As a kid I always wanted to take art lessons but living in a rural community before the wide use of the Internet, art classes weren’t readily available.
Once I started taking art classes in hight school we had to spend time learning about the elements and principles of art. Spending so much time learning these basics of art really gave me a foundation to build upon when I started painting again after a 7 year break. Knowing the elements and principles of art really helped me know how to analyze my work and recognize areas I needed to improve on.
In an effort to combine my love of teaching art and my desire to make lessons more available I have been working on creating worksheet packets and corresponding videos (available for free on my YouTube channel) that help teach the elements and principles of art. In each video I will go through the worksheet with you providing additional information along the way. After the worksheet is completed we will do an art project that applies those concepts that have been taught.
For my first release I will be teaching the elements of art. These are the basic elements that make up the foundation of art. The seven elements of art include the concepts of form, line, color, space, texture, value, and shape.
There are 12 pages in my worksheet packet that provide lessons and learning activities to help teach and apply each element to your art. They are a digital download so you can receive them within a few minutes of payment and can print them as many times as you would like for personal and family use. This is great for homeschooling families.
The worksheets are also available with teaching licensing. People who purchase a teachers license can use the worksheets in their classroom as much as they want for a one time fee.
If you are interested in purchasing the worksheets they are available here.
A few weeks ago I painted this colorful rocky seascape. It was so fun painting it a different way than the seascapes I had painted previously. I felt like the practice I got from painting those pieces really helped me to get more loose and colorful with this painting.
This piece is now available on my etsy shop if your interested in purchasing it. To celebrate spring this piece and all other landscape, seascape, and botanical paintings are 20% off through March 31, 2018.
If you are interested in knowing the materials and tools I used for this painting here are the links to them so you can learn more about them. These are affiliate links but don’t feel pressured to use them. When you do it just helps me out and allows me to spend more time making videos for you.
Something that I have been enjoyed painting lately is hair and texture. I have also really liked using analogous color pallets (color next to each other on the color wheel) for my colorful animal paintings. The color combination used can really affect the mood of the painting.
To experiment more with color, mood, and texture I did another portrait of a lion. This time I chose to do a lion that was looking straight on. The lion in my reference photo had such sad eyes that I chose to mostly use cooler colors like greens, blues, and purples. I also had the lion’s faces completely surrounded by an exaggerated long and wild mane. With his mane taking up so much of the picture I used various a metallic inks to add to the texture and dimension to it.
When I do a painting I typically cycle through various emotions of excitement, love, frustration, and sometimes despair ( yes, I am dramatic). I know this is part of the process and its not a big deal. I try to take it as a sign that I need to keep working on it.
Well this painting was more of a struggle to get to a point to where I liked it. Looking back on it my biggest problem was that I wasn’t taking enough brakes from it. When I get frustrated with a painting or tired I know I should stop and take a break. But I was feeling particularly stubborn that day and didn’t heed my own advice. So I worked until I was almost ready to throw it away. Then common sense kicked in and I realized I should just go to bed. The next morning I awoke with fresh eyes, flipped the painting upside down and realized what was bothering me about it all along. I grabbed my paints and made the changes it. I now love my blue lion with his long wavy mane.
So the moral of this story is that food and a nap can help you problem solve.
Have you ever let your stubborn pride get the best of you even when you knew better?
Ever since I painted my Rainbow Elephants piece I have wanted to paint another wrinkly animal skinned animal so I can use those same techniques. I finally got that chance with this painting of a red rhinoceros. I had so much fun layering on the masking fluid between layers of paint to create the textured effect. This painting brought so much joy to me heart as worked on it and it refreshed my desire to be creative and experiment.
If you’re wondering what inspired the color scheme it was actually Dr. Seuss. In his ABC book there is a girl named Rosie who has a red rhinoceros. As a kid that was always one of my favorite illustrations from that book, so to pay homage to the master of silly words and illustrations I decided to paint it red.
I hope you enjoy watching the speed painting. From start to finish of actual painting time this painting took me about 2 hours to paint. Because I have to get the paper so wet to get the effect I want and have to let it and the masking fluid dry completely before the next layer it took about 7 hours to do.
The original of this piece are available at my etsy shop.
So over the past few weeks I have been working on some human anatomy illustrations. It started when I was asked to do a commission of a pregnant woman to give as a gift to an OBGYN. Doing this project got my brain thinking about all the cool ways I could paint parts of the human body. While I was creating these paintings my husband (who is in the medical field) and I started telling each other anatomy puns. As we were joking back and forth I started thinking about fun ways to visually represent the puns. Then I realized they would make really funny greeting cards especially, for people in the medical field. So as a personal project I decided to create some.
Some of you may not know that before I became a full time artist I designed and made greeting cards. It has been almost two years since I really designed card other than ones that were prints of full size paintings. So getting in touch with my roots I got to work by pulling out my paints, smooth watercolor paper, and my scanner.
I used Mijello Mission gold watercolor paints, sharpies, and hot press watercolor paper. I used the hot-press paper because it is easier to scan and turn into a digital file. I was a little rusty on the digital aspect of it because I typically work in traditional mediums and hardly use Adobe Illustrator anymore. After fumbling around for a bit it started to come back to me. I designed the cards to look like they were hand drawn illustrations and tried to keep them from looking overly refined.
I think they are a fun change from what I typically do and are a great addition to my anatomy illustrations.
If you are interested in ordering a card or a print you can do so over at my etsy shop.
You can watch a tutorial of the “Mothers Love” painting here.
Creating winter/ Holiday themed paintings was an idea I got last year. However, I didn’t have enough time to create the pieces in time for the holiday season with all the commissions I had been hired to do. This year I remembered to make more time for creating them before the holiday commission rush came in.
There were two themes that I came up with for this year. The first was wreaths hanging on a front door. I came up with this idea while searching for houses when we were getting ready to move to Montana. I love brightly colored doors especially when they are decorated for holidays. When we would look at houses I would envision how cute the house would look with a brightly colored door all decorated for Christmas. Since I currently get to live in a house with a boring white front door I decided to live vicariously though my paintings.
The second idea that came to my mind was Red cardinals. I love Cardinals and how striking their coloring is against the muted colors of winter. Red cardinals always make me think of winter time. Generally, its only male cardinals are shown in pictures because they are much more vibrant. However, I found their female counterparts to have beautiful coloring with tones of yellow and orange. This yearI decided to showcase the beauty of both.
These five paintings that I created will be available both prints and as Christmas cards with several options of sizes. This is my first time offering cards with a printed image of my artwork. They are printed on a smooth cardstock and turned out absolutely beautiful. The smooth paper allows the details of the painting to really be show cased. The cards come with white envelopes of the appropriate size.
Some of other new developments is the sizing available for the Giclee prints. I will be offering several of these new prints in square dimensions both 8×8 and 12×12″. The square dimensions will add more creativity for creating a holiday Gallery wall. I will post more on this later.
I hope you enjoy these new paintings as much as I do and that they help put you in the holiday spirit.
I woke on the fourth of July with the idea of painting a bald eagle that was red, white, and blue. “Red, white, and blue” was the prompt for that day’s world watercolor month challenge. Being a holiday with guests coming over for a BBQ I didn’t have a chance to really work on it.
I started the painting the next day with the original plan being that the background would have washy blurs of color like similar to other animal watercolor paintings I had done. That changed when I had the painting sideways and saw the red paint start to make stripes down the side. I decided to roll with those stripes make it more of a flag background.
Because the painting ended going a different direction than originally planned I ended up turning it into a mixed media piece. Using white and black ink to add details, strengthen shadows and bring back highlights. I also didn’t make the flag perfect in proportions or design because I was working with how the paint had naturally stained the paper.
This is my first animal watercolor painting in this style since December. I had forgotten how fun and freeing it is to paint in a whimsical style. I love seeing the “Happy accidents” as Bob Ross would call them.
This painting will be listed on etsy when the shop reopens on August 1st.