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Screen Printing Ink on Wood

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Painted in screen printing inks over a wood panel, this illustration shows a fairy riding a goose.
In this illustration, screen printing ink was used to paint a fairy riding a goose onto a wooden panel. After lightly sanding and using pencil to sketch, the ink painted on easily with a brush. The ink flowed smoothly, and the transparent base worked well to create transparency in the fairy wings. For a simple illustration and more complicated ones too, ink on wood in terms of application, is simple and yields attractive results. In this piece, the panel seemed to indicate the drawing to me. The grain on the panel helped determine the composition.   -Beth

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Illustration of the Chippewa Legend of the Dreamcatcher

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Nokomis watches the spider.
While participating in a three day education course as part of an assignment, I chose to illustrate the beautiful, Chippewa Legend of the Dreamcatcher. I used acrylics and examined paintings and photos to build a concept of how this scene might look. although the legend mentions a window, I placed this scene in a wigwam, because I found references to wigwams but not other types of housing. Although I did not fully capture the beauty of this legend, I wanted to share my interpretation. Dreaming means much more than sleeping, and I hope this image will inspire you to look into the history of dreaming in Native American culture. I have been told that I am 1/16 Algonquin; my maternal grandmother is mostly of Native American decent. I was able to feel a connection to the idea of finding spirituality though the process  of dreaming and hope you can too. -Beth

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Newest Watercolor, Sunflowers Painted from a Plastic Flower Model

I am exploring watercolors and feel more successful today than I usually do, in part, because I used a square edged Daler and Rowney number 8 brush instead of a smaller, pointy tipped brush. This brush allowed for much more natural flow of the watercolor than I normally experience. My model was a bunch of silk sunflowers, because they are a bit easier to work with than the real ones.  Once I completed my pencil sketch, I began right away with the color and stayed put until I was finished. I know myself, and that I am very unlikely to revisit a work, because I will not be happy with it later. Here it is. Let me know what you think if you want to. http://www.artpal.com/creationcreature/?i=53048-13
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Windy Day by Beth Ashton October 19, 2016

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Humming Bird and Peony Zazzle Art for Wedding Invitation and Thank You Cards

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Humming Bird
My newest Zazzle Creation is a wedding invitation and thank you card using my newest water color, a humming bird hovering beside peonies. You can check them out here. My intention is to continue developing my ability to paint flowers, because my favorite wedding invitations and cards feature beautiful floral scenes. -Beth

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Blues Art in Progress May 9th

Blues Art Update May 9th
Blues Art Update May 9th
Today I was able to spend a little more time on Billie and to begin creating the background. Most of the notes were painted with a dark green and will be transformed into the lake. The sky has been painted as well as a layer of trees over it. I lost the natural light that I was relying on to gauge my color usage so work I will discontinue for tonight. I will pick back up with Billie. -Beth

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