Monday, April 28, 2008

Landscape Class Lesson 2 Complete!

I just finished painting the day and night canvases for my Landscape class. It was harder than it looks. I had to do some tweaking, but at the end of the day, I am happy with the way it turned out. I just got Lesson 3 by e-mail and I can't wait to get to painting the hills. I will post pictures as soon as I finish. I also recieved Lesson 5 of my faces class by e-mail and I finally get to use painting crayons....whoo hoo! I'm excited!! I will also post that picture once I'm finished. I better go and get to painting...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Faces Lesson 4 complete

Here is my girlie with her hair and eyebrows. I am really enjoying Paulette's class and am learning so much from her! She is such a talent and so down to earth. A really great teacher and person!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Commission "Jars"

My friend is giving her girlfriend a wedding shower in May and asked me to make these for the table centerpieces. I thought that was a really cool idea and I like the way they came out. I got the idea from the many "Captured Fairy" jars I've seen online. Most of the jars I have seen online have been vintage pictures of random children, so I thought it would be really neat to incorporate pictures of friends or family instead.

Completed Lessons and Project

I finally finished my Spring painting. I added hot beeswax and then distressed it with a little oil pastel. I also finished my 1st landscape lesson with the Altered Diva and the 3rd Faces lesson with Paulette Insall. I also worked all weekend on some commissioned jars for a friend. I cannot tell you how relieved I am that all of my projects are complete for the week. I will post pictures of the jars later.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring or Summer?

I really can't tell right now! Yesterday it was 93 degrees outside and today its kind of cloudy and much cooler. I guess I can't complain too much, the weather here is always pretty nice. Here is a new painting that I just completed last night. I really like the way it turned out and I think I will list it in my Etsy shop today. I am also going to put beeswax over it today to give it more of that shabby look I like so much. I also just started my new online class with the Altered Diva. I can't wait to get started! AND I still need to finish this weeks "faces" online class lesson. Wow, I guess I'm pretty busy. I better get going!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

"Faces" Lesson 2

Here is my painting after week 2. We learned how mix skin tones and shade the face. It was really intimidating at first, but once I just let go and trusted myself I had a lot of fun. I am pretty pleased with the way it came out. We are still going to do much more with the shadowing by using artists crayons. I can't wait for next week!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Faces Class with Paulette Insall

Well, the new online faces class with Paulette Insall is in full force. We are now in our second week and are starting to get into the nitty gritty! Here is my sketch of the girly I'm going to paint. She is a little different than what I think my style is turning into, but I think I like her (she is growing on me). I will post more pictures as each stage progresses.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

"From the Flower Fields"

This past Saturday, I took my son to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Every year they plant amazing colorful flowers up a huge hill about 4 blocks from the ocean. The flowers are so vibrant and beautiful and on one side of the hill they plant flowers to look like the Amercian Flag. It really is stunning to see in person. We took a tractor ride through the fields and JD had such a blast. He loved the tractor more than the flowers, but I really appreciated the beauty. This painting is called "From the Flower Fields" and I am really pleased with the way it came out. I again experimented with the background and used a lot of oil pastels (by far my best buy as far as art supplies go). And I finished off the painting with hot bees wax. I have come to the conclusion that ironing out the bees wax with a quilting iron sucks! I totally burned my finger on that stupid thing and I don't even think it made much of a difference on my painting. Oh well...