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Adding color to winter days

… feels right. Or a bit better than simply doing nothing. I was hoping to get done much more, but darkness is very restricting for me. Even though, I’m drawing and painting at electric light, I don’t like that at all. Sensitive colors and shades change insanely in different light, and the only correct painting light for me is the daylight. I’m obviously experiencing shortage of it.

As long as I remember myself, I never liked winter. I feel sorry for myself in winter. I feel that I deserve way better than this freezing air and this wet snow or icy wind gusts from around the corner. I am not trying to get up when I should, and staying up much longer than it is advisable or makes any sense. My productivity is down in winter and I can find all kinds of excuses to justify the wasted time. It might be so that I’m completely dependent on seasonal cycles of the nature. I’m a child of the sun, and darkness and cold are completely arguing with every living cell in my body and every single thought in my brain. Well, I know, I didn’t choose to be in winter, but I have to because of so many reasons and issues.

My only rescue medicine is art. It’s impossible to imagine how I would survive these dark months without colors, paints, sketches, drawings, ideas and paintings! Thankfully, these things occupy my brain and mind completely taking into a meditative state of no reaction to surroundings, problems or issues.

I believe I could show other people how we can fight these upsetting and lazy moods. The only times when I experience real flush of energy are before art classes, workshops and events. These give me wings and I’m bursting with fresh ideas and suggestions. I’m very generous when it comes to sharing ideas and new knowledge.

“Add color to your day” project is coming along, slowly, not without a resistance, but it is developing. I will eventually figure out how to implement three 1.5 hour sessions during the week in order to use only watercolor paints, allowing them to flow, taking away bad emotions, and therefore these sessions will be providing people who have similar winter moods with positive energy and opportunity to overcome the situations they’ve stuck in, that might be health or relationships, or our own nature, whatever. Color and art can cure everything, even people who are unable to physically perform something difficult. New images for these sessions are on the way.

To share with everybody a little bit of warmth, I’m attaching a few watercolors: poured on, washed out without using masking fluid, but the 15-minute ones have pen lines, as well.

January watercolor painting in warm colors

January watercolor in warm colors: we just kept pouring on different layers and glazing, and adding more and more … I know we should have used something like masking fluid, but there was no time to wait until everything is dry

 January watercolor Spring flowers

Sketch of flowers, we used pen and food wrap for this

Pen and watercolor sketch of poppies

Pen and watercolor sketch of poppies: it’s cold outside, but painting in warm colors helps

 

The New Year is here, it’s a good time to add some color to our life!

The New Year is here. We have welcomed it with all kinds of arrangements, we have new goals and new intentions, and we definitely should not forget the main person: the central figure which is I MYSELF. When we are exhausted, tired, burnt out or otherwise fed up with many routine things, bad outcomes, lack of energy, there is still something we can do in order to relieve these bad conditions which most often attack people during the cold and dark season. Well, the Sun has started to raise higher up in the sky, but days won’t be noticeably longer for a while yet.

While festivities are just yesterday’s experiences, it is fine. As we move along the winter’s path into February, the lack of bright sunlight, dullness of sky, freezing, cold, gusty winds, snow piles or icy sidewalks start to get on our nerves. Lucky people who are not tied up by their business duties or family issues go away to warm places. Not everyone can do that for many reasons, and so we just have to be in the middle of winter and go through it with hopefully good mood, excellent or tolerable health and smile.

Blog NEW YEAR is for making life brighter

We have tested one remedy and discovered how well it works. Immersing ourselves into color is such a blessing! It can be very tough sometimes to get ourselves up and going, but once we do, the pleasure about achievements and the feeling of not wasting time definitely outweighs the initial resistance and fear.

The effects of color and environment are much neglected, yet they play a huge role in our life! Small spaces, dark spaces and cold spaces, especially when the indoors temperature is fairly low, need to have some warn accents, warm and light wall colors. We can definitely fight the blues and upset moods with sunny and energetic colors. So, that’s why this year, hopefully in February I will introduce ADD SOME COLOR TO YOUR DAY artistic sessions. That will include working with colors, shapes and images either intentionally or unintentionally in order to achieve one goal: to improve our mood, recharge with fresh energy which we create straight on a sheet of paper or canvas, and to give ourselves the much-needed time for smelling the roses and getting lost in distant meadows of imagination where is only pleasant whether, the sky in color of our thoughts and the flowers of our dreams are blossoming. This does not take much, but gives plenty. Even to people who suffer from depressive or upset moods, anxiety and different mental disorders which have not reached the clinical grade yet.

Unlike other activities, there are no restrictions: people can paint at any age and any health conditions benefit from painting or drawing. Paper or canvas does not care how one looks like or how well one is dressed. Artistic activities take care of balance within us. They go even beyond that and help fighting cravings for food, alcohol and smoking. They keep one away from mobile devices and computers. Well, that is what art is: pure essence of us in a creative state. Once we fall in love with art, it never lets us down.

Fun painting Friends events

Our Holiday Fun and Pleasure afternoon

Fun and pleasure painting workshop

The interesting part is that except one lady (she is on the left) nobody else had painted before

Acrylic painting classes for adults

We were working from a sketch and following the steps

Poppy painting class

We painted a lot of poppies this past fall, but the demo version is not done yet, meaning, I had to go over and over the first layers for all groups, and I had no time to bring it to completion so far

Rose with her painting

This is getting close to finishing stage

Poppy painting sessions were very well attended

Poppy painting turned out to be one of the best painting sessions in 2014

Poppy acrylic painting session

Gwen working on her painting

Many pictures from classes did not get into last year’s posts; I simply was sometimes too busy. So, I’m adding some of pictures from the most recent classes and workshops now.

New students joined us

New students joined us, as well, and so their absolutely first paintings came out good

Connie and her poppy painting version

Connie and her poppy painting version

Our teen group loved painting poppies

Our teen group loved painting poppies, too

Adult acrylic painting class

Bev’s version was never published yet

Bhumika's second painting

I would say this is very good for somebody who just started out

Acrylic painting class for adults

Connie’s poppies

Acrylic painting workshop Whitby Ontario

Birch painting on sunset background was our number 2 taking into account finished paintings and participants evaluation

Sunset fun and pleasure afternoon

Four people just started painting recently, and it seems they enjoy it a lot

Close view on our creations

Close view on our creations

Calia's painting

Calia is our youngest artist, she attends workshops together with more mature artists, and gets very good results

Winter painting events

Number 3 was the winter scenes, everybody got great results and also liked the scenes we were working from

The not-ready demo version for birch painting project

The not-ready demo version for birch painting project

The pretty much finished version for acrylic fun afternoon

The pretty much finished version for acrylic fun afternoon

Regular classes resume next week, on January 6 and January 7.

Happy New Year everybody!  Pick up your brushes, sharpen pencils and open your paint tubes! We are about to get to painting again!

The art of giving gifts 2: traditions, colors and symbols

This is the time of giving, forgiving and showing our love and gratitude to people who are in our lives, to people who we know and to everybody who we don’t even know, but believe they need some Christmas mood lift.

The Latvian proverb goes like this: Dear God! Help us be so well off that we could give others generously and not beg them kindly. Giving generously involves giving gracefully, with pleasure and beautifully.

The ancient Latvian proverbs, folk songs and fairy tales were given verbally from one generation to the next one for many thousands of years, and they carry the Latvian moral and ethical code. They always emphasize that it is not a big deal to have much of golden money because much bigger deal is to have a golden heart. Well, we know how it is in reality: we need both, and yet, we need the latter one way more.

Many centuries have passed by and life is not the same, obviously. The Latvian Christmas was initially mixed with the celebration of winter solstice, and we have so many superstitions and traditions regarding this time of the year! Thousands! Did you know that it is not a coincidence the Christmas or Advent wreath is round? This shape symbolizes the year and the human lifetime: the end meets the beginning, so our children pick it up where we left things.

The circular shape of the wreath also represents God, with no beginning and no end. Circle means completeness and abundance; and it is also related to the eternity. The evergreens in a Christmas wreath are used to share the message of the eternal life. The tips of a fir-tree branch remind a shape of a cross, which means this wreath is going to protect us from everything evil.

The Western world got its first wreath around 16th century, in Germany. Latvians were using wreath and circle shaped ornaments and decorations ever since they existed. The solstice is the time to call the sun back, and it needs to know the place where to return. Latvian wreaths and ornaments initially symbolized the eternity, the divine and the Sun. Whatever, it’s meaning and whatever it means to us, the Christmas wreath is a beautiful thing. So are all the decorated gifts. Adding greens from the backyard adds so much freshness. We love the green color because it symbolizes the life and everything what is alive.

Christmas gifts Wrapping ideas

It is important to be generous, not only at Christmas time, but always. We think giving a gift is a small gesture of kindness, but in fact, it’s much more. Small or large gifts, they all have to be wrapped up nicely because that shows we care about the person who is receiving our gift.

Christmas gifts wrapping tips

I kept my show gifts in the traditional colors: heart red, evergreen green and added some gold, silver and some blue.

Tips Wrapping gifts

An idea wrapping up round objects: make it look like a vase with blooms of ornaments and pine cones.

Roll up a tube of a firm paper. It has to extend the length of the gift item. Tape one edge of paper to the back of the gift object. Wrap around the wrapping paper. Tape one edge on the back. Fold in the bottom nicely and secure with tape. Fold in the upper edges. If needed, secure with tape from the inside. Wrap ribbon or gift string around the object. Add a bow or leave loose ends. Fill the upper part with tissue paper or some other light paper in any suitable color. Add some branches, pine cones and some small ornaments at the top.

Holiday gifts

It looks like winter vase with Christmas flowers! This takes practically 5 minutes when we have some materials and greens.

Painting as a gift

Flat and square objects are easy to wrap up.

Holiday gifts sale

I decorated some painting and book this time. The smaller gifts are coffee and herbal tea packs.

Gifts in traditional colors

Sets of gifts look nice and they also speak to the viewer with enhanced beauty.

Christmas gifts

Traditional and very attractive colors warm up our hearts.

Christmas gifts inspiration

We start with the base and place the gift face down. Tape with transparent tape or tape in a matching color. Use some ribbon or colorful strings; once again we start that placing the face side of the gift downwards. Add some bow or roll up the ends with the blade of scissors. They become curly and add look very artistic. I like splitting up large surfaces, just as with painting, so I’d use everything what’s around. Gifts are wrapped for a short time, so we don’t need to worry about the durability of our construction. Its main purpose is to say “Merry Christmas, I love you!”

Santa Claus and holiday gifts

Santa was helping me, as well. I also listened to beautiful music, and gift wrapping is a huge pleasure for me, in fact, always has been!

The art of giving gifts

Gift certificate is a great last-minute gift and comes to rescue when it is hard to guess what exactly some person would like. In case of gift certificate for art classes or Fun and Pleasure Painting Events, it is a long-lasting and memorable gift. Thanks to these gift certificates, many people have found their passion, hobby and had generally become much happier in their lives since these activities take off a lot of stress, give somebody his or her own time, not to mention the beautiful things we are creating. It has functionality in addition to its basic purpose, too.

Sometimes people hesitate to give gift certificates because they think it’s going to look so small. I have attached some pictures showing how to present a gift certificate for art classes in a great way.

Watercolor starting set: block of paper, some watercolor brushes, set of paints and the gift certificate

It is very handy when the person who got this gift, has everything for the first class and can always use it at home, too

Art of giving gift certificate for art classes

Most receivers of this gift, especially kids and teens love getting started right away. It’s nice they can try out some brushes, paints or papers before their first class, so this gift certificate can be packed together with small set of watercolor, small size painting block and 1 or 2 brushes.

It is not expensive, but very impressive gift

Art of giving gifts gift certificate for art classes

For those who have got a gift certificate for acrylic painting, it’s great to put in the box some small canvasses, a couple of basic paints and 1 or 2 brushes. People really are excited receiving such gifts. How do I know? They send me the first e-mail and all of them are saying: I cannot wait to get started, I’m feeling so happy.

For those who would like to give only a certificate, I’m offering the framed version. Looks so beautiful and it still can be wrapped up together with something.

Art Framed gift certificate

It looks great, I would say better than on picture because there was a bit too much reflection

Gift certificate goes great with a pack of healthy herbal tea or coffee.

It goes very well with coffee: this is German coffee, this pack is square, so it will be easy to wrap up everything

Art of giving gifts 9

It looks great with some book.

It is much-loved with a box of chocolates.

Gift certificate for art classes

Whatever way you give somebody something, do it generously and from the bottom of your heart. When giving some teen, adult or senior such gift certificate we are actually giving them a whole new world: to explore, to fall in love with and to enjoy as long as they live. It’s definitely not a small gift.

Gift wrapping

I did some wrapping design, as well, but the light was not cooperating, so I will have to put this off until tomorrow.

Memories, dreams and hopes: the holiday art show

Memories, dreams and hopes form the mental environment I reside in. Although, I’ve been always strongly attached to the reality, the only way for me to exist as and artist is to use my past experience, add some dreams from my future and hope for the best since absolutely nothing is for sure.

The year has made a loop and we have arrived at Christmas time again. For somebody whose main income comes from art and creative projects, this time is very important. I wish I had prepared everything earlier and ahead of December, but every day has only 24 hours. When painting, the day simply disappears, hours turn into minutes, honestly, and late afternoon twilight reminds it’s evening.

Such art show and sale pretty much indicate how I am going to be up to the end of March. Good show with good sales means some free classes for my students or better fees, new brushes, new paints, more colors, more tools and also more blank canvasses to paint on. Oh, I am consuming large amounts of paints! Gift certificates for art classes have been good thing to have all previous years, let’s see how much demand for them is this year. I have sold only a few so far.

It’s also important that people realize these sales are mutually beneficial: buying from a local artist allows this artist shopping the neighborhood in return. No income: no shopping. So, I’m really putting big hopes into this event, and I also worked hard and many hours not only on the direct sales pieces of art and crafts, but on my decorations. Well, I have lost the entire box with indoor and outdoor lights. No idea who has taken that box away, but I’m still trying to find it. The only string I have at the moment cannot provide enough light for the entrance. Pictures were taken during twilight, when the darkness sets in, hardly anything is visible. It’s easy to decorate when plenty of materials and all kinds of things are available, it’s fairly tricky when that’s not the case. My decorations are done only employing my imagination and using and recycling materials which I had from previous years. I added some greens for freshness from my backyard. I think that’s the key: figure out how to replace what one doesn’t have with what’s available.

I tried, but the entire scene would not fit into one picture. Camera also pushes back the middle ground, so, I dare to say, it looked actually much nicer in reality!

I have added new images to Fine Art America site also: it’s amazing how good some images look on pillows they are now offering in addition to all kinds of prints and cards: metal prints, acrylic prints, framed prints, posters and simply prints. Almost forgot the phone cases, millions of those. All of this stuff is quite inexpensive, so I’d love people stop by at that site, too. This is one of images:

Sunset creek Acrylic painting

I’m feeling a bit tired tonight, it’s been a lot of work, and I hope this results in some kind of good holidays and New Year since I’d love nothing more than simply paint: not in rush, not particular size, not particular scene, but something I really love. Paint and feel undisturbed by any routine duties and problems. Some artists have that, but it’s like a dream for me yet because in order to do something like only painting subjects which really make sense to me requires much higher sales and much higher volumes. Well, I’m working on it.

 2014 Art show and sale poster

We all come from our past and we all are going to our future. The small while in between is our present where memories and dreams meet. That is also a short, sparkling moment when the art is born.

Our creative potential is huge and very often neglected. Get some inspiration, give somebody a gift of art or time for creation of it!

Well, nice news: somebody just bought a pack of 10 greeting cards!

I hope they enjoy these cards!

Nostalgia for old times and ability to create gifts is a gift, too

I’m probably getting old or older, but I am definitely having recently some nostalgia for these times which won’t ever return.

I believe, I am not taking too well the huge overload of commercials screaming at me from everywhere. Wherever I look, it’s just buy this and get this for free and hurry up because these discounts won’t last. Endlessly. It might be also because we never had a large family, and when I was young we were not that much about gifts.

My most memories are about preparations to celebrate Christmas or the New Year. This brings back some fantastic smells of pies and pastries in the oven, the fresh scent of fir-tree and aroma of candles. And real lights of real candles, so warm and so alive. We used to sing a lot, as well. These are sounds of old songs, partially forgotten, but I can still sing them in quite a few languages: my first foreign language was Russian, the next was German, I picked it up early and was able to use fluently by the time I was 12, the third was English quite a few years later. I am a native Latvian, and we have millions of folk songs, so many that every Latvian can call one his or her own. So, yes, we were following the very ancient Latvian traditions which are actually more ancient than English or German traditions since Latvian along with Lithuanian belong to the most ancient still alive languages and can be traced back to the ages of Sanskrit.

I can also remember how we were walking through the deep snow to the nearby forest to get the most beautiful tree. I was told I was only 4 years old. That’s amazing, but I can recall the walk, the snow and the forest. That’s how I’m painting my fir trees, they look exactly as those ones which I saw 52 years ago.

However, my intention was to share the idea about how kids and teens should rather create and make their gifts than try to buy something for money which they probably haven’t even earned yet. We were a lot about creativity, and that was all we were doing when not reading or working: sewing, drawing, painting, making toys, household items, and jewelry, things for our house and for our living space. There were so many ways to bring beauty into our home, and nobody was really worried about expenses because these self-made things did not cost anything or just a little in materials.

I maintained this ability to create everything from practically nothing all my life. I find it exciting, way more exciting than going to the store and buying stuff made in China. I find some of the decorations they sell absolutely tasteless. How much of attraction can actually plastic things have? Fake trees are still somehow OK, even artificial berries and fir and pine cones, but if you ask me, I’d say nothing compares to self-made decorations. However, I love glass balls and ornaments. We used to have some from 1912 and 1938. I asked my mom how that was possible to keep these ornaments not broken through all wars and troubles, and she said they were so small and so lovely, and they were associated with so many memories that everybody was taking an extremely good care about them.

So, finalizing the previously said, I was asking quite a few people:

This holiday season, instead of buying your gift, you could paint one, couldn’t you?

Village in snow acrylic demo for painting class

It takes only 3 hours which is such a tiny moment compared to the huge amount of positive energy residing in such a gift. It stays with one for ever.

Winter cardinal, acrylic painting

The other day we were painting some birds.

Small acrylic painting of winter scene

This is one more of small paintings I did for demonstration, it’s 12 x 16 in

Happy holidays Gift painting

I virtually wrapped up one painting, and let’s see, maybe somebody will think they are good gifts and drop in the gallery, too.

The sky is not the limit: fun and pleasure with acrylic

Participants of the last Saturday Fun and Pleasure painting session definitely proved there is nothing too complicated when applying the right color on the right spot, so we painted sky in so many variations of red, blue and yellow, and we didn’t stop there.

I noticed a while ago that using full color images did not work very well for beginners or starting out artists’ classes and workshops. Why? It seems that when we are seeing the complete image it is more difficult to pay attention to underlying layers and not focus on final details. It happened so that details got the most focus at the beginning stage, and the entire picture was left out of site. I thought, it would make sense to go with steps and simplified layers leaving the more definite objects for the end.

This time, we taped down the eye level in order to apply all colors on the top part. Afterwards we worked out the base layers for the bottom part, adjusted shades and only afterwards placed larger trees. We adjusted some shades and added some details at the end. It is hard to believe, but even those participants who were practically absolute beginners got very nice paintings. We have to take into account that the total painting time was 2 hours and 40 minutes from start to finish. 20 minutes are devoted to recharging and lunch. Well, I’d say there is nothing wrong with adding some highlights after a while which could be some days later when the paint has settled down.

The main thing is: that was a lot of fun, great socializing, especially for people who don’t go to pubs and clubs, but prefer some more creative and more fulfilling activities.

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday: one side of room

Art fun and pleasure painting

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday: the other side of room

Art fun and plaesure

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday: view from the end entrance

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday: lots of works in progress

Art fun Jan's art

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday: Jan’s art

Art fun Calia's painting

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday: Calia’s painting

Art fun: nice colors

We loved these colors

Sunset fun and pleasure afternoon

Fun and Pleasure painting Saturday

acrylic demo during workshop fun and pleasure 2 res

2 hour demo on cardboard

Acrylic Birch sunset demo painting 1 res

Finished up the demo version on canvas

Some pictures really did not come out that great because of light, I mean, too much light. There were also quite a lot of people, so it was tough to get everybody on a picture.

Next Fun and Pleasure Acrylic painting afternoon is on December 6!

Poppies pop and red is such a great color to lift our moods

Poppies is a much-loved subject, and since November is the month which many people in Canada associate with poppies and Remembrance day, we just couldn’t resist and painted some, too. Liz is our champion when it comes to speed since she gets home after class and keeps painting, that way she is always the first one to finish her painting. Well, we are not envious because all of these paintings will be adorable.

Red must be a good color for up-lifting one’s mood because I cannot remember when else we were joking and laughing so much.

The next class is about to start, so I have to be short.

The next acrylic fun and pleasure painting afternoon is on November 22.

Poppies pop Teens watercolor painting class

Teens watercolor painting class

Teens watercolor painting class

Teen group enjoyed painting poppies a lot

Poppies pop Adult acrylic painting classes

Wednesday group

Poppies acrylic painting class

Liz is holding her finished masterpiece

Poppies pop Work in progress adult painting class

Work in progress adult painting class, Gwen at work

Poppies Adult acrylic painting class

Bev’s painting can be seen in front

Poppies acrylic painting for adults

Rose started to attend our classes this fall

Poppies Adult art classes

Gordon has developed his own style, we love it

Poppies Demo and Liz's finished work

My demo never gets done that quick because I have to paint it over and over for 2 or 3 groups, Poppies: Liz’s finished work

Poppies Painting by Liz

This is how Liz’s work looks like, however, light was not that great for pictures, real painting looks way more impressive

Poppies Art classes for adults

Gwen working on her painting: it is going to be very great piece of art

Crafted and hand-made is the new luxury 2: nature helps with materials and subjects

I am slightly behind everything because my health was giving me hard times and, secondly, I had many workshops and classes recently. Although, I took quite a lot of pictures, I did not get a chance to post nothing.

Returning to hand-made items and DIY art, I must say we were dealing with pumpkin still lives for quite a while. Therefore, all pictures will show different stages of just started, half-done and almost done fall still lives with pumpkins, apples and leaves which we used very directly, sometimes even placing on canvas and simply drawing around. Lots of fun and it is very easy way to straighten out our composition because leaves are an extremely decorative element, they can be in all imaginable colors and we can place them anywhere filling up all spaces that need some coverage.

Classes provide students with ideas about different techniques, steps, approaches and methods when working on some particular project or theme.

Tips for beginning artists:

Using pre-toned or pre-painted canvas speeds up everything. You can use a mix of gesso with some earthy, brownish-yellowish or greyish-brown shades. Good colors to cover canvas are something medium dark made of yellow ochre plus burnt umber plus white or small amount of light blue, or yellow ochre plus burnt sienna plus white plus raw umber, or the same with small amount of blue. Our goal is to have not very light and not very dark, but attractive medium light shade. Such canvas works much better than pure white canvas, unless your painting involves a lot of white objects or large white spaces. Pre-toned canvas allows seeing and perceiving objects in a more correct manner, therefore, it is much simpler to add shadows, dark values, and highlighted spots.

First layers of paint should be applied using generous amount of not much diluted color. Don’t be afraid because acrylic tolerates quite a lot, and everything can be adjusted and straightened out! Sometimes beginners use paint very sparsely. It dries out extremely fast, does not give a chance for washing out edges and looks streaky. It is also wrong to stop working on some area because of fear to damage this spot. This might take some additional time, but results will be more pleasing.

When in doubt, start with medium dark, however, many objects require starting with deep darks. Medium dark is a good spot to be, because you can lighten it up and add stronger darks, and that is really useful for still life objects and floral painting.

Leave the tiny details and small adjustments for the end stage. There is no need to work out perfectly parts that will be covered with other elements.

It is always important to simplify the scene or image we intend to work on. That means to start with very simple shapes, very simple edges, and basic accents.

It is easier to apply wet acrylic paint over dry surface, especially when we need strong highlight and strong values. That prevents the fresh part from mixing in with the rest, and if applied incorrectly, can be swiped off with wet paper towel. The edge is rubbed off with dry or slightly damp brush. That allows connecting the freshly painted part with the dry part seamlessly.

Fresh acrylic can look much lighter than it will be after it dries. No need to worry that some part looks too light while the painting is wet. Darks are achieved easier; lights sometimes require the use of multiple layers and repetition of steps. Do not be afraid that you need to repeat some steps and paint application sequences. That is a completely normal process.

I hope everybody can follow these simple steps. For more assistance, you will just have to attend some art classes!

We created quite a few of great works for our own decorating needs. Some still need some work.

Adult acrylic painting classes

Acrylic painting classes for adults: Wednesday group

Pumpkin season painting

Pumpkin season painting

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress 2

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress 3

Acrylic painting classes for adults

Pumpkin still life: works in progress 4

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress 5

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress 6

Practically finished painting

Pumpkin still life: works in progress: this is practically done

Autumn art painting class for adults 9

Painting loosely can be of great advantage

Art classes for adults: fall still life

Art classes for adults: fall still life

Res MY Pumpkin paint

Art classes for adults: fall still life demo version, still needs some work, but I will probably call it a day

Crafted and hand-made is the new luxury 1

When reviewing some reports from trend analysis about home decor, gift and luxury item retail, I was very pleased seeing that anything hand-made and crafted was given the deserved attention. The real, the genuine, the one of a kind and hand-made things are predicted to become more and more important for our living environment in order to regain the personal touch which was lost in the long run towards the globalization. I believe we can go only so long with low-quality mass-made products which only fill up the space, but do not really contribute to the interior environment of our living and working spaces. The hand-made things have double value which is not always the cost which is put into this item in the way of materials and tools, but the added value resulting from our personal input, energetic vibrations and the esthetics of our creation. Such things are also unique, and always carry some special flare because of person who created them. There is no comparison between some inexpensive Wallmart or similar print which looks cheap, has no real value except for cost of paint and piece of plastic or sadly looking artificial canvas and self-made, hand-made or crafted original item or painting. No surprise many people express their interest in learning how such things are created. There is huge interest in DIY arts and crafts.Pleasure painting workshop Fun and pleasure acrylic painting workshop Sponge painting workshop for adults Sponge is a great tool for acrylic painting Autumn trees : sponge painting Autumn trees painted with brush and sponge Using sponge for acrylic painting Sponge is very helpful in achieving effectsAcrylic painting for beginners Acrylic painting for beginners Acrylic painting for beginners Lots of fun Saturday painting workshops attendees Attendees of pleasure painting workshop Acrylic painting for beginners Fun and pleasure acrylic painting workshops have usually more than just one goal. We learn how to apply new techniques, how to implement unusual elements, how to use new tools, and we also explore some subjects which are well-known, but always offer potential for personal approach. Trees have found their reflection in paintings and decorative art (decorative art is what actually makes minimum 50% of all available art) for as long as humans exist. We are not making a discovery of a century, but we are learning how to make painting within 3 hours without too much effort and sweat. It’s obvious that such paintings can be still enhanced after the workshop which outlines the basics; students can add more detail and more layers or highlights afterwards. The principle is what counts. This time we were applying sponge. Sponge has huge potential with acrylics, and the use of this approach is actually not limited to trees or forests. It is impossible to paint so fast with brush and the created textures make these works look loose, naturally attractive. Sponge can be applied in multiple layers starting from darks and moving up to lights and highlights. Sponge can be used for the entire painting, just adding some smaller details with a brush. This technique is a bit under-appreciated, but over time I intend to present for your attention more subjects which can be successfully painted with sponge. For beginners and for artists who would like their painting to look somewhat abstract, it is of a great value. Everybody can practice using sponge on their own because it is such a relaxing and easy painting technique. The only threat can be overuse of a particular color and paint colors which do not present strong contrast. Other than that, it is pure fun! Demo painting for acrylic workshop This is one of my quick demos for sponge application with acrylic. Try it! It’s interesting and you could be very satisfied with results!

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