Monday, May 30, 2011

Acrylic with beeswax

My dear friend introduced me to beeswax!  I cant stop using it.  It just adds a touch of something organic with my paintings, not to mention they smell yummy like honey! 

Here is an acrylic painting I have done using beeswax as a top coating and added die cut flowers to the top using gloss medium.  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ladies Night

Saturday night was a great success for my first time ever Ladies Night.  I have been very eager to teach adults for quite some time, and so yesterday I organized a group of woman to come over and paint.  It was great and the masterpieces they created are priceless.  Here are some pictures of their work.  Great job ladies!

Here is a great picture of all the ladies concentrating very hard on their work...oops...except for you Erika, caught you on the phone again!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Panda Bear Drawings using Charcoal and Oil Pastels

This was in introduction to the world of charcoal by the kids.  It is very messy and if you are working with it for the first time, it can be challenging.  It is used alot for still lifes, but I thought to incorporate it with a little bit of imagination and Time For Art Kids came up with Panda Bears! 

They are such adorable creatures.  Did you know that when they are born they are about the size of a stick of butter?  Can you imagine something so big can be so small at one time? 

Here are some samples of the students work. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Seasons of the Heart

I have an amazing friend with such talent who has just completed a beautiful Canvas Art Series called "Seasons of the Heart."  It is a true journey of the emotions of our heart and the people who have inspired this series.

The artist is Diana Yarish of Apex, NC.  Her journey started a few months ago asking her friends on Facebook what their heart felt like.  She was very surprised to hear some of the responses.  Alot of them had pain and suffering that they held inside, some of them were filled with joy and happy with the gift of life.  But they all had one thing in common which is that they all had experienced a Season of the Heart and everyone one of us can relate to these Seasons.

She will be having an Artist Reception at Common Grounds coffee Shop in Apex, NC on Friday June 10th at 7:00pm.  Her artwork will be on sale, but most of all, come out to support her wonderful talent.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Art Hearts

A few of my classes have alot of advanced students, and students who have been in my class since I started Time For Art Kids back in 2009.  I am always dabbling with crafts and art and one day I was messing around with some wooden hearts I had leftover from a previous craft project.  I started painting them, adding glitter, putting stickers on, creating words on them, and then added a layer of diamond glaze "substitute".  For those who dont know what diamond glaze is, it is a thick, glossy, transparent varnish that dries and you can apply it to make jewelry or just about anything that you want a glossy covering to. 

So, after the completion of these hearts, I thought, hmmm, what do I do with them now?  I came up with the word, Art Hearts, and they are a hit with the students.  I raffle one off after every class and the children are so excited to see if their name gets picked.  The kids now look forward to winning an art heart and hey, maybe I just created my own trend! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mama's Peeps

Been working on this for a few days now.  I am very proud of it and hope you find enjoyment in it as well.  The big bird represents Me and the little birds on its back represent all my 4 children.  I will be teaching a class next week to show you how to paint this beautiful piece. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

The lesson! Weaving with watecolors

I try to plan a lesson that will take about 60 minutes.  You can never time such a thing, each child works at their own pace.   I have some students who are finished in 5 minutes and you look for ways for them to slow down and add more details, and other children take longer than 60 minutes and their work is so precise.  These photos were of the last 2 girls that were in the class.  It actually took them 1.5 hours to work on this.  It shows.  We had amazing results with what they painted.  Take a look for yourself.

We took 2 pieces of paper measuring 6x9 each.  One of the pieces of paper was already pre-sliced.  The other piece was intact.  We did a warm/cool color scheme.  On one of the papers they were to use either red, orange, or yellow and on the other sheet they used green, blue, and purple.   On the already sliced paper, the students were told to paint circles with the colors and on the other sheet they could paint whatever they choose. After it all dried, I helped the children weave the paper in and out and then mount it to a sheet of black cardstock. 

Art Class Begins Today!

I will post some pics once the students complete the lesson. Have a neat watercolor weaving project for them to do today using warm and cool colors.  I really enjoy using color schemes, adds a nice contrast.  New class today, lots of new students, cant wait to meet them all and see all their talents.

Friday, May 13, 2011

I call this one, I do.

One of my friends are getting married next week.  I made this wedding gift for her.  I hope she likes it. 

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For some reason I am all about painting birds lately.  I love the infinite patterns I can create within the bird, I am assuming that is why I am so intrigued by painting them.  Here are 2, 6x6 acrylic paintings I recently have done.  My friend Diana showed me a neat technique of applying melted beeswax to the top to create a beautiful effect.  Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

We are back from our trip. Ready to paint!

We had a great time in Myrtle Beach, lots of water, sun and fun.  Looking forward to getting back into art with the kids.  We have some great projects planned and I have alot of NEW students, lots of fun personalities to get to know. 

Please visit my website for up to date information regarding art classes, face painting and track out camps.

I love this piece of artwork one of my students had done using bleeding tissue paper.  It is so versatile and the effects are gorgeous.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Second Beach Day

There seems to be a slight overcast today, although it hasnt stopped many joggers from getting out and getting fit!  Dont know what the big plans of the day are but hopefully it will NOT be another visit to the emergency room!

Took this picture yesterday.  Giant jellyfish washed up on the beach where the kids were playing.  It looked as if it were dead, and the crabs crawling out of it proved that theory, pretty gross!

They have enjoyed the beach and water and playing with eachother.  Thank god for Brooke, they really look up to her.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Acrylic Paintings on Canvas

Acrylic Painting with a beeswax

 Acrylic Painting using liquitex Glossy medium over birds and tree.

First Day at Myrtle Beach

So our day started out great.  Went to the beach, buried the kids in the sand, had lunch and even some wine while enjoying the gorgeous weather and sun.  Next we headed to the pool and lazy river where our day came to a hault...temporarily....My son Drew, I call him Evil Canevil, decided to jump into the lazy river. While doing so he sliced his chin skin in half and now requires him to get stitches. 

Its 2:00pm and we have reservations for a Medieval Times Dinner Theatre for 6.  I hope we can end this day on a good note!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Welcome to my blog!

ITS FINALLY HERE!  I have been wanting to create a blog for quite some time now and after having surgery and being able to have some free time, I thought it was time to create one.

I am super excited to get it started and to provide you with even more information than that on my facebook page.  Please be patient as I learn all there is to know about blogging.  I guarantee it will be a useful and wonderful tool for anyone who is as passionate about art as I am!