Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Paint Color Tags - Let's Get Organized

Got this idea from Diane Duda - an artist I just adore! - to make chips of all my paint colors. Years ago I inherited a bunch of craft paint. Some are so old they have price tags from stores that don't even exist anymore. So I know I won't always have these exact paints, but being able to lay out colors and think about the color scheme before starting a painting is proving VERY useful. And seriously, aren't they so pretty???

These masonite tags* were leftovers from an old project and my husband just cut them down a bit for me. They used to be 3"x3" square. They're now about 1.75" x 3".
This was my color scheme for one of my Glasses Girls. I didn't stick to it exactly, but it was a great jumping off point. (I went back and painted the sides of the tags later--they just looked too sloppy this way. And I wanted to be able to see from the top which color was which).

*A litte bit more about these tags. Years ago I made chalkboard tags from masonite squares my husband had cut for me. I sold them in groups of 3-5. An international company contacted me and wanted an order of 500 tags to tie to a CD they were about to launch. They said if all went well, they'd be ordering 500 more. So my husband decided to cut and drill all 1,000 at one time since the equipment was already set up, etc. Well, the second order ended up not happening. (I hope that doesn't mean the CD launch didn't go well...I don't really know). But I found myself with A LOT of little masonite tags. Throughout the years, I've made a bunch of things with them.

Below are some pics if you're interested. As you can see, I DO NOT let things go to waste and if there's something I can paint on, add paper to, and/or add ribbon to, I'll do it!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

All Three Glasses Girls Together

Which one is your favorite?
Here they are hanging in their new home.
And one last pic for a size reference. (My daughter would kill me if she knew I posted this. She was somewhat cooperative about posing for this size reference pic I took to send to a potential client, but she wouldn't love it on the blog...oh well, she'll never know...) :)

Newest Painting - Glasses Girl No. 3

She's the last in the series for my office. I'm enjoying these large format faces so much I'm sure I'll do more...after I finish some holiday gift paintings and some other commissions I'm working on. Stay tuned. I'm sure some girls like this will eventually make it into my ETSY shop.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bullet Journal Pages 224-225

Not a whole lot going on here, but I kinda like that the letters on November on the right page look like they have turkey feathers on them.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bullet Journal Pages 222-223

Two more weeks of delicious Fall colors! I may use colors other than brown, red, orange, and yellow in November...but I may not.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Newest Painting - Glasses Girl No. 2

This is the second painting in my Glasses Girls series. The first one is already hanging in the office where I work. Once I hang this one, I'll decide if a third will fit or if two is enough. Either way, once everything is hung, I'll take some pictures of the girls in their new home.

18"x22" acrylics and wood on canvas

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Newest Painting - Tall Pink Roses

This used to be a red sign with words on it that hung on a tiny wall in my bathroom. I made the sign years ago at a craft day with friends. But it was getting rather dated, so I peeled off the vinyl words, painted over the red with black gesso, and then did this painting on it. I was fully intending to hang it right back in my bathroom. But I liked the end result so much, I decided to hang this painting in my living room and now that little wall in the bathroom is bare...I need to do a different long, narrow bathroom painting to hang in there. :)

30" x 5.5" acrylic on wood

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A Gift for My Niece

My niece just turned 10. Her room colors are blush, white, and gold. How gorgeous is that?? This girl has GOOD taste! I did this painting for her with her room colors in mind.

This is a larger painting -- 20" x 20". And according to my sister, my niece was excited and said "I know exactly where it should go in my room!" when she opened it. That makes me SOOO happy!! I'm always so happy when my paintings find a good home.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Painting for a Good Cause

This was a sweet little canvas (10" x 10") that I donated to a silent auction locally. The auction was to help raise money for treatment for a 16 year old boy who has cancer. He is a darling boy who has done a few plays with my daughter. The whole situation is heartbreaking. I'm wishing him and his family so much hope and miracles.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Gift For My Sister

My sister has a Fall birthday and her house is our gathering place. This little painting is for her birthday.

The painting is 7"x5" and I did it on a wood sign purchased on clearance from Kohls. I bought a bunch of these box signs and painted them with first white, then black gesso. And they made a great painting surface! I like finding new uses for things and finding inexpensive things to paint on!
Here's an edge view of this painting so you can see how thick the sides are.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Newest Painting - Glasses Girls No. 1

I'm doing a series of paintings for the optometry office where I work. This fashionista is the first in the Glasses Girls series. The glasses are cut from wood and attached to the canvas.

I will take pictures of the series once they are all done and hung. But to get an idea of size -- the glasses are 22" across. So for me this is a BIG painting. I usually work smaller than this. But I like the impact of a larger painting.

18" x 24" acrylic and wood on canvas

She's based on a sketch I did years ago but have always wanted to turn into a painting.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bullet Journal Pages 220-221

For most of the year I'm pretty meh about this color scheme. But come October and November I want EVERYTHING to be red, yellow, orange, and brown! Can you see the word in my color doodle? I pictured it being a lot more prominent because the letters are colored in with Papermate Flair felt tips and the rest is colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. But it still sort of fades into the rest.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bullet Journal Pages 218-219

I am so happy it's Fall! It's my favorite time of year! Now if the weather would just cooperate and cool down, that'd be great.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Newest Painting - Constance

This little gal is based on a sketch I did years ago. I've wanted to put her on canvas for a while...and here she is. I kind of love her sweet shyness.

This painting is 10" x 10" on a gallery wrapped canvas. She's available in MY ETSY SHOP now. UPDATE: Constance has SOLD

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bullet Journal Pages 216-217

My normal monthly Health Tracker and some very Fall themed TO DO lists.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bullet Journal Pages 214-215

I haven't been sketching and doodling as much in my Bullet Journal because I've been doing more of that in my sketchbook in preparation for new paintings. Stay tuned for those. But I do always find time for lettering.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Newest Painting - Becky

 Becky, 5" x 7", acrylic and mixed media on cradleboard

This is Becky. I kind of love her moody angst. She is available in my ETSY shop now.

Newest Painting - Agnes

Agnes, 7"x5", acrylic and mixed media on cradleboard

Meet Agnes. She is my newest painting and she's available in my ETSY shop. Update: Agnes has SOLD

Bullet Journal Pages 212-213

Two weeks worth of To Do Lists = a whole lotta craziness.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bullet Journal Pages 210-211

This week's To Do List. I kind of revisited an older GO TO lettering style (there's a quick tutorial on it here) and added different flourishes to each day.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Summer - The Process

Here are my WIP pics of this painting...

 It all starts with a sketch
 The drawing with chalk on a black gessoed wood cradleboard
 First coat of paint on the background
 First coat on the face
 This is always the step where I doubt the painting is going to "work". I call this the "Ugly Phase".
 You can see that the face has one coat except for that right eye--the second coat makes a huge difference. 
 Almost done. She just needs a few accents and the chalk to be wiped off.
Almost done. I will add a few more accents after this.
And the finished painting!


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