Cheerful Cherries!

Hello friends! For this weeks time-lapse I’m sharing a painting I did about a month or more ago, it was the first time I tried Golden Open Acrylics. They are a slow drying acrylic paint that I had been wanting to try for a while.

I have actually done quite a bit of experimenting with this paint since I recorded this and I really like these paints. I will have a review on these tomorrow on YouTube, and soon here on the blog, but for now enjoy this quick video. Feel free to recreate this in oils, gouache or even regular acrylics if you don’t have the paints I used.

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Usually on Sunday I share a painting or drawing in my sketchbook for Sketchbook Sunday and I have been painting but my two most recent paintings done have been oils and I couldn’t get a good photo as they are still wet but I will be sharing those shortly. I found oil painting to be very meditative and relaxing these days. And also bread making. I have a pan of cinnamon rolls rising right now! What creative things have you been working on? I believe we need these creative outlets now more than ever. Pick up a guitar, a paintbrush or a skein of yarn and enjoy the slow and quiet joy of being creative. Til next time happy crafting!

Forgot to post this yesterday… Hyacinth in Acrylics… Strange Days, huh?

Hi friends! I hope you’re well. This is weird, my kids schools have closed, supermarkets have empty shelves and at a time where I most want to invite friends over and commiserate we are told to keep to ourselves. I worked on a serious couch dent this weekend flipping between CNN, local news and Facebook to see what was canceled and how many confirmed cased were popping up in Maine and I have decided to turn off all the screens and work in the studio today (that is after assigning chores to my surly teens who will no doubt badger me to go somewhere or see friends.) I am lucky, I work from home so my disruption will be limited. I feel for families who are struggling to find childcare or miss work and risk losing income. I feel bad for small business like restaurants who will lose business or be forced to close. These are strange times. Take care of yourselves and each other. We will get through this. How about a fun distraction? Let’s paint a Hyacinth in Acrylics!

The real time version of this lesson is in Critique Club which is a $5 a month membership group which allows you to upload 2 paintings you are working on for an in depth critique. I don’t feel right promoting something for sale today so I am making the real-time version lesson a free preview for now so anyone can enjoy it regardless of your ability to pay. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the lesson “March 2020 Bonus Lesson #1: Hyacinth” and you can watch it free of charge. Please share this with anyone who need a distraction during these strange times. Below is the sped-up version.

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It’s normal to feel “off” during these uncertain times. Art is a wonderful antidote, it will take your mind off worry and help you relax. If you have kids at home share the crafty love. Remember all of the tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel are G-rated and safe to have on with little ones around and a heck of a lot less stressful to listen to than the news. Stay informed and be safe of course but take care of yourself mentally too. We are all in this together. Happy crafting!

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