My Favorite Painting

I am sometimes asked, “What is your favorite painting?” My answer is usually, “The next one.” Actually my favorite part of painting is the process. I do have paintings that I have completed that I especially favor but they are done. It’s pleasing to look at them and share them with others. I like and need praise like all of us and that’s rewarding, but those paintings are completed.

The process is the most exciting part to me, the most absorbing, where time just passes unnoticed.   I love getting started on a new painting, figuring out how to begin and in what direction I’ll wander.

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turtles, the beginning of an idea

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The turtles would be great in this setting.

The best part is that there is no rule about what I have to do with any one painting. Yes, of course I have studied, know about composition, perspective, color harmony, and all the rest of our artistic theory, absorbed it all and take it into consideration. One of my favorite ideas from Candice Olson, HGTV designer, is knowing the rules and knowing when to break them. We do need a good base of knowledge about our art, how is good art structured, know the rules. As these rules are internalized and become the foundation for our art, they are then liberating. We can explore from there.

I love figuring out how to create something new to me, a new idea, a new texture, technique, subject. This is usually done by experimenting. If I try this does it work? If not try something else. If it does, wow, exciting. And there is no end to learning. That’s my favorite painting.

Sunning Turtles designed by Liz Miller CDA video class can be found at http://creativeworkshops.me/classes-by-artist.html

Sunning Turtles
designed by Liz Miller CDA
video class can be found at http://creativeworkshops.me/classes-by-artist.html

Scarves for Me-ow

Last Friday a group of volunteers from Purr Partners Feline Rescue gathered at Artful Endeavors to paint scarves to sell at Purr Partners events. The proceeds from the sales go toward funding Purr Partners rescues, upkeep, and medical attention for the cats rescued. It was nice to do something to help the cats but we had lots of fun expressing our creativeness.  Here are the scarves we batik-ed and painted.

What are Brushos?

When Kathie George said the we could do a project with Brushos I had no idea what she was talking about. So I had to investigate.

Brusho Crystal Colours are highly pigmented ink-powders that can be used like watercolors, sprinkled on to a damp surface to burst into color, and many other ways. They are fun to work with and can result in some exciting effects.

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Brusho Crystal Colour

And yes, that is a push pen stuck in the top of each lid. It’s a great tip for sprinkling the powders so you don’t have to take the top off of the concentrated powders. Take the push pen out and sprinkle.

Here’s a sample that we painted with Kathie, who is always bringing us some new and exciting product and/or technique.

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Kathie’s Sheep A Kathie George design

When I received my Brushos (wow! exciting!) I had to experiment. So, after I had explored YouTube a little ( I was too excited about my own explorations to spend too much time watching others) I tried dampening watercolor paper and sprinkling.

Wow!

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Brusho on wet surface

And of course I had to check out each color.  Then I sprinkled first and spritzed with water.

Another Wow!  Then I made marks in it with my stylus, then tried some salt.

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Sprinkle then spritz

And then I tried a combo with specific colors, Red of course. I think this would make a beautiful background for something.

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Reds with Brusho

OK, then I had to try something like Kathie’s sheep, but cats!

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Brusho cats

OK, interesting. I usually overdo at first. Maybe a little less sprinkling the next time.  Now I want to perfect my Brusho cat technique. That means more playing. Hummm…  What next.  I’ll let you know what I come up with.

I encourage you to try Brushos. There are lots about them on line and on YouTube so check them out and have fun.

Warning: Brushos can become habit forming.

 

Ros is Painting What? When?

We’re excited that Ros is coming back to teach for us again in 2017. 

We’ll be celebrating 20 years of painting with Ros at Artful Endeavors!

Dates are July 19, 20, 21, & 22, 2017DSC_0214

During our seminar last July we collected project ideas for this year’s seminar from last year’s students. Now Ros has our ideas and it is always exciting to see her creations fill out these ideas and become works of art.

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2017 Seminar and Workshops!

Our seminar schedule for this year has come together with some exciting teachers returning. Plan ahead, mark your calendars, and register soon.

July 19-22: Ros Stallcup. Our all new projects have been chosen and registration is open. Register Now

August 26-28: Mark Polomchak. We’ll choose our projects a little later, however, registration is open. Register Now.

November 13-15: Kathie George. We’ll have more information later in the year but you know it’s going to be exciting.

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Upcoming Workshops

 

Feb 3: Batik. 10a-3p. Choose your design and join us for a day of batik.

MythFeb 24: Paint-N-Party. 6p-9p Once again we will paint our own cats. This class is a benefit for Purr Partners. If you missed it the first time here we are again. Bring a photo of your cat and a bottle of wine if you would like. We’ll provide the instruction and the fun. Register now.

March 3, 4, & 5: 10a-4p. Portrait Workshop. Join us to learn about painting a portrait. Bring a photo of someone you would like to paint. We’ll work on creating a likeness. More details.DSC_0145

March 24: Colored Pencil. Watch for details.

Watch for more workshops this winter and spring. Plan to join us.

Snow In and Feeling Artsy

We had a winter storm recently and I ended up staying in the house for 3 days. But I was prepared. I had my colored pencil supplies with me and a computer full of cat photos. So I curled up on the couch with my cat photo, my paper and pencils, and a cat or 3 posing for me. And just had fun creating.

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Batik It!

Join us for a day of batik adventure.  Feb 3, 10a-3p.

Choose a batik pattern from those available at the studio or order from Kathie George, our batik guru,  directly. All levels of experience are appropriate.


Wax pans, wax, wax brushes provided.sm_flightcrew2

Register Now!

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Snowfall

My Snowfall class is now on Creative Workshops! You can register for it now and the class goes active Feb 6th.

I really enjoyed learning how to create the misty snow effect and the depth in this painting and look forward to sharing with you.

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Snowfall

The class includes 14 videos, 10-15″ in length where I talk you through the entire painting as I demonstrate. You receive photograph, written instructions, and pattern.  I will repeat any of the directions as many times as you would like to rewind me.

Classes on Creative Workshops are available on line 24/7, and do not have an end date.

Register now!

Join me for some painting fun.  Liz

Winter is Here

And we’ve had our first postponed class before we even got started. But that’s what happens in a NC winter.

Our Tue evening Cary class will begin next week instead of this week. So there’s still time to join us in painting the Winter Skies. Register now.

Keep a check on the schedule for any changes through out the winter.

Winter Skies Liz Miller CDA

Winter Skies
Liz Miller CDA