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w.i.p.: expressive figures, the end

So, here is the final expressive figure painting of the group.

Maybe next week I will have something new for you…

No, I will. Maybe there will even be pictures of the Awesome Vacation I just got back from???


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wip: expressive figures pt 3

So on to the third of these itty bitty expressive figure paintings. I got the inspiration for these figures from a pack of vintage photos I bought on Etsy. And I am starting to think, that might be one of the best ways to do it:)

I love painting like this!

Until later:)

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d.i.y.: pebeo planter

Happy Tuesday!

And you know what Tuesday means… A new DIY.

I was at a loss this week; I didn’t know what to do as the DIY. So I rummaged through my supplies and came across an old mug and some Pebeo Porcelaine paints from last year’s Christmas project.

As it turns out, going through all of the stuff you have accumulated can be the best way to be inspired. Because I decided to make a planter. A painted planter.

If you haven’t heard of Pebeo paints before, let me tell you they are awesome. They sell a line of paint for painting on glass, and another for porcelain, so you can customize nearly anything!  (All of the links I provided send you to Dick Blick art supply store, but if you would rather run out and buy materials right away, they sell them at Michaels.)

So on to crafting…

I first washed and dried the mug and then wiped it off with some white vinegar.

Then I decided to paint a really loose/unplanned design on my mug. The cool thing about the paints is that they can be mixed like any other paint to make different colors and can be washed off with water. I did a couple of layers to deepen the colors.

Then, I got out my pens to draw lines on the mug. If you go the pen route, make sure you store them horizontally and always cap them when not in use. Even when you are drawing with them, if you put them down for a second, cap ’em. They will dry out very quickly otherwise.

When you are done doodling let your work dry for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, place your work in a cool oven. Set the oven to 350* F and bake the paint on for 40 minutes. Let it cool in the oven.

And then you can do with it as you will. I put a tiny Sage plant in there. Fingers crossed I keep it alive…


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w.i.p.: expressive figures pt 2

And I’m back!

And like promised, I have more expressive figure paintings to share.

So, here we are:

What a colorful couple! Can you tell I am excited for summer?

Sorry for the quick post, but I gotta run. Have a wonderful day!


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wip: expressive figures pt 1

So, I know I said I was ready to begin painting that one painting, you know the one, again. Truth is, I don’t know if I ever will be.

I started out thinking I would challenge myself to paint is as photo realistially as possible.

But, I can’t stand painting photo realistically.

The few times I have tried, I nearly pulled my hair out. And this is no exception. I think I may re-paint that dreaded painting it a way I am more comfortable with. But that will have to wait.

Here is a little painting I did while avoiding work on the big bad one. I did a few of these, so I will be sharing them over the next few weeks.

So, here is the first.

It was such a relief painting so loosely. I get so wound up painting the “other way”.  But at least I have learned my limits.

Until next time friends!

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diy: wood-burning 101

Today’s tutorial is less of “make this” and more of ” here are some basics, now go forth a do what you will”. As you have seen from some of my Works in Progress, I have been doing some minor (read: just a little) wood-burning. Not enough to make me an expert, but enough to have some tips.

So, here they are. I hope they encourage you to try it for yourself.

You want to start with unfinished wood. This is a biggie. If the wood has been varnished, sealed, lacquered, or whatever, you will be burning that varnish, sealant, lacquer, or whatever when you wood-burn. Problem is, those things can smell awful. And who knows exactly what they give off when burned.

When I have found the wood I am going to use, I transfer my drawing onto it. I have found that the white transfer paper (you can find it anywhere they have drawing/art supplies i.e. Hobby Lobby/Micheal’s) is the easiest to see on wood. So you cut the transfer paper to size, lay your drawing over the top, tape it all down and using a pen trace your image. It works like magic.

Then you are ready to get wood-burning. For anybody who is worried about the price of a wood-burning tool; don’t. I got mine for $10 at Hobby Lobby, and replacement tips are $5 for a set. Of course, the caveat is that this tool only burns at one temperature, HOT. This means it is more difficult to get subtle variations in tone if you are interested in doing lots of shading. But I do believe that this is a good tool to start with, and it can help you decide if  you like wood-burning before blowing hundreds on a really nice tool with temperature dials.

Okay, now make sure you are working in a well ventilated area. I personally wear a mask, and sometimes even safety goggles. The little puffs of smoke can be really irritating to your sinuses and eyes. So I would rather be cautious and enjoy the rest of my day, instead of ending up with a massive headache.

Attach the tip you want to use to the wood-burning pen, and then plug it in. I suggest you try out all of the tips that come with the pen. You might be surprised by which one becomes your favorite.

Once the tip has heated up, slowly draw around your image. Be careful not to touch ANY METAL on the pen, it is extremely hot. And when you set the pen down, make sure you place it on the rest included in the kit away from anything flammable.

And experiment with the different marks you can make by holding the pen different ways. Or burn the wood a little more or a little less. Practice makes perfect, and I am far from perfect.

Unscrew the tip partially with pliers when you are done drawing and have unplugged the pen. If you let it cool in the pen without unscrewing, it could get stuck. FOREVER. :)

If you choose to paint or seal the wood, do it after you are done wood-burning.

See what I did?!?

I really hope you try this. It is a wonderful medium, just be careful.

So, until tomorrow:)


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awful pictures


I have a work in progress to share.


the photo is horrible.

I seem to be stuck in an awful-photo-taking-slump.

maybe it is because I have been so busy lately.

excuses. excuses.

anyway here is my awful picture.

Until Friday….

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finally, work in progress

Yes! I did it! I didn’t fail you this time.

I have a work in progress pic to share. Unbelievable, right?

But true.

I sucked up all the courage I could muster and started painting this painting again. Which painting? I know, it has been a while since I could even look at it without getting, well, a little cranky.

And just a side note, the first picture’s color is off. I am sorry. I tried.

See, I am feeling good right now. I worked on this painting without getting frustrated. Look at me go!

Well, I will be back later.

Have the most wonderful day!

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snaps of the studio

So, just to be clear, yes, I did schedule this on Monday for Saturday. But, I am assuming my birthday was AMAZING. I mean, how could it not be?

Anyway, the other day when I was working in my studio, I realized just how much I like the little messes here and there. Now, I am not saying that I make messes on purpose just so I can enjoy them. As if I would just spill something and stand overjoyed in THE GLORY OF THE MESS. Nope. But when I looked around and saw these little untidy things, and how they were the result of highly enjoyable time spent working away in the room. Sometimes disorganization is nice.

And look at my paint palette.


And After. I had to clean it, but it still looked awesome.

Anyway. This is what my studio life looks like up close.

Have a great weekend!

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five faves: 1900-2000

Hello again! It’s Friday! Whooop! Whooop!

Anywho’s here is the conclusion to my Art History Five Faves, and it is a little more modern. Anything between 1900 and 2000 goes. What are your favorites?

I love Andre Derain’s abundantly colorful paintings.  But the hands and stare in this painting had me at hello. (Andre Derain, Woman in Chemise. 1906. From here.)

I have always been in awe of the freedom of Robert Rauchenberg’s work. Combine a Tire and sheep? Why not? Erase an Original De Kooning? Sure. (Robert Rauchenberg. Pilgrim. 1950. From Here.)

Paula Modersohn-Becker was one of the first women to paint herself nude in a self portrait. You gotta give her props for that. Plus, she always looks so serene. (Paula Modersohn-Becker. Self Portrait on her Sixth Wedding Anniversary. 1906. From Here.)

When I saw Susan Rothenberg’s studio on Art 21, I was in awe. It was an awesome mess. painting straight from the tube. mixing paint right on the table. Now, that’s what I am talking about! (Susan Rothenberg. Cabin Fever. 1976. From Here)

While Dorothy Tanning might be better known for other paintings, or for being Max Ernst’s fourth wife, I really really really like her later more expressive paintings. (Dorothy Tanning. To the Rescue. From Here.)

There it is. Have a wonderful rest of your day!

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