Posts Tagged ‘art’


Sketchbook Cover #9

September 10, 2016

Yesterday I turned off the internet in my house. Yep, even after a friend said “never, ever turn off the Internet!” But the thing is you really can’t turn it off because it’s pretty much available everywhere, either Wi-Fi when you go places or using data or a hotspot with a smartphone. And today I am  using my phone to make this blog post. I’m just using the mobile site through my browser, not an app, and so far it’s working alright. Although when I uploaded photos from my phone I had a hard time seeing the photos I wanted to share, until I realize where the little clear button was and how to navigate. Once I pretty much finished writing I switched to WordPress’s newest editor.

So let me get on with what I wanted to share. Over the summer I really did not create any artwork. I took a few pictures. But as far as painting or drawing or any digital art it felt like a pretty dry summer, in more ways than just the heat. So two weeks ago I went back to work, as school had started again and I am an assistant for an English language learners classroom.  At the same time something finally  started to come out of my brain in a creative way. Since then I’ve been wondering if starting back at my day job kept my left brain busy enough so that my right brain could get busy without being pestered by the left brains’ rantings about why I haven’t done anything all Summer. Yep, this thought  makes me sigh and laugh!

 So how this happened was that my sketchbook had started coming apart and I realized, oh, I hadn’t painted the covers of this new sketchbook. This is my ninth small sketch book that I have painted. You can see the others on my Flickr page. So that’s what I’ve been working on and I just want to share with you how it turned out. I use Copic Multiliners to draw the designs, Pitt pens on the inside and Zig Clean Color Real Brush on the outside to add color, and then  sprayed it with Krylon Kamar Varnish.

Pens used

Inside cover

Outside cover

The biggest challenge in using my phone to create this post has probably been adding the media and getting a cursor in the right place so it adds it where I want it to be. In the end I think I learned how to do it and hopefully I can do it more often as it’s not impossible and it’s definitely another option to using a computer to create a blog post. One of the best things about  making this post with my phone was that I was able to speak a lot of this text using voice texting and then edit. It’s always good to try new things.


Digital Painting Decisions

August 3, 2016

Digital Painting of my photographs is something I find to be quite a challenge but very enjoyable. Making a rendering of people is definitely the hardest for me for many reasons so I tend to stick to what I love taking photos of the most… flowers and nature.

When I start a painting I often have to make decisions right away about what style I want because I have to choose which brushes I will use. In other words, how far do I want to go with the abstraction of shapes and colors? Do I want it to be more realistic or do I want to push the boundaries and add different colors? In my own style I think I am somewhere in the middle between realism and abstraction, and because I am still trying to find my ‘go to’ brushes I really have a long ways I can go in pushing the limits of my digital paintings. I feel that way with acrylic painting as well, but there I definitely know that I want more abstraction. Clicking on a picture will bring up the gallery if you want to see the differences more clearly.

These sunflowers were also created by playing with brushstrokes and asking ‘what if I do this?’ The thing is, for me at least, I find it more enjoyable to play and experiment and not get bogged down in trying to make it ‘my’ style. Mark making is just fun! So why not try lots of them. Even though I usually prefer to keep the colors more the way they are in nature and love to blend colors and brushstrokes, I found that with the last two I really wanted the marks and shapes to be what stood out and not just the color. Although I do think the grey, green and yellow together are very pleasing.

So yes, there is a lot that goes into even a digital painting from a photograph. I use Corel Painter15 and am waiting for the latest version to come out very soon so that I can get last years upgrade as well. Until then I’ll keep taking pictures and having fun at giving some of them a very painterly look.

These images and more are available HERE


Connecting Islands

July 18, 2016

A Passionate Bee

Hello everyone! I’m back after another very long hiatus! I’ve been through quite a bit in the last couple years, but thankfully, nothing life threatening. Life just has lots of twists and turns and one has to deal with it as it comes. But we go to sleep and wake up and we do the best we can. Thankfully I have the Lord that guides me and carries me through the really difficult times. I am very thankful for His presence in my life. In that time I lived in 4 different places, had most of my belongings in storage, worked 3 different jobs and hadn’t been able to do a lot of creating. And this became especially true as I became a grandmother and was blessed with 2 granddaughters who are now 7 and 4 1/2 months old. What a joy that has been!  During all this time I have managed to keep photographing but have yet to print or show my photos. I think it’s my painting and drawing that has suffered the most. In fact I finally put them in a gallery and didn’t sell a single one. But I don’t worry. I know we all go through seasons. I believe in embracing change and hanging on until conditions are in my favor. Yep, I’m an optimist. Have to be. I have no desire to be sad or depressed.

I’ve also gone through a lot of soul searching with my art during this time of waiting. The ‘what am I supposed to be doing’ and ‘am I doing the right thing’ kind of stuff. I think those thoughts creep in the most because I don’t have room to work or don’t complete anything new or sell anything. But I just have to keep saying, “ok, what is next”? That way, when I have room will I be ready.

I also had completely ignored my blog because I just didn’t know what I wanted to say. Part of that searching meant I had to listen to thoughts that said I wasn’t an expert in anything so why bother trying to write a blog. But I figured that when my mind was ready to write again I would find a way to bring my thoughts back here.

Strangely, it seemed that having a website and taking my blog over to it seemed to bring my blogging to a halt as well and then all I was doing was paying too much just to have a place to share my links. So this week I redid my website to a free one, for now, until I decide if I want to connect my domain and I brought my blog back to it’s original location where I seemed to connect with people more. I guess I felt like I was marooned on my own website. I’m learning that I need to create my art life in a way I am comfortable with, and not because someone says that to be an artist you have to do it a certain way. I’m not too crazy about fitting into someone’s little box. So here is that new website. Let me know what you think.

Today, and in my next post, I want to share a couple of artist’s websites with you. These are  where I have done some online courses this past Spring. It’s part of my ‘staying upbeat’ strategy because their classes are very affordable and I simply don’t have money to waste.So the first workshop I did was one I was wanting to do for some time as I’m a big fan of her illustrations.

I did her Character Sketch Workshop and still hope to do Layers of Color. The other two are geared toward children.

It feels nice to be writing again. I’m glad to be back and hope to start making this a habit. Not because someone says I should post on certain days or a certain number of days to get noticed but just because, well, I want to share things with you and not stay on my own little island but be connected to others.


Part 1: Where to show and sell your artwork?

September 10, 2014
Painted Dahlias

Painted Dahlias

Completed a new painting today of one of my photographs of Dahlias and then I made it available online to anyone who might want to purchase a print of it.

If you are selling or purchasing art may I recommend Fine Art America. You can start by finding beautiful canvas artwork here at my profile page: Karen Hernandez

I will post more ideas of websites for you soon, in hopes that it may help someone of you see where your work can be offered, or even where you can purchase amazing artwork. At FAA your work can also show up on and, as they are also owned by FAA.

I’m first showing you FAA though as it is the main source for all of my work. Currently I have my my photographs and digital paintings but I appreciate that I can also put my original paintings and illustrations on there as well. They offer different kinds of prints as well as cards and phone covers, and I’m sure more is to come. I also appreciate that there are Community boards and Groups. makes it very easy to get started and then I just need to market my work.

They also have an amazing app, for the iPad, that let’s you visualize the art on your wall. Here is a list of their recent announcements where you will find more information on it:

Marketing is certainly not my strong point, but I am learning and FineArtAmerica is certainly helping.


A yard of Lupine

March 19, 2013

A Yard of Lupine

I’ve been a little busy for the past month learning to paint again. A different kind this time as I have always wanted to make digital paintings from my photographs. I purchased a Wacom Intuos 5 and Painter 12 and am really loving it!

This is from a photo I took about 3 years ago when I had a yard full of Lupine. I know I will now be searching out different scenarios for my picture taking because I love putting lots of color into my paintings. Hope you enjoy!


Needing a Nudge Today

February 25, 2012

I certainly do. Need those nudges that is. I was just playing around with Photoshop tonight. Last month I tried out Photoshop Elements 10 and today I downloaded the trial version of Photoshop CS5. I wanted to compare them to see which I wanted to buy and had pretty much decided that I would go with CS5. I just knew I could do more with it. But I’m giving myself time to relearn PS as it has been some 12 years since I first learned it.

What I found I was missing from Elements was how easy it is to go in and adjust the color, contrast, saturation, etc. But because I need to be taking photos in RAW I really do need to be either using Lightroom or the RAW function of PS. Apparently it also comes with Bridge. So I need to play with all of those so I can make the best decision. I’m just like that I guess.

So tonight I just played. I began a Kim Klassen tutorial on brushes from Beyond Layers and fearlessly began to play. I took a simple image and found a free brush from and then added my own text.

I came up with the little saying because the image made me think of how Spring is right around the corner waiting to nudge Winter out. I’m ready! But for me it’s more than just the weather. Rather it’s about my art coming to a place where it emerges in renewal. Tonight was about learning and playing and not criticizing the image that emerged. Subconsciously, nudging was exactly what is going on inside of me. Nudging me to where I need to be artistically. And I can feel that change….right around the corner. Doesn’t an Artistic Spring sound inviting!


Making my art fun

April 30, 2011

Everything seems so hard until we try it. For me lately it’s been understanding Twitter. Perhaps that’s why I like researching, and why I do so many different things, whether it’s in sports or the arts. Perhaps I don’t like to not understand something as well, so I seek to master that thing. Or maybe it’s just my incessant curiosity. Well, not sure how philosophical I can get on the craziness of my brain, but I just know that certain things are a struggle. We don’t understand them so we tend to avoid them. I made the Twitter account and then avoided it. But yesterday I finally learned a few things because I took the time to read and ask questions. So yesterday I ended up visiting my blog I had created here on WordPress and was still very lost. I don’t understand the buttons on the side, or how to add pictures, and would really like some tutoring but can’t afford anything. But then this morning as these words began to swim in my head I wondered, “what about YouTube?” That place where all of you amazing people have put tutorials on how to do just about anything? So I have found this link: And for all of you who have wanted to start blogging on WordPress as well, you might want to go through the tutorial and not struggle along as I had been doing. But for now, this will have to be put on the back burner because I have a lot to do before my online photography class starts at 10 AM with Creative Live.
Now since January I have been in a Flickr group called The Sketchbook Challenge. January’s challenge was Highly Prized, February was Opposites, March was Spilling Over, and April’s challenge was Branching Out. So today, being the last day of that month, I woke up realizing that I still had not posted anything. And then it hit me. I’ve been spending months trying to figure out where my artistic focus should be, and part of the problem is that I have too many branches. This week I have been out in the garage taking pictures of things to sell and give away, trying to pare down, or whittle down you might say, my areas of interest. It is the hardest things to get rid of an artistic endeavor. I seriously tried to put my mosaic stuff on Craigslist but the pictures wouldn’t load. So I resolved to give it a go today. And since I am in day 2 of 3 of this online class with CL, I will set my laptop next to the table and work. But I have to just dig in and do it. This means not doing my original posting idea for this month’s challenge but putting on what actually was in my sketchbook. I still have the idea in my head pacing around like a diver waiting to jump off the board, and I can’t wait to get into the water with it.
So this month’s Challenge post (although mind you I can post up to 3 pics a day on the group page) is a takeoff from what I did last month of exploring Zentangles. Only this time I added color. One of the hardest parts of being an artist is squashing that fear voice that comes as you attempt to do something….”what if….what if I ruin it?” You just have to say “it’s just paper”, or canvas, or clay or whatever you are working with. I fight this practical voice everyday that says I shouldn’t waste things. And that I’m not good enough so if I do this I’m wasting paper. Like, “you’re wasting food and children are starving in Africa.” That voice from my childhood that made me afraid to waste anything. I don’t remember hearing the voice much that says “just have fun!” I like that voice and I think I will write it in big letters everywhere I create art. We are a very wasteful society. And hey, I compost and recycle which not many do. But there has come a place in my art where I must break through and silence all the voices and just create.
This has been my ‘big’ struggle for the past few months in trying to be self-supporting with my art. But I’m facing my fears and taking it one day at a time. And then this imaginary burden I’ve created in my mind, (add dramatic theater voice here) which becomes a huge pile of waste that keeps filling my studio, threatening to overtake my creative soul (ahhh!!!….sorry, yes I can see the whole animated movie in my mind) will just shrink and run away. So music, paper and pencil at hand, I determine to have some fun with my art. At some point I know it will all get little easier. And definitely fun!