“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.

‘Tis the Season for Flowers

Greetings my lovely readers!  I’m still making cards.  I recently attended a Japanese art class where we painted cherry blossoms.  Look for that in a later post 😉  But meanwhile, it inspired me to go home and create even more artwork!  I decided to try painting some of my mixed media flowers with watercolor and ink.  If you would like to see others like this, check out my post here.  Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

#twitterartexhibit 2014 in Orlando

hand-dyed paper, collage, and ink

I’m very excited to introduce a new piece of art that will be part of an international group art exhibition in Orlando, FL this year.  This show features postcard art from all over the world and will benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students.  It runs from March 20 – April 11, 2014.  You can check out the awesome entries online.

Although there is no theme, some people chose to honor the art of dance.  I originally titled my piece Japanese Fans.  But do you notice anything special about the fans?  First of all, they’re all cut from different paper, symbolizing the unique identify of each individual.  What about the placement of the fans on the postcard?  Do you feel a sense of movement?  Like they might just dance off the page?  I hope so!  That’s why I decided to rename them Dancing Japanese Fans.  But for the exhibition, they will be labeled with the original title.  That way the message will be open for viewers to interpret.  Whatever people take away from the piece is fine, but I hope they will see that despite our differences in appearance and ability, we are all united by dance 🙂 

As to the process, I wanted to reflect my connection to and affinity for Japanese culture.  The fan shapes were cut from papers that I hand-dyed myself using liquid watercolor and a Japanese folding technique.  Then I created a collage with the fans and added ink as a final touch.  Voila!

The Japanese Fan Dance has been around for centuries.  Although the fans originally represented high social status, they now symbolize friendship and are often exchanged as signs of good will and respect for one another.    

Japanese fans are considered highly symbolic, with the handle of the fan representing birth and the blades symbolizing many possible paths in life.  What path will you take in life?  Will you hide behind your fan?  Consider letting your unique self show and maybe even dance!

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???

Hubert the S-Shaped Seahorse

Hubert goes his own way.

Summer Solstice Celebration

mixed media on yupo paper

 

Deep Sea Wishes

We went to the sea

you and me.

We went to drop petals

letting go

watching our pasts float away…

 

We made wishes

half-hearted–

After all, we didn’t really know what we wanted.

 

Then we sacrificed our legs

slipping into the sea

flipping our tails–

Mermaids at last.

 

© 2013 Angie Kidd all rights reserved

Art as Therapy

Prismacolor markers and pencils

I’m a runner.  Two years ago I fell on my face.  As you can guess, the experience was pretty traumatic.  My friend, a nurse, said it would be considered a head injury.  My world changed in an instant.  My front tooth was bent at an odd angle.  My husband and dentist (both angels) helped pull it back in place.  In those first moments, I lost my ability to communicate.  For a Gemini, this is a problem 😉

The recovery was emotional.  One of the things that helped me most was art and prayer.  These two things go together more than people may realize.  I started by writing about it, but the experience was hard to put into words.  Working with images can be more intuitive.  Here is a sketch I did when I was trying to facilitate the healing of my tooth.  Many times we feel powerless.  The best thing of course is to go with the flow and give up control.  But working through difficult situations by creating art is also a beneficial tool for becoming empowered.

I’m a big advocate of positive thinking.  I think it keeps us relaxed and helps promote healing.  If we can visualize change (through art and positive thoughts), we can make it happen.

You may not consider yourself an artist, but don’t let that stop you.  Art therapy is more about the process than the end result.  Focusing on color imagery might be one place to start.  You can make it as detailed or abstract as you want.  Check out this art therapy blog for more information.

We may never learn the reason why certain things happen to us, but we can bring a sense of peace and closure  to these events.  In literature, we call this catharsis.

So where am I two years later after this event?  I’m running outside again.  I’m also finally pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a published author and illustrator.  I’d like to think art and prayer/positive thoughts had something to do with it.  What will you do when life gives you lemons?  Please comment and share!

Need some comic relief?  Here is a new favorite quote of mine:

“When you’re falling on your face, you’re actually moving forward.” — from Friends: Lovable, Livable, Laughable Lines

May Flowers

I just got a new scanner for my birthday.  Come see what bloomed!

Everything from traditional to modern.  Enjoy the garden 🙂

watercolor and pencil

watercolor and pencil

watercolor, watercolor pencil, and ink

watercolor, watercolor pencil, and ink

watercolor and watercolor pencil

watercolor and gesso

SCBWI: WWMW Conference 2013

Mixed Media

Howdy partners!  I’m back from the Wild, Wild Midwest conference in Fort Wayne, IN.  One word: inspiring!

Above is the piece that I submitted for the art show.  I consider it an exploration of style, one of my goals for this year.  It’s a combination of my favorite mediums right now: collage, watercolor, and ink.  I really enjoyed the hands-on aspect of it, even as I hoped the glue would hold 😉  And I also got the salt trick to work!

“The Queen of Spades” was inspired by my very own Philodendron.  I promise that no plants were harmed in the making of this piece 😉  My plant did have a few adventures away from its usual tabletop spot in the living room…  I’m just glad it survived!  It’s my only plant.  I credit it to my best friend who gave it to me.  She’s like mother nature when it comes to plants.  I, on the other hand, am known for having a “black thumb.”

In Japanese culture, everything has a spirit, including trees.  Here is my representation of this concept.  In this case, I wanted to capture the spirit of my own plant.  If I were to pitch this piece as a story idea, it would sound something like this:  What would you do if you found out your plant was truly alive?  One illustration concept that art director Laurent Linn mentioned at the conference was the idea that everything in a scene is a character.  I really took his idea literally 😉  He also said that the difference between children’s illustration and other types of art is storytelling and emotion.  You should shape your portfolio around this concept.  Good advice!

Check out other great entries from the Michigan chapter here.

Event photos!

Dinner with illustrators at sushi restaurant: Who could ask for anything more?

One of the best parts about conferences like these are the opportunities to network and socialize with friends 🙂

Jane Yolen and the Naked Mole Rat, unlikely friends: One wild Midwest party brought them together

I’m sure you all know Jane Yolen.  She’s considered ‘The Hans Christian Andersen of America.’  BUT, did you know she teamed up with the Naked Mole Rat, star character of Mo Willems infamous book: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed?  It just goes to show, friendship develops in unlikely places, including the Wild, Wild Midwest!

All good things must come to an end.  Kathi Appelt, author of Keeper and The Underneath, left us with some great parting thoughts.  She said that all the best words, all the ingredients needed for a great story, start with the letter P.  Brilliant!  Think about it…  Can you guess the final word she mentioned?  POSSIBILITIES!

My friend Katherine Carver challenged me to come up with one word as my theme for the year.  Can you guess what word I came up with?  I mentioned it in a previous post.  Hint: it’s not serendipity, although that is also a great word.

To see how this challenge works, go to her blog.  What will your word for the year be?  Please share!

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