I’ve been teaching an art class at our homeschool group for the past three years. I enjoy it so much and hope to do it again next year! This was our last class of this year – painting orchids! These girls are great fun and have each learned to become more comfortable with their own artistic style!
We did two different types of painting on our winter vacation! The first was a lot of work – we finished our west front room – painted ceiling, trim, and walls. Also, we finally hung proper curtain rods and curtains, mounted the pictures on the walls, and got a hutch we always had planned to have for the stereo…so this room is officially finished!!
The other painting was much more fun! I had a little watercolor class with Kaya, my son’s fiancee. We did johnny-jump-ups and I love how hers came out! She deffinately has an artistic eye for composition, proportions, colors, etc.
Sets of paint – I just love all the colors! First picture shows the original Sennelier set of 8 half pans and the expanded set of 12 half pans that I upgraded to. I use it for any traveling/outdoor painting. Next picture shows my Cotman sketcher’s pocket set of 16 half pans – this was my first set and it served me well the first year – now my son is using it for his set. Lastly the Lukas set with 48 half pans that I use for everything. I’ve had the set for two years now and I love it! So far, the only color I’ve had to refill is the sap green that I added. I replaced the phthalo green with sap green because I like the yellow greens better for botanical painting.
This is how my desk usually looks when I’m painting. This is the way I like to have my water, paints, and brushes set-up. I may reference pictures of real flowers/animals/etc. – so my phone is handy for looking those up. I have errasors, pens, pencils, paper towel, etc. in the assorted containers.
And, this is the rest of my “studio” space – my bedroom ; ) I have an ironing station because I do all of My Babes shirts and pants – he likes to dress professionally for work! We spend time up here in the evenings after the boys go to bed. He reads the news or listens to Old Time radio in bed, while I draw, paint, journal, etc. at my desk.
The best feature of this room is our his and hers clossets! He installed those organizer shelves/racks so all our clothes can hang or be folded neatly – so great to have plenty of space for my wardrobe and I don’t have to share it with anyone ; )
I played around with whites today. I finally got the Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White that I’d heard works so well. I’d been using opaque white gouache for adding finishing details and highlights to my illustrations, but sometimes it took many layers to get the opacity I wanted. This bleed proof white is just what I needed!
Do you remember *way* back to the sample of watercolors I got from Sennelier? I squeezed all the paint in those sample tubes into some half pans so that not a drop would be wasted ; ) The paints were perfect primaries for mixing and I had fun playing around with the sample colors.
Then, my Aunt gave me the Aqua-mini from Sennelier and I’ve used it since as my travel palette – compact and equipped with a little brush – perfect for little sketchbook paintings. My only complaint was that there wasn’t much space for mixing colors or making washes…so I put a MEEDEN paint box on my wishlist that would fit 12 half pans!
Now I have all my Sennelier half pans in one set together – and still in a small enough tin to take anywhere/anytime! It has plenty of spaces for mixing colors and I keep my travel brushes inside too. I’m so ready for spring and getting outside to paint again now!
I’ve finally bought a light box! It’s super thin, so I can fit it between pages in my sketchbooks if I need to, and it has 3 brightness settings (low and medium shown above) for different papers…it’s awesome! I don’t have to draw up against a window to get light any more ; ) And, it’s just in time for a big project I have to do this month! YAY!
These are all my favorite colors. You’ll see them throughout my house, my clothes, the flowers I like, etc. Even the carpet in my living room ; ) Side note: Kilo is perfectly at home on the rug too!
Having fun with these brush lettering drills! Free printable worksheets are HERE from Papel & Co.!
I’m trying out this little desk – unobtrusively tucked into the dining room! We have a big dining room table and we entertain a lot of family and friends, so I needed something simple and compact. I made this little “shelf-desk” out of plywood and 1×4″ boards. It just sits on top of an existing table I’d had my plants on this past winter. I still have my desk, HERE, that I love and use mostly in the evenings – but I wanted to utilize this beautiful light that comes in the window! And, it’s nice to be close to everything happening at home during the day ; )
So, I have a daytime desk tucked into life downstairs…on a trial basis – oh, but I love that light!