100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #4 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

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

© Holly Herick: Watercolor + Mixed Media on Yupo. Face #4

As I start this adventure (about one week now) I have been sharing my faces on facebook and something exciting is happening. People have been suggesting names for my faces—sometimes 100 or more names in the comments. My friends are offering so many excellent names that I have decided to make this part of the theme of my blog. Naming the faces will be a contest. So, here is how it will work. I will post my paintings to facebook and also here on my blog, requesting names on both sites. A name will be awarded from either site to match each face I create.  Once a name is picked I will post the winning name and who suggested it on my facebook page and on my website. If you have a website of your own I will also post that so people can check out what you have a passion for. Please name
face # 4 of  “What’s Her Name.”

What do you think her name should be?
Please leave a comment below.

Follow my blog to keep up with the fun.

My Day Job

My Day Job:

I get to work with the most
amazing artists each day.

The Artist at the Studio at Living Opportunities may have disabilities, but all I see is the ability to enjoy the present. I see creativity and the ability to share love. I am a lucky person to get to share my time with these people.

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© Living Opportunities by Mieke Ryneal.

This month I would like to share about one of our most well-known artists: Mieke Ryneal. Mieke has been painting at the Studio at Living Opportunities for about 7 years. Everyday I watch Mieke paint in her own individual and unique style—all while happily listening and signing songs of joy on her iPod. Mieke’s ability to paint in a pointillism style is only rivaled by the masters of art history. As Mieke paints with her one-of-a-kind wooden tool she does not even touch the surface and her paint magically dances onto the canvas. It is a miracle to witness.

Working backward in time from December 2012;  I want to share with you some of her artwork. It takes Mieke three to four months at eight hours a week to complete a painting. Here is the current piece she is working on (with details) plus a couple of past pieces.

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100 Faces: A Quick Sketch Project

Sketch Without Fear: 100 Faces

Recently I Took on this project
to loosen up and draw.

Face No. 12 © Holly Herick

Below are some of the 30 second sketches. I set out to sketch 100 faces, but I ran out of paper at about 48 sketches. I drew with a Sharpie® (my favorite is the Ultra Fine Point) so I couldn’t erase. This also helped me to just draw a face and move on to the next.

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I drew faces 2 up on 8.5 x11 inch card stock. I just grabbed old paper samples in any color and texture. The idea is to NOT worry about it—just grab and draw. I started with single line sketches and some of them are my favorites. Most of the sketches are from my imagination. When I got stuck, I opened up my photo library and browsed through old photos so some of the sketches are loosely based on people I know. It made it even more fun to draw while I reminisced old times with family and friends.

Some of the sketches are awful. That is fine. This project is teaching me that not everything I do will be awesome. This is just practice and if I get a number of sketches
I like, I will count it as a bonus.

Face No. 1 © Holly Herick

I did not get photos of the ink drawings of the first eight images I painted with watercolor and acrylic—it would have been nice to document the before and after of the three painted images in this blog. Sorry about that.

This project definitely got me drawing and loosened me up (mind and hand). Each of the faces so far has turned out so different. It is fun to know I have the ability to draw and paint so many different styles.

Face No. 14 © Holly Herick

If you enjoyed my 100 Faces project, I challenge you to try it yourself. Be sure to leave a comment below with a link to your web page or blog so I can see what you created.

Happy sketching with no fear,
Holly Herick

100 Faces is an exercise from “52 creative exercises to make drawing fun” by Carla Sonheim

An update on 100 Faces: A few more faces for you review.

 

 

 

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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.

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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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ABC Extreme Home Makeover: Jackson County, Medford Oregon. My experience helping with Extrmeme Makeover Home Edition

My experience with ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

I struggle where to start (and end) with this blog. Do I describe the process we used to paint the room, or how tired I was by the end of my shift, or describe the feeling of being on common ground with hundreds if not thousands of others just helping one another out of the goodness of their hearts? I don’t know. The experience as a whole was amazing! I am so happy that I chose to be a part of it.

The Hype:

Excitement in the Rogue Valley soared as we waited to hear which family would be the recipient of the Extreme Makeover. A website was set up and volunteers were gathered to help with skills, talents and time. Many small businesses in the valley were the major contributors in the build. I was so impressed, our Medford valley area people are so generous, even in a very tough economy.

As time to build (and surprise the family) neared, sightings of the Extreme Makeover bus became frequent. One of my friends (who will remain anonymous) even stalked the bus to try to find out where the build would take place. Many rumors flew as people anticipated this big event for our small valley. On Wednesday morning the family was announced: the McPhail family would be receiving a new home. McPhail? It sounded familiar, but I didn’t really know them. Then it occur too me, I had been following a local blog, “Earth Monkeys” and one of the bloggers was Lindsay McPhail. I had made a few comments on her blog and we have happen to have quite a few facebook friends in common, so I was excited to be helping out even though I really didn’t know her or her family. Along with many others, I wondered, why the McPhail family—why were they picked?

The McPhail family has three children, two with special needs. Despite the daily needs of their own children, Lindsay and CJ McPhail head up the Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs. They have started many new Sparrow clubs at our local schools. Read more about Sparrow Clubs USA here. They were not chosen just because their home was not safe or because they have kids with special needs. They were chosen because of just HOW much they have done in the community for others with special needs. Watch this video interview with the McPhail Parents.

The Work:

So I was recruited by a friend to help paint a mural. I like to paint so of course I said “I’m in,” not knowing it would be an all night shift. There was a little confusion with our shift day (probably because our shift spanned to dates) so we arrived a night early and our room was not ready for us yet. It was a blessing to be able to look around and get a feel for what we would be doing the following night. We were on team “Yogi” and would be helping with a mural of a Barn Storming theme, designed by Travis Yogi. The room was for Thatcher, a young boy with Autism.

“Team Yogi” Melody, Holly and Cheryl. We are each small business owners based in Jacksonville, OR. Melody owns a “French BouTEAque” (clothing and accessories), I own Holly Herick Design (graphic design, web/blog and small business consulting), and Cheryl owns Cheryl Von Tres Design (interior design).

Checking out Thatcher’s room for the first time.

So after arrival on the correct night, we ran into some old friends who were hanging the wallpaper part of the mural.

Cheryl,  Jerry,  Melody,  Holly, and Jeff working on Yogi’s Team

Yogi’s design had been turned into a huge digital print that would “wallpaper” everything except the trim and parts of the doors and windowsill—that would be our job, to extend the mural. Sounds fairly easy right? WRONG. Why, you are probably wondering—what is so hard about painting little bit of trim?

Working on Thatcher’s room

Well first of all, we were not supplied with matching paint colors. We are not sure what happened, but the paint in our closet did not match the mural, nor was there enough paint to mix all the colors that we needed. So at a time I would usually be asleep 2:00am Cheryl ran to Lowe’s and picked up the paint colors that we were unable to match by mixing with what we had. Issue number one tackled.

“Team Yogi” with Travis Yogi our designer

At one point Yogi came by and made us take a break. He was always there checking on us, making sure we had what we needed, encouraging us and telling us what he knew about Thatcher and Autism. We wondered when Yogi crashed took his breaks.

Issue number two came about because of a combination of things. First of all, it was roasting quite hot so we kept the windows open for fresh air. Secondly, it was well after 2:00am and we were all brain dead very tired and losing any creative brain power we normally pridefully brag about. Take a look at the photo below. See how the wallpaper covers the window panes also…well with the windows open it is darn near impossible to match up the stripes. I guess we just didn’t think about that. I personally have never covered every square inch of a room with a mural. Apparently kids with Autism like to sort of cocoon themselves in order to feel safe. Thus, our job was to make the doors and windows disappear. (I hope little Thatcher doesn’t get lost in his own room) When we finally shut the windows the image did not match up. Cheryl stayed and sanded down the windowsill and repainted it. Thanks Cheryl—you are amazing!

Working on the window
The smoke trail from Grandpa’s plane.

We heard that Thatcher loves to look down on Medford from his Grandpa’s old plane. So a model of Grandpa’s plane and a structural barn that Thatcher can climb on will be added to the room after we finish. The barn will have a “perch” for Thatcher, another safe haven place that many Autistic children like.

The Memory:

It had been a very long time since I had pulled my hair out an all-niter. Yes, I was exhausted, sore and laughing at nothing and everything. Stronger than that, I knew I had just been used by the Lord. I could feel it. Everyone there could feel it. There was no way anyone could have been on that site and not felt the Lord’s presence! It was wonderful. So many people gathered in one place in support of another was magical. Yes, I’m sure most people helped because they wanted to meet Ty or another star they wanted to make the world a better place. We did not meet anyone famous, but the people we did met will all be stars in my heart forever.

We wrote some scripture under the paint and prayed for Thatcher the whole night through. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Taking a break to observe the glorious sunrise, a reminder that the Lord’s hand was in this miracle I witnessed.

Time to head home, sun is coming up and moon is going down.

Two-hour Special, air date: Friday, October 28, 2011. Please watch to learn more about Autism and Sparrow Clubs.

P.S. Melody did get to meet Ty Pennington a couple of days after our shift at our local Good Bean coffee shop here in Jacksonville. Lucky girl! Ty in Jacksonville

“Love From Me” book now available

Dear friends, loved ones, and followers:

“Love From Me” is a book of amazing inspirational art compiled to raise money for cancer fighters. I have a page dedicated to my friend Wendy Anderson in it (p. 44). The book is now available for sale. I will not make any money from the sale of the book, my art is donated.

PLEASE follow the link to view the entire book and purchase “Love From Me.” It is a wonderful gift for people fighting the battle against cancer and a great coffee table book—truly inspirational.

“Love From Me”

The Love From Me Project is an extension of the Paws For Charity Art Book Project (pawsforcharity.blogspot.com), and is the 3rd annual Art Book Project compiled and edited by Sara Harley.

The Paws For Charity Art Book Project was started in 2009 and raised funds for breast cancer charity while celebrating the bond we feel for our pets.

This year continues with the Love From Me Project…Inspirational images donated by 61 artists and photographers from many countries. All funds raised from this project are donated to The Rose Fund, c/o the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is a registered charity to help cancer patients who are facing financial difficulty as a result of dealing with their cancer treatments.
My page dedicated to Wendy:

"Love from Me" compiled by Sara Harley

If you purchase the book or at least view it online, I would love your feedback. Please come back and leave me a comment about the book—or the battle you or your loved one have fought against cancer.

New favorite blog!

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.

Dogs for the Deaf dog portraits available soon.

© Holly Herick Design

"Jigsaw" © Holly Herick Design

"Scooter" © Holly Herick Design

"Topher" © Holly Herick Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Dogs for the Deaf. It is a great non-profit that trains dogs for the people with hearing disabilities and rescues dogs from around the Northwest and California. Dogs for the Deaf (DFD) 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.

Recently, I answered a call for local artists to donate artwork to their cause. Today I was blessed to deliver three dog portraits to Kristine at DFD. Soon the portraits will be available as a set of cards—and possibly more—through DFD. Hopefully my pet portraits will help raise money for a cause I believe in—nothing gives me more joy than to help others.  You may also purchase prints of these three dogs on my Zazzle website: http://www.zazzle.com/hollyherick. (prints coming soon)

If you have never visited Dogs for the Deaf, I urge you to drive on out the the base of the Table Rock Mountains and take a tour. visit the Dogs for the Deaf web page for more information.

If you are interested in having your own pet painted in this style head to Holly Herick Design and contact me. Or send me an email for more details hollyherick@charter.net

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.

Second Painting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

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.