Journal Entry: Fish Version


This is a mixed media collage that is part of an art journal I’ve had since I was a junior in high school. This particular piece has to do with the lasting effects of the old spill that happened a year or two back. I incorporated the use of tissue paper and some old home made collage paper, as well as candle wax to give this journal entry a different sort of look from some of the ones I had done previously.

The interesting thing about this is that I created this collage inside an actual book, which is extremely convenient so if you’ve never kept a journal like this before then I would highly recommend it!

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11/10 and 11/11/2012 Mural Showcase

This weekend was definitely a busy one, with me barley managing to do half of the homework I had planned on doing and then hanging out with friends and my mister’s parents when they came for a surprise visit today. I feel completely guilty for doing absolutely nothing artsy and I can feel my artistic energy about to bubble out in a series of random sketches and silly concentration faces.

However, before that happens I decided I really need to make up for not drawing or painting all weekend and wanted to do a little showcase of the Environmental Mural I completed as a high school senior project. It’s my main piece of artwork.. ever. It took over 110 hours to complete over a span of 2 or 3 months and I’d never been more proud of anything in my life, and equally just as glad to be done with it!

Large murals take dedication and tons of patience after all. So without further ado, I present to you a few pictures from my mural!

The First Day



Me, a few days in (realizing how paint gets EVERYWHERE)




In Process




A Late Night Painting, Still In Process








Signed, to make it official 🙂




To see a TON more photos and close-ups of this mural you can go to http://mandyhola.wordpress.com

This site is the day by day blog I kept as record of my experience painting this mural, and I added new pictures with almost every post so I didn’t want to overload this post with a billion pictures and tried to keep it short!

During those 110+ hours of painting I met a lot of people, made friends with my high school janitors, and earned some appreciation from my piers because this was definitely not the average senior project. I learned a lot about myself, and a lot about art that I did not know before I started this mural, and if I could go back and do it all again I’d definitely have changed some things, but overall I’m still proud of what I’ve managed to leave behind.


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Heart Fail


So this is the first piece I’ve done in a long while that turned out… well.. not at all like I wanted it to. Sometimes this works to my advantage, but in this case not so much. The black paint was supposed to have a crackled effect because of the bottom layer that I used, but it didn’t work 😦

I feel cheated out of $5 by the fancy effects paint that sucked but maybe I’ll work to make this little collage into something a little different tomorrow. Too tired tonight so I’m off to bed!


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I’m cheating again, this one is a drawing I did a loonnnnggg time ago. No joke, this was about 2 years ago now. I feel almost as if my skill level has decreased because I still love this drawing, it’s really nice for what I used to do a few years ago and I was really proud of it back then too.

So maybe it’s not cheating, to include nice pieces of art even if they’re old in my blog? I haven’t a clue, so just go with it 🙂

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So A quick doodle today really, I’m starting a mini collection of clover themed ACEO cards to pawn off on ebay for pocket change and I suppose this one will be added to those numbers.

Today I’ve been in a very artistic mood. I learned a ton from reading about different artistic styles today and I find myself wanting to do so much all at once that I quite literally couldn’t choose what to attempt today and ended up doodling and then running out of time to draw anything more elaborate due to study time I had to set aside. Bleh, school. Such an inconvenience in my life, and yet I’m absorbed in it! Oh well, here’s the finished product 🙂

Four Leafed Clover Luck


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Impression of Impressionism


“When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you– a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives your own naive impression of the scene before you.” – Claude Monet

I’ve been studying up on impressionism lately, and Monet is by far my favorite artist of this style. He’s looked at as one of the leaders of the impressionist style, and one of the more modern style seeking artists of his time. He looked more to creating a new sense of modern artwork than he did to capturing the attention of the media and publicizing his work, or so my textbook tells me.

Whatever Monet’s motivation was to paint as he did, his work still manages to inspire me every time I see it. One of his more famous works, Impression: Sunrise (shown above), does exactly that. I’m fascinated by the short, choppy brushstrokes, sketch-like quality, and the simpleness of the scene that Monet gave this painting. However, what captures my attention most is it’s color.

Impressionism is identified, along with the visible brushstrokes and its sketch-like quality, by the colors. Most impressionist artists made use of optical mixtures and painted en plein aire to capture the true colors of natural light in their work. Optical mixtures, it turns out, became popular around this time because that’s when paints became portable. Artists would squeeze paint directly from the tube to canvas and then layer up heavy brushstrokes with different colors to achieve the greatest and truest form of color from their paints.

I’m going to admit it doesn’t seem like a big deal that they figured out that layering colors creates new colors, but it’s the way the artists of the time, and Monet especially, used this optical mixture technique to make colors stand out vividly, while still looking natural, that amazes me. Orange contrasted with blues, yellows added here and there. These colors all work in unity to create a very natural lighting.

Now, I’ve been looking into impressionism for a few weeks and even mentioned about trying to take advantage of the colors in my colored pencil drawings, making use of colors from the opposite ends of the color wheel to create nice effects. It’s actually a very handy tool and much more useful to darken a red using green than it would be to use black or a shade of brown. It’s nice to see my studies actually affect my own artwork in this way and is pretty encouraging in ways of actually getting my work done!

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Mr. Carrot Head Riding A French Chicken


Inspired by a fellow blogger on Expressions of my life – An evolution of art.

I’d like to thank Mr. Prewitt for his inspiring post that lead me to explore my free-handed colored pencil style!

I had a ton of fun with this drawing! More so than usual, actually, and I think it’s mostly because I was not simply copying something that has already been done, but rather creating something completely new. It’s a very satisfying feeling to know that my work is original this time around instead of another Winnie the Pooh character drawing (though I still adore Winnie the Pooh and will continue to draw them because they’re cute!).

Anyways, this Mr. Carrot Head Riding A French Chicken took a few hours to complete (about 4 I’m estimating) and I might just continue to draw characters like Mr. Carrot Head in the same style and see where it leads me! I’m excited, it’s not often I find this kind of inspiration and then have the artistic ability and willpower to get it looking good on paper.

So I guess this means the fan art may be done for now, and with no Sailor Moon drawings to show from it. Though this may be a new beginning, at least in one of my empty sketchbooks 🙂