Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Micah Carmichael

This week, I'm happy to introduce you to another very talented Enchanted Visions Artist, 

Micah Carmichael


Enchanted Visions Artist Micah Carmichael
Enchanted Visions Artist Micah Carmichael


Who is, "Micah Carmichael"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

Micah is a mother, artist, student, and general jack of all trades. I'm presently re enrolled in college to become an RN , so as you can imagine, my time to produce art has sadly been reduced.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

 I heard about Enchanted visions when I first started joining fantasy art groups on Facebook. I decided to join because i loved the work and really admired some of the other artists who have their artwork on display. I consider it an honor to have my artwork posted amongst theirs.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.


A Dark Undercurrent by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael
A Dark Undercurrent by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael

A Dark Undercurrent- This piece is a fairy, of course, that has a sweet face, but an empty look to her eyes. i like to think she has secrets, as we all do, however, her secrets, may be darker than most.


Circe by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael
Circe by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael

Circe- Very enchanting and alluring. I tried to convey that look by her pose and the flow of her hair. I try to leave most of these things open for interpretation because I often like to hear what messages others receive from my artwork.


Lady of The Forest by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael
Lady of The Forest by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael

Lady of the forest- I gave her a more modern look. She has a delicate look to her but, the piercing kinda gives her an edge. She is surrounded by leaves and is in her element where she feels most at home.

EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

I do not sell my artwork on that site, however I probably should. I just have not gotten the opportunity to do so, but I will in the future.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

The only challenge I face is the deadline. I rarely seem to make them. For me it is about the anticipation of the next theme and seeing what others create. I prefer to take my time and work through past themes. In that way I don't feel pressured to create or force myself into a piece I do not really connect with.

Is your art hanging or displayed in your home.  If so, where and how?  If not, why not?  What type of art (besides your own) hangs on your walls?

I have my artwork hanging in my living room as well as pieces from Maria Gonzales and even art prints from Amy Brown. I tend to hang Asian inspired artwork as well as owls, and fantasy.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

My art space is presently in the living room as I gave the den to my youngest for her room. I utilize a desk, computer, ipad , reference books and natural light. Its rather messy right now as it doubles for an area to do my homework in.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

1.   funny
2.   quirky
3.   creative
4.   resilient
5.   intuitive
6.   smart
7.   tolerant
8.   empathetic
9.   dreamer
10. believer

Thank you so much Micah for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Micah's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Micah's art, you can find her at the following links:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Loose Journal Page

This is a loose art journal page, because I wanted to do something a little larger than my journal allows.  I've been doing quite a few small pieces lately and I wanted to stretch.  I reached for a 9 x12 piece of mixed media paper.

I didn't know what I was going to do, except that I wanted to do a face, and also to use some of my under papers.

A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge Close up 3


I worked with gesso, gel medium, Faber Castell Gel Sticks, white acrylic and black ink, along with the collaged papers, which honestly, you really can't see too well now.


A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge Close up 2


The little bird was an afterthought and was cut from the under papers, along with the houses and the stripes on her dress.


A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge Close up1


I painted over the background more than once and added little doodles, because it needed something, but I wasn't sure what.


A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge
A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge





Saturday, October 11, 2014

Creating With Crudoodles - Carling The Little Witch

I had so much fun working with my free Crudoodle Digital Stamp, Little BooDoo last Saturday, that I thought I'd do it again today.  This week I used my Carling The Little Witch.


Creating with Crudoodles Free Digital Stamps - Carling The Little Witch


I did another mixed media piece, using Faber Castell gel sticks, colored pencils, gel medium, collaged papers, washi tape and Pitt artist pens.


Who Was She by Tori Beveridge
Who Was She by Tori Beveridge 

If you would like to use Carling The Little Witch to create with, you can find and download her on her original post HERE


I know so many of you could make her look simply adorable, with your wonderful coloring and beautiful artistic skills.  If you do make anything with Carling The Little Witch, be sure to let me know and I'll feature what you made.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Mayumi Ogihara

It's my favorite morning of the week, Friday morning.

Why are Friday mornings my favorite?  Why, because, I get to introduce you to another talented Enchanted Visions Artist.  I enjoy interviewing them and rereading the interviews and I love seeing the gorgeous art they make.

Today it's my pleasure to introduce you to the lovely 

Mayumi Ogihara


Enchanted Visions Artist Mayumi Ogihara
Enchanted Visions Artist Mayumi Ogihara

Who is, “Mayumi Ogihara"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a self-taught pencil artist. Born in Japan and moved to Canada 24 years ago. I live in Duncan, BC (Vancouver Island) - we’re surrounded by lakes, rivers, ocean, mountains and forest! - with my husband of 21 years and two sons who are 19 and 15 years old. Art has always been a part of my life as I grew up in an artistic family, and I’ve always enjoyed all sorts of arts and crafts. I started drawing seriously 5 years ago after I joined DeviantArt. That’s also when I decided to follow my heart and draw what I enjoy the most - the world of fantasy.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

I can’t say for sure, but I think I talked with a few EV members on DeviantArt about how it is interesting to create art for monthly themes. I wanted to become a member because I thought it would be challenging but also inspiring.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.


Spirited Away by Enchanted Visions Artist Mayumi Ogihara
Spirited Away by Enchanted Visions Artist Mayumi Ogihara

Spirited Away.  This is my first piece I created for EV. The Japanese word for Spirited Away is Kamikakushi which means “hidden by God”. For this theme I drew a woman who is trapped in between this world and another world, wandering in a place where it is so close yet far away from the reality. By drawing a part of her transparent I tried to depict uncertainty, fragility, and her feeling of lost.


Dreaming on Aquamaring Tides by Enchanted Visions Artist Mayumi Ogihara
Dreaming on Aquamaring Tides by Enchanted Visions Artist Mayumi Ogihara

Dreaming on Aquamarine Tides.  I’m not a good swimmer but I love the feeling of calm and tranquility of being underwater. If I were a mermaid, I would float and dream of dreams… just like this merman. I hope the viewer would feel peacefulness from this drawing as well.


Elegance for the theme In Between by Enchanted Visions Artist Mayumi Ogihara
Elegance for the theme In Between by Enchanted Visions Artist Mayumi Ogihara

For this theme, In Between, I decided to draw a piece that contains only black, white, and shades in between. It was inspired by classic Hollywood portraits which showcase the beautiful depth of grey scale. I wanted to challenge myself to create a drawing that requires a good use of value changes.


EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

Yes, do. I offer both originals and prints.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

I think it’s inspiring, but I never found it’s hindering. It’s very fascinating to see what each artists create for the same theme. It helps me to open my mind as well as my imagination to grow.

Is your art hanging or displayed in your home.  If so, where and how?  If not, why not?  What type of art (besides your own) hangs on your walls?

I have “Through Innocent Eyes” (and a few other drawings) in my living room so I can see them all the time. This piece was inspired by Sarah McLachlan's amazing song "Ordinary Miracle”. The world is full of wondrous things through children's eyes, and they are right here around us, but many adults take them for granted because our lives are often too busy to take a moment to enjoy them. As an artist it’s very important to have ‘innocent eyes’ to see the wonder and let your heart flutter with joy from the beauty of them. This drawing is there to say that I still see magic and miracle, and that’s why I am a fantasy artist.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

I have a small drawing desk in my living room. Graphite pencil artists don’t require much space since we only need a pencil, paper, and an eraser, but sometimes I feel I need a little too space now that I started to use coloured pencils, pastels, and some acrylic paints. Hope I can make some changes to improve it in the future.


"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

Creative, perfectionist, clumsy, short (151cm since I was in grade 8), thoughtful, happy, emotional, stubborn, introverted, patient.

Thank you so much Mayumi for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Mayumi's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Mayumi's art, you can find her at the following links:



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Art Journaling - Observations

Hi my friends.

It has felt so strange not to be posting every day.  I did force myself to take a short break from the blog.  I felt I needed it after the intensity of the thirty paintings and postings in September.

I've been focusing more on my art journal over the past few days and most of what I have done has been just for me and not to share with the world.

Observations Journal Page by Tori Beveridge CU1
Observations Journal Page by Tori Beveridge CU1
 
One of the things I had been wanting to do was to follow along with Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio in her Art Journal Wisdom.  I really loved Day 3, 'Get It Out, Get It Down', which you can find HERE.  I really enjoyed this mini workshop.  I watched the videos and followed her suggestions.


Observations Journal Page by Tori Beveridge CU2
Observations Journal Page by Tori Beveridge CU2

I am not the best at writing things down in a journal, mostly because, well, I don't want anyone reading my private thoughts.  Her suggestion to rip up what you write down and use it collaged into the background to paint over, to me seemed to be the perfect solution to my phobia against writing 'stuff' down.  Wow.  It worked.  As I wrote, more thoughts came out and I actually found answers and observations about why I don't write things down and wrote them down!  As Connie suggested, I tore it all up, and using gel medium, collaged the pieces into the journal and then started to paint.


Observations Journal Page by Tori Beveridge CU3
Observations Journal Page by Tori Beveridge CU3

As you can see in the close up details, some of the writing peeks through the background.  My favorite part is the word, journaling, which you can just make out on the girl's forehead.  That was a happy surprise I found when I was finished.


Observations Journal Page by Tori Beveridge
Observations Journal Page by Tori Beveridge

I was very proud of myself with this journal page, not because it is a great and beautiful work of art, a few weeks ago the old me would have gessoed over this face and all the green (my vision when I started was blues) and repainted it to make it "pretty".  I've realized that making art pretty just because I think it will appeal more to other people is not being true to myself, or what I am feeling or to my reason for having an art journal to begin with.


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