Monday, March 23, 2009

Another lesson finished. I took my time with this one as it was very involved with lots and lots of layers. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I learned a lot with this lesson too. Now I am ready to tackle something less stressful. I ended up with a stiff neck today from stressing too much while working on this. I must learn to relax while painting.....just breathe!!! LOL!! I think I will work on some watercolor lessons that I am taking from Michelle Brown. One class is learning to loosen up while painting.....I definitely need to study this one MORE!! The other class is Spring Flowers. I've got a link to her blog on the left and you have got to go and check her out. On her blog, she has several videos of her painting that you can watch. The first time I saw her painting I knew I had to take her classes!!

I've spent several days last week cleaning out my studio. What a mess it was and so disorganized. I sorted, and sorted and threw piles of old junk away. It really felt good. I've got my cupboards organized...paints stowed away on shelves and my table cleaned off. Now I'm really ready to do some serious ART!!! It feels good to have it done!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Just finished another Lesson yesterday. I really do like the way this one turned out. It was a very difficult lesson for me to paint. I lost some of the transparency in my colors on the last layer, but still do like it. This was painted on an old tray I had and never used. The tray is about 12x18" and I will hang it up on a wall. This is my first venture with gold leafing. It wouldn't have been so hard if the tray edges hadn't had all of the curves and edges it does. I spent most of an afternoon applying it to the tray edge. All in all, I finally got it so that it looked okay and I'm happy with it. I don't think I will try that again....unless it is an edge that is square and plain.
I'm going to take a few days off from my lessons now and chill out. Think I'll work on something that is less tedious to paint. Maybe some watercolor or a mixed media collage.
I will post whatever I come up with. I've got some new watercolor brushes ordered and hope that they show up today. I can't wait to play with them!!! A girl can never have too many art supplies!!! LOL!!!!