Paint a Patriotic Flag Star

4th of July is just around the corner.  This beautiful star designed by Pat Kennison is painted with a flowing American flag.  It would be a great addition to your holiday! Click here to purchase Pat’s Flag ePacket.  Just $4.

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It’s been some time since I posted.  (and right now I should be preparing for my classes coming up this week at the Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists Retreat)… but I wanted to finish up this little canvas I started.  I’m doing a series of 8×10 canvases with lemons inspired by teaching my beginner students.  Here’s the first one… Lemon 1.  Painted with Traditions Artist Acrylics.

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Painting with Transparent Glazes

I’ve been playing with my Traditions Artist Acrylics and painting a cute, whimsical card of a jack-o-lantern wearing a witch’s hat in a series of transparent glazes.  While doing this I found a great tool for testing the appearance of transparent glazes before you apply them… Arleta Pech’s Color Glazing Viewer Tool Arleta paints in either oils or watercolors, but her tool should work equally well for us acrylic painters.  Just a matter of doing a color conversion of the Winsor Newton paints which she lists.  Her work is exquisite, but you can see from my little pumpkin, transparent glazes can also add interest to a simple decorative painting. Here’s my little pumpkin painted with transparent glazes on a white greet card which I sealed with Glazing Medium before painting… I add the lettering in Photoshop.

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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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