January 2015 ~ Kimberly McGuiness Art & Design

~~Mixed Media~Digital Art~Home Decor~Gifts~~

January 29, 2015

Organic Illustration

©2015 Kimberly McGuiness
My illustration work is very organic and for the most part, is produced completely by free hand. Sometimes I know what the drawing will be and sometimes I don’t. I start with an idea and the work evolves from there with fine lines, broad strokes, great detail, and color.

I’m most influenced by the textures from my garden. The flowers have their own unique parade of designs to showcase so I look at them for inspiration in the spring and summer months in my area. In the fall, I’m inspired by the spent flower heads and the seed pods they produce while spreading their love across the grounds for another generation to blossom. The winter months are great for seeing the details of plant and tree branches that would otherwise be covered with leaves and blossoms. 

Every time I begin a new design I always start with a pencil to paper for my draft of the lines. When I’m happy I begin to ‘black ink’, a term I use to go over the pencil lines, for what will be the outline of the final piece. Once the black ink is complete I erase the pencil marks and begin adding detail. When I’m happy with everything I then ‘color ink’ the piece if I’m using ink. Sometimes I use colored pencils. I prefer the Prismacolor colored pencils because they have soft clay which makes it easy to blend the colors. Depending on the voice of the artwork, I’ll sometimes us a combination of ink and colored pencil. 
©2015 Kimberly McGuiness
I’m also influenced greatly by the patterns and colors in other cultures and will add those to my work as well or complete an entire piece with nothing but pattern. But I have to say, flowers are one of my most favorite things to draw making each one unique in its own way with fanciful petals and designer stems to help them reach the sky and leaves that could be their wings if they wanted to fly.

January 26, 2015

Twitter Art Exhibit: My Submission

For those who follow along you know I'm participating in the Twitter Art Exhibit in Norway this year with hundreds of other fantastic artists from around the world. I wanted to take a moment and share my contribution to this wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. You can view my previous post about the Twiter Art Exhibit for more information.
©2015 Kimberly McGuiness

January 23, 2015

Zion Bars

Here is an illustration I just finished last night titled 'Zion Bars Can't Hold My Soul'. The vision for this piece came to me from a song by Nickelback called 'Save'n Me'.
'Zion Bars Can't Hold My Soul' ©2015 Kimberly McGuiness


January 22, 2015

Rome Community HeART Project: Part II

In case you missed the post on Tuesday you can get it here. Here are some progress pictures for the back of my heart.

The hearts will be installed on Jan. 31st ready for display on February 1st. So sign up to follow this blog. I'll be posting all the information for voting on the heart for the People's Choice Award!  

drawing out the lines of the design
adding paint
filling in the words and adding the arrows
Adding a clear coat & finished!
Thank you for taking the time to have a look. Remember to follow the blog to get Information on where and how to vote!

January 20, 2015

Rome Community HeART Project: Part I

Rome Area Council for the Arts has once again teamed up with Redmond Regional Medical Center for the 2nd annual Rome Community HeART Project. February is Heart Month with a national focus on raising heart health awareness. To celebrate the month and raise heart health awareness, hearts will be displayed by local artists outside in the Downtown Rome area throughout the month of February 2015.

I submitted an application and a design to participate in this year's Community HeART Project and was accepted! The entire heart is now complete but thought you may enjoy the progress pictures. Here are some for the front of my heart. 
drawing out the lines of the design
starting to add paint
Filling in the lines
the front of the heart is finished 
Now that the front is finished time to get to the back. I'm so very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event. Join me here on Thursday for the progress on the back. To find out more please be sure to visit the RACA website. 

January 1, 2015

Twitter Art Exhibit: Are You In?

I'm participating in the Twitter Art Exhibit in Norway this year! TAE is an international exhibition of original postcard art benefiting Home-Start Moss, a nonprofit organization helping families in need. Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life. By matching experienced volunteers to families with young children, Home-Start provides support that is free to the family, confidential, and based on individual needs. Volunteers do not make judgments or tell the parents how to live their lives; instead, they try to encourage confidence and independence, and help families build their own networks of friends and other support.

Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss is the fifth installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe.

Curator and Founder David Sandum says, "Social media plays a major role in Twitter Art Exhibit. It is our intention to tweet, share, seed and promote our artists to thank them for their participation, and to make this event a huge success. The event will be highly publicized and well attended by art buyers and enthusiasts, members of the press, local artists and the community, as well as by the staff of Home-Start Moss, and the families they support."

I'm excited to be a part of this exhibition. My wish is that all artist who are able will particpate in this wonderful cause to make a difference for Home-Start Moss. To find out more visit the official Twitter Art Exhibit website for guidelines. Submission deadline is March 1, 2015. Please help spread the word by sharing across all your social media channels. Thank You !!