Monday, January 25, 2010


Learning to paint a turned leaf was part of today's class. The berries are based in color washes and then individual segments are made with Q-tips and color washed again. A different and fun way to do berries and it's a time saver,too.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


A Pear to complete our fruit trio. I always enjoy painting pears. Maybe it is the beauty of their sunny color or because they are so delicious to eat. This pear design is by Sherry Foster. We will continue on with our fruit series and will do blackberries next week.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Vincent VanGogh

Want to be a better artist/painter? Then study the art of others and experiment painting in their styles and colors even down to producing your own copy of their work. All great artists have learned from other artists in this way. In doing so you will be able to find your own path. The book pictured has only eighty pages but it gives you the life of VanGogh from his birth to his death and many of his paintings and drawings are shown. Visit your local library to find books on artists and their works.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Second in our current fruit series were these cherries. We dry brush shadows and highlights and learn to mix colors for all areas of the design. Pears are the next in this series and along with the blueberries will be put into a triple mat frame for display. We are also learning to free-hand vines, leaves and berries for use in upcoming projects. This design is adapted from a project by sherry Foster.

Monday, January 4, 2010


We've started our fruit and berries series. These projects are being painted on 5 x7 cards that can then be framed individually or grouped together in a frame. The blueberries are a fun project to begin with as the berries are finger painted and then shadowed and highlighted. This design has been adapted from a project by Sherry Foster. Future classes will include an assortment of fruits and a variety of leaves.