“Love Me” Owl

Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear readers!  I thought I would share a new piece of artwork that is near and dear to my heart.  How many of you are familiar with The Love-Me Bird, a picture book by Joyce Dunbar?

I love this story, which is about a little songbird who goes around calling out, “Love me! Love-me!” in search of her perfect mate.  Well, she never gets a response, which is sad at first.  But then she decides to change her tune to “Love you! Love-you!”  Before you know it, she finds her true love.

This is such a great message.  It’s easy to have expectations, especially on a day like today.  Everyone wants to be loved.  But it’s often the love you give away that comes back to you.

Today and every day, I hope you feel loved.  But don’t forget to share your love with others.  You just might find what you’re looking for ❤

 

A House for Dreaming Big Dreams

collage, acrylic, ink

Greetings, My Lovelies 🙂

Happy Almost-Friday!  I’ve decided to share with you another new art piece that I’m excited about.  This piece helped fuel my inspiration and basically makes me happy every time I look at it.  It opened doorways that allowed me to re-envision an ongoing art project that I put aside for quite some time.  Yata!

What I love about the technology age is that there has never been a better time to be an artist.  Why?  Because we have access to so many styles and tutorials at our fingertips.  No longer must one simply go to an expensive art school to learn traditionally.  There is certainly nothing wrong with going the traditional route, but in today’s fast-paced, modern world, not everyone has time or money for this.  Even if they do, everyone can benefit from additional education and opportunities for growth.

I learned this collage technique from artist nicoletta zanella in this video.  I encourage you to go online and find some art classes or web videos to watch.  Engage.  Be curious.  Take on a new challenge.  See where it takes you and how you can incorporate it into your own personal style.  And in the end, you may find that you’ve expanded your world and you can be more YOU.

Springing Ahead with Homemade Cards

Happy almost spring, dear readers!  Are you getting pumped for the time change?  I know I am.  Sure, we lose an hour, but we gain a whole hour of daylight!

I’m celebrating the end of hibernation by making my own cards, which I haven’t done in years.  I’m excited to reignite this pastime, which one of my dearest friends got me hooked on ages ago.  Here’s a little poem for inspiration.

Go towards the daylight

go willingly

even if it ends in sleep–

Catch stars in your wings

For you were born among them

Shine brighter than the sun and moon combined

 

© 2016 Angie Kidd all rights reserved

Happy Friday from Petunia Owl!

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Making Art with Kids: Mashups!

I visited my nieces and nephew over Thanksgiving, a real treat since I don’t get to see them very often.  Usually I read them a bedtime story over Skype once a week.  So when I visited, I asked them to tell me stories.  And boy did they!  A fractured fairytale about Rapunzel and a story about a fearless princess kicking a three-headed dragon kept me on the edge of my seat.

Then on our last day together, we decided to make art.  A few weeks ago on Skype, I was talking to them about a stuffed animal I had as a kid called a Wuzzle.  Does anyone remember those?  They were basically hybrids of two different animals, like a bear with butterfly wings.  So that got us thinking.  What if these animals really existed?  What would they look like?  Only one way to find out!  Time to draw.  Here is what we created.

Frog Owl and Owl Frog with a little “help” from my nearly 2-year-old niece Charlotte 🙂

Lion Dragon breathing fire created by my 6-year-old nephew Joey

Monkey Horse created by my 8-year-old niece Allie

Devil Mummy created by Joey

Then we decided, why limit ourselves to animals?  What else can we mash up?  How about fruits?  Don’t mind if we do!  Sounds tasty 😉

Fruit Mashups

*See the fruit Joey created pictured above in his Lion Dragon picture.

Orange Apple created by Allie

Then Allie decided to get all serious and artsy by creating a very sophisticated bowl of fruit complete with shadow.  Why?  Because she’s a seriously talented artist 🙂  They both are!  I’m just honored I got to spend an afternoon creating with them.  What will they think of next?????

Bowl of Fruit created by Allie

That’s all from the mashup gallery for now.  But just for fun, try creating some of your own.  If you need help, just ask a kid.  They’ll get you started 🙂

Life Drawing with Mermaids

watercolor and pencil

watercolor and pencil

I recently had a chance to attend a life drawing session with a friend of mine.  We packed up our watercolors and headed out in the snow.  Why?  Who wouldn’t want to draw mermaids?  Enjoy!

Telling a Story with Pictures

Japanese sumi-e ink and collage on rice paper

Japanese sumi-e ink and collage on rice paper

Happy Friday!  Welcome to my current style.  I’m also practicing the idea of carrying a character from illustration to illustration.  What do you think will happen next???

Sneeze!

Acrylic

The theme for this year’s Tomie dePaola children’s illustration competition couldn’t be more fitting with the current weather we’re having in the Midwest.  We had to illustrate a poem titled “Sneeze” in full color for babies and toddlers.  As you can see, I got a wacky idea in my head (or should I say nose) for this one.  I chose bold, basic colors and a simple image for this age group.  Children can count the train cars and learn their colors while identifying the familiar train image.  Kids love trains!  It’s reminiscent of Donald Crews’s Freight Train, but with a twist 😉  Older siblings will appreciate the oddity of the situation.

Click here to check out other amazing entries.  Apparently, great minds think alike.  See if you can find another image with a similar concept as mine.

Stay warm!

Practicing Patience: Favorite Inch by Favorite Inch

watercolor collage painting

Let’s start with an exercise, shall we?  “Breathe in trust.  Breathe out fear.  Breathe in trust.  Breathe out fear.”

What does this teach us?  To calm down.  To be in the moment.  To practice PATIENCE.  But why?

Making art is a lengthy process.  I should know.  This particular piece took 10+ hours and several class periods to complete.  At times, it looked so abstract that I feared nothing would come of it.  But as fellow artists know, once you’re in the middle of a project, you only have two choices.  Quit to avoid failing (which actually translates to an automatic failure) or continue on the path and see how it turns out.  I chose the second option because I’m just stubborn like that 😉

The process of watercolor collage painting involves dyeing handmade paper using liquid watercolor paint.  Then you have to let each piece dry.  Meanwhile you sketch your scene.  Then you painstakingly glue each colored piece to your paper using matte gel medium.  You can’t be sure if you’ve colored enough pieces for each section.  Also be aware that your hands will become dyed and glued very easily!  All you can do is trust the process.

What can I say?  The end result was satisfying.  But is that always the case?  Sometimes you reach your destination after a lot of hard work to find a breathtaking sight.  Other times, you feel discouraged by your work.  You may also feel like it goes unappreciated.  But patience and perseverance are always the keys.

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” — Hal Borland

If you don’t feel up to it, try this exercise:  “Find your favorite inch.”  I learned about this at a recent workshop at the Mazza Museum for children’s illustration in Findlay, OH.  One of the speakers mentioned that when you’re feeling down about your art, search for your favorite part inside a piece of art.  You can also use this exercise when viewing art at a museum or gallery as a learning tool.  There must be one part you’re satisfied with in your work.  It could be an interesting line or angle, a character’s expression, a unique color.  Something is always working in a painting.  It is your job to find it, which can be extremely difficult when self evaluating.  Once you identify your sweet spot, work from that.  Think of it as a stepping stone.  Achievement always begins with a single step.  In this case, a single brush stroke.

Let’s review:  Breathe in Trust; breathe out fear.  Practice patience.  Find your favorite inch.

And when all hope is lost, just remember:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” — Harriet Tubman

As the new year approaches, keep reaching!

 

Picture This! PiBoIdMo

It’s Picture Book Idea Month again 🙂  Enjoy!

Inktense Pencils and Ink

Inktense Pencils and Ink

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