Saturday, February 8, 2014

My New Art Friend

A couple of weeks ago, I got letter from a young lady from Lubbock (80 miles away), asking me if I would mentor her and help her with her Sr. project. Of course I said Yes!

 She definitely is an artist! You can tell my her drawing on the bottom left corner, plus her torn paper collage that she did all on her own on the right, in the middle.
I was so excited to see what she did with just a little bit of instructions from a meeting the day I went to school to meet her.  I am ask to spend at least 6 hours with her. She plans on doing 2 more collages, getting larger canvases as she goes.  I met with her last week in her family's art studio, and she started her second collage. She plans on doing an 18x24 for her largest. Possibly of her little sister. I had such fun, we visited glued and talked about art! Value, color, etc. All those fun things to discuss!

In April I will go back to the school and meet with her supervisors. We still have another meeting.
I am looking forward to meeting with her again. She is a delight to be around, such a sweetie. I hope someday to see her wonderful works of art in a big show!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Some of My Favorite Art 'Stuff'

I have missed blogging a new painting each day, so I thought I would make a list of my favorite art stuff. I am sure this is not all of them!
I haven't been able to get to my art room either because of ice or being gone.

Here is the list along with photos for you to see my most used 'stuff' 
The prospect tool is the most awesome thing in my art room. I use it to draw and measure. They are pretty cheap. I added one website, but there are other places that have them. 'Maybe' Jerry's?  What you do is: decide what size you want your drawing and set the middle slot thing. you measure with one end and the bottom end will be the exact size of the enlargement. I know that probably doesn't make sense, BUT it works! You can also turn it around and use the bottom and reduce the size of something you want to draw.

1. Favorite Aprons
2. Heritage Easel-from and it is a floor easel too. it has the telescoping legs.


3. Drink carrier (that I am collaging as I go) I use it to carry stuff and it is a great Ipad holder
4. Lightbox


5. Favorite Music
6. Small panel holder. (Love this!) You can find these online. Carol Maine sells them.
7. Tripod for camera

8.Air Printer to print from my iphone or ipad, as well as a copier/enlarger  

9. Prospect Tool . You move the white section to determine the size of your drawing.
10. Bag for sketchbook, camera, pens, etc (I put art pins, etc. on it!) this bag came from Harbor Freight. You can order them too. About 10$
  1. Aprons
  2. My easel. Got it at will fit in a suitcase, and is lightweight and easy to set up.
  3. My ipad holder...that is a collaged cardboard drink carrier from Sonic Drive in.
  4. home made light box
  5. music
  6. New panel holder for my small boards
  7. small tripod for camera
  8. HP air printer...print from my phone or ipad, as well as made copies and enlarge.
  9. The Prospect tool, found at  I use this for my drawings to get everything in proportion. (Or try to)
  10. Bag to carry sketchbook, camera, etc. 
  11. hair dryer (not pictured)
  12. Wooden easel I got at Hobby Lobby, 40% off. I use it all the time, esp. for my collages. It is adjustable.
  13. paint  brushes
  14. plastic boxes to hold photos
  15. Favorite Palette

11. Wooden adjustable easel from Hobby Lobby. Love this easel. I do all my torn paper collages on
12. Brushes and brush holder-love my holder! (Cheap Joes) and a gift from my Daughter.

13. These are great to hold 4x6 photos. there are 5 separate boxes inside the large box. I got them at Office max. This is really great to organize pics! About $12.00 I think.

14. My Favorite metal palette. you can change out the pans for different colors. I got it from Daniel Smith Art Store.

Palette closed

Monday, February 3, 2014

Paint the Town Red

Paint the Town Red is a couple of years old, and am sure is on the blog somewhere, but I thought since I was doing the old vehicles, I would go ahead and repost this. I started this at the Arts festival and people were walking around talking and asking questions, and I had such a hard time with it.  I didn't think I would ever pull it together! It is 18x24, same size as the Woodie and the VW.  This one has been licensed, and hopefully will be selling soon.

I am teaching a torn paper collage workshop March 28-29th here in Plains, Tx. If you are interested let me know.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

VW Work in Progress

 I have some of my collages licensed, and they ask that I do a Woodie and a VW bus. So here is the bus, as I am working on it. I will post the next steps when I get more done. With the week end coming up, not sure what I will get done. I still have to figure out how to make the VW on the front!
In the next to last picture I covered up the Rv at the bottom. I wasn't real crazy about that. There will be lots of tweaking from here on in.




At the Fair

I was acceptd into the New Mexico watercolor society show again this year. It will be in Las Cruces NM instead of Albuquerque NM The theme ...