Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art: Ever After Lesson 2

Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art

As you see from my Little Mermaid post, I am taking Tamara Laporte’s Ever After series, which is an artistic style development course focused around fairy tales.  We follow the lessons closely, and then we sort through our likes, dislikes, and feelings about the lesson to help us define our own style.  Credit for the composition and design of these pieces of art goes to the teachers, until we work on our own fairy tale interpretations later on. 🙂

Andrea Gomoll teaches the second lesson, focused on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.   Andrea paints and illustrates cute girls and creatures with large eyes, innocent expressions, and lots of bright colors and layers.

She teaches techniques in watercolor, illustrative line work, collage and gel medium layering. I have learned that I am no watercolor painter…  not yet, at least!  I enjoy the look of watercolor washes and more abstract painting (I like the background and the fuzzy rose petals falling) but I do not yet know how to color in a drawing with the paints without it resulting in splotches of color.  This lesson was a challenge!

Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art

I am also learning that I prefer a more imperfect looking girl with smaller features rather than the cute youthful look presented here, and more painterly rather than illustration style.  I also will probably steer away from “fan art” type pieces.  I enjoy the idea of interpreting an old fairy tale, but would like to do it in my own way rather than model it after an established and recognized style.

Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art

I could also go into a bit of a rant about the actual story of Beauty and the Beast – as much as I enjoy the animated film as a movie, I have issues with the story and the message.  I don’t see it as a story about looking beyond appearances.  The beast was a horrible person, hence why he was transformed.  Frankly, his appearance matched his interior.   Beauty was a prisoner that grew attached to her captor.  The beast was the one that was supposed to learn a lesson – what did he learn?  A beautiful girl turned up at his doorstep.  He locked her up.  He got to keep her in the end.

In other words, I can pretend this piece of art is a different love story, else I just see it as depicting a very sad situation.

Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art

Despite that, this lesson was packed full of information and Andrea is a wonderful teacher.  This was out of my comfort zone but I persevered and learned so much.  Thank you, Andrea!

I’ll see you guys soon – Snow White comes next!

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Video: Girl With Balloon Mixed Media Painting

Girl With Balloon Mixed Media Art

Time for something a little sweet!  I completed this girl in one long sitting, and I have a video of the process below:

I did not have a plan – just went in with oodles of different paints and started getting them down onto the canvas.  I varied my brush strokes and tools used, and also scribbled with different pencils to make random marks.

Girl With Balloon Mixed Media Art

This girl was born by sketching right onto the painted background and filling her in with gesso.  Pencils and paints colored her and gave her life.  She looked like she needed a balloon (and then a crown) and so she got one! 🙂

More colorful paint and drips and marks were added.  She was given some shadowing with a charcoal pencil, and she was done.

Girl With Balloon Mixed Media Art

Thanks all! 🙂

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Watercolor Cupcake Bunny & Art Studio Cleanup!

Watercolor Cupcake Bunny

Hello wonderful friends!  A late post today due to too much fussing with notification emails here.  If this message is brought to you by a wonky email, I’ll try again next time! 😉

I have been busy this week cleaning up the ol’ studio, so art making is temporarily on hold… as you can see, I’m sort of an art supply junkie, and I’m not neat about it!  Oh my!

Art Studio - Before

Art Studio - Before

The studio is in my unfinished basement to keep the mess and any smells or fumes away from my parrot (I’m sure you will all meet him here soon…), so it’s not quite the kind of art space you’ll see in magazines or on Pinterest.  I hope when I am done remodeling, it will at least provide hope and inspiration to others that are stuck in “unpretty” spaces.  Finished pics and a tour will be posted soon!

In the meantime, I will share a cute bunny watercolor illustration I made during the holidays for my dear friends!

Watercolor Cupcake Bunny

This little guy was sketched out and then colored with Kuretake Zig Real Brush Pens and Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons.  I then drew cupcakes on watercolor paper, filled them in with the Kuretake markers (activated with water), cut them out and (more…)

Wisdom, Learning, What Matters

Wisdom Mixed Media Art

This mixed media art piece was inspired by Melody Ross‘ lesson near the beginning of Life Book 2016.  The task was to celebrate all of the wisdom you have accumulated throughout your life through the good times and the bad.  I strayed quite a bit from the steps of the lesson, but it was a beautiful exercise in realizing what I have come to learn is most important in life, and what matters to me.

The steps for this piece closely follow the Happy Traveler artwork:  Layers of collage, paint, Neocolor II crayons, gesso.  The sketched girl is colored with Neocolor II as well (Salmon, Flesh, various browns and pinks for the hair), Kuretake Zig Real Brush Pens for the hair and eyes, and colored pencils for additional shading.

Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

I hunted through an old thrift store dictionary for the words that spoke to me:

  • Love
  • Create
  • Artist
  • Joyous
  • Change
  • Persevere
  • Relax (My word of the year!)
  • Kindhearted
  • Compassion
  • Honest
  • Adventuress
  • Patience
  • Virtuous
  • Friend
  • Strength
  • Nature
  • Fearless
  • Worthy
  • And on the box itself: Wisdom and Wish

Finally, I had a sudden impulse to draw in floating glowing lanterns to surround my girl with these beautiful concepts. 🙂

Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

I am still very new to portraits, but she seems sweet enough for me!  I do need to work on my values/contrast though (an exercise in that will be posted here soon!)

Take a moment today and think about the wisdom you have gathered throughout your life.  Even through hard times, we come out on the other side understanding a little better what is meaningful to us, and how we can surround ourselves with more positivity and happiness.  <3

Thank you for sharing a moment of your day with me.  I hope you stop by again soon!  Remember to subscribe here or at my Facebook page to see new art. 🙂  *waves*

Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

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