Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What's On my Desk?

I seem to have spurts of requests for custom artwork. I can go months without anyone asking me to paint something for them and then all of a sudden I will get tons of requests at once. Does that ever happen to you?

Here is what I am working on right now. I will try and take pictures of each step for the one on the right, but sometimes I get so wrapped up in painting that I forget to take pictures.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A New Painting Using Acrylics and Oil...yes you can do that!

I have been very inspired by artist Michael Shapcott and his awesome YouTube videos. I love how he uses paint to "tint" his subjects. He doesn't just slap on the paint. He uses very thinned out layers and He mixes acrylic paint with oil paint (yes, you read that right). You can mix the two only when you put oil on top of dried acrylic. So I decided to experiment with his process. This is what I came up with.

She is a little different, right? But, I kind of like her. My son really likes it and wants me to put it in his room (so that is what I will do). I named her "Courage" because it took some of that for me to be able to mix acrylic and oil (LOL).
Honestly, I'm not a fan of oil. The smell really grosses me out and with this particular process you have to use loads of linseed oil, which smells even worse. So, needless to say, I don't think I will be trying this process again. But, I had fun experimenting. I think I will try to get the same results (and I think I can) with acrylic or maybe even watercolor.
Experiment with new things and don't worry about the outcome. Just have fun with the process!
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Right now I am enjoying the beautiful flowers my husband bought me and the wonderful breakfast he made me. This is the beginning of a wonderful day.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you hard working ladies!!! It is the toughest, but most rewarding job, right?