At My Art Table

What’s at My Art Table Wednesday

August 10, 2016
What's at My Art Table Wednesdays

I am so excited to start this series!

What’s at My Art Table Wednesday

On Wednesday’s I will be showing you what is on my art table for the week.

Here is how it will work.

Some of the art I will be showing will be successful, others not so much. It might be complete or it might not.  I will show my own art and personal creations or, perhaps a class I am taking and would like to share.  It will spread the gamut.


I am all at once enthusiastic and nervous.  Why?  Because I will be showing my imperfect work.  Work that is in progress.  Stuff that might be, dare I say, a bit ugly?

Listen, we all know that if you try lots of anything, and it doesn’t have to be art, sometimes it just gets ugly or doesn’t work out.  That is true no matter what we are doing, whether it is art or some thing else we are taking on.  There is lots of trial and error, lots of learning.

You know, I always hear artist talk about their art that just never quit makes through the “ugly stage”.  All the stuff they make that never makes it out into the world for eyes to see, perfectly curated and pleasing.  I always think to myself, please show us the awkward, not so great stuff that you say you make.  I just want to see it! Don’t you? It is so that I will know that they too make things that go wonky or never really get prettied up, just like me.

So, I thought, if that is something I wish someone would show me, perhaps I will show you!  This whole learning art thing is a journey for me.  A process.  I have learned so much already and yet I have a lifetime of learning yet to come.

That is What What’s on My Art Table Wednesdays are All About

 The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Let’s Have a Look

This painting…there is a whole story behind it that I will be sharing in a different post.  However, it was important for me to share it because it represents a moment where I finally figured out something I had been working on for a long time. I love this painting so much.  It is so incredibly vibrant and alive.  I wish you could see it in person. Let’s just say it took me a long time to for something to finally click to where I could produce something I liked as much as this one.


These two together?  Electric and vibrating.  Love them.  The one with all the pink on the left is the second one that came after the one that clicked, on the right. It feels so good to be in the flow with these.

This is the third in the series, with a twist.  See those raised medallions? Those were made with a stencil and joint compound!  Yes, the stuff you get at the hardware store to use on walls!  I think you use it to smooth over the tapping on dry wall?  This is such a cool technique that adds dimension and texture, plus its cheap and easy to acquire!

Here is a close up.  I took my palette knife and knocked down the edges a bit while it was still wet.  Then I used  fine grit sandpaper to smooth out the roughness just a little bit.

It Seems Like Everyone Has a Version of the Whimsy Girl and Here is Mine 


Whimsy girls are so much fun to make but they don’t really feel like me.  I feel a bit like I am wearing someone else’s clothes.  While the clothes might be lovely, it doesn’t mean I feel comfortable in them. Whimsy girls are so sweet and cute and inspirational so I will probably make some more of these at times. But in the end, I suspect that I will move in a different direction.


This is where whimsy girl started out.  Just a collage background with some paint pushed around.


I have added a floral stamp and am playing around with acrylic paint using a cotton swab as an applicator. The red is called alizarin crimson.  It is a luminous stunning color.  This photo does not do it justice.  I love this color and the pink it makes when white is added.


Adding a sketch of whimsy girl.

Here she is!


The sequins on her dress were super fun!  I just love those little details and the texture they bring! Oil pastels were used for her face.



Here is another girl, not precious, cute or whimsical. She has a bit more mystery, a deeper story to tell.

This one looks much different that the previous pieces.


This lady has been on my art table for forevah!!  She may never leave.  I don’t know.  She has gone through many stages and forms, this one.  She still is not done, at all actually.  At one point I just decided to do some radical things like blocking out most of her face with the grey paint and adding in the silver.  In a way, getting so frustrated with a painting can lead you into the state of mind where you are willing to throw anything at it to see what will happen because it is just not working anyway.  Why not just go for it when it is not working anyhow?  So I did.  And I learned some cool things.


See that tape over her eye? Dry wall joint tape.  Cool, huh?  It creates almost a window like effect.  I also enjoy the beading around her face. However, I wish the beads were not covered with glue so that they still sparkled.  Because they are so small I am not sure how to glue them in a way that prevents that.

 See, All Part of the Learning Process!

I learned that I love the bead work.  I also learned that I need to continue to search for a way to glue the beads in a way that allows them to shine.  All of this because I was “going for broke” on a painting that wasn’t working for me.  It is a good reminder that there is a lesson in everything.  Nothing is wasted.


Alright you guys!  That is What is On My Art Table Wednesday for this week.

Let me know what you think in the comment section! If you have questions, ask away! 

 I Love to Hear From You!


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  • Carole Villeneuve August 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I enjoyed reading this. I was doing the same thing last night: looking around at WIP that just pile up. So I chose 2, finished one and dramatically changed another one… realizing that to move on, I have to move on. And the best are yet to come, after I’ve done all of the sometimes tedious homework. I found a quote that gave me a spurt: Strive for progress, not perfection. My new mantra. Looking forward to next wednesday.

    • shay michelle August 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

      That is a great mantra Carole! It is so true. Each day, each step leads us to progress while the quest for perfection can be paralyzing or prohibitive. Thank you for visiting. I will see you next Wednesday!

  • Linda Larson August 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Always nice to see what others are creating and learning in the process. Thanks for sharing.

    • shay michelle August 11, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Hi Linda! I love seeing what others are doing too. It is fun and inspiring I think! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Emily Lynn Downey August 10, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    What a cool idea! Thanks for showing us a little bit of your process!

    • shay michelle August 11, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Hi Emily! I am excited you like this idea and I am looking forward to sharing it. I am hoping that it will be a great way to connect with others plus it will be fun to document what I have going on for myself too! Thank you for the comment!

  • Sandy August 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Shay, I love this ! I really love the second , mysterious, girl. I have been going through a phase of disliking everything I do so I kind of just stopped ! I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s work and thinking I will never get there . I have to say that Ivy has really helped me ease up on myself a bit . Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to more ! I also think I should put down this IPad and start creating !

    • shay michelle August 11, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Hi Sandy! Oh, I totally get what your saying about disliking everything! There are a few times I have thought about selling all my art supplies and forgetting the whole thing! Isn’t Ivy fantastic? She is just so real and humble. She is a permission giver I think, to be gentle and patient with oneself. Let me know how things go with what you create!