Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On My Desk Wednesday

On My Desk
Three paintings inspired by Mexican folk art. 

I'm very proud of the texture of these paintings! I came across this tutorial about distressed folk art a few days ago and knew I had to try it out.

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It's a rainy day here in Georgia. Hopefully I'll find the motivation to run errands today. :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Creative Space Thursday

New Project
Got a new project in the works! I'm going to decorate a coffin for this year's Day of the Dead show at Young Blood Gallery in Atlanta. I'm so excited about this opportunity!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Little Dancer of Fourteen Years Mural

Little Dancer of Fourteen Years Mural
All in all, I think she took about 8-10 hours. I couldn't work longer than 2 hours at a time because standing on a ladder and painting really took its toll on me.

But she's done and I couldn't be more excited to show her off! My assignment was to take Edgar Degas' Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, make her outfit pink, and paint her on the wall. And here you go, a pretty mural for the local dance studio. She's about 9 feet tall and her dress is about 3 feet wide. 

I used acrylic paints mixed with a little Polycrylic to help it stick to the wall. You can't see it in the photo, but the tutu is covered in tiny pink glitter. I used Martha Stewart Living Glitter Specialty Finish and it's beautiful. I also used the metallic finish on the girl's body but thinned it down 50% with Polycrylic

I'm starting another mural in the dance studio next week. Can't wait to show it off!

I also took a picture of my supplies:
A big mess, I tell ya!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Peacock Papercut

Sometimes I take a look around the studio to see if there are any paintings that I haven't blogged about. I came across my peacock papercut and thought to myself, hmmmm, I should take a good photo of that for the blog. And so I did...

You might remember this from last year. Wow, I forgot about this thing for over a year!



I did end up flipping the image and using it for little stickers:  I put a few in every Etsy order I get. One day, I'd like to tackle another papercut project. Maybe for the holidays?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

More Progress Shots

Day 3
Monday morning's work.

Day 4
Tuesday Morning's Work.

I tell you what, this ballerina's kicking my booty. But she's looking good! 

Thursday, September 08, 2011

My Creative Space Thursday

I currently have many, many creative balls up in the air and I'm doing my best to juggle them all, as well as take care of the family and the pets (a zoo, I tell ya!). Here's a photo post of what I've been up to:

Late Night Painting
Friends keep tell me that if I paint more chickens and roosters, then I could definitely sell them faster than other paintings. I call this a "Chicken Challenge", and so I'm busting out several feather friend portraits over the next few weeks to see if my friends' theory is true. It's fun to just sit down and paint something cute and quick. 

Day Two
I'm working on this huge mural while my kiddo (and all the other dance students) are in school. Hopefully I'll get to work on it this weekend...and maybe finish it. 

Early Morning Painting
I had some unexpected free time yesterday morning so I painted an avocado. Gotta keep those creative juices flowing!

Big Ol' Sign
And here's the finished product of hanging out with my dad on Monday. Now it's up to me to prime and paint it. With all this recent rain, the primer isn't drying as fast as I want it to, so it's a slow process. I have to have lots of patience with this one!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Current Projects, Progress Report

This morning I hung out with my handyman Dad. Thank goodness he could figure out the "plans" I had drawn up without much trouble and he cut out a large shape from plywood. I tell him all the time we should start a business together where he builds stuff and I paint it. It could work, if we lived closer together. 

Here's round one of a ballerina mural. I can't wait to work on it again tomorrow morning!

Both photos taken with my phone, and fancied-up using PicPlz.
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