Painting and Drawing

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Painting – Promise

This painting started out in my mom and dad's back yard.  I literally sat outside for a bit and painted - it's called a Plein Air technique.  Plein Air you use a quick drying medium like Liquin and Turpenoid so [...]


I submitted myself for judgement

I did it...I can't believe I just did it...I have serious butterflies in my stomach, tears are in my eyes because I'm so nervous.  What if they don't like it?  What if I've been kidding myself for 13 years?  What [...]


How My experience with Kids Art turned me on to Art: Spotlight on Faigie!

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my guest poster, Faigie Kobre the author of and owner of the blog  Edu Art 4 Kids. I have always loved art. As a child I spent some of my time copying from other pictures.I however, did not [...]


How to Paint a Pancake

Painting, creating, sewing is a passion, one that I freely share and encourage in everyone.  It drives me nuts when someone says "I can't"...the truth is, if you have a desire to do something, then do it and then YOU [...]


My Latest Painting

I've been drawing and painting as much as I can in my spare time, and I finally have a painting that I'm so excited about that I'm actually writing about it. Em had a dance recital back in March of [...]

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How to Make Mason Jar Wall Sconces

One of the things that drives me nuts about my office/craft room, or any room for that matter, is not having what I need within arms length of where I need it, you know what I mean?  Whenever I wanted [...]

3 Generations

3 Generations of Art!

Hey Everyone!, I've been away from posting for a while so that I could work on bringing you all more options to get some artwork into your house....not everyone actually wants to paint, I get that... So I've opened up [...]


How to draw a Pillbug (Roly Pollie)

Summer is here! My kids are super active outside (LilMan is apparently a bug hunter).  Well sometimes it just gets too hot outside and while he's chasing bugs all I have to do is be and they swarm to me. [...]

Free ebook: Teaching kids how to draw

Announcing my Free Ebook!!! Teaching kids how to draw

I got into blogging because I love to share ideas and I love it when someone actually does something that I've posted (I will literally clap my hands and squeal). :) It makes me feel like a contributor to the [...]

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Painting Trip – Tangible and Not Tangible

Recently mom and I headed to Tybee Island for a painting seminar - she took a China Painting class where she learned how to use an airbrush on porcelain and where I took a class in oil painting with Andrew [...]


How to draw out a painting using photoshop

There is a shortcut to create a realistic painting and ensure you get the proportions and perspective right, you put the picture into a grid.  I used to think it was cheating, but then I saw that DaVinci used a [...]


I Am One Proud Mom

Over the last couple of weeks I've experienced an overwhelming since of pride in my daughter's artistic ability.  Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of both of my kids, they are bright, thoughtful (sometimes selfish), and curious.  They have great [...]

Mom's Artwork--2

One of a Kind Piece of Art

My Mom is a creative-crafter.  Such an odd statement, I know, but it's true.  My Mom has the unique ability to be both creative and crafty; she's a dreamer and a doer - it's a rare combination and one that [...]

How to Paint a Hot Fudge Sundae

How to Paint Hot Fudge Sundae!

I need your help on the 4th and last Sweet Painting!  What beautiful dessert would you want hanging in your house???? As you guys know Amanda and I have had a couple of gatherings to not only taste some awesome [...]

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How to draw a cute dog

It's been a while since I've done a drawing tutorial...here is one of my favorites.  This little dog drawing is just great to do over and over again!  You can make different types of dogs, dress them up, make them [...]

Cupcake Painting Party

Cupcake Painting Party – Painting Instructional Video

Last week Amanda had us over for an evening full of cupcakes, painting and good people. You could do the same and pull it off with just a little info from myself and Amanda.   A heavenly cupcake called, "Caramel Toffee [...]

Chocolate Painting Party

Chocolate and Painting Party with Instructional Video

Last week Amanda and I hosted a Chocolate and Painting party, she brought the chocolate and I brought the painting - oh what a combo!  That was my version of heaven: 14 bars of chocolate, painting and surrounded by great [...]

Reflection on the Year

I started sharing my crafts, paintings and ideas in September and I love hearing from you all, the smallest response makes me giddy.  :) Before I start a new year, I have to reflect on this one which is why [...]


Get Start Painting!

  I've recently had two conversations with people who are interested in tapping into an artistic side.  Let me tell you, if you have the desire and the time - you can do it!   I've been painting for almost [...]


Painted Silhouette and Embellished Pillow

I started out painting a pillow with the intent to make the Silhouette a solid color, but because of the nature of the material and the acrylic paint, I changed directions and I absolutely love the results! Pin It I [...]


Drawing Tutorial – Covered Bridge with Fence Row (ages 7 – 10)

This drawing helps with teach kids about perspective and disappearing point.  It will be easy for a 10 year old, but challenging for ages 7 and under. Here is another tutorial: How to draw a Pumpkin: ages 5 - 9. [...]


Hand Painted and Embellished Pillow

I had previously posted the following 2 pics on Facebook and Twitter: did you guess what they were? They became a one of a kind, hand painted and embellished pillow.  Painted with acrylics, and embellished with a tie-dyed flower.  Read [...]


Drawing Tutorial – Halloween Pumpkin

For a time I taught an after-school art enrichment program for ages 5 - 9.  This is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart because schools are feeling the crunch of the economy and one of [...]