Friday, September 25, 2015

All That Glitters

Aren't these cute?  This is the craft for November in
Scarlett O'Hara's Craft Room!
These 3 adorable buildings are actually created from
cereal boxes. They can be sent in their envelope to a special friend
or relative, then set up on a tabletop with a battery operated tea light beneath.
They can be hung on the tree!
The windows are vellum, to let the light shine through. Since these buildings are not actually decorated for the holidays, they can be enjoyed all winter long.
These are entirely covered in fine glitter, even the darling little trees.
The inside is "wall papered" with Victorian style paper.
Add a little note on the back with the date
 to turn these into keepsakes to last a lifetime!
Class is November 1st in the Manor. If you live in the area, you are invited to sign up.
$20 includes everything you need to create these beauties.
Hope to see you there,

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Reference Photo 2 Ways

While on a field trip with our local pastel group,
I took some photo references. I was hoping
 to get at least one I would love...and I did!

It turned out that I had a couple of opportunities to
put this picture to use. I don't know...I guess it's 
that one big flower that got me.

First, I did an alcohol marker drawing.

 I drew the Coreopsis with a fine tipped marker.

I then began the process of coloring it 
with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, 
using my favorite shading and texturing techniques.

 Here is the final piece.


I needed to finish a piece for the upcoming pastel show, "Wings and Wildflowers". 
Using the same reference, I did a 13 x 23 inch piece on pastel paper. 

I began with the basic background and lights,
using some of my harder soft pastels... 

then, when I added some darks, the lights began to pop.

My finished piece.

Thanks for go create something that makes YOU happy:
A drawing
A painting
A cake
A pot of soup...

and Enjoy the process.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My Word for 2015

As usual, time is flying by.
January usually ends before I begin to organize my thoughts for the year.
One thing I DID manage to do was decide on a WORD for the year...


Reach is a great word for me this year. 
I feel it will motivate me.
Here is my Reach quote for today:


What is your word?


Leave a comment below to share.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Doodly Doo

A bevvy of beautiful women joined me for a, Touch of ZIA class in our community.
Taking doodles we created to music,
I took them through several steps to create a unique piece of art.
This is my sample.

 And here are the ladies, with their results.


There were 16 women in all.
We had so much fun. 
 I plan on taking them through class two,
where we will go on a picture taking hunt,
 and return with inspiration photos to create more art.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Art Sparks, "Touch of ZIA" class

My first class of 2015
A Touch of ZIA
I will take you back before, "Zentangle", which I feel can start to all look alike.
Why not take your own original doodling and turn it into something you can truly call your own?
This is the plan, Dan.
Happy New Year!