Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Treasuries of Handmade Goodies

Many thanks to the following artists who featured my work in their curated treasuries.  Take a look at all the wonderful handmade items featured in each one.  You're sure to fall in love with something!!  Click on each image to view the treasury.

Annuk Creations                                            Studio Zen
Green Waves                               Stories Divinations

Paula Art                                           Ag Shop 

Renata and Jonathan                              Whats her name                    

A great selection of handmade finds!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A lesson in color, value and hue continued...

Ladies who Art

 In last weeks art class the ladies began a gray scale color painting of a conch shell - seen here ~ This week they continued to develop the shells contour and mass.

Mass and contour is formed by slowly building color value based on a black and white print of the original photograph and a gray scale color chart.

Definition of the shells contour continues

with the addition of highlights,

subtle gradations of black and white,

and wonderful lines of texture.

Conch Shell Paintings at the end of session two...
ready for next weeks class on color glazing.

Stay tuned!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cool Stuff for Saturday

Fourth of July Finds

Drink Parasols found Here
Download and Print Illustration Here

Red, White, and Blue Sand Candles found Here

Red, White and Blue Truffle Cake found Here

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake found Here

Attachable Pinwheel found Here

Star-Spangled Wavers found Here
Red, White and Blue Salute found Here

Fourth of July Cocktail with a kick found Here

Make, Bake, Decorate - Enjoy!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Art Camp - Girls Week

 This week the theme for art camp was "Happy to be Me".
The artists spent the week creating works of art based around themselves and the activities they love.

Project #1
Portrait Paper Dolls
For the first project, I took pictures of the girls posed like a paper doll figure.  The portraits were cut, laminated and used as a pattern for clothing.

The girls decided the theme for their dolls was going to be a beach birthday party. They drew, colored, cut and I laminated accessories for their portrait dolls.

The accessories included birthday cakes, balloons, presents, umbrellas, towels, and beach balls.

 They also made clothing for their dolls that included bathing suits, cover ups and short sets.

Finished Portrait Doll Sets

Project #2
Painted Pottery Portrait Plates

Drawing soccer portraits
Proud artists
Focused on painting
Soccer Girl Portraits

Project #3

Silhouettes of the girls were drawn onto canvas - they outlined their silhouettes with sharpie

 and painted them with their two favorite colors.

Making Cupcakes :)

A little bit of shell adds to the nutritional value of cupcakes!

 Yogurt makes the cupcakes taste so yummy.

 And a little more moisture to help all the goodness stick together.

Mix everything together, pour into cupcake tins, bake and...

Gobble 'em up!!

 Nothing like a dip in the pool to wash off all remnants of cupcake crumbs and icing!

  And - set up for the art show!

Monday, June 21, 2010

A lesson in Color, Value and Hue

In the next few weeks we will have a visiting artist in my "Women who Art" class.  The artist, Lee Dickerson,  will be teaching color glazing techniques for acrylic on canvas.  In order to have an opportunity to play with this method, the ladies first have to create a gray-scale under-painting.  Below is a little tutorial and step by step guide of their paintings in process.

The ladies decided they wanted to use a conch shell (found here) as their inspiration.

For this project the students will need both a color and black/white print out of the conch shell.

 For each student:
Print out 2 copies of the color image, and 1 copy of both the black/white shell image and the gray scale chart.

Gray scale chart can be found here

Gather all materials needed to create painting:  Canvas paper (9 x 12 inches), black charcoal, pencil, black and white acrylic paint, palette, paper plate for color mixing, brushes, and water container.

Begin the process by applying a layer of charcoal to the back of the colored image

It's quite the messy process - charcoal tends to get everywhere besides the back of the paper.

Flip the charcoal colored copy - charcoal side down - on top of a sheet of canvas paper.

Transfer the image by tracing the shell contour and lines of color gradation.
Gather together the line transfer, black/white shell print, gray scale chart and black and white paints...

and start your painting.  Add a layer of white acrylic - the gray scale of the white is from charcoal dust mixing in with the acrylic paint.

Outline with a thin line of black paint, so you don't loose your contour lines.  Work the black paint into the white to create a gray tone.  It's easier to discern the color gradations by either squinting at the b/w print - or by looking at the print from a distance.

Continue to define the form by gradually adding tiny drops of black paint to the white.   Slowly building up the gradation of values to suggest the shells mass and contour.  The image above are the ladies conch shell paintings in various stages of completion.  We will continue to work on these next week.  

~ Ladies at work ~

Getting ready to transfer image.

The painting process begins,

and continues to develop.

Feel secure ladies...Lee will be very impressed!!!!