Trending Themes: Adding a Feminine Touch + Chance to Win a Free Issue

Stampington's whimsical women

Artist Credit (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): 1- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 2- Kathleen Barnes, Art Journaling Summer 2012; 3- Kelly Rae Roberts, Somerset Studio March/April 2011; 4- Caiti Santa Maria, Art Journaling Summer 2012; 5- Patty Van Dorin, Somerset Apprentice Vol. 1, 2009; 6- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 7- Christy Tomlinson, She Found Color; 8- Cathy Nichols, Artful Blogging Summer 2010; 9- Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2012; 10- Donna Mulholland Art Journaling Winter 2012; 11- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 12- Suzi Blu, Artists’ Café Vol. 5, 2011

 

One of my favorite art journaling motifs is a whimsical silhouetted woman. Rich in decadent color or dainty and sweet in design, it’s impossible not to be mesmerized by each artist’s take on the portrait of a lady. To explore the many imaginative ways women can be represented in art, we’ve compiled a collection of some of our most artistic and treasured  pieces, created with beautiful, independent flair.

 

Blue Whimsical Girl“…in this universe that is flawed and sometimes oh-so-rough, the great thing about the art I make is that it allows me to cast the brightest and most colorful attention to the most deserving innocent creatures of the universe.”

- Suzi Blu, Artist’s Café

 

 

Kathleen Barnes art

Tip: “Allow your materials, such as old books and photographs, to inspire the images you choose to journal. Also, having a theme allows you to collect images and ephemera appropriate to that theme and helps get a page started.”

- Kathleen Barnes Art Journaling

 

 

 

Crowned Whimsical Girl“Creating the layers and the grunge style opens up something inside of me that flies freely and breaks boundaries.”

-Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio

 

 

 

whimsical girlTip: “A journal is a great visualization tool If there’s something new and brave you want to do – like teaching a class or self-publishing a book – create a journal page announcing it. Then you’ll be motivated to really make it happen!”

-Donna Mulholland, Art Journaling

 

 

 

Christy Tomlinson Girl“I have always loved art in one form or another – whether it was through wood fabric, paint, or jewelry.”

-Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging

 

 

 

SOM whimsical girlTip: “If you don’t like a page, don’t give up on it…some of my favorite pages are ones that have been painted and worked over many times. The layers will make it more interesting.”

- Patty Van Dorin, Somerset Apprentice

 

 

 

FREE Magazine Giveaway

If you’re interested in learning how to incorporate the feminine grace from these beauties into your artwork, why not enter to win one of the magazines that they were originally featured in? We will pick 3 random winners to receive your choice of our favorite titles: Artist’s Café 2011, Somerset Studio 2012, or Artful Blogging Autumn 2011.

 

To Enter:

From the grid of images above, pick your favorite painted, mixed-media, or other artful woman and explain why by commenting below!

 

Deadline to enter: Monday, Sept. 9th

*Winners will be contacted via email

 

Quick Reader Poll:

What is your favorite theme to experiment with and incorporate into your artwork? Do tell!

 

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184 Responses to “Trending Themes: Adding a Feminine Touch + Chance to Win a Free Issue”

  1. Melissa T. says:

    My favorite would have to be #12 by artist Suzi Blu. So much emotion is captured in the look of the woman in this piece. And the royal blue color is so fantastic!

  2. Aloquin says:

    Wonderful choices shown here! :)

  3. Gayla says:

    I like all of them, but my favorite is the one by Suzi Blue. I love the emotion in the girl’s face and I also love the color blue.

  4. FRANNIE MESHORER says:

    SUZI BLU .. her art is soulful and touches the heart like a soft, tender love song.

  5. Anne says:

    Everyone’s artwork here is so diverse, so personal, and so creative! No matter what she paints, my heart is always drawn to Suzi Blu’s whimsical girls and their incredibly sensitive, soulful faces. Everything Suzi has in her, her doll faces reflect.

  6. flor says:

    Suzi Blu! Powerful Art! All the way from expression to colors…explosive!

  7. Jules says:

    I would have to say my favorite is #12 by Suzi Blu. The richness in color, texture, and dimension drew my eye quickly to the bottom right of the grid. Just wonderful!

  8. Carmen Lucero says:

    My favorite is SuziBlue’s artsy girls – they mesmerize me with their angelic and soulful look. I took a class with her and learned how to make their eyes look into your soul!

    Carmen L

  9. Sue says:

    Wow look at all the Suzi Blu fans!!! You can add one more to that list. I have bee a fan of hers for years and love her style, her faces are always so very lovely and meaningful. Every one of her girls tell a story! Love her art and her Gypsy life. :)

  10. sylvia says:

    Suzi Blue, she paints most beautiful faces, and the eyes, eyes are so important and Suzi’s girls always show emotion. The color combination is also gorgeous.

  11. Candida says:

    I like Christy Tomlinson’s work. She has a whimsical and girly style I really enjoy.

  12. Joni Moore says:

    I am familiar with all the artists listed except for Kathleen Barnes. Her angels #2 are beautiful! I would love to see more of her art and learn about her.

  13. Debbie Kaste says:

    I luv Suzi Blu’s creations. They are so expressive. Her drawings of the girls make them pop off the page!

  14. JudithAnn says:

    #3 I have always loved the soft but confident faces of Kelly Rae Roberts work. Her girls and women capture a spirit I imagine pioneer women possessed, simple, but wise.

  15. Deborah K says:

    My favorite is #4 by Caiti Santa Maria. The colors are my fave palette and has a mixed media effect. I like the outline of the girl’s face and hair as it could represent any emotion or subject.

  16. Ellen says:

    I love all of these lovely ladies, but if I have to pick Suzi Blu’s work always inspires me. Yes, Blu’s clues ;D lunge off the page and inspire poetry~

  17. I love the lady by Donna Mulholland; so classy, and simple yet elegant.

  18. Lucie Hale says:

    My favorite is #7 Christy’s She found Color!!
    I’ve taken many of Christy’s classes and have come to LOVE her style of creative freedom. She’s taught me to sail beyond my wildest dreams. I love this girl because of the color boldness and the simplicity of the pic, that says so much and has so much going on behind the scenes!

  19. Becky Green says:

    OH MY!! Reading as to what each of these are about….It’s hard to pick JUST ONE!!! IF I HAVE TO CHOOSE? I guess I’d choose Donna Mulhollands –Art Journaling. I LOOOOOOVE the photo presented with this! It’s a BEAUTIFUL DEPICTION of femininity! Looks like what I used to paint when I was a young girl…OR, HOW I WANTED my pictures to look! :) WATERCOLORING is a FAVORITE MEDIUM of mine!!!!!:)

  20. Becky Green says:

    A recurring theme in my artwork? FLOWERS!!!!!!:) I LOVE THEM!!!!!:)

  21. Judy Skeel says:

    I like Suzi Blu best her face is closer to realistic than the others and yet still carries that grunge look around it. Unique style.

  22. Christi says:

    It was really hard to choose just one, but I’d have to say #12, Suzi Blu’s beautiful royal blue face just has an innocence, yet sadness, to it that I really connected with. Favorite theme? I’d have to say eclectic – LOL – I really love to use things in unexpected ways.

  23. Sue says:

    To pick one? Ahhh! It is toss-up but I will choose Donna Mulhollands girl because I am so enthralled with watercolors right now. I love the way the colors melt into each other…it’s always magical with watercolors. My favorite theme to incorporate into my artwork lately has been flowers and feathers! Can’t get enough

  24. Deb B says:

    Not sure I’ve got the numbering right, but in the first row, top to bottom, I like #2 & #4 and #1 and…but I guess I like #4 best. I like the watercolor ethereal feel to it.

  25. L Carolyn ghearing says:

    Oh, my, art journaling, winter 2012 caught my eye and took my breath away immediately! Beautiful colors and I used to wear lovely evening gowns as a teenager in Rainbow Girls…ahh memories…I feel a tune coming on! Tank you for the opportunity to enter!

  26. Susie C. says:

    Christy T. Is my choice. She has totally inspired me to pursue mixed media art.

  27. Zenetta says:

    My favorite is the Donna Mulholland piece. It is so fluid and I love the watercolor look.

  28. Carol b says:

    I like the different techniques used for the background of #7 and the rich colors.
    Carol b

  29. I am drawn to #3 by Kelly Rae Roberts. First of all because I love her work. The woman is a woman of color. She has wings behind her which reminds me that anything is possible. We are free beings. I love the peach and green background and that she is surrounded by birds and flowers.

  30. Tara says:

    I love Suzi Blu’s little lady. I love her use of color, and whimsy detail! :O) I am a big fan!!

  31. Natalie C says:

    I love Kelly Rae Roberts, her works is sweet and cheerful and always make me smile. I really enjoyed watching the video of how she works that she posted on her blog a long time ago, watching the process was facinating.

  32. Kelly K. says:

    I like the image by Kathleen Barnes. It made me think of girlfriends and how important they are to me and the roles they have played in my life. Girlfriends have the ability to lift our spirits and put a ray of sunshine back in our lives. Love the colors in the piece and the wings.

  33. Jeanne says:

    I like #10 by Donna Mulholland. I love the way the water colors blend and merge together. Gorgeous!

  34. Micki Harper says:

    Oh all the girls speak to me in some way but the one that really captivated me was #10 by Donna Mulholland. The soft lines and the way the colors wash into each other reminds me of ocean waves or an ocean current, reminding me to let it take me in other words, go with with the flow. Love it.

  35. jeannie says:

    I love them all…. but there is something about Christy Tomlinson’s girl art that speaks to me… the colors, the textures, the patterns…. the way it all comes together so cohesively is nothing short of FANTASTIC!

  36. Lissa g says:

    My favorite is #2. I love the way the colors complement each other. It reminds me of a summer day!

  37. Renee says:

    My favorite is #7 Christy Tomlinson. I love all of her girl art! She has inspired me to try things I never would have otherwise.

  38. Marilyn Curttright says:

    Gosh, so hard to choose, they are all stunning in their own right. I am drawn to #12 Suzi Blu, the eyes, the lips, the blush on the cheeks.

  39. Pat says:

    Donna Mulholland #10. I’m partial to watercolors, love the way they dance across the paper. Donna’s lady here is so unstructured and uncomplicated. She is very much a focus, yet feminine.

    Favorite theme? Nature. I love to incorporate things I find in our woods. I use vines in a lot of mixed media pieces, and I use native plant leaves and dried flowers in the handmade papers I mold.

  40. Lisa M says:

    I adore Kathleen Barnes’s ladies; the colors and poses really speak to me. It takes a special talent to convey so much expression in figures that don’t even have “expressions!” Beautiful work. If I win, I would like the issue these ladies appear in so I can frame that page for my bedroom!

  41. Sue O. says:

    Gosh, hard to choose, but maybe the last one, #12. Hard to forget the expression on that beautiful face.

  42. Nancy J Burdge says:

    I like all the ladies but was drawn to Donna Mulholland’s right away. It’s colorful and ethereal, very pretty. It’s simplicity makes me think I could possibly do something similar since I don’t draw.

  43. Teddee Grace says:

    I really like Patty Van Dorin’s art and her “don’t give up” message!

  44. What an incredible amount of talent collected in such a small space! My favorite, however, is #12 by Suzi Blu. I love her overall life philosophy, and it’s easy to see that she puts a piece of her own heart and soul into every single one of her creations. The faces of her girls always evoke strong emotions!

    The theme I’m into right now is tranquility.

  45. Geen says:

    no 12 Suzi Blu’s is my favorite. The face has so much expression and feeling, it’s a really moving piece.

  46. Beth says:

    I am drawn to #4. The simple design allows the viewer to fill in the blanks with their imagination. My second choice is Suzi – love her!

  47. Cathy C says:

    Patty Van Dorin’s, b/c she could be any woman.

  48. jennifer taylor says:

    my favorite is number 11. i just love the colors and the saying!

  49. Clare Godleski says:

    I like #7 b/c i like the way the red, white and blue are incorporated into the picture. I also like that the hat and the ruffle look 3D. Nice work!

  50. sud dulle says:

    My favorite is: #4 Caiti Santa Maria, Art Journaling Summer 2012. I remember my grandmother making me a doll when I was small and she had no face…when I asked her I she forgot a face, she told me no, now your doll can be whomever you choose to see her as. So I have always liked figures without faces and that are left up to the imagination.

  51. I really love #4 by Caiti Santa Maria. The whimsical blowing hair and the bright blue colors make me smile.

  52. Amy Davis says:

    My favorite is #4, Caiti Santa Maria. I had a hard time choosing as they are all beautiful. That one spoke to me, it says freedom. Like riding in the car with the windows open and radio up with the wind whipping your hair around. I just love it!

  53. Lynn Martin says:

    11- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011 I love the fall/muted colors, the mix of elegance/grunge. It reminds me of the image in my head of what I want to look like ‘when I grow up’…elegant, but still have a child-like playfulness. Beautiful.

  54. Valarie Holm says:

    #10 by Donna Mulholland…I love the simplicity of it, and it’s so different than the others.

  55. Wendy Erman says:

    I like #12. The blue and red do opposite things for me emotionally. If it was only blue, I’d say she was pensive or melancholy. But because of the cheeks, the mouth and even the bits of red on her eyes, she seems fiery and determined and intense.

  56. Diane Duda says:

    They are all unique and lovely. I am most drawn to Suzi Blu’s girl because of her eyes and the emotion I see within.

  57. Helena says:

    My fave is #7 because it reminds me of Frida Kahlo, she was all about color and the joy of living – i am a big fan :-)

  58. Dawn V. says:

    I like #4 by Caiti Santa Maria because of the linework. It’s a simple graphic and achievable.

  59. Carol Weiser (CarolW) says:

    My choice is #4 by Caiti Santa Maria, she can portray any emotion and I do love the background. I do Art Journaling and always want to draw ladies on my pages, this is perfect for me. So much talent is represented here.

  60. My favorite is #9- Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2012. I don’t know why, but the face really speaks to me. I love her eyes and her lips. They are all lovely though. Some of my favorite artists.

  61. Helen says:

    Oh my – so hard to choose!
    #5 it is – Patti van Dorin.
    I love her attitude to perseverance and creativity.
    Helen — Firenze Cards

  62. Victoria says:

    Cathy Nichols #8- I am the Queen of My own Imagination.
    This piece kept drawing me back. I enjoyed looking at her so much I had to look her up to enjoy the original picture. The textures and designs are so interesting and the colors pop and compliment each other so well. I love her crown and the red bird on it. Her dress makes her look even more regal and unique. The expression of her imagination is flowing all around her in whimsical beauty.

  63. Tisa at Seattle Retro says:

    Patty Van Dorin’s “Explore” art speaks to me–I like the faint compass image & how the traveller seems shadowy or transparent–how I feel when I go somewhere new, like I don’t quite ‘belong’ there so am slightly ‘invisible’. I thought this would make a great Pinterest board cover for the places I’d like to explore myself (if I ever went anywhere anymore!)

  64. Amy in Texas says:

    Love Christy’s She Found Color piece. What girl doesn’t love flowers, and a fun hat?

  65. M.Austen says:

    They are all amazing! Oh my, it’s so hard to pick just one, but if I have to pick one it would be #9- Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2012. I love the way she works in layers.

  66. V Bailey says:

    #10, Donna M. I LOVE watercolors and mystery!

  67. Christine piazza says:

    Christy Tomlinsons girl all have a girlish flair and love that she can be anything you want her to be!

  68. petra says:

    Hard to choose…they all are beautiful. If I had to pick only one it would be Suzi Blu. I love the palette and texture.

  69. KermitKid says:

    Suzi Blu! Her work seems to come from a deep internal place that is expressed magnificently through the sad and soulful eyes of her girls.

  70. Claire says:

    I prefer “Donna Mulholland”, because of the feminine grace and the melted colors

  71. Augustine Louise says:

    My favourite is Donna Mulholland’s watercolour girl – the way she is almost dissolving into the background, but at the same time a few strong dark strokes keep her in the foreground. Symbolic and ethereal. Love it!

  72. Teresa says:

    I love No. 9 by Tamara Laport. I have taken classes and watched tutorials of Tamara and she is fun loving and easy to follow.

  73. Chrstine C Dahlin says:

    I’m intrigued by Donna Mulholland art. It’s timeless in it’s woman and beautiful use of colours. Most of all something calls to my subconscience with the facelessness of a woman.

  74. Kelly Rae Roberts face #3 on the grid would be my favorite since many of Kelly’s painted girls seem to speak peace into my soul along with how her painted faces seem to encourage women to be their unique and beautiful selves.

  75. My favourite piece is by Caiti Santa Maria. The simplicity of the lines is so compelling. While I love all of the faces, Caiti’s speaks to me most of all.

  76. P Stevens says:

    Such beautiful and varied work… how can you choose a favorite?

    #10 Donna Mulholland – it’s sophisticated and yet surreal.

  77. Rita says:

    Just discovered Suzie Blu day before yesterday and already was able to get her book from library…love it and hope she incorporates little princes too to match the princesses.

  78. Sue says:

    I have to pick one which I like the best … big big decision … they are all wonderful in their own way … but I think Patty Van Dorin’s ‘Explore’ would be my pick …. I love finding new things to use in my art and new ways to create and ‘explore’ says that to me

  79. kim says:

    i love #12, suzi blu’s girls are magical, etheral and wonderfully beautiful full of inspiration and color.. love!!

  80. Lynn Fox says:

    #12 Suzi Blu – Here is a face full of innocence and beauty. The colors are exquisite and match the beauty expressed in the young woman’s face. A lovely, expressive piece of art. Divine!

  81. Michelle says:

    Christy’s #6 – I too like possibilities… And I always enjoy Christy’s fanciful creations.

  82. Nancy S says:

    I love them all but my favorite is Suzi Blu, such a wistful, gentle,beautiful face, haunting eyes!

    I love everything Suzi Blu does!

  83. Marion says:

    my favourite one is Tamara Laporte´s because of the pride she´s expressing …

  84. Laura Kramer says:

    Patty Van Dorin has an old look to it, but with a modern edge that makes me want to see into the person who is there but just an outline left for me to understand the person and visualize her.

  85. Carola Bartz says:

    My favorite is #7 by Christy Tomlinson. I love the colors, the flowers on the hat of the girl, the heart shaped face and cheeks and the beautiful neckline with the flowers. Looking at this painting just makes me happy and I want to take out my paints and start painting.

  86. Nancy Adkins says:

    #10 has that sense of mystery and spontanaeity that I love.

  87. I LOVE THEM ALL. IN PARTICULAR I LIKE CHRISTIE’S #6. THE BAGROUND DOESN’T HIDE ANY OF THE MANY THINGS SHE USED TO MAKE THE WHOLE PIECE. I LIKE DIVERSITY.

  88. Jo Berneche says:

    My Favorite is #12 Suzi Blu, Her face draws me in with her haunting eyes, makes me wonder and want to know “what ‘s she thinking?’ There is so much one can imagine with her beautiful expression..
    Blue is also my favorite color..Well Done Suzi

  89. Donna Mulholland’s piece seemed to stand out in the grouping of women. Her style and her medium comes together beautify to form a dreamy longing to be seen and yet remain somewhat mysterious.

  90. Donna Mulholland’s piece seemed to stand out in the grouping of women. Her style and her medium comes together beautifully to form a dreamy longing to be seen and yet remain somewhat mysterious.

  91. Matty says:

    Kathleen Barnes Image #2 expresses SISTERHOOD, the taller sister seems to be nuturing her smaller sister. The idea of wings and then leaves for wings brings up heavenly and natural images. Sometimes I wish I had a big sister to inspire and encourage me to be more CREATIVE. Kathleens artwork does it for me. but in my mind they are all winners, and I want to win too!

  92. Kelly says:

    I love Kelly Rae Roberts’ portrait. I love the combination of art techniques (paint, drawing, collage, splatter, etc) in this one.

  93. Kelly Paquet says:

    Number 7, She Found Color, by Christy Tomlinson, is
    my favorite. I like her because of the cheerful colors and the background interest – and she seems happy. Because she has no facial features, I can put myself, or a friend in the picture.

  94. Karen Fort says:

    I am enchanted by the impressionistic image by Donna Mulholland. The colors are my favorites, but I appreciate the way the figure seems to move with grace and elegance. At the same time, there is lightness, hope, joy expressed in the colors and soft edges. I aspire to this quality of beauty in my artwork.
    K. Fort

  95. maxine finch says:

    Love all of them. I love most of these women’s art but this time I was attracted to Donna Mulholland’s
    watercolor lady….beautiful lines, very classy look.

  96. Gill says:

    My favourite is #2 by Kathleen Barnes. I like the delicate colours & the wings which appear to have been made out of skeleton leaves.

  97. APG Jamie says:

    Tamara Laporte, She is more than a face and for me that exhibits what the feminine truly is as a whole. We are body plus – all that encompasses us becomes a part of us, our spirit envelopes not only us but nature, sound, light and so much more.

  98. I love the soft, floating image of Donna Mulholland. The rich colors accentuate the free flowing form! Beautiful image!

  99. julie says:

    Patty Van Dorin. The image appears simple at first but, as you look closely, has a lot of complexity.

  100. Carolyn Bennett says:

    My favorite is #10- Donna Mulholland. I love the colors, the blue and brown gives a feeling of earth and water, with some sadness from the blue, but it doesn’t feel like a sad picture. I also like that her face is left up to the imagination of the viewer.

  101. #2 Kathleen Barnes–I like them faceless because it allows me to project different personalities on the characters myself. I like the look of angels without the stereotypical wings. I like her style.

  102. Toni L. Marasco says:

    Loved the elegance and free flow of Donna Mulholland’s image.

  103. Barb Smith says:

    #2 Kathleen Barnes is my favorite. I like the soft ethereal look of the two girls with interesting wings and no faces.

  104. Susan sims says:

    Kathleen Barnes: Two best friends..so much alike but one is short, one is tall..one likes red, one likes blue….one likes her hair up…the other not so much…one likes fall, the other spring, one likes frills, the other simple..but they are so much alike and best friends!

  105. Loretta O'Neill says:

    Love them all! Hard to choose one fave. Something about #5 by Patty Van Dorin appeals to me… it speaks of a sisterhood among women.

  106. s.delgado says:

    i must say that i like #6, by christy tomlinson, best. it is a very hard choice, but her collage of brightly colored papers, painted strokes, stencil work and air of mystery SHE evokes by her layered art is my favorite. this is a classic piece of christy’s. i also appreciate her enthusiasim, willingness to share her knowledge of all things collage and her authentic self:yea!

  107. Jeanne Elliott says:

    I love them all, but I choose number 2 by Kathleen Barnes. There is just something about the two figures leaning together that draws me into ‘a conversation’ with them. What are they talking about? What is the story? Also, I like the whimsy of the leaf and butterfly wing.

  108. Laura says:

    I truly love all of these beautiful works, but Tamara Laporte’s really stands out and speaks to me.

  109. Carol Sweetapple says:

    I love them all but mostly Christie Tomlinson’s work. I follow her and have done most of her workshops.
    I am constantly amazed with her generosity and talent and she is not afraid to explore and change her style, two attributes I admire in any woman.

  110. Jan C. says:

    I love the watercolor in #10 especially…gorgeous!
    but the mixed media #6 is pretty awesome too!

  111. The #5 is the one that one to me. The woman made from a map and the title explore capture what I feel my life has been about, following a map to not get lost yet making time to explore the back roads I order to not miss out on anything interesting.

  112. I like Patty Van Dorin;s mixed media piece (and her advice to not give up on a page). I like all the layers in it as well as the silhouette of a woman it looks like it is a pattern she is cut out of.

  113. Teresa R says:

    4-Caiti Santa Maria – I like the faceless ones and I like the simplicity of this image – -just a color background and the image drawn in black

  114. Christy Tomlinson is such an inspiration to me, oh how I love everything she does! #1 is my fave because when I see angels, I remember my beautiful mom who died 2 yrs. ago August 29. Thank you for the chance to win!

  115. Donna K says:

    Patty Van Dorin’s woman #5, can be any woman, as her features are not formed yet. She is free to be her own person, act her own way, dress how she desires, choose what path she wants to take in this world. She has hope and doesn’t follow others just because it’s the fashion.

  116. Lorie says:

    #7 Christy Tomlinson, I love the beautiful contrast between the woman’s red head covering and the blue background. So striking!

  117. Christine Kiehl says:

    I really enjoyed this article and number 12 Suzi Blu from the Artists Cafe. I love the quote, the color combo, the girls expression full gaze (eyes) and those rosey round cheeks. The cheeks remind me of a marrionette doll who might be waiting for a little girl to come and play with her. Very nice piece. Thank you for the opportunity to win a free issue.

  118. Rebecca Ednie says:

    I have so many favorites and in truth, I love them all. But I’ll pick the water colored lady in the bottom left corner. She looks like she could walk down the red carpet or run through a field of daisies; whatever was presented in front if her and look marvelous no matter what! The washed out area just looks magical to me.

  119. Jeanne Kelly says:

    My absolute favorite is always Suzi ?blue. There is something about the eyes of her women that make them look so pensive and beautiful ! I just love herr style.

  120. Bev Langby says:

    Suzi Blu wins hands down she’s inventive and still sets the bar high,her work is timeless in a modern whimsical way,so vibrant and inspiring…she is one of the founders of this thing we call mixed media art journaling..

  121. Mary Brack says:

    Love Patti Van Dorn’s piece with the mixed media look.

  122. Michele Taylor says:

    I really like the picture which is a faceless head and neck with the wind blown hair because it truely is every woman completely comfortable in who she is and slightly mussed hair.
    The background colors are so soft as well the whole piece says feminine to me.

  123. Patricia Armbrust says:

    I love Christy Thomlinson’s work. She has opened up a whole new world for me in mixed media. My work has improved with each project I do with her.

  124. Each artist here is so amazing with their own unique style. My eye will always be drawn to bold colors and there is something to love about each one, but Tamara Laporte’s girl just really speaks to me. I love the freedom of layers and how each layer opens another door for you. Her girl oozes vulnerability and braveness!

  125. April Lopez says:

    My favorite is #2. I love the two angels. This reminds me of best friends. I don’t ever see a painting with two figures, it’s usually just one. I really love the feeling of friendship in this piece.

  126. Sophia Vida says:

    They are all fabulous but I really love #7 by Christy Tomlinson. The red and blues are so bright, bold and full of life. I also love #10 by Donna Mulholland. I’m a fan of watercolor painting and she is so dreamy and elegant. Almost drifting off the page.

  127. GINGER CHILD says:

    # 10 WITH HER DREAMY, FLOWING COLORS, AND UNDEFINED BODY SEEMS LIKE A WISP OF IMAGINATION LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO LAND!

  128. Lisa Jacobson says:

    Donna Mullholland’s tip and lady are my favorite!! It was very hard to choose, but Donna definately hit on the exact reason everyone should Art Journal!!!!

  129. Sheila says:

    Very hard to choose.I just wrote about exploring color, so #5 is just jumping out at me. I love the details, and the figure, the color. Very inspiring!

  130. No. 10- Donna Mulholland is the portrait of the woman I am truley drawn to. Her beauty is subtle, yet so very powerful and obvious and done with only using three colours. I love it!
    I also love Donna’s advise of using your journal pages as a tool to announce something you dream of doing, like teaching a class or publishing a book. What wonderful insight she has :)

  131. I like number 7,’She Found Color’ by Christy Tomlinson. I love the vibrancy of colors Christy used in this piece and the cohesive background elements which bring together a delightful muse for the senses.

  132. Bobbi in Montana says:

    #10, Donna Mulholland. I like her movement, beautiful colors, soothing quality, and clean vibe. I have no particular interest in ballet, so it’s especially neat to be drawn to this piece.

  133. Wendy says:

    Suzi Blu for sure…am a Suzi Blu fan from way back! She rocks!!

  134. Gail Fairchild says:

    #5 Patty Van Dorin – Why: The faceless silhouette is intriguing and mysterious. Plus, I don’t have the knack for drawing. So, anytime I see artwork that I can incorporate the technique into my own work, then I’m all that more inspired. The funny thing is – I think the issue she is in was one of the very first Stampington magazines I ever bought.
    Hmmm? I wonder if I still have that issue? :)

  135. Julia Kovac says:

    The lady painted by Donna Mulholland is my favorite. She is subtle and mysterious. I love the colors.

  136. Melanie LeGrand says:

    I love Christy Tomlinson! I have taken a class to learn more about She art girls. I would love a chance to win a back issue and see more of her work. Thank you!

  137. Elizabeth says:

    I love #2 Kathleen Barnes from Art Journaling. I love the 2 different women enjoying something girly and special together in their own personal style.

  138. Mary Anne Perlmutter says:

    Number 1 Christy Tomlinson is my favorite. She makes the most informative videos. She offers kits from her store Scarlet Lime and she uses the products that she sells. She is a busy mom and she is generous with her time.

  139. Seanora says:

    My favorite is 12 by Suzi Blu. The emotion in her eyes and the graceful expression touches me. Blessings and thank you.

  140. Judith says:

    I love Donna Mulholland’s work….the loose watercolors are beatiful. I also love Christy Tomlinson’s girlies as well. They are so sweet and and naive.
    I’ve taken a couple of She art classes and simply LOVE her style.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  141. Dawn says:

    Please make a calendar with these 12 ladies!!!!

  142. Susan Phillips says:

    I like “She Found Color”. I am also an artist and I love color. Pretty colors together.

  143. mindy says:

    the face w/ the red flowered hat & matching neckline … I appreciate the simplicity. maybe something do-able for me . I love hats ! ..Great colours. LIKE the back ground.

  144. Vicki Aldrich says:

    Christy Tomlinson without a doubt….I love her work and every time I see something she has created I am inspired and can’t wait to get my hands into my paint, stamps and everything else :)

  145. Monika says:

    All of the submissions are beautiful in their own right, but I find myself drawn towards Suzi Blu’s rendering. I think it is a combination of the colors she uses and the soulful expression of the woman. Good selections!!

  146. Marcie Hixson says:

    I love number 4……it draws you in & brings images to the viewers mind as well as viewing what is there.

  147. Beverley says:

    Donna Mulholland’s beautiful soft rendering from Art Journaling Winter 2012. I love the subtle mix of colours, the dreaminess and how it is almost wistful.

  148. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    They are all so fabulous but I am really drawn to the upper right corner because she’s so cocoa-y pensive…graceful, thoughtful, and colorful.

  149. Lauriee Arthur says:

    I love #7 by Christy Tomlinson _ It reminds me to grow old gracefully, to enjoy the beauty around me, stopping to smell the roses often. The blue butterfly is a symbol of transformation, God’s gentle touch in my life.

  150. Robin says:

    I immediately was drawn to #6by Christy Tomlinson. I was transported to the loving arms of my Mamaw.

  151. Margaret says:

    “She had color”, love Christy’s work and spirit.

  152. Sandra Jenkins says:

    I love the image by Donna Mulholland. Although, all are beautiful. Donna’s art represents to me the newness of creation in every moment. We flesh in, finish our project and flesh in again. It is exhilarating, joyous to see each color and each completed artwork. It makes one look forward to the next and still be appreciative of the continuous process of creation. Thank You… xoxoxoxo In Love and Light, Sandra J :-)

  153. Holly Moon says:

    I am constantly drawn to Donna Mulholland’s dancing lady in blue. I see joy and energy and romance in this piece.

  154. Jackie says:

    I prefer #4 – I love the flowing hair, the colors, and the fact that the viewer can project whatever feeling, emotion, or thought they want onto the image.

  155. Erin Glee says:

    I love the Suzi Blu Femme! The blue makes me feel beach-on (snicker)….and reminds me of the Suzi video I watched years ago of her creative process and love of her dogs and life near the Ocean…so sweet.

  156. Sasa says:

    For me it must be Suzi Blu since she was my first teacher in drawing faces and I learned so much from her. Although at the end we all find our own style I still love her gypsies….

  157. Walena says:

    I love #12 by Suzi Blu. I love the colors, dimension and expression of this woman’s face. It is bold and in your face and at the same time gentle and vulnerable(reminds me of myself).

  158. Retta says:

    At this very moment…I have to say my favorite is #6 by Christy Tomlinson. I love all of the layers, the textures and her color choices. I see something new each time I look at her girls.
    All of the choices are quite lovely.

  159. I cannot wait to get my hands on this magazine!! I draw girls all the time – it is my favorite artsy thing to do! My favorite of all these beauties is Tamara Laporte’s girl. LOVE all the layers and texture!

  160. victoria says:

    All beautiful works of art…Tamara Laporte’s work caught my eye(s). The lightness, simplicity, and buttons, wings and hearts…love them all!

  161. Tracy Ross says:

    I would have to go with Suzi Blue. I just love all her ladies but this one is especially lovely. Suzi is so unique and I love her take on the world!

  162. rush says:

    i like the style of 10- Donna Mulholland . it so free and light.

  163. They’re all unique & beautiful in their own way but I have to say that #12 is a fave, love her expression and the color palette Suzi used.

  164. Lauri Thomas says:

    all are fabulous! Especially love #10!

  165. anita says:

    My favorite is Tamara Laporte, Somerset Jan/Feb 2012. The face shows beauty but the depth of it shows much more. It image/face shows the strength and beauty of a mom. While she looks a bit worn she is still beautiful. I love the depth of the facial features and how it allows you to imagine so many things this woman could have done that day.

  166. Theresa Merkling says:

    I love them all, but vote for Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2012. I love the depth and dimension as well as the definition and features. She seems ready to speak out and I’m ready to listen…

  167. Jo says:

    I like the anonymity of the feminine faces without eyes and Kathleen Barnes’ advice about allowing theme to lead one in a direction and avoid meandering.

  168. Leeayn says:

    #5 – Not only is she stimulating visually, I might be able to make her. I just love all the layers. Any writing on a page excites me.

  169. Deb says:

    I loved many of these…such a nice array of techniques and styles. Particularly like the sweet quality of #8, the lovely water color quality of # 10 and the soulful face of #12.

  170. Christina says:

    #5
    This image allows the viewer to place their own desires in the open vastness of exploration.

  171. Susan says:

    All of the pieces are interesting – of course.
    If I have to pick just one – and it appears I do – I would choose #8. I feel like the eyes are looking at me.

  172. Laura Strack says:

    I love all these girls and their artist. I am a Christy Tomlinson fan, for sure. Her girl is fun and beautiful. Christy always makes her girls achievable, even if you are a green/newbie artist, like me. Thanks for showing me some other artist to study. Creating women artistically is intriguing to me and now I have some other venues to explore.

  173. Di says:

    I love Suzi’s portrait. The expression on her face is stunning. And the blue is so serene.

  174. Joyce says:

    I love all of them but the faceless girls speak to me more. I especially like the one in the middle on the bottom row. I like the softness of the background.

  175. Becca says:

    #4 speaks to me, it reminds me of my daughter.

  176. sharon gullikson says:

    The one in the top right corner speaks to me the most. She looks so peaceful, even with a bird on her head!!

  177. Natasha Poteraj says:

    The EXPLORE piece of artwork is my favorite. The woman is very traditional, yet the sentiment is not. It encourages her to break out of her usual world and routines, and experience life….

  178. Pat Schafer says:

    I love all of them, my favorite would be #1 Christy Tomlinson. Followed by Suzi Blu.

  179. Lisa Stevenson says:

    The center picture in the top row #2.
    To me it symbolizes a mother and daughter spending time together on a special occasion all dressed up and ready to explore whatever life has to offer.

    • Bethany says:

      Aw! That’s a lovely interpretation. Your daughter (aka me) must be one lucky girl to have you as a mom! ;)
      ~ Bethany

  180. leanne says:

    I find inspiration in all of them, but at this point in time the Suzi Blu one speaks to me the most. I love it!

  181. Daisy says:

    The girl which stands out to me has to be the SUZI BLU image.
    She incorporates the fun element, with human looking pretty girls. They show such emotion in their faces.
    The backgrounds are so colorful which makes a perfect addition to her artwork in my opinion.
    Thanks for the chance to win xx

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Stampington's whimsical women

Artist Credit (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): 1- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 2- Kathleen Barnes, Art Journaling Summer 2012; 3- Kelly Rae Roberts, Somerset Studio March/April 2011; 4- Caiti Santa Maria, Art Journaling Summer 2012; 5- Patty Van Dorin, Somerset Apprentice Vol. 1, 2009; 6- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 7- Christy Tomlinson, She Found Color; 8- Cathy Nichols, Artful Blogging Summer 2010; 9- Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2012; 10- Donna Mulholland Art Journaling Winter 2012; 11- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 12- Suzi Blu, Artists’ Café Vol. 5, 2011

 

One of my favorite art journaling motifs is a whimsical silhouetted woman. Rich in decadent color or dainty and sweet in design, it’s impossible not to be mesmerized by each artist’s take on the portrait of a lady. To explore the many imaginative ways women can be represented in art, we’ve compiled a collection of some of our most artistic and treasured  pieces, created with beautiful, independent flair.

 

Blue Whimsical Girl“…in this universe that is flawed and sometimes oh-so-rough, the great thing about the art I make is that it allows me to cast the brightest and most colorful attention to the most deserving innocent creatures of the universe.”

- Suzi Blu, Artist’s Café

 

 

Kathleen Barnes art

Tip: “Allow your materials, such as old books and photographs, to inspire the images you choose to journal. Also, having a theme allows you to collect images and ephemera appropriate to that theme and helps get a page started.”

- Kathleen Barnes Art Journaling

 

 

 

Crowned Whimsical Girl“Creating the layers and the grunge style opens up something inside of me that flies freely and breaks boundaries.”

-Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio

 

 

 

whimsical girlTip: “A journal is a great visualization tool If there’s something new and brave you want to do – like teaching a class or self-publishing a book – create a journal page announcing it. Then you’ll be motivated to really make it happen!”

-Donna Mulholland, Art Journaling

 

 

 

Christy Tomlinson Girl“I have always loved art in one form or another – whether it was through wood fabric, paint, or jewelry.”

-Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging

 

 

 

SOM whimsical girlTip: “If you don’t like a page, don’t give up on it…some of my favorite pages are ones that have been painted and worked over many times. The layers will make it more interesting.”

- Patty Van Dorin, Somerset Apprentice

 

 

 

FREE Magazine Giveaway

If you’re interested in learning how to incorporate the feminine grace from these beauties into your artwork, why not enter to win one of the magazines that they were originally featured in? We will pick 3 random winners to receive your choice of our favorite titles: Artist’s Café 2011, Somerset Studio 2012, or Artful Blogging Autumn 2011.

 

To Enter:

From the grid of images above, pick your favorite painted, mixed-media, or other artful woman and explain why by commenting below!

 

Deadline to enter: Monday, Sept. 9th

*Winners will be contacted via email

 

Quick Reader Poll:

What is your favorite theme to experiment with and incorporate into your artwork? Do tell!

 

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