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:

© Holly Herick
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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

 

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.

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

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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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #13 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #13

ANNOUNCING ”Willamae”

As requested by Lynda Morrison—”We shall call her Willamae—she is beautiful. Lynda requested a face with red hair, lips, green/hazel eyes and an updo of this style. So I drew from my mind and this face became Willamae. Thanks Lynda for the request.

"Wiilamae" © Holly Herick

“Wiilamae” © Holly Herick

 

Please give her a name. Leave your comments below.

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FurnARTure

Third Annual FurnARTure Auction for the Studio at Living Opportunities

Once again this year I will be donating a piece of furniture or “FurARTure” to the Studio at Living Opportunities. On October 7, 2012 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, Oregon from 2-5 pm, the Studio at Living Opportunities will hold the Third Annual FurARTure Auction. Artist from around the Rogue Valley will gather together and donate their art to benefit the Studio at Living Opportunities. This year the auction will include a raffle for a fabulous wine rack painting by Gabriel Lipper—including almost $2000 of wine. Anything Gabriel paints is worth tens of thousands so these raffle tickets will go fast. Raffle tickets can be purchased from me for $50 each—what a steal! (winner does not need to be present to win). Last year I painted a pre-set table which you can see below and read more about here.

© Holly Herick. FurnARTure piece 2011.

This year I am also painting a table and I am super excited about it.

© Holly Herick. In process: the paint is visibly wet in this photo.

My table design is loosely based on a zinnia flower. I have been working on it over the past month. If you are interested in bidding on this table you will have to attend the fabulously fun and feel-good event that is the Third Annual FurnARTure Auction to benefit the Studio at Living Opportunities. Tickets are $25 per person and include a bidding number, live music, appetizers, beer and wine. You can contact me for tickets or call Living Opportunities at 541.772.1503.

Poster design by Snapshot Group

During the Third Friday Artwalk in Medford on September 21, 2012 Terra Firma Home will be hosting a sneak preview of the furnARTure that will be auctioned this year.  The Third Friday Artwalk event will be from 5-7 pm at 309 East Main Street,
Medford, Oregon. Thanks Terra Firma for your support! Did you see all the other wonderful sponsors we have on the poster? Thank you Snapshot Group, Valley Immediate Care, Southern Oregon Endodontics, Cutler Investment Group LLC, Newswatch 12Fox 26 and again, Terrra Firma.

© Holly Herick. After about seven coats of paint.

After about seven coats of paint—I think it still needs something to make it pop. It needs a little bit of the unexpected. Maybe…a little bit of purple. Did I mention that I want to keep this table? You will be prying it from my paint stained fingers at the auction. No—but really—the funds could not go to a better cause.

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick

© Holly Herick

 

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This is the most up-to-date photo of my table that I am going to show you. Did I change it up a little or not? Come to the event to find out…

I have mentioned the event—all the great art, music, food, beer, wine, and great people in a beautiful historic setting in Jacksonville, but the best reason to attend this event is to support the artists of the Studio at Living Opportunities I would love to tell you all about each one of them because each artist is so special to me. To learn more about some of the artists that attend the studio workshops weekly between 2-4pm click here. Check it out—you will be amazed. And the Studio has a facebook page so like us on facebook.

Finally got the art up on the wall.

It is the little things in life that create success.

I finally got my art up on on the wall, Here are a few photos.

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Pinterest Addictions

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Pinterest addictions:

Over the last couple of weeks I have discovered how to use Pinterest. It is a virtual storage system or “Pin-board” for EVERYTHING you are interested in. If you are building a home, having a wedding, planning a party or you just want to file your creative images—Pinterest is for you. Here are a couple of ‘Pinaholic’ quotes that have come to mind lately. If you have not discovered Pinterest, ignore this post—you won’t get any of it. I hope you enjoy.

Hot Guy/Dream home:

I am a Pinaholic:

Dis facebook: What I am doing vs. dreaming of doing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dog ate it:

Storage Locker:

 

Realism:

 

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Please check out this blog that I am so proud to be a part of. It is amazing that I can help people around the world through my God-given talents and connections. The “Love from Me” project is dedicated to people suffering from cancer. In this blog you will find many artist whom have dedicated their art to friends who have been through cancer. My dedication is to my friend Wendy. “Foxgloves for Wendy” was painted around the time that Wendy fought and died of breast cancer. Here is my page from the book that is being created to honor cancer sufferers.

"Love from Me" by Sara Harley

When it becomes available I will share the link so that you may purchase the book in order to support those whom have suffered in your life.

Experimenting with Art

A common theme among many of my blog posts is experimenting-trying new techniques, subjects or mediums. I have not come across an artist yet that does not get bored with things fairly quickly. Recently I tried a tool called Scribbler. To say the least, I had some pretty scary drawings using Scribbler. Most artists create way more artwork than the public ever sees. In one of my recent posts, I displayed some of my bad artwork. It was torture for me. I want to be hide my failures from public view. Most of us do. Being creative is not about pure success. Being creative is about searching, practicing and not giving up. I don’t believe artists start out creating successful work, it is the result of much practice. Every artist I have met merely enjoys the creative process and is willing to do it over and over again. Art takes practice just like sports or math or woodworking. Be willing to experiment is part of that process. My goal is to encourage people to be creative, make mistakes and try new techniques. Here is what I tried recently, minus the really bad attempts (too painful to share). Portraits of my kids:

Creative friends, what have you experimented with lately? Send me a note about what inspires you. Creative challenge: google Scribbler and try it yourself.

Dogs for the Deaf: Scooter

Not even artist get it right the first time. Just know that whatsoever you do, you should not expect perfection. Perfection is overrated. Seriously, nobody likes to be around someone who is always perfect—it makes people nervous. Or at least it makes me personally nervous—I like to be able to make a few mistakes in the process of getting something done. That is how I learn.  Thomas Edison said, “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” So as I paint, I usually create some versions that involve discontent. It is all part of the process though. That’s how one figures it out. Or as I said before, “I like to be able to make a few mistakes in the process.” “Don’t give up when at first you don’t succeed.” Here is some of my “process” for “Scooter,” a Dogs for the Deaf dog in training.

First Painting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just  study of depth of color, shape and composition. This painting took about 15 minutes.

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Still not successful. I tried to work in orange, yellow, red combo, but it didn’t work. At least I like the composition. Many people think an artist just whips out a sketch or painting, but it is not true for me. Most artists have to practice many hours to create what pleases the eye. I personally have to work for what I want. I am almost embarrassed to post my mistakes, but I want to encourage people to try. Discontent creates progress.

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Finally, I am liking Scooter. The third time is a charm. Well at least I am happy with the third try. Scooter is a “Dogs for the Deaf” dog in training. Check out Dogs for the Deaf. It is a great non-profit that trains Dogs for the Deaf and rescues dogs from around the Northwest and California. Dogs for the Deaf resides in Central Point, Oregon. Central Point, Oregon is about 5 miles away from Jacksonville where I live. Dogs for the Deaf is one of my favorite local charities (along with Habitat for Humanity). Recently, I answered a call for local artists to donate to their cause. I am blessed to be able to donate two paintings so far. “Topher” and “Scooter” will be donated to Dogs for the Deaf for their promotional use. You may also purchase prints of these two dogs on my Zazzle website: http://www.zazzle.com/hollyherick. (prints coming soon) But, if you purchase the cards (eventually—there will be a set of three to five cards) through Dogs for the Deaf, the proceeds will go towards a great cause—Dogs for the Deaf.

Here is the process of “Scooter.”

 

 

 

 

 

After I got a composition that I liked, I used my art table like a light box to trace the layout. I actually put my light under my sketch—under the glass table so I could sketch (like using a light box). Maybe this shows in the photo.

 

 

 

Then I started to under paint the tones of blue.

 

 

 

 

 

A little more tone and shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at my computer and watercolor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost final painting. “Scooter”

I hope this maybe encourages someone to try. Try something even if maybe you are not sure of what the process is. Especially if you can help someone else, or some organization in the process. It will make you feel good, even if you fail the first couple of times…Or maybe even more if you fail at first…

“Your Dog Here”

“Your Dog Here” is about a new creative line of paintings I am doing. Commissioned Pet Portraits are so much fun. They capture your pet in a whole new light—fun and whimsical, real but imaginary. This first one is Chongo, my own dog. He is a poodle and shih tzu mix.

CHONGO: Watercolor on Yupo

Chongo was painted with liquid watercolors on “Yupo” paper which is a 100% plastic paper. At first I hated this recycled synthetic paper, but now I am learning to love it. First of all, the paper is not made from a single tree. Cool huh? On the other hand, the paper does not behave like any “tree” paper I have ever used. The paint sits on top of the paper. The pigment does not get absorbed or blend together, so the big problem I am having now is how to frame this art. The paint seems to remain tacky on the Yupo paper.

COCO: Watercolor on Yupo

I am learning to use Yupo paper. Below is my fifth pet portrait on Yupo.

LUCY: Watercolor on Yupo

I will keep experimenting with some fixatives to see if they help the paint set for framing. If you have used Yupo paper or have any ideas on how to set the paint for framing this medium/paper, please let me know. A couple of good photos of your favorite pet are great reference for a portrait. Eye level photos are best for reference and focal point. If you are interested in having a pet portrait created please contact me @ hollyherick@charter.net.

Next up:—Tabitha!

Feedback welcome.

Flowering Quince Art: Artist are painting from my photo. See them all here.

A photo I took on Easter of flowering Quince is being used for Monthly Sketch Project on Ning. MSJ is just a group of artist looking for inspiration and support. Anyone is welcome to join, but you don’t even have to join to participate in my blog. I hope to add links to any participants blog’s. One of my favorite things to do in art is find how many different ways artist will interpret the same thing. Artists styles vary be the medium they use, the style they have developed, and the mood they are in at the time they created the art. Watch with me over the month to see how many people will chose to draw, sketch or paint from this photo. My goal today, among others, is to get started on a watercolor from this inspirational photo today. I will post when I am done.

If you would like to participate you can send me an email with your art image attached (please keep .jpg file size small) and I will post it on my blog. Also, you can post it to your blog and link up to mine. I am working on figuring out how that works so stay tuned for a “McLinky button”

Any level of work is acceptable. Hope to see your work.

Here is my first attempt. It still needs some detail work, shadows and washes. I might just start over, but l like to see the transformation take place. Check back later to see my reworking of the quince flowers.

This morning a worked on shading the flowers and creating more depth. It was hard to decide what approach to take. More practice and experience will definitely help. Helpful critique is always welcome, so if you have any please leave a comment. Below is after I added shading to the flowers and depth to the background.

I sure like this one by Neon Fog, nice composition and sense of light.

This one is by Eva @ To Be Determined.