Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Here is the demo painting that I did this morning for Allied Artists West, a group of very talented and accomplished women artists. It can be intimidating to work in front of a group like this, but it went well and everyone was very gracious. I enjoyed it very much and have fun when I do these type of events. Jane Ferguson was very kind to photograph the progress of the painting and she sent them to me, so I have made a slide show. I think you can see how I draw with the "oiler boiler" from Cheap Joe's to establish my image. I just draw directly and what ever happens, c'est la vie! This sequence was done in an hour. Because the paint will run uncontrollably, I am working flat the whole time. After I got the painting home, I set it up and looked at it. There are a number of small adjustments I am planning to do before it gets stored away. I was thinking of doing that this evening after I finish this post, but I need to get another boost of energy!

I always try to share a lot with the group I am demonstrating for and they often share in return. Today I learned that Tap Plastic has the "oiler-boiler" bottles with the thin needle. Wow, that was fabulous information! Of course, they don't call it that cutsie name. I headed straight for the plastic store on my way home and got 8 more bottles. Now I can load them up with all kinds of colors ready to go.

I want to put some white lines in this painting. I went all over looking for white ink to no avail. I did get some scrapbooking gel pens that make a nice fine white line, but I would like to be able to use dip pens and sticks, etc. If anyone knows of a source, please let me know.

I almost forgot....I wore two of my orphaned earrings today. They were an interesting mismatch but fun!


Owen said...

He's marvellous. And what a fun way to paint. Brings back those finger paint days only a great deal more skill and technique is obvious in what you are doing :)

Brenda Yarborough said...

I wish you lived closer to me. . . I'd LOVE to attend one of your workshops!! Another incredible portrait on tyvek -- wow oh wow!! Btw, orphan earrings work well as hat pins/decor.

Terri Hill said...

The demo was fab. I learned so much. Even from your opening comment, "From your lips to God's ears"...what a great statement! I will be purchasing Dr. Martin's hydrus series to try as well as the oiler-boiler bottles from Tap. I am going to be implementing your suggestion to trace the lines from the photo, but then re-draw for the real painting. GREAT idea, especially for a slow drawer like me.

But the BIGGEST lesson was in being around your incredible energy. When I arrived to my painting group an hour later, they noticed the difference in my carriage! They said I had that energetic 'take charge' essence.

I am still energized this morning!

--terri hill

Myrna said...

Brenda, if you know of an art association in your area that sponsors workshops, perhaps you could tell them about me. Regarding the orphan earrings, I don't wear hats but perhaps I could make a charm bracelet out of them!

BMoon said...

The painting is even better, by far, than the original pic! So expressive. Beautiful.

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Anonymous said...

I'm am avid reader of your blog. Really inspiring stuff. White ink - Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink is quite opaque.


Trish said...

Do you always use the Dr martin Hydrus watercolors? or just for Tyvek? Is the Tyvek similar to Yupo paper? I really like the finished painting. How long did this whole process take?

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