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  • Mystical Mountains, My New Class Painting

    A New Asian Style Painting

    Today I spent the day in the studio, and worked on a new sample painting for my classes.  I was really pleased with the results, it is a series of mountains in the mist in the background, a branch of cherry blossoms overhanging the top corner, and some silhouetted foreground bushes in front of a silhouetted Asian styled building, that resembles a Buddhist temple.  When I showed the painting to the Studio manager, she helped me come up with the title “Mystical Mountains”.  One of the other artists at the studio has told me she wants first dibs at buying the painting, so once I figure out how much I am going to charge for it, I just might already have a sale.

    Of course, I can’t tell you all about my painting and not show it to you. The following photo was just taken with my phone, so its not really the best quality, but it still gives a pretty good idea what the painting looks like.

    The painting I'll demonstrate for my next painting class. Buddhist temple, misty mountains, cherry blossoms, sakura
    The painting I’ll demonstrate for my next painting class.


  • Photo Day

    Sample painting for paint-along class.

    For the ultimate blog challenge today I was supposed to share a favorite photo.  I decided to go with the idea of posting a photo, but I decided that instead of picking my favorite, which would be very hard to do, I’d share a photo of my latest painting designed for my classes.

    The key to doing a class sample painting, is to keep it simple enough to do in a few hours with people who are absolute beginners, this one might pose a bit of challenge, but I think if I hand draw and cut some dolphin stencils for those who need them to at least get an outline, it should work out okay, of course I’ll encourage people to draw their own dolphins if they feel comfortable doing so.

    Anyway, here is the photo, it isn’t print quality, it was just taken with my phone, but it gives a pretty good idea of what my next class will be like.

    Two dolphins forming a heart, two people in a boat at sunset.
    A sample painting I designed for paint along class.


    Of course, for those who are in the same area as me, they could sign up to paint this, here is the flyer:

    Flyer for paint class
    The flyer for the next paint class Ill be teaching.

  • My Saturday as an Artist

    Saturday isn’t my Day Off

    Saturday is one of the two days every week I volunteer at ArtSLAM studio. I work the afternoon shift, and then, on the last Saturday of every month, I stay after closing for a paint party.

    So my day will look something like this.  I leave my house around noon, stop at the store and pick up snacks for the paint party, and then head for the studio.  The studio is right next to Michael’s, so I will stop by there to pick up any paints or canvases I need for the party.

    My shift at the studio will start at 2:00, while I’m at the studio I’ll look around and see if anything needs cleaning, after doing whatever needs doing, I’ll be free to paint, which I will do most of the shift unless customers come in, and when that happens I’ll greet them and help them with whatever they need.

    Towards the end of my shift I’ll set up for my painting party.  Get out the easels, unwrap the canvases and brushes, and lay out the snacks.  I’ll wait to distribute paint until class is about ready to start, so I don’t have to worry about it drying on the pallets.

    Then I’ll teach my class, take a few photos of the fun, and when everyone goes home I clean up.  My husband is there helping through every step of the class, including the cleanup after.  We close down the studio, lock everything up, and then go home.  I get to bed as early as I can afterward because we have church in the morning.

    And that is my Saturday.

    So what is your Saturday like?
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