Monday, October 28, 2013

Two Urns

Two Urns


These two urns sit in my sisters garden.


Two Urns


I've spent many glorious hours sketching and photographing her garden as it has gone from a late winter scene to a late spring picture of glory.


Two Urns


I now have so many memories of peaceful moments spent marveling in the colors, listening to the birds, and feeling the warm sun on my face as I sketched scene after scene at "Fig Tree Cottage".


Two Urns

This was a very quick study of the two urns resting in one of the garden beds.  

Thanks for checking in. xx









Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lemon Tree Very Pretty

Lemons


This weekend was our local "Garden Trail Walk", and many beautiful gardens were open to the public.  My sisters garden was amongst them.



Lemons


I've watched her and our mother labor away in her garden for months now, delicately planting, weeding, and pruning. 



Lemons


She has a wonderful garden, filled with surprises.  Art scenes, sculptures, twists and turns all over the place, and at it's center, a one hundred year old fig tree, huge and glorious.  

In the back corner she has a mini orchard, a series of fruit trees, each one being different.



Lemons


Of course, in late spring, her lemon tree was in it's full glory.  In fact, my mother and my daughter spent many joyful hours making lemonade to sell at the event.  To everyone's surprise, their little enterprise made over $200, all of which will be donated to the local elementary school.



Lemons


There were hundreds of people filing through her garden all afternoon, and it was such a joy to see her labor of love so vastly appreciated.



Lemons


(This sketchbook page is a simple watercolor and ink sketch of her lemon tree, done in Sennelier Watercolors in my Stillman & Birn "Zeta" Series Sketchbook.)

Thanks for checking in. xx



Monday, October 21, 2013

Twinkling Wasp

Twinkling Wasp


This week sees me crammed into a corner of our bedroom, studio lights burning, two camera, and a palette full of Twinkling h2O's.



Twinkling Wasp


I'm in full swing filming for Mastering Twinks Part 2.  This is the second class in the Mastering Twinks series and is scheduled to go live on February 20th, 2014. 

It's no mean feat trying to set up an effective film studio in a tiny corner of our bedroom, but it's testimony to the fact that if you love something, don't let circumstances hold you back from pursuing your dream.


Twinkling Wasp


Mastering Twinks Part 2 takes the twinkling journey to a whole new level.  The techniques, processes, exercises and projects will have participants exploring this beautiful luminescent medium in ways they never dreamed of, as well as have them drawing and painting in ways they never thought they could.


Twinkling Wasp


I'm so excited about how this class is evolving and I'm equally energized by the current crop of Twinkling warriors working their way through Part 1 right now. 

It's such a blessing and an honor to be guiding such a courageous, talented, and colorful group of artists. 


Twinkling Wasp



Registration for both of these classes is open, if you think you'd like to join me on this amazing shimmering journey into luminescent watercolor, then please click here for more information.

Thanks for checking in xx







Friday, October 18, 2013

Tulip and Dew Drops

Wet Tulip


Enjoying the last pages of my "Zeta" Series Sketchbook by Stillman & Birn, using watercolor and attempting realism.


Wet Tulip


I've been practicing water droplets and it seems to me that they look more like blemishes than dew drops.


Wet Tulip


I guess I need a bit more practice. 


Wet Tulip

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for checking in. xx

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Twinkling Pear

Twinkling Pear


"Mastering Twinkling h2O's" starts tomorrow and I love it when it comes time to guide this beautiful online workshop . To get myself in the 'Twinkling Zone', I pull out my Twinks and get glimmer and shimmer under my fingernails.


Twinkling Pear

When I'm focused on a medium and not necessarily on a subject, I take the opportunity to explore the work of other artists using my own flavors.  One of my great sources of inspiration is design websites, photography & illustrations sites, and of course Pinterset.

Twinkling Pear


Trying to recreate the style or process of another artists is a great way to learn and stretch your own creative boundaries, provided you credit the original artist.  I rarely get the time to explore lots of blogs and play around with styles and techniques that are not necessarily my own, but when I do I have so much fun. 


Twinkling Pear


My interpretations of other artists are not verbatim, they can't be, I'm too far gone down my own artistic journey to let go of all that makes up my own art. But I find that there are little things about the work of others that I love and I sometimes try to incorporate into my own art.


Twinkling Pear


This pear was inspired by the gorgeous art and illustrations of Christina Drejenstam.  I love the way Christina uses bold simple lines and bright fluid statement colors in her illustrations.  My version of this pear was done in Twinkling h2O's and ink in my Stillman & Birn "Zeta" Series Sketchbook.  

Happy creating everyone, and thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, October 14, 2013

Twinkling Fun About To Begin

Coffee Time


In a couple of days I plunge into a pool of sparkle, shimmer, and shine once more.

  Mastering Twinkling h2O's - Part 1 begins it's autumn run and I'm so excited to be teaching this fantastic online class once again.

Mastering Twinkling h2O's is all about a glittering journey through the world of luminescent watercolor techniques.  We play with Luminarte's glorious Twinkling h2O's while learning about such things as basic techniques in drawing, color, expression, and brush work.


Coffee Time


You'll create some beautiful shimmering art and art journal pages that will leave you breathless. 

Unlike other classes, I only offer this one twice a year, so if you think this twinkling journey may be for you, then please come join me.

When you sign up, you get access to all the videos and materials for a full year, and as a bonus, all registered participants get a 15% off discount on any Luminarte products.

Coffee Time


Mastering Twinkling h2O's Part 1 starts on October 17th and places are limited, so if you've been thinking about signing up, or want to learn to make the most of your little pots of shimmer and sparkle, then now is your chance.


Thanks for checking in. xx

Friday, October 11, 2013

A Birthday Cupcake

Jay's Cupcake


This weekend is my wonderful husband's birthday.


Jay's Cupcake


We'll be celebrating in a simple way.  My husband likes to get out in nature and do some hiking, so we plan on exploring the Great Ocean Road and the Otway Ranges in Victoria.


Jay's Cupcake


We may even venture to stay in a hotel if Thomas is having a good day.


Jay's Cupcake


Either way, it will be a simple and fun celebration.



Jay's Cupcake


Happy birthday my wonderful JJ.

Thanks for checking in.  xx























Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Giveaway Winners




I've got winners of two giveaways to announce today:




The three winners of my "Mastering Twinkling h2O's" online workshop giveaway are:

Lisa Rice
Andrea Hawkes
Marguerite Meara

Congratulations.  
Please email (diondior at yahoo dot com) to confirm your place in Mastering Twinks Part 2.



Each of these people have won a place in "Mastering Twinks Part 2" which begins on February 20th, 2014.  

In the meantime, these ladies will be busy working their way through "Mastering Twinks Part 1" which begins on October 17.  

Registration is now open, but places are limited, so if you are interested in joining the twinkling, shimmering fun, or any of my current online workshops, then please click here for more information.




The winner of s set of Jane Girls Petite Series Stencils is:

 "Wow what you created with the stencils are breath taking! My issue is that I cannot draw. I have a hard time with it and am very critical. Faces, bodies, plants, trees, animals etc. I always need a stamp. I practice but feel like I have not improved and get frustrated. When I look at your work it inspires me to continue trying. Have a fantastic creative day!! Thanks for this opportunity."

Congratulations Carla please email me to claim your prize (diondior at yahoo dot com).  These stencils are wonderful fun.


Thank you to everyone who entered.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, October 7, 2013

Water-Soluble

Orange Tulip


Water-soluble mediums are my favorite.  I'm not sure exactly why, perhaps it's the delicacy of them, or the way they morph and change with water.


Orange Tulip


Sometimes when I am void of energy and don't have the capacity to get out my paints, I like to grab my little tin of Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Wax Pastels and just scribble in my art journal.  These pastels are a favorite of mine.  I love the density and opacity of the color and the excitement of color as they melt with water.


Orange Tulip


I love being able to run the stick over my page and let the colors just bounce around, then I love to push them and agitate them with water to see different blending patterns and colors emerge. 


Orange Tulip


Drawing simple subjects like tulips is a wonderful way to experiment with color and vibrancy.  Mixing colors directly on the page, both wet and dry is great practice.


Orange Tulip


This tulip was done in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook.  It is beautiful white smooth paper, perfect for simple layers and light washes.  I use it a lot for sketching and drawing.


Orange Tulip


I am in the process of building my "Wet Pastel Workshop" online class, but due to my current transition from the USA to Australia, it's one of the many projects that has been put on hold for now.  Nonetheless, I am excited about it's progress and hope to have it up and running some time next year, so stay tuned.


Orange Tulip


Thanks for checking in.  xx


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Jane Girls Petite Series Stencils Blog Hop & Giveaway


We all have subjects we love to draw, for me is nature, things like flowers, bugs, & butterflies. But that doesn't mean I don't like to draw other subjects too, it's just that a garden flows off my brush more intuitively than a face. 


However, sometimes I have a strong desire to include 'people' in my work and I've had a particular fascination with faces over the past year.  Unfortunately they don't come as naturally to me as I would like so I find myself turning the page in my art journal rather quickly.  I usually struggle with proportion, form and structure.


So earlier this year I took an online class with the very talented Jane Davenport called "Supplies Me" and I loved it.  I was especially interested to see how Jane works with multi-media, but the serendipity was her amazing ability to draw faces.  And what's more is that Jane is a wonderful teacher and is happy to share many of her secrets to creating beautiful faces, expressions, and emotions. I learned a lot from Jane and her expert tuition and endearing style helped me take a new step in my art and illustration...one I am continuing to explore. 



But like all subjects, faces have many elements, plus they take practice.  So I was thrilled when Jane invited me to try out her new line of Jane Girls Petite Series stencils she created with Artistcellar. Playing with these stencils meant that I was able to get the basic form and outline of the face onto my page and focus on giving it life and expression though my own style and creativity.





 There are so many ways to use these stencils and I was amazed how each face emerged unexpectedly as I put pen to paper.  I've had a wonderful time this week creating journal pages, and so did my 7yo.  She LOVED being able to use the stencil to draw the shape of a face, then put in all her own details and colors.  




If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that I love watercolor, and I especially love shimmering, twinkling watercolors.  One of my favorite mediums is Twinkling h2O's by Luminarte, so it stood to reason that I would couple these beautiful stenciled faces, with my own twinkling halos of flowers.




 

I painted my flowers in Twinkling h2O's, and the faces in Pan Pastel and colored pencil. The combination of glittery and bright flowers against the muted soft faces is just beautiful. 


If you love shimmery, sparkly, luminous watercolors, then you might also be interested in my upcoming online class "Mastering Twinkling h2O's" which begins on October 17th. 


There are four petite stencils in this line. They are simple and elegant illustrations done by Jane that enable anyone to create a face of beauty, and I'm giving away a full set.  


If you would like to win these four stencils, please leave me a comment below telling me what subjects are most challenging for you to sketch.  I'll be drawing a winner next week.



Here are the other lovely artists in the Blog Hop! Be sure to check out what they've done with the Jane Girls Petite Series stencils.

Artistcellar (www.artistcellar.com/wp)
Jill K. Berry (http://jillberrydesign.com/blog)
Dawn DeVries Sokol  (http://www.dawndsokol.com)
Joanne Sharpe (http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com/)
Connie Hozvicka (http://www.dirtyfootprints-studio.com/)
Effy Wild  (www.effywild.com)
Tamara Laporte ( www.willowing.org/blog)
Dion Dior (http://www.diondior.com/<——You Are Here
Courtney Brook (http://ravenscauldron.blogspot.com/)
Kate Palmer (http://www.sparkletart.com/)
Jane Davenport (Jane Davenport)



If you'd like to purchase them, the stencils are available here:


All these pages were done in my Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Sketchbook.  This has extra heavy weight smooth white paper and is perfect for art journaling.

Don't forget to leave your contact details on your comment so I can let you know when you win.
Thanks for checking in xx