Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Boxer Project

Here is a peek at something I've been working on a little while now for a friend.

My friend had purchased a statue of a boxer that was in a bit of disrepair from an estate sale and asked if I could possibly paint it to look like her sweet dog.

Absolutely. Sounded like a fun challenge to me.

So, first I sanded it down getting rid of the layers of flaky paint. I cleaned it. And I primed it.
Then I began painting it using various snapshots she sent me from her phone for reference.

I love this particular photo.

Creating a three dimensional pet portrait was a unique challenge and one I enjoyed very much.

I am just about finished now and will put the final clear coats of polycrylic on the statue to protect it. Then she will just have to decide where to put it.

Hmm....I wonder if her dogs will think she brought home a new friend to play with when she sets it out, haha.
My little dog sure freaked out barking the first time he came around the corner and saw it. It was pretty hilarious.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Artsy Bed & Breakfast

Over the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, we were thrilled to have family come at various times to stay at our home.

More family and friends = more fun and memories. Extra food, extra laughter, extra awesome.
But it also means a need for space to put people when they stay the night. Sure, we could stick them on couches and palettes on the floor....which we totally did with the kids. They love a good sleepover with cousins so it was perfect. But we wanted to share a special treat with the grown-ups. A little artsy bed and breakfast, if you will. And visitors were not the only ones to book this room. Jeremy and I stayed one night out in it as well and it was like our own little fancy retreat without the travel or booking fees!

Private wrap around deck with two chairs to watch the friendly visiting birds
Quiet view of gorgeous country sunset & sunrise
Private half bath
Queen size blow up mattress with adjustable comfort controls
Covered back porch with dining table, couch, swing and rocking chairs, quilts & screen set up for outdoor movie at night
Outdoor fire pit
all this and,
Access to the excitement of the main house only steps away.

Hmm....I'm thinking I might have to stay here again soon.

Wrapping up 2016

2016 - Teaching Classes & Hosting Art Gatherings in the Art Studio

Wow! What a blessing and a journey. Sometimes the most treasured and rewarding things bloom from steep trials and long hard work.

I am ever grateful for my students and their families, the fun things we have made together, the memories, the new friendships, the opportunity to grow right alongside each of them throughout this year.

I am looking forward to all that 2017 has to offer and all that we can contribute to it.

So, I suppose the short and sweet version of posting begs me to proclaim "that's a wrap for 2016".

I happily welcome the start of many fabulous new creative pursuits for the new year!

I'll leave you with a few snapshots from the last projects we did in kids classes at the end of the semester....

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sugar Skulls & Screen Printing

This past week my students and I had fun learning about the cultural history and tradition of Dia de Los Muertos.

While exploring the annual celebration that has taken place in Latin and Mexican cultures for centuries, we learned much about their popular colorful decorations and artwork.

In particular, we worked with making sugar skulls.

In order to create our designs, I taught the kids how to take a vector artwork (our sugar skull outline), create a transparency, develop it on a printing screen, and screen print onto pieces of fabric and t-shirts using fabric printing ink. We heat set the ink and then colored the designs with bright colors using Sharpie markers.

Here are the young masters of creativity at work:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Creative Hands at Work in the Studio

Some of you have asked recently what's been going on in the art studio.

Today I will share a few favorite photos from some of my recent classes so you may see for yourself, enjoy!

Classes each week this Fall!

Don't miss out! Contact me today if you are interested in getting your child involved.