A Halloween Treat!!

Spooky Owl Pin

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

It’s a beautiful fall day with colorful trees and very pleasant weather here today.  It’s a perfect Halloween eve.

I have a Halloween treat for you. It’s directions for my spooky owl pen.

Spooky Owl Pin    A Liz Miller CDA design

You can use your favorite colors but here are some of the ones that I’ve used:

DecoArt Americana: Lamp Black, Raw Umber, Butterscotch, Warm White, Marigold, Irish Moss, Tangerine, and Burnt Sienna.

The blank is available at my studio or you can order from Viking Woodcrafts if you can’t drop by my studio.

Spooky Owl Pin

Spooky Owl Pin

Let’s Paint a Spooky Owl in a Tree:

I used a flat Bringle Blender to scuff in the tree using the chisel edge of the brush and RU.  Then use Butterscotch and a very little Butterscotch + WW to lighten the left side of the trunk and branches. I then added a little scuffed in Tangerine to accent the light side and middle of trunk.  Use a side loaded flat to darken the right side of trunk with Black. Of course the hole in the base of the tree is painted black.  The spider webs are also painted black.  Dry and then pattern your owl.

Using a #0 liner dab in the owl with RU to create fluffy feathers.  Begin to fluff in the lighter feathers by adding WW to your dirty brush. Notice the light feather on the face and details on the head and body. Don’t forget the tail feathers.  Lighten the face by adding more WW to your dirty brush.  Eyes are Marigold and shaded at the top with BS when dry. Outline them with RU.  Pupils are black with a WW glint.  Beak is RU with a WW glint.  I added a little dabbed in BS under the chin and at the base of the tail.  Add a few WW claws to hold onto the branch that you add with your tree colors.  Add any other owl like detail that you would like.

To finish up dry brush a little WW on the spider webs and touch in some Tangerine eyes inside the hollow of the tree with black pupils and WW glints.  I then flick up some grass at the base of the tree with Irish Moss, a nice spooky bright green color, using my flat blender.

Dry and spray with DecoArt Triple Thick spray several times allowing plenty of dry time between sprays. Remember not to touch the varnish to check dryness unless you would like to leave a nice finger print for later ID purposes.  When dry glue a pin back to your painted treasure and enjoy wearing.

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pattern

Have a spooky time painting this project.  We still have some fall season to enjoy this little pen.

You are welcome to teach this design but be sure to give me credit for the design.

Watch for a winter version of this design coming up soon!

Liz

Today’s Inspiration

Ducks in a Row
Mixed Media with powdered dyes.

I just took some time to read and learn. Forget the “to do” list and enjoyed learning from some other artists. What inspiration! Now my mind is into “what if I tried this or I want to try that technique”. My day just became a lot more fun. Thanks Kathie George/Watermedia Workshops and Nancy Medina Art Studio my inspiration for today.


If you don’t follow Kathie you really should. Keep scrolling down on her blog to find her wonderful lessons and tips.
Nancy Medina is a wonderful inspiration also for forgetting that word “perfect” that really doesn’t exist in art anyway.

·        Kathie George seminar is coming up quickly. We still have some seats if you would like to join us. I have the prep and patterns at the studio if you have already registered. We have some exciting new techniques and lots of fun planned with Kathie. 

Register Now!

 

Ducks in a Row Mixed Media with powdered dyes.

Ducks in a Row
Mixed Media with powdered dyes.

Shell Weave Watercolor with cheese cloth accents.

Shell Weave
Watercolor with cheese cloth accents.

Cat in the Snow

Cat in the Snow

NC State Fair

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What fun to visit the NC State Fair each year and see our beautiful decorative paintings displayed for our community to see and this year was no exception.

Rick and I went to the State Fair on Sunday, the last day of our vacation, and were very pleased with all your art work submissions, beautiful work.  I saw lots of ribbons and even more paintings that I would have given ribbons to.  While we were at the exhibit two women walked up, one pointing out a pumpkin and squash painting by one of our students that did not receive a ribbon. She exclaimed how much she loved that “pumpkin painting”, the other woman agreeing. Then a mother and son walked up to the exhibit and the son was holding out his mobile phone to take a photo of a painting with a wolf, again which did not get a ribbon. I asked him if he liked the wolf and as he gestured yes with a head nod, his mom explained that he loved wolves and had brought her to see the painting that he liked.  I’m sure there were many more paintings not receiving ribbons that were some one’s favorite.  If you are on face book, Artful Endeavors page, you can see all the admiring “likes” and comments on the St Fair photos that I posted.  If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to “like” Artful Endeavors

As far as I am concerned, you all were winners to me. Thanks for sharing your art. It’s our best form of advertizing and letting others know what terrific painting you are doing. 

If you haven’t been to the fair yet, decorative painting has a larger area this year, down where the carving used to be and across from the fudge.

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Congratulations to Carol Burns for earning Best In Show Hobbyist Category for her mixed media. Beautiful Carol.

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Congratulations Jean S for your blue ribbon.

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Congratulations to Dianne W and all our ribbon earners.

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Beautiful Maggie W.  Congrats!

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So many beautiful paintings entered this year.  Our original paintings made an excellent showing.

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Congrats Emiko.

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Congrats Jean S.  And Donna B.

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If you go to the Arts and Photography exhibit be sure to look for Rick’s photos. He had both of his photos displayed this year, a win in itself.  75 out of 300+ were displayed for the professional category.  He had the oak tree like the photo in our hall and our clothes line with clothes pins in the fog. 

Liz

Pumpkin and Crow

Pumpkin and Crow

Once a month I visit a health and rehab center to do a painting demo for the residents. I had always wanted to provide some service for our older population and when this opportunity found me, I was pleased to share my painting with them.  I enjoy seeing and interacting with the residents.  My regular attendees help me decide what to paint and colors to use as we discuss past times, seasons, events, or what ever evolves from our getting together. It doesn’t’ hurt the attendance that my demo is right before Bingo.

 

This painting evolved from one of my 20min, upside down paintings (so they can see what I’m painting).  I like it so much that I’m offering it as a 3 hr workshops in Oct, on 10/11, 10a-1p, and on Sunday, 10/27, 1p-4p for those who can’t attend during the weekday.

 

Plan to join us and register now!

 


Pumpkin and Crow

Pumpkin and Crow

Whats on the Easel

Owl ornaments
Owl ornaments

Owl ornaments

 

I’ve been in the mood to paint owls this summer and fall. I’ve collected owl photos, there are lots on Pinterest by the way, and studied them.  Seems like there are lots others out there who are into owls right now too. I’ve found them in magazines, on line, and in our painting journals this year. 

When I found some delightful owl ornaments in the latest issue of Paint Works Ornaments, I had to paint my version. My students had so much fun painting their versions this week.

The Winner!

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The winner of my 3 class basic techniques series on Creative Workshops is Elaine Allen!

Congratulations Elaine and thanks for your interest in my classes.  I’ll be sending you an email.

Mastering Decorative Painting Basics Part

Mastering Decorative Painting Basics Part

Thanks to all of you who participated in our exciting blog party. You can still take a class with me at Creative Workshops, so hop on over there and register.  I’ll be looking for your name on my registered list.

Liz

 

 

We’re Having a Blog Party for Our New Creative Workshops Site

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Have you every been to a blog party? Well this will be my first one. Our new, wonderful Creative Workshops site where I have my on line classes, along with many other terrific teachers, is have a grand opening blog party. If you participate you could be the fortunate winner or one or more free classes.

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Mastering Decorative Painting Basics part 3

Each teacher is giving away one of their classes for free to a lucky commenter!

The way to win is to leave a comment on any teacher’s blog post with this message. You’ll will be entered for a random drawing for a free class from that teacher.

The idea of the list is that you can follow the party trail from blog to blog, leaving a comment on each blog you visit, therefore increasing your chances of winning a free class from one of the teachers you leave a comment for! Now how cool is that?!

Every class giveaway will be different because the teachers are generously each giving away one of their own classes. Gosh, maybe a really lucky commenter could win multiple free classes!! Now THAT

would be awesome for the winner wouldn’t it!  Stranger things have been known to happen. :)

My free is class is actually all three of my Mastering the Basics of Decorative Painting classes!  You get the whole series.

See my on line classes.

To win the opportunity for a free class from me you must leave a comment on this post and only this post. It helps me keep track of everyone. The party runs Sept. 23-Sept.29. I will use a random number generator to choose the lucky winner and announce the name Monday Sept 30.

Once you leave your comment on my post then from the list below choose the next blog you have not visited and leave a comment on their blog post. Each blog will have this list so you can move through the party leaving your trails of comments everywhere and increasing your chances of a FREE CLASS!

Go, go, go…tell your friends!!!!

COME VIST US DURING THE BLOG PARTY!

This is a fabulous list!

Sara Naumann

Cat Kerr

Jodi Ohl 

Nancy Lefko

Cathy Bluteau

Mechelle Harrison

Elizabeth Johnson

Terri Heinz

Gaye Medbury

Dawn Meisch

Ann Butler

Gail Schmidt

Marilyn Harris-Mills

Nellie Wortman

Martha Lever

Summer Painting Excitement 2013

We’ve had a fun and busy summer at Artful Endeavors filled with seminars, workshops, and classes all exploring new subjects and techniques.  I’ve added just a few photos here for our reminiscences.  Notice all the smiles.

Please check our seminar pages for more of out photos for Ros’ seminar and ArtFling.

Cat's Eyes

Cat’s Eyes

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Our parent/grandparent and child class.

Colored Pencil Class

Colored Pencil Class

Cobalt and Hydrangeas

Cobalt and Hydrangeas

 

 

Night Vision workshop

Night Vision workshop

Cary painting

Cary painting

Our awesome Cary painters

Our awesome Cary painters

Our awesome artists.

Our awesome artists.

Paint Your Pet

Paint Your Pet

Donna-and-Jean

ArtFling 2013 Painting with Liz

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Summer ArtFling 2013

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Summer ArtFling 2013 with Gail Schmidt

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Ros Stallcup seminar

This Week at Artful Endeavors

Shell Weave
Watercolor with cheese cloth accents.

Artful Endeavors Update

 

I just got back in town this afternoon from teaching a terrific group of women in the DC chapter. We had good time painting and they treated me royally. We painted the leaf trilogy, chickadee and dogwood, and Under the Maple, so lots of techniques and lot of painting to do, but, they were up to the challenge.

It’s now fall with a little nip in the air, at least today. Our upcoming painting schedule is filled with fall and holiday projects.

 

I’m now reorganizing my “to do” list, so here it is:

  • ·         Paint upcoming class samples
  • ·         Continue to get all the information on our web site again and add on line payments
  • ·         Get our Kathie George seminar organized and registration together

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  • ·         Finish up projects for the State Fair and deliver between Oct 10-13
  • ·         Work on projects with our Cary group during this weekend’s retreat
  • ·         Figure out what to demo for the Litchford Health and Rehab residents on Thursday
  • ·         Enjoy the fall weather!

 

That should get me through the next week and a half.

 

More notes:

  • ·         Our last cat and pumpkin key ornament class is this coming Wed at 5:30-8:30p. Our young painters could do this class also.
  • ·         Wed 10am we start the Candy Canes.  There’s still time to join us.
  • ·         No Tue evening class this week. Next week is our first night at DU Salon in Cary.

 

Our terrific new Creative Workshops site is up and running. 

To celebrate we’re having a blog party all this week where you visit the teacher’s blogs and can leave a comment for a chance to win free classes as well as see their wonderful work.  Check out my blog to get started and for links to the other teachers. Remember to leave a comment.  What fun!

 

Register now for our seminar with Kathie George, Nov 11, 12, & 13!  

Cat in the Snow

Cat in the Snow

 

I hope to see you at the studio soon.

 

Liz