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4 more watercolor Pop Art Divas and some Martini Art

Posted in Watercolor Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by popartdiva

More Sketches for the watercolor Pop Art Divas

Sorry for the lousy photo – I shot it pretty early this morning and the light sucked, lol. But here’s 5 more sketches I’ll be working on this weekend.  Yes, you do see a Martini in there – I couldn’t resist.  I love doing martini art and produce quite a bit for The Martini Diva Boutique.

This is just a quick post to show you what I’m going to be working on for the next 2 days.  Check back on Monday to see and buy the finished paintings!  Remember, this is the only place you can buy an original one-of-a-kind work of art from me now that I no longer do art shows!

Okay, now to painting! Yes, I ate breakfast so I don’t have to take a break though I may nibble on a few chocolate kisses.

TODAY THE SKETCHES – TOMORROW THE PAINT! Pop Art Divas are going “live” tomorrow!

Posted in Canvas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2009 by popartdiva
3 more Pop Art Divas Sketches

3 more Pop Art Divas Sketches

Got a few more sketches done in preparation for my First Day of Returning to Painting.  I’ve capitalized it because it’s a red letter day for me, the day I get that sable brush back in my hand and start shoving paint around on a canvas again.

I still haven’t figured out where I’m going to paint.  Since these paintings are going to be purely for my own artistic pleasure I want to have a truly enjoyable experience doing them.  That means I want to have some great old movies lined up to watch, some perfect painting snacks and a very comfortable place to paint.

Since these are miniatures I won’t need the kind of work space I’m used to.  Basically all I need is a table to do the painting on and another to the right for my paints, brushes and other paraphernalia and a comfortable seat with a place to put my feet up.  I’ll work on that later today.

I have a few designs to do on the computer today – one is a Thanksgiving design for my holiday store – Happy Holly Daze.  I’m currently featuring my Halloween Products but need to get a few Turkey Day things up too.  I’ll be smelling the aroma of my dinner all day – I need good solid fuel for my painting tomorrow so I got up early and prepared my Spanish Pork Stew – the pork was “cubed” and it’s got lots of nice Spanish flavors so I’m thinking I might end up with some Picasso style cubist Pop Art Divas today!

Here it is below at 9 a.m. this morning simmering away in my crock pot, I’m having it with a nice Merlot and some warm buttery San Francisco Sourdough bread – a good reward for an industrious artist:

Fuel for the Artistic Soul

Fuel for the Artistic Soul

Introducing the Pop Art Divas – Original Miniature Paintings by PopArtDiva

Posted in Canvas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2009 by popartdiva

First Sketches for Pop Art DivasLately I have found myself with a growing need to do some hands on painting and sketching again.  These days I spend most of my time doing Graphic Design, Illustration and Contemporary Art on the computer and I love digital art and how the computer has opened up a whole new realm in the art and graphics world. There are things that can be done on a computer that could not have even been imagined in the pre-history of the computer chip.  It’s a brave new world out there for anyone with the desire and patience to learn the ways of the Jedi Art Geek!

However, and this is a big however, I did not start my career using a keyboard and a Wacom tablet, I started my art career eons ago in a mist filled time before Photoshop, laser printers and Microsoft Word.  In those days we used words like typesetting, paste-up, lithography or original, canvas, Russian sable and acid-free.  I spent most of my life creating graphics and original art the old fashioned way using pencils, brushes, papers, canvas and other tools of the art trade.

I spent nearly 25 years producing fine art for sale at some of the major art shows in the United States.  My week days were spent in a studio where I was awash in paints and happily balancing 3 or 4 loaded brushes as I leaned over a giant canvas, sheet of watercolor paper or textured sculpture waiting for my creative juices to bring them to colorful life.  I have always been happy with a pencil, pastel or brush in my hand.

I retired from the art shows in May of 2008 and closed my studio – moving all my artistic efforts onto a hard drive and into a Jedi Art Geek style studio.  My colored pencils, sketch pads and paints were winnowed down and shoved into a drawer to collect dust.

But you cannot take the crayon out of the artist and I found myself one day opening that drawer and starting some doodling.  Another day I dug a little deeper and found a stack of little canvas boards and I suddenly had an urge to dig out the brushes and paints with an almost desperate yearning.  I missed the feel of the brush in my hand, I missed sticking that brush in my mouth to bring it to a point, I missed the way that honest to God paint will take on a life of its own and demand that you quit being a control freak.  I missed the smell of the paints, the splatters all over my clothes and body and I missed the sensual rush of applying a stroke of color to a virgin white vessel.

And so I have started a line of original paintings and drawings done just for my artistic soul.  I love color, I love the art of the sixties and the cartoon style of that era that became so pervasive in the culture.  I don’t have a lot of time for this project – it is going to be a treat to myself for those times when I need some “me” art time.  And I am going to sell these because the one thing I found out about myself is that if I horde my original art I tend to do a lot less of it!

So, don’t expect to see hundreds of these produced, don’t expect to see any kind of regular uploads of new pieces either.  I will do these whenever I can find a day to myself and can indulge in the pleasure of painting for painting’s sake.  I plan to post them for sale here and only here.  And yes, I will make copies of some of them and sell reproductions in various forms. But this is where I will be posting the originals.

Above are three of the sketches I did today while I was “taking a day off”.  I did not get the paints out today – it was the first real day of fall and the chill in the air has made my hands hurt a bit from the quick weather change. Besides, I had to spend a bit of time contemplating these little canvas boards and how I might use them.  Around mid-day I got the idea for Pop Art Divas by Pop Art Diva, I love doing  faces and I love pop art  – the concept was perfect and funny!

I’m hoping that Sundays will be my day for these little paintings and original art projects but I’ll take the time whenever I can find it.  I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy viewing and buying them as much as I plan on enjoying the creation of them.

It’s a good day when you can end it by saying “I made this today – before today this did not exist.”