Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When the mood strikes...paint!


Hey Happy Tuesday! We intended to pop in and say hi yesterday but we really lost track of time. We were completely immersed in several projects and we simply couldn't get ourselves to stop. As usual we were jumping from task to task, balancing work stuff, house stuff, studio stuff, life stuff. Some cleaning happened, some organizing happened, some more trim was painted, walls were patched and sanded, furniture got rearranged...yeah one of those days. And on top of that we were going over ideas and lesson plans for our upcoming classes that we are teaching at Art Is You in May! We are so excited  about them! We blogged about them here, and we'd love for you to take the time to check out all the details...and by all means...sign up and join us if you can! 


I'm not a gal who self promotes a whole lot, but when it comes to these classes, I have no problem shouting it from as many mountain tops as I can. Because I KNOW that you guys will absolutely love your experience. I KNOW that you'll learn a lot and laugh a lot. I KNOW that you'll whole heartedly impress yourself and unearth talents you didn't know you had. Come on down to Dixie to get your hands messy, expand your creative repertoire, and make some fabulous artwork in the process!
Artwork that's similar to what you're seeing in this post. You'll explore the many facets of mixed media...you'll learn all about layers and shading...experience first hand how to render cute girls' faces...create fun and fabulous backgrounds. It's an in-depth course...and "in-depth" doesn't mean that it will be hard. Nope, just the opposite. "In-depth" means that you'll get to take the time to really figure out what works for you. We won't ever quickly skim past the details. We'll stop, slow down, and offer you every bit of our 20 years of professional experience.   


Ok, end of sermon...lets get back to yesterday's fun project! 
We love combining our cute girls with textured and layered backgrounds. When it comes to creating backgrounds and layers, you'll notice that most artists have their go-to colors and textures. We're no different...we work within our own little comfort zone, we've got our special "tool box", our specific color palette that works for us. Very often we'll collage our backgrounds because we just love the extra bit of texture that patterned papers will bring to a piece. But yesterday's piece was all about paint. 


I honestly didn't have anything planned. I just let it all happen. Maybe the only thing I knew for sure was that there was going to be some black. Just like in our decor and my wardrobe. Black is necessary. Black balances our candy colors and sweet pastels.  


So...this piece was a lot of fun to work on. I rendered the girl all on her own...as you can see in the first pic at the top of this post. And as you can see, this girl has come a long way from that first photo. She started out as just a pencil sketch on water color paper and initially her coloring was very subtle. I had painted the canvas with a vague idea of how much space she'd occupy and approximately where she'd be positioned. I brought the background and the girl to a certain level of completion, and when the time was right I brought them together so that they could be completed as one cohesive piece of artwork. Doing it this way is a lot of fun. It's kinda exciting when you combine the two elements and see that you've got this whole new piece of artwork. After I adhered the gal to the canvas it was like starting all over...which really was fun. I added more texture, layered on some mediums, splashes of paint, sketchy pencil work...lots of stuff. 


Here she is hanging up. I like how it looks almost as if that is a window behind her...a glimpse of night sky. 


After painting this piece yesterday we got so excited about our upcoming classes. One of our classes focuses on abstract painting. And the other will feature portraits like this. We'll spend an entire day teaching all the techniques, tips, and tricks, so that in the end each student will have at the very least a go-to set of skills...a head start for future paintings. 
And once you've got your go-to "artist tool box" the sky is the limit! Whenever in the mood, you can paint a pretty girl, create a vibe, conjure up a dream world, and make fabulous artwork. 


Here is another painting that I worked on recently. A perfect example of what will be covered in our Abstractions class. I can't describe the joy I experience, starting with a blank canvas and building layers, creating movement, expressing a specific mood. I'm telling you...it's addictive, 


I really like how soft this piece turned out. Aaron says its his new favorite painting of mine. But seriously, he says that about each new one I do. He likes to point out his favorite areas of my paintings. What we refer to as "the sweet spot".


And now that the house is coming together we are able to hang art. It has been so long and we are really excited about it. Here are some of our personal favorites. Some are mine and some are Aaron's. Can you tell them a part? The two of us stay within our shared color palette which matches our home decor. But if you look closely you may be able to tell the difference between our respective paintings. We work in completely different styles, and in our classes we will both be teaching our personal methods..our favorite techniques and styles. It's fun to see how students drift toward either Aaron or myself based on the commonalities they sense in their own style. With abstracts it's all about two things...method & color. You wouldn't believe what a world of difference color makes. Imagine the above abstracts rendered in jewel tones, or earth tones even...with each student there are endless brand new possibilities. And this excites us so much!

It's not too late to sign up! Come for both classes or just one! Stay over night or just make a day trip of it if you are local enough! We can't say enough good things about Art Is You Art Retreats. Any fears you may have...seriously, throw them out the window! These are full day classes...One on One instructions! Plenty of time to learn, practice, create, and chat. You will leave confident, armed with new skills, and ready to create.

And we are offering a special discount! If you use a limited time promo code you can get $60.00 off your Art is Dixie purchase price!  When you register for either of our classes enter HOLIDAY (all caps) into the Event Code box on page 2 beside the package of days selection, and you will get $60 off your total registration.

Hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for popping in! 
Love from NJ!
xo Jenny...and Aaron says hi!

13 comments:

  1. Your chosen colors make me so happy! I love your new girl portrait, and was wondering what you used to adhere her to the canvas? I wish I could attend your classes. Hope the rest of your week is lovely!

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    1. Hi! Oh thanks very very much! I used heavy gel medium, but you could also use mod podge. Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment. : )

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  2. Hi,
    I'm new to your blog and a wanna be artist. I LOVE your blog. The colors are so sweet and inspiring. Your picture is so pretty! Amazing. I have tried a lot of different things but no paint yet. You've inspired me. Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day!

    Tamara (your Target post made me envious.) :)

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    1. Hi Tamara! Thanks so much for reading! And thank you for the super sweet words! Happy to hear that you are inspired to give painting a try! Have lots of fun! Thanks again! xo

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  3. Wow, I love your 'Girl' - she's stunning! xxx

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    1. Oh! Thank you so so much Carly!! So sweet of you!! :) xo

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  4. Ohhhhhh this is gorgeous!!!! And I just ordered your papers last night from BlueMoonScrapbooking.com!! They should be here tomorrow ... so excited!!!!

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    1. Thank you very much Julie!! And oh gosh! Hooray! Yes!! I remember Blue Moon coming into the booth at CHA! Hooray! So excited to see what you create! Take pics! Love ya! xo

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  5. That painting is beautiful! I love you guys's color scheme, and how--to me--it seems iconic of your blog and art!

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    1. You are a sweet pea! Thanks so so much!! :) xo

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  6. oh I've alway loved y'alls paintings! So are his the three on the front row to the right? and yours are the other four? I'm incredibly curious now! :)

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    1. Heyy!! Oh thanks so so much! YES! You totally guessed right! That's awesome! Ohhh and I got your sweet email! I'll be replying today!! :) XO

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  7. Just love your paintings! I've been a fan for awhile now-and would love to take your class. Any chance you'll be teaching in NJ this summer or anytime soon-I'm a fellow Jersey girl!

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xo Jenny & Aaron

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