Miniature Teddy Bear, Emaline and New Prints in Etsy Shop

 
Emaline, miniature mohair Artist Bear

Emaline, miniature mohair Artist Bear

Emaline is a miniature mohair artist bear.  She is only 2 1/2" tall and was hand stitched.  Her mohair was hand dyed and shaded.  She is wearing a vintage lace skirt, a necklace made of vintage glass beads.  She has glass eyes and an embroidered nose and mouth.  Emaline has tiny stainless steel shot in her tummy to give her a little weight and to help her sit nicely.  She is available in my Etsy shop.

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I have  8" x 10" giclée art prints of the following paintings in my Etsy shop. "Elephant Showtime" is a mixed media acrylic painting with collage and color pencil. 

Elephant Showtime

Elephant Showtime

"Elephant with Flowers and Mushrooms" is a mixed media watercolor with charcoal, inks, and color pencil.

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"Girl with Scarf" is a mixed media acrylic painting with collage and color pencil.

Girl with Scarf

Girl with Scarf

"Ghosts are Coming To Dinner" is an oil with pencil painting.

Ghosts are Coming to Dinner

Ghosts are Coming to Dinner

I'd love for you to come visit my shop! :)

 

 

Book Review - The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners

 
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The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners by Annie O'Brien Gonzalez, although stated as being geared towards beginners, includes ideas and information that can be also useful for more experienced artists.

In this book, Gonzalez focuses on inspiration and technique.  A wide range of projects based on ways to find inspiration and on a variety of techniques are detailed throughout the book.  

The first project is a Painting Notes Sketchbook.  The author goes into detail on making and using one.  A Painting Notes Sketchbook differs from a regular sketchbook as its purpose is to serve as a place for collecting ideas, patterns, textures, photo inspiration, and plans for paintings rather than for general sketching.  She calls it “a working reference stuffed with ideas for paintings”.

Painting Notes Sketchbook

Painting Notes Sketchbook

Gonzalez talks about getting started with painting, finding the time and motivation, and finding inspiration. She discusses creating your own style, ways to use marks and symbols, and finding inspiration from favorite artists.

Collecting Ellements: color, shape, textures

Collecting Ellements: color, shape, textures

She has projects throughout the book ranging from “Create A Line And Shape Library” to “Paint An Imaginary Landscape”  and creating your own collage materials and technique sections that include setting up your space to get ready to paint, using color and value, and making marks.  

Making marks

Making marks

Working on a mixed-media collage painting

Working on a mixed-media collage painting

I found the inspiration ideas interesting and motivating, the techniques sections useful and the project ideas interesting.  I think any artists who are looking for inspiration, motivation, and techniques will find this a useful and engaging book.  The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners is available at Amazon and other booksellers.

The opinions in this review are my own and without compensation.

 

New Print, Meadowland, in Etsy Shop

I just added my first print of one of my paintings to my Etsy shop.  The original is an acrylic/mixed media painting on hot press watercolor paper, done in many layers and incorporating pencil and water-soluble oil pastels, too.  I will be adding more prints shortly.

I have to thank Mindy Murphy Lacefield for her wonderful online class, "Paint Your Story".  If you get a chance to take it, I highly recommend it.  She really gives you the tools and encouragement to find freedom in your art.