Sunday, April 10, 2016

Cardboard Shields for the boys and girl

We tried to follow a color pattern. My husband handles all the cutting and shaping cardboard while I handled all the painting. 
The kids loved them!!
We had the itch to make some shields after buying 5 Nerf swords to give the culdesac kiddos to play with. We got out white poster board, free handed the shield shape and the cut cardboard boxes in the same shape to match. The backs and handles were also oodles of cardboard and duct tape as was the edges of each shield. 

We took the designs from my son's favorite app on my phone, the Lego Knights. 5 kids and 5 designs... Perfect!!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

My first Plein Air: Lake Oneida at UNF with FCPAP

I did it. I got all the equipment. I got the box, I got the easel, I got new pastels, I got a beautiful day, a great instructor, and just had a glorious time. My very first time painting Plein air. Let's just say I will be doing it again! I'm hooked! 
Pastel in Premier sanded paper, 8x10

Sunday, March 13, 2016

My friend's Molly in pastel. A Shih-tzu portrait.

Got to play with a sampler pack of Richeson sanded paper. 
Was deciding what to get a friend for her 40th and finally broke open the pack.

 5x7 using Stabilo CarbOthello pastel pencils and some Rembrandts for the background and body. Shih-tzu Molly

Friday, March 11, 2016

My Ted Head Watercolor Sunset class

18x12 Winsor Newton Professional watercolors on Arches cold press.
I splurged on some watercolors and took an actual class. I will be doing more now that I have good materials... they really do make a difference!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Magnolia - A commission in watercolor

I had gone to a Ted Head watercolor workshop recently and I learned quite a bit about handling some brand-new professional type watercolors. 

Up until now I have only been practicing, so I've been using the small pans --typically Koi or some Grumbacher pans. I finally went out and got some professional Winsor & Newton tubes, got a pallet, got a sheet of Arches...stretched it (my first time) and --wow what a difference. 

 I showed my first painting on Facebook and the response reminded me I needed to be doing more art! So I was asked to do a magnolia. I definitely will be doing more!