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Last week, I was able to add two of my favorite pieces of art to my pages on Redbubble and Society6. Please do stop by and check them out. I’m working to add most of my art and photography to the sites but it’s slow work indeed with our wonky internet.

Here are the two pieces of art now available on my pages. You can visit the pages by clicking on the link for each site in the caption under each photo. Thanks for stopping by!

Web of Life

“Web of Life” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Check it out on Redbubble by clicking here. Check it out on Society6 by clicking here.

The Mechanic

“The Mechanic” – mixed media (drawing in micron pens, colors and textures added in Gimp) by Melody Kittles. Check it out on Redbubble by clicking here. Check it out on Society6 by clicking here.

My Second Mandala

My first mandala sits unpainted while my second just flowed freely in both digital editing and in watercolor. I’m calling the second one “Refining Fire” and it’s based on Philippians 4:8. This verse is so helpful for positive thinking! It encourage people  to “focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.” This is one of my favorite scriptures because this is the way I want to be, what I want to keep my mind focused on. My digital art skills still need work, mostly because one much be more patient. I think this piece came out well, considering I’m still a novice in digital art. I’m much happier with the painted version which I will share when all three mandalas are completed. I hope you enjoy this one and the positivity I hope to convey through it.

"Refining Fire (Digital Finish)" - artwork by Melody Kittles - To read more about this piece, or to purchase a print or gift, click the photo to be redirected to my deviantArt page.

“Refining Fire (Digital Finish)” – artwork by Melody Kittles – To read more about this piece, or to purchase a print or gift, click the photo to be redirected to my deviantArt page.

Paintings!

I haven’t had much time to paint so far this year. I’ve only done three. I really like the first two, which are mixed media (ink/acrylics) done with a straw painting technique. The last one is a mixed media creation done in watercolors and acrylics. I’m happy enough with it but I still have a lot to learn about watercolors. I’m going to keep trying. I hope you enjoy these paintings of mine. If you do, please take a moment to leave a comment. I’ll be happy with constructive criticism, too. Also, if you really like what you see, please spread the word! These are up for sale at my deviantArt site. Thanks for reading!

"Inferno" - mixed media artwork by Melody R. Kittles - Please click the photo to visit my deviantArt site to read more about this piece and/or order your own print!

“Inferno” – mixed media artwork by Melody R. Kittles – Please click the photo to visit my deviantArt page to read more about this piece and/or order your own print!

"Dance" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles - Please click the photo to learn more about this piece and/or order your own print at my deviantArt page.

“Dance” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Please click the photo to learn more about this piece and/or order your own print at my deviantArt page.

"Journey Together" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles - To read more about this piece, and/or order your own print, click the photo to visit my deviantArt page.

“Journey Together” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – To read more about this piece, and/or order your own print, click the photo to visit my deviantArt page.

Yesterday’s Art Challenge: Dusk

About 3 days ago, before the steampunk costumes were completed, I had an idea pop into my head for an abstract drawing. No colors really came to mind but I wanted to use curved and straight lines to form what I hoped would be an interesting art piece. This is the result of my efforts. I think it would translate well to graffiti but, alas! I haven’t got the spray paint, nor is that product in my budget at this time. This is mixed media art done in Sharpie marker, pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and Bic permanent color markers. I’ve always enjoyed making these kinds of odd shapes and then adding in little details. I hope you enjoy the piece! Also, if you’d like to be among the first to see my work, then do check out my deviantART page. I have started using it to post my work first, since they offer the creative commons license as you upload each piece. I left the icon in my sidebar because it allows people know my work is my own and asking permission before use is necessary. Without further ado, here is my piece for yesterday’s challenge. I haven’t gotten a lot of feedback on it yet. I guess we’ll see how that goes in the future.

"Dusk" - mixed media artwork by me - Please click the photo to go to my deviantART page to read more about it.

“Dusk” – mixed media artwork by me – Please click the photo to go to my deviantART page to read more about it.

Hearts of Gold Art Challenge

I have two artistic offerings for this challenge. I started the mixed media work yesterday  but it wasn’t complete in time for the challenge. So I also created a digital artwork in Gimp using the fractal tool. I much prefer the mixed media piece to the digital art. I’m just learning how to use the fractal tool, so I’m not even remotely proficient. As such, I guess I should feel better about the end result… Somehow, I just don’t, but I know I’ll improve in time. Which one do you prefer and why? If you feel so inclined, I find comments helpful and encouraging. Thanks in advance!

"Angel Hearts" - mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles - For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.

“Angel Hearts” – mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles – For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.

"Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B" - digital art by Melody Kittles - For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.

“Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B” – digital art by Melody Kittles – For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.

 

Experimenting With Digital Art

As you may know by reading a previous post, I just started experimenting with Gimp. This short post tonight is to show my first attempt at digital art. I had fun so I’ll work on it some more. I wonder if I will still love it after working with it over time or if I’ll get tired of it. I guess we’ll see!

"A Pleasant Distraction" - I'm really happy with the way my first attempt at digital art came out. Please click the photo for more info, to download a digital copy for personal use only, or to purchase a print.

“A Pleasant Distraction” – I’m really happy with the way my first attempt at digital art came out. Please click the photo for more info, to download a digital copy for personal use only, or to purchase a print.

There are days when I have so much fun creating things, I don’t care whether anyone else things they’re good or not. And then there are days when I think, “Why in the world am I sharing this terribly awful piece of work? No one’s going to like it!” It’s a terrible roller coaster ride. But I really am having fun and I’ll continue creating things as long as it’s fun for me. I’ll also continue to share the things I create, too, whether I or anyone else likes them or not. As similar as we are, we humans are not cookie cutters and tastes differ. You never know which work will speak to whom!

Flower Photos

I took three photos of flowers in our yard to see what I could do with them in my phone editing apps. I used Pixlr Express today to edit these. But I also have Flickr’s editing tools, now, so I’ll be playing around with those a bit, too. I hope you enjoy these photos! I’m trying a new way to post photos that doesn’t take so much time. Our internet connection being as terribly slow as it is, it makes it very difficult for me to upload photos in one place, only to have to upload them all over again in another. Meh…it didn’t work. Oh, well, the long way round it is! John has inspired me quite a lot and he’s helped me with ways to improve the photos I take.

Picture one is of some tiny purple wildflowers that grow in our yard every year. Clicking on the photo will take you to my deviantART page for this photo.

Picture one is of some tiny purple wildflowers that grow in our yard every year. Clicking on the photo will take you to my deviantART page for this photo.

Picture two is of a rosebud deep inside the tangled branches of the rose bush. Clicking the photo will take you to my deviantART page for this photo.

Picture two is of a rosebud deep inside the tangled branches of the rose bush. Clicking the photo will take you to my deviantART page for this photo.

Photo three is of goldenrods and a small crawfish hole. Gotta watch out for those crawfish holes! They like to photobomb, eh? It was a breezy day and the flowers kept moving.

Photo three is of goldenrods and a small crawfish hole. Gotta watch out for those crawfish holes! They like to photobomb, eh? It was a breezy day and the flowers kept moving. Clicking on this photo will bring you to my deviantART page for it.

 

 

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.

 

 

Mask Series #7: Inside The Inner Workings

“Inside The Inner Workings” #7 of my mixed media Mask Series is finally complete! I used acrylic paints, flat-backed glass floral marbles, nail enamel paint, antique brass beads, copper wire, silver-tone metal findings, antique brass gears, zinc plated star washers, antique brass toggle clasps, silver-tone beads, antique silver eyelets, black/gold mesh fabric, copper stretch fabric, black with gold hologram dot fabric, black sequin fabric, white iridescent square printed fabric and put the elements together on an 11 x 14 canvas. The mask base is purple lace with hologram dot sequins scattered throughout. It’s embroidered in gold. I wanted to go for a Steampunk feel with this one. I feel like I got close but I’m not entirely certain. However, I’m really pleased with the result. I hope you’ll enjoy the photo! I have to thank John for herding cats so I could sign the artwork and then snap the shot. This piece is for sale. If you are interested, please contact me.

Mixed Media Mask Series #7, "Inside The Inner Workings," is complete!

Mixed Media Mask Series #7, “Inside The Inner Workings,” is complete!

“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.” ~ John Mason Good

What I’ve Seen

I like to have fun with the camera on my cell phone. I’m not a pro, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s a nifty way to sort of journal things and perhaps record something that inspires me for use in a project later on down the road. Who knows? So I’d like to share some of my photos from this week with you.

I saw these tiny purple wildflowers with yellow centers while my husband and I were storm spotting. The plant they were growing on was rather large in comparison but it was so pretty! And the flowers were so very dainty. I doubt the farmer whose field they were growing beside even noticed but you never know.

I saw these tiny purple wildflowers with yellow centers while my husband and I were storm spotting. The plant they were growing on was rather large in comparison but it was so pretty! And the flowers were so very dainty. I doubt the farmer whose field they were growing beside even noticed but you never know.

The sun was setting when I walked out of the theater to defrost for a few minutes. I had to capture it, the best way I could. I sort of captured the pink in the clouds.

The sun was setting when I walked out of the theater to defrost for a few minutes. I had to capture it, the best way I could. I sort of captured the pink in the clouds. See? Way up there on the left?

On 2nd Street, in my town, there are several stores and businesses with fabulous doors and two pretty awesome vintage signs. This one was for a menswear store.

On 2nd Street, in my town, there are several stores and businesses with fabulous doors and two pretty awesome vintage signs. This one was for a menswear store.

I went with John when he drove out to get sunset photos. This beautiful storm cloud was on the southern horizon reflecting the red and gold rays of the sunset. John captured it close-up but this was the best I could do with my phone. I do like the perspective I managed to get.

I went with John when he drove out to get sunset photos. This beautiful storm cloud was on the southern horizon reflecting the red and gold rays of the sunset. John captured it close-up but this was the best I could do with my phone. I do like the perspective I managed to get.

I really enjoy seeing what I can capture with my little 3mp cell camera. Well, most of the time. As long as I stay within the limits of my camera’s range, it’s all good fun. When I try to use the zoom feature, the picture almost always becomes blurry so I rarely use it. I used it on the last photo here and you can see how blurry it came out. But the colors and perspective are nice and it could be used later for an art project if I so desire. I share most of these on Instagram so if you like them and want to see more, then you can follow me there (pianolady32). As always, feel free to leave comments or ask questions. 🙂

“Breathe in. Breathe out. Release all doubt. You’re on your way to cease another day.” ~ Glimpse – Heart Of Stone Ft. Katrine Stenbekk (Electus Remix)