It took me all month to complete (and most of today), but here is the finished painting. Acrylic on board. I did add a few more touches after I took this picture, and will probably find something to tweak tomorrow, but this is it! It has been something I've wanted to do for years, but until I found Creative Every Day and Art Every Day Month, I just never pursued it. And since this is six feet tall and I worked on it in the living room, it was a HUGE daily reminder to "keep my eyes on Jesus".
Friday, November 29, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
When I lived in the forest I painted a lot of trees. When I was a little girl I drew a lot of horses. Tonight, I combined those two things much to the delight of my daughter. I was simply happy to be at the table drawing with both of my children. They are such good artists!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Having finished my smaller project, I moved back to the big one: life size Nativity painting. After a few days I finally had the right paints to work on Mary's face, and what a relief! It's been hard to look at the ghostly figures and wonder if I have what it takes to work on this scene. I'm trying to use my God given talent in the right place. I'm feeling a little better about it now.
I studied dozens of other people's photos and paintings for inspiration, but the one I refer to most is the one a friend took of my husband and me when we played Joseph and Mary in a live Nativity a few years back. It was a very special experience for us, one we'll be reviving next month.
Our small group tonight was talking about different ways we could spend in prayer this week. I didn't think of it then, but I know this painting will be a meditation for me. Time spent with God. Of course that will be a lot easier if there aren't four kids playing Wii Ski! behind me.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Sanding and sealing, a couple coats of blue and green, and then on to the fun stuff! Painting the train and smiley sun! Finishing touches and a couple coats of varnish. The gift is ready to make someone happy. Feeling good about it and wondering what the next project will be.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sometimes art is a process and doesn't have visible results. In this case, it was sanding and sealing, in preparation for painting. Beautiful, yes? Ah, but the house smells great.
Also, just for fun, a pancake that my kids said looked like George Washington. Wow, art you can eat!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I decided to paint a step stool for a friend of mine and started trying out some of the colors tonight. I like the idea of the colorful train. My daughter likes the blue sky and clouds. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Yesterday I started making a life size sketch of Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus. It's a little intimidating working so large, but I've painted wall and fence murals, and theatre sets. I'll adjust. I just want to do a good job. It's the Nativity!
Friday, November 15, 2013
A day full of talking about cat breeds and colorations which only led to a few doodles while Anabelle worked on a horse picture. We did a little painting in the dollhouse (the kitchen is now yellow) and shopping for accessories. Yay! The dolls have a gumball machine and kittens with spilled milk. Once they are ready for Christmas I will post a picture.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Every once in awhile I remember that I really miss autumn in New England. My current yard does not fill up with these (see image). One year, when my kids were feeling nostalgic for a big pile of leaves, we crumpled up a LOT of newspaper and let them roll around in that. For them, it was great fun, but for me, it lacked the proper "earthy" aroma that comes from nature. Not to mention the brilliant colors!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Acrylic on card stock, applied with cardboard. Brushed sky.
I kinda like the way it came out, even though it felt awkward and rushed. Palette knife painting in college was one of the hardest assignments for me, and this reminded me of that uncomfortable feeling. Lots more paint! I was a careful glaze person. But I have to admit, it was satisfying to drag the thick pigment around with strips of cardboard. Childlike abandon. And there's my mountain in the background because I colored around it.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
I love watching the quail run around in their "fancy dress". I switched to acrylic today to play around a little more and try something different. It's very inspiring to see so many styles on CreativeEveryDay and the perfect time for me to stretch out of my comfort zone. I pulled an old art book off the shelf and learned something new!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
This is the mountain that stares at me daily. I love it. And it frustrates me because it is always there, yet constantly changing, and that makes it difficult to capture. At night with the full moon rising; at sunset when it turns garnet and purple; in dust storms when it disappears; or rainstorms when the clouds surround it. Amazing. I've hiked to the top of each of those peaks and gotten to know her, so it's not just a long distance love affair, but one of the things that brings me closer to my Creator.
I didn't get to work on this watercolor study as much as I wanted, because I had to be somewhere on the other side of that mountain. When I returned, I had to take the "long way home" (in a story that involves fire trucks and helicopters). There was a hungry family to feed, a table to clear, and my daily art was shoved aside.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
This is an idea I've had in my head for a couple years but never made it happen. I sketched a different version last Christmas, thinking I would just paint a scene onto a board and set it out against the tree. Today, I sat outside in the awesome November desert weather and worked on a new idea. With art every day month, and starting early enough, I might have a nativity display this year.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Sometimes what we pour down the drain looks just as interesting as what we make. Being a watercolorist, I really liked the way this milk experiment cleaned up.
A last minute Trunk or Treat idea had me painting a background in the garage with a neighbor child. I wish she could have seen how good my car looked when I set it up. Hansel was caught in a cage near the fire, while Gretel roamed around gathering candy.
We also had some fun with dry ice this Halloween. My daughter is a huge Steve Spangler fan and encouraged us to to try some different things. The whole family joined in for smoking water, foaming tubes, boo bubbles, and probably the most impressive - the dry ice crystal ball. Suspense built as we watched it grow full of mist until it popped and washed over the table.