September 30 N 30 2017 Collage

September 2017 was very interesting to me creatively.  I have painted and I am grateful to Leslie Saeta for her willingness to support artists like me all over the world.  I was able to refocus my creative energy in the changes our family has been in.  Pen and Ink is my go to art medium because it is portable and easy to pick up at any time.  Last year I began making gift tags and continued with that this year.

Picmonkey is no longer free for me and I don’t use it often enough to pay $3.99 a month to use it.  I tried a couple of other “free” apps and found the same problem.  I tried my Photoshop elements but it was a little cumbersome.  Fudging, I used the PrtScr and pasted my collage into Elements.  The only problem is that I could not seem to get them both on the same collage.  That means I have two!

Collage

Collage
Pen and Ink
Ornaments
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

I am still working on the painting with swirls.  The “Sing a New Song” is finished and is on a card for my Mom’s ministry.  Two are recently sold pieces.  “Overflow” just came back from hanging in my first gallery show.  Busy month!

Collage

Collage
Paintings
Sep 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

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Sing A New Song: Still A WIP

Mixed Media Drawing

Sing A New Song
Drawing 3
5.5″ x 8.5″

Today I worked more on this little sampler.  I didn’t like the purple shape.  I also figured out I had the red shape in the wrong place.  To tone the stripes down so as to highlight the lettering, I applied Prismacolor pencils and extender over the top of the dried inktense.  I applied Prismacolor extender to the pencils.  It was tough going because the clear gesso left a very grainy or gritty surface and the pencil behaved more like pastel.  However, I do like the composition much better.

I also used a Liquitex cad yellow pale paint pen to highlight around the letters brightening up a bit.  It didn’t last long and broke before I got through.  I’m glad I got in on clearance.

Using Prismacolor ink brushes in a variety of colors, I added to the squares around the lettering.

I have never used Washi tape but thought I would give it a try.  I don’t know if it will come off easily and I am not sure why artists use it.  I do like the stripe around the edge of this piece.

Next up is to finish going over the stamps and deciding what to do with the empty blocks.  I hope it is going to be usable for a card front for my Mom’s card ministry.

Have a great day!

Pen and Ink

Sing A New Song
Drawing 2
5.5″ x 8.5″

Pen and Ink

Sing A New Song
Drawing
5.5″ x 8.5″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiny Abstract Painting

Tiny Abstract Painting

Tiny Abstract Painting
2″ x 3″
Mixed Media on Paper
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Actually have been working on this for ages.  A little here and a little there. Started out with a wild crazy composition on a large sheet of paper with markers and watercolor.  Then cut up into little pieces of rectangles and squares.  Added paint, markers, Sakura gel pens and here it is.  I can see many larger paintings coming out of it.

Almost to the end of this September’s challenge.  I don’t know if the weather had anything to do with the number of artists participating.  I never regret trying it.  My creativity has been jump-started once again and I can go back to work a little more focused and inspired.  Thank you Leslie Saeta!

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Gift Tags 5

Mom is doing great in physical therapy and I am working out at the same time.  We have been having lots of rain.

Life has been wonderfully complex so here are a few more gift tags.

Pen and Ink Gift Tags

Gift Tags 5
Pen and Ink
Bristol Board
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

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Sing A New Song: WIP

Working over a period of days, I have applied clear gesso, stamps and today it was time to pull out the inktense blocks.  I have been inspired by a lesson from Rebekah Jones in her Original Bible Journaling Series.  I thought I was going to do a sort of checkerboard with the colors showing the transparency of the medium.  Surprise!  Surprise.  The colors were really intense. Duh!  Look at the name.  I viewed several videos which I will share in another post and learned that the colors are not very light fast.  Therefore, I will not be using them on the painting I was doing the experiment for.  So sad but the upside is the medium is perfect for Mom’s cards and other images to be reproduced.

This piece is not finished but here it is:

Pen and Ink

Sing A New Song
Drawing 2
5.5″ x 8.5″

Pen and Ink

Sing A New Song
Drawing
5.5″ x 8.5″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Work In Progress Part 3

I didn’t like the magenta sphere so I painted over it.  Then I applied clear gesso to the entire piece.  I am not sure what my next step will be.  Considering my options.  What do you think?

Step 3:

Abstract Painting

Work in Progress Step 3 22″ x 28″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas ©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Step 2:

Abstract Painting

Work in Progress
acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
September 10, 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

Here is what it looked like after worship on  9/10/17.

https://suzanhugheskennedyart.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/wip-sep-10-2017/

Abstract Painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
September 10, 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

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Ornaments for a Friend

Sometimes I make a promise meaning full well to keep it and in a timely manner.  Life happens or I even have to teach myself a skill in order to create the item I have promised to create.  These ornaments are a little of all the above.  In January’s challenge, I began creating small mixed media images and/or ornaments.  They were fun and I loved talking about them.  A good friend requested one but she had an idea of what she wanted.  Needless to say that ornament did not make it into fruition.  However, to make up for this, I created the following three ornaments seen below.

I used acrylic wood sealer, acrylic artist paints, some pen and ink technique with a dash of the painterly here and there.  To be perfectly honest, these three ornaments took up as much time as an 11″ x 14″ painting.  Whew!

Also, these may be small but there are 3 of them front and back so I’m counting them for 6 days of the challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Jerusalem: Destination Berlin

Today I am sharing an event which happened over a period of time, April through July.  It still puts a happy face on this artist.  Enjoy!

New Jerusalem a mixed media and acrylic painting.

New Jerusalem
Mixed Media on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, framed
28″ x 22″
Sold
Prints Available

Imagine my amazement to receive an email from what I think we would call a youth director of the archdiocese of Berlin to use my image ”New Jerusalem” at a youth conference to be held near the Baltic Sea in July. I was happily stunned. First, they found me on my small online presence through my blog. Secondly, it was truly an honor. I still feel as if my image went on a mission trip when I could not.How I would love to have been there.

This really gave me some needed encouragement at one of my low times. You know, when you ask God, What in the world am I supposed to be doing?

Photo of Banner being unfolfded

New Jerusalem
Banner Arrival

Thank you, God. Thank you, Marcel.

Photo of Youth Event

New Jerusalem
Banner On Stage

“Through art the Lord can bring people around the globe together. “- Marcel Hoyer.

I agree Marcel.

New Jerusalem SHK

1st Email Info

(https://www.facebook.com/bjt.erzbistumberlin/)

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Work In Progress Part 2

Yesterday was such a peaceful painterly day.  Look at what I accomplished:

Abstract Painting

Work in Progress
acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
September 10, 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

I’m not sure that it speaks to the inspiration of creation but it is developing a life of its own.  I really don’t like the magenta form on middle left and I don’t like the marble like quality of some of the spherical shapes.  I don’t want them to start looking like eyeballs.  If I take out the magenta shape, it leaves the dreaded even number of forms.  Tell me what you think?

Here is what it looked like after worship on  9/10/17.

https://suzanhugheskennedyart.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/wip-sep-10-2017/

Abstract Painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
September 10, 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

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WIP – Sep 10, 2017

First time I was so blessed to paint during worship Sunday, September 10, 2017.  I wasn’t sure what to paint.  I took an unfinished worship painting with the intention of adding a new layer to it.  It isn’t finished but here it is:

Abstract Painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
September 10, 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

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Gift Tags 4

Pen and Ink

Gift Tags 4
Pen and Ink
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Friday was a pedi day for Mom and Me with a mani for Mom.  Saturday she got to have her hair colored and styled.  Yea!  nothing lifts a woman’s spirits like some pampering.  We color code her days with pink being a GOOD day.  Definitely had 2 very pink days.

I am painting today at Emmanuel Fellowship Church.  Another yea!  Happy but feeling a little rusty.  I will be painting over an unfinished piece.  Should be interesting.

More gift tags to fill in the gap.

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Gift Tags 3

Pen and Ink

Texas 2 Gift Tags
Pen and Ink
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

We went and had pedicures to celebrate Mom’s new found freedom.  More gift tags to share with you.  Looks like I may be ready for Christmas this year.

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Gift Tags 2

Gift Tags Pen and Ink

Gift Tags
Pen and Ink
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Woo Hoo!  Mom was released from Home Health today!  We cannot thank everyone at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital for the excellent care we have received delivered with compassion and understanding.  Next week she is off to outpatient therapy.

More gift tags to fill in the gap.

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Gift Tags 1

Gift Tags Pen and Ink

Gift Tags
Pen and Ink

Off to the doctor in Abilene for Mom yesterday.  I have been doing these in the evening while the family watches a movie.  I am learning a lot about outlining and using the ink pens.

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Trumpet Improv: Psalm 98:4-6

Sketch of a girl blowing a trumpet

Praise Improv
5″ x 8″
Mixed Media Sketch
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

At a Gathering of the Artists in North Carolina several years ago, I met a wonderful artist, musician, and teacher.  During worship, he would play original divinely inspired music.  It was actually heavenly.

This sketch began as an ink drawing preparing for Trumpet praise in a Canson Mix Media XL Sketchbook for Acrylic, Watercolor, pen and pencil.  Today which is actually the 5th (I am using it for my 4th day of the challenge hoping I will somehow catch up), I finished the color part of the sketch.

Girl Blowing Trumpet Drawing

Trumpet Praise
Colored Pencil on Paper
©Suzan Hughes=Kennedy

I actually read another artists use of inktense blocks and thought, “I have those”.  I began with Prismacolor colored pencils on the gown and flesh of the girl.  Then I used metallic gel pens on the trumpet.  I played with the medium as I had seen Rebekah Jones demonstrate with another product grinding the inktense block on my glass palette so that a few granules would be distributed on the glass.  I spritzed water on the glass and used soft washes to put the blue background around the figure.  I took more colors and went over the colored pencil.  The hair was finished with several colors and a fine liner brush.

Pretty cool I think.  Learned quite a bit with this one.

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Rebekah Jones Bible Art Journaling Challenge

 

 

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Shout Praise: Psalm 98:4-6

Girl Blowing Trumpet Drawing

Trumpet Praise
Colored Pencil on Paper
©Suzan Hughes=Kennedy

I recently purchased a NKJV Journal the Word Bible published by Thomas Nelson.  Having heard so much about Bible journaling, I thought I would give it a try.  I have nothing but admiration for other artists in this medium because working on such thin paper is a challenge.  I must be really rough on my materials.

First I tried some water-based inks but even controlling the water with a q-tip, the paper started wrinkling quickly.  I finished with Prismacolor pencils.  Bible journaling reminds me a lot of altered books. Altered books are fun and can have a theme or a purpose.  Usually, I chose a sturdy book with sturdy pages to work with.  This Bible definitely would not fit in this category.

However, Bible journaling does have a definite spiritual affect on me.  I am constantly reading the words as I am drawing and coloring.  It is a form of prayer for me.  Even though I like using my sketchbook better, I think I will still do some time illustrating my reading in this Bible.

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Already September?

It is hard to believe it is already August and add 2017 to it, and well, where has the time gone?  Life in my kitchen studio has certainly had its ups and downs this summer.  Most evident is my lack of new posts.  Newsletter and press releases also still setting on the shelf.

So you may wonder, what in the world have I been doing?

My Mom has come to stay with my husband, John, and myself.  We have been rearranging our home to make it easier for her and her walker.  She fell in July and was very ill from a concussion and an intestinal disorder.  Several weeks of wonderful nurses, home health, a fantastic physical therapist and she is moving about very well.  One more week and we will be going to physical therapy at the hospital.  She is very glad to be out of the house – cabin fever has begun to set in.

What has this meant for me and my art?  I am having to move everything  to new places around my house and a storage room.  I am probably going to have to work a little smaller except when I paint at church.  I have been doing a lot of pen and ink, watercolor pencils, and markers.  I hope to get back to collages and painting very soon.

This brings me to  the 30 N 30 Challenge.  Yes I accepted it.  Although, I know I will not be able to paint every day, I do want to get back on track so I think this Challenge may mean posting my progress in that direction.

So Day one – which was actually yesterday- involved picking up 2 pieces of artwork from the Raw 1899 Gallery in San Angelo.  It was an exciting time for me to have my work shown in a real gallery for the first time with other professional artists.  I have wanted to blog about that experience.  Perhaps tomorrow.

Here are the pieces that were on display:

Abrstract art in Purple and yellow

Overflow
22″x28″
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Framed
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Abstract Painting Sun Shower

Sun Shower
28″ x 22″
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Framed
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

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The Thin Red Line

red white blue abstract painting

The Thin Red Line 22″ x 28 ” Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas ©2017Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

During my time as worship artist in June (Father’s Day), I played with application of the paint.  I premixed my blues and several shades of red.  Beginning with the light blue at the top, I applied more blues liberally as I moved from top to bottom.  I sprayed the paint with water using a downward motion trying to guide the droplets of water as I continued adding more paint.  Shades of red were added with copper towards the end of the painting in both services.  I didn’t have to do much tweaking once it was home.

Even though it was Father’s Day, I was thinking of the many sacrifices made for our freedom.  This includes Jesus’ sacrifice for us.  The red stands for those sacrifices and how fragile our freedom is in this world. It provides the barrier between us and evil.  How easy it is to forget and take this gift for granted.  I thank God for all those who sacrificed so much for me to have the life I have today.  I especially thank Him for His Son, Jesus, who has both saved my soul and healed me.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Sun Shower Wins 3rd

Abstract painting

Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 22×28

Sun Shower wins 3rd at the Scurry County Museum’s Middle of Nowhere Art Show today. 

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Western Landscapes

Landscape of West Texas at Sunset

Western Sunset II ©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 9″ x 12″

West Texas Sunset Painting

Western Sunset II ©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 9″ x 12″

Two examples for this Wednesday’s class at the Scurry County Senior Center in Snyder, Texas.   Hours are 9:30-2 with a break for lunch.

I had fun designing this project. Supplies are purchased and we are ready to paint.

For more information please contact the center  at 325-573-4035.

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