Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Announcing Soul Food

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First off, let me clarify, Soul Food is an ART workshop with some favorite recipes thrown in for some extra spice =0)

Click image above for more info on each of the artists

Pinch me, I can barely believe it myself!!! My very first workshop! I so humbled and honored to be among such amazing, caring artists. I hope you will join us and help us to spread the word. Feel free to place the button below on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I hope to see you there!

And a very special thank you to all of our sponsors!


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Long Neck Lady

We've had snow and ice this week and while everyone else was outside sledding I was inside drawing and painting. I DID go outside to watch Josh (grandson) for a few but the fireplace was going, football is on TV and that sounded more my speed. Well, enough for football... lol!  I put on my headphones and watched my friend Laurel stream on Ustream
So this is another page in my journal with the pages that were already painted when the book was made. I am really loving this process because I can just draw and paint and not have to devote excess time to creating the backgrounds for each page. Not only that but just looking at this journal makes me happy! I love it even more each time I touch it :)

I've heard some contrary comments on beaded bindings and them being in the way when you paint or draw but I have not found that to be the case. You can see a few more pics on the post here but I have to warn you that the links to Ustream are no longer valid due to storage and policy issues/changes on UStream. 
 So enough with the backstory, here's today's painting:
Products used:
Daler Rowney Gesso

I'm a huge proponent of using what you have. It took me years to build up my collections of pencils, crayons and markers. I began buying my necessary colors from open stock (for me it is always flesh and adding when I could. So if for the time being if all you have is your kids colored pencils GO FOR IT!! That's where I started too =0)


Friday, December 6, 2013

A Little Fashion Anyone?

So if you saw my post yesterday you saw the background I had ideas for. If you missed it here it is again:
I know everyone will see something different and that is totally awesome! What I saw right away is the curve of a woman's hip thrust out in a model type pose. Here's what came of it:
Dang! I wish I had a photo of the sketch to share so you can see how all of those bubbles helped me with the placement of her arms and that bubble or bauble (have no idea what it in her hand. 
Thanks for stopping by! Two posts in two days? That doesn't happen very often anymore ;P
Products used:
DecoArt Americana Paints
Caran D'Ache Neo II's
Prismacolor pencils
Signo White pen 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Face and Flowers

Hi all!  I pulled out a journal I made a while back and have never really done anything in. Each page is already painted, stenciled, stamped, etc. so all I have to do is add whatever I want to the page to finish it off. 

I've been going crazy making faces in this journal. Maybe sometime soon I'll do a flip through. I used DecoArt Americana paints, watercolor pencils and Neo II watersoluable crayons by Caran D'Ache and Staedtler colored pencils. 

Here's one of the next pages I am going to start. I definitely see a shape already emerging. What do you see?
If any of you have never tried this all you need to do is drop rubbing alcohol onto wet paint. I paint an undercoat, let dry then apply a nice juicy layer (contrasting color)  and drop the alcohol while it's still wet. 


Monday, December 2, 2013

Still Practicing

No where near where I want to be but also no where near where I was a few years ago. So that ol' practice, practice, practice actually works? 

Here's a few close ups of some of the yummier bits:

And one final close up of the face:

Still not over my turquoise phase! It is my "go to" happy color for the time being so I make no apologies.
Products used:
Daler Rowney Hardbound Sketchbook
Assorted scrapbooking papers for collage
Decou-page by DecoArts
Americana paints by DecoArts (two that I having the most fun with at the moment in Desert Turquoise and Sea Aqua)
Prismacolor Premiere pencils
Rapidograph pen 

I think that is about all. We are getting soooo close for Soul Food to start! I hope to see you there!!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Check out Kat's classes for 2014

Let me guess, you decided that you're not an artist because you can't even draw a stick figure or straight line. Kat McBride, from, knows that she can teach anyone, yup you too, how to draw and paint with her Let's Draw and Paint Gorgeous Girls class. Gorgeous Girls is a year long mixed media art class aimed at beginners and it is restarting January 1st 2014 at the Beta price of $197. Do you think you can't draw or paint? Try her freebie lesson all about drawing and painting Glamorous faces, it just happens to be the first lesson of Gorgeous Girls 2014. Check it out! Need more info on exactly what the class offers? Clickity click right here:

Kat is a wonderful artist that shares so much of her talent and makes herself available to her students through newsletters, facebook, twitter, etc. I've taken many workshops and I have to say Kat is one of my favorite teachers.