charcoal drawings

journal page: girl with heart and bird by Regina Lord

I felt like experimenting a bit with charcoal on acrylic paint background today in my art journal.

The drawing of the girl with the heart was inspired by one of Jaya Suberg’s amazing mixed-media photographs.

I was going to just do the profile on this page, but decided to give her big hair that extends across both pages. I then used a thin coat of yellow to mute out the background a bit, leaving her hair a bright mishmash of orange and other colors.

I used both white and black soft charcoal for these pages, which makes it quite messy.  I used a dry and wet paint brush to move the charcoal around a bit.   An eraser works well to pick up some unwanted marks, which normally doesn’t work well on plain paper, but with an acrylic paint background, it worked quite nicely. Lastly, I used a fixative to keep everything from smudging. .  Really fun!

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summertime planning

summer goal list

This is the first time in 8months that I don’t have an upcoming art show to prep for. Art show season is over until October because of the hot summer heat.  Now, I am in the midst of trying to figure out what to do until then.  So, I created this fun little goal list/planner for the summer. I got the idea from HERE and used a little bigger piece of paper for more sticky notes.  I have added things to do for my creative biz and blog, and also things to do with my kids. I think it will inspire me and motivate me to keep going through the summer months.

weather station
Printable Weather Station

Summers are hard for the kids because a lot of their friends are away and it is so hot during the day. They go out and play with Freya and ride their bike in the early morning but there is still big chunks of the day where they are inside.  We limit their computer/game/TV time so activities, games and books to read are a must.

I’ve had them list some of the things they want to do this summer. My little guy (age 9) is all for making stuff, but that bigger, almost teenage guy (soon to be 13), well it’s a little harder for him. All he wants to do is skype his friends, listen to dubstep (which my husband and I call robot music) and play minecraft, which is fine some of the time.

So we’ve come up with a list of things we are going to try to do this summer (aside from the usual swimming, trips up the mountain and bike rides).  One of them was to make a weather station for I-guy (above).  Unfortunately the weather doesn’t change much around here. Mostly it is just HOT and not raining!

MAKE:

* Vegan mint chip ice cream, frozen pops and other fun treats.
* This pencil bow & arrow and this popsicle stick one.
* Paper Tardis (I have a serious Dr. Who fan in my home)
* Erupting ice cubes
* Homemade play dough (always a favorite)
* Can-do robots
* DIY aqua scopes
* Homemade slime
* Tin Can Lanterns
* Constellation Jars
* Scratch art

My oldest may not want to do everything on this list, but I bet he will be very interested in some of them. And I know my youngest will be delighted to try all of these. I have to keeping trying to do these kinds of things with them before it’s too late and they become cranky teenage boys.

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Happy Solstice!

birds on saguaro cactus

Happy Summer solstice!

Around here, it feels like it has been summer for ages already, at least since mid-May. With temps continually creeping up to triple digits, it’s not really my favorite time of  year but, it is lighter longer and I love that. And the birds have been feasting on our Saguaro’s fruit and I love that too.
Freya

Freya

Freya doesn’t seem to mind the heat too much. She still run laps around our yard every morning and evening.

Hope you had a happy, bright, sunshiny day!

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whale and blossom journal pages

art journal page by Regina Lord

I did a little bit of painting in my art journal recently and thought I’d share. I love the idea of painting images for quotes that I love.

Whales art journal page by Regina Lord

The quote in the whale page is often attributed to William Shakespeare, but it is not in any of his sonnets or plays.  It actually comes from the Italian opera Falstaff, that was roughly based on material from two of Shakespeare’s plays. The libretto by Arrigo Boito, is where  the quote comes from. You can read more about it here.  I just found that very interesting.

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Gypsies, warriors, coffee and bikes

Warrior Princess & Star Gypsy Girl, art by Regina Lord

Two of my latest creations. A Warrior Princess (in my shop) and a Star Gypsy Girl (sold).

Warrior Princess & Star Gypsy Girl, art by Regina LordI think I may have to do more gypsies and princesses. They were a lot of fun to paint. I used gold, silver and other shimmery paints to make them a teeny bit sparkly.

coffee art and bike art by Regina Lord

I also put some smaller bike and coffee paintings in my etsy shop.

Please stop on over to take a look!

:D

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Life in Color

Bisbee, Arizona Mural

My husband and I spent the weekend in Bisbee, AZ for the Bisbee Pride weekend celebration.  I had a booth at the Artisan Fair.

Bisbee, AZ

It was a lovely weekend full of vibrancy, love and happiness and a whole lot of color inspiration!

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on self portraits and being brave

A Quiet Place, art by Regina Lord
A Quiet Place
10″ x 10″ Mixed-media on wood panel

People often ask me if I paint myself.  The first time I was asked this, the first several times actually, I was stunned that anyone would suggest such an absurdity. Me? No! It’s not me.  “Can’t you tell?!?!”, I would think to myself. I felt naked and exposed with the thought of painting myself on a big canvas. Yikes! No, no way, never!

Listen, art by Regina Lord
Listen
28″ x 22″ Acrylic on canvas

I remember asking Misty Mawn this once. She did the same thing I did. Her face looked alarmed and confused as she shook her head no. Others chimed in that they thought that she did too. ”No”, she said. She didn’t see herself in her painting the way we did. But her paintings were her, they are her still and mine are me too.

All artists paint themselves, of course.  It’s inevitable. We are often working alone with our thoughts, surrounded by our things, being still with our feelings and ideas, listening to our own thoughts hour upon hour. Add in the fact that our kids and family often look like us too, walking mirrors of ourselves. Mix this up with close friends and encounters with acquaintances and strangers and you get a interesting concoction of the artist themself and their view of the world.  Exposed, whether we like it or not. Our story in paint on canvas.

Monrch, art by Regina Lord
Monarch
11″ x 14″ Acrylic on canvas

People don’t ask this about all of my paintings, but many of them. I don’t internally freak out at the idea any more. Well admittedly, it’s still a little uncomfortable. But now I know there is a bit of me in all of my painting.  There has to be. But, they still want to know who? Who is it that I am painting anyway?

It’s me. My story. My need for quiet and alone time. My desire to spread my wings and be fearless and brave.  My face shape, my eye shape, my lips, my heart and my soul. And the women I know and don’t know.  Women who are strong and determined, brave and careful, contemplative and quiet, generous and kind, broken and healed. Women who are the same as me.

Fearless, art by Regina Lord
Fearless
18″ x 18″ Acrylic and Ink on Canvas

Thank you everyone, for all of the support and encouraging words so far on the work I have done for my show. I am humbled by your kindness and I thank you a million times over.

I have more 4×4 paintings and diptychs to share, but they haven’t been photographed yet.  So another day for those.

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in the garden

Early Morning, art by Regina Lord

This painting is 12 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas. There is a bit of artists crayon in there too.

Early Morning, art by Regina Lord

And close-ups.

Early Morning, art by Regina Lord

It’s called Early Morning, because that’s when activity outside is at it’s peak, with all of the birds and butterflies taking advantage of the morning coolness, before the heat comes down on us. That’s how it is in Tucson, anyway.

Hers, art by Regina Lord

Hers, acrylic and colored pencil on 12 x 12 canvas.

Since my show was at the Botanical Gardens, you can see a strong garden/nature theme among all of my paintings. I am very much influenced by nature, with it’s bright colors, shapes and beauty anyway, so it seemed like a natural fit.

More to come still!

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midnight before sunday morning

midnight, art by Regina Lord
Midnight
16 x 20 acrylic on canvas

Sunday Morning, art by Regina Lord
Sunday Morning
18 x 24 acrylic on canvas

I had such a wonderful weekend catching up on family time, sleep and a little self love. It was lovely.

Will be sharing more here soon!

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recovering

Regina Lord Art Show at the Tucson Botanical Garden Porter Hall Gallery

What a crazy and exciting week!

Regina Lord Art Show at the Tucson Botanical Garden Porter Hall Gallery

My art show reception was last night and it was a wonderful event.

Regina Lord Art Show at the Tucson Botanical Garden Porter Hall Gallery

I took these pictures before the show started, sat my camera down once people started coming, and never picked it up again. Didn’t even think to ask someone to take photos for me during the event. I’ll have to remember to do that next time.  ;p

Regina Lord Art Show at the Tucson Botanical Garden Porter Hall Gallery

My art will be up until June 28th, so if you are in town, stop by the gallery anytime and take a look inside.  It does not cost to look in the gallery and gift shop, but there is a fee for the gardens.

Regina Lord Art Show at the Tucson Botanical Garden Porter Hall Gallery

Regina Lord Art Show at the Tucson Botanical Garden Porter Hall Gallery

I am more exhausted than I can even say. Exhausted, happy and thankful.

I’m hoping to sleep in tomorrow, spend the day relaxing, do a little yoga and movie watching. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?!

Regina Lord Art Show at the Tucson Botanical Garden Porter Hall Gallery

Then I will get busy and show you some better pics of my new art and other fun stuff.

Have a great weekend!!

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