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Friday, August 26, 2016

It's Time To Make The Donuts

Make Donuts?

OK, I'm not really making donuts,
but it is time to get down to brass tacks
and get ready to paint
30 Paintings in 30 Days!
 (cue the reverberation sound effects)

My sweet husband cut 36, 10" x 10" square panels
out of Masonite, (36 in case I screw up)
and each one has to have 3 coats of gesso.
  This is just a "gittr done ASAP sort of process".

Then I'll go over 10 in burnt sienna, 10 in gray, 
and 10 in a mottled background. 

Depending on what I'm painting each day,
I'll choose a background for that temperature,
you know warm or cool.

I've been brainstorming, 
(big oxymoron there),
on what my theme/themes will be.

I've always wanted to paint figures,
but was afraid.
So, I'm throwing off the shackles of fear 
and going to do it in front of the world and all.
Those should be interesting.
I have my subjects, but I don't have the actual photo reference, yet.
There will be at least 10 of those.

I want to do some plein air painting of local scenes  
and that appears to be about 5-10 paintings.

You know I'm going to try to paint my son Kirk's hawk, Tony.

 And by the time I throw in some clouds and flowers
that should just about take me up to 30 paintings.

I'll be doing time lapse video of each one so that should be fun to watch.

Make sure you don't miss any of this challenge by signing up to receive my blog in your inbox.

September is also my blogaversary
and I'm giving away lots of goodies in celebration.

The only way to enter to win
 (and there's some pretty good stuff) 
is to scroll back up to the top right and put your email in that box that says  
"Subscribe To My Blog"
(I know, original)
Then you're in like Flynn.

Hey, thanks for stopping by today,
I really appreciate it.
Hopefully, we'll be seeing a lot of each other.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Artists - Start Gessoing

Better Get Motivated For The 30 in 30

 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Yep!  I'm going to do it again.

Leslie Saeta, an artist, blogger, and pod cast host from California is hosting the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge again in September.
There will probably be around 1,000 artists world wide participating in the challenge. We'll all be making an effort to paint a new painting every day for 30 days.

(Here's my stack of panels)
 This time I'll be painting on 10" x10" 1/4" Masonite panels.  We bought the masonite and my husband cut it into individual panels.  
Next week I'll be giving them at least 3 coats of gesso.
I'm still working on my themes for each week.
I have never painted figures before,
but I want to,
so I think at least one week will be dedicated to figures.
For at least one week, I'll be working on skies.
(Bet your shocked on that one).
I also want to do some plein air painting of local scenes here in Kentucky.

But, that could all change once I get into the challenge.

To be successful in any type of project like this,
I'll really need to be organized,
make sure I have my panels ready,
all my supplies purchased,
and my subject matter nailed down.

You can spend a lot of time just looking over reference material trying to decide what to paint.
That's why I need to get each week planned out.

I've done this challenge at least 4 times in the past and I really learned a lot each time.
I learned the most about me.

That I can set a goal,
plan my work
and work my plan.

One thing that makes the challenge so hard,
isn't just the painting,
but we're supposed to blog about the painting and then post it to our own blogs and then to her blog.
You'll be able to see everyone's art that is participating on Leslie's blog every day.
I've met and followed some wonderful artists on the challenge and hopefully you'll follow me as I work through the challenge and find a few artists you like also.

If you have a suggestion of what I should paint during the challenge, please post it in the comments below.l

September is also my blogaversary and I'll be giving away lots of art and art products to my followers.
If you're not signed up and receiving this blog in your inbox, you won't be eligible to win anything.
I'll be giving away some small paintings,
some large paintings,
several of my online iris classes
and one of my full beginning painting courses worth $179.

Scroll back up to the top and put your email in the box on the top right that says subscribe to my blog.
Then, you'll get an email to confirm you signed up.
Click that and you'll be entered to win everything I give away, and you'll be able to follow along on my 30 in 30 journey.

   I'll be giving this 8" x 8" original painting away at the end of August.
Get signed up now.

Click HERE to look over my online beginning painting course.  I'll be giving one away in September.

Thanks for stopping by and
have a great day.



Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Week Of Cloud Painting

Cloud Fascination

I have always loved the beauty of the sky,
the clouds,
the colors,
the drama.

It's one of the reasons I wanted to learn to paint.
I wanted to paint beautiful clouds.

I haven't been all that successful painting clouds until recently.
I've spent this past week painting clouds every day,
study what I painted,
critiquing what I painted,
learning from what I painted.

This video shows my latest efforts
as I tried to paint a monochromatic but dramatic sky.

I added the surf to the painting because it told me to.
Paintings often tell us what to do next.

Early Surf

Acrylic on 11" x 14" on a stretched canvas, unframed 

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at the top right hand side of my blog.
Then you'll be entered to win anything I give away
and in September I'm giving away a ton of stuff.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How To Set Up An Acrylic Palette

Setting Up An Acrylic Palette
Using A Paint Box

This video shows you step by step how I set up my acrylic palette and the paints I use.

It's funny, in this video I still had a voice, but towards the end I hear my voice changing and slipping away a little.

Here's how it all begins.  

Thanks for stopping by today.

September is my Blogaversary
In September as I celebrate my blogaversary,
I'll be giving away a ton of stuff.
Art stuff.
Note cards
Small paintings,
Unframed paintings,
Framed paintings,
A Large painting,
And. . .
drum roll please,
4 spots in my iris painting class
and 1 Full Blown Beginning Painting Course.

How, you ask, do you get signed up.
The only people eligible to win 
are people subscribed to this blog. 

So scroll on back up to the top, 
(I think you need to do it on a laptop)
on the right hand side is a box that says,
Subscribe to my blog.
(I know, very original.

Put your email address in there.

If you received this blog in your inbox,
you are already subscribed and don't need to do it again.

Now get signed up
and for Heaven's sake,
share this with your friends so they can get in on the fun.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Technique Tuesday - More Clouds

More And More Clouds

I'm really working on clouds right now.
I started out with a mottled gray background.

Once I got the background done,
I totally intended to do a very monotone sky and clouds.

But . . .

I don't really know what happened,
but I sort of had a disconnect between my brain and my hand.

I love color
and before I knew it,
I had all sorts of color in my clouds and sky.

Can't seem to help myself.
Oh well!
I still like it and everything I learned as I worked on it.
But I guess if I really want a monotoned sky,
I'll have to only allow myself a monotoned palette.

Get ready for my September blogaversary.

Following my blog is the only way to be in the running for all the great stuff I'll be giving away next month.

Scroll back to the top and on the right hand side is a box that says, "Subscribe To My Blog"
put your email in the box and voila!
(Don't forget to hit the submit button and then you'll need to verify you signed up when you get an email in your inbox).
You're entered for all the cool stuff 
I'll be giving away in September.

Help me grow my tribe by sharing this with anyone you know who likes quirky goofball artists.
(takes one to know one)
The more the merrier.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Communication - A Two Way Street - Motivation Monday

Listen ONLY Mode
is not a bad thing.

 For those of you following me,
you're aware that right now I can't talk. 

For those of you who know me,
that's a problem.

For several months, my voice was like a mouse.

Now, I can't even do that.

On my daily walk last week, I was thinking about
not being able to communicate
and the problems that arise.

We WANT to communicate.

We NEED to communicate.

We MUST communicate.

New parents can't tell their new baby they love them enough.  They kiss all over them, snuggle them, rock them, sing to them,
all in an effort to tell that child how much they are loved.

Young lovers talk and now text for hours professing their love, learning every shred of info about their new love, and spend a lot of time say, "No, you hang up".

We communicate through the spoken word, the written word, body language, hand gestures, (some not very polite hand gestures).
music, dance, art, love notes, pink slips, email, text, facebook, instagram, twitter and on and on and on. . .

As an artist, I try to communicate feelings and ideas through 
the things I paint. 
I try to convey not only what something looked like,
but also what it felt like, or why it is important to me,
or what I wish it looked like,
or why it spoke to me.

The jury is out on whether my voice will return,
and it may return after significant speech therapy.

But for now,
I'm working on communicating through my brushes
and trying to focus on what I see and how it makes me feel in the hopes you will also
 "see or feel" something.   

Last year, last week and into the forseeable future 
I have been studying the sky and clouds 
and what makes them so beautiful.

These are my efforts from last week,
and I'll update you later on what comes off my brush today.

Just remember,
every artist is trying to tell a story,
and hopefully, you can hear it.

When I first started to learn to paint,
one of the reasons was because I thought sunrises and sunsets were so gorgeous and I wanted to be able to capture that with a brush.
Well, it's been over 10 years now,
and I'm still working on it,
but all of a sudden I see forward movement.
Isn't that interesting how you work and you work on something,
and then, sort of out of the blue,
what you were seeking begins to show up.
It won't show up without all the work though.

Keep working on that:
piano piece
pie baking 
parallel parking
learning to read
math problems
throwing a strike
back hand springs
breast stroke
en pointe

All learning is

Here's hoping you add to your learning and communicating today!  

 I'm giving this 8" x 8" acrylic on a panel painting away at the end of August.
You sign up for it by scrolling to the top of my blog and on the right hand side is a box to subscribe to my blog.
Put your email address in there and you'll be all signed up.

September is my blogaversary month and I'll be giving away a lot of art and art products that month,
so for heavens sake, 
get signed up.

Then if you could hit the share button,
put me on one of your pinterest boards
or forward this email to that crazy friend of yours who loves art,
I sure would appreciate it.  

See you in the funny papers.



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It's a Two Brush Workin Wednesday


Only Two Brushes?

Click on the video to watch how this painting was born.

Two Brushes.

That's all I allowed myself today.
Here is a progression of First Light.
It's hard to tell what happened when it's small like this.  

 First Light

$150 + $20 shipping
11" x 14" acrylic on Stretched Canvas - Unframed.

I'm just showing it in a frame here, but it is unframed. 

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Ghent, Kentucky, United States
I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows. I work almost daily trying to improve my art and all that entails. I try to learn all I can from others and from the earth itself by being aware of all God has created and its beauty. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at You can also purchase through my gallery website at . Thank you so much for stopping by.