Art

Painting with Alcohol Ink

Alcohol ink is an interesting medium. It has beautiful stained glass affects. I just started experimenting with it about a month ago. The chaos is part of it’s charm.

While in my alcohol ink phase, I created Mother’s Day flowers. (Sunflowers are my mom’s favorite.)

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I’m so in love with them that I ended up hosting a class on it at my library. I demonstrated some of the basic techniques, and eventually turned that into jellyfish.

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Art · Art Shows & Events

March Update- Pop-Up Art Show and a New Painting

I’m taking a little break in March from teaching classes so I can focus on creating some more original large-scale work. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not busy.

On Sunday, March 25th I’ll be participating in the All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit happening at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook event.

And a new painting. This was my first experience with both watercolor grounds and gold leaf flakes. For those who are unfamiliar with watercolor grounds, it’s a compound used to treat canvas to make it suitable for watercolor painting. This is great for playing with watercolor without worrying about framing a piece in order to display it.

“It’s Always Raining Somewhere”

16×20″

Acrylic, watercolor, ink, and gold leaf on canvas

 

 

 

 

 

Art · Art Shows & Events · Classes

Pastel Portrait Class, New Show in Newark, and Chinchilla Love

Pastel Portrait Class

Today I taught a pastel portrait class for beginners at Tulpehocken Exchange. It was the perfect activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was an intimate group with creative folks including musicians and a sculptor. I taught them some basics using dry pastel and offered tips on facial proportions, color, the blending vs. texture balance, and various methods of achieving different styles. Pastels are a great way to get vivid, painterly affects. They’re a wonderful step into painting. (Or use on their own.) Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the class.

 

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All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit 

My next show will be at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. It’s a pop-up exhibit “featuring artists that fall at ALL points on the weird spectrum.” CLICK HERE to visit the Facebook event. I hope to unveil some new pieces there.

Important Info

Time/Date: March 25th, 12 – 4 PM

Location: Newark Arts Alliance
276 E Main St, Suite 102
Newark, Delaware 19711

More info on the Newark Arts Alliance can be found at newarkartsalliance.org .

Chinchilla Floral 
Those who know me in person know that I have 2 ornery chinchillas that I love to pieces. I created this small watercolor painting of a chinchilla floral print. It’s now available on Society6 on phone cases pillows, travel mugs, stickers, and other projects. Personally, I think it’s perfect to show your chinchilla love with a snazzy phone case. You can visit my shop  HERE Chinchilla Floral

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Click on the image to go directly to the chinchilla floral products.

Art

The Elizabethan Librarian

I haven’t had much time to create something just for myself. Between creating images for library programs and art classes I’ve been teaching, I haven’t had much time to myself. I finally was able to create this small mixed media piece, The Elizabethan Librarian.

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The Elizabethan Librarian- decorative tissue paper, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, and Portuguese prayer book pages. 
Classes

Upcoming Classes in Germantown!

Below is my schedule for new art classes at Tulpehocken Exchange in Germantown, Philadelphia. The space is the headquarters for Handmade Philly. It’s located at 47 E High Street.

February 3rd

Love Sucks: A Mixed Media Anti-Valentine Making Class

Click HERE to RSVP to the Facebook event.

Love Sucks Mixed Media Class

February 24th

Pastel Portraits for Beginners

Rescheduled from the January date due to a conflict with the Women’s March.

Click HERE to RSVP to the Facebook event.

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Email info@texphilly.com to register for class. 

Classes

Next Class- Pastel Portraits for Beginners

The next class I’ll be teaching at Tulpehocken Exchange is Pastel Portraits for Beginners. I’ll be teaching participants the basics of using chalk pastels and the basics of drawing one of the hardest subjects- humans. We’ll be learning proportion of the face, blending and application methods with pastels, using light and dark, and more!

Below is the flyer with information on date/time/space. It’s hosted at Tulpehocken Exchange, a new art space in Germantown, Philadelphia located at 47 East High Street. The cost is $40 per person. Sliding scale payment is available on an as-needed basis. Email info@handmadephilly.com to register. You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking HERE.

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Here is a quick pastel portrait I put together of Adam Driver (one of the many husband’s I have in the harem in my mind) as an example of what we’ll be learning in the class.

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Classes

Winter Still Life Class at Tulpehocken Exchange

Winter Storm Grayson kicked the east coast’s arse last weekend. The participants of my Winter Acrylic Still Life class braved the ice and snow last Saturday to make some beautiful paintings.

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Bundled up and ready to paint!

I set up a still life with velvet pumpkins, an ornamental miniature bird cage, magnolia pods, a handmade faerie crown, and some plants from Tulpehocken Exchange’s “green wall.” I taught the class about underpainting. There were some beautiful results! Look at the slideshow below for some photos taken during the class.

 

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And here is my completed still life I started during the class.

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My next class at Tulpehocken Exchange will be Pastel Portraiture for Beginners on January 20th. Email info@handmadephilly.com for more information.