Van Gogh Comes to Life

I am so inspired by Vincent van Gogh.  Hence, I was thrilled to hear that a fully painted feature film about his life and art is in the works!  I wanted to share the trailer with you, and if it piques your interest, you can learn more about the film here.  Enjoy, and be amazed!

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Welcome to What’s Next Wednesday

20160705_221616.jpgWelcome to our opening challenge for What’s Next Wednesday!  This weekly art event, inspired by the book Steal Like an Artist, is made to challenge you creatively and help you develop your style alongside some of history’s biggest artistic geniuses.  Although that’s a mouthful, please don’t be intimidated by the scope of this adventure.  Any and all artists and creators are welcome, as are art connoisseurs, art historians, doodlers, plumbers, stay-at-home moms, and people whose names begin with the letter “j.”  Create something big or something small.  Something complex or something simple.  Just. Create.  If you haven’t visited the page for this weekly event yet, check it out here for a few more details, a cool badge you can add to your page, and some limited rules.

Alright, off we go!  This week’s challenge is as follows:

Create a likeness of the Mona Lisa, and include the reason why she is wearing such a sly smile somewhere within your artwork!

Don’t forget to tag your work with #whatsnextwed so your project is visible to other participants.  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Feel free to get started, or read on for my take on this challenge!

I decided to draw Mona in front of the Louvre, where she has been housed since 1797. As she has kept alive there for so many years, I can’t help but think she would smile at her caretaker if given a chance.  Also, I included the background to pay homage to Leonardo’s  use of a landscape in the original painting.  This was a new concept at the time and really changed the course of art in his area of the world. Since I like the vibrant, “drippy” approach to watercolor, that part of the painting is purely me (as influenced by several other artists who take this approach as well).  Materials used include an india ink pen, Winsor & Newton watercolor paints and Fluid hot press watercolor paper.

 

 

What’s Next?

Have you even wondered about your favorite artists and what they might have forgotten, left out, or failed to create because they lived in their particular era?   In other words, they created what they did and now….what’s next?  This is the inspiration behind our new weekly art blogging event “What’s Next Wednesday.”  Each week on, you guessed it, Wednesday, we will post a new prompt which asks you to expand on something a well known artist has already done.  The goal is for you to channel the spirit of the original artist and then add your own spin!  You can find all the details here along with a few simple rules to keep you from going all willy nilly on us.  No worries, your creativity will still be able to flow freely.

To get the thought process flowing, here is a reinterpretation of Van Gogh’s famous piece Starry Night.

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Perhaps this is how Van Gogh would have completed the work, had he enjoyed the use of digital equipment?  Maybe this is Starry Night over a desert instead and there was a cactus in the foreground.  In any case, the spirit of Van Gogh remains, but a new identity has been achieved.  So, dream about stars, computers and cacti tonight, and we’ll see you tomorrow for the very first installment of “What’s Next Wednesday!”

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NEW Art Event!!!

Oh my gosh…two days until we launch our new art event “What’s Next Wednesday!” Follow our blog and then stay tuned for more information, more inspiration and get ready to create around the masters!!!Screenshot_2016-07-04-10-00-52-1

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Day 1: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Ooooh, so fun!!!!

Doodlewash®

Quick Doodlewash and watercolor sketch of Lightbulb

Today was amazingly awesome and super busy as an incredible amount of artists from around the world joined in for the very first day of World Watercolor Month! I’m so thrilled that so many people have come together to paint the world with watercolors in July (as I type this there are almost 2,300 members in our Facebook Group and more coming all the time!). In my incredible excitement and enthusiasm I didn’t know what to doodlewash for today. I’m not working with a theme, so I realized the thrill of the day was overwhelming me and I didn’t even know what to start with. I didn’t have an idea. No light bulb over my head… hey… a lightbulb! Yeah… that’s pretty much how my mind works.

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