Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Just have to share this great picture of the girls - they are too cute all dressed up in their new Christmas dresses!

Faith (6 - who is currently missing her two front teeth!), Naomi (2) and Mikayla (5) are so much fun. Naomi and Mikayla are my granddaughters and Faith is their cousin. Naomi and Mikayla are coming to spend a few days with me and we will have lots of fun! They love to feed the animals and play with all of the toys and stuffed dolls that I have. This time we will be inside most of the time because it is so cold, so we will also be doing some artwork, too. I will show off their creations in a few days! No doubt I will have some great photographs from those few days, too!

Have a great day! God bless,

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

A painting waiting to happen!

We didn't have much snow - but we have had ice the last few days and it has been beautiful!

Check out Billie Jane's eyelashes! And both her ears and Hershey's ears! They were frosty horses yesterday morning!

Winter has it beautiful moments around here!
Merry Christmas!
God bless,

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Sometimes I like to do something different - do you?

I really liked the photograph that I took of Sugar (who's real name is Zoe) and so I wanted to do a painting. First I did a transparent watercolor. I have prints available - but I sold the original a long time ago. She has a lot of expression and it was very fun to do the painting!

Then I found myself wanting to experiment with gouache and transparent watercolor. A friend had told me of a fun technique to lay down a solid color (white or pale color) and then paint the transparent watercolor on top of that. Since I wanted to be able to compare the two techniques, I did another painting of the same pose and used the transparent watercolor on top of white gouache. It has a very soft almost suede like appearance. The original of this is still available.

Then, I received more inspiration from a few other artists and I wanted to try something different. I had seen some hand colored prints that were really nice and the artist told me how he did them. An artist whose work I have admired in the past, uses really bright colors when she sketches or paints her animals. Well, doing a new technique on something small sounded like a good idea. I might actually have time to finish the project! I did and here is the result - I think it's fun! This is really mixed media - a print, with rice paper, and hand colored. The original of this is still available for purchase.

Three very different looks from the same image! Each one was fun to do and the results from each technique are very different!

Experiment! Try something new today - you never know what fun might await you!

God bless,

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Artist Trading Card Fall Swap

Woohoo! The Artist Trading Card Fall Swap at The Art Store by The Frame & I was a huge success! Lots of people came and made cards and then traded them with whomever was there at the time. We had all ages and levels of experience. Everyone is looking forward to our Spring Swap, now, and I am collecting ideas - and cards! - for that event which will be in March or April of 2009.

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