Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider. (Waldo Emerson)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Latest update! I bought a new toy also.

I worked on my painting for a couple of hours yesterday. I wanted to show you the update. Also I took a picture of the picture that I am working from to show you what I am trying to accomplish. It seems to be getting a lot easier. If I do not think about it and just GO it works out and comes together. But I seem to forget that trick every time I start a new painting. :)   So anywayysss. let me see what I have here... 



Of course I need to do a TON more work. Bonnet is not done. Glasses are not done.. background... table.. etc.. etc.. LOTS TO DO STILL. But its better than I thought it would be. I still have a lot of highlights and such on the cookie jar. I was looking them up lastnight and this jar was made by McCoy in 1945 I believe. So here is the picture that I was sent... 


So you can see that I am trying to just rearrange things the way I think look nice. I am not painting that bonnet however. I am putting in her blue one instead I think. 

On to the other thing that I wanted to share with you this morning. I bought a new toy! I got these in the mail yesterday. I am pretty excited about trying them out. They are pastels. When you open them they look like make up! They kinda feel like it too. Very smooth. I am going to use them to hopefully enhance my drawings. I wanted to draw something very nice for my grandmother. Her 90th bday is coming up at the end of the month. So I will be sharing that project with you also.


Hope you all have a great day. I am going to go and work on the painting some more and then I will send an updated photo again! :) 













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Friday, February 24, 2012

No More Turpentine!

Good morning everyone. I have an update picture for you. Do not look too much into it. I have no clue what I am doing with this one!   Anyways.. I also wanted to share another thing with you. For a long time I have hated turpentine.  I actually had three of my children when I was working the most in art classes etc. I did not want to be around the stuff because of my pregnancies. Plus its really a huge pain! The storing of it and all that. Not being able to dump it in the sink or anywhere really that I can think of. It was a huge burden for me. It actually kept me from wanting to paint. So I decided I needed to find a different way to do things. Well of course I decided I would no longer paint my under paintings with it. I just use my medium. To clean my paint brushes I now just use dish soap! Works like a charm. These are my cleaning tools.  See that little blue rag with holes in it? I made that with cotton yarn. I just pour some of the dish soap on it and then rub my paint brushes along it and scrub them out. The way I came to use this is because it gets the oil paint off my hands.. and cuts the worst greasy messes off my dishes.. why not my brushes? So that is what I use. No more turpentine for me. Now this may not work for everyone but it works for me.  I don't use anything to clean my brushes while I am painting. I just use a rag to wipe them clean. And I usually use more than one so I do use many brushes now when I paint. But its beettterrrr than that junk. :) Try it and see if it works for you.
Alright... here is my updated photo. I am moving very slow as you can see. I just started laying the color on yesterday. You can see that there is no rhyme or reason to it. I have to stop a lot and take many hours in between because of my family life so sometimes I can not get into a good rhythm. But when I do get that chance to find it.. its so much fun! I really do enjoy being an artist sometimes. :)   


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

If I had a brain I would be dangerous!

Its been a while since I have left a block entry. Seems to happen to me a lot right? I actually started layering paint on the canvas today. I was supposed to have started this painting two weeks ago. But sometimes you have to get your head on straight in order to do things for others. So that's what I was working on. Its on and I am feeling alright about it again. Right now I am painting the porcelain (if you could only see how long it took me to spell that word! Oh my goodness!) cookie jar. Besides lace, I have not painted a white glass object. Silver object.. yes. So I had to spend a couple of days daydreaming about how I was going to paint the shadows and stuff. Not really good with the artistic lingo! Sorry. Hues - undertones - moving on! So I will be sharing some pictures with you soon. I can not take any right now because my phone is being charged. But soon very soon!  

Let me ask you something. When you paint - does it seem like its a new experience every time? Reason why I ask is because it seems like every time I get started on a project I think that the struggle will be much less than it was the last time I painted.. NOPE! I look back and wonder "how the heck did I paint those other ones?" hahah. If I had a brain - I would be dangerous! 


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy V. Day to all. Today is the day that I remember that if no one has given me a gift then I will go out of my way to give someone else one so that they do not feel like I could be feeling!   Seriously though. I try not to worry about what I am or am not getting on a day like this. I would rather give then receive so last night me and the little ones made bracelets for their teachers. I think they turned out really super cute!




In all it was nice because I know they are happy but it did have its headache moments. When my son strung out all his beads and then cried for an hour about how he cant do it right because he picked it up too soon and it all came off the other end. Doesn't matter though. It worked out in the end. 

Hope you are all having a great day! <3
  

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Its Sat. Yeah! and I am rich!


Today is a nice day. It's actually extremely cold outside though. The weather is so bipolar. I heard that it snowed in Italy for the first time in 30 years. That is what my hunny told me this morning. I am trusting he didn't make it up and so I am sharing it with you here. 

I was just going through my wallet and found some old gift cards. They have been in there for over a year! I was sure they had expired. So instead of throwing them away first I checked their balance. I am 91 bucks richer baby! I will use them now. 

I finished the little painting that I started. I kinda stalled because I didn't think I liked it. Sometimes I need others to like the work so that I can jump on the bandwagon. I dont know if that made any sense! Then last night I was going to paint a chicken because I really do like chickens in art. I think its their colors more than anything. But anyway - thats what I was going to do. So would you like to see that Chicken?? Here you go. 


Well? What do you think of that chicken? I am sure that my attention span is about as long as my five year old. Actually she might have a couple min. on me! This turned out nicely though. I need to sign it still. Oh. and I almost forgot.. the Milk House.. 


This is the one that I stopped working on for a week. It took me 2 min. to finally finish it last night before I painted the "chicken". Art cards are fun. When I do not want to be painting large projects but I do want to paint - these are perfect for it. However.. I still need to figure out the darn dollhouse painting.    

Well I hope you all have a really nice weekend! Hope to talk to you very soon!
XO FRANKIE



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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I hate cooking.

Welp. I started my dollhouse painting this morning. I have been working on it here and there as I clean my house and make my dinner. I decided to make two dinners tonight so I do not have to cook tomorrow. I will let you in on a little secret of mine. I really hate to cook. I can tell you all the reasons why but it would take a really long blog entry and it would probably put you to sleep with all of the mental issues I would bring up. But anyways - here is a couple of pictures of progress. ;)  This painting is the size of an ACO art card. I think it should be smaller for the doll house so if I have to I will trim it up. Or if all else fails.. its now an art card! :) 



The only thing that I knew I was going to paint was the milk house. The landscape is just me going along as I go along. No direction really. Its probably pretty obvious. Its a mess. I do like making these tiny little things because I do not have to worry so much about details and people getting up so close and trying to pick it apart.  Or is that just me that does that?    Okay. Kids are calling "mom I need help with my homework" and the painting should be dry so I can get back to it also. Busy busy!   Hope you are all having a good night. Hope to talk to you soon!



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