Winter Plein Air Study in gouache on illustration board

I have been enjoying the fact that we got days and days of snow this past weekend.  So it only seemed to make sense that I take advantage of this winter wonderland and practice some plein air painting using gouache.

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I opened up the door to my yard and set myself up right in the doorway.  So I could enjoy the cold crisp air and true colors of my subject matter.  While still being able to paint without being bundled up in layers of winter clothing. 

All of this was done on my lunch - so that it was just a nice little break from my usual work behind the computer. 

So much fun and a great reminder that I need to be more consistent with these studies and practice as there is so much to observe and learn!

Winter Plein Air Door Setup
Winter Plein Air

Wedding gifts from the Bride and Groom

I was contacted not too long ago by a soon to be Bride and Groom looking to create gifts for each of their parents.  They were looking to have a portrait of each of their families homes created and were looking for a watercolor style.  I readily accepted as this sounded like fun.

I had them send some photos and off I went.  I had explained to them that I would share the sketch of the home with them for approval before moving onto full color rendering.  Below you will see the steps for each of the homes as well as the finished results.

I provided them with the requested 14"x11" for each of their parents and then also made prints for the Bride and Groom to keep for themselves as 10"x8" as well as a set of greeting cards with the art of each of the homes on them for them to keep or use. 

Upon received them the Bride emailed me saying

" We put them in frames with mats that night and they look great! We cannot wait to give them to our parents. Honestly, its one of the things I'm most looking forward to with wedding festivities because I know these will be such special gifts."

That makes me so happy!

But I was even more blown away when they sent me the following photos after the wedding, showing how they included this portraits into the ceremony as well.  Wow what an honor!

I wish them both all the best together and thank them again for selecting me to create these special memories for them and their families.

Giving Old Frames New Life

My niece and nephew are participating in the upcoming TAGOL Kids Holiday Art Show.  They painted their fairly large 20x24 canvases a few weeks back and I have since varnished them in prep for the show. 

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But it was bugging me that the art pieces did not have frames, however it was not in the budget to spend a bunch of money on frames right now. 

But then a member of the Art Guild told me about a resale shop near my house that has all kinds of framed art for sale at a few bucks a piece.  So I took a ride over there today and sure enough they were right. 

I picked up two large framed pieces of art (just for the frames) and they cost me just $7.02.  Then I stopped at the hardware store and got some spray paint that will compliment their art and give their pieces a little extra pizzazz.  Brought all the supplies home and got to work. 

Here is how my nieces painting turned out. She titled it "Bumblebee's Holiday" (her and her brother were Transformers for Halloween and they would not budge on their art show pieces having their characters in them.)

Bumblebee's Holiday by MacKenzie: age 9

Bumblebee's Holiday by MacKenzie: age 9

And here is my nephew's:

Optimus Prime's Snow Day by Decklyn: age 5

Optimus Prime's Snow Day by Decklyn: age 5

I cant wait for the big gallery show day to see what all of the kids have created.  Should be a really fun exhibit!