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.

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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.

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.