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Oil Painting and Q&A | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Oil Painting and Q&A | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Art Journal, Wednesday "Behind-the-Scenes" | 0 comments

This year, I’ve started to pursue a focus in oil painting with my mentor. It is exciting to continue growing in this area. My journey really started with oils when I was in my mid-teens and I still have so far to go!     Things That Have Helped Me with Oils   Here’s a little list of several things I’ve found that have helped me in using this medium: – Having a mentor and developing a deeper understanding of the foundation of good art. – Learning charcoal with my mentor. It’s so neat to see the impact of our charcoal studies. Did you know that studying charcoal can positively affect your ability in oil? – Using water-mixable oils. (Above picture.) I started out with regular student-quality oils and switched to water-mixable some time ago and it has been a blessing. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever use the real kind again, but for now, I’m enjoying these. – Using The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver soap! (I got mine from Hobby Lobby.)     Do you like using oils? What things have helped you in your oil studies? What is your favorite art medium?   Q&A Opportunity!   Over the next few days I’ll be available to answer questions you’d like to ask pertaining to oils and oil painting in the comments. I’ll be responding to every comment, so ask...

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The Portfolio | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

The Portfolio | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Art Journal, Wednesday "Behind-the-Scenes" | 0 comments

  Yes!! I finally have a portfolio! That is, an updating portfolio … in other words, I’m still working on it! ;) But it’s here! Once you click on a picture, click the “more info” link on the right hand side to see a bigger picture of the artwork. Feel free to leave your thoughts and critique on the artwork! Click here to see the portfolio!     And something else that’s “behind-the-scenes” is my mentorship with the artist Lisa Mistuik! We started almost exactly a year ago and it has been such a HUGE blessing since! Lisa is an awesome mentor and I am looking forward to what we will be working on in the months ahead! This illustration for the book “The Tanglewoods Secret” by Patricia St. John was one of the projects we worked on together!   Are you an artist? What kind of artwork do you like creating? Is there any artwork you think should be subtracted from the portfolio? What kind of artwork is your...

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Research Has Begun | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Research Has Begun | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Art Journal, Wednesday "Behind-the-Scenes" | 6 comments

Although I was hoping to announce something exciting that was connected with my last Wednesday post, today, I’ve decided to wait until next week. Meanwhile, here’s a little “behind-the-scenes” on the new Monday Little Paper Doll that you’ve been helping me create! Research for the victorian, auburn-haired, 18-25 year old, housewife of a small cottage, paper doll, is...

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Sunrise | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Sunrise | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Art Journal, Wednesday "Behind-the-Scenes" | 6 comments

On some mornings, I will join my Mom and sisters on a walk in the park. Yesterday, I decided to try something new. Taking a sketchbook and pastels with me, I left them in the car for when I came back. Then, on the drive home, I tried to depict a sunrise that was similar to the one I had seen during the walk.   This morning, I brought oil pastels with me and decided to try depicting the sunrise once again. I’m excited to find this pocket of time in my day in which to practice art! What pockets of time during the day do you like practice your art? I’d love to...

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Happy Rose Schedule and Goal Planner | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Happy Rose Schedule and Goal Planner | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Art Journal, Wednesday "Behind-the-Scenes" | 2 comments

So you may be wondering … “so, what does a ‘Happy Rose Schedule and Goal Planner’ have to do with a behind-the-scenes post?! Well, I’ve decided to connect it this way. You see, just like any other profession, an artist needs to be organized too! And just yesterday and today I’ve been trying to get my feet back on the road with better organization and goal planning so that I can be more productive and motivated overall. So, you get to see the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of what I’m trying to do with my art and with other aspects of life, such as school.   Also, this idea originates from a brainstorm with a dear friend over the phone recently. She suggested the idea of making decorated printables to help with organization. I thought it was a great idea, and have been thinking it over for about a week. Since I also liked the idea of using what I made for my own organization needs, I decided to do two things at once! Make one for myself–and make it downloadable for others! … so here’s a fun, free downloadable called The Happy Rose Schedule and Goal Planner for you to enjoy! (Just click the link below to download your copy!) Happy Rose Schedule   And if you have any recommendations on how to make this planner better, please let me know! I’d love to hear your ideas! (Note: In case you’re wondering why the first page of the download is called “The Why”: This page is for a paragraph on your life goal or overall vision. I know for me I really appreciate having a vision for why I’m doing what I’m doing.)...

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Worth More Than Sparrows | Wednesday ‘Behind-the-Scenes’

Worth More Than Sparrows | Wednesday ‘Behind-the-Scenes’

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Art Journal, Wednesday "Behind-the-Scenes" | 2 comments

This ‘behind-the-scenes’ post is on a colored pencil painting that I made for (my sister) Kristen’s birthday this year. It’s based on Luke 12:6-7. I first did thumbnail sketches. For example, these two sketches were a couple of ideas that tried to grasp the concept I was looking for. Something beautiful, dreamy and yet focused on a young girl and a bird.     I tried coloring a few thumbnails to get a feel for what color scheme I wanted to do. Yellow and purple was the one I liked the most. You’ll notice that the bottom left thumbnail in this image is the closet to the real painting.     I then did a large sketch, and included the border. After tracing this on a piece of hotpress watercolor paper, and laying down a wash with watercolor, I began the fun part …coloring it!     “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7     And that’s our peek ‘behind-the-scenes’ today! If you have any ideas or things you’d like to see for this kind of post, please let me know! I’d really enjoy hearing your...

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