f May 2012 - Art Eye Candy

Meet the Artist...

Whilst looking through facebook today, I saw an invitation to take part in the successful series of interviews for Mixed Media May on Cindy Jones Latiner's blog, and I thought what a great idea that I can get the chance to share it with you.  I've been lucky enough to be a featured artist on some lovely blogs this year and for each I have been interviewed and shown a few photos.  This time, I'll be answering the questions here... (I hope you enjoy something a little different).

What does mixed media art mean to you?

I LOVE everything about mixed media art, it allows me the chance to play and explore as many mediums as I want without feeling any restrictions (apart from my own skills with certain media).  It means I can really let loose and let my imagination run away with me.  It also means that I can change what or how I make as the mood takes me.
I LOVE that.

How long have you been a mixed media artist?

Hmm, how long is a piece of string?  This is a tricky one to answer, I'm not really sure but it feels like a LONG time.  Even when I was at art college, I'd always be mixing things up, painting on my fashion designs and sticking embellishments onto prints.  But it's only in the last twelve months that I've really thrown myself into it in a BIG way, and it's only really recently that I actually now BELIEVE that I am an artist. (yes, I know I'm daft but it's true).

I thought this was great quote to go with what I just said.

How has your art impacted or enhanced your life?

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you'll know that I have had heart related health issues, and it's through this that I've been able to revisit my art.  I actually don't think I'd be doing this now if I hadn't been so ill.  It's been a real blessing really and that in itself along with the art has allowed me to really re-asses my life, hopes and dreams.  I'm a huge believer in the healing power of art as well so working my art out has helped me to recover, I truly do believe that.  Not only has my art helped me, it has really enhanced my life.  It's brought me into new situations, into contact with some really wonderful people (some of you are reading this now) and it has given me something to do for ME that is totally enjoyable and I have the pleasure of knowing that it gives others pleasure too, and you can't put a price on that can you?

What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself using most?

I use it constantly for everything, on everything, in everything.
It's been my number one staple since my art college days.
Another more recent favorite is GESSO, it's so forgiving when I need forgiving... it's just fab.
The other most used items that I have are my pencil crayons, I just adore them.  I don't have a fancy kind, I just use the regular Faber Castell Art Grip ones, they're just what I need.

Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?

I LOVE the work of Suzi Blu and was recently so proud to be a contributing artist in her new book (it was one of Suzi's videos that helped trigger me making art again).  I'm also a big fan of Danita Art and her cute little ladies.  I LOVE the art of Mary Jane Chadbourne and Denise Philips (both of these ladies have been great supportive friends to me this year).  Mindy Lacefield has the most wonderful playful style and her use of color is just amazing.  Michelle Kral(Mitsi B) is another of my most recent LOVEs, her art is wild, daring and most definatly 'real'.

(you can click each artists name to visit their blogs and see what I'm talking about) 

What makes your mixed media art unique?

I guess the fact that it's mine and shows what goes on in my life or in my thoughts.  I have people tell me they know it's mine even if I do a different style or color way, so I guess it's unique.  I don't really believe that anyone is truly unique though, as throughout your artistic life you are like a visual magpie, gathering shiny colorful ideas that you see and making them into something new thats unique to you.
(it's just my opinion, you might have different ideas)

Where can we find you?

(It's a bit of a list, I get around a bit but I put the links here for you)

BLOG   http://www.arteyecandy.com

WEBSITE   http://www.rachellepanagarry.com

ETSY   http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtEyeCandy

YOU TUBE   http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtEyeCandy


this is not everything but you will find me here.

Please tell us about yourself.

I like to call myself a mixed media artist, doodler and dreamer, it's all true really, but I'm also a Mom to two children and two step-children, I live in the UK with my fabulous husband Mr.P and 
 to make art.

Rachelle x


Summer Breeze...

At last the sun seems to have arrived, 
but being the UK, 
this doesn't always mean that it's here to stay.  
Still, the sunshine is just wonderful and definately puts a different outlook on things. 
 It even affects my color choice for paint and papers, and when there's a little breeze to take away some of the heat, there's nothing better, especially if you're waiting for paint to dry.
(and that only took seconds)

Here's what came with the sunshine...
LOVE the colors so much,
I've already made another four.

They're both 6" x 6" on woodblocks
(my new favorite base to work on)

the sunshiny chicks on my table

I'll be adding the originals and prints to my shop.

And you know if the sun is shining then
you GOTTA have

Rachelle x


Blackpool ROCKs...

First let me start with saying a HUGE 

Thank You
 to each and every one of you who left a comment for the Birthday Giveaway.

I've been overwhelmed by the response, 
and so touched by all your very lovely comments.

You guys really ROCK.

So if you're wondering how I came up with a winner this time, I used a Random Number Generator, put in the amounts and pressed 'Generate'.
At the time, I only knew how many comments that there had been, so it was really exciting to go back here and count through to comment number 8.

(I will be responding to everyones comments today too)

Another thing that I wanted to say was a big HELLO to all the new blog visitors,

 I'm so happy to see you here, thank you for stopping by.
And finally, a special Thank You to all the new subscribers to the newsletter.

I really REALLY appreciate each and every one of you.

After all the excitement, my Mom took me to the seaside...
How lovely
(it's not often that it looks as nice as this, it's usually grey and rainy)

Blackpool Tower
(ahh childhood memeories)

the Great British Seaside...  LOVE it.

`the sun has got his hat on'

Rachelle x

Happy Birthday...

Woo Hooooooo

We are a year old already and that means it's time to celebrate.

(just in case you can't read the tiny text on the image here is what it says, it's good too)

To say THANK YOU to all my wonderful supporters, and to celebrate the 
1st Birthday of Art Eye Candy, 
I'm having a fabulous giveaway.

Yes, there IS a fabulous prize.

You will win a copy of Suzi Blu's Mixed Media Girls
(yes, the one in the sidebar...exciting I know)
as I'm in such a good mood,
I'll put in some other Art Eye Candy goodies too.

Wooo Hoooooooooo.

So, all you need to do is leave a comment and that enters you into the draw.
The winner will be selected on Friday and announced here...

Sound good?

Rachelle x


Shades of grey...

Since making the Steampunk chick I have to admit, 
I've been more than a little influenced by the color palette.  I love the different shades of grey, beige, browns and black.  I love how well they all blend together in their very earthy tones, and whilst I have those colors around it seemed a shame not to use them again. 
 This time, I worked on smaller pieces, 
ATC size to be exact, 
and here's how they look.

you know how I love a splash of color too?
Well, I went to visit the Butterfly House at a local park with my Little Miss yesterday and we saw these magical fluttery splashes of color.

we almost missed this beauty...

LOOK at those colors.

And she had a lovely time too.

Rachelle x

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If you caught the last post, then you will know that I've taken a very tentative step into the land of Steampunk, and although it has been tentative, it has been fabulous.
If you've been following my little blog for a while, you know that I'm a lover of all things colorful, so I'm sure you can imagine what a change this was to make.
So anyway, this is what I did to her today (besides spilling my ink).


I stopped for ages once I got to this part, worried that I'd ruin her if I carried on, but she was (and looked) unfinished.  So I went out with my Little Miss, ate a burger, had some fun, then came back to her a few hours later.

Here's some detail steampunky close ups...

It doesn't show so well here, but her straps are spoons.

She's mixed media through and through.

Here's a list of what I did/used;

and finally

and this is how she looks now,

she's on canvas, 20" square.

Oh I LOVE her.

Talking of LOVE,
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Art Eye Candy LOVE
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The Dark Side...

So today I've been getting started on a commission piece.
It's really exciting as this is venturing into a new area for me, for this one I'm going over to the 'darkside'.
 I'm venturing into the land of SteamPunk.
What's that?I hear you say, well here is the Wikipedia explanation.

'Steampunk is a genre which originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fictionfantasyalternate historyhorror, andspeculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States.'

If you're a fan of Tim Holtz, you're probably a fan of this too.

I'm working on a 20"x 20" canvas that will soon be making it's way to the US for a sale.
This is some of the background papers that I started with, The glue needs a good few hours to dry before I start working on the top.
(I'll post more shots as it gets done)
But whilst I'm waiting, 
I thought I may as well use up my scraps and make some ATC size pieces.
I really enjoy working small, and even though they are small they still can take over an hour to do.
It's surprises me really.
Anyway, the chick at the top of this post is one of them and this one underneath is the other.

I really like their faces, so I've decided to turn them into prints to put in my shop.

Here's how they look all finished.

add a little glitter

and some black ink and this is what you get.

Maybe the dark side isn't so scary after all.

Oh and before I go, I must mention that I have now launched my website.
I will be selling larger pieces of art here as well as prints on canvas and soon I'll be adding textiles and stationary.

If you want to have a quick look just click the 'website' tab at the top of this post.

Thank you.

Rachelle x


Sweet as Sugar...

So as you can see, I'm still playing around in the softer shades, and I can say that this style is proving really popular with my friends.
At first I wasn't so sure. 
 I've never really been a 'girly girl' type, I've always preferred bright colors and bold patterns, but I must admit that I'm liking this style and it's quite fresh for summer too.
I made a couple of images, (that I'll be making into greetings cards and prints very soon), take a look, and I'd LOVE your feedback as always.


collage backgrounds... yummy

I worked in a journal that has pages made from brown paper.

then added a little gesso so that I could draw, and used one of my fine ink pens to draw my chick,
and she now looks like 

how cute (even if I do say so myself)
I added the quote digitally afterwards.

Then I made this chick,

they are quite sweet aren't they?
The only difference with this one is that I worked straight onto the paper and just collaged her dress.
I think they'll work really well as cute stationary.

I'll let you know as soon as they are ready and in the shop.

Now I'm off to get on with my 'TOP SECRET' arty stuff, but before I do, I just wanted to show you this from my Little Miss.  I found it whilst flicking through her little sketch book to pinch a piece of her paper.
 (she's actually drawn ten little guys).

sweet as sugar.

Rachelle x


A softer approach...

So I've been asked to create some designs for something 
(top secret at the moment but I'll tell you soon)
and they asked for a softer approach, something not too niche.

I love to get briefs, and this one has allowed me to have a visit back to my softer side with watercolor and more muted colors.
At the moment I'm just messing around trying out a few ideas, I need four new designs by Thursday so I'm having lots of fun playing as I'm sure you can imagine, and hopefully this play will lead to some solid designs.

Take a peek...

Im working in a journal thats made up from brown paper, it makes a nice change to my usual one.

You know I gotta add in some collage somewhere.

and a little inky pen work.

Et voila.

Nice start, but she needs sweeter eyes I think.

I think the thing that I love the best about being a mixed media artist is that you can Play in ANY medium that I want and I'm not restricted to just paint of pastels.
It's a lot of fun and I'm enjoying this softer approach.

Rachelle x