Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Cheering Child!

Just thought I'd share some of the "Cheering Children" I created last year -all in one place for fun! I stared doing these elaborated doodles last year to add to my blog as a way of encouraging myself or anyone else who is attempting to try their hand at new things! A couple of them found their way onto the Illustration Friday website as submissions! Which one speaks to you?

Beating the drum of your success in 2014!

               Have a Great and Success-Filled Year!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Butterfly Girl- my Latest Submission to Illustration Friday!

This is my latest submission to Illustration Friday. The theme this week is "Disguise"
Submission to Illustration Friday-Theme Disguise
Felt like practicing my "face painted" butterfly in an illustration just for fun!
After all face painting is a form of disguise. Right?
I needed to practice my face painting again and my granddaughter
Bailey was happy to oblige. She wanted a dragon this time.

How cute!

I tried it on me too.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thoughts on the Drawing Process!

Custom Keepsake Portrait of Your Child by Leona Hosack
Just finished this portrait of Phaedra Eggleston , my lovely granddaughter!
The cat hat makes the picture, don't you think!

My grandaughter Phaedra

Some thoughts about my drawing process: When I'm engaged in drawing, especially drawing faces as I love to do, I find that it seems like I'm developing a relationship with the subject, in the pose that the photo is in, or the pose that the sitter has taken. It's a one on one in the moment experience, from moment to moment as I work, a non verbal relationship that gradually deepens my understanding of what I am perceiving, and loving about the physicality of the subject. It can become so absorbing that I get to the point where I don't want to stop. 

But after I have stopped, taken a break and looked again, I find that I may have gotten a likeness of sorts though not an exact replica, and that feels ok. The drawing either pleases me, and I let it be done, or it doesn't and I keep going. There's very little thinking, planning, or left brain activity that goes on. 

Here are some of my favorite quotes on Drawing and the arts!:

"I rejoice to hear that thou takest pains with thine art, for in this wonderful new age, art is worship. The more thou strivest to perfect it, the closer wilt thou come to God. What bestowal greater than this, that one's art should be even as the act of worshipping the Lord? That is to say, when thy fingers grasp the paint brush, it is as if thou wert at prayer in the Temple."– From the Baha'i Faith

“Creativity is the ability to find new solutions to a problem or new modes of expression; thus it brings into existence something new to the individual and to the culture.”- Dr. Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain 

" Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist." Georges Seurat

"The whole essence of good drawing-and of good thinking, perhaps-is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be."-Chuck Jones

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What was your favorite thing to do at age ten?

Illustration by Leona
An illustration I did a few years back for a collection of stories about the life and influence of Baha'u'llah, the Founder of The Baha'i Faith.

Gretchen Rubin in her insightful book “Happiness Project” talks about pursuing your passion and doing what you love, as being an extension of what you loved doing at the age of ten. “Whatever your passion might be, happiness research predicts that making time for a passion and treating it as a real priority instead of an “extra” to be fitted in at a free moment (which many people practically never have) will bring a tremendous happiness boost. What you enjoyed doing as a ten-year old, or choose to do on a free Saturday afternoon, is a strong indication of your passion.”

When I was ten I drew all the time, even during classes, to the chagrin of my teachers, though I never really got in trouble for it, but eventually went on to major in Art in College. I remember singing all the time too back then and putting the poems in the back of my third grade reader to music just for fun.

In third grade I was singled out to be in what was then called “Special Arts” classes.  These were usually reserved for kids in the fourth grade! We met during math period once a week, which is probably why I never did very well with math!

My very first day in “Special Arts” class I sat next to the only other person from the third grade, a boy who had also been chosen to be in the class. I remember that he drew an airplane with great percision, and left alot of white space around it on the huge piece of paper he was working on.

I thought it was beautiful and in my mind was comparing my own messy drawing to his, when he asked the Art teacher for watercolors to paint it in. She proceeded to tell him that if that’s all he could do then he could leave the class, and she made him leave! Needless to say I was sure I’d be kicked out too, since I had no self-confidence in my art whatsoever. I just loved to draw! I never got asked to leave and continued in “Special Art” class on through the 4th, 5th, 6th grade. I don’t remember the teacher really teaching us anything though, she just seemed to supply the materials, and we got to draw and paint! And that was good enough for me at the time!

When I was in fifth grade I got to sing in a chorus made up of all the fifth grades in town, and we got to sing on a local TV show. In sixth grade I helped write the class song-mostly rewriting the words to "The Man on the Flying Trapese"!

When I was sixteen I still loved drawing, but I also wanted to play the guitar and asked my folks for a guitar for my birthday and got it! I was so delighted. My birthday was in February and there was a big snow storm that day so I got to stay home from school and teach myself how to play guitar out of a book. I was able to play a bunch of songs by the end of the day!

One time a few years ago someone, who I guess meant well, said to me that I shouldn’t do art AND music but should choose between the two. Somehow I let that bother me a lot, though I never told the person. Art and Music have always been my twin first loves and will always be!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

My New Adventure! Face Painting!

Face Painting
Bailey as a Butterfly!

Face Painting
Bailey with a rainbow and cloud design!
I had an opportunity to do Face Painting at a party in Maine last weekend. Although I am an artist and drawing is not difficult for me, working with face paints is a new experience for me. I needed to practice and thank goodness my beautiful granddaughters were delighted to help me practice! 

Face Painting
Later that evening Phaedra wanted to be a pink kitten!

Bailey wanted to be a kitty too!

Phaedra Kitty again! She loves to pose!
Butterfly Bailey Again!
A different kitty design on Phaedra!

When I got to the party I got so busy painting faces that I forgot to take the time to take pictures! By the time I took this picture, The only one I got to take,  I had done 5 or 6 blues butterflies, a rainbow with stars, and a batman design! This little girl didn't want her face painted at first but then agreed to having a unicorn painted on her cheek. She looks so serious! 

The cupcakes were so pretty, I had to take this picture!.

The room was very nicely decorated.
My set up. I still have a lot to learn about setting up quickly!
Close up of my set up.

Happy Girl-painted with Snazaroo Face Paints! Happy Face Painting!Just couldn't resist playing with the face paint.
It doesn't do as well on paper as it does on skin but it was fun!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Packin' Up In Boxes! How to stay sane while you're moving!

Paper-cut Folk Art Houses
This design is available in my Etsy Shop!

We are in the middle of moving right now! What a way to start a new year! Moving to a new house! Actually now the only things left to move now is in the garage at the old place, which is full of stuff! Stuff and more stuff, left over from many yard sales, kids moving in and out, old things we intended to take to the dump but didn't, and assorted items that outgrew the house!

Moving from a four floor (including a basement) apartment that we've been in for fifteen years to a four room bungalow/cottage is not an easy thing! Downsizing is the word for the day!  One of the best things that my hubby Larry and I have done for ourselves during this process has been to focus on the moving to, rather than the moving from, taking breaks whenever we need them, without pause.

My wonderful husband (who has done the lion's share of lifting and lugging) and I love to end the day with dessert, coffee (decaf of course ) sharing of the day's accomplishments, and playing a word game like bananagrams, zip it, crossword puzzles or the like. Even though there's always more to do, it's important to keep your sanity by communicating in a relaxed way with the ones you love and continuing to enjoy their company even while undergoing such an overwhelming change! We're also very grateful for our children and friends who came to help us move at various time during the process!

A number of years ago when Larry and I were performing our children's music at schools, camps, festivals, etc. I wrote this kid song during one of our previous moves, with three young children in tow! I hope to make this song available on bandcamp when we find the files, once we settle down in our new home! It fit's the bill right now. And I really do have a teddy bear collection that I really haven't found yet, among all the boxes, but I'm sure I will!

Packin' Up In Boxes

Moving Day, packing it all away!
Moving to a new place, moving there to stay!
And maybe I'll change, and maybe I'll stay the same.
But I'll always be me, though I'm moving away!

Packin' up in boxes, boxes, boxes
Packin' up in boxes, we're moving away!

I can't find my books and I just can't find my teddy!
They're packed up in boxes, they'll never be seen again!
And I'll have to say goodbye, and I really don't want to.
I feel like I'm never gonna find another friend!

Packin' up in boxes, boxes, boxes
Packin' up in boxes, we're moving away!

Now we're finally here and it's really not so different!
Unpackin' the boxes is really lots of fun.
And today I found my books! And I even found my teddy!
And now it know that moving can be hard for anyone!

Packin' up in boxes, boxes, boxes
Packin' up in boxes, we're moving away!

Silhouette Designs by Leona Hosack
Custom Paper-cut Folk Art Houses also available in my Etsy Shop!


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