Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Autumn Blessings


The simplicity of  appearance in this beautiful design by Kim Klassin is belied by the work that goes into making it appear simple. I have not 'aged' it to the extent that she did but I do like this piece. I think it could fit into any decor. The shades of brown, red brown and off white say autumn in an elegant understated fashion.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pumpkins, Hats and Halloween Cats

This design for Halloween days and nights is a fun paint project. The design is by Cheryl Nuccio and it has been changed up just a bit with some shading and highlighting. We did it on a 6x12 canvas board and it would be nice framed for display. Or, you could attach ribbon or maybe a piece of black wire and hang it on a door or wall. Lettering could be used above the pumpkins to make it a sign of welcome or to announce 'the witch is in'.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Friends of Autumn


The autumn season is  growing in popularity every year and for people that like to paint it's a bonanza. A plethora of scarecrows, witches, pumpkins, monsters and more await the touch of the brush to paint. This little guy is ready for a Halloween Hoedown and he is destined to be taught in a class. Just base in a neutral color for the face, a straw color  for the hat and a bright snappy orange for the kerchief. Dry brush shadows and highlights and add the details. He works up quick and easy, a great new autumn friend. The design is by Sandi Strecker.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gifts of Autumn


From the dictionary:
autumn...the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May.   I wish this beautiful word was being used in our daily talk to describe this season again.
Our current project, pumpkin and pitcher is taken from a design by Lynne Deptula. We are painting it on an 8x8 canvas surface in acrylics and it does say autumn with it's beautiful colors and subjects, although it would be nice on display year round.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Barn in Wheat Field


A recent class done with watercolor pencils. Only three colors of pencil are needed, an ocher, red brown, and dark blue. This project was done on a 5x7 watercolor card. The scene is from a pocket reference book by Adelene Fletcher.