Saturday, December 31, 2011

#1 Post of the NEW YEAR

Well, its that time of year again!
Committing to making art everyday for the month of January ( or in my case, the whole year) and I can honestly say I have no fear! It will be a grand year filled with art projects, late nights, and inspiration.

Kicking 2012 off with an experiment in sculpture might be fool hardy to some but I'm trudging ahead with my glue gun at the ready.

Here is how far I've gotten in one day..

First concept art of a dragon-beastly-creature and a cocky rider.

Next I sketched the profile out on a cardboard sheet.

After cutting, I started adding width.

After hours of glue gunning (2 burnt fingers) and cutting, here is my beast!

Later I'll add wings, horns, frills to the beasty and dimension to the rider.

After the structure is complete, I'll get my hands dirty with some paper mache!
More to come, but right now Casa Blanca is playing and a bowl of spaghetti is waiting for me.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Trippy Mr. Mortimer Moose

I've finished the paper mache moose!
After hours of labour (3-ish) and careful brush work.. Here's a few stage photos.

1, Mr. Moose Drying

2, Mr. Moose after base painting (2 coats)

3. Mr. Moose after detail work.

I pretty much adore his paint job, zig-zags, stripes and all.
And after suggestions (two) from all you readers (43), I've decided to name him Mortimer (I'm into counting today).

Mortimer Moose.

Next time maybe I'll make a big winged thing. With horns... hmm.

Stay Artsy and DFTBA,

~Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Paper Mache, You Fickle Thing 365 Days A Year!

Hello Friends!

Another Christmas has passed, and a New Year is around the corner.

Do you have any resolutions?
Well.. I do!

I'm going to make the same resolution I did last year.
I'm going to try to make/work on art blog about it every day for the whole of 2012.

In 2011 I made it nearly 3 months before missing a date. Not bad, but I want to do better in 2012. Sure there will be a few panicked nights with napkins scribbled on, but the time dedicated will refine my skill and technique. Plus, as an artist I can be susceptible to mood swings ( not wanting to create) and laziness. This commitment will force me to be diligent... and, It'll be fun!

Now For some art!

While everyone was last minute shopping for Christmas, I mixed flour, water and newspaper to make this moose. Oh, paper mache isn't the easiest medium in the world, but it sure is fun!

Later I'll paint him.. him.. what should his name be?

Marvalo Moose? Waffles the Moose? hmmm..

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

~Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

James Cameron Style Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards
Sarah B Style,

I've thought of making Christmas cards to sell over the years, and I have done it, but it always felt hollow. I don't like creating just to sell. Making art is a soulful experience and an act of love for me. If I start out with a market driven plan, a subject that's trending on etsy, the result feels cheap to me.

So, when I set out to make these cards for some girls who've befriended me since moving to Texas (from Washington State) I really wanted to make something special. I wanted to say thanks, it isn't easy making friends, and I appreciate you all.

I wanted to be sure that my cards got this across without being maudlin.
So, instead of going straight for the sentimental-gushy-hallmark we've all become used to.. I decided to go the James Cameron way.


How can you add effects to a card you ask?

Why, Pop Ups of course!!


The Finished Cards!

More cards will be made, about 8-ish..

Yup, 8 kind persons, hopefully will like my gifts.

Have a Merry Christmas, DFTBA, and Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Murder in Christmas Village??

Hello Friends,

Today I want to share with you a snap shot of my not-so-traditional Christmas Village.
Yes, in the miniature town of Sleepy Valley, a gruesome murder has taken place.. and the towns people are all-a-dither, who's going next?

Now before you go saying "What the what??"
This little scene in my otherwise tranquil town of Sleepy Valley, was simply a case of
"Happy Happen-Chance". Mysteriously one of my plastic reindeer was discovered with a broken leg, and that same day a red candle's wax had dripped all over it.

Honestly, I did help a little bit, but it was truely a lucky fluke.. a Christmas Miracle if you will.

I might expand on this idea next year, and create a whole village full of "Who done its??"


Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cardboard Canyons & Lost Kitty

Hello Friends,

Can you feel that? That cold breeze? Can you smell those seasonal Lattes, hear the packed stores & those bell ringers on the corners.. yes it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, not from where I'm sitting, in a canyon of cardboard boxes. Yes, I'm moving, to a larger apartment with rooms full of elbow space. I just have to get there with all my stuff, my family and my cat that I can hear meowing from behind a wall of boxes.
I had better go find him, poor kitty. 

I could really go for an eggnog latte right now..  Here kitty kitty... 

"The Apartment"

Stay Artsy & DFTBA,

~Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wanderlust + Stuff = Art

Hey Guys,

You know whats funny about being an artist?

A huge part of it is sitting on your butt, not creating not drawing not painting, just looking at stuff. Other people's art, movies, comics, nature, life in general. What makes an artist is the ability to take in the world around them and funnel it into an image. This struck me today and wouldn't let go, it was a revelation of sorts and I wanted to share with you. That's all. Oh, and here's a doodle I did while think-think-thinking about this.

Wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA,

Sarah Bosserman

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Innner Workings of an Artist, or, How'd You Do That??

Hello Lovelies,

At the moment while I'm waiting for my paints to defrost (the wonder of oils) I'm drawing up this flow chart of how my creative process works...

And here it is! 

This flow chart revealed much about my process I wasn't aware of.
I can't believe how often I get bored, or that not talking about my ideas leads to dead ends. I'm also surprised that my paintings come out good if I've planned out every detail or if I just jump in. How do you all create? I strongly encourage you to try this exercise, it's a lot of fun!

p.s. I used Microsoft Paint (MSpaint) to make this.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

~Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bowie, not THAT Bowie & The Alamo

The Alamo,
Where a few brave dudes stood their ground. Davy Crockett, Bowie (No, not that Bowie) and many others gave it all against the worst of odds. My family visited San Antonio for two days, we visited the River Walk and needless to say, The Alamo. While we strolled down the paths lining the San Antonio River, enjoying the cafes, street music and scenery, I couldn't help but marvel at this place called Texas. I'm born and raised in the Northwest, home of computers, coffee and rain, lots of cold rain. Down in San Antonio it was a humid 83 degrees, sunny, and the trees, excuse me, the PALM trees were nice and green.
Yup, Texas is turning out all right.

Oh, and HAppy Thanks Giving!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NASA, The BBC and Painting Spacemen

Hello Friends!

First I want to tell you I have a BIG SECRET PROJECT I'm working on. You can all be apart of it, but I'm not quite ready to share.. more on it later!

For now.. today I was having trouble with my spaceman painting, particularly the spaceman. I feel like his suite doesn't have enough going on. It needs more layers, dials, tubes, and doo-dads. It needs to feel more vintage 1950's or 60's.
So while I did add some lime green, and a little orange, I've mostly been researching and drawing more concept art.
Here's another peek of it so far.

So while I was digging around on the Internet looking for my inspiration, I found this old footage. It's a BBC1 (British Broadcasting for you outside of the UK) demonstration of the Luna EVA, or as we know it, the Apollo Space suite. I really enjoyed it, hope you do too!

Stay Artsy, DFTBA and more to come on the SECRET project!

Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Video Highlight: Creativity Without Pressure

This video (made by KreativMagazin) is brilliant! It demonstrates how creativity without the pressure of time produces the best results.

Now, pick up a pencil and draw!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA,

~Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bird like View, Shiny Stuff I LOVE

Hello Friends!

Last July I moved to Dallas Texas with my Family.
We rented a small flat, lugged our stuff up the stairs and squeezed it all in Janga style.

Now, We're stepping up to a new larger apartment, with 3 bedrooms, a huge deck and many other amenities. This is fabulous news, except, we have to pack all our stuff and move again, down a flight of stairs and up another. My back hurts already!

So, because I unpacked all my little treasures thinking we'd be here longer, I wanted to share some small snap shots of my room. You know, before it's torn all apart again. oh the horror.

I'm like a bird, I collect things that are alike. Shiny metal boxes, beautiful cigar boxes, white smooth ceramics, editions of Alice in Wonderland, old chandlers.. etc. I even pick what goes on my wall carefully. Old black and white photographs of my ancestors, my paintings and paintings by my family, vintage postcards, and mirrors fill the space over my bed. I need to be surrounded by the things that represent what and who I love.

What is it that you love and surround yourself with?

Stay Artsy & DFTBA,

Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Illustration by Injury

Hello Friends,

                  Enjoying this fall weather? Cold, yes but beautiful bits of the holidays are popping up everywhere. Yesterday I fell particularly hard for seasonal temptations like Eeg Nog, Pepperage Farm wafer cookies, and now my coffee is spike with a Christmas infusion of cinnamon and Chi.
Not that there's anything wrong about eating peppermint cookies throughout the day.. I think. Anyways, I think it's justified since I'm laid up with an injury. Two days ago while walking back from the mail box, my hip decided to leave the party. I nearly fell head first into a garbage can! However, my will to make it back to the apartment was stronger than that, so, with two inch steps and a lot of groaning I crossed the parking lot, climbed two flight of stairs, unlocked my door and fell onto the couch.

                    Even today It's hard to walk, but with the assistance of warm baths, and my wondrous bag of cookies, all will be well again. One of the silver linings in this mess is that I get to use those nifty automated carts in the grocery stores. The odd thing about being young and using them is what people think of me. Some people assumed I was just having a fun spin anddidn't approve, others thought I was dieing of a horrible condition/disease. All the older free sample ladies at CostCo were very concerned over me, bless they're hearts!  The cure to my condition is probably as simple as a Yoga class.

                Another silver lining is that I've been drawing and painting quite a lot!
Here's an illustration I doodled yesterday. I didn't plan anything about it, and I kind of love it's meandering 1960's feel. It's Sharpi and Watercolor. Maybe I'll make it into a print for sale.

Stay Artsy and DFTBA
(Don't Forget To Be Awesome)
~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, November 4, 2011

Floating Castle Vision

Hello Friends!

This is a concept I'm working on.
A floating castle over a country side. One morning while I was in France my group had to get up at 4am to catch a train. It was a beautiful trip through the rural fields. I was so tired at one point I fell asleep with my head against the window. I dreamt of a hovering ancient castle out my window. It felt so real that I started awake. I haven't been able to shake it off, so what better to do with this vision than paint it? It will have soft, milky greens, blues and browns.

I used this vintage 1950's post card as reference.
I love old postcards! I have a rather large collection that comes in handy for reference photos and decoration. This is Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire England. One of these days I'll have to devote a post to my collection!

Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman