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!
Getting ready to paint with kids tomorrow. The request this week was for a raven with wings of fire or a dragon. These kids have tall orders! Since I have painted a dragon before, I thought I would stick with something I didn’t have to learn from scratch. Like wings of fire. My go-to site for kids dragon art is Darkonator. If you need a cute dragon step by step, I love Darkonator. I went ahead and traced a dragon and then used that as my template to trace onto canvas. I did the dragon outlines in black acrylic paint for the kids beforehand so they could get right to painting from the start. I hope we finish! https://drawinghub.com/tut/how-to-draw-an-easy-cartoon-dragon-21055
July 19, 2017
Update: Here are the paintings from today. Rylan is visiting and won’t be able to work more on his dragon with me, but he says he is finished and likes the white with the blue. Kaeleigh will finish hers next week. She will add her black outlines back and work on smoke coming out his nose! We also need to finish his eye. I think both Kaeleigh and Rylan did a great job and I can’t wait to see what Kaeleigh’s looks like when she is finished.
July 26, 2017 final dragon
This is a 14 x 18 inch acrylic painting of a beach littered with shells and sea glass. Today I will be painting with Kaeleigh. If you have never painted with kids, you should. They make you think differently plus kids are funny! She wants a beach scene to hang in her bathroom and I told her I would find us something and practice so I can teach her how to do it. I worked on this yesterday with the help of the Art Sherpa (how to video on YouTube), a hot glue gun and some old shells, sea glass and pearls I had lying around. I painted this using a sponge, brushes and palette knives. I think it is gonna be a fun day! #lovesummerart
Thanks to Darkonator https://drawinghub.com/tut/how-to-draw-ender-dragon-19583 , I was able to learn how to draw an ender dragon from Mine Craft. I painted her twice yesterday and once today. The reason was because I had my first teaching lesson today with an 8 year old named Kaeleigh. She wanted to paint the ender dragon. I was told the ender dragon is a “she” because she does something with eggs, and girls lay eggs. For the life of me I can’t remember exactly where eggs come into play and what she does with them, but they do and that is what matters. We had lots of fun. I learned much about video games and Taylor Swift. This week was a gauge to kinda see where we are. Next week we will start something more traditional like fun spheres and fun boxes.
I am infatuated with ranunculus right now. They come in so many different colors and I love their full sets of petals. They remind me of a cross between a poppy and a rose. Anyway, I seem to be stuck painting them for at least a little while. Here is one attempt of red ranunculus living in a blue vase on a green table against a yellow background.
This is a 12 X 16 inch varnished acrylic painting of a crow and poker chip that I painted for my brother in law’s business office. Thepoker chip once served as the business card for Groundhog Excavating Inc. so I thought I would give Groundhog a bit of nostalgia. He liked it!…and so does the crow.
This is a 16 X 20 acrylic painting of a proud rooster I painted for my brother in law. He needed a gift and wanted a rooster since the person he was giving it to loves them. I used both palette knife and brush. The palette knife work was done by adding paint to a heavy body gel.