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For her sweet 16 birthday Ashley wanted a Justin Bieber theme for her and her friends’ art party experience. Portraits are difficult for most people, but a TEEN IDOL would be a real challenge for me to come up with. Inspired by the celebrity Pop Art prints of Andy Warhol, the girls started with a […]

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As children we entertained fantasies of becoming an actor, musician, dancer, or an artist. But somewhere along the way of “growing up”… we stopped. Being creative can be scary in a world that values logic over imagination. Perhaps it is now time to take a few steps to reclaim our dreams. Its never to late […]

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Once you’ve mastered the basic acrylic painting techniques, hard edge, blending, and overpainting, it’s time to add more skills to your tool box. Using stencils and masking can add interesting patterns and textures to a painting. Anything that has holes through it can be used  as a stencil. In my example below I found some […]

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“Monochromatic” is one of 9 commonly used color schemes. The word Monochromatic literally means “mono = one, chrome = color”. It is a color scheme using only one color. You create color differences when you add black and white to that one color (black and white are not colors). This was a favorite  painting technique […]

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Trees are so symbolic of life.  They put down deep roots for stability, a thick trunk to weather the storms, and shed the old to have space for new growth. These new painters learned and demonstrated first of basic acrylic painting techniques to manifest their impression of our tree. Each resulted in a colorful, expressive abstraction. […]

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Because of the viscosity of the paint, these two simple techniques lend themselves perfectly to acrylic painting.  Acrylic paint is pigment mixed with acrylic polymer emulsion. This keeps the colors from bleeding into each other, so creating  a “hard edge”, or clean line between shapes is quite easy… with a steady hand. The paint is […]

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I’ve just become fascinated by eco dying fabric and the handmade papers we’ve been creating.   Eco dying is the use of natural plants and garden litters to  dye and leave stenciled prints behind on the fabric and paper. I’ve been experimenting with different plants, simmering or steaming in a pot of water, with or without […]

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Inspired by Monet’s gardens in Giverny, I’m making plans for some major planting and construction in my backyard this coming Fall.  I’m going to use the quote tiles, written by my friends over my birthday, to create the top of the short garden wall, and bring the flower gardens back to their former glory!! What […]

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Still playing with the handmade papers  Loving the possibilities I imagine with the ones we pulled this weekend. This one had a huge yellow mum embedded in it. Of course, that inspired a VanGogh sunflower. And the quality of the oil pastels added gave it a painterly look. 

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Last week we crafted several sheets of handmade paper. My photography partner in this project, Tom Trauberman, then found the perfect image to enhance the paper. We trasfered the hollyhock onto the botanical paper using a trasfer gel. Both  the paper and the image were ideal for each other. As you can see, the texture […]

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