May 25, 2014


Full sized 
Blue Girl Meditates

Now that the first half of Make Art That Sells is over (MATS A), I'm back at Lilla Rogers BOOTCAMP. The pace is a little slower with the assignments coming once a month instead of once a week. Even so, I didn't think I was going to be able to complete May's assignment because I've just started a new job and it's full time! So absolutely no time, there. I won't even get into how much gardening I have piled up around me. 

Anyway, enough complaining. The assignment was an Editorial piece for a magazine article about 
"How to Meditate".  

I hear the Editorial market week will be a good one in the MATS B course, come this fall. I can hardly wait. 

For this illustration I used my painting from our Wall Art assignment for the background, recolouring it blue in Photoshop. I also had to crop it down to 8.5 x 11 inches.  I had no idea what to do when I started, but with the pressure on I ended up pleasantly surprised as usual. I like what you can get done when there's no time to think about it. 
I wonder what's in store for June, aside from weeding. 

May 4, 2014

Lilla Rogers MATS A Week 5 Assignment

 Well, I've come to the end of the first half of Make Art That Sells. And for our final assignment in MATS Part A we designed zipper pouches. This painting is 9.5 x 7 inch ink and acrylic on canvas. I've learned so much in this course and one of the things that surprised me is that I love acrylic painting.  And here I decided to play around with that again. Another thing I discovered is I really like painting loose and fast with not much of a plan. Every time I think I've wrecked it, I throw more colour on and it seems to save itself. With this one, I painted all the elements first before I painted the background. Then I  rolled a layer of yellow over the whole thing and had a mini heart attack. Next I added blues, greens and repainted everything and inked it. I like what happened. I submitted it with seconds to spare. Whew!
  This course was quite intense and most of the time I found it very hard to make the deadlines especially this last week because I had quit my day job and started another. All on the same day! It was crazy. I'm very proud of myself that I managed to submit on time, though. So now with this new job I'm pretty sure I'll have a bit more time to devote to my artwork and the second half of the course which starts in October. I can hardly wait. But in the meantime I'll stay occupied with Lilla's Bootcamp course which is a gentler version of MATS--slower paced with more time to work on assignments. 
 And here's my final mock up of a small zippered bag.