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Thursday, October 08, 2009

She Heard the Drums in the Distance....

All I can say is I wish each and every one of you could take this class with Mystele! I'm learning so much about myself and we've only just started! If you're looking for a step-by-step class of how she does her paintings, don't bother. That isn't what she's doing here. We're discovering our own style....our own voice.

I was inspired by something I saw in class and I immediately had to paint. I opened my Gut Art book again and chose to work on one of my favorite pages. This is a rough sketch of what I saw....



I hope you can see my sketch. And here's my woman after I painted her....



The photo is a little dark but I think you can see what I did. I love this ethnic, tribal, painted-face look. It sort of incorporates my love of zentangles, and designs, with painting....although I haven't mastered the art of painting details yet! Some of my colors don't show up as bright as I'd like and I can't seem to be as neat with a paintbrush as I am with a pen. But I love her anyway....

15 comments:

  1. Hurray for YOU! There's nothing so wonderful as when you love what you've done!

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  2. Oh My Gosh...Colorful and wonderful. I love it!

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  3. Neat Janet!!!! You are amazing...

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  4. She's just beautiful! I agree with Betzie - You ARE amazing!!!

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  5. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!

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  6. She is outstanding! I love the shapes and colors you brought out in her! BRAVO!

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  7. I am digging this! You ca nbet I will take my very first online class from Mystele...she is the only one i really felt the urge to take! thank you Janet.

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  8. Oh, how wonderful!!! I'm doing a happy dance for you! So glad that you are enjoying the class (so am I) and allowing yourself to explore. What a beautiful painting! xo

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  9. Janet do you ever go back to the beginning of your blog and trace your progress as an artist?
    Your work always spoke, but your work now is simply amazing! I am entranced by this African woman and the way she emerged from your page.

    congratulations!

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  10. Janet..you started something! haha. I did a pulled art painting...I love it. I posted it on my blog. YOu are such an inspiration!

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  11. Such magical pictures!

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  12. Hi, Janet -- I'm fascinated by this process -- what a lot of work, but GOOD work, FUN work. Probably doesn't seem like work at all!

    I'm actually commenting on a couple of posts, since photo-heavy blogs take a long while to load up for me at home. On the one you "fixed" -- yes, I see what you mean by softening the blue. I felt better for me, too, though I don't know I would have thought of it without the comparison. Is this gut journal all work you've done over time and compiling or things you are doing for the book to return to later? It's most intriguing and I enjoy following your journey!

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  13. I think art is about the inner you. No one does it the same, it is what you feel. I think this will be a great adventure for you. I can hardly wait to see more.
    Big Hugs, Mary

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  14. What a wonderful painting. You are really succeeding in this great class. I miss hearing from you. Hope your getting some cooler weather.
    xoxoxo

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  15. Fantastic, Janet!

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