Eclectic is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as "including things taken from many different sources," which may include methods or styles. M-W might as well have included a photograph of me next to the entry, because I love delving into different subjects, trying different kinds of food, wearing different styles of clothing, and the list goes on. This doesn't mean I like everything, because I can definitely be opinionated and have high standards, but I'm not afraid of trying new things. As many of you have noted, my artwork reflects this eclectic sense of style. With that being said, I present to you an eclectic trio of drawings and a photograph.
|Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - August
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3 - Stencils w/Modeling Paste
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - In the Family
The tag above was inspired by the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - August, as well as by a photograph of my paternal grandfather. In my design, I followed Tim's technique suggestions regarding the tissue tape, stamping, paste stenciling, staining, distressing, labeling, metal embellishment alterations, embossing powder distressing, etcetera. However, I sketched my grandfather's portrait using micron pens, did some hand lettering, used hand stitching, chose different embellishments, personalized my sentiment, came up with my own layout variation, and used a swivel clasp for my tag's topper.
|Lynn's Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens - Cups & Mugs
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday 105
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #103
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 23 Year 4
The page in my 3.5"x5" journal above was inspired by a whimsical coffee mug by "Fonda for Recycled Paper Products" that my wife gave me when we were dating over 20 years ago. I love the sweet pun, "Juan in a million," which reflects the way she feels about me. We have some fine china these days, but this is still one of my favorite mugs. Anyway, I used micron pens to sketch the mug and then used watercolored pencils to color it. Then, I used a watercolor brush to dissolve the pigment in the cup. However, I decided to use only the dry application on the table and background, because I liked the texture.
|Piarom's Mix It Monthly - Crazy Dresses
Dion Dior's Friday Sketches #23
Denise Roger, & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - E is for Elegant Evening Ensemble
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #271
Feline Art Friday #9
My original fashion design and illustration above was inspired by Piarom's challenge, "Crazy Dress." It is an evening ensemble composed of a silk satin corset and pencil pants, paired with a long brocade coat. I felt the pointy shoulder sleeves and wind-blown hair look gave it the crazy dress feel I was going for. I used Piarom's suggested color scheme in the lining of the coat, as well as in the faux logo. I started the illustration by doing a light sketch in pencil, and then used Sharpie markers to finish my design.
|Ramona's Inspire Me Monday Week 136
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #145
Jenn's In The Studio
To close my eclectic artistic journey, I have a photograph I took of some of my daughters' packing during the week, as they got ready to leave to Texas A&M University for the Fall semester. They left on Friday, and my wife and I noticed that even our two female dogs appear to miss them. Although we are extremely proud of them, we now officially have an empty nest - sniff! Anyway, I added a blessing from Psalm 42:8, which was featured at Word Art Wednesday a couple of weeks ago. I leave you with a thankful heart for your visit and gracious comments, as well as a Blessing for the week.