Hello There Summer

As of 8 p.m. tonight, my May month of summer began!  I am officially done with half of my grad school classes.  While this semester was much better than last semester, I was still very ready to get to this point.  It has been quite a while since I have blogged.  It’s no surprise that my time got consumed with school and my practicum this last month.  Lucky for me, I still had some fun things on the weekends I’ve been doing.

To catch you up on some of the fun I’ve been having, let’s start with the painting party I did for my friend, Gretchen.

She invited a few friends over to her house and I brought canvases prepped with goo.  I then taught them about shading and different painting techniques.  Their canvases each had their last name initial.  I started by laying out all the paint and getting each person’s space prepped.  Gretchen found it cute that I had the paint in ROYGBIV order.  What can I say, rainbows bring me joy!

I demonstrated techniques on this flower.

All of the ladies had different parts they were nervous about; however, once completed, they all left happy about their creations.

I also gave you a preview of a painting I did in my last post.  I bought a couple of scraps from old doors at Canton back in January.  I knew I wanted to goo on the wood to see what the texture would look like.  Needless to say, I loved the results!  Here’s a short recap of how I made this art for my mom.

First I started with a piece of reclaimed wood.

I loved the chippy paint and didn’t do a thing to it before painting.

I took some goo and slathered it on.

I made three skinny hearts in a row with the texture.

Next came shades of red paint.

I accented the red with lots of gold accents and outlined the hearts with a heavy dose of black.

The last step was staining the whole piece.  I just brushed on stain and wiped it off with a rag.  I went ahead stained the wood too because I wanted to tone down the blue.

It was so hard not spoiling the surprise for my mom.  To give you a better idea of when I made this, I also found this picture in this album’s folder.

That’s right, it was right around Fat Tuesday when I made that art and I didn’t give it to my mom until Easter.

Even in the midst of lots of school work, my hands found their way to a creative outlet.  I am looking forward to lots of time to share more projects I have piled up with y’all.

I hope your Tuesday is filled with plenty of homegrown joy.

p.s. Did you notice the new url address?  It makes me so happy!

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2 Responses to Hello There Summer

  1. Beth Cassidy says:

    You are sooo talented! I enjoy swapping ideas with you. I can’t wait to pick your brain for more!

  2. Gretchen Sanders says:

    Love this! What a fun project and I learned a lot.

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