Monday, January 31, 2011

Quote Monday, Robots and Big Cats

Image made by Me, Sarah Bosserman

How many of you have actually read a classic outside of high school or collage? Just for the fun of it? If you have, good for you! ...If not, well, you now know how Mark Twain felt about it.
haha, I saw this and it sounded like a challenge! I've read classics for enjoyment, but I'm shy of the really big authors like Hemingway. Now, however, I think I'll give him a try.

Ok, now for the ART!
Tonight in my art class we all made giant prints. First we carved a relief on a foam sheet, then we used a brayer (mini paint roller) and evenly coated our foam stamp with ink. After that, we took white matt boards and printed our stamps!
My robot print is named Louis, and he's feeling a bit nervous today..

Yes, while writing in fancy font I misspelled my name.. Its Bosserman not Bossermam

While i was writing this post I looked over and saw my sweet Malmer snoozing in a chair.
Is it just me or is he a big cat?

What are some classics you all might want to read?

Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tiny Businessman

Hello all! Did you enjoy your Sunday?

For a good portion of it I Youtubed, painted and drank lots of lemon tea, my new favorite beverage. Yum! Tomorrow is the day I would normally work on the space mural , but unfortunately I have a dentist appointment. Blah, I'd much rather be painting, but good dental hygiene has it's perks.
After all that stimulating lemon tea, I sat down and knocked out this little portrait. It's of a goldfish Businessman. He is the CEO of a successful edible-seaweed food chain, and his name is Linus. Isn't he smart looking with his green tie and black suit?

I painted Linus on a tiny canvas, which is why his portrait was so quick! This isn't the only tiny portrait I done, the first one being this.

What inspired this sudden re-birth of tiny art? Look below!

After sharing this video I'm thinking that I might start a Video Day of the Week, much like Quote Monday. I'll give it a bit more thought though.
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Green House Painting

After an hour of painting tonight I feel like it's starting to finally come together! Now, if only my camera would stop taking blurry photos, I could really show you it!
I'll try and take some pictures of it tomorrow in proper light.
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, January 28, 2011

Quick Update

Quick Green House Update.
I painted the farthest GH and I'm about to work on the horizon glow. More pictures tomorrow!
Sleep Well, Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Green House Painting, First Layers Complete!

Here is another progress report on my Green House Painting.
One of the reasons I painted over the sky and green houses is because I wasn't to start creating visual depth in my paintings. Working layers of shadow and color from the back all the way forward to the viewer. I want to make it so when you look at this it has a near tangible depth, so the first layers of black sky and misty green-blue are very important. Next I'll add shadows of ferns/trees in the GH (Green House) and I'm going to do some research to see how colors come forward and recede in galaxies. I'm thinking the cool colors are farther away and the warmer ones up front, but research must be done to be sure!

Wish me luck, this is going to be the biggest challenge I've faced yet with a paint brush!
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ceramic Gentleman, Finished!

My Gone-Native-Gentleman is all done with it's final firing!
The glossy finish and vibrant colors make me smile, not to mention his cocky grin.

I also just came home from my first life drawing class!
It went so well, I felt like my drawing skills have improved immensely!
Trying new things and developing techniques is such a challenge, but a worthy one for sure.
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More Adventures in Face Paint

After yesterday's exercise in ceramic mask painting I still found myself wanting to decorate with designs. Using my newly bought Sharpies (Hurray!) I made this pattern-filled portrait of a girl.

I may have gone over-board with the designs, but I was having such fun!

A close up of the braids.

Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Monday, January 24, 2011

Quote Monday and English Native

The other day I was thinking about how Monday is the least loved day of the week. Call me a bleeding heart, or dork, but I want to help ol'Monday out a bit and make it a special day on my blog. As of today (along with the art I post everyday) Mondays

will be known as "Quote Monday". This doesn't necessarily mean that it has to be a quote, why, it could be just a cute sentence or a joke to lighten the day up. Here at LWSB (Life With Sarah B) we like to mix it up a bit.

Most of the time these quotes/photos won't be my own and I'll try to the best of my ability to track these people down to give credit. Today I spent an hour trying to track down this pictures owner. I couldn't find him/her but you can't say I didn't try!

Anyway, back to art!
On Monday nights I take an art class, and this month we made clay masks that were fired in a kiln. Right now we're at the glazing stage before the final firing.
When asked to make a mask I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, so I made
a proper English gentleman from the 1800's. His back story is that he went on a venture to the
Congo but and went completely native. I enjoyed adding the face paint so much!
I think the rugged native face paint and the proper English expression give my piece an interesting contrast.
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Green Houses, Google Sketch and a Rascal

Green Houses, Google Sketch and a Rascal
After such a positive experience with my last Google Map experiment, I went and did it again!
I wondered around Spain for awhile, but somehow found myself back in France.
This hotel D'Europe is located at 4 Rue de Limas, Avignon France.

This is the Green House painting I worked so "vigorously"
on last night. As you can see I've decided to move in a different direction with the
glass domes. I was sitting in front of the old yellow one(s) thinking about how much I loathed the cheesy yellow when I was suddenly hit by a novel idea.
Green Houses, they should be green shouldn't they?
So full of living green and misty air, why couldn't they?

This photo represents about an hour and a half of quick brushwork. I wanted the colors to
be smoothly blended. None of that dry brushing. this wasn't an easy feat using quick
drying Acrylics, but it was well worth the effort.
Later I'll add the exo-skeleton of black iron, but now I have a satisfying inner
color, and maybe I'll add some plant silhouettes.

I'll send you all off with this somewhat graceful photo of my
sweet puppy, Rascal.

Stay Artsy
~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Great Progress!

After today's 30th Sketch Crawl (, I was so inspired that I ran home and worked vigorously on my Green House painting. I squirted out the paint and slathered it on willy-nilly. My fingers became blue, white, black then green! Paint on my wrists, fore-arms even! I threw it all on the canvas, reworked the glass domes and didn't look back!
photos will come.
Stay Artsy
~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, January 21, 2011

All this winter weather and it's gray sky's and rain!
I needed a min-vacation today.
Somewhere old,
With beautiful architecture,
ideally in France.
So, I got onto Google Maps and used their photo maps to take a stroll down Quai de Bartentin, Orleans France.
Lucky for me the pictures had been taken in the spring or summer.
The light was warm, sky was blue and I stumbled on to this adorable house.

Covered in ivy and worn stucco, I knew this was a perfect subject to draw!

One Sharpie and 40 minutes later I have a bit of Orleans with me.
Stay Artsy
~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Loch Ness?
Ancient dinosaur?
Undiscovered eel?
Who knows what this creature is, but it's turned up on my sketch book!

Water color & Sharpie
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Today I got out my watercolors and Sharpies to make this small sketch.

Stay Artsy,

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Short and.. Well, Short

I have really got to start doing my blog posts before 9:00pm so this going to be short.
My sister and father were home sick all day, so my painting time was at a minimum.
I managed to pull out my paints and work on lowering the horizon line though.
I think this helps to bring an emphasis to the green houses.
Before they seemed to be huddled to much amongst the trees.
I also think this gives the sky a wider and grander view.
One of these days I'll take a decent picture of my painting.
Maybe tomorrow.

Well, good night,
Stay Artsy
~Sarah Bosserman

Monday, January 17, 2011

On Monday nights I take an art class.
Tonight we did small water colors of what we're afraid of.
I decided to take an unusual approach to this exercise. I wanted to paint something fictional, so, I made the Kraken, a giant sea monster from a book I read.
Here's a small peek from my work on the Green-House painting.
I've decided to repaint the sky first. I'm working from the bottom up with a blue glow on the horizon. I'll expand that glow so it has a more even shading into the black sky, but today this is as far as I got. If you look at the bottom of this photo, you can see my tiny sky color study.
It's kind of cute next to it's huge cousin.

Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Renewed Start!

I got closer to that huge detailed painting today!
Since I started this monster of a piece last summer and put it aside up until now, I took some time to re-define what I want from it. To do this I gathered up my brushes and paints and went to Starbucks, my home away from home. I sat in there for two hours painting this color study for the sky and greenery. I wish my camera could take better pictures than this!! So much of my careful brushwork is lost!

This is the picture I started last summer. It's 4'x4' and all acrylic.
Don't get any ideas though, this painting is a long, long, long way from being done.
As you can see it has a lot going on, and my instinct is to simplify and bring in a better
brush-flow. I also think the green houses need to be toned down A LOT, and given a more aged patina. I'm not feeling the bright yellow light either.
The green house window dormers need to be shrunk too in order to give a grander scale to the rest of the picture. like, 1/5th of the size they are now.

Tomorrow is the day I start again!
Wish me luck, this is my next big project!
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Well, today I got out that huge paint i had talked about in my last post.
The one that demands huge amounts of detail, lighting and perspective.
and I stared at it
and started at it
and stared some more.
I think tomorrow I'll try to tackle it.
Like what Thomas Jefferson said.. put off today like.. no. Don't, put today ... off? tomorrow?
Anyways, since that painting was to daunting, I sat and drew branches. Sometimes a bit of mindless drawing loosens the creative bit of my brain for bigger works.
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, January 14, 2011

Taking a Breather

Whew, all this art in a row takes it out of you!
Today I did a few small drawings, not much to post pictures for so today's post is short and sweet. Tomorrow I want to bring out a painting I had work on over the summer but had lost the
spark for. It's huge, 4'x4' and demands a great amount of detail and attention to light and perspective. It's wonder why I put it aside!
Ah, well tomorrow's a new day.
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Forest View

I felt so much better today that I got out and walked out by the river. I was so inspired by the natural growth of trees and contrasting greens that I came right home and drew this.
Of course, my painting/drawing is in the height of summer, but it was "form" that I was looking to experiment with. Form wasn't the only thing I played with. I used crayons, acrylics and a Sharpie to get the many layered/textured effect.
I think my sickness is nearly over, if only this cough will leave me!
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's my second day of feeling sick and I'm feeling a bit better, so what do I do?
Re-arrange the furniture of course!
Yuck, It's NyQuil time.
Se you all tomorrow and hopefully my good health and sanity will have returned.

Stay artsy,
~Sarah B.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

This was me all day.
I'm sick, and this was all I get get myself to do.
I don't even have the patience/energy to color it in!
Uhg, I need a cup of cocoa!
~Sarah Bosserman

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Final Frontier..

...Space, The Final Frontier...
This is a mural I'm working on for a local high school science/robotics/Lego's room.
Notice the neat green glow on the horizon, I'm especially proud of that effect!
Because they also have Lego workshops in this room I included a Lego space ship warping through the galaxies.

The kids work on robots while in this room so I picked one out and painted it on an asteroid. The kid i picked it from was very proud!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Another instalment of my Rabbit in Wonderland picture. The first coat of hair is done, now the hard part comes of trying to make it look real-ish.
I've decided to make the jacket a lighter color so I covered the brown up with a primer of white.
hmmm, I know I want it to be striped.. and light colored.. the question is which colors?
Sounds like I'm going to have to get out my paint-color-roll-a-dex-of-wonder. Which color, which color? Just give it a spin!
Stay artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Dr.

So, I believe that we all have an inner geek.
Some of us are video gamers, some find a thrill in solving math problems, some spend hours bird watching, or star-treking, ...even stamp collecting.
My dirty-little-nerd-secret is that I'm a die-hard Dr. Who fan. A TV show about a 900 year old alien who's absolutely gorgeous and has a spaceship shaped like a telephone box that can travel time and space?? Come on, its pretty cool sounding huh??
Well, I think so :)
So for my art project today I made this drawing on my touch phone of his flying space ship, aka the TARDIS.

Below is a picture of what it really looks like.
Pretty good job huh?

Stay artsy,
(No matter how nerdy it may feel!)
~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, January 7, 2011

hmm, I've always wanted a chair like this..
So detailed and elegant looking!
Lucky for me I found one at an antique store for only 15 dollars!

I couldn't just pass up on such an opportunity, regardless of the less than "perfect" condition.

So, For my creative outlet today, I took it home and have started restoring it to its former beauty.. with an edge thrown in. As you can see from my drawing above I'm going to re-upholster it with some neat artsy fabric in the white family. I know some places in Portland OR where you can get one-of-a-kind prints. For sure a white background and maybe pink floral details?
Anyways, first thing I did when I got home was take some strong fabric cleaner and a brush to it!

While the seat was still drying from the cleaner I whipped out my artist brushes and gave the legs a glossy black finish.

Ah! Furniture restoration, its an art in itself isn't it?
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman