I decided to make a collage of most of my Nature portraits, and am surprised about my growth ❤. From left to right, top to down, oldest to newest, each one gives to the next. 😊
I thought I’d pop in today and I needed a nice break from working on the blog behind the scenes. So, I decided to play around with my base drawing again. I’m kind if having fun with this! I’m thinking about making a book of these to sell at the art walk. mostly an empty ones like the picture in the middle that an adult or parent and child can use as a base to add their own “hair, accessories”.
What do you think, good idea or bad idea?
This week I kind of went back to what I did in “Shaping an Idea” and worked on my anime girl leaves and other work.
You’ve may have seen a few of the top ones but the middle ones and bottom two are new. I’m not sure if I like the digital ones, I think I’d like to make them all out of nature items… but maybe if I work on them with other elements it will blend better.
I want to thank my walking buddy, Odin, for putting up with me as I pick up pieces for my work. I don’t think I’ve introduced him other than putting him in a few posts… My boyfriend and I got Odin from a local shelter a few days before Christmas. I had my eye on him for a month and when the shelter said everything turned out good for us we, took the chance to get him :). Here’s him being cute~ ❤
I’ll continue to show the nature work every Thursday and pick up Saturdays again. This Saturday’s post I’ll be highlighting pictures of an art show I went to tonight. See you then!
This week has been somewhat productive. I kind of worked on a few different things instead of focusing on just the nature art.
I dabbled with my base drawing after a walk inspired me to create this gal.
And I tested different looks for the piece I’ll be donating to my Art Centers upcoming fundraiser. I’m leaning more towards the black spray painted frame and black outlines around the pictures. I think it looks cleaner and makes the pictures stick out more.
And lastly I played around with how I’d like the blog to be set up and what my logo will be for Unfolding the Heart. All I have to do next is try out both of these concepts on the computer.
I think I’m onto a good start. I’m gonna take a break from this Saturday’s post but will be back next Thursday as usual. See ya next week!
So today I went to the Art Center in my hometown (Battle Creek MI.) to see if my art could be in one of their upcoming fundraisers. I thought my heart art would fit in perfectly for their event ,”Heart of Art,” and just to see what their response would be, I brought along some of my other art as well .
I had no idea what to expect, but their reaction towards all of my art was better than I ever could have imagined! Not only do they want my art in the Fundraiser but they would like it in their gift shop as well!
When I drove home and settled down a bit, the confidence that was welling up from what they told me inspired me to finish this piece below.
I’ve been playing around with this one for a few weeks and today I think I completed it! The story of how this piece was started and finished was pretty funny to me. I actually found the frame for this piece first, then built the gal second. When I put just the head in the frame today it felt incomplete. It needed something… something behind it. I looked around and thought “Ohh this cottonwood leaf would be perfect! That and its the same type of leaf her face was made from! Ohhh and it even looks like a heart behind her!!”…. lol, yeah I get really excited when things fall into place 😉 ❤ .
I haven’t been doing this type of nature art for very long but I really enjoy it and like where it’s taking me. I’ve been trying to come up with a name for it but have been having a hard time figuring out if it’s a type a sculpture, craft, or something completely different. All I do know is that when I showed just the head to a few women at the Art Center today, they seemed to like it quite a bit. When they said “you should keep doing what you’re doing, this is something new and refreshing” I thought my heart could have exploded from all the encouragement. ❤ So I think I’ll follow their advice and keep it up ^_^ .
See ya this Saturday for the next new post!
Last year while I was preparing for the fall into the Arts, I was wanting to create something that would set me apart from the other artists. At that time though the only thing I was ready to show was my photography. All that I am creating now was just a thought in my head. This week’s posts have been about testing out those unformed ideas and their limits.
The first limit I ran into was when I tried to seal the lion leaf with glue between two pieces of projector sheets. The glue ended up not drying, so I’ll have to try something different next time. The picture next to the lion is of a base drawing that I could put leaves or other things around it for hair/accessories.
The one on the bottom left was leaf I pressed between a book last year. I recently bought a heart shaped hole punch and found out it would only reach so far. I wasn’t going to post this test but not all tests become a final project, but I did learn from it. The last one on the right and the fox/wolf one below, were tests of animal designs that had heart shaped faces. Out of the animals on leaves I still like the lion one the best. Which one do you like best?
Next week I think I’ll do more of this type of work, maybe even record myself as I make a few….Till then, see ya next Thursday!
This week’s experiments and creative endeavors 😉 . The top one was made with punching a heart hole punch through the leaf then placing it between two pieces of wax paper. Before sealing the wax paper, I added crayon shavings to the top of the leaf then sealed it with an iron.
Same leaf different side.
See you this Saturday with more to come! I’m starting to feel something emerging from these fun little trials ❤ .
This past week I’ve been having fun drawing and editing.
After posting all my new creations to Facebook, I decided to check my email…
I received a notification from the people that organize the Spring and Fall art walks, and now I am nervous!
Which art form should I show, should I do them all, how will I look to the public eye, do I have the money!?
(insert last week’s reminder),
Yeah I think I’ve got this, lol.
One thing I am having trouble deciding though, is should I show all my art forms/ the nature art/ or Springiest photos(flowers). What do you think? Here are a few examples of each:
The good thing is that I have 2 months to prepare and this time I will use it. I’ve already got some stuff from the previous Fall into the Arts, so now prints have to be made for the framed ones and a different display needs to be thought up. Oh and if you want to check out and vote on more of my art, head to my Facebook Album. Wish me luck and thank you for your votes!
Fall into the Arts is Approaching
I’ve been working on a few things while getting ready for my hometown’s art walk. Yesterday I was able to narrow down my photography pics from 100 down to about 50. I was curious to see what pictures would be picked by my family and friends so I posted an album on Facebook to see what pictures would get the most votes. To my surprise most of the ones I really loved didn’t get picked. I think its because those ones are meant to be mine 😉 and the rest are meant for others to enjoy ❤ . If you are interested in putting in your vote on which pictures you think should be featured click on the above “album on Facebook” link, any help is appreciated!
Here were a few of the top picks:
New Project/New Craft
This whole “Fall into the Arts” event has sparked a new idea of how to blend my art styles. I enjoy spending time in nature, I love to draw anime faces and I have fun making things out of nature’s materials. So I thought oh it would be fun to create pictures of faces out of leaves and things I find! Now these are all rough / unglued pictures of what I have in mind, but I think something wonderful is coming through. Let me know what you think~ ❤
See you all next week!
I have been struggling lately with the idea of using paper and other supplies to create my art. I have a strong connection to trees and can’t bare the thought of watching one get cut down. This feeling has become overwhelming recently and has sent me into a spiral of questions: “Is my art really important to express, Can I express it in another way? One that is more in line with nature than towards the destruction of it?”
I think the reason I was originally drawn to Nature art was because sticks and leaves were my mediums and grass or sidewalks were my canvas. Where ever I leave my work of art is almost the same as nature dropping it off for other life forms. Maybe this is a calling for me to return to my older ways 😉 .
Have you ever experienced the thought of “Is my art important or sustainable?”