Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dewy Grasses and Soft Eyes

Today everything is full of promise, inspiring and stimulating that part me that must create. Driving down the country roads, taking in creation, the oak tress, the knee high grasses, the cows with their soft noses and kind eyes. My soul delights in these simple days, and natural wonders. Taking in the natural world. It's delicate beauty overflows from my mind, down my arms and through my hands to the canvas. It compels me, so I paint.  
Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman



Saturday, April 28, 2012

Chihuly Blown Glass in Dallas Garden





Today I traveled through a Doctor Seuss like garden! Filled with plants akin to the foliage from Avatar. Who created these beautiful twisted, blown glass sculptures? Chihuly!

Chihuly is a world renowned master glass blower from Seattle.
Right now a huge amount of his work is being displayed in the Dallas Arboretum.

Stop by if you can, it's like Willy Wonka's garden!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Enterprise Shuttle Flown Over New York City!

NASA's first space shuttle Enterprise was flown from Virgina to New York on the back of a Boeing 747, to it's new home in the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. These historic and monumental acts regarding space and flight history always grab my imagination. Although the Enterprise never mad it into actual space (It orbited in around the earth for research and testing) I still want to see it someday in Manhattan. It marks a great moment in the history of our country.


As you can see, today's story had an impact on me.

Something that helps me when concepting a new painting, is what I've done above. I'll get an idea, this time of an astronaut floating of the earth, and before I forget it I'll do a quick drawings of it. Then, if I'm happy with it I'll scan it into my computer to mess around with textures and colors. After I've found a "feeling" I like I'll save it for reference. This is like story boarding for art. Later when I start the more detailed sketches and eventually the painting, I can look back and know what my initial idea was. These save so much time and guess work!

Hope this will help you,

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman






Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Borrowers


Today I saw the movie The Secret World of Arrietty, a revision of the classic children's book, The Borrowers. My sister and I loved every second of the beautiful animation and touching story. The director Hiromasa Yonebayashi did a wonderful job of adapting a western tale and bringing it to life in a new way and Hiromasa Yonebayashi who worked on Ponyo and Howls Moving Castle handled the animation beautifully! I can honestly say that this will be a DVD I'll buy.
It's worth every penny of Blue Ray magic!

Inspired by the Borrowers I drew my own little person.


Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

...Also I made this today after I had an epiphany..

Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory is a genius!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Peek-a-Boo Fox


Foxes are harder to draw than I thought!
After sketching that adorable baby hedgehog yesterday, I wanted to try another furry critter. Thus the Fox.. only foxes are hard! It's all that fluffy fur, finding definition and getting color gradation right. Blah. This foxy creature took twice as long to finish drawing than that tiny hedgehog. The practice was good of course, but for my next "relaxation sketch" I'm picking a turtle, or a cow.  Maybe a frog..



Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baby Porcupine, I LOVE you

The Internet is just brimming with adorable animal baby pictures.
Some are so cute and silly people have to uncontrollable urge to "share it with the world!".

I am not one of those people, that is, I think (baby elephant.. ).
Today I stumbled upon a photo of a baby porcupine..
It happened unexpectedly! My "anti-adorable" defenses were down and I was caught in the Cuteness-Tractor-Beam.. I was so caught, in fact that I felt compelled to draw the little buddy.  

So, here is Herald. He likes his toes tickled and often swims in the bath tub.
And I LOVE him!



Stay Artsy & DFTAB

Sarah Bosserman





Monday, April 23, 2012

EPIC FUN TIME QUEST


Today I still don't have a voice, my coughing is even worse, and my nose is very fond of Kleenex. Did all that stop me from making art??.. yes.

Well, "real" art at least. I did manage to drag my sorry sick self over to my art desk for a bit to get something, anything done. So I worked on the EPIC FUN TIME QUEST, also known as the Maze.
I've added a few more "Easter eggs" for players to find, like the U.F.O below..  I won't share all the maze's secrets, but this one I'm to excited about to hide! I just love it's retro feel..

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman


Sunday, April 22, 2012

In A Fog


You know, every time I sneeze I think I loose a bit of my mind.
I'm in a sick fog right now with no way out except time and Theraflu.
So, I thought "Hey, I'll take it easy today and draw a maze for fun"... that was hours ago. It's pathetic how little I've been able to concentrate, and thusly, draw.  So, this is all I'm posting for today, more will come of this project.

Twisting, turning, changing path, which way to go?



Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Snoozing


I'm not quite sure why I feel compelled to sketch a picture of myself whenever I'm sick.
I guess it just proves that deep, in my hearts of hearts what a huge whiner I am.
There are worse things to be after all..

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sooths the Soul, Kills the Feet



These giant vibrant tropical flowers are turning out beautifully!
Now have the yearning to visit a huge Botanical Garden. Whenever we go on road trips we always visit the city's best! So far we've seen San Antonio's, Portland Oregon's and a bunch of little ones all over the country. My two favorite little ones are the Japanese garden in Spokane Washington and the cliff side botanical garden on the Oregon coast.. I can't recall the name at the moment. experiencing a beautiful garden sooths the soul, and kills the feet, but it's always worth it for me!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Temporal Memory and Pocket Protectors


Good writing prompts come in the shower, on long walks, or you know, wherever/whenever you are as for from a computer as possible. That is my problem. So, to counter act this early set in of temporal memory lose, I am now carrying with me everywhere I go a sticky note pad and a pen. Holy cow I'm becoming my grandfather. Next I'll need a pocket protector, and a stamp collection to make my weekends "fun".  At least this routine loss hasn't affected my painting. My little flower girl has proven to be a fun challenge as I had hoped. I can't believe how well this Children series has flourished. I can honestly say that I am absolutely grateful  to God for this time of clarity and quality in my work.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Studio Tour and Red Flowers


This is where I work.
My art desk is actually a huge wooden Hope Chest from my Great Grandma Bonnie. The beautiful cigar boxes from my father hold all my pens, inks and paint. The view is of huge twisted and tall oak trees.  Studies suggest that looking out onto nature stimulates the creative areas of the brain.. I'm not one for science-mumbly-stuff but I find this true for me! This is where to conceptualize new paintings, sketch them out, edit them, and write blog posts. I sit at a table to paint, but the rest of my creative process happens here, in my itsy-bitsy island of a studio. I couldn't love it more!

Art Update..

My painting of a sweet child with a wreath of flowers is developing quite nicely. The orange and red flowers really emphasise her dark skin which will become richer as I continue to paint. I really think this painting will top all the other portraits as of yet!
Again I am using oil paint in a watercolor way.



Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Mysterious Continent

So today I started a book called Kisses From Kate by Kate Davis. It's about Africa and faith. This girl named Kate moved to Uganda to help orphans and children get the care they need to survive. Now she is 21, has 14 adopted children, teaches, and helps the local children get sponsors from America to send them to school. Honestly this is not the kind of book I normally read. I'm much more at home with a Hitch Hikers guide, or Hemingway, or.. anything else. I have this nasty little cynical part of my brain that screams "Helping orphans? Blah, sounds like a Charles Dickens rip off."  ....Sad I know, but I'm trying to squash that annoying part of me. That's why I picked this book up, and I'm so grateful that I did. This girl listened to what God had planned for her, no matter how improbable or difficult it might have seemed. That's faith, and I truly believe anyone could benefit from reading this book, whether it's for spiritual purposes, humanitarian, or just to expand your world view.  
This book will change the way you think.

I young girl. Her head is covered in flowers

Also, after reading about all the Uganda children and their smiling little faces.. my next painting developed popped into my mind! This will be the first time I have ever painted someone with dark skin, so I'll have to work really hard to get it right. It's a challenge I welcome!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, April 14, 2012

LETS GO DALLAS, LETS GO!




This evening under the threat of rain I went to the Dallas vr. Montreal soccer match! We won 2 to 1! It wasn't a quick victory though. The entire 3/4ths of the game Canada was ahead, but in the end our good 'ol boys scored twice, causing the the whole stadium to go onto a frenzy! It was  by far the most fun I've had at a game yet!

Up until those saving goals, most of us Dallas fans were much like this doodle..

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Noble Yet Naive Cause


One of my favorite things to do is go to the Barnes and Noble Cafe. I wander through the isles grabbing high fashion and art magazines to read while sipping coffee. Now and then I find a good artist.

Something that bothers me though is what most people think to be worthy of note in the art world. The majority of the highlighted work in these magazines are grotesque, disturbing,  or overly conscious about politics. Walk through the next book store with magazines and pick one of the art issues up, you'll see what I mean. It saddens me that most of these talented hard working artists have only turned out work expressing death, lust, anxiety, destruction, grime, insanity and isolation. There is no question that you can paint whatever you want, it is a freedom of expression. I just wish they'd experiment with purer concepts once in a while, like innocence, youth, love, unity, or imagination that hasn't been marred by darkness. It is easy to access and show those darker concepts in our minds, they have all proven that in abundance, now I think we could use a lighter touch. Something that reaches the soul, that can move people to feel something deeper. I felt this while looking at Monets, Renoirs and Van Goghs in France. They captured beauty, and look at how the world has responded to them, with open arms. The Impressionists are the most sought after and loved art group/age in the world! And the ones who are best known come from the side within the group who only painted subjects of love and beauty.I saw people crying at the sight of their paintings, so overcome with emotion. That is what I want in my art, to show the joy of nature and life. Other painters should push themselves for it too. It is somewhat naive, but it is also a noble concept and I believe it is one worth promoting, and dedicating my life to.


Also I've finished my Flower Girl painting.
Any suggestions for a better title would be lovely.
She was done in oil paints on watercolor paper.
Prints will be available of her soon!

 
Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman


P.S. This is Malmer, he is my snugly kitty.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Elephant Tent


I only have 8 minutes to publish this before midnight!
I call it Elephant With a Tent on it's Back
Clever aren't I?

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Miniature Elephants Named Scooter


I found a picture of the happiest baby elephant on Pinterest today (you can follow me here) and I couldn't help but draw it. Their wrinkly skin, oval eyes and sweet disposition make them so adorable! I swear if it were possible I would own a miniature hold-in-your-hands elephant for a pet!
I would name him Scooter and we'd be best friends!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

p.s. If you could, what sort of mini animal would you have as a pet?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tiny Sketch Book Returns!


 Today I was digging around through some boxes and found this tiny sketch book. I had totally forgotten I owned it. Last year on days when I just needed to posting something, anything, so I could get on with other things.. I would do a "Micro" drawing in it. I'm so glad that I've rediscovered this tiny treasure, now I'll be getting more sleep!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman



Isn't he a cute little squirrel?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Bunny Sighting!


Happy Easter!
Yesterday while In the Lovers Lane area of Dallas I sighted the Easter Bunny..
Wonder where she was off to?


Also, my painting is comeing along very nicely..



Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Electric Feel


I'm finding that I don't want to use a regular flesh tones on her. Instead my brush keeps drifting towards pure reds and electric blues. watching this painting develop is as interest and surprising for me as it is for you.. I can not wait to see what happens next!

I can't help but think of MGMT's song Electric Feel while I paint this.





Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman




Friday, April 6, 2012

Hippy, Braids, Flowers and Sleep



Sleep is important.
That's why I'm posting this hardly touch painting I started yesterday. I want tp go to bed very soon! 

I have this bad habit where I start adding color without thinking about it ahead of time. This can be very dangerous for the future of whatever I might be working on. Tonight fate smiled on me, and I'm content with my impulse color picking. Dark brown braided hair, maybe with green leaves and grasss woven in among the pink flowers. Yellow light and blue shadows will follow.

I feel really good about this one.


Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman



Thursday, April 5, 2012

Flowers and Braids

Sometimes all you can do is cling to the people you love. Sometimes you have to cry, and sometimes life is tragic. Sometimes, things happen that you can't fix, that you can scarcely believe to be true. 
But it's important to know that these days, though they crush you, do pass. The world is full of love and hope and life, and you have to remember that. Today was one of those days, so, I buried myself in my work, and gathered my family around me. This is what came of it. 


Flowers in her hair, braids, loose ends..



Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman