January 2017 ~ Kimberly McGuiness Art & Design

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

January 24, 2017

Exploring Watercolor

Watercolors are one of the things on my list to explore and learn more about this year because working with watercolor is certainly not my forte. Then again, I'm no expert on anything except curiosuity and trying new things. I love to get my hands on things I haven't yet added to my work and see if the process and medium are a good fit. 
For me, does it flow right for me, is it an aggravating process, too much work, expensive, worth my time, etc. Watercolor is something I never thought I would give a second look at let alone pick up a brush and try my hand at it. Why would I? I thought. Watercolor can't be easily controlled like acrylic paint and it pushes me out of my comfort zone but, I must say surprisingly I like it! The above piece is inspired by a class I'm taking, Into The Myst by Katrina Koltes

Here are a few more pieces I created using watercolor and watercolor paper. These are mixed media as are all of my pieces because I can't only use just one thing. Thanks so much for reading this post.

January 17, 2017

Meet Harlaqwin

She is the jester of the royal court always making laughter and mayhem that only she can do with her antics and unmatched shenanigans... leaving a lasting impression with all she meets.
©2017 Kimberly McGuiness 
She is a mixed media piece on 11x14 smooth bristol. I used ink, Prismacolor Colored pencils, white out pen, gelly roll pen, acrylic, koi brush pens, watercolor.... - enjoy and thanks for looking!

January 10, 2017

A Piece of My Soul

jumping in to share a piece of my soul with you, vulnerable, YES...authentically me, ALWAYS.....It's not pretty or perfect nor does it matter or come with a sale price..... but it's real and what it represents to me is priceless.... my own release of sorts, of knowing the path I'm on with the people I'm with at this time in my life is as it should be. No matter the challenges, the disappointments or the what if's.....my work is ever evolving, the learning and growing will never stop but only fuel my passion, staying focused on the goal.....
I'm free from the bonds that once kept my heart & soul from my dreams. My tears of joy are but ripples in a pond as I move forward toward an ocean of possibilities. ~Kimberly McGuiness, 2016 ~enjoy

January 1, 2017

A Humble Little Bird

I’ve come to realize I have always had a love for mixed media, but never really took the time to develop it into my own style. This is my first mixed media project and an exploratory piece of sorts on an 8x10 gallery wrapped canvas from 2014. I keep it on the wall in the studio to remind me each day how far I've come in 3 years.
©2014 Kimberly McGuiness
It's a humble little piece, one that I couldn't stop looking at when it was finished. This little bird will always be with me cheering me on to reach higher, to spread my wings wide, to not be afraid to break through barriers, walk through doors yet to be explored and see how far I can go. After all, there are no boundaries other than the ones we set on ourselves. I have discovered a new love, a new art form, where mistakes are encouraged and layers are expected. As the quote on this piece reads, " There is a miracle in every new Begining", 2017 will be a new beginning of experiments, explorations, learning, teaching, and sharing. Thank each of you for following along with me on a new year of discoveries. ~Blessings, Love & Light~