Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Artist in the Art Room

Hi there!

I'm being brave today and showing you some of my creative world.................... with me in it!
I don't do this very often because I'd rather be photographing nature, watercolor paintings, or my cute kid than myself, so here ya go! 

This is my little corner of the house, the art room.  If I'm in a really creative mood, this room can get crazy.  Like pretty messy!  And I'm a clean sort of person too.  I guess this room is my one exception. The messier the room is the more I have been creating.  

I rarely work on just one project at a time.  I have around five projects going on at any given time.  I'd probably be more efficient if I just finished one before moving on to the next, but I have to create when I'm in the mood to make a particular thing.  That's how it works! You force it too much and it doesn't turn out as well.

Current Projects include:

Figures and Flowers watercolor series: I draw figures in ink and add watercolor flowers in the hair, like my Flower Head Girl and my Flower Dreamer paintings.  My goal is to one day get into an actual art gallery, so I'm taking my time to get a good series of paintings together.

Watercolor Tutorials for Craftsy: 
I'm just starting out as a blog contributor over at the Craftsy Painting Blog! Very exciting!  I'll be posting watercolor tutorials over there, 2-3 a month.  First up is a Watermelon Slice Tutorial- it's coming out on Aug. 27th! 

Boho Teepee Watercolors:
I've been working on a couple of Teepee Watercolors and I'm not done with them yet! You can see my first two paintings over at my Etsy Shop.

Crochet Shawl:
I started up a granny shawl this summer and hope to finish it by this fall.  It's a fun experiment :)

Frame Painting:
I am forever collecting thrift store frames and giving them makeovers.  I will probably never quite finish that project because I always have new pieces that need frames!

I can't quite express how lucky I feel to have a dedicated room in my house for these projects.  It's my little escape and it's a place where I can make my watercolor dreams come to life.  It's bright and happy.  It's full of inspiring colors and images.  I only end up painting a small portion of what I want to paint, but that's ok. I still have a life time of painting ahead of me!

Where do you create?  What is your space like?  And yes, the kitchen counts because food is a creative art form too :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Photos of the Week

This is how we spent our last week of freedom!

We went to an aviary, took a small paddle boat out on a scummy pond, went swimming with my sister, went peach-picking, visited family, and spent some quality time at a beautiful park.  I savored every moment of that week because I have to admit, I hate sending my only child back to school each fall.  It rips my heart out! Does anyone else feel that way?

I thought that by second grade, it would be a little easier to let him go, but not so much for me.  Our summer was better than in years past.  I had better health to do more and so I'm sad to see it end. At least my little guy had an excellent first day of school. That eases the pain a bit :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Boho Watercolor Teepee

My art room is a mess right now. That's a sure sign that a lot of creative things have been happening in there!

Like this Boho Watercolor Teepee with flowers on top.  I'm excited about this one :)

Boho Watercolor Teepee by Elise Engh
Boho Watercolor Teepee by Elise Engh

The more I experiment with watercolor flowers and patterns, the easier it is to improvise and pull them out when I need them.  One valuable tool and artist or illustrator can acquire is a kind of visual library.  Memories of images that let you paint certain things without having to stop and think or look at the real thing for visual cues.  You just know how it should look and you do it!  

I feel like I'm just beginning to develop that, so I have a long way to go.  But I think it's worth the effort.

Boho Watercolor Teepee by Elise Engh
Colorful watercolor paintings by Elise Engh: Boho Teepee, Love You card, Flowers

So for now, I'm enjoying the mess on my art table.  It's full of fun colorful things, so I don't mind the mess!


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