Simba 11 x 14 Inch Acrylic Kids Art

Today, Kaeleigh wanted to paint Simba for her show and tell/talent show tomorrow.  She will be playing the drums and showing her Simba painting.  She painted Simba for her friend, Elise.  I found a really nice tutorial here:  First, we used watercolor pencil to draw Simba on our respective canvas following the instructions in the tutorial.  Kaeleigh was a little worried because of all the extra marks, but she was excited to see that those extra sketch marks could be removed with water.  I think she liked her new little trick.  Then, we painted him with acrylic paints, finishing up with a thin glaze of yellow over the entire painting.  She did a really nice job.  Her friend is gonna love it!  


Challenge 19: The Market

Mine is the oil painting…

Let's Paint New Mexico!

Challenge 19: The Market


This is an image of a local grower’s market, loaded with possibilities!

c-19 gale kaufman flower girl The Flower Girl Gale Kaufman 7″x9″ WSO on canvas board.

c-19 dawn lomako flower market “The Market” Dawn Lomako 16 x 20 Inch Oil on Canvas $320.00

c-19 david craig admiring a pooch DAVID CRAIG ADMIRING A POOCH 11 X 14 w Oil on stretched canvas NFS

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Yellow Poppy Field 18 x 24 Inch Oil Painting

I’ve never painted yellow poppies and felt I needed to.  I like it!  This is an 18 x 24 inch palette knife oil painting.

Abstract Day with Third Graders 8 x 10 Abstract Poster Paint on Gessoed Canvas

Today was my first day doing art in Mrs. Breeden’s 3rd grade class.  Somehow, I am short a few paintings.  With all the chaos, I suppose I am lucky to have just missed a few.  There were a total of 19 paintings I believe.  The kids were so good and we all had a ball making abstract paintings.  We started out putting names on aprons with fabric paint and then moved on to a short lesson on color.  After that, we painted the abstracts.  As I suspected, the part about splattering paint was a hit.  Keep in mind, an apron does no good if you are not wearing it…and fabric paint is meant to stay on fabric, including new school clothes.  My very bad bad bad.  Sorry moms!  If it is worth anything, we had a great time?  Next time they will be wearing the aprons.   I won’t make that mistake again.  

Art with 8 year olds: Abstract day!

This is a 16 x 20 abstract that Kaeleigh painted today during our art lesson.  Two weeks ago, I had Kaeleigh coat her canvas,with some good blops of gesso and then had her take the palette knife and make designs in the gesso while it was still wet.  That gave the canvas a really interesting textured base to do our abstract.  Today we mixed phthalo blue and raw umber for the base coat (thinned it with acrylic glazing medium).  Next, she decided red was her color and we mixed three different reds which she applied with a knife and smoothed in a few places with her fingers.  She took a sponge to some areas and threw in some brush strokes.  Next, we did the same with the greens we mixed and finished the knife work with a few shades of blue.  The best and most fun part were the paint splatters.  We took the painting outside and I showed Kaeleigh how to throw paint onto the canvas using the two paint brush method where you tap one brush against the other to get splatter and then the single paint brush sling method.  She missed the canvas and got my face with her first single brush sling.  Yellow.  She got herself every single time when she used purple with the double brush tap.  Anyway, I think Kaeleigh painted herself a great little abstract.  I helped her with a few strokes with the knife as I showed her how to use them, but this painting is 98% Kaeleigh.  Awesome!

Orange Poppies and Wild Flowers 18 x 24 Inch Painting.

I have been busy this week making poppy fields!  This will be the last one for the week…or should be because I got stuff to do!  This was the poppy painting that got me hooked on yellow ochre skies for a few paintings.  Happy Wednesday everybody!