by Ursula

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Practice Makes Perfect

                 Spending time to learn something new, or perfect something you already know .
                                                  Never too old to learn something new.
                                    A new way of doing something that you never thought of.
                                                 Finding the time to just play and explore.


I have spent the last month and a half doing just that.  Playing with new ideas, pulling out supplies that were tucked away, visiting the local art shop and taking a few on line classes.  The above photo is a result of a new tube of Daniel Smith,  Cobalt Teal Blue and intense pencils.  It has been quite a while since I used the pencils and I found them to be so fun to work with.  I then added watercolors to the design as well.  I used a piece of canvas and applied Americana Canvas Gel Medium to the surface before I began to draw.  Something else that has been tucked away in the corner of my studio.

Another inktense just completed. Think I am addicted.




Playing with values and faces.  Refining and looking at them differently.  New ideas on how to begin and listening to what others have to say.  Charcoal, gesso and stabilo pencil were used on this one.

New ideas, new ways of doing things.  Sometimes they didn't work.  So, I would try again.  Other times, they looked as though it wasn't working, but then kept at it.  Some went into the trash, I won't lie.  But even at that, it was a learning experience.
What better way to spend the winter months.
Learn, explore, pull out those long lost supplies and grow!

Have fun trying!

Until next time,
Ursula xo




Friday, February 3, 2017

                                       
In The Stillness

The idea of this painting was inspired by a theme of inner peace and spirituality.  Working intuitively and not always sure where she would lead me.  It wasn't until the very end that I added the bird.  Gentle falling leaves, hints of flowers and a hidden message were all placed into the background.  I am learning to work more intuitively, listening to the whispers.

In the stillness we can almost hear the whispers.
The calling of creation.
The flutter of their wings.
The falling of the leaves.
In the stillness,
God speaks to the silence of the heart.

Ursula
xo


Monday, January 16, 2017

New Adventures

The new year has started out in full swing and would like to share the news with you.


Our Soul Sisters United Art Collective has begun and our third auction is scheduled for February 1 and 2.  We would love for you to join us and see all the amazing art that has been created to auction off.  There are ten of us all together, each with their own unique style and beautiful work.  The link is posted onto the right side of my blog.

Thank you DecoArt for believing in me and allowing me to be part of the Media team again this year.
There are free tutorials and videos for your viewing each month.  A great team of artists and a wonderful company with great product.  Did you know that DecoArt is debuting a line of tube acrylics in February?  How exciting and can't wait to use them!  My first lesson will be live on February 9.  

The first Splatter Art Studio (Springfield, Mo) class is scheduled for January 23.   Most of you cannot attend, but you can paint the project as I have an e-packet listed in my Etsy shop.  Come on over and download the class!  "Under The Rose" I would love to see your finished project.  All directions and full photos are listed in the packet.



Have you subscribed to Interactive Artist Magazine?  It's a great e magazine and they will be featuring one of my designs in the upcoming February issue.  visit: www.https://interactiveartistmagazine.org

So, as you can see, the studio has been a busy place of activity and creativity. 
Stay tuned for more updates......

Feeling blessed!
Love,
Ursula

Monday, January 2, 2017

It's here, a fresh new year!

"Hope", to expect with confidence.  To cherish a desire with anticipation.    

 

My chosen word for 2017 is hope.  Synonyms include; aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, goal, plan, design and dream.

It didn't come to me until yesterday when I opened up my daily devotional.  There it was, in big bold letters, my word for the year ahead.  I knew it was perfect and great timing on the first day of January!

Last year most certainly had it's challenges, as my husband and I both lost our mothers.  We also lost our precious little West Highland Terrier of eleven years.

My word is very fitting as we embark upon new adventures, new possibilities and hope for every day living.

Some new and exciting things are on the horizon and I look forward to sharing them with you in the days ahead.  

As I close, I will leave you with this thought, this scripture....but as for me, I will always have hope.  Psalm 71:14

May our choices reflect our hopes, not our fears.

Love,
Ursula


                                               



Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas......

May you enjoy the spirit of the season.



and keep it in your hearts all year long.

Wishing you the merriest Christmas and many blessings for the New Year.

See you in the New Year!

xxoo

Ursula


Monday, November 14, 2016

A Time of Thanksgiving

Connected Together through art......

Thankful for the opportunity to share what I have been working on and opportunities that have come my way.


The first being, Soul Sisters United Artist Collective.  This is a group of ten very talented artists that I have been asked to be a part of.  We will have a live themed auction each month.  

My hope is that you join us and see all the beautiful art created for you.  Our first auction will be November 29 and then again in January.  
Our administrators have worked very hard to bring this together and each artist has created beautiful works of art to send to your homes.  You can't but help love our theme and realize it has a very timely message.  "Healing the World One Painting at a Time".

Secondly, I am working on an on line class that will launch in February through Kelly Hoernig's web site.  I am very excited to share some of my techniques and paintings with you.  The focus of the class will be creating texture, depth and color.  Using different mediums, techniques, and putting your personality into each project.  

I will close with a quote from Robert Henri.  "Every artist dips his brush in his soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures".

Let's create a more colorful world together.


Blessings;
Ursula xo

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