Inspired by…the re-blog

I have been given permission to re-blog!Or maybe I should call it re-post? I have to admit there is a secret side of me that wonders if anyone would ever notice if I re-blogged a post from,say 10 months ago. I know it’s a bit lazy, but sometimes my creative journey comes halting to a standstill and I am left sitting here, twiddling my thumbs, with nothing to write about.

Today though, Seth from the Altered Page has asked that I re-post one of my favorite posts for his Buried Treasure project. He is compiling a list of art blogs so that we can do a little perusing on our own to discover some new and inspiring material. I know I am in need of some creative inspiration. I would almost be happy with a rainy day so I could catch up with all my ideas.

Thank you Seth! There is definitely not enough time in the day to spend flipping through tabs. I am all about the one stop shop. So if you are looking for a little new material hop on over to Seth blog for a lovely dose of inspiration.

Without further ado I present you with a tutorial (of sorts). Check back in at the end of the week for an art journaling post!

Inspired by…playing with color

What a week! If I had have known what the past week had in store for me I may have increased my caffeine levels a bit.

life changes,5 yr plan,Lots of very big changes are happening here around our household. All plans in the making up until now, all talk and dreaming rather than action ~ until this past weekend ~ I am not sure what lit the spark, but trust me when I say it has been ignited.  Its go time. The next 6 months will be full of lots of positive change for us as a family.

Pick up the phone and start dialing…

I wont share too many details right now, but they include lots of moving parts. Moving homes, moving lives, moving ~ a 5 year plan is in place. Lots of balls in the air, now just a matter of timing and making sure they all fall in the right places.

Ah.. the ball in the air metaphor. A favorite around this household..

My husband thrives with all his balls in the air. I like mine lined up in a row, preferably color coded and all the same size. The only similarities between us being that we both like momentum and lots of it.

Today, in my world, my issue is with color. This is not a new issue, but one that I am slowly discovering needs to be addressed. I have the books, the links and all the information I need to be a master colorist. Now is the time to actually absorb all that I have read and instead of haphazardly throwing color around, placing it where it is supposed to be so that my paintings start to SING. Oh goodness, not so sure that is going to be happening around here…

golden fluid acrylics, paint, color

Somehow it just seems easier to go out and buy the perfect shade!

But, no,I have been told, many times, I only need 12 colors ~ with a bit of black and white mixed in.

color mixing, acrylic paint, tutorial

Taking that in mind I set out on an exercise to understand just how many colors can be mixed with 12 colors, a bit of titanium white, titan buff and black. This lesson was a little something I picked up from Julie Pritchard. Check out her site for some great online art courses!

All you need here is some white paper, a few transparencies, paintbrush and paint.

On the top of your white paper and transparencies write out your colors and a dark line

acrylic paint, color chart, color mixing

Along the side of your transparency and white paper write the following ~

pure, white, white++, titan buff, titan buff ++, black, white +, titan buff+

color mixing, acrylic paint,color chart

Grab your paints, paintbrush and palette.I used 24 colors because I am not very good at following directions. I laid out my paints according to the color wheel, starting with my yellows and working clockwise to green, blues..and so forth.

Using the example above with Quin Magenta

First square = paint a square of pure color.

Square below= add quin magenta with a bit of white mixed in.

Square below = added the quin magenta+ white + a bit more white. ( ++ white)

Square below = add quin magenta+ titan buff

Square below = add quin magenta + white + a bit more white ( ++titan buff)

Square below = add quin magenta + black

Square below = add quin magenta + black + white

Final square = add quin magenta+ black + titan buff

mixing paint, mixing color, acrylic, paint, art tutorial

Proceed on..complete above exercise with all colors. It takes time, but you will be very happy with the results!

1 color + white, titan buff + black = 8 colors

I completed this exercise using 24 colors I had on hand which  = 192 colors.

THIS is before I even began to mix colors…which I wont be doing, but will definitely take into consideration the next time I dive deep into my pocket to buy yet another tube of the perfect shade of green!

Imagine the possibilities!

Why the transparency you ask?

color mixing,acrylic paint, tutorial

Ever feeling a little lost wondering what color to add to your painting, maybe a little stuck wondering what color to use for glazing, or simply wondering how transparent/opaque your color really is??

The transparent color chart is your friend!

Well friends, that’s all I have to share today. Come back soon for more color info over the next few weeks. Don’t hesitate to comment if you need further explanation!

Off to hit “publish” and wait for the phone to start ringing:)

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Inspired by….playing with color, a tutorial!

What a week! If I had have known what the past week had in store for me I may have increased my caffeine levels a bit.

life changes,5 yr plan,Lots of very big changes are happening here around our household. All plans in the making up until now, all talk and dreaming rather than action ~ until this past weekend ~ I am not sure what lit the spark, but trust me when I say it has been ignited.  Its go time. The next 6 months will be full of lots of positive change for us as a family.

Pick up the phone and start dialing…

I wont share too many details right now, but they include lots of moving parts. Moving homes, moving lives, moving ~ a 5 year plan is in place. Lots of balls in the air, now just a matter of timing and making sure they all fall in the right places.

Ah.. the ball in the air metaphor. A favorite around this household..

My husband thrives with all his balls in the air. I like mine lined up in a row, preferably color coded and all the same size. The only similarities between us being that we both like momentum and lots of it….

Enough about me. Oh,wait, this blog is about me…it may be the only thing that’s all about me. The rest of me has somehow become all divvied up between life and family.

Today, in my world, my issue is with color. This is not a new issue, but one that I am slowly discovering needs to be addressed. I have the books, the links and all the information I need to be a master colorist. Now is the time to actually absorb all that I have read and instead of haphazardly throwing color around, placing it where it is supposed to be so that my paintings start to SING. Oh goodness…

golden fluid acrylics, paint, color

Somehow it just seems easier to go out and buy the perfect shade!

But, no,I have been told, many times, I only need 12 colors ~ with a bit of black and white mixed in.

color mixing, acrylic paint, tutorial

Taking that in mind I set out on an exercise to understand just how many colors can be mixed with 12 colors, a bit of titanium white, titan buff and black. This lesson was a little something I picked up from Julie Pritchard. Check out her site for some great online art courses!

All you need here is some white paper, a few transparencies, paintbrush and paint.

On the top of your white paper and transparencies write out your colors and a dark line

acrylic paint, color chart, color mixing

Along the side of your transparency and white paper write the following…

pure, white, white++, titan buff, titan buff ++, black, white +, titan buff+

color mixing, acrylic paint,color chart

Grab your paints, paintbrush and palette.I used 24 colors because I am not very good at following directions. I laid out my paints according to the color wheel, starting with my yellows and working clockwise to green, blues..and so forth.

Using the example above with Quin Magenta

First square = paint a square of pure color.

Square below= add quin magenta with a bit of white mixed in.

Square below = added the quin magenta+ white + a bit more white. ( ++ white)

Square below = add quin magenta+ titan buff

Square below = add quin magenta + white + a bit more white ( ++titan buff)

Square below = add quin magenta + black

Square below = add quin magenta + black + white

Final square = add quin magenta+ black + titan buff

mixing paint, mixing color, acrylic, paint, art tutorial

Proceed on..complete above exercise with all colors. It takes time, but you will be very happy with the results!

1 color + white, titan buff + black = 8 colors

I completed this exercise using 24 colors I had on hand which  = 192 colors.

THIS is before I even began to mix colors…which I wont be doing, but will definitely take into consideration the next time I dive deep into my pocket to buy yet another tube of the perfect shade of green!

Imagine the possibilities!

Why the transparency you ask?

color mixing,acrylic paint, tutorial

Ever feeling a little lost wondering what color to add to your painting, maybe a little stuck wondering what color to use for glazing, or simply wondering how transparent/opaque your color really is??

The transparent color chart is your friend!

Well friends, that’s all I have to share today. Come back soon for more color info over the next few weeks. Don’t hesitate to comment if you need further explanation!

Off to hit “publish” and wait for the phone to start ringing…..

Inspired by..Creative Everyday (a community..)

Gotta love having an extra day to get things done. However, here I am still posting February’s challenge for Creative Everyday last minute…..

This months topic….Night.

A progression for you because it seems everyone likes to see the different stages a painting goes through…me included! (No intuitive painting here!)

Creative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow

Fascinated with snow…the painted kind.I especially love the contrast between the lights and darks. Hoping to work further with this in the future.

Short and sweet, but I have few other challenges to finish before the witching hour.

To check out other artists interpretation of “night”  ~ have a look here!

Adios my friends

Inspired by…10,000 hours

Trying to incorporate oranges into my artwork. I love burnt oranges and reds. My house is full of them. Oranges and reds in my artwork..why not?! But why am I finding them so hard to work with?

red orange yellow

I know I  need to spend some time working the perfect combinations of color together.Need to practice combining different colors. I can’t blame the paint…

Unfortunately, I have quite a bit of cadmium orange and pyrole orange in my paint kit. I would like to use them up…quickly.. so I can buy some different shades of orange.

Ever feel like tossing all your paint colors and buying all new shades.? I definitely need to take a good color mixing kind of workshop. Anyone know of a good one? (preferably online)

red orange yellow acrylic paint

Blah..not loving this as a whole. I know that this will be a underlayer and little of it will come through in the final painting, but sometimes if you don’t love something its hard to keep working at it…but I will.

I laughed when I once heard a friend refer to her piece as  “in the awkward teenager stage”…all, pimply,hormonal and schizophrenic..beauty just waiting to emerge.

viewfinder acrylic paint

oh I like this little 1 inch section of my 32 inch painting?!...help

My trusty friend Erin made this little paper view finder for me and I use it often. With my rose-colored glasses and my view finder I can always find something I like.

viewfinder acrylic paint

another inch of goodness...30 more to go..

Will not toss it…Will not toss it….. Will not toss it..

acrylic paint

acrylic paint

So, keep what I like and adding to what I don’t like…..what if I am not really digging any of it?

acrylic paint

looking much better...

Hahaha…. I can’t tell you how good that felt!

I was giggling as I did it.

I was also thinking what a waste of time.. can’t believe I wasted my favorite Quin nickel paint on this..maybe I could have saved it.. what happened to patience and perserverance..what am I teaching my kids here..3 hours down the drain…oh….

It felt like a great roller coaster ride of emotion as I put scissor to paper. But.. it is done now and while I felt like a bit of a crazy woman, scissors in hand, sometimes you just have to make a drastic change. I think I accomplished just that!

cut up acrylic painting

collage anyone?

As for these pieces…maybe a journal page…scrapbook (oh, right, don’t do that…yet) or maybe I will just pin them up on my inspiration board as a reminder of the lessons learned while working on this piece.

Malcolm has given me 10,000 hours….lucky me, I am 4 hours closer to success….

Have a great weekend!

Inspired by…texture with found objects

Day 2 ~ Blogtoberfest

Dont tell anyone around here, but I love a rainy weekend. No excuse to stay in the house and paint, draw, read and now …blog..

After my crazy week I can only sigh. AHHHH… there were a few too many days creative-less. My new plan is to set away 30 minutes a day to just play and explore with my stuff. If I get more time, great. If not, no whining because I have at least had a bit of time to do what I want to do.

So after searching my kitchen for something new and different to paint with, I found this….recognize it?

fruit and veggie bagIt’s the mesh bag from my cherry tomatoes(right) and clementine oranges(left). Grocery shopping has become a bit more fun….


These marks are going to be bee hives. More layers and depth..tweak the color and it will be all set for some bees.


I havent a clue what I am going to use these for. I don’t usually use blue. Now I am thinking that maybe these will be for bees. Oh, the decisions…

I am really loving this texture. It’s good as it traps paint in its web. It is also a great over lay to paint on top of another color. Will definitely be using again.
Blue paint…maybe not.

feeling blue

If you have any interesting textures created with found objects, please share!! It’s always good to have an arsenal of materials on hand to get the creative juices flowing. The freer the better!