Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Harvest Abundance Mixed Media 28x36 Painting

HOWDY from Joi at the ranch! 
It's FALL in Texas.

Although the days are still quite warm; 
our nights are cool and lovely.

Happy days here as the hay is harvested, baby calves still need ropin' and the sunflowers continue in full bloom.

And thus we say: Not Lucky... Blessed!

This is a 28" x 36" acrylic painting on wood.

I began by drawing my idea onto the board. 
Yuk - look at that flaw in the middle of my board... 
okey dokey - waste not, want not - make it work!!! 

I began painting with DecoArt Media Yellow Shimmer Mister as well as some Orange Mister.

Over the Misters was added: 
DecoArt Media 
Diarylide Yellow, Cadmium Orange Hue, Pyrrole Orange

The fence was a process of layering several colors. 
The first: Quinacridone Burnt Orange.

And streaks of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

Just filled the rope in with some Titan Buff and now all the wood was covered with paint - yeah!

Did you figure out that the DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood was going to make an appearance??? Oh yeah!!! Gotta rough up this fence line for real!!!!  Abundantly applying the clear solution to the fence... it was left to dry overnight. 

Immediately upon adding the DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream the fencing had a rough and rugged look.

In the end, the fence and posts had a dab of color here and a dab of color there including Prussian Blue Hue, Quinacridone Gold, and Titan Buff.  

Background complete!

Time to plow the fields!!! 
I began with my noodle brush and Diarylide Yellow. 
What fun!

Already time for harvesting and I found some SUPER FINE stencils to help bale the hay!!  

DecoArt Americana Dangles Stencil for the far field. 

And how incredibly fun to use Andy Skinner's DecoArt Whirlpool Stencil for the bigger bales of hay.

After the hay harvest.... the fields needed a new look.

With Ranger Archival Ink and the Stampers Anonymous Stripes Stencil, the hay meadow was showing it's after-glow!

And the field in front was re-plowed with the Faber-Castele 101 Stencil Set and Ranger Vermilion Archival Ink. 

And the most fun of all was pulling out the DecoArt Media Gesso with The Crafters Workshop Mini Joyful Sunflower to stencil and then to paint! I did one layer of sunflowers and then went back to stencil the background flowers!

The background flowers began with Green Gold. 

And before it was all done.. dear me... these flowers are nearly rainbows!!!  I played and played and played! 

DecoArt Media: 
Cadmium Orange Hue, Yellow Green Light,
Titan Buff, Primary Yellow, Green Gold, 
Quinacridone Violet, Quinacridone Burnt Orange

Products used. 

And, of course, few close-ups too!

The DecoArt Media Gesso leaves such a yummy texture! 

 And the finished piece is of course hanging here... 
at the ranch!!! 

Thanks bunches and bunches to take time to stop by and enjoy the Fall Season with me.  Hugs to you all. j. 

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Excited to share my art with the following challenges: 

Fall is in the air - the harvest has begun.
I found elements of nature basking under the sun! j.

I went with the fall colors, a fall scene and
the harvest of hay instead of pumpkins! j.


Mixed Media Challenge


Anything But Cute
Challenge 18: An Autumn Day
It's an Autumn Day Painting for you! j.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Barn Wood BOO for YOuOOOOOO!!!!

Howdy Sweet Friends.... 

Here's a BIG BOO for YOuOOOOOO!!! 

This sign is 12"x32" and painted on old barn wood.
Up close it looks like an old vintage piece.... 
until you spy the glitz and glimmers!!!
Then you might wonder if it was as old as it looks! 

Dear me... I used to say that about my Mama!!! :)
She and I were just the opposite.
I would be the scarecrow - shy, plain, simple, happy.
  She would be the glamorous head turner and lovin' it!!! 
Ok - I'm reminiscing!!! 

So... when people say in a post.... "this was so easy"... I always think to myself... well maybe to you it was but to me.... ugh. 
But hey - here I go - I'm going to say it... 
this was so easy and so fun!!! 

I printed the letters on my computer - giant size - pieced them together and then traced around the outside of them. 

You can see the tracing in this photo. 

Then came out the DecoArt Media Acrylics - beginning with Titanium White.  I just used my brush and went around the tracing with paint. Above is the start of the web and below is the finish.  Oddly enough - for once it didn't bother me that the lines weren't perfect - after all - it's Halloween!!! 

The letters began with Cadmium Orange Hue - 
ahhhhh - can you say... Joi's eye candy... 
 I so love this color :) ! 

And then I added Diarylide Yellow which is also just yummy! 

The idea was just to make layers - blending but not really all the way....just making it textured paint look. 

Herkimer the Spider was done in Green Gold first followed by Yellow Green Light. Love those layers of paint. 

WHY Herkimer??  When my grandkids were old enough to realize there were spiders at the ranch... we begin naming all the spiders. Fear subsided. One year, Herkimer rode around with us in our buggy for weeks and became our friend.  After that, every summer we have to name at least one spider Herkimer!!!! NOW... Herkimer is forever immortalized - eheheheh!!! 

Herikier, his home and the BOO were accented with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens in various colors. 

Of course, any time it's possible for me to pull out the shimmer - I will, I do.  Herkimer was just begging for a coat of DecoArt Metallic Lustre Elegant Emerald.  

And then, Herkimer jabbered in his sweet little voice... "Joi - would you please decorate my home with some bling"....  
well, hello?... how could I resist???  

Out came the DecoArt Ice Crystal Glamour Dust.  I wish you could see it in person - it is oh so pretty a web to spin!!! 

Not to be out done by the tangly web we weave.... BOO begin to glisten in Tiger Orange (love that name!) Glamour Dust too! 

In the end... I was longing for dimension.  I love the old barn wood but it seemed it needed to be darkened a bit to give greater accent to the BOO so I gave it a wash with DecoArt Media black gesso.  And then added DecoArt Media liquid glass to make things stand out a bit more.  Now it seems that the web and spider are a bit spookier - shimmering in the breeze and Herkimer is ready to climb up soon for a nap in his shimmering home. 

 Products used... (not as many as usual)!

Hoping that you and yours have a BOOdaciously FUN Fall Festival time!!!  The seasonal excitement is in the air!  Xj. 

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Excited to enter Herkimer in the following challenges: 

My piece was meant to look rustic/vintage and is on old barn wood. I painted the BOO in layers so that it would look like the paint was uneven and old.  I admit... I did shimmer it up a bit though!!!!


I used orange, yellow, black - spooky fall colors as well as a spider from the haunted house with the BOO factor!!! 

A Vintage Journey
October Challenge: Make It Spooky

When I showed this to my friend and told her I wasn't sure it was Spooky enough she thought I was crazy.... but then again... she is a princess who cannot stand spiders or webs or anything Halloween like BOO!!!  So.... to her my sign is just HORRIBLY SPOOKY!!!  She talked me into sharing it with you!!! 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Patriotic Friendship Mixed Media Canvas

HOWDY from Joi@RR! 

Artsy Friendships

The world of artsy friendships is a tale untold. 
Our love and admiration is amazing to behold. 

There is no thought of color, ethnicity or creed. 
We are one in our creating; our inhibitions freed. 

Friendships across the world bind deep and stay true. 
Life is daily shared with artsy friends old and new. 

There are many different projects, methods and tools
But we stand united by comments and media pools. 

Hand in hand, we press forward to make creative art
Cherishing artsy friendships - so close to our heart. 


I began this project early... first of LAST month....
thinking - WOW - I will be all ahead this month. 

However.... after finishing the project... I began to make the video I wanted to go with it... and boy did it become a horse of a different color!  Slow and steady wins the race - hehehheeh.  

Here is the link to the video.... it's far from perfect but it's FUN!   You can see the process and hear about the very important reason I did this project.  Hint: It was done for all of YOU!

Now if I can just learn how to relax and breathe - the next one might be better.  I sound breathless most of the time on it!!! 

Between working on a new website and working on videos - 
it has been a wild and crazy time for me.   
HELLO???? I am an artist... not a geek!!!!!!!!!  

I know many of you have felt the exact same way when working on these types of tasks. 

So here are finished photos... a month later - how time flies!


Lots of different mixed media products used as you can see in the picture. They are all explained in the video!  I did forget one product - the Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder.

DecoArt and DecoArt Media Products

Faber Castell Pitt Pens

Archival Inks

Totally Tracy (Weinzapfel) Dare2BArtsy
 "Journal Quotes 1" Stamps

DecoArt Americana "Inspiration" Stencils

Dynasty Brushes

Thanks bunches for stopping by to see my creations! 

Let me know if you liked the video... 
sure hoping it made you smile a bit. 

Sending love and friendship to you all across the miles.  
Sing - Laugh - Live!!!  Xj. 

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Happily sharing this project with: 

Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. We want you to show us a mixed media creation that's inspired by friendship. You can create anything, from tags to art journal pages but make sure it's a mixed media piece. Let's celebrate friendship together!

I truly cherish the friendships I have with all of my artsy friends across the world. You are my family as I watch you daily creating, sharing, overcoming, growing and inspiring.  You are awesome!


My painting has a Vintage flare with it's patriotic theme, rustic painting techniques, the eagle and the statue of liberty - symbols of U.S. early heritage.  The globe - of course - is a circle! But also stacking the people on top of one another (as the picture portrays) reminds me of all my artsy friends circling the globe!!