Saturday, September 15, 2018

she's been missing/!

yes, it's true.  I have been in 

another world.  the world of 

alex and katelyn's wedding.

I have put aside my regular dailyart 

routine until after next the wedding

which is racing here, just one week from today.






but my hands have not been idle.  I have made

fun welcome bags for our out of town guests 

including this welcome note, 




love map of chicago




and painted the table numbers. 

I could not have done this without the

help of some dear friends including 

stephanie, who I call my martha stewart

friend.  she helped format the printed materials

and had endless creative ideas.  jean executed the

map with her expertise graphic art background,  

and dave drilled the holes in the back of the 4 x 6

canvases table numbers.  he drilled them on an angle,

cut pegs to fit, rounded the ends and made a stand to 

hold each peg for me to be able to paint them!  now that 

is quite a round up of generous, thoughtful and loving friends!!



my love to you all and wishes 
for a fun and relaxing weekend.
part of my push to finish all of these
projects was to be able to attend a 3 day
workshop which I signed up for months ago. 
I made my goal and that feels great!


X O X O


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Saturday, August 18, 2018


welcome! 


lucy in the sky, mixed media


I have been learning to draw using charcoal and pencil, 

sometimes afterwards filling in with watercolor.  It's a long 

process, this learning. As background, five years or so ago, I dived into 

painting without any drawing experience.   I  took me a long time

to realize that there are  huge gaps in my education.  I took a

 life drawing class.   Well, that's like jumping right into the fire when 

one does not have any basic drawing background.

I came out of the class with a few scars realizing that 

it was time to start with the basics.   I will continue but am taking 

a break from formal classes until after the end of September.  



I cleaned up my studio and found a started 18  x 24 cradle board with 

collage and paint that intrigued me.  I saw the start of a face and went 

from there.   Lucy in the Sky was the result. I almost forgot how much fun 

it is to apply paint and play with  adding collage!   So when I look at this piece, 

I feel the excitement and energy I had in creating it.   It is hanging at 

Organically at Your Best

in Old Downtown Torrance


in a showing of art by members of the Experimental Artists of the South Bay.



The heat wave in Southern California is (hopefully) waning.  We are

not used to it.  I hear many complaints, mine included.  But the big picture

is that we are fortunate to live in a blissful climate most of the year.


A lovely weekend to you!!


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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



hello!

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!



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community of artists hosted by eva and kristen. 








Friday, July 20, 2018

miya, mixed media 



practice sketches 


are somehow 


relaxing 


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.



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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!


irene



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 

irene










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!




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