Friday, August 3, 2018

hello bloggers!

a reworked mixed media piece.  I wish I took before photos.

art by hush

I attended am hour and half workshop offered by 

the long beach museum of art.  It featured creating art 

art by dennis mc nett

influenced by two of the exhibiting artists.  

we viewed these two pieces with a pencil and paper,

drew any images that inspired us, then sat down

with a few supplies and created our own piece.  

I had to leave early and did not get a chance to finish 

but here is the start.  I may work on it more.  It was

a creative community offering with students of all ages.

it also happened to be the free night for the museum so 

it was a lively group.  I joined the museum and will go again!

happy friday!

Saturday, July 28, 2018


watercolor, pencil and lots of water

i continue to attempt to do life drawings.  drawing the 

whole figure in a short period of time is too much for 

my skill level so i decided to do what i can and 

have fun with it until i get instructions on how to 

approach the whole figure.  well, i did have a class

which i enjoyed but found that there is much to learn.

i am on the search for another class.  until then, i will

continue trying.  

acrylic, pencil, oil pastel

this is a throw back painting from my first

painting class.  i painted a series of over 20 painting in this

style.   i was painting faces then and 

have not stopped!

did you see the blood red moon eclipse? 

thank you for your visit this week.  whether or not you comment,
i appreciate that  you have taken the time to see what i am doing...
but i do like your comments!

this post is linked with paint party friday, an online
community of artists hosted by eva and kristen. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

miya, mixed media 

practice sketches 

are somehow 


when I let go of a preconceived image and 

just draw what I see

a sampling from the david hockney portraits now 

on exhibit at the los angeles museum of art.

david hockney invited friends and acquaintances to sit for a portrakit

for three days.  he rarely goes out now because his 

hearing makes it cumbersome.  this was a good way for him to be with

people.  he said he got to know them and they

REALLY got to know him. 

the bright orange background, 

same chair  

and background colors 

made for a stunning show.

I always appreciate your visit and comments.  

thank you.

posting along with friends at paint party friday 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

a fun drawing exercise

grab a familiar object and 

different size and tips markers,

draw what you see with your 

dominant, then non dominant hand,

don't look and feel the object you have just been

drawing, try some contours.

posting with friends at paint party friday
hosted weekly by eva and kristen

thank you for visiting today!  I hope you 

are spending time with people you love this weekend!


Friday, June 15, 2018

hello, this week...

I continued doing daily drawings in a pocket sized

sketchbook.  this selection was done trying to capture

character while watching a jack reacher movie

had fun collaging  together two previous drawings done in a 

lynn whipple online workshop,  

painted with liquid pencil by derwent.  this was a gift that 

and was quite fun.  from what I understand,  it is a type of 

graphite in  a water soluble binder.  I used a brush and 

moved around the pigment.  It is kind of sticky.  the more

water added, the looser the brush strokes, 

decided to draw in an expressive style rather than 

the classic figurative drawing in a life drawing drop in,

drew and painted on papers  purchased from cyanotype

artist, krista mc curdy.

and I tried a few botanical cyano prints of my

own using wild flowers I picked on the road.

when I recap, it seems like I did a lot this week!  

and this doesn't include cooking for two days for 

a dinner party.  gosh, I'm tired after looking back.

it's friday and this post is linked with friends at
paint party friday generously hosted by kristen and eva

Sunday, June 10, 2018

i love to start pieces of art.  often, though,

i do not complete them.  either i move on to the 

next  technique or medium or i am uncertain of

how to take it to the next step.  i am having fun 

revisiting some of these pieces with fresh eyes.

this was a monoprint.  originally it was only a red

image with little details.  i added acrylic paint and 

colored pencil.  

you always need a friend, acrylic

i am thrilled that my piece was selected in an 

annual international show, ca 101.   

i took pictures of my favorite pieces to share here

but am not showing them because the issue of

copyright came up while i was at the show.  i did not

ask permission of the artists so i would prefer to  possibly

infringe on their rights.  

on a celebratory note,  i am counting down to my son's 

wedding in september.   my friends gave the bride to be a west coast 

shower.  it was a day to remember.  friends and family 

stayed for five hours!  there is  much love and 

excitement in the air in the rafael household!

X O X O 


Friday, May 25, 2018

welcome to my blog!

I post art that reflects my current interests.  I started this  blog with the intent

 to record my art process.   at the time,  I made journals and filled them with 

collage and writing .  then I wanted to learn to paint my own images

instead of one from magazines.  I learned acrylic painting  all along,

I incorporated bits and pieces of paper.  for a while now, I have been 

fascinated  faces.  I have drawn,  painted, collaged distorted faces in 

countless ways experimenting on various mediums.    I don't see this ending!  

recently I have added some figurative work and am excited to see

where this will lead.  I know all of you have moved

through different stages, growing, learning and incorporating new techniques

and mediums.  I love to see  other peoples processes and am grateful for 

the online community and social media for this reason.

I view art inspiration and post daily on instagram.   there I have

found it a friendly and welcoming community.  i also post any

art related thoughts and outings that I may have come across here on this blog.

i hope you enjoy!

my local art center, in palos verdes, california is 

having a charming elementary school children's exhibit 

sponsored by art at your fingertips.

i participated in this program when my son was in school.

artists submit a project based on a concept or artist

and volunteer parents from each school learn the project

and then teach it to students at school

this augments the art or lack of art education

in the schools.

it also gives parents a chance to have hands on experience

in the classroom as well as providing art concepts 

to young children.

my experience was that children

were eager to learn

artists were eager to share and create a project.

on the day i visited the gallery

a classroom was also there.

I had a chance to overhear the teachers ask wonderful questions 

which reviewed the art concept and also made it personal

for the students.  i was very impressed and smiled as

I snuck a listen and took pictures of the art.

on my morning beach walk
only in southern california!

it is a three day holiday weekend here in the united

states.   I hope you have fun plans with loved ones whether

you live here or not!  I am lucky enough to have my son

and his fiancé here so it's an extra special time for me!

thank you for visiting today!

posting with friends at paint party friday