Jul. 24th, 2009

artistmum_annie: made by ivymae (Default)
...a very good place to start, as the song goes...

This makes it the, what, third blog I have? Something like that? Oh well. Thanks to seekergeek for the invite code! A bit of an intro:

I'm Annie, and I'm an artist, writer, editor and domestic engineer. I have 3 kids (the "mum" part), Christina, Michael and Sarah. Art and writing have been my links to sanity, especially since my older two kids are autistic. I could either laugh or cry about the challenges, but I choose to paint, draw and write instead. My LJ is mostly my writing and fics, while the one I have on Blogger is mostly about daily life. This one on DW is going to focus mostly on my art and the creative process.

I started painting 6 years ago, after my son Michael was born. I was doing it in oils, but now I do mostly acrylic and watercolor. I also do sumi-e (Chinese watercolor) and calligraphy. I draw in pastel (oil and chalk), watercolor pencil, colored pencil, ink, and brush pen. My art studio is my kitchen table. Not a lot of room, but at least I do have a place to set up and paint. And I usually find time late at night, after the kids go to sleep or on the weekends.

People ask me if I sleep at all. I joke, "Not really."

In any case, I'll be putting some of my work up here, and if you're on DW and would like to be friends, let me know!

artistmum_annie: made by jehnt (Sunday)
It's been a while since i've actually had a long, uninterrupted stretch of time to paint.  After dinner, I went ahead and finished a picture based on a story from the Enterprise Twitter RPG group that I'm a part of. I sketched it lightly in pencil on canvas board, did some of the outlining with black sumi-e ink and a bamboo pen, and filled in the colors with acrylic paint. Not too long ago, I bought some metallic acrylic paint and used it for highlights. I think it turned out pretty well...once I get a decent pic of it with the digital camera, I might post it here.

Then I did a picture of a bellydancer, also on canvas board, this time with watercolor pencils, with highlights with the metallic acrylic paint. Sometimes I like to experiment with mixing different kind of mediums and see what the effects are. Sometimes it works. Other times it doesn't, but when it does, it works out pretty well. I used a picture of an actual bellydancer to figure out body positioning and perspective, and based my picture on that  Figure drawing is still a challenge for me; I'm more used to doing landscapes, but you know the saying, "If at first you don't succeed..." At the very least, my portraits are getting a little better.

A friend of mine told me once that my paintings remind him of the brightly colored murals in Mexico. I tend to use a lot of warm colors like red, orange, and gold...if not as main colors, then for highlights.

I still have gold metallic paint on my hands and one of my fingernails on my left hand is green. Gotta still clean up. ;)


PS: One of my favorite icons, from the Stargate Atlantis episode "Sunday".


artistmum_annie: made by ivymae (Default)

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