March 24, 2017

More from Let's Face It.

Painting of girl with a bird on her shoulder


I am still loving the LFI 2017 class with Kara Bullock (and a bunch of other instructors), but I decided to sign up for another class with just Kara in order to get more lessons from her. This painting above is my version of one of the lessons in her Nesties Class. I did this painting on canvas which was a nice change from working on paper and wood cradle board.



This painting is from Let's Face It 2017 - a lesson with Kara. It was lots of fun to bring so much color into the background.  This is on wood cradle board and I have to say I love working on these boards. There is something I love about the hard, smooth surface.  It just feels good to work on. But hen again canvas is fun, too. I guess I don't have to pick a favorite.  ;)

I can highly recommend Let's Face It or any class with Kara - she's a fantastic teacher!

Hope you are having a creative week!

-Laney

Linking up with PPF.

March 11, 2017

Rooster Painting

Rooster in front of turquoise barn
Rooster painted in Angela Anderson lesson
As I continue with my painting class for learning to paint faces I find I need a change from portraits from time to time. I do seem to have a "thing" for chickens.  I attribute that to the fact that my grandparents had a farm so I grew up with chickens, cows, pigs - there was even a goat for a while. And yes, my grandmother was one of those women who would go outside, catch a chicken, cut its head off and cook it for Sunday dinner. The expression "running around like a chicken with it's head cut off" has it's basis in reality. But let's not get too gruesome! This is about art and the beauty of a fine feathered rooster.

So as I was looking around for some painting inspiration I discovered Angela Anderson and her Youtube channel.  She has free acrylic painting lessons and I was delighted to find this Rooster class. If you are not familiar with Angela's channel I suggest you check it out. Her lessons are the "paint along with the instructor" type of lesson and I find those fun to do.

rooster painting in progress
Rooster in my sketchbook

I used a mixed media spiral bound sketch book to paint in. I gessoed the paper first and it did not curl.  I used Liquitex and Golden acrylics. We did the wooden boards first. Learning to paint the boards of the barn was as much fun as painting the rooster!

Detail of rooster head
Rooster Detail

The next step is to paint a chicken from my own photo using my own design. So we'll see how that goes!

I hope you've all had a creative week!  Thanks for stopping by - I'd love to see what you have been working on.

-Laney

February 23, 2017

Valentine Glitter House

pink and red glitter house

I have been cooking up this little glitter house with a Valentine theme.  So even though Valentine's has passed for this year I wanted to share this pink glitter house with you. I experimented with drawing little hearts and decorations on this house.  I may need to try a more subtle glitter to let the designs stand out more.


I added little peppermint "candies" and red bows, then painted pink snow onto the bottle brush tree. 
The "candies" and bows are really left over from Christmas. Shhh! Don't tell anyone.



Wouldn't pink snow be fun for Valentine's Day?

I hope your Valentine's Day was sweet and I hope the rest of your February is too.

-Laney

Linking up with Paint Party Friday

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