Easy as Pie!

Hi friends! What a weird week. Anytime we have a Monday holiday my schedule goes out the window. I have been working on some larger paintings for a class I am taking which has cut into my video creating time so I didn’t have a Sketchbook Sunday video but I did film a time-lapse of this slice of pie. It was the last piece of pie we bought at a bake sale to support out local cub scouts and I thought it looked so pretty so I decided to take a break and paint it!

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I used Mungyo watercolors for this, I have been getting requests to review these for years and I finally found a set to buy on amazon. So far I think them but they remind me a lot of the Jane Davenport and Prima watercolors. I need to do a brighter painting with these before I review them but so far so good! BTW Ifound some really cheap and awesome pencil extenders on amazon, they were 3 for $2.79 and free shipping and I don’t have prime but they still came fairly quickly!

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I think whenever you feel inspired to paint you should! Even if you only have a few minutes. Those glimmers of inspiration are precious and often don’t come around when you have endless hours to create so seize them when they do! You can get more done in a limited time than you think.  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Sunday: Raspberry Turnover in a Buttery Flaky Crust!

Hi friends! This, I think, is my favorite Sketchbook Sunday sketch!

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I enjoyed every minute of its creation (and even moment of the real pastries destruction LOL!) I snapped a photo of the pastry for you as well. Don’t mind my work desk debris.

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Watch the video for a time-lapse demo:

In case you want to see the bloopers from the Dysarts ad with the funny couple I mentioned it’s here, and here is the SNL spoof if it. *I have no idea if anyone outside of Maine will find this funny buy I cry laugh every time I watch it LOL!

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What are you drawing today? Let me know in the comments below and if you know a friend who would enjoy this please share it or pin it on Pinterest using one of the handy social sharing buttons below, thanks! Til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Freshly Baked Cookie Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I baked a sumptuous batch of vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and decided to draw one before they all got gobbled up! It is a calorie free way to extend the pleasure of sweets!

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I really enjoyed drawing this so I probably spent longer than needed on this drawing/painting but I was having so much fun I didn’t want to stop! You can see the time-lapse in the video below. I spent about an hour and a half on this drawing.

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Did this tutorial make you want a cookie? I might need to make another batch LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Donuts 2.0 Live Painting Tutorial & Starving the Inner Critic…

Howdy friends! I am very excited to paint with you today, after a project I was not happy with I came up with this for today’s tutorial:

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Originally I planned to paint 3 donuts on a board. I was using a few reference photos and it started off strong but in the end the result was flat and I was frustrated.

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I wondered if it was just me so I asked a few trusted friends what they thought and the word “flat” was mentioned several times so I knew I had to go back to the drawing board but I had no big desire to paint this again and if I am not excited to paint it again why would you be?

I wanted to take a moment and talk about self-doubt and criticism.

We all want to improve and the longer you paint the easier it is to slip into a plateau. Every so often you enter a pocket of growth and things are wonderful. It’s that feeling of learning something new and advancement that keep us addicted to our craft. The dark side is when we level off or even back slide on a project that can make the nasty inner critic come out to play. One thing that helps me be gentler on myself is to pretend I didn’t paint it. I can let the time I invested in a painting or the frustration I felt (I used masking fluid on this, y’all know my thought on that!) while working on it and it can really alter your perspective. if a student of friend showed me this panting I would see the all of the good stuff, the rich color, the joyful spirit and the rustic texture on the wood. I’d like it if I didn’t paint it LOL! I look at it and start Monday-morning-quarterbacking it:

  • Ack, why did I use masking fluid, it would have looked just as good to use an acrylic paint pen or gouache for the sprinkles!
  • Why did I paint the background so light? Now I can’t have a chocolate donut.
  • For goodness sake, sharpen your pencil, you have a sharpener right there, look at those messy lines!

I would NEVER allow a student to be so hard on themselves and when I think that if I criticize my art a student could see this and think “well, if that painting isn’t good enough then mine isn’t either.” Now, that my friend is a sure-fire way to shut up that nasty little judge in my mind for good. It’s important to improve and grow. There are several things I am changing to the painting we are doing today because it will look better and be quicker. We should only criticize our work to help up improve, not to berate ourselves. We can honestly look at our work for what it is without taking it personally but let’s not be mean to ourselves because other people are watching. If you are painting and you say it’s not good and your children or grandchildren hear you they may be discouraged from trying, especially if it looks great to them! When we are kinder to ourselves we are also kinder to those who we love and are influenced by us and I think that is a great reason to fire out inner critic and retrain him for work in quality control.

And now, Let’s paint!

You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with other fun painters in the community or ask me questions during the live stream be sure to tune in at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

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  • Watercolors: SHINHAN I recently bought these paints after several viewers asked me to review them and I really like them, I did both donut paintings with them and they are a steal! I will post a review once I have used them more and investigated some of the pigments I am not familiar with. I used colors with pigments known to be lightest in this painting. Colors used: Red, Brown, Ultramarine, Permanent yellow deep, Raw Umber, Viridian, optional-white. I have the 30 color SHINHAN set $25.73  but the 13 color set for $13.91 can be used if you substitute raw umber for yellow ocher so you can try out these paints for even less money. Per tube the 30 color set is the best deal tho.
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  • Watercolor paper
  • Optional: White gel pen or posca pen and Colored pencils
  • pattern

I also wanted to let you know that it’s August (in case you don’t have a calendar hahaha) and that means I have new original art for sale in the shop. Prices start at $40 and USA shipping is included ($10 for international) and is available for the month of August on a first come, first served basis. Click here to see this months paintings!

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I hope you will paint along with me at 12:30pm ET! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I think I enjoy drawing food more that eating it! Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I am so glad that drawing food isn’t fattening or I would be in trouble because I think drawing food is way more satisfying that eating it and the enjoyment lasts longer! I spent a little over an hour on this mixed media sketch of a slice of pizza.

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I also re-homed my gouache paint. I had originally stored them in individual plastic boxes with lids because they cracked and fell out of a traditional palette and I didn’t want to waste them but I liked having them ready to go when I wanted to paint. I don’t want to bother with unscrewing tubes of paint, I am that lazy. You can see how I had them stored here. But as they dried out I realized that I did not need that much space to store them and I wanted to be able to access all of my colors at once and have them fit more compactly on my table so I went to Harbor Freight last night and found a little 18 compartment box for under $3 that would do the trick. I would have rather had a 24 compartment box but those were huge so I decided to combine colors that had the same pigments and left my 3 least used colors (black, grey and “flesh tone”) in their individual boxes. The only other drawback was that the compartments were removable so I had to glue in the dividers (Iused hot glue) to make a seal so the paint couldn’t run underneath it if got juicy. Make sure you do that if you decide to use this as gouache storage.  I did see this palette that looked like it would be a good option as the wells go all the way up to the lid but I didn’t want to spend the $10 LOL! I also added a few drop of glycerin in each pan to keep it from cracking in the future, I think after a few more uses they may settle into a nice solid cake so when I run out and refresh my paint with a new set I will add glycerin in from the get go. About 5 drops per tube and stir it in with a toothpick, use less if using less than a tube. You can see the new palette set up in the video as well as the painting demo.

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The thing I really like about using gouache and Prismacolors is that what you see is what you get when you look st the pencil lead or dry paint, there is little or no color shift so you can work quickly and with confidence. What are you working on today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

 

How to Paint a Burger // Sketchbook Sunday

Hi friends! I had so much fun drawing today’s sketchbook Sunday piece for you today!

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Best of all I did this with all inexpensive producs from Arteza! Watch the video to see it come together!

Supplies from Arteza  *Save10% on their already low prices with coupon code: PROMO10 on these, or other supplies from Arteza  *Affilate links used

Birthday Week Deal! Any Class for $42!

I turned the big 4-2 this week so I thought it would be fun to put all of my courses on sale for $42 for a week. Use coupon code HB42 to get the discount! Just click “Add Coupon” after clicking to enroll and add HB42 in the box, or simply click on the class you want below and it will take you to the discounted price. You can also get a 46% off discount of payment plans if that fits your budget better. I had a lot of interest in my older classes recently so now you can grab them for a song. If you click on one of the thumbnails below the discount code will already be applied:)

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This offer is good through 7/20/18. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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