Friday, April 29, 2011

The Vincent Lizard

Well, for the past few weeks I've put off this painting.

I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. It needed something, but I just couldn't figure it out.

Last night I watched a 35 minute movie on Vincent van Gogh. What I was fascinated with was his superb mastery of color. All my life i had thought much like a child that he had been born with this natural ability to just know what works and what doesn't. In his letters to his brother he would write about his studies on color theory and endless hours of sketching and painting, nature being his greatest teacher. Yes, natural ability is definitely there, but so is hard work! I can understand both parts, and so, after contemplating some of his theories I ran downstairs and vigorously painted until 11:25 pm. Today I spent a bit more time on it, but I believe it's nearly there!

My goodness, paintings don't translate well when filtered through a computer!!

This week it will be hung at Cheese Louise, where anyone can stop by and see it the way it's meant to be! Oh, and I have some good news! My art will be up for the month of May as well at Cheese Louise, you Cheese Mongrels are the best!!

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

My First Lesson Plan!!

I've got some big-ish news!

Next Saturday I'll start giving private art lessons to a kindergarten student of mine.

I knew it would only be a matter of time before I started to give private lessons, but I didn't think it would be as easy to think of a lesson plan. After browsing the Internet a bit, I sat on my couch and started thinking what subject would be fun, bright and relatively easy for a younger kid to draw. Fish! Kids love Spongebob and Nemo, so this would be perfect! First we'll start with a watercolor wash of blue waves, and a sandy floor. Next I'll have the student draw sea creatures (jellyfish, fish, coral, seaweed, sharks..whales etc.) on a separate paper, while the watercolor is drying. Next we'll color in the creatures, and then we'll glue them onto our other paper. Before we start this we'll look through some ocean books together and talk about different sea life.

I was so excited tonight that I did the example below!

I found through my work as an art teacher, you shouldn't make your examples perfect!

Add wiggly lines, and odd sized mouths/eyes. If a kid seas your perfect, grown up level art they'll feel bad or think hey cant make it "like yours". remember, when teaching kids, you've got to show them nothing is perfect, that they should try their best and no matter what, have fun!

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Green Tape, White Paint

Today I was very artistic and painted trim.

Happy Easter :)

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Parisian Painting

Today I spent a few precious hours in my local Starbucks painting and reading.

With every page I read of A Movable Feast by Hemingway, the desire to pick up my brush and paint became harder and harder to deny. I love how his writing is a continues stream of thoughts, honest, somewhat blunt, partially funny, but always true. You know how he feels without himself telling you in a cliche way. What a gift! I want my paintings to have that truth.

Right now I'm working on a concept (not yet put on paper) that will involve fabric studies and reference photographs. Maybe I'll let you in on it this week.. hmm.

While I mulled these thoughts over I put in so time on my sisters' gift.

Now an elaborate chandelier and a bitter sweet girl hold center stage.

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, April 22, 2011

Everlasting Summer

I've started a new portrait, with the help of my friend Summer!

acrylic paint on canvas

I was only able to get half of it down before my time was

up, but the work will continue another day!
Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Parisian Balcony

This is an acrylic on canvas piece I'm painting form my sisters' birthday. It's going to be a Parisian Balcony. Loose on the "Parisian".well, her birthday was last november, so it's late coming, I only started it two weeks ago.

what can I say? You can't pressure art!!

It comes when it comes!!

The white figure is the begining stage of a girl that will resemble my sister.
Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tribal Girl and Hemingway

I've been working on this painting on and off for a few months, and tonight I finally said enough is enough!! This is the finally result and I'm happy with it. She was my first attempt at painting a human full on, and although her features are a combination of people in magazines, she is entirely made up. Some people say it's easier to paint form your head because its made up anyways, but I found it to be far far far harder. I had to guess at shadows, lighting, and physics in general! From now on I'm working from my own photographs and studies... with embellishment, but still!

Like Hemingway said, "Start with truth.".

Acrylic on canvas

I sure hope she goes to a happy home!

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Monday, April 18, 2011

Collars Turned Up

Exactly like yesterday,

I looked through a magazine and practiced drawing human forms.

Although the first guy appears to be standing in a fighters stance, he's actually flipping his collar.

Unfortunately the magazine I grabbed while running out the door (to the coffee shop, big surprise) didn't have many opportunities for practice. This guy was rather simple.

Ah well, any practice is good practice!

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fleet Foxes and Old Men

After the sketch Crawl I couldn't help but sit down at my local coffee shop and draw people.

Well, the people were really photographs in my latest Spin magazine, but hey, sketching is sketching!

First I did a warm up with this Sharpie and watercolor study of a slumbering giant in the Alps.

I thought about having trees sticking out of his ears like it was ear hair.. but on second thought I decided it might be a bit to much "eww".

Next I flipped through the Spin.

It featured one of my favorite bands, Fleet Foxes. Apparently their going to record/write the next album in Portland Oregon, my hometown! Keep Portland Weird!!

whew, ok so I flipped through it and picked this photograph of Robin Pecknold (Of Fleet Foxes) and an hour later I got this.

Well, it took an hour to get it that far, with the help of my sisters frank pointers.

"His mouth isn't that angular.. yes, that's more like it!" She really (I'm not being sarcastic!) is a genuine help. A second pair of eyes are crucial!

After that I whipped out this second portrait, of Skyler Skjelset (Also in the band) with a sharpie.

After three drawings I finally felt lose enough to revisit Robin again, this time with a looser hand and color.

I think this second one captures more of him, though I think the other one is more technically accurate.. maybe. I can't really tell anymore.. To much studying lines and beard fuzz.

Well, Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, April 16, 2011

2nd Sketch Crawl

Today I joined a group of artists for the world wide Sketch Crawl.

All over artist gather in groups every three months and sketch the city they live in.

It was beautiful, but windy today so I wasn't able to get a lot down on my paper.

My supplies kept flying off!

Here's my best attempt, its of a table and chairs in front of Wild Goose Design in Richland.

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Explorer

Tonight I made this quick sketch

of an astronaut and the interior of his space ship.

Unfortunately, I drew it on the back of an envelop.

Oh well!

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Finding Balance in Paint

Through each painting I create a small revelation of technique is reveled to me.

Some so small I can hardly verbalise them, and can only show through natural instinct, while others are such blatant lessons It's obvious to the laxest of viewers.

Each lesson brings me closer to becoming a well-rounded painter.

This painting in particular has lots to teach me.

The biggest thing I'm tackling is blending the harsh ultra stylized rocks with the soft

watercolor-esk lizard. A balanced look is harder to achieve than I had previously thought.

It's a technique I'm grappling with, but I'm enjoying the learning process.

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Depth and Hashed Rocks

This painting has been such fun to work on!

The struggle for depth, and highlighting the jagged edges makes it the

kind of challenge I crave most for in a painting.

Hashing in the rocks has been my favorite part!

More rough edges will slowly appear..

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rough Rocks, Smooth Frills

I put in an hour on my large lizard today.

I worked on the lower frills and rocks. Although the blending is perfect, I want to sharpen more of the edges. Right now I think it's to "melted-cheese-ish".

If I do so myself, I'm loving the curved tail against the harder edged rocks.

It's all about contrast!

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Boserman

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Micro Spiderman, Micro Notebook

I bought this little beauty at a funky shop called Octopus Garden for 40 cents!

The notebook has 50 pages, all with lines, but I can work around that.

My first entry was a tiny Spiderman portrait. I want to use this book as a way to warm up before painting and working on larger pieces. So far it's worked out wonderfully.

Oh, p.s. I discovered this amazing pop techno song from this blog.

I've had it on repeat all day! I just love discovering new music and sounds!

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman

Friday, April 8, 2011

A New Painting

Today I worked more on the lizard concept from yesterday.

I re-drew it with an ultra-fine Sharpie, then I used my water color set over the top. Making small studies helps my mind to organize the shadows, light and composition before starting

a huge canvas. Although 70% of art is intuition, 30% is thought and planning. Whether its stretching a canvas, mixing paints or studying living subjects, nearly all art has a "thought" phase. This piece came to me late at night while listening to my mp3. A relaxed mind is a creative one for me. All my greatest ideas floated into my thoughts during rest and reflection.

Stay Artsy,

~Sarah Bosserman