Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gourd Santa Step by Step

The gourd Santa is all done. I wanted to write a more detailed step-by-step tutorial, but I think I'll have to wait until I get more time on the library computers, or until I get something better than dial-up. I did get it listed on Etsy in time for Christmas so that's a start.

Here is a brief list of steps:
1. Find a Santa shaped gourd and clean it well.

2. Coat with gesso, let dry and sand with fine sandpaper a bit to smooth surface again.

3. Draw light guidelines on gourd with a pencil

4. Block in colored areas with first coat of paint using a medium brush.

5. Let dry thoroughly

6. Go in with finer brush and do all the detail work, making sure every part gets at least 2 coats of paint.

7. Sign your gourd

8. Coat with clear acrylic spray

9. Enjoy

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gourd Santa Step-by-step

In spite of my frustration and confusion about Christmas, sometimes I get a hankering to make something Christmassy. So I was staring at this gourd in my yard, and it was staring back, and I started to think,"I bet that gourd would make a good Santa." So I washed it all up, and noticed it had a broken/soft spot about a nickle in size.  Rats. I can still use it for a birdhouse or something, but since the Santa is all in one piece it wouldn't work for that.  So I went out to the studio and got another one of a similar shape and got it all cleaned up.

So now I'm about 3/4 of the way done with the Santa. It suddenly got blustery outside and I got hungry so I put it all away until tomorrow. But I plan to make a step-by-step how-to to go with it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Miniature Paintings of Lucerne Valley, California

First Lucerne Valley Painting
I think this one is my favorite.
Creosote Sunset
I worked on my first paintings at my new house today. Unfortunately the sun went down before I had time to finish but I'll show you what I did anyway.  I haven't been to the store to buy oil paints or masonite yet, so all of these are done on watercolor paper with acrylic paint.  If you want me to set one aside for purchase please let me know.

I'm using someone elses computer so I can't crop these perfectly.  Some of the margins have a slice of the painting next to it that won't be there when these are cut apart for framing. And as always, monitor colors may vary. Each painting is approximately 4" x 3".

Joshua Tree Sunset
One of them was of my Halloween pumpkin, since this is Halloween after all.
Turquoise House

Warty Pumpkin

Vespertine Hills

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Miniature Oil Painting

For a long time I've wanted to get back into oil painting but the cost of new supplies was prohibitive. But I just got a book at the library by a lady that paints on canvas that is 2 7/8 x 3 1/4". Since the canvas is so small, it's easy on the wallet. Plus they take up less storage space, and galleries are more likely to have room for them. They are cheaper to frame and ship. And since you can finish the painting in one sitting, you don't lose the mood of the painting or the lighting if you are doing en plein aire or alla prima. I can even get by with the smaller set of oil paints instead of buying the large tubes like I did in college.  Now I just hope Guy will be willing to drive the 30 miles to Michael's or JoAnne's soon so I can get supplies. Or maybe I should just order them from Art Supply Warehouse. The book that inspired me is called Big Art Small Canvas by Joyce Washor. Even if you still prefer normal sized paintings the book is full of advice that applies to all paintings.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Two New Mixed Media Paintings

I've been combating stress with painting.  I hope you enjoy them too. For more about them look here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Square Foot Painting Series

I started a whole new line of Square Foot Paintings. Then my boyfriend got me a table top easel Christmas.  For about a month I was doing a painting a day. And I can't believe I didn't put any of that in my blog. I guess I posted them to my other blogs. I wish someone would sweep out my brain and organize it better.
I even made them their own Etsy shop here. Square Foot Art Gallery. Each painting so far is priced $50, a steal for original art.  That may change in the future.