Thursday, June 25, 2015

Collaboration Fun with a Friend



On my way home from a visit to friends in Ohio, I decided to make a slight detour and visit my friend and artist Carolyn Dube.  I was SO EXCITED to play in her studio with her! You know those kind of people that just "get" you? Well, she does and we wasted no time playing, video taping and laughing. Laughing a lot!

She is the video queen and has TONS of great tutorials on YouTube including this one below.  Please excuse the disheveled look of me in the intro...she did NOT tell me we were going to tape and so I didn't get hours in the make up chair like she did! ;0

Anyway, hope you enjoy our little canvas play as we paint a layer, switch canvases and paint more.

Here are some snap shots of the canvases as we played.  Below is the video.


Does anyone else laugh when they see these words and how they "happened" together??!!




Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Creating Owls


Come visit me on StencilGirl Talk all day today where I show you how to create this textured owl.  
It will be a hoot! (okay I couldn't help myself) 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 15, 2015

From Glum to Glam



Oh how I love spring time and all the colorful blooms! It makes me want to work in my yard and garden and make everything beautiful again.  Since spring sprang, I decided it was time to spruce up my two urns for the front of house that were sitting in the back with nothing in them.

But when I looked at them, well, they looked a little glum.



Sad looking with weathering and chipped away paint, I decided these two needed a makeover.




A few brushes, a sunny afternoon and a little bit of Annie Sloan Chalk paint from local distributor C'est Moi to the rescue!



First, I brushed on Chateau Grey (which is actually a kind of greenish color).  I purposely left areas of  the original dark brown show through.  This gave it more dimension.



After that dried, which was rather quickly due to the porous nature of the urns, I highlighted the rounded edges with some Paris Grey (which is a true gray).



Voila! These two are now the stars of the show in front of my house.



What DIY projects have you pulled out this spring?  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Be Kind


Hop on over to StencilGirl Talk blog today where I make these little minis come to life!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Good Morning!



New piece fresh out of the studio! Lots of texture in this "Good Morning" bouquet measuring 30x30" acrylic on canvas. Contact me for purchase details at: kirstenreed@yahoo.com.

Hope you have good morning!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Come Pick Daisies with Me!

Today I show you how to make two small canvases featuring the unassuming daisy. Come over and join me on StencilGirl Talk blog!


Hope to see you there! :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

When Things Go Wrong on Your Canvas


When you are sitting at your art table, do you ever just think..."this is NOT where I want this painting to go" or "this is crap"? Well, some days are just like that.  I put paint down but don't like the direction.

I had a vision for this painting, it was going to be so spring-like in color and form with lots of abstract flowers and layers.  I kept putting paint down, but honestly just hated what I was seeing.  I didn't like the composition at all.  I didn't like the way the colors tied together. It just wasn't my vision.



I pulled out an old hotel room key and spread the wet paint all over the canvas in different directions.


I was actually please with the result. I briefly thought of leaving it like this but once it dried, I was back at work and came up with a very loose, not completely abstract bouquet of spring goodness.


 Here is a second picture.  The above is outdoor lighting.  The one below is indoor lighting. It's amazing how much they change.


This piece will be available for purchase soon!

Share in the comments below what you do when a piece isn't going your way.

Thanks for stopping by!