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Monday, April 28, 2008

Mural Painting Demonstration Completed!

This year's "Art at the Pickle Barn" mural demonstration in Mount Vernon, WA for the annual Skagit Tulip Festivavl has ended, and here it is! Thank you to everyone who came and watched me, encouraged me, asked questions, and enjoyed it. If you couldn't stop by this year - I hope to see you next year!



Mural Painting - A Project in Process: Part 6

1 - Plywood secured with 2 x 6 boards for frame

2 - Primed with white Latex paint

3 - Detail sketch collage completed for reference
(includes colored sketch of completed mural with 1 inch grid)

4 - Plywood hung on wall

5 - Marked off 1 foot grid with blue Conte Crayon

6 - Used grid to sketch overall design

7 - Used warm earth tone paints as a wash to define basic image and compostion

8 - Added foliage detail and cooler tones over the background to create depth

9 - Added bird detail and more foliage color

10 - Added more color and detail to sunflowers

11 - Finished the Barn

12 - Signed & Dated

And Finally? I will be having the mural professionally photographed with limited edition prints available next month. I will then coat the piece with Varathane and Graffiti Proofer to prepare it for public display. I'm hoping to donate this piece to a local school in the next few weeks.

Need help or advise with your own mural project? Feel free to let me know. This project has been a great experience, and I'm happy to share it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Snow at the Mount Vernon Tulip Festival

What a wet and wild weekend at the Tulip Festival Downtown Arts and Craft Fair for 2008. Friday was simply cold. Saturday it was colder, and hailed these "dip n dot" sized balls of snow-sleet until the streets were white, and Sunday it snowed! It's almost May for Pete's sake! And somehow, these amazing little northwest community still came out to shop and support the artists at the fair. And really, it's not like is snows every day here. On Sunday I finally remembered my camera too, and got this great shot of the tulips with snow in front of my booth. Check it out!

And THANK YOU to the Skagit Valley community!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Mural Painting Day 4


Today I mostly worked on the detail of the birds after working on the tulip fields and dandelion foliage at my last session. I have two little house sparrows at the bottom, what will be two little Juncos in the middle, and then our famous Washington State Bird - the Goldfinch - at the top. I'm excited about the progress now that I've added this detail. I think the mural is really coming together. I have three painting sessions to go. Hope to see you there!

** Remaining Demonstration Times **

Tuesday April 22: 11 - 2 pm
Friday April 25: 11 - 2 pm



Mural Painting - A Project in Process: Part 4

1 - Plywood secured with 2 x 6 boards for frame

2 - Primed with white Latex paint

3 - Detail sketch collage completed for reference
(includes colored sketch of completed mural with 1 inch grid)

4 - Plywood hung on wall

5 - Marked off 1 foot grid with blue Conte Crayon

6 - Used grid to sketch overall design

7 - Used warm earth tone paints as a wash to define basic image and compostion

8 - Added foliage detail and cooler tones over the background to create depth

9 - Added bird detail and more foliage color

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Welcome to my GARDEN - My Best ETSY Treasury Ever!

I made a garden out of my some of my MANY MANY favorite Etsy artists, and I think it came out fabulous! I hope you do too!
(Don't know what an Etsy treasury is? ETSY is a great online marketplace of handmade and vintage items. I have a shop there as do many other artists and artisans from all over the globe. A treasury is a collection of items that an etsy member think goes well together, they enjoy, fit a theme, or just on a whim! At any given time there are more than 333 Etsy treasuries to see and enjoy. The front page of Etsy will showcase one of them. For more information - check out Etsy treasuries HERE! - NO ACCOUNT needed to enjoy!)


SHOP WITH THESE GREAT SELLERS HERE!
(listed in order from left to right)
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retrowhale
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stripesandplaid
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cheriedesigns
stirdesigns
birdnerd
grayeyedscorpio

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mural Painting Day 2


I completed my first official session of the mural at the "Art in a Pickle Barn" show in Mount Vernon, WA - home of the annual Tulip Festival. For a look at the unofficial start go HERE. For this session I focused on laying down some ground colors (I favor warm colors) to work out my basic composition. I used mostly yellow ochre, quinacridone orange, and black in a very thin (watered down) layer so that I didn't have to use much paint at this stage. I also used some Acrylic Medium to make the paint go further. Afterwards I realized that I'll need a few more reference images for the bottom of the mural where I would like to have some grasses for the birds. I'll look for those next before my next session.

** Remaining Demonstration Times **

Tuesday, April 15: 11 - 2 pm
Thursday, April 17: 11 - 2 pm
Tuesday April 22: 11 - 2 pm

See the Finale'! Friday April 25: 11 - 2 pm



Mural Painting - A Project in Process: Part 2

1 - Plywood secured with 2 x 6 boards for frame

2 - Primed with white Latex paint

3 - Detail sketch collage completed for reference
(includes colored sketch of completed mural with 1 inch grid)

4 - Plywood hung on wall

5 - Marked off 1 foot grid with blue Conte Crayon

6 - Used grid to sketch overall design

7 - Used warm earth tone paints as a wash to define basic image and compostion

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mother's Day is Coming...

Tired of not knowing what to give to that special Mom in your life? As a Mom who loves to receive handmade, personalized, or artistic gifts, I am happy to offer Gift Certificates to my ETSY STORE. They are easy to use and easy to give - you just need a Paypal account and then join the ETSY "buy handmade" shopping revolution. You'll LOVE it! If your Mom is a gardener, bird watcher, nature lover, art fanatic, or just needs to brighten up a corner of her home or office, make shopping easy (and same day, for you procrastinators!) and choose "Gift Certificate" in the upper right corner of my blog page.

Thanks! And give that Mom a hug! I'm sure she deserves it!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Mural Demonstration


The Great Mural Project of the 2008 "Art in a Pickle Barn" Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has officially started!

I finally put together my sketches and started with a blue conte crayon outline and I'm ready to begin with the washes. For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, I hope you can stop by and see the progress!

** Mural Demonstration Times **

Friday, April 11: 11 - 2 pm
Tuesday, April 15: 11 - 2 pm
Thursday, April 17: 11 - 2 pm
Tuesday April 22: 11 - 2 pm

See the Finale'! Friday April 25: 11 - 2 pm



Mural Painting - A Project in Process: Part 1

1 - Plywood secured with 2 x 6 boards for frame

2 - Primed with white Latex paint

3 - Detail sketch collage completed for reference
(includes colored sketch of completed mural with 1 inch grid)

4 - Plywood hung on wall

5 - Marked off 1 foot grid with blue Conte Crayon

6 - Used grid to sketch overall design

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Now SHOWING at Oregon State!


If you're in the Corvallis, Oregon area, check out my latest large canvases at the Women's Center at Oregon State University! I have several vivid and playful pieces on display for the Spring session. Prints and Cards are also available. Since it was Spring break here in Washington, I also had the pleasure of making the trip with my whole family, and enjoying the sights from Portland to Corvallis, checking out the hiking in the area, and fun Children's Museums in Salem and Portland. We finished the trip off with a great stay at the new Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington on the way home. Wow, those water slides are fun!

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