Friday, October 18, 2013


Hi all! A few weeks ago I posted a video on my YT channel showing me playing with some negative painting. I was first exposed to negative painting in the watercolor painting world. The very first were by Karlyn Holman, Lian Quan Zhen and Linda Kemp and I've been getting more and more obsessed with the process ever since. You can search for all three artists on YT to see excerpts from their workshops on I wanted to take that process a step further and add some mixed media spice to it ;)
My good friend (and amazing ARTIST!!) Darcy just posted a piece she did after watching my video. It just warms my heart like you can't believe to see someone take something, run with it and put their own spin on it! Please check out Darcy's post here.

And if you missed the YT here it is:
I hope you have a wonderful, art filled day and don't forget, there's still plenty of time to get in on Soul Food


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mixed Media Fall Leaves Painting

Finally finished my Fall Leaves painting I started last week. It went through so many stages. I would like to try another one in just watercolors and see how that turns out. It was really hard to get a good photo. The light was reflecting off of the varnish, even though it is a matte finish. 
But here's a few close up:

What to start next? Isn't that always the question? 
Thanks for stopping by =0)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall Leaves WIP

I rarely share WIP, mainly because I get so lost in the creating I forget to take pics. Today I remembered!  Some of my friends were talking this morning (and yesterday) about how much we love fall. The colors just wow me like nothing else. And given my recent love of negative painting I started working on this:
I cannot tell you how much I LOVE mixed media! I am finally getting to the point where I can just stop over thinking it and just have fun. 
Here's a close up:
Back to the drawing board but as always, thanks for dropping by =0)


Friday, October 4, 2013

Reclaimed Box for Art

Not sure what to call these pieces... upcycled, reused, recycled boxes?

I really enjoy making these little pieces. This began life as a Crystal Life water crystals box. It's only 4.5"x 2.75". 
Here's a close up of the face:
I love when the backgrounds peek through! 
Here is a list of the products used:
Bahama Blue (go ahead and get an 8 oz. bottle.. lol) 
Dioxazine Purple
Electric Pink
Cashmiere Beige
Shading Flesh
HiLite Flesh
Burnt Sienna
Black Plum
Deep Burgundy and
Titanium White
A graphite pencil
An angle, liner and flat brush
Micro beads

Don't forget about Soul Food! If you haven't signed up yet you can find out about payment plans and more at that link. If you have already signed up then you know that some of the teachers are starting to offer up some juicy morsels to get your juices flowing and your tummy rumbling for more!
Hope to see you there xx


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hydrangea and Finch Mixed Media Painting

What's this? TWO posts in one day? That hasn't happened since my DT days! BUT it has felt so good to be in my art room yesterday afternoon and this morning! 
I'm sure you've all heard me sing the praises of Paint My Photo before but I will say it again... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this site! I am so grateful to the amazing photographers that have the skill and equipment to provide me with enough inspiration to keep me painting for the rest of my life. PMP (Paint my Photo) is a ning so you have to join. But I promise you, they do not spam and have one of the BEST, no... THE best newsletters for artists / photographers around. 
I was inspired by this amazing photo. Thank you Cynthia!!!
And here is the piece I created:

I cannot tell you how excited I was to watch this piece evolve. I had not intended to do a nature scene. Last night I made the background with DecoArt Americana acrylics, Neo II's and some home made ink sprays created from FW Acrylic Inks. When I began I had every intention of doing a face but after looking at it and channeling (joke of course) Mystele and her Gut Art ways I was seeing mounds of Hydrangea and soft greenery. 
Here's a look:
At this point I had sketched in the bird and main hydrangea.  I also had added some masking fluid which really proved unnecessary but oh well. 
The rest was done with Winsor and Newton watercolors and a few fine details added with Prismacolor Pencils.  Here's a close up:
You ever have a moment after a piece is done when you just want to jump up and down and pump your fists in the air? Me either... lol! But this one comes darn close! All of my favorite subject matters and products alive on one piece. 
Thanks for looking and please head over to Mystele's to find out more about Soul Food as well as her Gut Art classes.


Puppy Love

Here's a piece I've been working on off and on for the last week or so:
Can't you just smell that puppy head smell? 
I used DecoArt Americana paints Bahama Blue for the base of the background. I also love their flesh tones. One of these days I may get down the knack of mixing my own flesh tones (yea, right!!)
Here's a few close ups:

Thanks for dropping by! Hope to see you in Soul Food


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

And the Winner is.......

Drum roll please............

My grandson Josh officially drew a name from his fishing net

And the winner is.......
I really had to push the colors and what not's to even get this little bit to show in the pic. I'd scan it for you but he thought this was such a big deal he put it in his pocket and took it to school.. lol!  But believe me, it says Sheri.

Sheri please email me and I will get your info to Mystelle, Heather and Jeanette. Congrats on your win!!

And thanks to everyone who participated! I hope to see you all in class =0)