First day of Spring brought new friends to Danita Art!

Beautiful handmade Kokeshi Wooden Dolls are made by Danita to celebrate Spring and the coming of Easter with this little cute bunny rabbit figurines. Perfect for your Easter egg hunts!

You know I am always looking for excuses to create little wood kokeshi dolls collections! They are perfect because I love working on projects at the time and I rarely revisit them once they are done. So, these collection are perfect for me because I can make a collection while keeping them fresh and exclusive, and it’s always such a thrill to work with them. I love to make each one individually unique, with it’s own personality.

And today that it’s the first day of Spring, I decided to create a pack of wild Easter kokeshi bunny rabbit dolls, and they have made my shop their home while they are waiting to be adopted. don’t worry, they may be wild but they can easily be tamed with love and candy bribes. They are already taking over my heart, and I am sure each one of them will steal your heart too.

But you may wonder, where do they come from? And how are they made?If you’d like to see how they are done, follow me down the rabbit hole to find out how they are made 🙂

Everything starts with wooden peg doll blanks and some modeling clay to start sculpting the ears. Make sure you make little fluffy bunny tails too!

Danita paints by hand all her amazing kokeshi dolls to make each one of them unique and beautiful.

Once you are ready, you need to pick up a nice set of colors for them. Since I work with my kokeshi dolls as a collection, I like to choose a consistent palette of colors. You can use simple craft paints for the initial base and then with some of my favorite paints from Golden and Liquitex for a beautiful, high quality look.

See what I mean about picking a consistent color palette? They are very colorful, but each one of them is going to have a distinctive personality based on how I sculpted their ears and the colors I chose for them.

Now it’s time to start adding details and working on their faces. I used a polka dot pattern for their bunny suits because I thought they looked too plain and after I was done, I attached their bunny rabbit cotton tails with crafting glue.

The fun part begins! I get to draw their faces with my favorite stablio pencils and some of my mixed media secret sauce to give them that vintage look that I love so much. I like them to look like if they have been living hiding on my garden for a long time and I just discovered my new friends.

Now, they are getting ready to choose their outfits with silk ribbons they helped dye by hand here in the studio and they will be wearing them proudly when they go back to the Danita forest to dwell and have lots of fun.

And then, after they chose their scarves and I tied them in a neat bow, they are more than ready and eager to hop out to the forest for their final photo shoot so they can be adopted.

They are very shy…. So it took some time to convince them to come out of hiding in the clover fields of my mini backyard forest.

But they warmed up and once they realized the camera was not going to do anything to them except making them look gorgeous, they played along nicely.

Here they are! Enjoying a beautiful afternoon and going about their bunny rabbit business while I enjoyed their antics.

Now it’s time to choose your favorite and adopt one (Or all!) of them. They are a little wild and shy, but you can tame them with love and some candy, and they will be super happy to live with you.

 

Having fun is one of the most important things when you are an artist

I’ve been having a lot of fun creating new little paintings to try out new things, new techniques and new ways to use my art materials. After the well received Alice in Wonderland collection (Thank you! I had great comments about it! If you haven’t seen them, you should!) I was a exhausted, It took a lot of energy and effort to make it but I wanted to keep on going.

So, I decided to take things easier and went slower this time, and I went smaller. I bought the cutest little frames and started to draw and paint to create art to go with them.

I started trying out my new drawing style to make more realistic faces, and to be honest, it was fun challenge to translate my soulful and sometimes sorrowful expression and their lively eyes to this new style. It’s fun to be different and still the same.

Some of the paintings are more muted in color than my usual, colorful and whimsical style, and I see this as new era in Danitaland. I feel more mature and accepting of the qualities and events in my life and that reflects on my art.

But that does not mean I am not going to be doing colorful stuff any more! I still love bright colors and they will continue to be a part of who I am, but you will definitively see many different things coming up on my work.

One of the things I am being obsessed with right now are flowers everywhere. Maybe it’s spring that is just around the corner, I want to see flowers on everything I draw. On their hair, on their backgrounds or somewhere in the drawing, but I like to see them there.

See what I mean? You will see flowers everywhere. On her, I wanted to keep the whimsical subjects, but I am also moving towards things a little bit more real, more surreal is my goal and you can see the trend starting to move towards that goal.

Look at Nora, she has this dreamlike quality to her, vaporous and there but not quite there yet, but sill beautiful. And the vintage colored paper I used on her adds to the look.

I saw her face in a dream, and I just had to draw her. It was a lot of fun to use a scratch quill and create her powerful eyes and the details on her hair and neckpiece.

I hope you like them, it’s been a lot of fun making this series, having fun and just creating for the sake of creating, I think I painted all these more for myself that anything else, but after thinking about it, I realized I had to share them with the world.

I think they are too beautiful to keep them hidden, and they deserve to be seen. Don’t you think?

Closer to Alice

I want to thank you for the exceptional reception you gave to my latest paintings 🙂 A change in an artist’s style is not always welcome, and this was not the case. I have been getting lots of encouraging messages about the new direction my art is taking and I’m very happy to see that you like the change.

I created a video with closeups  of the paintings for you to enjoy the amazing level of detail these new paintings have. From pen drawings, to exquisite collage paper applications, and of course, the beautiful and lively eyes of my creations are there.

There are still a few paintings waiting for adoption, so head out to my online gallery to choose your favorite once you have seen the video 🙂

A new art retreat coming on September 2017

I’m so exited! A new, amazing art retreat is coming up on September 2017 at NW Country Art Retreats, in the foothills of Mt. Rainier.

It’s a restored 1970’s farm where my friend Lisa Kumcur will be our host for a four day, all inclusive weekend full of art, friendship and lasting memories.

I will work with you so we can unleash your art, and together we will open a window to your creative world and we’ll let your creations out into ours, just like I do on my paintings and dolls.

Signup information will be posted very soon, so go ahead and mark the date on your calendar, because spaces are going to be limited for this amazing opportunity to work with you.

See you soon!

Alice in wonderland, or the evolution of an Artist

I have a new, very different series of paintings that I just finished about Alice in Wonderland, and you can enjoy the whole series on my online gallery, danitaart.com. But before you go there, I’d like to share with you the story behind the new series, and I invite to read on before you see them. I promise you it will be worth it.

I’m always in motion, always trying to learn something new or do something different, but for some reason, my art started to become static. I was being content with it because it was in the comfort zone, people like it and I can get by by being an artist. There’s food on my plate, I have a roof to live in and my kids are fed and go to school. So, things were fine.

Except for one tiny little detail. They were not.

There was this stirring on my soul, asking me, no, begging for change, and it was growing louder and louder by the minute. I realized I could not pretend it was not there any more. My changing nature was calling me.

I knew a change was coming, so I started preparing myself for it. I started hoarding my art supplies and my sketchbooks, and I spent my days furiously sketching and practicing for my new adventure while I struggled to find what my soul was trying tell me it wanted to do next.

It’s not always easy to obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul, and it’s very strange to realize there are things inside you that you did not know they were there, sleeping and waiting to be awakened.

And then, there’s the fear of rejection. My anxious mind will always play tricks on me, giving me thousand scenarios on why I should not go on, that it’s better to stay in known territory than moving along and threading in uncharted waters. What if no one likes it? What if your followers abandon you because you tried something different? What if you are booed at and you will never be an artist again and you will never be able to paint and you will end up living on a wet cardboard box on a backstreet alley until you die, old and forgotten?

And I said NO to that voice. I won’t die alone and forgotten on a cardboard box in an alley. I said NO, My followers will not abandon me. I said NO, they will like it. And if they don’t there will come the ones who do. They will understand the necessity I have for change, for movement in my life. I have been standing still for too long and I refuse to continue doing that.

And armed with that new found determination and my weapons of choice, I set out on a new adventure, and Alice in Wonderland was the perfect vehicle to find a new path. Like Alice, I set out to a place where anything is possible, and together we wayfared on a new world of colors, new faces and new techniques.

One of the strangest things I discovered is how a medium you know so well suddenly can become daunting and menacing when you want to do something different to what you’ve done before. Things that are familiar to you no longer feel safe, because you are now doing things that will test your head, and your mind, and your brain, too. I felt like Alice in front of the Red Queen, demanded to explain what I was attempting to, and why.

But I kept walking on Wonderland, one step at a time, one painting at a time. Loving the journey, loving the process, the learning and the joy of seeing my ideas come to fruition at last.

You can see all the effort and love I poured into my new work, the faces are different, more alive than ever, and the pieces themselves are darker in color but still dreamy. It’s funny because when I started I ran away from earth tone like the plague, and now here I am with dreamy, old style illustrations.

I called this an evolution in the beginning, but as I’m was done with the last painting of the series, I realized this was not an evolution. It was a revolution, a change so drastic and strong that after it things will not be the same.

Alice found the mad hatter and the rabbit in the end, and on my story, she decides to stay in Wonderland and start a new story there. Just like I will.

Up close and personal with my watercolor paintings

Although everyone is welcome to drop by to my studio and say hello, I know some of my friends are very far away, so I decided to film closeups of my latest watercolor paintings so you can appreciate the beautiful details and color swirls that only watercolor can create while I paint my beautiful girls and their unique eyes.

If you’d like to see more of them, you can visit my official website, danitaart.com where you can enjoy more photos of them, and if you decide, you can adopt one and take it home.

Buy maybe, you’d like to get closer? Close enough to feel the paint in your brush and the water on the paper?

Well, you can paint with me! Join my online watercolor painting class, “In love with Frida: a Watercolor affair“, and we will learn together all my secrets about watercolor painting.

This class covers all the basic and advanced techniques in in-depth videos about paper, types of paints and how to make the best out of them, while using one of my favorite subjects to paint: Frida.

After you complete the lessons, you will be able to start your own love affair with watercolor and your characters will come to life just like you dreamed them.

Enjoy a free, sample lesson about paint and color opacity. Once you are done watching it, head to danitaartclasses.com where you can sign up for the full class and enjoy all the lessons I have prepared for you!

Sign up today!

Watercolors like rain

Danita's beautiful watercolor portraits show her evolution towards a different style while she remains the same whimsical artist at heart.My newest watercolor in a series of experimental portraits are available on my online gallery, danitaart.com

As an artist, it is necessary to be in continuous renewal, or you run the risk of being immobilized and frozen. To me, change is a needed evolution an I always go out and do new things, techniques and materials to learn more and more. I know my lifetime will not be enough to learn all I want, and I wish to try everything.

My latest series of watercolors are a vivid example of that. Different faces, new techniques and materials, and the same time, surprisingly, still me.

Beautiful art from the heart: The official blog.

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