Sunday, December 26, 2010
My Father called me Christmas morning to inform me that they could not come for dinner b/c of her being in the hospital...so, what else could I do but take Christmas to her.
Above picture is my parents receiving the portrait that I painted for them. They seemed to really like it and that made my day!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
While chatting with one of my Facebook artist friends, I was challenged to attempt a palette knife painting and so after researching the medium (tool) I accepted the challenge. My first attempt taught me that you should not do impasto without a medium to assist in the endurance of the paint but also the drying time. Oil paint is way too costly!
The above picture is what my piece looks like thus far. It is taking me longer than I hoped because not only is it a larger piece (3'x4') but also I'm starting a few Christmas gifts that has hit my priority list.
So far, this has been a learning experience and the only advice I would give to someone who wants to give this a try (besides using a medium) would be...don't be as ambitious as me and start with a much smaller canvas :).
Keep Creating all!!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sabina Marian 8th grade
Stacie Mongold 10th grade
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
It has been three years since I have been in the class room with students, and when I was approached about teaching art to a group of home school children, I was hesitant to accept. With much consideration, I accepted the position.
I have spent the last month preparing for this school year and it wasn't until I pulled out my resources that I had in storage, that I realized how much I missed teaching and interacting with my students. I've planned out the year with drawing and painting units and we will close our year with a student art show...so excited!
Today, I had an orientation/Meet and Greet with the students and their parent/s. The meeting went well and we are set to begin classes next week. I will definitely share with you some of their work. :)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Beverly Gurganus "Baby Kisses" 18x20 Oil on Canvas
I first introduced this piece when I was was going to paint live at an local high school's art show. After completing a few commission pieces, I was finally able to pick this piece back up and finish it. My favorite part of this portrait painting is the pattern in the background...I love the orange with the blue.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Water House painted by Seema and Courtney
Water house #2 painted by Casey and Me
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I love blogs such as Art Biz that shares a wealth of information to artist and I have found that it is of great help. I love it so much that I follow this blog as well as subscribe to her podcast on itunes. Check it out...you won't regret it.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Becoming an Artist was not something that crossed my mind until a few years ago. I always loved to draw and create, but an Artist... I could never be good enough to call myself "Artist".
An artist and fellow classmate of mine, Rita Ray, played a key roll in my choice for going to school and study Fine Arts. Rita is an amazing artist and art teacher at a local high school. As I think back to my elementary days, it makes sense that she is an art teacher. When we were in 6 th grade, we sat near each other and she would demonstrate how to draw animated characters such as "Woody Woodpecker", "Coyote", "Road Runner", etc... I still know how to draw the characters she taught me.
Many years later, we came in contact with each other again at the school where she currently teaches. We worked together in the art department where I learned so much from her, and that is when my focus turned towards an Art degree. I no longer work at the school, but Rita remains on of my Art Mentors.
Rita works with all mediums, but when I think of her work, my mind goes to her highly detailed pencil drawings. She is very meticulous and never shys away from the details that bring her work to life.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I am looking forward to painting this portrait and only hope to successfully portray the kindness that floods the heart of this dear lady.