Monday, February 28, 2011

Blissful Pumpkin 1st Market Day Sketch/Drawings

How I passed the time while selling my Portraits and Mixed Media Art Prints at my very first market.

Dancing Angel Market Sketch

Little Birdie Market Sketch
Although I only sold one 5x7" matted art print, I enjoyed the time out from normal family life and it gave me time to draw, while attending my stall. I planing on doing it again next month and will have my fingers crossed until then.

Kyles =D
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Off to Market with my Mixed Media Art Prints.

I only decided early this week to take my art prints to the local Market, which is held tomorrow.  I've never done this before, so I'm hoping it all pays off. I will let you know in the next couple of days how it went.

Here is my latest Whimsical Mixed Media Artwork. I've just put prints of here in my Etsy store.
'Me & My Rabbit'

As always, your critique/ feedback/ comments are always most welcome.

Kyles =D
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Whimsical Mixed Media Art Prints

I thought I'd share with you one of my latest mixed media art creations. I wanted to create a piece that represented how I feel when I'm painting or drawing. Actually, it's how I feel when I'm creating in any shape or form. 
The words on the left say: 'Look into the windows of my soul and you will see a Blissful Me'. The words on the left say: 'Follow Your Bliss'. 

'Blissful Me'
Prints available in my Etsy Shop.
Your feedback and comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Kyles =D
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Mixed Media Art Giveaway from Aquamarine

Please visit fellow blogger and artist Tara @ Aquamarine to enter here lovely giveaway. She is giving away 4 art cards with envelopes and a mini print (7cm x 7cm). It's Tara's birthday and this is how she chooses to celebrate. So do her a favor and spread the word about her giveaway and pop on over to her blog to wish her a happy birthday.

4 Art Cards with envelopes by Tara @ Aquamarine

A 7cmx7cm mini print by Tara @ Aquamarine.
Kyles =D
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Friday, February 18, 2011

The winner of my Mixed Media Print is................

Thank you to all of you who entered my giveaway. I was truly blown away with all the entries. I am also glad I got to meet and chat to a few of you.

 So I'll get to the winner. I used a random number generator to chose the winner.
The winner of One World, One Heart for 2011, here on Blissful Pumpkin is: Rosa from Paperchase
Congratulations Rosa. You have won a print of my original mixed media angels. 

 Thank you for entering Rosa and to all of you that became followers as a result of this giveaway, Thank you very much.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

My First Etsy Store Sale. 3 hours after the Grand Opening. Wow!

Little Angel 2 - 8x10 Matted mixed media art print

Thank you Tami, I am a very happy little bunny. My very first sale. 

Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. How appropriate that this image is the first to sell. I'm taking this as a sign. 

A sign that I'm on the right path, FOLLOWNG MY BLISS. =D

* jumps up and clicks heels together*

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Portrait Artist, Caricature Artist & Whimsical Mixed Media Artist.

As you may or may not know, I am a portrait artist. I love to draw/paint people, particularly the eyes. For me a portrait without eyes is a lifeless attempt at capturing the sitters soul/essence. In my realistic portraits my focus is ALWAYS the eyes, or at least one of them.
Jake, Todd & Amber - Commission

Divine Mercy - Commission

As well as portraits I also do caricatures and have found people love to give these as birthday presents, as I tailor each caricature to the intended recipient, always taking a comical approach. These can be a lot of fun.

I recently discovered the wonderful world of whimsy, such as my latest 'Little Angel' series and have enjoyed trying out different mixed media styles.

Framed in White Matt Board. Ready for my Etsy Store.
Framed in Black Matt Board. Ready for my Etsy Store.

 I want to promote every aspect of my artwork, so my question to you is this.

Should I include all aspects of my work in my Etsy store, or should I have separate shops for all the different areas that I work in? Your feedback would be greatly appreciated, as always.

Kyles =D
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to create one of my mixed media 'Little Angels'.

My Little Angel #4

 This is what my wood plaque looked like when I took the plastic off. I brought it from Spotlight, a fabric/craft/decor shop.
 These wood plaque are great to work on, particularly for mixed media pieces. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
 I first decided where I wanted my angel to be placed and sketched her in.
 Here you can see the wing template I made (out of card) to trace around. I use this so that both wings are the same. This is not necessary, as you may want them to look slightly different and that would be perfectly ok. However I always seem to draw a great right wing and the left always looks wrong, hence using the template.

 I wanted her halo to be perfectly round so I placed a small bowl exactly where I wanted the halo to go and traced around it.  You can use any circular object, it depends on how big or small you want the halo.

 I started to add some colour using my Caran D'Arche water-soluble crayons.

 I added colour to the body and to the background, making sure not to use too many colours and to use complimentary colours, ie orange is the complimentary colour to blue, etc.
 I pushed the crayon colours around with a wet brush, blending sections here and there.
 I worked on the colours some more and added some purple to the left hand side of the body to add depth.
 Here I added the hair colour as well as her headband. Detail was also added to the face.
 Using my wing template I traced and cut out some beautiful wings from an old hymn book. I made sure the text that appeared in the wings would relate to the angel somehow. The text in the left wings says, 'with thy spirit' and the right wings says, 'glad at heart I am'.
Almost finished here. Just missing my felt hearts that I add on at the end. In the finished product the edges of the plaque are painted black, but I usually crop these out when I scan the final piece in to the computer, just like this one.

Things you'll need:
  • Wood plaque
  • Graphite 
  • Watersoluable crayons
  • Acrylic paint
  • Gell pens
  • Old hymn book pages
  • Water jar and brushes.
  • Time and effort
  • Any other materials you see fit.

Good luck. If you try this, I'd love to see the end results. 
Best wishes,
Kyles =D

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