Painting Poppies – Enhanced

After posting my poppies and getting some feedback which confirmed some thoughts I had, I noodled some more with my painting and here’s the latest version… Poppies Version 2 I think it has more depth and definition.  Some of the changes I made included: darkening upper right and lower left background darkening the bottom 2 poppies toning down some of the back stems stronger highlights on the upper right poppy adding some more shading to contour the middle 2 poppies on the left side away from the light source adding some more ruffles in all the poppy petals It’s funny how you think something looks pretty good, then you enhance it a bit more and it takes it to another level.  I’m thinking I’ll do one more set of tweaks before calling quits to this one.

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Painting Poppies

Finally after a busy summer I’m trying to set aside some time to paint.  My Tuesday evening class started back up and as promised I created a red oriental poppy design on a 12″ ceramic tile.  An easy surface to work on and I think it would make a great trivet with felt or wooden ball feet glued to the back, or display as an accent piece on a small easel or plate holder. A Pop of Red I’ve painted this design using a limited palette of Traditions Artist Acrylics… Naphthol AS Hue, Hansa Yellow, Phthalo Blue-Green, Titanium White, and Raw Umber. 

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Winter Thyme Snowman Online Class

Come join me in my first online decorative painting class… Winter Thyme Snowman.  In the classroom, you will download a pdf file with the supply list, written instructions, photo, and line drawing.  Then view 4 hours of step-by-step videos, broken into 24 episodes approx. 5-20 minutes each, taking you from start to finish. This is a self-paced class, and you’ll have 3 months to access the classroom and watch the videos.  Post your questions in the forum and I’ll answer them quickly.  All for just $12.

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What A Cute Artist Watch!

I found this handcrafted artist watch on line and just had to share…  You can purchase it from Whimsical Watches.  They have tons of creative, handcrafted watches for all occasions, professions, hobbies, etc.  When you get to their site, type Artist Watch in the search box.  Check them out…

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Inspiration for a New Painting – Getting Started

Sometimes when I take a photo, I can just see a finished painting inspired by it. I took this photo of a burro in Hackberry, AZ on a side trip while attending the Creative Painting Conference in Las Vegas a few years ago.  I’ve wanted to paint a sign using it as an inspiration ever since.  Hackberry was founded when a mine was discovered in the 1870’s. A large Hackberry tree grew by the spring and gave the town its name. The mine died out, and Hackberry is now a ghost town on old Route 66 which attracts tourists.  Well, I finally got up the nerve to try it, and started the pre-work over the past few days. First I had to come up with the line drawing and layout.  I did this in Photoshop. I’m using at 12″ wide x 30″ long pine board for my sign.  Today I start painting… Will keep you posted on the progress. Sharon Chinn

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Traditions Artist Acrylics

If you haven’t painted with Traditions Artist Acrylics, you should give them a try.  They are rich, creamy and full of pigment which means you use less paint for coverage.  And they never need to be shaken!  A sample pack of 1 oz. bottles includes 10 basic colors and 2 mediums for only $21.50.  I have them available at The Decorative Painting Store.  Here’s a 16×20 canvas I painted from the Traditions Art School Tier One Class… It’s is an interpretation of a cave painting discovered in the Cave of Chauvet in southwestern France… Chinese Horse #3.  The background is painted to resemble the walls of a limestone cave.  I taught this to my beginner students and we had a lot of fun with it! Sharon

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ePatterns

Give ePatterns a try… get instant gratification and save money! I’ve added lots of patterns in downloadable ePattern format. You can download the pattern as a pdf file as soon as your payment is completed… pay by Paypal and it’s instant. Pay by credit card and you’ll have to wait until I process your credit card and mark your order as completed. I charge $2 less for ePatterns to offset your cost of printing the pattern on your home printer, and you don’t have any shipping & handling costs. Either way, once you’ve downloaded your pdf file, you just open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program that comes standard on most computers. But if you don’t have it you can download it at http://www.adobe.com. Print the pages on your color printer and start painting right away. If you want to try an ePattern at no cost, just download one of my free ePatterns to see how easy it is. I have a couple available at: https://www.decorativepaintingstore.com/free_decorative_painting_pattern.html

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Decorative Painting Sometimes Means Painting a Room

Even though I’d rather be painting a new design, sometimes things have to pause while you take care of housekeeping chores. Our office has achieved the title of “disaster area”, so it was time to shut down and re-group. I’m giving us 2 days… hubby says it might take 2 months. Yesterday we started pretending we were on the HGTV show, Mission-Organization. We went shopping for paint and new shelving. Then came home took everything out of the office and painted the walls. This took until about 10pm last night, and we were exhausted. (How do you get the crews from one of those shows to actually come in and do the work for you???) Dinner ended up being grilled cheese sandwiches, instead of the steak and baked potatoes I had planned earlier in the day. But this morning it was satisfying to get up to see the new fresh taupe wall color (a big improvement over the pale white-with-a-touch-of-mauve color… the previous home owner had a passion for pale blue grays and mauves and we are slowly covering them up with more “Pottery Barn-like” colors. Today’s job is to start putting things back together. Rearrange the desks, put up…

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Decorative Artist Uses For Hand Sanitizer

Did you know hand sanitizer gel is great for the decorative artist, for things beyond cleaning and sanitizing your hands? I buy the big pump bottle of Member’s Mark brand hand sanitizer at Sam’s Club and keep it on my studio table… but any brand will do. I buy the little samples sizes at Wally World and they are great for traveling or classes.Cleaning Dirty Brushes… It works great to clean your brushes, even dried in acrylic paints. Squirt a little in your hand and stroke your brush back and forth… even dried acrylics dissolve in a flash. Wipe your brush with a paper towel (I like to fold the towel around the bristles, pulling from ferrule to end of bristles, pinching them flat between my fingers to remove dirty gel), repeat until the gel stays clean. For brushes that are excessively dirty, use one of the little heart scrubby pads. Hold the brush almost horizontal to the pad, and be sure to pull the brush from ferrule to tip of bristles to minimize damage to your bristles. Never scrub back and forth. This little pad will “comb” the dried paint out of your brush. When you have finished, reshape…

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