Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SNOWY OWL PAINTING


     My goodness I've been gone for far too long! 
My first year of college has been absolutely crazy. Every week I say, next week will be better, I'll fall into a routine. 3 months in and I'm finally feeling as though I haven't been lying to myself. Today I put my foot down, I cleaned my room, put my art desk back in order, and even wrote this blog post!

    During all of this time away from this dear little blog hasn't gone  to waste over silly philosophy papers alone, I've been painting too. What is this mystery painting I've been working on? It's a Snowy Owl, and I'm very proud of how it's turned out, though it's far from completed. He'll be for sale for around the $125 range. I'm open for discussion on the price. It's a very inexpensive price, but at this moment in my art I'm trying to focus on experimenting and turning quick sales to fund those very experiments. 

Lucky for me this experiment turned out to be pretty cute!

 If you happen to be interested, email me at SarahBosserman@gmail.com or through Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-With-SarahB-Blog/173802599325210

Sarah Bosserman




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Little Sister, a Portrait


An Amendment: If I work on a REAL piece of art, the 30 Day Challenge falls to the side and is then resumed the next day.

       I began this portrait of my little sister months and months ago. Just now I've regained the inspiration to finish it up. I must say, it felt incredible to push around those thick paints on the canvas again. Truly I am more of a painter than a sketcher. While working on this piece I couldn't help but smile. My sister and I are very close so this painting means a lot for the both of us. :)

Sarah Bosserman


Monday, October 8, 2012

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends



      I'll admit, this was a half made attempt. With so much going on in my day, I've really got to organize my free time better. I could have made an incredible representation of Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, but alas, this is all I gave myself time for. Tomorrow I'll block out more time for art, but until then I hope you enjoy Cheese and Bloo. :)

Sarah Bosserman


Sunday, October 7, 2012

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL



     So, I don't particularly like today's challenge. My favorite word is my favorite word because of the way it sounds. I find nothing special in just writing out a single word. I honestly don't know why this is on a drawing challenge.. Oh well, to combat my dislike of today's project I wrote out one of my favorite quotes. 

       It is well with my soul. I believe it's somewhere is Psalms, in the Bible, but I'm not sure. I love how this phrase conveys a contentment, a happiness, a sense of safety, even a bit of spirituality.

Sarah Bosserman


Saturday, October 6, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge! Favorite Book Character



My all time favorite book is World's End by Upton Sinclair.

         World's End is not actually about the end of the world. This book is about a boy named Lanny Budd. The book follows his life as he grows up during WWI in Europe as an American. The book deals with social ideology, history and growing up. I adore this book. The first time I ever read it I was 14, and still to this day the story is relevant and I find new meaning and layers within it. A proper summary of the book can be found here.


      Lanny Budd is my subject for today's drawing. On the Wikipedia page for him he is described as "The protagonist has been characterized as the antithesis of the "Ugly American", a sophisticated socialite who mingles easily with people from all cultures and socioeconomic classes". I identify strongly with this character as a traveler, and for his philosophy of kindness and understanding to everyone. :)

Sarah Bosserman 


Friday, October 5, 2012

Drawing Challenge, Draw a Friend



This 30 Day Challenge is just that, a challenge. 

         Today's task was to draw a dear friend. In all honesty, I have 3 best friends. First there is my sister, then my friend Mollie who I've known nearly my whole life, and then there is my friend Eleanor. I value the friendship of these three people so much, and living 7-8 states away from Mollie and Elanor is brutal. If I'm lucky I get to see them once a YEAR. 

          Anyways, My friend Eleanor is very beautiful ( just like my sister and Mollie!) and I have even tried to paint her portrait... Except, she is one of the hardest people I have ever drawn in my life. Maybe that's why it's so much fun to draw her, to figure the puzzle out. It's these kinds of people that remind me of the painters of old who would obsessively draw the same girl/guy over, and over again, trying in vain to capture just what it is that fascinates the artist. I'm beginning to understand this compulsion, of course on a much healthier level! Eleanor is great, but I'm not going to spend months trying to figure out her facial structure. Okay, enough talk, here is the tiny painting, and I must add that it doesn't really look very much like her. Alas, I'll have to try again someday. *sigh* :)


Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Paris, France Cafe Mabillon




My favorite place in the world is Cafe Mabillon in Paris, France. During the two weeks I visited that beautiful country, I would wake early, walk a mere block to this cafe, order a latte and a chocolate croissant  Those mornings I would people watch and enjoy my limited time in the most beautiful city in the world. Whenever I feel a bit low, I like to think back to this place, and the memories make me smile. 

Sarah Bosserman

Sorry about the horrible picture quality, today's post was lucky to happen at all. :)


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Drawing Challenge, Day 3, Favorite Food


At first I thought today's challenge to draw food would be far to easy. I was wrong. For me, drawing food is much harder than animals or humans! How can you make food interesting?! Lucky for me, my favorite food is Sushi, which by it's nature, is very colorful. :) 

Sarah Bosserman


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DRAWING CHALLENGE, ANIMAL, ALPACA


Day 2, Draw your favorite animal

        My favorite animal is the Alpaca. They are just so adorable and weird that I can't help but love them! It probably has something to do with those goofy smiles. 

I'm naming this one Stevie. 



Sarah Bosserman


Monday, October 1, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge, Self Portrait



So.. To kick start this art blog again, I'm doing a 30 day drawing challenge for the month of September. 

Today's challenge was to draw myself. I'm not fond of doing self portraits  so I played this off in a comic sort of way. I feel pretty good about it from the technical aspect, but as for it looking like me.. hmmm, I'll let you decide.


Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wild Thing



You know what is both awesome and terrifying about children? 

            Their wild enthusiasm.

       They love to soak in information, which is great, but bring up ice cream and the situation escalates like crazy. I wanted to capture that mad energy, whether it be good or bad, in this new painting. My first concept was of kids in animal costumes kicking around in a lake. After sketching it out, the concept felt too busy, so I paired it down to one kid. I drew him roaring with excitement, fingers clenched like lion claws. I love how his body is so full of energy it's almost twisting and spinning around on itself. 

I guess this little guy is my own version of a "Wild Thing".

Sarah Bosserman


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Red, Blue and Purple Hair Equals Confidence




Oh my goodness, I have four college papers to write this weekend. Usually it's just one, but this weekend is "extra special".

 Anyways, I  thought I should get this post up nice and early before my brain turns into study goo. 

       This painting is becoming one of my favorites. It's fun using thick bold lines and layers of paint, where as I would normally use thin, watery layers. I guess the different use of medium technique comes from the subject itself. This girl is bold and beautiful, obviously a strong character. Thin layers of paint would have been to delicate for her. All of my paintings have a small back story. Her story is simply that she is a strong confident person. 

Edited: After posting this, I realized why confidence was such a desirable element in my painting, an element which I had just assigned to it. Yesterday I met someone who, without a doubt had the lowest self confidence I have ever seen in a person. This person was continually in the act of self deprecation, and would play it off as a bizarre joke. In the face of such self loathing my initial reaction was to run away. I couldn't handle the burden of self hate this person was living under, and it was sickening from an outside point of view. I did stick around for a bit though, and tried to plant some seeds of confidence and empowerment. Today, when I think back to this person I feel a deep sadness. I wish I could fix the problems people have, to take away that horrible mental states they live in. But all I can do is to just be there, to remind them that yes, they are valuable human beings. Hopefully this person will begin to see that they are a person with worth.


Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to make your own light box!



           You know those beautiful pictures of items in front of an ultra white wall? Well, those photos are taken with the assistance of a crazy expensive camera, and a not so expensive light box. Well, as of today I know have one of those items! No, not a super fancy camera.. but I made my own light box! I was able to do it thanks to this handy site, I found on Pinterest. (This is my Pinterest by the way). It was pretty easy, and the only money i needed to spend was on a seven dollar light bulb. Well, I haven't bought it yet, and that's why my photos came out slightly grainy and yellowish. All together though, I think this is pretty cool! Also, I updated my blog header, pretty cute huh? 

Sarah Bosserman

p.s. these are part of my oh-so adored toy collection. No, I'm not to old to have toys.. 
Can you guess who the screaming lady is? 





Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Saving Wednesdays

 
           Right now I'm a college student. My job is to take in information, process it and spit it out again. At the end of each day my saving grace is painting. It requires little thought and a lot of intuition. Another brain saver is working with children on Wednesdays. At first I was hesitant to volunteer watching pre-kindergartners at my church, but now I wouldn't give it up. After 3 days of school and 4 days of studying each week, I welcome those crazy nights. I need the mental break! I need the simpleness of teaching kids about animals after analyzing a philosophy paper all day. Wednesdays keep me sane. Those kids have no idea how much I gain from them as they learn from me.
 
Sarah Bosserman
 
p.s. the surfer painting is taking a long time because of my studies, but I have made some progress!
 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Don't Let the Muggles Get You Down


So I've been buried by college papers for the last two days, and as you obviously know, haven't been able to post. I hate making excuses, but that's the way it's been. Soon I'll fall into a school routine and posting will continue as normal. Until then though, here is a Harry Potter meme I've put together. Tumblr it, pintereste it, re-blog it, do what you like with it! 

Don't you love a quote that warps reality like a banana in a blender? 
I sure do. :)

Sarah Bosserman


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Meeting Voltaire, and Surfer Painting


The painting continues

In other news, I've been reading papers and essays by famous long dead philosophers. 
It's quite interesting and I like having my brain stretched by big ideas, except when it get's creepy. 

This is where the amusing story comes in. While I traveled through France and Paris last year, I saw many tombs. Like, a lot of dead people. The great majority of them being famous thinkers revered in history. One of these dead guys I happened to see was a political philosopher named Voltaire. I remember being freaked out  (understandably), standing in the underground vault next to his stone coffin which contained is gross dead  remains. May I pause here to say YUCK. Well today I had to read a paper written by him way back in 1733. I was supposed to be focused on the content of said paper. Much as I tried, I couldn't. All my brain could do was travel back through my memories to that creepy,  cold tomb that smelled of mildew. Gah, just thinking about it gives me the shivers! 

This is probably the worst instance of making history "come to life" that I have ever experienced.

Again, YUCK.

Sarah Bosserman



Sunday, September 2, 2012

Windows into the Soul


Still figuring out this color pallet, but all is going well. The challenge is the eyes, those little windows into the soul. So simple, and so frustratingly hard to capture. I'll get it eventually, but until then..

Sarah Bosserman


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cookie Monster Hair and Doctor Who


TONIGHT DOCTOR WHO SEASON SEVEN AIRED IN THE U.S.A.

ehmm...

Excuse me for that outburst, I'm a teeny bit excited. 


Any WHO, I've been having so much fun working on this painting. The milky orange background and the electric blue hair highlights make me smile just thinking about it. That's one of the best things about being an artist.. good taste? Forget it I'm giving her BLUE hair! Forget society and it's conforming pressure, she's gonna rock it cookie monster style! Okay enough of this silliness, I've got a recorded brand new episode of Doctor Who to watch, good night!

Sarah Bosserman










Thursday, August 30, 2012

California Surfer Painting


Last night I began this painting. 

While I was in California, I went surfing, and strolled the boardwalks. It was a feast for the eyes, with palm trees towering overhead and art galleries around every corner. The incredible vibrancy of life was on every beach, in every pounding wave, like electricity between each grain of sand. You couldn't shake it. The sun seemed to  burn fiercer over the white blond hair of the surfers out past the wave breakers. It was these beautiful naturally platinum locks that brought about this painting.

 She'll have the surfer hair, a glowing warmth and cool steady eyes. If this painting comes out like my vision, then I'll have done my inspiration justice. It's time to cross fingers!

Sarah Bosserman

p.s. I rather love the abstracted splotch of blush, don't you? 


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

La Jolla Beach California


La Jolla Beach, California..

Sand stone cliffs, steep beaches with pounding surf, art galleries everywhere, seafood restaurants crowding the boardwalk.. It was by far the best birthday I've ever had. In fact it's so beautiful here that I know getting on that plane back to Texas will be very hard. Very hard. I love the swaying palm trees, the rolling mountains, the perfect sunny weather! Well, I will have to leave, but not yet! Tomorrow I'll share my Newport Beach adventure. 

Sarah Bosserman 








Sunday, August 19, 2012

Los Angeles


Los Angeles

I'm here visiting cousins and celelbrating my 20h birthday. 
Which by the way is today. i'm not sure what I thought California would be like, but from my first day I can tell you it's beautiful.  Sunny, blue skies, tall thin palm trees everywhere, and pools waiting for eager swimmers. Tomorrow I'll explore La Jolla beach in San Diego, but for now, sitting here is vacation enough. 

Sarah Bosserman 



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Finished Grizzly Bear Painting!


I'm not sure why I've done two paintings of bears straight.

First the cuddly polar bear and now a fierce grizzly bear.
Maybe it was that trip in the Colorado mountains. The tall pine trees, and rushing water rivers must of rubbed off. Here in Dallas the landscape is very lackluster when it comes to the traditional forest/mountain/camping scenery that I grew up with in the North West. Maybe this it's my way of remembering those beautiful valleys and streams my family used to camp near. We would see huge flocks of butterflies, deer, and once, just once, a bear.

Oh, and I finished this painting!

Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gaelic Football



I always find myself painting late at night leaving me with no natural light to take quality pictures of my art. Will I ever learn?? 

Today aside from working on my Grizzly painting, my family and I went to a Gaelic Football tournament. The first of it's kind in Dallas. What is Gaelic Football? It's an Irish sport, and incredibly popular in Europe. Just now it's starting to gain traction in the United States.  Players are aloud to kick, bounce, pass, carry, or dribble the round ball across the field of grass. They can either score by kicking it into a net or throwing/kicking it between two tall rods. It's an entertaining game to watch! 

One of best parts about going to this tournament was meeting, hearing and seeing another culture up close. The vast majority of players and fans were Irish! It was like a tiny trip overseas. With the food trucks serving up fish and chips, bear and other tasty morsels it was a near perfect allusion.

Here are some pictures I snapped during the game!

Sarah Bosserman