Sunday, January 31, 2016

Colored Pencil Play Date

Learn a variety of techniques with 17 weeks of creative projects presented by a roster of talented artists/teachers beginning March 7 at I will be teaching this nosegay of pansies against a digitally created background which can be enhanced with pencil, if desired. Sign up today and be inspired with the bonus lesson. Is it a date?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Congratulations to the 5 winners of the Art Plate Date free class registrations! They are: Pam Robinson, Donna Harcourt, Paula Stout, Karen Fenter and Chris Bunkosky!
Thank you to each of you who participated in the drawing.  I truly enjoyed reading each of the responses that I received in response to the question posed about the inspiration of your most recent painting.  It is clear that, as artists, we are inspired by things around us and events in which we participate. The desire to capture an emotion and share it with others is fulfilling and therapeutic.  We are constantly challenged to paint what we see.  The willingness to try new mediums is also a driving force for many.  I was privileged to view photos of paintings that some of you shared with me. What a talented group of artists all of you are!
If you were not one of the lucky winners, you can still sign up at Art Play Date. The next bonus class will be coming out in April and is available to all of those who have signed up early. I will be teaching the project, Chintzy, shown here.  Won't you join me and 23 other teachers offering classes in all different mediums and all different subjects?  Is it a date?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Art Play Date is giving away five registrations to the online e-course, a $99 value.  You must enter between March 17 - March 21, 2014, to be eligible for the drawing.  All you need to do to enter the drawing is answer this question:  What inspired your most recent painting? My inspiration was chintz, and now I am dreaming chintz!  Be sure to leave your name and email address or I won't know who you are.

The winners will be announced on March 24, 2014. If you win and have already registered for the online e-course, you will receive a full refund.

I am teaching Chintzy.  The background is a digital graphic of chintz, china, lace and ribbon printed on fine archival canvas.  You just paint the flowers.  I also will include instructions for showing you how to transform the painting into a totally different style!  Find out more about Art Play Date.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

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Want to experience 24 of the industry's finest designers bringing their painting techniques, styles and a variety of mediums to you in the privacy of your home? Every Monday from May-October, you will receive a lesson that has pre-recorded video and a coordinating PDF. Get inspired to create art weekly without ever leaving home for the one low price of $99. That’s right, $99 for 24 weeks of artful play! That works out to just $4.13 per week!

Incredible Teachers!

The list of  teachers for the first Art Play Date is loaded with talent:  Lynne Andrews, Deb  Antonick, Sharon Chinn, Margot Clark, Jeanne Downing, Cindy Harrison,  Chris Haughey, Kelly Hoernig, Kim Hogue, Barb Jones, Patte  Kayne, Mary Jo Leisure, Pat Lentine, Tracy Moreau, Gisele Pope, Golda  Rader, Patty Rawlinson, Cindy Rippe, Patsy Schultis, Laurie  Speltz, Lydia Steeves, Sandi Strecker, Lorrie Weber and Judy Westegaard.  For one low price you will have access to all the projects, videos and pdf files, through April 2015.
I am very excited to be included in this esteemed group of 24 teachers known for their talent and creative designs! I will be teaching Chintzy, with roses and daisies painted against a background of chintz, Battenberg lace, grosgrain ribbon, and a Royal Albert Lady Carlyle china coffee pot!  A hint of romance in every design element!  Could it be any other way?!?  I will be posting a project photo soon.

Sign up for 24 weeks of Decorative Painting and Mixed Media- $99

Find out more and then Sign Up.   Is it a date?


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Summer Hydrangeas at 10,000 ft

 My Aunt has a beautiful old house in Victor, Colorado.  I think she has owned it for more than 50 years, and the house is well over 100 years old.

Victor is a famous gold mining town in the mountains West of Colorado Springs.  It is just a few miles from Cripple Creek, known for its gold boom days, which is booming again today!

My husband and I had the privilege of spending a few weekends at the Victor house this summer.  It was a much welcomed escape from the heat, and I spent the days painting!

The house is filled with antiques from my Great Aunt Pearl, my Great Grandmother McComb, and my Grandmother.  These furniture pieces, and china and glassware are all familiar, and I feel surrounded in the present and the past all at once.  Imagine sleeping in my Great Grandfather's brass and iron bed!  Grandpa McComb died long before I was born, and there I am sleeping in his bed!  Who knew?

On our trips to the Victor house, I discovered this old chair, It was begging me to paint it.  With my Aunt's permission, I painted these hydrangeas and plums on it while my Aunt watched and read the Bible.  She was thrilled with the result, and I was thrilled with the time we shared together!

There is another chair under the house that is calling to me!  This next summer I will be painting on it for sure.  In the meantime, I found an old 'pocket stove' that is demanding embellishment.  It will be at the Victor house next summer disguised as a table!

Decorative painting is a lifestyle for the young and old.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2011 Woodpile Projects

In January of 2011 I challenged myself to paint one project a month from my extensive woodpile.  I can proudly say that I rescued twelve pieces from a dusty old shelf life and brought them into the world of decorative living!

Some of these projects were unfinished pieces from as long as 25 years ago!  Others were designs that I had admired by other designers, and after all these years, I still wanted to paint them.  Still others were pieces that were painted to finish out a set of place settings or were seminar projects that I had designed myself.

Decorative Art is an art form that has existed from early man and has evolved as our tools and skills have improved.  Leaving a cache of unfinished projects and all the painting surfaces that I have collected over the years would be a real shame!  I want to add my "2-cents worth" to the history of Decorative Art so I am setting my goal again for the new year.  Paint one project a month from my woodpile!  I have found a real sense of accomplishment and inspiration to design and create more!  It is exciting to anticipate the pieces that I will be painting this year!