We’ve had a great year of painting and friendships at Artful Endeavors this past year. It’s been fun to look back at some of our accomplishments.
Enjoy. And get ready for more exciting painting in 2017.
Paint Your Kitty!
Date: Fri, Dec 2, 2016 6-9p at Artful Endeavors with Liz Miller
Class cost $40/participant
All supplies and surface will be provided.
No experience needed.
Bring your own wine and snack to share
I’m teaching a benefit class for Purr Partners Feline Rescue. Help us support our cats rescued from the NC county high kill shelters. More information about Purr Partners.
Come join us for an evening of fun where you will paint the face of your own cat on an 8×10” canvas. Don’t have a cat? Purr Partners has many kitties who you can paint. No experience is needed, just the desire to enjoy the experience with friends.
Bring a photo of your cat face for coloring. We’ll use a pattern for the face so no drawing is required. All supplies and surface are provided.
And we’ll party, so bring a bottle of wine and a snack to share.
Proceeds from our workshop go to Purr Partners Feline Rescue for the benefit of our cats.
As we move into fall here are a few of our season light house paintings, original design by Keith Sluder. Here is winter and I’ll post fall later.
Beginning our painting Safari with a herd of Giraffes. Do I hear a herd of Zebras on the way?
Dry brushing with DecoArt Acrylics. Original design by me.
Giraffe in progress
In Progress: Once a month I demo painting at one of the local rehab/nursing homes. I keep trying to come up with something different to demonstrate and last month I was in a giraffe mood. This is my progress, upside down because I walk around to show what I am doing, in 2-20min sessions. The residents have been very interested in seeing this painting develope. I’ll finish it now and take it back to show them. My students want to paint it now so I’ll finish it for a class project. It’s been lots of fun to design and create. From one of the giraffe’s at the NC Zoo.
Dry brushing with DecoArt Americana and Traditions acrylics.
It’s been a busy summer around here! It’s hard to believe that summer is in it’s last half and autumn is peaking around the corner. We’re scheduling fall projects and planning for our holiday and Christmas painting!
Many of our painters have been in and out of classes this summer with vacations, and visitors, so scheduling upcoming classes has been a little slow. And, I’m sure you won’t be surprised, we change our collective mind. I am in the process of updating the class schedules now so keep checking back to see what’s coming.
Winter Lighthouse, a Keith Sluder design
We’ve just finished with our seminar with Ros Stallcup and it was even more terrific this year. All the paintings turned wonderful. We met with old friends and made new ones as happens each year. Our participants helped us come up with some ideas for next year, too. It’s always fun each spring to see what Ros created from our basic ideas each year as she paints entirely new projects for us. We’ll just have to wait to find out, and it’s always a surprise. We have dates for 2017 so mark your calendars for July 19-22, 2017 and plan to join us. Seats this year filled up quickly so keep checking back for more details.
2016 Ros Stallcup Seminar
Our seminar with Mark Polomchak is coming up next, Oct 7-9. There are a couple of seats available for all 3 days. On Aug 1, next Mon, single seats will be available so if you want to participate for the 3 days, contact me this week. If you are looking for a single day, contact me next week before the seats are gone. Pay balance or register now.
I’ll have news for you on our seminar with Kathie George very soon. I’m in the process of selecting projects from some new exciting painting from Kathie. Check back just a little later.
Acrylic Painting Play Day! Introduction to Acrylic Painting
Waiting to Hatch
8 x 10″
June 7, Tue am 10a-1p or June 8, Wed pm 6p-9p
Join us for a fun session of acrylic painting. I’ll have all the supplies and surface ready for you to paint our Waiting To Hatch, bird’s nest.
No experience is necessary, just the desire to learn some painting techniques and have fun. I’ll teach this project in a step by step manner that is easy to follow.
Bring a friend or several and let’s enjoy a morning or evening of painting.
If you know what that means then you have learned about side loading your brush from me either at one of my studio classes or one of my online classes.
And, you have improved your side loading and floating. Once you have the hang of side loading correctly it’s such an easy and convenient technique for adding volume and depth to your designs. And quick.
So many painters moan and groan when you mention side loading that I realized that it was just not being taught in a logical manner so that they understood the technique.
My students asked such good questions about why my SL technique was successful that I had to really think about what I was doing that worked. And I did. When my students use the technique correctly they are successful also. That doesn’t mean that we don’t get lazy some times and get sloppy. But cleaning up the technique will bring us right back.
Here is an example of floating glazes with a SL that I painted from a beautiful Gretchen Cagle design.
From a beautiful Gretchen Cagle design.
If you would like to find out about my technique for SL to learn or improve your technique, you’ll find my Mastering Decorative Painting Basics #2 video class on Creative Workshops where I break it down in a step by step manner for you. I’ll be glad to demonstrate as many times as you would like. And then it’s just practice.
Remember push, cross over, and blend 20 times.
Good SL to you!