Time Out for Art – A blending of styles!

I love the “The Kiss” by  Gustav Klimt. (A very well known piece of art). I also like “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh (another well know piece of art), so I decided to blend, (somewhat) the two styles in my rendering below. And of course there’s a bit of my own style in there too.

(Credit to Wikipedia for prints of each painting)

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I call my rendering Love. I was fascinated by the gold coloring and romantic symbolism of Klimt and equally fascinated by the mesmerizing swirls and hues of colors of Van Gogh,  The result below!

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First I drew the figures and swirls in pencil and then sketched over the drawing with different colors of Ink. Darkening the background between the swirls. The colors are more vivid in the actual sketch and the gold sparkles in the light, which was an interesting effect for me to try!

All in all, it was great fun playing with the colors. I also enjoyed placing the two, slightly surreal lovers in a very affectionate and loving pose!

I hope you enjoyed too!

Today it’s Thursday which means it’s “Time out for Art” over at Zeebra DeSigns & Destinations be sure and check out Lisa’s Lesson for the day. A wonderfully entertaining post, moving and inspirational as well!

Thanks for stopping by, Have an excellent day today!

~ Penny

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Time Out for Art ~ Curiosity and little girls

Curious by Penny L Howe, 2013

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There was a little girl who just had to know,
about every little thing, everywhere she’d go!
Girls need to understand things
the Why, the How, the Who,
little girls are curious – it’s just what we do!
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Growing up to be mysterious
or so it seems to men.
The truth is we stay curious,
the What, the Where, the When!
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living life and loving
the things we do the best,
Well, and staying curious
for knowledge is our quest!
My case I therefore rest!
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“Go Girls!”

~ Penny L Howe, 2013

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Today is Thursday so it’s Time Out for Art over at Zebra Designs and Destinations! I drew a curious little girl and wrote a poem to go with it! I hope you enjoy, thank you!

~ Penny

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My trip to Mars!

A SHARED MEMORY FROM MY PAST: When I was in the 8th grade I was shy but friendly with my fellow 8th graders. I lived in the country. So the size of the classes were relatively small. About 20 students. But I loved to write stories.

So one day I began to write a science fiction (yes I loved it even back then) story about a flying saucer landing in the play area of the school grounds. They (the aliens) were here for the purpose of choosing which students would go with them back to their planet to learn about life on another world.

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A friend sitting to my left asked to read the first few pages and then the boy sitting next to her asked to read them and so on until the story circulated from desk to desk. Every day I added new written pages. Naturally many of the students were characters in the story, so we were all having great fun with this, until the day I looked up to see the principal (Mr. Dunbar – his actual name) standing next to my desk with his hand out (I guess word had gotten out).

I handed him (very nervously, he was always so stern appearing) the latest few pages. He stood there reading them and then said “You know Penny it isn’t fair not to share this story with everyone”. So he told my teacher she should let me, everyday, stand in front of the class (OH NO, remember I was shy and very self conscious about my speaking voice!) and read the latest installment. Which I nervously did. To the cheers of the whole class, and my embarrassment.

Penny L HoweYes the fiction had a happy ending. A few of the students “of course I was one” were chosen and went to live on Mars! Yes at that time it was definitely the “Go To” place, in outer space. My Title of this fantasy, very uninspiring … “My Trip to Mars“!

As I reflect on this story today, I think to myself how much like blogging this experience was, where we write and then interactively share our written words with others. Who knew I’d be sharing my stories with others around the planet when I grew up … Not Mars perhaps, but ever so cool. Blogging and bloggers, yes indeed! And no principal peering over my shoulder either!

Thanks for your time to visit me today, Have a great day!

~ Penny

Loving ~

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… is simply

who

you are,

when

you are,

who

you want

to

be!

~ Penny

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Thank you to all my loving blogging friends,

there are a bunch of you out there and I appreciate

every single one of you!

For the Love of Art – A Sketch

My friend Lisa, at ZEEBRA DESIGNS & DESTINATIONS (& PLAYAMART!) (an excellent artist) invited myself along with others, to sketch images in pencil and then post them on Thursdays. For those of you who love to draw, today is a good day to join in the fun. Just be sure and let Lisa know so we can all come to view your pencil drawing.

I decided to sketch a dandelion with a bee on it, tucked in the corner of the yard. He posed long enough on the yellow flower while I quickly sketched in the outlines and then flew off. While I did get the basic outline and shading done, unfortunately I did not complete it in time for today’s post. So instead …

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Adam Hurst by Penny L Howe

Adam with Gypsy Cello – a sketch

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I am showing a sketch I did some time back of one of my favorite musicians Adam Hurst, with his Gypsy Cello (Hand made by him btw – one of a kind). This is an informal sketch rather than a portrait as I only had his videos to work from, however Adam liked it, so that’s something. And it was fun to draw!

~ Penny

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Love and a piece of my Artistic life…

Self Portrait!

One year after my mother complained that she had no photos of me (prior to blogging I had photo phobia – big time, almost no one had a photograph of me – true story!), anyway I decided to surprise her with a handmade birthday card with a self-portrait sketch of myself (Something I had never attempted to do before.)

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This is the rendering and the inside of the card, just so you know I was 39 years old when I drew this. I have the card now as one of the several momento’s from memories during my mom’s life. I do remember her reaction when she received the card. It made my struggles with sketching myself very worthwhile.

I was running a marketing/advertising business and raising children as a single parent at that time so she knew time was a precious commodity – as it is for all of us each day. Just so you know – it was well worth the time, a moment I still cherish to this day.

When you give completely of yourself to those you love, the love your receive in return is precious beyond belief!

Always!

~ Penny

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