April 9, 2014

Bird on a wire lesson

Today we discussed warm and cool colors and painted watercolor birds on wires. 

March 19, 2014

Prints on Wood: Jardinero

I'm thrilled to announce that prints of my painting "Jardinero" are now available for purchase at Prints on Wood. This is exciting because the original artwork was painted on wood and this is the first time I have been able to offer high quality prints in the same medium.  They are beautifully finished and ready to hang right out of the box.  Prints start at just $29. New prints to follow soon at PRINTS ON WOOD.

January 12, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 days - Day 11

"Narwhal and The Moon"
16 x 20 inches
Acrylic on canvas 

This painting was originally featured on the inside sleeve of a CD for children by Ronna Dragon.  Only the moon was completed for the CD to allow room for liner notes.  I finished the artwork by adding the sweet narwhal because I wanted a whimsical creature playing in the waves. 

January 3, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Three

"Meat Me"
8 x 8 inches
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas (with sides painted)

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January 2, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Two

Painting number 2 actually took me a day and a half, but it's finished and I love it.

"It's not the size of dog in the fight, it's the size of fight in the dog"
Mixed media on plywood
24 x 24 inches

Working from a photo of my dog, Lulu.  We found her in a trash pile, so that's why I used cardboard trash in the painting.  Also, the phrase, make lemons out of lemonade came to mind.  And when we found her my daughter used to call her "blueberry" because she curled into such a small little ball.  She must have been on the street a while, but she's a tough little one.  Raw steaks on the eyes are used after a hard punch to help with bruising.  This one was down, but she wasn't knocked out.

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January 1, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day One

Today I started a challenge to paint 30 paintings in 30 days…

Painting One… "Oh, my dear" Acrylic on canvas.  12 x 24 inches.

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December 10, 2013

Inspired by: Claude Monet Water Lilies

Today we painted with oil pastels.  I talked to the children about Claude Monet and his garden in Giverny, France.

We spoke about water reflecting things around it because it has no color.  I told the children to pretend that they were small frogs sitting on top of a lily pad.  What kinds of plants and flowers could be seen around a small pond?

Then, when we paint or draw water, we are really drawing the reflection of the things around it... the sky, flowers, plants, and trees in the garden.

We took colored pencils first to draw the lily pad and flower shapes.  Then we colored our pond with oil pastels on Bristol paper. At the end, we used cotton swabs dipped in baby oil to smear and blend the colors.  This gives the art a painterly look, like Monet's oil paintings.  The baby oil dissolves and blends the colors beautifully.