My Current Creative Adventure: Vintage Art & Wine

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You may have been wondering why I have been relatively quiet here at Creative Adventures. My quietness does not reflect the adventure I have been on these last six months.

Last fourth of July, while out on the boat at Lake of the Woods Resort in Southern Oregon, my friend said to me,”Let’s teach art at wineries.” To which I replied, “That sounds like fun.” Out of this conversation, and many more over beers and buffalo wings, Vintage Art & Wine was born. This is a long story made short. Six months later, with six art lesson plans and many long-lasting relationships with winery owners established—we are still just at the beginning—of one wild ride.

For the full story, head over to vintaeartandwine.com and see what it is all about. Below are a few little inspirational photos that lead to Vintage Art & Wine.

PSX_20140507_155645Oregon colors and wineries and water.

2014-08-14 07.11.01My business partner Tara.

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Head on over to my new website for Vintage Art and Wine to learn more. Maybe you will want to take a class…

Stay in touch,

Holly

6 Simple Reasons to Get to Know Someone with Special Needs

giftjoy.org introduces Gabe, an artist with special needs.

 

Watch this video and we will show you why the list below is true.

  1. That person will make you laugh.
  2. That person will impress you.
  3. That person will impress you, AGAIN.
  4. That person will teach you something new about yourself.
  5. You will make a new friend.
  6. Your heart will be so happy.

 

The list is much longer than six; I encourage you to add to my list. You can leave a comment below.

If you have more interest in people with special needs I encourage you to visit giftjoy.org and join the mission to support artists with special needs. I believe so strongly in these differently abled people that I have started a mission to encourage them—and those who love them. giftjoy.org is a community that celebrates developmental and physical disability within our world. Discover more at giftjoy.org.

Sculpted Paper Watercolor Flower: An Art Lesson #2

A close up:

© Holly Herick Design

© Holly Herick Design

Full watercolor painted flower—pen used for scale.

© Holly Herick Design

© Holly Herick Design

Even our cat Squeaky liked it.

© Holly Herick Design

© Holly Herick Design

One more full size image of the flower.

© Holly Herick Design
© Holly Herick Design

My sculpted paper flower is more than 12 inches across. Check out the process of making this flower in my previous post. I will definitely make more of these. It was a fun process with much guess-work this time around—taking me three full days to cut, shape and build the flower. I used a bit too much watercolor paint so it took a full day for all the layers to dry. After touch up paint, a day later, I felt like it was done. I am going to show this piece on a pedestal at the Studio at Living Opportunities this March 2014 for a month. I am curious to see how it is received. If you would like to see my sculpted paper watercolor flower in person, stop by 32 South Central, Medford, Oregon on March 14, starting a 5:00. There will be a reception and some great art by artists of the Rogue Valley mixed with artist of the Studio at Living Opportunities. I hope to see you there.

ART SUPPLIES: STRATHMORE® 140 LB. COLD PRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER AND DR. PH. MARTIN’S HYDRUS FINE ART WATERCOLORS FROM DICKBLICK.COM.

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Sculpted Paper Flower: Art Lesson #1

Sculpted Paper Flower: An Art Lesson

I’m not gonna lie. I am not the first person to create a sculpted paper flower, but here is my first experience with the creative experience.

I drew rough petals on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper—consecutively larger.

Watercolor sculpture flower © Holly Herick

paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

Then, I cut out petals and stacked them from large to small.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

I cut the center base of each petal, overlapped and glued with archival glue.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

After overlapping the tabs and gluing together, the petals started to take shape.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

I started to glue the petals together.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

The flower started to take form—upside down view.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

The flower started to grow.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

And grow…

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

And grow bigger than scissors…

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

And bigger than apples and oranges…

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

Art supplies: Strathmore® 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper and Dr. Ph. Martin’s HYDRUS Fine Art watercolors from DickBlick.com.

Dick Blick art supplies

Now to add watercolor. stop by next week when I show you the finished colored piece.

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Flowers, Gardening and Painting: 100 Flowers # 11

Flowers, gardening and painting…

Prismacolor pencil on paper

© Holly Herick

Where has my passion for painting flowers come from? I grew up in Arizona where flowers were maybe not as big, beautiful and bright as they are in Oregon. After having children, I became more interested in nurturing things. Whether it be a child, flowers, or creativity; I knew it was important to nurture. In Scottsdale, Arizona the weather was often hot—too hot to weed a garden. I did not like taking care of the yard when I was young. It seemed like a chore, using too much water—a precious resource. Now that I have lived in a more temperate climate in Southern Oregon, with more rain, I feel more inclined to the use of water, the climate and nurturing flowers. Painting flowers has been a life long study of nature beginning in the Arizona dessert with California Poppies on the Four Peaks of Scottsdale, AZ and concluding with the flowers native to Southern Oregon. Most of these images come from my memory. Whether it be the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, Oahu, Hawaii or Portland, Oregon; it is all committed to memory. Somewhere from my mind, come the images in these floral paintings. Favorite flowers of mine include multi-petaled flowers including Hydrangeas, Gerber Daisies, Peonies, Austin Roses, Poppies, Ranunculuses and more.

Look at my paintings and guess what flowers may have influenced my paintings. Sometimes I don’t even know…

Above is the next one, what kind of flower is this? Prismacolor pencil on paper.

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XOXO,
Holly

Random painting session at 2:30am. Can’t sleep!

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick

Late night abstract painting session:

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© Holly Herick, vignette.

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© Holly Herick, vignette.

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© Holly Herick, vignette.

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© Holly Herick, vignette.

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© Holly Herick, vignette.

Thanks for tuning in. All these prints/cards and originals are  available at finartamerica.com.  Contact me personally if you are interested in the originals 18×30 canvas on gallery wrap. fineartamerica.com links are in the right hand column and the contact tab is at the top.

XOXO,

Holly

 

I’m Bored: Announcing “100 Flowers”

I’m bored. As you may know, many artists get bored easily—that’s why us creative types are always trying something new. I have completed “100 faces” but I have not posted them all. I think some of you were maybe getting bored with them too? If you want to see the complete collection you will have to go to fineartamerica.com. They are not all up yet; it takes time to format the images for the site and it takes away from my painting time—just one of the issues of being a one-woman business.

Announcing “100 Flowers”

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick

With EVERYTHING in bloom, I have been inspired to start painting 100 Flowers. This should be fun, as I love gardening. I do not intend these paintings to be realistic  but some of them may be. Usually, with my graphic design background, I like to simplify things. Here is Flower #1 which was created about two years ago—inspired from a rose called Pat Austin. This image  is also available as a print or note cards etc. at fineartamerica.com.

Most of these paintings will be inspired from my own garden; however, if you would like to submit a favorite photo from your own garden, I will consider painting it. Send photos to hollyherick@charter.net.

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XOXO,
Holly

100 Faces: First Exhibition of Eight at the Studio at Living Opportunities—A Personal Account

100 Faces: “in light of our vision…” Exhibition to benefit the Studio at Living Opportunities:

Faces  © Holly Herick

Faces © Holly Herick

Maybe you have wondered where I have been lately—online—not physically? Maybe you didn’t notice my “100 Faces” blog has not been active lately. Maybe you don’t care…I’ll tell you anyway.

I have been very busy at my day job at the Studio at Living Opportunities. Our recent show “in light of our vision…” was a great success. Read about “My day Job” if you want more info.

Organizing this show was so much fun and it connected me with local artist in our community—just like I had hoped for this year. The interest in this show was so great that we had to turn artists away—more than anyone could have hoped for in a small studio to benefit people with disabilities in small town Oregon, USA. This event, for me personally, was a big deal. You see, I have been primarily a graphic designer until recent years. Don’t get me wrong. I studied Studio Art with emphasis in Graphic Design at the University of Arizona. After graduating I sought employment in the more commercial art field, and I was very successful, but money is not everything. If you are reading my blog right now I am guessing  you may have already discovered this fact.

After many successful years in the commercial art field I decide to become self-employed. Many good years followed. Difficult pregnancies and time to raise my children changed my focus—until now. As my three kids gain independence and maturity, I find I have more time to be creative. This is a fun time in life—getting back to my creative roots.

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Check out the amazing sculpture to the right of the photo by one of our local Rogue Valley artist.

Back to the Studio at Living Opportunities: where I help artists with disabilities create art. Yes, I get to do this 20 hours a week. During our last exhibition “in light of our vision…” I spent a forty hour work-week preparing for the exhibition. This time it was different though. For the first time in many years, I was preparing to show eight pieces of my own work. The first eight of my “100 Faces” would be open to the public and open to criticism  Was I ready for this? Yes, I was. My art is not dependent on other people’s opinions. If I only created art for other’s likes and affirmations, where would I be? Where would the artist’s of the Studio be? The Studio artists are so free and do not care about opinion. Disabilities are in my mind are freedom; freedom to express oneself, and freedom from opinions. True freedom—the Studio artists create for pure joy’s sake. So how can I fear? What is there to fear when I get to mentor artists like these?

I Am Blessed.

 

 

 

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My Day Job: the Studio at Living Opportunities

My Day Job. Our Latest Event at the Studio at Living Opportunities.

If you follow my blog closely, you have
heard about my “day job.”

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Local artist: Susan Derosa, I love her.

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Local Artist: Kim Novak

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Studio Artist from the Studio at Living Opportunities. This young lady, with a hearing disability, paints beautiful artwork.

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Art by Dan Mish, Studio Creative Director with Local Artist Dana Faegin.

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Local artists sharing their work at the Studio at Living Opportunities. Thank you friends of the Studio, Gabriel Lipper and Peggi Smith. Peggi, you are super fun.

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Artist Yang Yu and interested buyer, Fran Batzer.

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“Celebration” by Yang Yu, probably my favorite of the whole exhibition!

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Some inquiring folks admiring and talking with me about my current project “100 faces.”

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DSCF1487Randall Grealish, local artist, brought a Smart Car from Mercedes Benz for our artists to draw on and express themselves during the show. Art is awesome, art is cool, art is fun. Thanks Randall.

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Food and drink is good…

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Studio Supplies and selling artwork from my humble, donated desk. Randall’s copper piece is on the wall at the left of the above photo.

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This Studio artist paints about 52 paintings a year, one painting a week, within one hour.

Thank you to all the local artists: Susan Derosa, Dana Feagin, Elaine Frenett, Randall Grealish, Holly Herick, Keith Johnson, Gabriel Lipper, Dan Mish, Jana Parkes, Pegi Smith, Yang Yu, Kevin Christman, Stephanie Gentry, and Kim Novak. this event “in light of out vision…” helped to create awareness for the Studio. Come by and see us at the Studio at Living Opportunities, 32 South Central, Medford Oregon, USA. 2-4 M-F.

100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #22 and #23 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #22 and #23

INTRODUCING “Helga”

"Helga" © Holly Herick

“Helga” © Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Aisha”

"Aisha" © Holly Herick

“Aisha” © Holly Herick

 

If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #19, #20 and #21 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #19, #20, and #21

I am running way behind in posting so this is a catch up post. Thus the many faces.

INTRODUCING “Camille”

"Camille" © Holly Herick

“Camille” © Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Jerria”

 "Jerria"© Holly Herick

“Jerria”© Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Maylin”

“MAYLIN”  © Holly Herick

“MAYLIN” © Holly Herick

 

If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

Better yet, follow my blog to get updates and new faces every couple of days.

 

 

 

100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #18 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #18

INTRODUCING “EFFIE MAE”

"Effie Mae" © Holly Herick

“Effie Mae” © Holly Herick

Thank you  Kathy Tinsley. If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #17 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #17

INTRODUCING “Vivida”

"Vivida" © Holly Herick

“Vivida” © Holly Herick

 

Thank you  Prima Lemons Bohall. If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #16 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #16

INTRODUCING “mirela”

watercolor, Yupo, Sharpie, doc Matin's , mixed media, Prismacolor

“Mirela” © Holly Herick

Thanks you Susan Butterfly-Ebert. If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #15 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #15

Introducing “Portencia”

"Portencia" © Holly Herick

“Portencia” © Holly Herick

 

Recently I have received bad news that has made my heart ache. Without going into detail, let’s just say, two people I know have received an unfavorable diagnosis within the last week. This face has been named Portencia in honor of someone I love.

If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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