New Channel Video and a New Print!

I've been a busy girl over here trying to figure out how to record and edit video on my iPad. I set up my YouTube channel, fluximagery, (like and subscribe!) and two videos are published so far. I'll show more works in progress in the future. There is no sound because that part was driving me insane with copyright infringement and all that.

One day I will have sound on my videos, mark my words. If you have any feedback, leave me a comment, I would love it.

Also, this print is now available in my Etsy shop right here.

Winning!

A watercolor artist and friend that I look up to recently had a contest.  All you had to do was leave a comment about what migratory birds are your favorite and mine are hummingbirds.  I was so excited to hear I won.  Golly Bard aka Holly Ward Bimba is an exceptional watercolor artist.  I love her free flowing style, she makes it look easy.  She paints nature, insects, birds, nests.... it's all beautiful and in her shop.  She even has her works made into fabric on Spoonflower.  I can't wait to frame my print and put it up.

Thank you Holly, I love it!

Just Paint.

My Home It's taken me awhile to get back on the art horse.  Not going to lie.  I have been trying to find my groove again and even though I haven't been painting painting, I've been reading.  To date here are my absolute favorites.  And I mean getting dangerous with the library late fees territory:

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media  - Heather Smith Jones

Watercolor Painting, A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium - Tom Hoffmann

And of course I can't forget YouTube:

I have been messing with my process too.  Order of operations is big for me so first I would just dive into the watercolor paper with my sloppy paints.  I didn't get anywhere because I didn't know where I was going.  I am extremely methodical with my digital art but watercolor is a completely different beast to me.  So, I would read and watch other painters I admired and try what they did.  Some sketch, then bring the sketch into photoshop and compose the image, then print out the image, then use a light-box to trace it onto the watercolor paper and then go for it with the paint.

When I follow those steps, by the time I get to the painting phase, I'm paralyzed.  Watercolor paint is so expensive, watercolor paper is not cheap either, then you add in the brushes.....everything I paint better be a masterpiece at this point.  That is what I hear in my brain, that very loud annoying voice.  What I am finding that works for me (knock on wood that doesn't jinx it) is that I sketch out elements I might want to paint on computer paper.  Just scribble and freely draw.  Then when I think I have my elements, I will sketch out a composition.  Then I come to my paper and freely draw my composition but not too much.  Everything doesn't have to be planned in advance, a nice mix is nice.  Lastly, it's time to paint.  Parts can be wet into wet, other parts wet onto dry, etc.  But I eat that elephant one bite at a time.  Oh and chanting that no one is going to see this helps too.  I tell myself I'm painting for me (which I am, it brings me joy) and if it doesn't turn into anything it isn't a big deal.  I think this mind play is working for me.

I am taking in all of these opinions and methods of how other painters work and finding what works for me so I can just paint.  That is by far my favorite part.

The painting above is called My Home and 6x8 prints are available in my shop!

First YouTube Video!

I got over my stage-fright, geeked out and figured out how to screen-capture every 4 seconds so I could compile those images into a movie via iMovie!  I wanted to share my digital process in video form, I hope you enjoy. Don't forget to like and subscribe!

Now we are heading out to Denver Comic Con!  Hope the wait isn't too long to get in. :)

Have a great weekend!