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READY FOR BLACK FRIDAY?

All my online classes are discounted like never before!

If you have been wanting to sign up for one my classes but you have not had the chance, today is your lucky day! This black Friday weekend, and until Monday 11/28, all my online classes are priced at $50.00 each, at the lowest price you’ve ever seen!

A painting class that will take you on a voyage into the world of watercolor. Travel with Frida into a magical wonderland of color and texture that will feed your Soul with the desire to create beautiful things with simple materials: Paint, Water and Paper.

IN LOVE WITH FRIDA

A painting class that will take you on a voyage into the world of watercolor. Travel with Frida into a magical wonderland of color and texture that will feed your Soul with the desire to create beautiful things with simple materials: Paint, Water and Paper.

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MIXED MEDIA FROM THE HEART

More than just a painting class, I will show you the mixed media techniques I use on my paintings to journey through my process for creating mixed media art as an outlet for my dreams, my worries and my imagination to create art with a personal and distinctive style that you will love to call your own.

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A DOLL STORY

More than just a painting class, I will show you the mixed media techniques I use on my paintings to journey through my process for creating mixed media art as an outlet for my dreams, my worries and my imagination to create art with a personal and distinctive style that you will love to call your own.

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Mini Art dolls for your holidays

Every year I make a series of little wood kokeshi dolls to celebrate the coming of winter and the nice holidays ahead.

This year is no exception! I took my kokeshi blanks and set to work on this year’s collection.

It all begins with sketches for the ideas for the collections, sanding the wood dolls, priming with Golden Acrylic Gesso and then sanding again to give them a smooth finish to start.

 Next, I start working with Paperclay to create the details and personality of each of the dolls by sculpting and creating ears, noses, fur and beards with my Tool set.

By now, I pretty much know what each doll wants to be, and I will help it become just that with my hands.


Then, the painting begins! I like to use Golden Fluid Acrylics and Blick matte paints because they are perfect for the little details and they have great pigmentation and lightfastness, so your dolls will stay colorful for a long time, it’s something the craft paints will not achieve so it’s best to stick with the good stuff.
A fine brush is a must for the little details like the eyes, there are lots of brands so you can use your favorite, just make sure it is up to the task for your work. Patience is the key here!

A lot of work goes in each of the dolls, I just want them to be perfect and I like to take my time with each one them, specially in their eyes. Without expressive eyes, they are just little toys.

After that, the accessories come in! I painted some wood trees with pastel colors for some, and I used vintage miniature ornaments from thrifty stores for others, and then I mounted them on a little wood base.


But they are not done yet! I am getting ready to apply German glass glitter on them to make them shiny and sparkly. They will look beautiful when you place them over the fireplace and you turn on the Christmas lights, they will reflect the light with a thousand little sparks and will really come to life!

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And after all the hard work, you have beautiful dolls to enjoy for the holiday season! All of them are adoptable, you can visit the official adoption page on my online gallery, danitaart.com and you can click on each image to go directly the detail page, where you can see more pictures and take one home. 🙂

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Peppermint girl

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Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

_b214233Oh, Christmas tree!

_b214078Frosty the snowman

_b214543The queen of the north

_b214410The angel of creativity

_b214358The angel of love

_b214311The angel of peace

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Send in the snowmen!

Are you ready for the first snow fall of the year? Here on my side of the world things are just starting to get cool and snow may still be far away, but that does not mean I can’t start getting ready to create holiday art so you can decorate for Christmas, right?

I found some plastic dolls on a thrift store and I took them home with me to give them new life. Then I made new heads for them using paper clay and I hand painted each one.

Next I took some fabric scraps from my art doll projects and created onesies for them, and then I decorated their clothes and hats with vintage style tinsel and pompons.

A little more paint and lots of love to give them a vintage, kinda shabby look to remind me that old, discarded things can be given a new lease on life and that’s it!

Now they are ready to be adopted on my online gallery. Who will you take home?

Little red riding hood in soft pastels

 

I took my pastel boxes out this week and I decided to give them a go. Since I have been experimenting a lot lately, I wanted to see what would happen if I made a painting using only pastels.

I really love to see the boxes open and all the colors waiting to be used, and believe me, I have collected a lot of them in the time that I have been painting in mixed media. Here are some of the brands I used to create Little Red Riding Hood. Panpastel, Rembrandt, Sennelier and Conté à Paris are among the brands I love to use.

It’s a very challenging experience, because I am so used to work with liquid medium you can apply and blend in with a brush, and the physics and the feeling of the material are completely different to paint.

It also made me realize that working with pastels is much more drawing than painting, and it required me to pay a lot of attention to what I was doing.

Little red riding hood looks for the big bad wolf on this beautiful painting created by Danita Art

But, in the other hand, I can add extremely fine detail to the eyes and faces of my girls and the colors blend in a very subtle way, I love the dreamy effect I can achieve while keeping the eyes full of life.

The eyes of Danita's female portraits really shine when she uses soft pastels on wood, like this green eyed little red riding hood.

Definitively, I am going to keep using more of the pastels for full paintings instead of just highlights and details!

Little red riding hood, a beautiful soft pastel painting drawing on wood panel by Danita Art

You can see more photos of the painting in detail on my online shop, just click on the image and it will take you to the detailed pics and the page where you can adopt her if you wish to take her home to live with you.

I will braid my sadness

A beautiful mixed media painting by Danita Art
One of my favorite paintings of all time, a self portrait made when life is giving me many reasons to braid my hair.
This painting is very special to me. I love the beauty of her face and her soulful eyes. She is me, and I am braiding my hair.

I wanted to share with you a bit of the process, how she started from a rough sketch on the canvas into a full fledged painting on this timelapse video, and the inspiration that brought me to paint myself like this.

The inspiration for this painting came from a poem by Paola Klug that reflects my life situation now. I am battling a lot of fronts at the same time right now. This past year life has delivered me and my family so many blows that our life has been turned completely upside down. In Spanish, we have a saying, Llover sobre mojado , “It rains on wet ground”. We use it when things just keep on piling up, just like rain over a flooded garden.

This situation has put me into a constant battle against the dementors of my depression. But I must be strong, if not for myself, for the sake of my family. Escaping from the dark clutches of sadness and sorrow is getting increasingly difficult, but I must prevail. I must braid my hair, and when the time comes and the stars align, I will be able to let it down once again.

When life just keeps coming at you… What do you?

Here is the full poem, “I will braid my sadness“, it’s beautiful.

“My grandmother said that when a woman felt sad the best thing she could do was to braid her hair; in this way the pain would get trapped between the hair and could not reach the rest of the body; you had to be careful not to let the sadness get into the eyes because that would make them rain, also it was not good to let it go into our mouths because that would make them say things that were not true, don’t let it get between your hands- she would say- because you could over roast the coffee or undercook the dough; and sadness likes a bitter taste. When you feel sad, girl, braid your hair; block the pain in the skein and let it escape when the north wind blows real hard. Our hair is a net that’s able to catch everything, it’s strong as the roots of the bald cypress and soft as the atole’s foam.


Don’t be unprepared if melancholy takes a grip of you, my child, even if you have your heart broken or your bones are cold due to some absence. Don’t let it getinto you with your hair down, because it will flow cascading through the channels that the moon has drawn between your body. Braid your sadness, she always said, braid your sadness…


And tomorrow when you wake up to the sparrow’s song, you will find it pale and faded in the loom of your hair.”

– Paola Klug

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Making friends is REALLY HARD


I read this article about the difficulty of making friends and it totally resonated with me. I too have a very difficult time making lasting relationships and finding new friends I can trust, not just for chit chatting when I walk out of the house or while I wait for my kids at school.

I mean, REAL friends, the kind you can call at 2:00 AM because your dog ran away and your friend will be calling out your dog’s name in the streets in pj’s with you.

I guess it does not help that I am an introvert. I like interacting with people, but I prefer to do it on my own terms, and when it has a meaningful purpose besides commenting on the weather just to remove the awkwardness of silence some people can’t stand. I rather just read the news or look at inspiring images on my phone than having to submit myself for interacting for the sake of interacting.

Then I see my younger kid, he’s a natural extrovert and has absolutely no problem making friends when he goes to a new place, and how natural the interaction between small children is.

They do not judge you based on the clothes you wear, what kind of car you drive, what kind of work yo do or how much you make. They just like you and think you are cool because you play with them.

It made me wonder at what time did we loose that ability to just be friendly and open up. I miss those time when I made my best friends and wonder why I have such a hard time.

My career choice does not help either, I chose a difficult one to accept after all. I am an artist, and to a lot of people, it means I spend my time goofing off and doodling on sketchbooks while I see the days go by, waiting for “inspiration” to reach me. And then, what do I do with that? Just paint and make dolls when I could be changing the world by filling report after report in an office cube?

Since answering like Jack Black “I service society by rocking” is not an acceptable answer to the question “And what do you do?” When I meet someone outside the art community, I did what an artist would do. I created a painting about my best friends! 😂

I am thankful for the internet and social media. I am happy to have found friends that understand me, that like what I make, friends I can trust and talk to online and the phone, but sometimes I wish I could drop by and say hi with a bottle of wine just to goof for a while.

Does that happen to you often? How do you deal with it? What do you do when you are in that situation? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear that I am not alone in the world!

Time for a change

I am re-designing my websites. Can you take a look?

Well, I have been very busy creating art and experimenting with new materials, and I am getting ready to launch totally new content on my website, my blog and my classes website in the coming months.

But since Danita Art is a very, very, very small operation (Basically me doing everything) most of the time it will mean that being busy with something will make something else to be neglected or put aside, depending on the magnitude of the project, and how big my obsession is with whatever I am doing at the time. I guess it’s the curse of being such a curious bunny.

Saying that, I realized my websites were outdated and I’m in the process of improving on the design and usability of them, so I set out a renovation project for them. Things are looking go so far, and now I need your help.

If you can visit my websites and tell me what you think of the looks, I will really, really appreciate it. It won’t take a long time and a good honest opinion from my generous fans and patrons is what I need. Will you help?

www.danitaart.com

My official website, find everything about me here. Artwork, News, Social Media. Everything under one roof.

blog.danitaart.com

My one and only blog, with posts about my art process, my most important events and my occasional ranting when life gets hectic.

www.danitaartclasses.com

Do you want to find inspiration for a new project, or maybe you’d like to learn my art secrets? Then my online classes are the place to be.

Thanks in advance for your help, please post your opinions here in this post, on my Facebook page or send me an email to let me know what you think. I hope you like how things are looking now, and stay tuned because new and wonderful things are coming soon.

Beautiful art from the heart: The official blog.

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