Holiday art cows

Holiday art cows

We’re at the end of the first week of Easter Holidays here in Queensland and while they’ve enjoyed laying around recovering for a few days, it was time for an activity.

With a friend and cousin we took a vote and painted the Colourful Cow from my online class, Owl, Cat and Cow.

Now, with ages 7, 8 and two 9 year olds, I would recommend spreading this activity over two or three sessions. They did a fantastic job but it’s a long time to stay still (and it makes for a better result if they are still concentrating!). And see the elbow in the paint above? Yes, best to put the paint palette up next to the water bucket!

We stopped and started the video so all four could keep up (the youngest were the speediest) and I realised that it would be good to also have photos of each stage… so I’ve just added 9 step-by-step photos to the Cow video and will add them to the Owl and the Cat over the weekend.

These were the basic supplies we used. You can get Chromacryl paints from most newsagents in Australia I think. They’re ‘student quality’ acrylics and not too expensive. They did need a bit of water to help them flow though. Oh, and definitely use aprons as acrylics are hard/impossible to get out of clothes.

We also did a few extra lines to practice how to drag the brush along, and when you bend the bristles you get a thicker line… that’s also mentioned in the video.

All in all, they were all very proud to show their paintings to parents, friends and grandparents, and we had something great to show for the effort!

At just $35 for all three painting videos, and all three need only four paints, I hope it’s a fun thing for more parents to try with their kids these holidays, and I encourage you to paint alongside your child to make some real memories!

It’s time for the FIRST ONLINE WONDER WORKSHOP

It’s time for the FIRST ONLINE WONDER WORKSHOP

 

While we’ve been making art and learning all about fish in the studio this term, I’ve also been filming each of the projects.

The result? Well this is the closest to the learning you would get by being right here in the studio with me.

We discuss art supplies, artists, inspiration and, incidentally, fish! You’ll be surprised by how exciting the topic can be.

It’ll go live this Friday night so if you’re free this weekend, you can make a start.

Each project includes videos, written instructions and printables when needed. I’ll list recommended art supplies but I’ll also talk about substitutions (remember, close enough is good enough! And you might learn something wonderful!)

It’s just $55 for all TEN projects and their associated videos and printables, as well as an introduction to fish themselves – and it’s a really fun way to learn.

PLUS you get ‘forever access’ (‘forever’ means as long as I have the site, and I’m not planning on going anywhere). That means there’s no pressure and no deadlines.

Here’s where to reserve your place – http://bit.ly/wwwfish

I’ll see you in the (virtual) studio!

It’s ‘Inspire Your Heart with Art’ Day!

It’s ‘Inspire Your Heart with Art’ Day!

I know. I hadn’t heard of it either.

But the lovely Ruby Slippers contacted me and asked if I’d be happy to be interviewed on her radio show on 92.9 VOICE FM on 31 January, and mentioned that this national day coincided with the interview.

So I decided it was time to get back into the swing of videos and created a FREE video series painting a FLORAL HEART in watercolour.

So click through and sign up for instant access, and I’ll see you, and your inspired heart, in my online studio.

It’s great therapy. I promise!

Mexichica and mixing flesh tone in acrylic

Mexichica and mixing flesh tone in acrylic

Well we’ve christened the new studio already with four Wednesday Wonder Workshop sessions and a fantastic new Paint Along – Mexichica!

We had lots of brand new painters along for Mexichica, and it was terrific to watch so many faces come to life as we built them, feature by feature.

I did save a little bit of time by pre-preparing a ‘flesh tone’ acrylic paint colour. Some Paint Alongers chose to add a little more Yellow Ochre for an olive skin tone, but it was certainly handy to have the bulk of the mixing done.

Here’s a short video detailing what that mix was made of!

Purple Rain in my studio

Purple Rain in my studio

I just realised that I hadn’t yet shared the timelapse of one of my recent paintings, ‘Purple Rain’. 

I was painting on the day Prince died, and while I was planning to do ‘all the colours’, for this one, purple flowers with gold foil berries seemed appropriate.

This painting has been varnished and is now available for sale on my website here and is similar to the style of painting I’ll be teaching at the McGregor Spring School in Toowoomba in September.

New Wonder Video

New Wonder Video

I’m ready to tell the world about this next series of Wednesday Wonder Workshops.

From Wednesday 12 April we’ll be learning to see, draw and paint HERBS AND BOTANICALS for four weeks.

Then from Wednesday 11 May I’ll be showing you how I draw faces, and how you can use my ideas to design your own characters. We’ll draw and paint them, adding details and experimenting with materials along the way.

I limit these sessions to just 12 people per session, all art supplies are included and best of all, in Term 2 I’m offering both daytime and nighttime sessions.

So if you would like to join in the WONDER-full-ness, click through here to sign up.