Wednesday, February 9, 2011

This is going to be my next setup for my upcoming oil
painting. Called "Whisper of Angels" 
It is a WIP. At the moment i'm working on the drawing.
I just love angels. I'll be posting my WIP as I go.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

This is one of my first pen and ink line drawings. Drawn in 1994.
The Great Smoky Mountain steam engine.
This is my very first ever painting. Painted back in 1976. It has some moister damage to it. But considering how old it is and all the travels it has been threw.
I was in the 10th grade when I painted this 16x20 in Acrylic.  In 1979, I entered it in a senior Art and Craft competition and won 1st place in paintings, and it went on to win 2nd in North Carolina Western State division. An awesome feeling for a 17 year old.

Painting in a dark room

Paint like the masters do...something I have learned from taken this wonderful course with The Carder Method, is that he teaches you to work in a blacken out room. NO glare anywhere!  Suggest that you paint the room all black top and bottom.
Some folks may not be able to have a studio, so here is a little idea I've done to get by until I have completed building my studio.

May sound a little funny, but it works. I blacken all my walls like this: I bought several king size BLACK flat sheets, then I fed a heavy cord though the top part like a curtain.  After that I had my husband screwed in hook screws for me to hang the end of the cords on. Now I can slide them open at my window area when I need to, or I push the sheets to the corners of the room. My reason for using sheets is because I'm having to use my daughters bedroom, for now which is my guess room too. Being, I don't think my guess would want black painted walls in there room . Just slide the sheets to a corner when company comes.
I know a few other artist that uses black paper, so they to don't have to paint the walls.

This idea works great for my tempo studio!


Great Idea for your "Left over" oil paints

This is a great way to make use of all those little piles of oil paint that we have left after completing our main painting.  Instead of just throwing those little piles of paint into the trash, why not take what ever colors you are left with, and do a little master piece. Its holds, lots of fun in it, and very relaxing after working on a stressful project.
Who knows what one might come up with.  Could be a treasure.

If you like this Ideal, please let me know..I would love to see your little master piece's.  Let's see how many each of us can come up with over the year, 2011.  Who knows, you maybe surprised with what you will find.

Have fun!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"The Carder Method"

Like to share with you a great instructional DVD on Oil Painting!

You will find that Mark Carder is a "Outstanding teacher". If you needing some
help just getting started in oil painting or even if you have been a painter for
sometime, this is a must DVD to own. You will learn so much from it, that you
will not want to quit painting...his technique's is so easy to understand. You
will learn the old masters way of painting. Also, the technique will send you
on you way to realistic oil painting, and best of all, it will teach your eyes to

Click on the title: "The Carder Method" above, and it will take you straight to his

Have any questions, please let me know.  I'll be glad to help the best I can.
Below, you will find my most recent painting using the "TCM"
thank you...

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