Thursday, August 27, 2015

Artist Appreciation Month

This month is Artist Appreciation Month!  Did you know?  I wasn't aware of it until recently, when I learned of if through another artist, Patience Brewster.

If you have followed my blog for more than a year, you'll know that one thing that I enjoy doing is introducing you to other artists.  Seeing as this is THE month to celebrate artists, I have to share with you the artists who are delighting, inspiring and influencing me right now.

I know when most people talk about being inspired by artists, they talk about techniques and lighting, but my inspiration right now, comes from other areas. Pure imagination and fantasy is what inspires me right now.  The artists below, are so good at bringing fantasy to life with exquisite attention to detail.

Patience Brewster

I have enjoyed Patience Brewster's work for years, from her beautiful fairies to whimsical animals.  I love her painting style and the imagination that goes into each and every little detail.  I know that you will simply adore her figurine and ornament lines, especially the Christmas Ornaments.   My favorites are her reindeer, and especially, this one.

I highly encourage you to explore her world and get to know Patience and her art. You'll be delighted at everything you see.

You can find and follow Patience at:


Mayumi Ogihara

Mayumi Ogihara is a very talented pencil artist who I met through my participation in Enchanted Visions and EM Sketch Fest.  Her art is amazing.  I particularly love the piece above.  The eyes are so soulful.

I originally published an interview with Mayumi on this blog, back in October of 2014.  You can read it and see more of her art HERE.  You will also find links to her galleries, Facebook, etc. there.


Below is my Artist's Influence Map that I blogged about, back in 2010.  What you see in each of the squares is what and who influenced my art back then.  Today these same artists and things continue to inspire me.  CLICK HERE to read the original post.

The artists whose works I've included in the meme above are:

Josephine Wall  

Again, CLICK HERE to read my original blog post and learn how each artist and each element in every square inspires and influences my art.

Thank you for visiting and reading this post.  I hope you'll enjoy visiting the artists who inspire me and that they will delight and inspire you also.

And... to the artists.. thank you!  You are amazing and you and your art is so appreciated. 

Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wisdom Sparkled

Wisdom Sparkled by Tori Beveridge
Wisdom Sparkled by Tori Beveridge   It reads "and as she breathed wisdom sparkled"

Inspired by a Life Book 2015 lesson by Danielle Donaldson.

Watercolor, acrylic and ink

Friday, August 21, 2015

Keep Moving Forward

Sometimes, like Alice does in Wonderland, 'I give myself very good advice but I very seldom follow it."

So.... let's just say for the past weeks, I've been telling myself I should be blogging, but I haven't been listening to myself.

Life is Like Riding A Bicycle by Tori Beveridge close up #1

After a very intensive stretch of working for Sympatico Studio (which I really did love) creating mountains of promotional digital artwork, I was burnt out!  I had to take a break and regroup and slowly coax the creativity to ignite in me again.

I've been slowly working on my art.  Over the past two weeks, I've started to catch up on all my Life Book 2015 lessons, and have been delightedly playing through Junelle Jacobsen's fabulous Summer Faire workshop.

Life is Like Riding A Bicycle by Tori Beveridge close up #2

One of the things that I have learned/relearned while working through the workshops, is to listen to myself.  I shouldn't be like Alice.  I need to follow my own advice.

So... Hello friends!  I am so happy to see you all.  I'm moving forward, after a bit of a wobble.  It's wonderful to see that now I've begun moving forward it's so much easier to keep on moving.

Life is Like Riding A Bicycle by Tori Beveridge Photo
Life is Like Riding A Bicycle by Tori Beveridge  inspired by a lesson by Junelle Jacobsen  in her Summer Faire Workshop.

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Art - The Beekeeper

Back in February, I did a sketch for 29 Faces.  Last week, when I had little bits of time, I finally painted it.  It's called The Beekeeper.

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Sketch and Painting Details

It's worked in watercolor, acrylic, collage, and ink on 9 X 12 140 lb cold press water color paper.  The actual painting is much softer, more pastel, and contains more yellow tones than this photographed version.  I'm hoping to get a more accurate scanned version.

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Detail 1

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Detail 2

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Detail 3

I would love to have bees and be a beekeeper.  We'll be preparing an area on our homestead for a hive and hopefully next year or the year after, I'll be The Beekeeper.

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015
The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Photo

Saturday, February 7, 2015

29 Faces - Face 2

For my second face, I finally did the first week's lesson of Life Book 2015, Beacon of Light.

Of course it took on a life of it's own and although influenced by Tam's beautiful art, looks so different from the painting in the lesson.  I'll probably end up doing another or others.

Believe in Yourself by Tori Beveridge 2015
Believe in Yourself by Tori Beveridge 2015

Believe in Yourself was done on 9x12 inch 140 lb cold press water color paper with acrylics, Faber-Castel gel sticks, ink, Pitt artist pens, graphite, gesso, collaged papers and stamps, gel medium and Ranger distress inks.

29 faces

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