Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Here are a few rocks I photographed today that I have painted over the past weeks for the Latimer House Fundraiser (termed Extraordiinary Women,) with proceeds going toward domestic violence services provided by Hilltop Community Resources in Mesa County, Colorado.
These are small rocks, painted with acrylics and art pens similar to Sharpies, and averaging about four square inches. There are two dozen more I might touch up and spray with clear polyurethane before handing them over for sale.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
This is how it looks from the patio, not nearly so "in your face."
Except there might need to be a bee on the head of that sunflower. We shall see how it feels later today.
A year ago in April and the west fence, which also needs a refreshment of paint:
Saturday, April 26, 2014
A "Before Makeup" picture of our woebegone fence corner:
I would show a couple of neat ideas and pictures that others on various sites have shown that were pretty darn cute, but what with people now suing for damages by using others' photos, I'm leery to do so. (See this story by Roni Loren about her lawsuit resulting in her having to pay thousands of dollars by using a Google image. She talks also about "Fair Use" and copyright validation, and is well worth the read.)
So now I am not using pictures found on the internet, but will provide links in the future.
Back to the fence.
Acrylic paints in tube form and two cans of acrylic green spray paint were used. The husband snapped this photo of me working on some leaves.
Here is our NEW fence face.
This is on Pinterest at this link. You can see ideas of exterior art by typing in the search words "OUTDOOR ART" or "FENCE ART" on Pinterest and catch many pieces of outside decoration.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Creating some art work for the church for the fall season in Ordinary Times led to begin painting a triptych in acrylics.
Each canvas is 2 feet wide by 3 feet in height. The canvases will be spread out with twelve inches between each, creating a larger object for the church sanctuary. Upon completion, the mathematical calculations end up with the triptych being 8 feet wide by 3 feet high.
The husband first made this large easel so that all three canvases could be worked on simultaneously. He spent a couple of hours making it, and so far, it is doing the job of holding the canvas frames. Just have to be careful of the wind coming up as it is on the outside covered patio. So far, I've been hit in the foot by one falling canvas. A small bruise was the result of the canvas escaping from the easel. What one won't do for art, right?
These pictures gathered from Pinterest and the internet gave pause for thought and inspiration.
(Most of the saved images are on my iPad, so I just took pictures of the pictures through the film screen saver, but you get the idea.)
For even more inspiration, you might like to listen to this magnificent rendition of an old hymn.
Be Still My Soul by Lisbeth Scott and Paul Swartz
Friday, June 20, 2008
If you go to that site, the instructions seem somewhat complicated. And they do not state that it is desirable to apply a gesso product on the clay pot prior to painting on the pot. It is advisable to paint on the clear product so that the paint won't soak into the clay.
This site gives excellent step-by-step instructions for preparation of the pot prior to painting. That same reference will further explain the importance of preparing the clay surface for paint.
The picture on the right upper corner is one from the Michaels website. Near right photo shows a flower pot which I painted two years ago (using a clay sealer undercoating), which has held up fairly well. I used oil paints on this flower pot, but acrylics also might be applied for a quicker drying time. (The painting on the flower pot to the right was taken from an original Linda Le Kniff drawing.)
If you were to paint on the newer heavy duty plastic pots, prep time would be quickly shortened.
Remember to spray a clear acrylic coating on the finished pot for a bright, clear finish.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
The decorative arts are traditionally defined as ornamental and functional works in ceramic, wood, glass, metal, or textile. The field includes ceramics, furniture, furnishings, interior design, and architecture. The decorative arts are often categorized in opposition to the "fine arts", namely, painting, drawing, photography, and large-scale sculpture. Some distinguish between decorative and fine art based on functionality, intended purpose, importance, status as a unique creation, or single-artist production. Decorative arts, or furnishings, may be fixed (for example, wallpaper), or moveable (for example, lamps).
I first started in the decorative arts in the mid 1970's and was pleased with the camaraderie found in my tole painting classes, as well as being able to provide gifts that were hand made. Then, I painted mainly on wood.
This week Doe Clore, a teacher of beginner and intermediate decorative painting classes, taught her friends and pupils in Fruita. I was fortunate enough to sit in on this class, and produced this tray using techniques that Doe taught. Using acrylics, it took only a few hours to paint flowers and a flag on this wooden tray.
After the paints dried (very quickly, within an hour), I sprayed several coats of an acrylic sealer on the tray.
It should be fun to use, especially on the 4th of July.