Monday, February 28, 2011

Tired Fingers, Worn Brushes, Snoopy Understands

What a day.

From 7:40 AM, onward I've been painting none-stop.









I promise to post pictures of the Green House painting tomorrow, but for now.. sleep.

Sweet, sweet sleep.

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Nearly Gallery Ready!


It's finally all coming together, and with one day before it hangs in the gallery!!

This morning I blasted my Mumford and Sons Pandora radio and painted while poorly singing and dancing along to that crazy banjo music! Haha, I'm keeping it eclectic at the Bosserman household, and hey, whatever helps the job go faster. Whistle while you work!

(Please excuse the creepy Mel Gibson looking on..)

More work needs to be done, but now I believe it will be finished on time!
If you'd like to be at the Art Walk Gallery show, here's the address,

3rd Annual Art-a-Day Show!
Thursday, March 3rd,5 – 9pm
First Thursday Art Walk in Historic Downtown Kennewick at
Chell Design,
11 S Benton St, Suite A,Kennewick, WA 99336

I hope to see you,
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Closer and Closer..

I'm so excited for the First Thursday Art walk in Kennewick! My art will be on display at..
3rd Annual Art-a-Day Show!Thursday, March 3rd,5 – 9pmFirst Thursday Art Walk in Historic Downtown Kennewick at Chell Design,11 S Benton St, Suite A,Kennewick, WA
My Green House Painting, a few of my tiny portraits and the monster (on the flyer) might be there too. As for now, I've been frantically painting in an effort to finish the Green House.
My deadline is creeping closer and closer.. yikes!
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, February 25, 2011

Gallery Show In 3 Days..

Today I acomplished darkening the iron work a bit, and punching up the the red space clouds.
I also added the ironwork on the smaller botanical house.
3 days until it will be hung!
Lets see how finished it will get..

Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Trees, We've Got Trees Now!

The Green House is starting to look like a green house!!
I'm going to have to work on making the plants less droopy, but other than that I feel the painting is heading in a good direction.

Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Farther Along Then Yesterday

Another day put into the Green House painting. I'm starting to finish up the first layer of bluish greenish color, next the iron work will have to be done.
I'm using these pictures for inspiration, and to help you get an idea for what I'm working toward. I love the curves and structure these houses have, so structured, symmetrical and Victorian!

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One of the hardest parts of this painting is that it takes place at night. In my experience, painting night scenes have always come easier to me, but since I can't find reference photos of botanical houses at night, it has been extremely hard to figure out the lighting and color value of everything! Like any other painting, I'll figure it out.. but jezz I wish it would happen faster!

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Escher Inspired Free Drawing

After putting in so much painting time on the Green House piece, I took a half hour to loosen up my hands with this. I've always had a special spot for M. C. Escher's work, so I decided to mindlessly draw some Escher-isk forms. Free drawing is one of the best ways to overcome artist's block, or get away from a tricky piece for awhile.

While drawing this I watched an old Kung-Fu movie with my dad, maybe that's why I get an Asia vibe from the curious circles and waves.. hmm.
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Art Journal!

Well, This is my new Art Journal!
A place to keep old movie tickets, letters from family, and notes about life in general.
It's like a diary and a scrap book combined!
A place to keep "bits" of paper that represent memories.

For my first entry I've decided to put all of my movie ticket stubs in order from oldest (2005) to now. I'm a big movie go-er, and each ticket reminds me of the family or friends I went with, when I did it and how much I enjoyed each trip. My dad and I love watching movies together. New or old, a good flick is better when watched with a buddy. I hope to continue this tradition with my kids someday. I can imagine taking the book out with my kid next to me, saying "here's when we saw Star Trek, The Matrix, Star Wars, Up, Avatar.. etc."

I also have stubs from seeing Raphael exhibitions, Toulouse Lautrec, Rembrandt and many sports games!
A ticket may be a bit of trash to some people, but for me it's a reminder of what to share with that future family I'll have. Going to a game, a museum or catching a good movie with the people I love, it's these kind of memories I want to remember the most. I'll post more pages as I create them.. so long as they aren't to personal. A girl has got to have her boundaries! haha, well,
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, February 20, 2011

1 Week and Counting..

After spending to much time on my Art Journal (pictures to come tomorrow) I couldn't help but feel guilty for neglecting my Green House painting. I now have a 1 week deadline to finish it for a gallery. Deadlines, yuck! To be perfectly honest I probably would never finish the "beast" unless something was prodding me to do so!

Well, I can finally say that the perspective isn't bothering me as much now!
However, the farthest upper dome needs to be widened, as does it's base..
Then the trees must be filled in.. and the night sky...
After this piece I think I'm going to relax more, and not worry so much about painting realistically. The planning and thought that goes into it sort of sucks the fun out of it. Oh, but when it's finished, I will be so proud and happy, I hope.
Stay Artsy, and wish me luck!
~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Art Journal

A few days ago,
I was searching the web looking for a craft to do with friends.
While I was looking at "do-it-yourself-dollies" and "Turkey-hand-seating-markers" I thought to myself "The crafting world must have something more than this! Less, kitchy and more art oriented than macaroni noodle frames!". Something like.. art books, or leaflets, tiny books decoupaged with interesting artsy bits of paper. Intrigued by this tiny thought I started searching with the key words art and journal. To my surprise and amusement there is such a thing as Art Journaling! There are people who journal entire spans of their lives by writing, gluing, painting, sewing, glittering, drawing and decoupaging composition books to preserve who they were at that moment in time. Here are some beautiful examples of Art Journaling, and I will post my own creations (that I've been working on ALL day) tomorrow and the next!
Enjoy these ones until then!

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Aren't the beautiful? The Under each picture is a link to the site of the creator.
If You want to give this a try, and I do hope you decide to, this link is a good starting place!

Stay Artsy,
Sarah Bosserman
p.s. If any of you do decide to give this a try, send me an e-mail and I'll post your results. Good luck, and have fun with it!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Perspective With Floss

Yes, I'm tweaking the Green House painting again.
I wanted to do correct perspective, so, naturally I used floss to map out the lines. Floss. Yes, I used floss. I couldn't find my chalk sticks and it was the closest thing at hand.
I don't know how my dentist would feel about this, but hey, it worked!

Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wild Thing, Finished

The Wild Thing is finished! cold, not so much.
This was so much fun to make! Color, pattern and pure uninhibited imagination!
Is it part cow? dog? goat? Lion? duck..?
I'll let you decide what exactly he is.. but his name is Arty, or Arthur.

I used sharpie, and water color pencils
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Wild Thing

Oh, dear
I'm sick again. Theraflu, cough-drops and humidifiers surround me as I write.
All I could motivate myself to do was grab a handful of sharpies and sketch pad.
Here's what came out.. my own version of a "Wild Thing".

More to come on the Green House painting when I get better, but while I'm taking it
easy this little monster will occupy my art time.
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Green House Progress, and a Bit of Alice

I got so much work done on my Green House painting today.
With my music blasting and pallet in hand I hashed out the beginning layers of the sky. Later I'll add more blue low lights and orange-ish highlights to give the rolling space clouds more definition. After I finish the sky I can move on to the metal casing of the green houses and the tree silhouettes.

After working on my painting and with my students, I came home to a surprise Valentines Day package from my sweet Aunt Kristina. Inside I found Dove Chocolates (Does she know me or what?) and an Alice in Wonderland Liv Doll! I was so happy to get a doll, I haven't received one since age 8, and after all.. are you truly ever to old to have one? I plan to keep it on my shelf next to my copies of Alice in Wonderland. For years I have loved the classic story. So full of rich description and imagination, I collect old editions and modern ones for the beautiful illustrations. Lewis Carroll's tale has been a huge source of inspiration for my art. You can see some of my "Alice" inspired art here and here.

She's beautiful!!
Thanks Aunt Kristina!!
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Image created by me, quote, Charles Shultz
I hope you all had a lovely Valentines Day.
I spent mine stewing over the Green House painting, and how I've got to finish it within two weeks because there is a slight possibility of it hanging in a gallery for First Thursday. I'm crossing my fingers and using every iota of spare time to get it finished! One of the things I deal with a lot as a painter is trying to long and hard to make the painting be just like the one in my head. It's not like I'll think poorly of myself if it doesn't come out perfect, but I will go on for months until it does come out right. I have trouble letting good enough be good enough!
Anyways, here's a little peek at the work I put into the "beast" today.

Unfortunately, much of my work is lost in the pixelation of photography.
Yikes, this has been a bit of a downer post.. I think that box of truffles, and chocolate chiathat came in the mail via Grandma (how I love you so) is calling me... Lucy knew what she was talking about.Ah, the ups-and-downs of a painter!
Stay Artsy, and Happy Valentines Day,
~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tangled Ivy and Cat Naps

Today was so lovely out! A warm 60 degrees and clear skies!
The whole of my town was out enjoying the break from winter weather.
In fact my family was so thrilled, we grabbed a tiny TV and spent the day watching European soccer matches and sunbathing on our back deck. At one point I actually fell asleep in the warm sunshine. hmmm.. it was a break we all needed.
Taken with the taste of coming spring I began to work on this sharpie drawing of Ivy.
I so enjoyed feeling out the organic leaflets, curves and sprouts!

Tonight as I watch the Grammys I plan to fill up the whole page. I'm starting to think small objects caught up in the web of vines would be interesting. Tea cups, keys, feathers, small bugs.. etc. It feels so good to just jump right in with little forethought on the whole picture. This Monday I plan to re-focus on my attention on the Green House Painting. That blasted huge monster! As with every big piece I create it's a joy and a pain to paint. Hopefully the end result will pay off. until then,
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Crazy Cactus

In the art classes I co-teach, the project for our kindergartners is "Crazy Cactuses".
We're teaching the kids about line, pattern and color. To make it fun my boss decided to have them apply these elements to cactuses. Of course the students are having a marvelous time exaggerating this botanical specimen to the limits. Some of them are hardly recognizable, but all the better for the bursts of color and random pattern!
I was so inspired by my students that I couldn't help but try my hand at the project!
Here is my "Crazy Cactus"!

My cactus before the water is added
The first step is to draw the body and branches outline with black sharpie. Then, add loads of pattern with colored sharpies. Next, color over the patterns with watercolor pencils. Later, add water with a paintbrush and presto! A Crazy Cactus to grace your fridge or mantel!

After the watercolor pencils have been activated

Next week the students (and I) will add the stickers/pokers with cutout colored construction paper. Like a few of my students, I added wolfish grin. After all, cactuses aren't exactly cuddly are they?
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, February 11, 2011

New Mural Thingy and I'm Playing With Fire

Guess what?
I've started a new mural, as if I haven't enough projects going on!
Ah well, when inspiration strikes, you take it.
I'm working on canvas cloth, with sharpie outline and acrylic paints. I think I'll sew some fabric on for more texture, but We'll see. It's of a girl diving in the ocean. In the corner an octopus/giant squid is mingling with the seaweed on the sea floor. Above both of them another girl is snorkeling. Right now I'm working on my round dining room table, so the corners are hanging off.

While I was getting into the painting frenzy I had forgot about a tortilla warming up on a burner.
5 seconds later I look over my shoulder to see 5"of white smoke hanging in my kitchen. 1 minute later the fire alarms were going off and my sister and her friend ran upstairs expecting the worst. We'll there were no casualties (..unless you count the tortilla) and no burn marks. We are currently airing out the house with beach towels flying and doors wide open.
This is why artists hire cooks.

Scene of the "crime"
Stay Artsy, and don't trust tortillas,
~sarah Bosserman

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Valentines, Art Space and Goodies

Hello everyone! Isn't it beautiful outside? Unless you're on the east coast, in which case I hope you'll de-frost soon, and have a cup of cocoa. Right, So remember how yesterday I made Valentines but my silly computer didn't want to upload them? Well, today the sun is shining and my computer is feeling generous!
Here it is! I drew, painted and glittered to the point that it might have been unhealthy. Blast the consequences though, what other holiday lets you O.D. on pink??

I picked out little "gifts" for the recipient.
A cookie ( I nibbled on) a cup cake and a Trader Joe's sticker.

For this project I dug deep and found my art desk! Although rummaging through papers, boxes and bags of craft supplies took awhile, I'm glad to have my art space and inspiration wall back.

I hope you all will have a happy Valentines Day, whether it's hanging out with friends, family, that special someone or even your cats!
Stay Artsy,
~Sarah Bosserman