Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Winter Wonderland- Original Artwork

Here is my newest artwork that will be in my etsy store soon!  I am enjoying the beautiful fall colors here in Ohio but am already excited for Christmas!  Is it too early to listen to Christmas music?  Probably!  Meanwhile the husband and I are getting ready for Little Lady's arrival which will be in 2 months!  Craziness!  Busy, busy, busy!  Well have a great day!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Watercolor Twigs

Hi there!  Just wanted to post some of my students' beautiful watercolor studies of twigs.  They just came out so organic and interesting, I just had to share!  Who knew a simple twig could be so elegant and beautiful!?

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fall Weekend

Two Pumpkins reminds me of a perfect fall day:)  

Did you have a good weekend so far?  I did for the most part except it was so rainy and cold here in Cleveland.  The husband and I did some cleaning and organizing and I worked on a new painting and some ideas for a new artwork.  I also ran on my treadmill for the first time since April.  Yuck!  I love running outside a million times better than the treadmill!  It was so rainy and cold though that I had no choice:(  

Anyways, I am off to work out and possibly work on some Christmas card ideas...yes, Christmas already!  I am hoping to have some cards in my etsy shop by November.  Here are some of my cards from last year that I will be offering again:

 Well have a great Sunday!  I will leave you with this relaxing song that I am currently listening to by Colin Hay.  Yes, he is the lead singer from Men at Work!  I just love his mellow voice though...perfect for a rainy Sunday morning.  Have a good one:)


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Grisaille Update

Hello!  Hope you are enjoying the weekend already!  I just love Saturdays! I got to sleep in until almost 8 today!  I am enjoying this now because I know when our little lady arrives I will not get to enjoy sleep as much:) 

So, how are you?  Things with me are pretty busy especially with school.  I am having a pretty good year so far and have the best students!  I just posted some of their artwork on my classroom blog, PHS ARTROOM if you would like to check it out.

A couple of weeks ago (yes it has been that long!)  I posted about a technique called grisaille.  The technique involves in creating a complete black and white value underpainting and then glazing color on top.  Here is my painting that I started with color added to it now.  It is not done by any means but i wanted to show you how the value underpainting really comes through underneath the applications of color. 
Here are the two paintings:
                                                  Before:  Black and White Underpainting

After:  With Acrylic Color On Top
I still need to add a ton to this painting but I sometimes like to leave it looking unfinished when i show my students so they can kind of get an idea of my process.
Anyways!  Hope you have a lovely October weekend!  The husband and I are going out to buy some wonderful fall-inspired decorations today.  I am all about mums, pumpkins and decorative squash and berries.  So excited to pretend to be Martha Stewart today:)  Have a great day!