Ms. Clover – baby goat
Thanks for taking a look at my VERY FIRST Creative Team Member project! I’m so happy to share a little of my intuitive approach to the creative process with you. For me, the only way to make art is in the freedom to come to the journal or canvas open to the process and outcome. For this project, though, I knew that I needed a plan….somewhat. 🙂
I live in a rural area of North West Georgia about 15 minutes south of Chattanooga, TN. There’s no shortage of farm animals in any direction that I go. This spring and summer I’ve really noticed the baby goats and all of their adorable antics when I drive down my street. I love their long ears and little faces, as well as their innocence and simple joy in just being. They have been showing up in a lot of my art journal pages lately.
I chose an 11×14 canvas board for this project because I wanted to frame it and add it to a booth that I keep in a local antique mall. Farm animal art is always a hit in this neck of the woods. I began, as I always begin my pieces, by putting down scraps of paper and color in a random way. I happened to see a video of Shawn’s recently where she began by laying down a variety of stencils for her background. Brilliant!! It is a super quick and easy way to get an interesting background with variety and depth. I have now added this method to my bag of tricks.
From there I pulled up a photo of a local goat that I had snapped this past spring and went from there. I had never thought to use a stencil on a face or an animal before. I found the effect of using it with paint to be very interesting. I decided to take it a step further and used some light modeling paste with the Scribble stencil. OH YES!! I loved the texture and interest that it created.
My method of creating art is often messy and always imperfect. It is a little scary for me to show up in such an authentic way, but it is who I am as an artist. I hope that this video inspires you to approach your art in your own brave and authentic way.
- 11×14 canvas board with 2 coats of gesso
- Scraps of tissue paper, origami, book pages, hand painted deli paper
- Gesso, Blick yellow green light, Teal green, warm gray. Golden magenta, Quin Azo Nickel Gold, Paynes Gray, Teal, Van Dyke Brown, Holbein Opera
- Stencils: Doodle Lines, Scribbles, Doodle Letters and Numbers, Doodle Flowers, Doodle Minis (2), Round Abouts, Backgrounds 2, Geometric Web.
- Stabilo Marks All
- Koi coloring brush pen in gray,
- Fine line applicator
- Washi Tape
- Light modeling paste
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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!