Thursday, January 30, 2014

Art Lesson: Sketch Page of a Cardinal.


Today I am sharing a sketch page on cardinals.

I had a request to paint some of these,
so I drew one first, to get their proper body shape.

Here it is:

Adding paint makes them stand out more.

Who doesn't love the bright red of the cardinal against a fresh snowfall.

Of course, cardinals are beautiful any time of the year!

Until next time, keep sketching;
and thanks for stopping by.

As always, these sketch pages are free for use, just not for resale.

(To copy these pages, click on the image, right click, and then click on "copy".

Open up Microsoft Word and right click on the screen, and then click "paste".
 The image should paste onto the page.

You can then click "print".
If you have difficulties or suggestions, please let me know.)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Free Vintage Images: Wildlife - Deer and Chalkboard Fox.


It has been so bitter cold here the last couple of weeks,
I just couldn't get myself to post a snowy winter scene.

I am already cold sitting here:
I need to heat up some hot water for tea on the woodstove.
I wish I could share some with you.

I decided to share some wildlife images instead.

Here is a beautiful scene of deer resting in a group.

Here it is in black and white.

Here it is antiqued.

I also found this fun chalkboard image of a fox chasing a duck.

 Isn't it a fun one?

Of course, you are free to use these as you like since they are from books that were published in the late 1800's.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Art Lesson: The Face of a Cow.

Even before I married a farmer and we bought our farm,
I have always loved farm animal housewares.

Having cows just made me like them especially more.

I don't like the bull up in the barn, but this metal one can stay.

 There is something quaint about old farm scenes:
such peaceful living, although I'm sure it was much harder work in that day.

I love taking pictures of the cows.
They have such sweet faces.

I made up a page on how to sketch a cow's head.

I'll make another one up for the rest of the body sometime soon;
the head was enough of a lesson on it's own.

Feel free to print this page up and use it as you'd like,
just not for resale.

(To print this teaching sketch page, click on the image, right click, and then click on "copy".

Open up Microsoft Word and right click on the screen, and then click "paste".
 The image should paste onto the page.

You can then click "print" to use them for yourself or home-school groups, etc, just not for resale.)
If you have difficulties, questions, or suggestions, please let me know.)

I have been working on some demanding projects in the past few weeks,
and I hope to share them soon....
and be back more often.
I really do hope so!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Instead of Clay...

I am sure most of us have been working on putting the Christmas things away in these first weeks of January.

If you are anything like me, things will fall, things will break,
and decisions about whether to keep or toss items will be part of the process.

Before anything goes into the trash, however.
consider this great use of plumber's putty.
It works very quickly, is super strong,
and seems to stick to just about anything.

(Be sure to wear some type of gloves, like the ones I have on,
as this putty is harmful to the skin.  Read the warnings).

This donkey from our nativity set was saved.
After applying the putty and letting it set,
I painted the ear to match the other.

This stuff is also great to use in place of many of the clays that are available.
I have has issues with clays that just don't seem very durable or to want to stay adhered.

I wanted to make a special ornament for my son this year since I couldn't find what I was looking for and really wanted to personalize it anyhow.

I used the plumber's putty to create the parts of the dragon I wanted to look 3D on my ornament.

When the putty was dry,
I coated the whole lid ornament with Plaster-of-Paris mixed with paint to give a more even look.

Then I painted...

...and painted until... was finished.

On the back, I printed up in very small print the verses which my son loves to read.

"For God is my King of old,
working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength:
thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
Thou breakest the heads of leviathan in pieces,
and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness."
Psalm 74: 12-14

How about you?  Have you got all your Christmas decorations away now?

Thanks for stopping by!