Meeting Jane Davenport in Seattle

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AUSSIE ON-LINE ART INSTRUCTOR

Jane wins her in person students with a smile and a portfolio of new and exciting Daniel Smith watercolor techniques.

I learned enough valuable information to fill my bucket list for many a year.

 

 

Mariantonietta

Mariantonietta

 

With my painting of Mariantonietta you can see that I learned to draw and paint faces and pile hair high.  I also captured the essence of our historical lady by using napkins collaged in her hair and background. If you look closely you might see the Paris Eiffel Tower and maybe a bicycle with flowers in its basket?

 

 

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I have a deep desire to learn all I can from Jane to pass it on to my 2 year old great granddaughter, Aria Rae.  While I am teaching Aria Rae I would like to share my passion for art with other young people.

 

aria-painting-finalI am always excited when Aria comes to paint with me and I usually learn many helpful art expressions myself.  And some that will be passed on many years after I am gone.

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THE SAN FRAN LADY

raimie-draftMy Turned Face

My first drawing after Jane Davenport’s art techniques on-line ‘Draw Happy’ classes of the turned face. I also checked Elle Magazine for photos of fashion models and portrayed my lady a little bit after one that spoke to me.

 

 

 

shirley-san-franThis is my idea for a painting. I was visiting San Francisco high atop Telegraph Hill with The City in the background and a major tree showing its power, of course, by observing my age and hairdo,  it is obvious that this taken a few years ago.

 

 

I used a stencil of a city for my background effect and then I drafted the tree trunk with overhanging branches. Next I painted the background of entire painting light blue as if the skyline. Then after tracing my lady figure on my canvas, I textured the hedge using Liquitex Matte Gel to depict a row of tightly grown shrubbery as shown in my picture above.

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I traced my figure drawing onto a Fredericks Canvas, I extended the neck of my fashion as I always like long necks on my ladies. I used watercolor paint , as well as mixed-media, so Fredericks is the only brand that worked for me.

 

P..S. Note the masking tape held my tissue together while tracing.

 

Continuing to track San Fran Lady from basic sketches learned in Jane Davenport “Draw Happy” course all the way through sophisticated lady in “Supplies Me” course.

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It is very exciting when you begin to paint with mixed-media colors.  Using Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint for the foundation on faces and brighter colors to finish.  Her hair is always a challenge but between watercolors, acrylics and collaging you come up with dynamic results.  Check out the butterflies collage and hair piece brilliance due to our mixed-media combinations.  Then don’t forget those compelling green eyes created using Prismacolor pencils.

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After the Liquitex shrubbry texture dries, its time to add Daniel Smith Serpentine Genuine watercolor paint. Now I paint the city with Daniel Smith silver colored highlights. Of course, the windows showup well when they are outlined with dark grey under the silver.

This instance is scary…it’s the FACE……..using Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic ( Santas flesh) to paint the entire face and neck, and arms, if they apply. Then with light colored pencil, denote the shadow parts of the face and body. Afterwards apply Ceramcoat (Latte) paint to those Lady’s shadow areas. Be sure to use Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid on the hair of our sketch in areas that you wish to keep white.

 

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The gigantic tree is blazing its way through the background of the San Francisco smog.   Ladies in hats and umbrellas struggle to keep their balance while I paint on San Fran Lady to complete my website.  Now I’m so enamored with my project that I can barely imagine how I can concentrate on paint colors or textures.  However, the Daniel Smith Dark Brown and Sienna seem to tangle themselves through the spots of sunshine looming through the tree branches. A job well done seems to plant itself on my  tree structures.

 

 

On this following edition of our San Fran Lady,   I struggle to find the hair highlights.  But as I do, her dark hair is finessely arranged with my paint, (three separate colors of blue) making their appearance in the painting. Her paint selections for the remaining make up are chosen for the shadows produced on her face.

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HER EYES show up in grandeur style as I announce the use of dark blue and even some black paint intertwined with the white stripes.  Dark red lip stick is definitely an asset for this brunette.  I always like to know if my escort is wearing warm or cool colors so that I can coordinate my appearance for the date.

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My next attempt at following  the approach  to painting this  lovely lady in our City by the Bay, is to imitate the tree flowers.  So I got out the white gesso and mixed it with some dark pink acrylic paint and Voilà!  PINK FLOWER COLORED PAINT PETALS.

 

 

 

The completion of this orchestrated painting is with placement of the white reflection dot in her eyes, the super eye lashes, excellent portrayal of the CITY in the background and memorable visit to Telegraph Hill.

Then we must frame our SAN FRAN LADY.  An in-depth study of painting techniques.

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MY INSPIRATION……..

At times, all painters feel they are not valid artists.  Then you receive a beautiful testament from a well established colleague and your creative self esteem rises to the moon.

Carol Rischer

Carol Rischer

Below is a message I received recently from a high school friend, who is also an artist.

“Shirley, I LOVE the paintings on your website!! I am so glad you shared it with me! My husband, who is also very artistic and is into creating digital art, looked at your paintings, with me, and thinks they are wonderful. I found your style inspiring. I trap myself with realism. Like you, I love bright colors and a bit of whimsy, but feel very insecure breaking away from what I see. And, of course with portraits, most people are looking for a meticulous likeness. Seeing what you do makes me want to give a little more freedom a try!

Having been a psychotherapist, and pretty astute about the hidden aspects of people, I found it fascinating to see how much information I could glean about some of my fellow artists, (and myself, to tell you the truth), by studying their paintings. Based on your paintings, I would say you are highly creative, colorful, not entirely realistic, have a wonderful imagination, bright, enthusiastic, fun to be with, have a tendency to create your own reality, have a purity of soul, others are attracted to you because of the beauty of who you are and how they feel in your presence, you are full of light and love. Would it be true that you hide a lot of your own inner reality behind a pretend world and mask of beauty?

When I painted the portrait of myself looking through the magnifying mirror, I did not realize I would reveal so much about myself, to myself, as I analyzed it. Kind of a fun exercise. I hope you don’t take offense at my “reading” of you, dear friend. 😊

Love, love, love your work!!!

Carol Rischer

 

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COLOR YOUR ART WITH LOVE

This is the theme of my blog as I am painting my SUNSHINE STARLETS.  I will carry you (my readers) along as I develop my paintings from idea inspiration thru sketches, choosing color palette, hair style and fashions determined by the femininity of my Starlet model.  Also amid all the painting process skin colors and make-up for eyes are chosen amazingly with the modern ideas in mind.

Cleo

Cleo

Where oh where, do I start from here? I have decided to head in a different direction with my brushing strokes. Ladies , beautiful ladies, they are filling my head with ideas and many mixed media techniques.

 

ONLINE ART CLASSES

I seem to find on-line courses Internationally and from the East Coast to West Coast of America. These classes with intriguing instructors are very popular to learn fascinating new painting styles.

My first on-line painting venture is with Australian Jane Davenport. I am so pleased and excited about the tremendous artistic knowledge I’ve gained since becoming Jane’s student, or “Davenpeep”. Hundreds of people (mostly women) flock to fill the Aussie classes as soon as announced. I started with ‘ Draw Happy’, ‘ Supplies Me’, then proceeded to ‘Beautiful Faces’ -which follows along with Jane’s informative book. Several more video courses help solve your beautiful ladies faces painting mixed media information buckets. Jane Davenport is such fun and enthusiastic as she promotes jane-davenporther lessons and “mod” ideas. It is such a joy to see Jane D. smiling broadly at you, as you open your computer to brush on your next lady.

 

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MIKAYLA’S DOG GUS

A Birthday Painting Request by my Youngest  Granddaughter, Mikayla Coyier, challenged my painting ability.
Mikayla has loved dogs all her 22 years and now loves her room-mate,  Gus, the most of any animal.  She emailed me near her birthday asking if  I would PAINT GUS?  Well what could a grandmother say?  Of course, the technical point here is, I’ve never painted any kind of animal in my 8 years, since I picked up a paint brush.

Gus the Dog

Mikayla’s mother and my daughter, Marcia Moore, took many photos of the dog in question – giving me some choices, for my   canine masterpiece.

Sketch of GusI got busy enlarging my email photo of our pooch.  I squared off the photograph and followed the intervals  while penciling-in the various  body parts of the dog. Not having much experience with oil paint, I decided to give it a try anyway as I wanted to see how luxurious the fur could portray.  I consulted with my painting mentor, Kathy Decker, and her comment was “just paint what you see on the photograph, like everything else”.  Well dauuuuh, okay.  So all I can say is that is what I did, stroke after stroke…and I was surprised,  GUS really looks like GUS!  I did use acrylic paint to do the background as I made the blue color muted and  that I knew how to spread  around.

Gus the Dog freshly painted

GUS, All American Canine , freshly painted off my Easel.

Shitley Mannocci, Granddaughter Mijayla Coyier and a painting of Gus

Myself the painter, Shirley Mannocci,my beautiful granddaughter Mikayla Coyier, smiling happily about her doggie painting.

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PAINTED MEMORIES OF MAUI TRIP

My first painting was of THE MAUI HILLS which I had photographed from our Sailboat trip shown above.
My first painting was of THE MAUI HILLS which I had photographed from our Sailboat trip shown above.

 

This is my rendition of a MAUI SUNSET
This is my rendition of a MAUI SUNSET

 

I captured the action of the swaying HAWAIIAN PALMS in this 9 x 12 resin coated painting.
3 Hawaiian Palms

 

The BIRD OF PARADISE PLANT continues to keep me enchanted in its secretive demeanor.  These colorful flowers can be found everywhere in the tropical islands.
Bird of Paradise

 

One of my very favorite flowers is the YELLOW HIBISCUS (16 x 20) and soon after returning from HAWAII, my husband gifted me a set of oil paints.  This painting, along with the following RED HIBISCUS (12 x 16) was my first ventures in this age old Master’s choice of paints.   Both of these paintings are for Sale.  Please inquire:  smdesign38@comcast.net.
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This RED HIBISCUS was such a joy to oil paint after photographing it on its vine in Maui.
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I was in such painting mode that I soon discovered a vase full of tulips that I captured in this 9 x 12 pink and blue oil painting.  VASE FULL OF JOY is for sale.   Please inquire:  smdesign38@comcast.net
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More Maui Paradise

MY HUSBAND CARLO MANNOCCI CHECKING OUT THE OCEAN VIEW FROM OUR CONDO

MY HUSBAND CARLO MANNOCCI CHECKING OUT THE OCEAN VIEW FROM OUR CONDO

Carlo enjoyed cooking for his wife and women guests as well as taking us all out to dinner at luxurious establishments.  And then we went sailing on the Scotch Mist as we were excited about snorkeling and whale watching.

SCOTCH MIST SAILBOAT FLYERMAMA’S FISH HOUSE FLYER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SCOTCH MIST SAILBOAT FLYER                  MAMA’S FISH HOUSE FLYER

I PAINTED THE NOVEL OLD BOAT SIGN OF MAMA’S FISH HOUSE IN ACRYLICS AND ENCASED IT IN EPOXY RESIN

I PAINTED THE NOVEL OLD  BOAT SIGN OF MAMA’S FISH HOUSE IN ACRYLICS AND ENCASED IT IN EPOXY RESIN

Carlo &I SITTING ON LOG WAITING FOR OUR DINNER RESERVATION AT MAMA’S

CARLO & I SITTING ON LOG WAITING FOR OUR DINNER RESERVATION AT MAMA’S

While sailing out to the snorkeling area of the ocean , Carlo spotted a whale and he succeeded in taking a great tail flipper.
WHALE TAIL TALE

WHALE TAIL TALE

DEE POSING IN FRONT OF TROPICAL MAMA’S ARRANGEMENT

          DEE POSING IN FRONT OF TROPICAL MAMA’S ARRANGEMENT

 

 

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Another day in Paradise – TRIP TO LANA’I ON FERRY across the Pacific

Another Day in Paradise -  DEE OLSON AND DAUGHTER KEELY VAN PATTEN ENJOYING THE FERRY RIDE

Another Day in Paradise – DEE OLSON AND DAUGHTER KEELY VAN PATTEN ENJOYING THE FERRY RIDE

Dee and Keely are intent on getting a tan, but I am content to have some caramel coloring.  Carlo, being of Latin descent, is just gorgeous with the sun rays touching his olive skin, just the way I Love him.  I needed my artistic bright scarf on the ferry ride of nine miles to give the impression of a vacationing painter.  I did sit next to a couple who were year round residents of the small Hawaiian Island.  They own a company that is responsible for inspecting and sanitizing public food consumption….an amazing responsibility to say the least.  One of the interesting tidbits that they shared with me:  Lana’i is the home to hundreds of wild cats and yes, it is a huge problem.

Another Day in Paradise - Picture of Shirley enjoying the ferry ride

Another Day in Paradise – Picture of Shirley enjoying the ferry ride

Upon reaching our island destination a bus was waiting for us.  The short ride to the Four Seasons Hotel was very scenic, highlighted by our arrival at the lavish accommodations.  We looked around at the fantastic marble and our cameras really started clicking when a huge fountain greeted us starry-eyed guests.

We soon found the exotic restaurant as we followed the twisting and turning maze of Hallways into bright sunshine near the pools

And oceanfront.  The food was executed fabulously starting the moment we ordered last bite of food we tasted.  The glasses used to serve ice crystal clear water over crackling ice cubes awakened our senses to the ocean around us.  The very dark and ravishing red new beers satisfied Dee, Keely and my guy, Carlo, I opted for coconut milk with fresh pineapple and lime flavors, no alcohol needed.    Our outstanding lunches were supreme entrees.   I must say mine first, very large chunks of firm Alaskan cod battered and fried to perfection.  The French fries just had to be flown in from Idaho, or perhaps they had their own potato patch in Lanai.  Carlo munched on a scrumptious mahmai sandwich.

Another Day in Paradise - THE FOUR ADVENTURERS DINING  AT THE EXQUISITE FOUR SEASONS POOLSIDE RESTAURANT.

Another Day in Paradise – THE FOUR ADVENTURERS DINING AT THE EXQUISITE FOUR SEASONS POOLSIDE RESTAURANT.

Keely was in heaven devouring her Mexican fish taco and our adventurous Dee couldn’t contain her joy while slurping her catsupa cold soup.  Then Dee was really stuffed when she finished off  Keely’s too strong, too much very, very dark beer. AND TO THINK THIS FEAST WASN’T ENOUGH FOR  OUR ENTHUSIASTIC GROUP, between the four of us we devoured two very rich decadent banana splits. Actually we were tempting the boating Gods to lose our magnificent lunches on the very bumpy ferry ride back to Maui…but no one did.

 

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Our Hawaiian Vacations

My painting inspired by Maui and Hawaiian landscapeMy husband, Carlo Mannocci and I and our friends, Keely Van Patten and her mother, Dee Olson enjoyed our vacation at the Polynesian Shores condos in Hawaii.  The relaxing Pacific Ocean waves beckoned us to sail away and thoughts of pirates and golden treasures A view of Maui palms and coastlinefilled our morning.  Being the photographer aficionada that I am, I longed to snap potential images for my Hawaiian cards and Paintings – to shoot with my Nikon SRL camera, my iPad and my iPhone.  Towards evening the sun and clouds put on an electrifying show  to make us thankful to be alive.
Maui landscape and interplay of sun and cloudsMaui sky glow at sunset

 

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TOREADOR DUE from Sunflower Collection

acrylic painting on canvas with bullfighter ring poster as vase holding sunflowersTOREADOR DUE  from  Sunflower Collection. If one Bullfighter Painting is good, then the second is even better. Primarily I used the TOREADOR  UNO painting for the techniques of the canvas and drawing on the design of number two.  Of course, the second design differs in that sunflowers are TWO brightening the canvas with golden gusto! The centers are breathtaking purple and browns. Yeah, what excitement this acrylic painting screams. I am truly envious of the person who purchases this  10 x 10 canvas TOREADOR DUE!  And perhaps that person would find space for the bullfighter pair.
TOREADOR DUE. original on canvas …$80.oo   Giclee…….$45.oo          Cards….   $3.oo each  or 4/$10.oo

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