Sunday, September 15, 2019

One of my paintings was accepted!

I have been known to go off on watercolor painting jaunts as of the past three years and having quite fun with it I may add.
Fountain on the Square by Marla L. Niederer
Just for fun I entered three of my watercolor fountain paintings into a juried exhibit at the local museum and was happily surprised that one of them was accepted for the exhibit!
If you are nearby and would like to join me at the exhibit, the opening  is Saturday September 21st from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at the Remington Museum in Ogdensburg NY.

Hope to see you there….
 
The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer
There are still some spots available if you would like to take my Goddess cloth ball jointed doll online class.   It begins September 23, 2019.  You can find out more about the class on AforArtistic here:

Until next time……..

warm hugs,
Marla

Friday, August 30, 2019

Goddess Online Class

The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer

I’m very pleased to announce that I will be teaching the Goddess as an online class for the first time for AforArtistic September 23 2019!
The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer
The Goddess was inspired by Kuan Yin, a Goddess of Compassion, one who hears the cries of all beings.  Others know her as a Bodhisattva, one who puts off Nirvana in order to liberate all sentient beings. Many representations of Kuan Yin depict her as a beautiful oriental woman in flowing gowns carrying a vessel filled with the waters of compassion.  She is often depicted standing or sitting upon a lotus blossom. 
 
The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer
In this interpretation of Kuan Yin, I chose to place a hand crafted and hand painted lotus blossom upon her head as a headdress.  She wears a skirt and shawl of hand painted cheesecloth which represent the waters of compassion.  Her costume is hand beaded with silver lined glass beads. 
 
The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer
The Goddess is a 19” tall needle sculpted, hand painted art doll with ball joints and a facial cloth overlay.  The head has very unique sculpted eyes utilizing an advanced technique that gives the appearance of inset eyes.  In this class you will learn a variety of unique needle sculpting techniques such as how to attach a cloth overlay on the face, creating a swivel neck, creating ball joints at the hips, knees, ankles, elbows and wrist. In addition, the class presents instruction on how to utilize tube and pencil watercolors for skin tone and facial coloration.  Unique costuming design is included in instruction along with how to needle felt a hairdo. This workshop is designed to stretch your cloth art doll making skills to a whole new level!
 
The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer
I can’t wait for the class to begin and hope to see you there!
You can find more information about the class and how to sign up by clicking on this link to AforArtistic.

Until next time…..

warm hugs,
Marla


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Urban Sketching and Watercolor Painting

I’ve been taking advantage of some of the nice weather we have had to do a bit of urban sketching.  This is a quick sketch I did using water soluble graphite pencil of a water fountain in Watertown NY.
Fountain on the Square sketchbook page by Marla L. Niederer

I then visited the fountain again to create a watercolor painting.
Fountain on the Square by Marla L. Niederer

I attended a wedding in St Albans Vermont this summer and did this quick sketch of the water fountain in the park. 
St Albans Ladies Sketchbook page by Marla L. Niederer

I took quite a few pictures and used both the sketch and the photos to create this watercolor painting.
St Albans Ladies by Marla L. Niederer

I will be teaching an online class this coming September on how to create your own cloth ball jointed Goddess on AforArtistic.
The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer

  Hope to see you in class!

Until next time…….

warm hugs,
Marla

Friday, July 5, 2019

Treasures from the Past

Puppet created by J. Emery Kelley
Some days the sun just smiles on you.  I received a phone call the other day from a friend inviting me to view an incredible private collection of puppets created in the 1940’s.  
Puppets by J.Emery Kelley
The puppets were created by J. Emery Kelley who had been a music teacher in Binghamton NY.  She not only created these incredible puppets but also put on shows for the area children. 
Puppets by J.Emery Kelley
It was such an amazing experience to walk into a home filled with J. Emery Kelley’s life work. 
Puppets by J.Emery Kelley
The pictures do not do justice to the fine detail in the costuming and the expressions on all of their faces. 
Puppet by J. Emery Kelley
Included in the collection were a series of watercolor pictures of the puppets.
Watercolor by M. Foster Kelley
I feel so fortunate to have had an opportunity to view this beautiful collection from the past.
Watercolor by M. Foster Kelley

until next time………

Warm hugs,

Marla
Goddess by Marla L. Niederer
P.S.  I am getting ready to teach The Goddess for the first time online this September on AforArtistic.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Thunder: Second Portrait for 40 Portrait Challenge


I wanted to share with you my second portrait for the 40 portrait challenge. 
Thunder by Marla L. Niederer

This is a portrait of Thunder Awesome Niederer.  He is one of the kindest, intelligent, amusing, and most awesome human beings to walk upon the earth.  He also happens to be our beloved son.
Graphite sketch for Thunder by Marla L. Niederer

I started the portrait in water soluble graphite pencil and then did several layers of watercolors.
I have started working on portrait number three but am still in the initial phases. 
 
Initial watercolor layers for Thunder by Marla L. Niederer
My class Sleeping Mermaids is winding down but getting ready for my next online class The Goddess. Hope to see you in class!
 
Sleeping Mermaids by Marla L. Niederer
The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer

Until next time…….
warm hugs,
Marla

Saturday, June 8, 2019

40 Portraits Challenge and Woodland Faery Journal class review.

Online classes are so much fun!  Not only do I enjoy teaching them but I also enjoy taking them.  What I love about them is that you can enjoy taking a class in the comfort of your home.  You can take them at your own pace and if something happens to disrupt your class time you can always go back to it at a later date when you have more creative time.
Since I just joined a 40 portrait challenge on Facebook, I decided that it was time to create another art journal.
Toni Burt, a mixed media artist, teaches several classes online and in one of them she teaches how to make a woodland faery journal. 
Woodland Faery Journal by Toni Burt


The journal she made is really pretty and uses some mixed media techniques that I don’t really use so I decided to give it a try.   The class videos are clear and informative.  She takes you through the entire process in real time without any fast forwarding.  The class is one of her shorter ones and priced quite reasonably.  The videos are broken up into roughly 20 minute to 35 minute videos.  This seems to be a good length of time for each session.  Not too long and not too short.  I found the videos quite easy to follow.   She uses water-soluble graphite pencils which I had never heard of before.  Of course I had to purchase a set and try them out.  I bought a set made by Faber Castle and now absolutely love them.
Keeper of the Earth Journal cover by Marla L. Niederer inspired by Woodland Faery Journal Class

I created the journal substrate pretty much as directed in the online class but then I decided to go in my own direction.  I did use the mixed media techniques she shared for the background but wanted to use my own artwork instead of copying her artwork.  I also did not have many of the supplies she used such as the water-soluble markers and inktense sticks.  Since I had my watercolors out and ready to use, I used them instead.  The design I chose was based on a figurative fiber art sculpture that I had created quite some time ago called “Keeper of the Earth.”  I did want to make some changes though but kept that theme.  I also used quite a bit of Toni’s color palate since it was warm and earthy.
Keeper of the Earth Journal cover by Marla L. Niederer inspired by Woodland Faery Journal Class

These are pictures of the journal cover before sewing in the watercolor paper signatures that I will be using.
 
Keeper of the Earth Journal cover by Marla L. Niederer inspired by Woodland Faery Journal Class
Bottom line, it was a really fun class to take and a good way to start off my 40 portrait challenge.  Out of five stars, I give the class Five Stars.  Here is a link to the class if you would like to check it out.
I wonder do fantasy portraits count as portraits?  If so consider my journal cover the first of my 40 portraits!
 
Sleeping Mermaids by Marla L. Niederer
I am still teaching the Sleeping Mermaid workshop on A for Artistic.  If you are interested in taking the class it remains open for the rest of the month.  You can find out more information about it and or sign up here


Until next time…….

Warm hugs,
Marla

Sunday, June 2, 2019

AFICC 2019 was so much fun!

Moulin Rouge Dancers by Marla L. Niederer

I taught my Moulin Rouge Dancers class at Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay in Ohio this past spring.  The conference was just so much fun!
My favorite roomie Christine

I got to room with my favorite roomie Christine Shively-Benjamin.  I really enjoyed the time we had to spend together there.
Sue, I, and Virginia at the Hats and Heels banquet

I also got to visit with friends I had met before at AFICC before.
Moulin Rouge Dancers Class
Cynthia
Marilyn
Susan
Nancy Jo
Vicki

The doll artists that took my class were amazing.  It was such a pleasure to teach my Moulin Rouge Dancers class to them.
 
Sleeping Mermaids by Marla L. Niederer
I am still teaching my Sleeping Mermaid Class online.  Its not too late to sign up.

https://www.aforartistic.com/Sleeping-Mermaid-Workshop

Until next time…….

warm hugs,
Marla