Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sculpting? Part Two

When my father and I sculpt we always discuss in what direction I would like to go and how to accomplish that, during our third year we decided to work on a horses head.  Horses are one of my Father's specialties and I will say his are fabulous.  It was my turn to try to make my horses head look realistic, again I'm stretching as an artist to work on realism rather than my usual illustrative style.  Isn't that what we all strive for, to stretch our artistic wings?

Imagine my surprise when my head actually resembled a horse!  It wasn't gaunt or looked like it was starving, however we still need to get the neck on the horse but that will need to wait for next year as this year we decided to change gears and try our hands at bringing one of my characters to life.  Oh my, what a learning experience for both of us.  Check back for the next installment of my sculpting challenge.  


Notice in the title I added a ?  My father is an amazing sculptor, who specializes in western/wildlife art, he has won art competitions and has been in a number of galleries over his career as a bronze artist.  A few years ago I asked him if he would be willing to teach me some of his sculpting techniques and so began our yearly Father/Daughter sculpting week.

It has been a joy for me to spend time with him learning his stock in trade.  I am never going to be as proficient as he is, hence the ? mark in the title, but I do enjoy the process and enjoy the opportunity to learn a new media.  I will admit that I do not do a lot of sculpting the remainder of the year, which also indicates that I will never become as proficient as he is, but for that week that I sculpt with him I am all in and love it.

Our first two years were spent working on a sculpted head, working with an oil based clay and on an armature made out of wire.  When I say the first two years I mean it literally took me that long to develop a head which resembled a head.  The first year the head looked emaciated and gaunt, which was not my plan, the second year we spent the time fleshing out the face and building character.   I did spend a lot of time with my hands in clay, using his tools, so I guess if that is my definition I was "sculpting" and I use that term loosely.
I will say that I really liked my hat and the hair  but I never did get the eyes so I thought they looked the way they should.  For any of you who are familiar with my artwork, my style leans more toward an illustrated look rather than realism so this was a stretch for me.  

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Website at C. Hartman Designs

Well, it has been a long time since my last Blog post, I have been seriously derelict in my blogging duties.  Honestly life intervened and I had to make some choices and this was an area that I could let slide.  But I'm back now and will try to blog more often.

I recently retired from my day job, 35 years as a Public School Teacher, what an accomplishment!  It was always my plan to retire at 35 years and still have time to pursue my art career. A dream come true for sure.  I have updated my website and I'm delighted with how it turned out!!!  It is easy to navigate and so on point for current trends, the graphics are mine and were designed exclusively for me, we are planning to change out the graphics occasionally to reflect seasons or styles that I am trying to highlight.  You will need to update your bookmarked pages to see the new website, the old website is no longer available, it is still www.chartmandesigns.com just a quick change to your bookmarked pages.  I have so many great features on this site and I hope you will come on over and spend some time.  You will also need to re-register for my newsletter to continue receiving it, I have changed my carrier for my newsletter and Mail Chimp will not allow me to add my old address book without each and every one of you approving that change.  Please take the time to do that, I would love to be able to stay in contact with you.

I have a new pattern which is currently on my website called Monster Marionettes, sometimes designs just appear on the page and this is one of those designs.  I have been working on these quirky Zombie characters and decided to do a series.  I am currently working on the second in the series and I hope that you enjoy these zany characters as much as I do.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Glass Painting Patterns

As many of you know I have been working with the Deco Art Glass Painting Markers for some time now and really feel that I have worked out all the kinks and are really doing fun things with the media. I've been asked repeatedly to develop patterns using the markers and have finally gotten that accomplished.  The glass painting patterns have numerous step by step photos showing the process of developing the project, tips and techniques for the media, as well as photos showing how to use the ornament pattern on different bottles other than those shown in the pattern photo.  We won't all have access to the same bottles and I want to give you lots of options.

You can find these two patterns on my website under the Main Menu Category Patterns Sub-Category  Glass Painting.  I think that the ornaments that I've developed with the markers are really unique and unusual and would make amazing gifts for the holidays.  Come on over and check them out and change how you glass paint.  

Christmas Elegance

I had the opportunity to participate in a group project, 12 artists completed 12 different projects which was compiled into one pattern for $9.99.  As you can see the talent was amazing and the projects are equally amazing.  You can purchase this pattern from www.decorativepaintingstore.com 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Deco Art Glass Paint Markers New Bottles

Here it is the middle of July already and I have hardly blogged this spring.  I guess I have been really busy being productive.  I've been working on new patterns, free-lance art work, teaching a watercolor class, and of course working on my bottles.  I have quite a collection of finished pieces now.   Unfortunately my productive time will come to a close once school starts again.  "Heavy Sigh"

Here are three new bottles just finished by myself using my signature "doodled" designs.  I'm still working on these and am planning/hoping to do a juried show during the Christmas season and am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be chosen to participate.  I jokingly remarked to my husband the other day that every bottle that I finish becomes my newest favorite and these certainly fit that description.  I LOVE working on the Patron bottles, there is just such a wealth of ideas which pop into my head when working on these.  The red and black bottle seen in the first photo is from a local distillery and I adore this bottle, so Missoula, Montana!  All of my friends and family members save bottles for me, thankfully because I couldn't possibly drink all of this!  LOL!

Have you been working with the Glass Markers?  I'd love to hear how you are doing with them.  Leave me a comment.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Whimsical Watercolor on Canvas

For those of you who follow my blog and website, you know that I enjoy using different materials and combining media.  I recently purchased a sketch book at Michaels which had canvas board as the pages.  I was intrigued by the idea of using watercolor on the canvas and gave it a try, you can see the resulting image above.  I wanted to illustrate kids playing outside and these three girls seemed to be destined for the page.  The watercolor reaction on the canvas was a fun and unpredictable experience, I really needed to get the paint onto the canvas, add some shading, lift off some paint for the tints, and basically not overwork it.  I then decided that I wanted to incorporate my acrylic markers into the piece and used a combination of Molotow, Montana, and Posca pens.  If I were going to frame this under glass it would be fine however if I wanted to leave it exposed to the air I would need to seal the piece with a spray fixative.  I don't think I will ever do anything to it other than leave it in the book.

What do you think?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I have been publishing with the Pixelated Palette e-zine now since the September issue and have enjoyed working with Laura Haughey at Cupboard Distributing tremendously.  I'm in the process of developing a series of whimsical houses which will debut over the next few months.  This whimsical party can be found in the May issue.  Stay posted for monthly updates and join us at http://pixelatedpalette.net/ Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Celebration Santa Online Class at Purely Acrylics 12 Days of Christmas

I have such exciting news for all of you…. I have finally taken the plunge and joined an online teaching group.  This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time and was asked by the Purely Acrylic Group and am so excited to share the news with you. 

Join me and 11 talented artists for Purely Acrylic’s 12 Days of Christmas beginning July 13, 2015.  See the details at Click here for more details

Celebration Santa
Mixed Media Canvas

Celebration Santa Ornament
Mixed Media Ornament

Join me and 4 talented artists for Purely Acrylic’s 5 Days of Christmas Sampler Class beginning July 13, 2015.  See the details at Click here for more details

Registration begins May 1st for the class. 

 Learn techniques in acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media, My Celebration Santa uses mono printing on a Gelli Arts gel plate to develop Santa’s coat, stencils in the background to develop interest and depth, and a little glitter for some added bling.  If you don’t have a gel plate, no worries, I will show you how to use your craft mat for mono printing.  Take a look at a preview of my project at …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uja38DAPTFs   Instructions for both Santa projects are included in the class. 

I have decided to offer a free e-pattern to anyone who signs up for either the 12 Days of Christmas or 5 Days of Christmas through my link found here, on my website, or on my Facebook page.  I'm offering my new e-pattern Winter's Child.  Hope to see your name on my link so I can send you this free pattern.

Here is a sneak peek of all of the incredible projects which will be part of the class. 

Come join us and share in the Christmas in July fun!!!

I can't wait to hear what you have to say!!!  I have been working like crazy to get this ready for you and have more planned for this Fall.