Chemicals and Q-Tips

A couple days ago I decided to try out the colored pencil+mineral spirits trick I wrote about in my last post on the horse picture I was working on and am actually really happy with the results. I was scared to death I was going to use too much and ruin the whole thing but my Bristol board stood up really well to the technique. Here’s the final result:

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Basically once I finished the horses I laid in the background using layers of Tuscan Red, Burnt Sienna, Dark Brown, and touches of yellow (from the Prismacolor Premier collection), then used a q-tip dipped in odorless mineral spirits to blend it all together. Once the OMS was dry (about 20 minutes) I did another color layer followed by another OMS application. I then used the q-tip method to smooth out the horses.

It was kind of magical watching the colors all melt together under that little cotton swab. I’ll definitely be trying this again…

If you want to try it, all you need are soft-core wax or oil-based artist quality colored pencils (such as Prismacolor Premier), Odorless Mineral Spirits (usually in the painting supplies at art/craft supply stores), and cotton swabs (cotton pads work well too, especially for larger areas). You’ll want to use a heavier paper than regular drawing paper. I used Bristol board in a vellum finish and was able to apply multiple layers of color and OMS with no problem.

If you do try it, let me know how it turns out!

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New Artwork and Holiday Tingles!

I walked into Costco the other day and was greeted by one of my favorite sights of the year—Christmas decorations! I’ll admit it’s a little ridiculous to be putting out Christmas stuff in August, but seeing it always gives me a little thrill. Anyone who knows me knows Christmas is my all time favorite time of year, and I start my planning months before for everything from decorations to food to gifts. Speaking of gifts, seeing the Christmas decor also signals crunch time for me and the shop as I get ready for the holiday shopping season (if you’re thinking about ordering any custom items make sure to get your orders in early to make sure they’re ready for Christmas!) This year in addition to my Etsy shop I’ll also be participating as a vendor in some local events including a holiday craft fair and an equestrian festival (here’s something I’m working on for the latter)

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Three Horses, 8x10 inches in Colored Pencil

Colored pencil has certainly come a long way, and I’ve been itching to try some techniques I read about in Alyona Nickelson’s book “Colored Pencil Painting Bible“, where she applies mineral spirits to change the consistency of the pencils, achieving results very similar to oil painting.  I love the idea of having the control a pencil provides combined with the color of a painting and have some ideas that I think will work very nicely with the technique.

I’ve also had the opportunity to work on several family portraits for my cousin. Here’s the first three (ten more to go!)

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In the crochet department, I recently participated in a crochet-along on Ana Paula Rimoli’s blog. Here’s the result:

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I also finished my new favorite, a hedgehog (very time comsuming but so cute!)

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That’s it for now, but keep a look out for my early bird holiday sale at the shop soon! Have a great weekend!

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New (And Not So New) Art and Crochet Projects

Summer vacation is almost over! Despite the challenges of having two very active kids stuck at home most days (110 degree desert heat makes it kind of hard to spend the day out and about), we’ve managed to keep sibling squabbling at a manageable level (meaning minimal bloodshed and no trips to the emergency room). In my book that’s pretty good:). I’ve actually loved having both of my little loves at home, even if it means it’s a little harder to get projects done.

But speaking of projects, here’s some that I have neglected to post:

B’s birthday cake!

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I also had some baby toys and a blanket for various new arrivals but I was in such a hurry to finish them I forgot to take pictures! I’ll see if the moms of the recipients can send me some pics to share:)

On to the art–It’s been a busy couple of months! I received a request through my Etsy shop from a lovely lady who wanted a Never Land painting for her son’s room. Here it is in various stages from start to finish:

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I was also asked to do a portrait
by a woman for a friend who was getting married and whose mother had recently passed away. She wanted to give her a portrait of the two of them together:

I’ve also been working on setting up a more functional studio space (painting in an uninsulated garage when it’s 110+ degrees outside is unpleasant to say the least!) So I have taken over our extra bedroom to use as my new art/craft space:

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My inspiration wall-past projects and ideas for the future

It’s much easier to be productive in air conditioning!!

And finally here’s the painting I’m working on now (the same one I’ve been working on almost since we moved, now I have no excuses to not finish it):

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In other news, next week it’s back to school for B-she’ll be taking on Kindergarten! Poor A will be sad to
have his big sis gone all day (me too!) so we’ll see how it goes….that’s it for now, I’ll try to update more often so I don’t have to bombard you with everything at once:)

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(Finally) New Artwork!!

I’ve been so obsessed with my amigurumi lately that I’ve been neglecting my drawings, but I’ve been feeling inspired these last few days and finished 2 new drawings! Here they are:

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These will both be added to my Etsy shop soon. Also here’s the latest additions to my amigurumi army:

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I’m also working on a new painting (well, to be more accurate I’m working on actually finishing a painting I started a few months ago ^_^). It’s gone through several reincarnations but I think I’m finally on the right track. My goal is to have it done by the end of the week (never mind that that’s been the goal for the past several weeks, but it’s not completely my fault as it’s been unbearably hot and the garage where I have my studio has been uninhabitable!) So fingers crossed for this week. Stay tuned…

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New Artwork and My First Smartphone

I must say, having no internet at home sucks. After surviving two months on library and starbucks wifi, we finally broke down and bought our first smartphones. I never really appreciated how far technology has come until now!

A huge benefit of my fab new phone is that I can now share all the artwork I found while packing up for our move! Here’s some of my favorites of paintings I did when I was living in Mexico:

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I’ve also had time to work on a few new projects, including this one:

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I’ve got a few more in progress that I’ll post soon….

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New Artwork!

December was a crazy month! Between closing escrow on our house, various holiday celebrations, and our family’s two newest additions (Tenaya, an 8 week old German Shephard, and Peaches, a 6 week old Maltipoo),  I haven’t had a moment to think, much less blog! But now that we’re almost completely moved in to our new home I wanted to take a minute to share the artwork I finished these past few weeks. Let me know what you think!

Drawing of Disney Princess Ariel the Little Mermaid

Princess Ariel

Hand drawn Pink Peony in colored pencil

Pink Peony in Colored Pencil

Custom Portrait of Cousins in Radio Flyer Wagon

Portrait of Bella, Alex, and their Cousin Mikayla

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More Princesses!

Once I started doing these princess drawings I just couldn’t stop! I’ve decided to do a whole series of Disney “ladies” shadowboxes (I can’t really say princesses because, as my sister would be very quick to point out, Mulan is not really a princess), to hang up in my daughter’s new room. Once they’re all done we’ll have Jasmine, Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Snow White, Mulan, Rapunzel, and Tiana. Then I suppose I’ll have to do a series of Mickey and Cars for my little boy, who shares the room with his sister….hmmm, I hope I don’t run out of walls!

So far we have Jasmine completed and I just finished Cinderella, now I just need to mount it in the shadowbox (pictures coming soon). I’m also almost done with Ariel, I just need to finish up the background and refine a few details, but overall I’m very happy with this one!

drawing of Disney princess Ariel the Little Mermaid

Drawing of Disney Princess Cinderella

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