Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Colors

I just love, love, love fall! The colors, the crisp temperatures, the makes me want to paint! 

I've taught several classes each fall on painting fall foliage. It's a great way to introduce landscapes, foreground, middle ground, background and horizon line. 

I also taught about the lighting and shadows.

These were done in acrylic paint on a 16 x 20 canvas.

For all the classes I planned to set up them outside to paint, but it rained. We had to look out the window and use our imaginations!

Our first step, was to put a wash on our canvas and establish our horizon line. We used a watered down gold acrylic to put a wash over our whole canvas and let it dry. Next with the same gold paint we place our horizon line.

Step two was to draw in (with watered down burnt sienna paint) our foreground trees. I suggested they start with three. 

Next, with the same paint, we sketched in the middle ground trees, making them thinner in width. I suggested they put in two to three mid ground trees.

Then we added the background trees, which were the smallest and sat either directly on the horizon line or right below it. Then we painted our sky with blues and whites.

Next we painted our tree trunks. Using the darkest brown for the front trees and shades lighter for the mid and back ones. We painted our shadows, making sure they were parallel. 

We painted the ground a dingy green and then, as we place our leaves, we also put leave colors over the green. 

Added some highlights and shadows to the tree trunks and put in some branches.

Happy Fall!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

October Art Celebration

Since my Birthday is in October, I decided I wanted to celebrate by donating 40% of all my October Art Sales Profits to my two favorite non-profits, Go Near Ministry and RAP Ministries.  

James 1:27 says that "religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..."  Last summer, as I read this blog post about the Widows Project from Go Near Ministry to my girls, I wept.  I read it again to my husband, and wept. I weep now as I write. This is God's heart. These women and their babies. I'm sure I cry partially out of guilt; guilt that I cannot go; and guilt that we spend on one family meal what could provide for their family for one month. But I also weep out awe of God's provision for those who step out in faith. From the money and materials, down to the people, he orchestrates such a perfect plan for those who trust Him.  I am so blessed to know people that are brave enough to answer God's call to help widows in distress by serving in the slums of Kenya. It is amazing to read about what God is doing there, and I want to be a part in some small way.

I discovered Kidz RAP four years ago when I home schooled my girls. Since we had more time, one of my goals was to teach them about having a servant's heart, by actually serving. But once I started looking for places for three children under the age of 10 to serve, I came up empty handed. Then someone told me about Kidz "Reaching All People". This is a wonderful ministry that provides everything needed to get families serving those in need. Over the years, we have served in so many meaningful ways, many times stepping way out of our own comfort zone. Through Kidz RAP, I have seen my children experience the true joy in serving others, and grow a heart for the homeless, lonely, poor, sick, and the lost.

So, as my birthday approaches, please help me give. It's another way I know I can help be a small part of the wonderful things God is doing. And if you don't want to buy my art, that's fine too-just give individually to one of these great ministries. 

Currently, you can find my art at Scallion's Restaurant in the Heights and Message Envy at Midtowne Shopping Center. I have a new floral collage collection at Scallions so go check it out. I have price points from $22 to $500, so do some Christmas shopping now and help support a good cause! I also have available pieces shown on my facebook page that are available for viewing by a personal appointment. 

Please share this with your friends! I'm hoping by the end of October I have a lot to donate! 

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