

Heather said...

Oh and poor Bob! He is the cutest thing!!!! I forgot about Bob. How could I do that!

Deedra said...

Oh my gosh...so much depth and beauty! I love your art so much, Diane! Love love love!!!

Pam McKnight said...

wow! love em! thanks for visiting my blog, great idea- I'll have to show the insides of the journals in a future post.

LuLu said...

Howdy,
This style is wonderful. Really like the variety in your collages.

Would love for you to visit my blog when you have a moment or 2.

Peace,
LuLu
www.lulu-too-beaucoup.blogspot.com

joyfulploys said...

Those girls are fabulous! Looks like another great class! Awww, poor Bob...is someone getting spoiled? He's a little sweetie!
Mary

Dawn said...

Such beautiful garden angels...drop dead gorgeous!
Love that style and it is so you...x keep on having fun xxx

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