Last summer, I had the priviledge of attending a Mary Jo Leisure design class. One of the “challenges” she gave us was to create a design for a flat piece of wood with a pre-cut shape. The cut shape on one end made me think of ribbons so naturally flowers came to mind. I was torn…should I draw my favorite summertime hydrangeas [...]
In May, I had the pleasure of teaching the Advancing Your Skills class at the SDP convention. One topic presented in the class addressed the attributes of color. All colors have three attributes: value, intensity, and temperature. These attributes are as important to consider as the color itself.
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. [...]
Some time ago, a question was posted on Facebook about waxing painted pieces. Waxing with a fine quality paste wax after varnish is dry will not only add a rich luster to your painted piece, it will add durability. Any piece you’ve painted that will be used in the kitchen or bathroom should have a good coat of wax to [...]
Details and water drops
Attention to good detail is important whether you are painting realistic floral arrangements, fruit, vegetables, sharp focus still life, landscapes, animals or portraits of people . The glint of light in an eye or on a water drop, pollen on a pistol, tiny stamens in a flower center or bug [...]
Last month, on our way north to a family reunion in Ohio, my husband and I stopped in Atlanta at the Museum of Decorative Painting that used to be called the DAC or Decorative Arts Collection. Through the years, I’ve seen pieces from the DAC displayed at various Society of Decorative Painters conventions [...]
This is a short video presentation of some of my paintings showing the wide range of art instructions available on my website. You will see still life and floral, as well as holiday and nature themes. Enjoy!