Home Again, Home Again!

I’m so glad to be home. We visiting with family during our Thanksgiving break and really enjoyed being with them. It’s good to be back in our own place, though. Unfortunately, we’ve been fighting a cold since before the break. First one daughter, then the other got it. Before we came home, John and I started feeling the beginnings of it. I feel pretty blechy today but I’m doing my best to get over it quickly. Taking my vitamins. Eating soup. Staying away from sugary things for the most part. I’ll probably make fresh honey lemon tea tonight.

Anyway, here are the last two works I submitted for daily art challenges in the fb group I belong to. I hope you enjoy them. Note: They are not available for purchase. Only the digital art piece is available for download and that, only for personal use. Please keep that in mind! Thanks!

This is the first one:

Misfortune themed art challenge submission (untitled as of yet) - digital art, using Sketchbook by Autodesk - This is my first doodle on the laptop. I have the app on my phone, too and have done a doodle there as well. Just trying to figure out the tools and the program to see how it all works. This artwork shows a lightning storm, a crashing wave, and a whirlpool (or a hurricane if you prefer). I really can't work the pen/pencil tools very well yet. I think I need a stylus to be able to use it to the best effect. Oh, well. To see more about this work, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

Misfortune themed art challenge submission (untitled as of yet) – digital art, using Sketchbook by Autodesk – This is my first doodle on the laptop. I have the app on my phone, too and have done a doodle there as well. Just trying to figure out the tools and the program to see how it all works. This artwork shows a lightning storm, a crashing wave, and a whirlpool (or a hurricane if you prefer). I really can’t work the pen/pencil tools very well yet. I think I need a stylus to be able to use it to the best effect. Oh, well. To see more about this work, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

"Munchkins and Giant" - photo taken by Melody Kittles and edited with Instagram's presets - NO DOWNLOADS! This photo is copyrighted under a Creative Commons License All Rights Reserved (as are all my photos and artworks.) Please respect that. If you'd like to see more about this photo, click it to go to my deviantART page.

“Munchkins and Giant” – photo taken by Melody Kittles and edited with Instagram’s presets – NO DOWNLOADS! This photo is copyrighted under a Creative Commons License All Rights Reserved (as are all my photos and artworks.) Please respect that. If you’d like to see more about this photo, click it to go to my deviantART page.

 

Yesterday’s Art Challenge: Clamhands McMel

Yesterday’s art challenge was to draw yourself as a cartoon. I’m going to try to post my caption from deviantART here, since I know few people have the time or desire to go see a photo on another website. I have a lot of fun with my captions. I want people to smile when they read them!

Today’s art challenge was to ‘draw you as a cartoon’. bunneh icon16 Thank God for Chibi Maker because I wouldn’t even know where to start without some kind of reference point.bunneh icon15  This is terrible. I knew it was terrible the minute I tried to add eyes. bunneh icon8 But, I used that and just kept working with it. I do like the sort of twisted-ness of this. bunneh icon7 And I like the fact that she’s wearing that “You came home with /WHAT/?” look. Her hands are balled into fists because I can’t draw hands. At all. I can’t draw fists either, but let’s skip over that.bunneh icon17  I do wear my hair in a similar style. My hair is mostly that color (brown with some red and gray at the temples…which I love and couldn’t convey here). My eyes are more green than blue but these are the colors I had on hand. I had the most fun decorating the dress. bunneh icon3 I drew my design in pencil (the chibi me) and then I inked over it. I’ve never really done much work in ink except with calligraphy pens. I only had blue or gold calligraphy ink to choose from so I opted for regular pens. (Not archival but who’d want to save this for posterity? I’m not sure…maybe my youngest daughter. Bunny Emoji-68 (Bouncy) [V4] I have a feeling she’s really going to like this one.) bunneh icon4 Real drawing pens are on my wish list. I used my watercolor pencils to color it in. I could’ve used my chalk pastels, I suppose, but I don’t have any fixative and my previous pastel artwork is in serious danger of wiping away or smudging. Anyway, this little mini-me is very like me in every way but shape and eye color. I think it’s a win but I’m not offering this as a download. Grey Kit Emoticon-Lmfao I will, however, sell it to the people like me who no one understands. Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4]

"Clamhands McMel" ~ inkpens and watercolor pencils and a healthy dose of effort ~

“Clamhands McMel” ~ inkpens and watercolor pencils and a healthy dose of effort ~

Yea! The caption copy worked! I won’t always do that. As a matter of fact, this is the only time I’ll do it. But it’s just a taste of how much fun I’m having uploading my stuff there. (Don’t harsh my mellow. And don’t rain on my parade unless you bring thunder and lightning tunes along with you so John and I can chase the storm. I might have a kid young man who is no longer a kid who’s graduated high school but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the happy little things in life, right?) Anyway, I hope you get a smile out of the picture today. 🙂

Art Projects

I’m working on yesterday’s art challenge, as well as today’s art challenge. I hope to have photos to share with you tomorrow. If I’m able to finish them today, it will still be late before I’m done and the signal is terrible from about 7pm until about 2am. I just wanted to keep you guys posted. The challenges I’m working on are “A Change of Heart” and “You As A Cartoon”. The second one will prove to be the most difficult for me, but probably the most helpful. I need lots of work with proportion. It would be nice if I could just use ChibiMaker! I may use it as reference for lines and such. I’ll share one of the chibis I created with it so you can see what that is. I know I’ve blogged about it before because the girls and I really enjoy having fun creating little characters.

I used Chibi Maker to create this little character of myself. This is probably the one I'll use as reference to draw/paint a picture of myself later today. Clicking the photo will take you to ChibiMaker and you can have fun creating your own little chibi!

I used Chibi Maker to create this little character of myself. This is probably the one I’ll use as reference to draw/paint a picture of myself later today. Clicking the photo will take you to ChibiMaker and you can have fun creating your own little chibi!

Peacock Dreams, Martian Scenes, And The Teapot Drips

Today’s art challenge was “Dream World”. I’d probably scare people if I tried to draw the dreams I actually remember, either with my accuracy of the nightmarish ones, or with my terrible luck with proportions needed for the other ones. I’ve had some really strange and crazy dreams in my lifetime!

One day, I was feeling bleh…blah…meh…and decided to just draw. I just wanted to do something productive that made me smile. So I drew retro martians and a peacock’s head and a huge peacock feather. I put the pencil drawing away and never really had any intention of doing anything else with it. Ha! Life has it’s little curve balls, doesn’t it? It fit today’s challenge so I inked over the pencil lines, added the teapot, drops and splash, the small feathers, and the stars. I colored it in with soft chalk pastels. It’s been a very long time since I worked with pastels and it was really great to use them again. In the photo edit, I used Pixlr Express to crop it, added a frame that made it look like an old picture, and then put a gritty retro poster overlay over that. It muted the colors a bit but I like the misty sort of dreamy feel it gave off as a photo. I’m keeping it like that. And if you like it, too, you can stop by my deviantART account to purchase a print. Or download a digital copy for your personal use only. I try to offer as many of my photos and artworks as digital downloads as I can because I know the economy sucks. It might be like shooting myself in the foot. Who knows? Anyway, on with the photo!

"Peacock Dreams, Martian Scenes, And The Teapot Drips" - by Me! Click here to go to my deviantART page.

“Peacock Dreams, Martian Scenes, And The Teapot Drips” – by Me! Click here to go to my deviantART page.

 

 

There Once Was A Doll

Today’s art challenge was focused on a childhood memory or toy. I created a limerick style poem…almost… It has a chaotic twist that makes me think of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show for some reason! I hand lettered the poem onto the paper in ink. And I have to say I tossed all the rules out and should not have. I didn’t put in the light guidelines for the words of the poem to stay straight. *shrugs* Hindsight is 20/20, or so they say. I wonder if I’ll remember the next time I do something like this. I chose to paint a mermaid that looks nothing like the doll I had as a child. Perhaps, she’s more like a mermaid that doll might have grown up into? My doll didn’t have green hair and she looked like a small, chubby-cheeked toddler. I used acrylics and my fingers, as well as 4 different brushes to paint this picture. I used a round brush to paint the golden green spots of shimmer on her tail. I used the round, flat end of another paintbrush to create the bubbles. I used a really bristly brush to create her hair by dabbing paint blobs onto the paper and then blowing the paint around to created the streaming effect. Anyway, I painted with Magiba and we had a great time chatting together while we painted. I said more about this painting and the memory in the deviantART description. You can get there by clicking the picture…any maybe buy a print, if you like.

"There once was a doll at the mall.  At her price, Mom was slightly appalled. But have her, I must, Gave to Santa my trust, And under the tree found... Her Sister!

“There once was a doll at the mall.
At her price, Mom was slightly appalled.
But have her, I must,
Gave to Santa my trust,
And under the tree found…
Her Sister!

 

What’s Happening Today

No painting today…but I did snap a few photos you might enjoy. I snapped all these shots with my cell and used the Pixlr Express app for Android to edit most. Unedited photos will be noted in the caption.

Today's challenge was "Romantic Rendezvous" and this is what I came up with. I finally captured a photo of our male cat grooming our female. It's really sweet when they are taking care of each other. The photo isn't that 'epic' but it fit the challenge. And I did create something.

Today’s challenge was “Romantic Rendezvous” and this is what I came up with. I finally captured a photo of our male cat grooming our female. It’s really sweet when they are taking care of each other. The photo isn’t that ‘epic’ but it fit the challenge. And I did create something.

I took this photo and edited it, making the colors a bit more extreme. I bumped the contrast up and played with the hue and saturation a little. I'm happy with the result.

I took this photo and edited it, making the colors a bit more extreme. I bumped the contrast up and played with the hue and saturation a little. I’m happy with the result.

This is an unedited photo of  yesterday's sunset taken before the clouds turned pink and purple. I used my cell to snap the shot.

This is an unedited photo of yesterday’s sunset taken before the clouds turned pink and purple. I used my cell to snap the shot. And I did /not/ swipe this from my husband! 😀 To see his wonderful sunset captures, check out his blog. You won’t be disappointed!

This is today's sunset. I didn't do much on the edit as far as the color went. I cropped it a bit and added a frame. I thought it'd be a nifty perspective. I didn't mess with the color at all.

This is today’s sunset. I didn’t do much on the edit as far as the color went. I cropped it a bit and added a frame. I thought it’d be a nifty perspective. I didn’t mess with the color at all.

Our Second Son (he's sort of been grafted in to our family) sent me this self-portrait of his new hat. Another dear family member (Ms. Charlotte Cornez) crocheted the hat (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael). I had fun with this edit and used more of the options Pixlr Express has to offer. I'm so loving this shot. Please keep Randy and his Lady Fair in your thoughts and prayers as he heads out to join the Navy and serve our country. We love you, Randybob!

Our Second Son (he’s sort of been grafted in to our family) sent me this self-portrait of his new hat. Another dear family member (Ms. Charlotte Cornez) crocheted the hat (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael). I had fun with this edit and used more of the options Pixlr Express has to offer. I’m so loving this shot. Please keep Randy and his Lady Fair in your thoughts and prayers as he heads out to join the Navy and serve our country. We love you, Randybob!

I hope you enjoy these photos. I had a lot of fun snapping the first few shots and so much fun with the edits. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

 

Mixed Media Mask Series #6: Complete!

I’ve been working on this piece for almost a month. It just didn’t come together as easily, or as comfortably as the last two I shared here. There was this idea in my head of what it /needed/ to be…and I couldn’t achieve that with what I had on hand. So my idea needed to be altered. This halted the creative process for me for a little while. I don’t know how anyone else works but when my work doesn’t come together like I want it to, I sort of freeze it for a while…put it on hold. It’s not on purpose. It’s more like my mind just cannot comprehend why in the world I’d want to change a perfectly good idea. I really have to laugh at myself sometimes. It’s better to laugh than cry, right? So that’s when I realized that what I was trying to do was too plain, much too plain indeed. I needed this to look like a party, and not just any party. Mardi Gras in New Orleans! So while it isn’t one of my favorites, I do think I captured the feel of a party in New Orleans.

I used a large white canvas (18 x 18, which is quite large for me) which I painted black. I then painted some streamers and confetti. It wasn’t ‘party’ so much as ‘bon voyage at night’ so I had to amp that up with some paint splatters in brighter colors. I also added a few splatters of the glitter paint to give it a bit of sparkle. I coated the whole painting with Mod Podge to make it shiny and prep it for the vintage Mardi Gras post cards. The post cards I have are indeed vintage (1960s, if I had to make a rough guess) and I had no intention of giving them up. I copied the images onto cardstock and cut the edges with a pair of scrapbooking scissors, creating a reverse scallop. After adding the post cards, I affixed the masks to the piece. The feminine mask is decorated with purple sparkle mesh fabric (a selvedge edge from sequin dot fabric) which I hand-sewed to create a round psuedo-flower. I topped that with an antique gold filligree jewelry finding. The ivory fabric, shot through with pale gold scroll designs shows up very well against the black background. The masculine mask is done in the same fabric. I added some gold mesh fabric over one side and both eyes and affixed a gold braid trim angled over the center of the mask. The last step was to add the beads. I used E-6000 to do this because I needed to believe the beads wouldn’t fall off once the future owner gets the piece home. I figured the best bet was probably E-6000. It’s holding unbelievably well and standing up to a heat test, too. I’m stoked about that. It may not be my favorite piece in the Mask series, but I think it does convey the feel I was hoping to get across. Please enjoy these photos.

"Party Time In New Orleans" ~ Mask Series #6 Mixed Media Artwork by Melody Kittles ~ Photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ This piece is for sale. If you are interested, please send me a message.

“Party Time In New Orleans” ~ Mask Series #6 Mixed Media Artwork by Melody Kittles ~ Photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ This piece is for sale. If you are interested, please send me a message. My husband’s photography is also for sale, so please do click on this photo to check out his work. I know I’m biased but he really does have some excellent photographs that would beautifully adorn any room or style.

Here's a close-up of the masculine mask, showing the gold mesh, the green embroidery, the gold trim and the gold beads.

Here’s a close-up of the masculine mask, showing the gold mesh, the green embroidery, the gold trim and the gold beads.

Here's a close-up of the feminine mask, showing the purple sparkle mesh flower, the filigree jewelry finding, and the purple bead. You can also see more of the scroll pattern on the mask. This one is embroidered in pale gold.

Here’s a close-up of the feminine mask, showing the purple sparkle mesh flower, the filigree jewelry finding, and the purple bead. You can also see more of the scroll pattern on the mask. This one is embroidered in pale gold.

Thanks for stopping by today. I really enjoy making these. I’ve got two new canvases to create on and I bought some small burlap ‘canvases’ to play with. We’ll see what we will see!

Today’s quote has only a small tie-in to the pictures above. There /is/ singing during Mardi Gras. I’m sure of it. Because we don’t have parties in Louisiana without music. Could one have a real party without music?

Singing is like a celebration of oxygen.” ~ Bjork