Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cityscape, Portrait, Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Howdy from my studio at the ranch!!! 

This is an acrylic painting on canvas that included:
 a cityscape, a portrait, and even a painting of a painting - all in one!! 

A dear friend and valued employee of many years retired this week.  This was one of her gifts.

Here is the photo that was taken for the painting.

Painting the background was fun! It was done by mixing various DecoArt Media paint colors with DecoArt Media gesso and tinting base. 

This time, it seems overwhelming to try to sketch everything so out came the DecoArt Americana Transfer Paper. 

For me, the most difficult part was the portrait so I began with it. 

Slowly but surely... she began to come to life! So thankful for my Dynasty Brushes that seem to guarantee preciseness every time. 

The DecoArt Festive Red Dazzling Metallics, DecoArt Media Metallic Gold and DecoArt Media Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre were perfect for her jacket, glasses and streaks in her hair. 

The chairs were done with DecoArt Iced Expresso Metallic Lustre. A bit of DecoArt Media Translucent White added shading to the seat cushions.

Andy Skinner's Toxic Stamp set by Stampendous was used for the floor tiles.

And of course, DecoArt Media Liquid Glass was just right for the shimmering glass in the mirror!

The desk was done with DecoArt Media Carbon Black and DecoArt Gold Rush Metallic Lustre.

And this is how the painting looked when I stopped at the end of the first day.

Houston Texas cityscape time!!!  

Still in process!! 
And even when I thought I was finished, I worked more on those buildings at the bottom.

A wash of DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream helped make the scene look more like it was being viewed through a window.

And now the part I was looking forward to the most...
making a painting within a painting!!! Soooo fun.  

Using a bit of DecoArt Media Patina Antiquing Cream and Crackle Glaze... the planter received an extra bit of character!

Products Used: 

A few close-ups of the 20x30 painting! 

Hubby added a floating frame and I finished it with Carbon Black and Metallic Lustre Gold Rush to match the painting. 

It was covered during the retirement party and then shared!  When uncovered... there was a gasp... and then silence. Many were crying.  

Afterwards folks were saying, one after another, how they remembered sitting in those chairs - from year to year - overcoming issues in life and work thanks to a wise and understanding mentor behind the desk. 
They felt that her office was always a safe, happy and cherished place.

 What an honor it was for me to be able to paint a canvas of memories that touched hearts.

Thank you for sharing this joy with me. Xj.

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Excited to share with the following: 

This is a mixed media canvas and it was "mixed up" with techniques that produced a portrait, a cityscape, and a painting within a painting and more. 
So fun to be a part of the 'pre'- mix it up challenge! j.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Woodburning with DecoArt Media Bling!

Howdy Honeys!

A bit of wood burning enhancement....

for a box hubby made for a friend. 

The verse was wood burned onto a piece of cedar and then enhanced with DecoArt products. 

DecoArt Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre was used to make the wood match the inside of the box. DecoArt Media Metallic Gold Fluid Acrylic was used to add bling to the inside of the lettering, the top and the sides. And the entire piece was covered with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass for shimmer and protection. 

It was a bit tedious but my very thin Dynasty liner brush made all the difference getting the Metallic Gold into those letters!  And the shimmer of the DecoArt products made the little plaque elegant.

Thanks for letting me share! 

This is only my second project using a wood burner. I'm a bit slow but it's rather interesting!! 
Have a super fine week! Xj.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Bunnies or Wild Hares? Abstract on Paper

Howdy Honeys!!! 

It's spring at the ranch and we have lots of real bunnies hopping all over the fields.  It's so fun to see their little nests here and there. 

Here is a Bunny Pair on 12x12 paper. 
Yes - abstract... as requested by my SIL.
For me... they are more like "Wild Hares"!!!
But she loves them. Whew!

The paper is: 
Elle's Studio, Flowers for You - Shine Collection.

I treated the front and the back of the paper with DecoArt Media Matt Medium. This helps with curling and protects paper.

Using DecoArt Media Misters and dabbing some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic... the fun began!

The rabbits were sketched with a Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Pen. 

Using a pencil and then a Dynasty brush/water to activate... the pink sketched lines were enhanced to give a bit of dimension.  Spraying the White Shimmer Mister onto my craft pad, I went over the top of the bunnies with the white mister paints and the Dynasty Brush.  Now bunnies have a white shimmer!!

Products Used: 
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Yellow Green Light
DecoArt Media Misters: Red, Yellow-Green
DecoArt Media Shimmer Misters: White, Yellow
DecoArt Media: Matt Medium
DecoArt Media: Gesso
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens
Faber-Castell Grip 2001 Pencil
Dynasty Brushes: Black/Gold 5/0
Sponge Dabber
12x12 Paper

Here are the bunnies in the acrylic tray that we change out on holidays!  It's brighter in person - just the lights I guess!

HAPPY EASTER to those who celebrate...


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Irish Luck Unexplained! Acrylics on Canvas


Have you ever found a four leaf clover? 

When I was a child, I literally hunted for hours to find them and then saved them between pages of books!  My 13 yr old granddaughter didn't know there was such a thing - wow.

Do you believe in "the luck of the Irish"?  
They say that it's an 'unexplained' phenomena.

Today I have forever preserved a four leaf clover using Andy Skinner's Stampendous stamp set.  
Do you think that my luck may change for the better??!!!

Using an 8x10 canvas panel that previously held some left over green and white paint...I added a bit more color along the way.

Begin by stamping the designs and words onto tissue paper. 

I thought it would be fun for the 4th leaf to be green/white and the other 3 leaves of the clover to be black/white.

Then begin laying out your design for the project.

The stamped images were added with Matte Medium. 

The heart came from the center of one of Andy's flying creatures!

In order to give the center of the shamrock a bit of pizzazz, a swirl of opalescent mother-of-pearl by Kaisercraft was added. 

Remember how much I love my DecoArt Glamour Dust?
The Ice Crystal was added all over - of course!!

Getting close to being done, and then I thought... hmmmm...
the circles in the Dare2BArtzy Totally Tracy Textures would simulate the circles in the center of the shamrock.  Out came the Totally Tracy stamps which were stamped right onto the canvas.

Here are the products used: 

DecoArt Media Mister Yellow Green
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Translucent White, Green Gold
DecoArt Media Matte Medium
DecoArt Media Tinting Base
DecoArt Glamour Dust Iced Crystal

Unexplained and Handle with Care

Totally Tracy Textures

Archival Ink and Faber-Castell Pitt Pens too!

And a few close-ups..."showin' of the green"! 

Hope you can see some of the shimmer of the Glamour Dust! 

Once again... Happy St. Patty's Day. 
Sending you wishes for a lucky day!! Xj.