Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teach Art Tuesdays -Painting School Play Scenery with kids

Back when my boys were in elementary school I was the go-to artist/mom for school play scenery.
Once "they" know you are an artist, you get asked to do all sorts of school projects.  Sound familiar fellow artist/moms?

 I have 9 years of school play backdrops with my sons classes and now 6 years of kindergarten play scenery as an art teacher....that is 15 painted backdrops under my belt !  *phew*

My philosophy on this project has always been - the kids will paint it. 
Based on the play and what the teachers want, I come up with a drawing and guide groups of kids to paint the backdrop...each and every kid.  They love painting BIG and are so proud of the results.  It is A LOT of work keeping things and the kids from going crazy but so worth it. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Swimmer with Circles 5 - taking flight

20"x20" oil on panel.
I painted this girl years ago and have repainted her many times.  This time, she is larger.  I like the idea of taking some of my older small paintings and blowing them up and painting them in a new way. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Swimmers with Circles 4 -Secrets

36x36" oil on canvas
bigger canvas, smaller circles.  Actually this came before the others - this may be the first appearance of the circles.  You can see more of my swimmer paintings here

Monday, April 7, 2014

Orange Tulips

I have a "thing" for orange tulips.  Especially masses of big ones crammed in clay pots like British garden queen Carol Kline pots them up. Naturally I never got around to planting any last fall so I've settled for some from the farm stand
 I was going to put them on my table in a big white pitcher but my mantle was looking a little bare.  It is a narrow mantle, too skinny for my pitcher so I took my old bottles out and put one tulip in each.

BTW - I think tulips are the hardest flower to paint.  I may have a go later this week at painting some just for the challenge of it.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Daily Rituals

nfdp - I've been thinking about daily rituals and habits lately. Particularly how I can adjust mine at the studio to help me get into the task at hand - painting.
Right now my routine is pretty much : unlock the door, sign-in (I keep a sign-in sheet by the door and keep track of my hours) and turn on the light by the tea kettle.
I flick on the tea kettle then go light a candle on my table -
then I go over to plug in my twinkle lights around the window
then I go grab the tea and put on my painting shirt.  I do this every time I come in the studio.
It is my little routine or habit or whatever you want to call it (neurosis?)  What are your daily habits that you do when you hit the studio or need to start a creative process?
I found this page of Ben Franklin's routine - so interesting!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Just Desserts - Beth Urdang Show

Proud to be a part of this delicious show at Beth Urdang Gallery

April 2 - May 17, 2014

JAMES DEL GROSSO           K  HENDERSON            MARY ELLEN JOHNSON             PAT LASCH              DEBBIE MILLER         

129 NEWBURY STREET    BOSTON, MA 02116    TEL.:  781-264-1121    E-MAIL: burdang@mac.com
Mon - Sat  11 to  5:30

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Swimmer with Circles 2

20x20" oil on panel
another swimmer, more circles.  Are you on Facebook?  have you "liked" my facebook page yet?  Hop on over and say Hi and give me a like.  I am close to 1000 fans- so share with your friends too! After I reach 1000 fans I'll celebrate with a 'giveaway' to celebrate!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Swimmer with Circles 1

20 x20 " oil on panel
This week I'll share some of the bigger paintings I've been working on.  More of my "swimmers" but now some circles are finding there way into the story... 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to make Easy Paint and Sharpie Eggs

 Here's the thing,  I know there are amazing eggs out there - beautifully decorated- painstakingly decorated eggs.  Stunning little works of art.  I have even made my share of fancy eggs.
These are not those.  Nope.  Not even close.
 These are the "use what you can find and make them fast,easy and simple" kind of eggs. 
This is how I made them:

First, I got out my little collection of  "Oops" paint.  Oops paint is the paint that is returned to the big box home improvement stores - I think I got each one of these for .50 cents!
Nothing perfect or fussy here.

They look pretty just like this, but I couldn't help myself.  Let them dry, added more color on top then dry again.  Doodle time after that!   I just love Sharpies.

BTW - I think eggs look super cute on bottles with bows!  These eggs are hard boiled - meant to be eaten, so the "easy, fast and simple" thing works - you could use blown eggs or wooden eggs from the craft store if you wanted to do more detailed intricate designs and save them from year to year.