Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Monday's Acrylic Class

On Monday’s class we worked on a Seascape painting. Both Pat and Carole finished the session with wonderful paintings.


Carole

Pat

Friday, 26 November 2010

20% off Everything

Etsy has developed Coupon Codes for their stores. To give this a try, I set up a coupon for use in my Etsy Store. It will run from now Friday November 26, 2010 until Friday December 3, 2010.

Here is the code for my first ever coupon. Enter the code during the check out procedure.

LCS0001    http://www.etsy.com/shop/paint1chris

I offer ACEO's, Original Artwork, Cards and Books/Journals

Friday, 19 November 2010

Thursday's Seascape Class

For Thursday night’s class I had two students: Adrian and Sandra. Adrian took the floral class with me a week earlier but I forgot to bring my camera. He very kindly brought his painting this week so that I can get a picture of his work. This was a challenging painting and I think Adrian did very well with the various techniques.



 
The seascape lesson also went very well and we have two beautiful paintings as a result.


By Sandra

By Adrian



Monday, 15 November 2010

Seascape Class

We worked on a Seascape today. Ronna's painting is full of movement and has a great depth to it.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Mohawk College Art Sale

My fellow students of the watercolour classes (and perhaps some students from other mediums) are offering our art work for sale.


13th Annual
Mohawk College Art Sale
Haddad Lounge (F-Wing)
135 Fennell Avenue West
Hamilton, ON L8N 3T2
Thursday, November 25, 2010
11:00 am to 8:00pm


Friday, 5 November 2010

Thursday's Class

I had some enthusiastic students again last night. The class went well and the work done was outstanding.


Julie’s landscape









and Sandra's landscape

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Watercolur - Live Model

We had a live model at our night school class on Monday. I’m always taking classes, for me it means that I’m always painting and I’m always learning. I think that’s very important to always learn.



Anyway, after many timed quick sketches we did a long study in watercolour.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Acrylic Painting Class at Michaels

I’m an authorized Grumbacher instructor for the painting classes at Michaels and I taught my first class today. I had two students and we worked on a landscape painting. Both of the students did wonderful jobs and are incorporating their own style into their work.

I’m quite proud of them.

Here is Tina’s painting

















And here is Ronna’s painting


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Treasury for Mitochondrial Disease

I am honoured to be included in this treasury created by cindylouwho2. Cindy is a fantastic jewellery designer and it is worth checking her shop out.
Mitochondrial disease is a serious neuromuscular disorder involving cellular energy deficiency, caused by a genetic defect. This is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week, and GREEN is the colour! Learn more about mitochondrial disease (“mito”) here: http://www.mitoaction.org/mito-faq 10% of her sales are donated to MitoAction, a support and awareness group for mitochondrial disease.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

The Making of a Halloween ACEO

I joined another swap with my friends at Acetsy: ACEO Etsy Street Team. The theme was Halloween. I got my idea from the Grim Reaper but with a small twist. For the scull I used one of the Crystal Skulls (aliens). I started with a card painted black. The skull was created with a light wash of white acrylic to a more intense white. I highlighted some areas with iridescent white.

My steps are below from my thumbnail on a scrap of paper to the finished product.


Wednesday, 18 August 2010

ACEO Swap - Mermaids

One of the groups I belong to ACEO Etsy Street Team sponsored an ACEO swap. The theme was mermaids. I decided to join the swap and thought I would blog about how I did my card. With this in mind, I completely forgot to take photographs for the step-by-step progress. So now I need to make sure that I’m totally clear in my instructions.

I took a piece of paper towels and separated the plies. Using metallic paint in copper and peridot, I painted the one of the plies of paper towel. When the paint was dry, I cut out the shape of the tail end of the mermaid and then glued it to my card with matte medium. My card already had a background on it that I did last year during the winter – Ice Painting. I then painted in the mermaid’s back. Once that was dry, I placed some moulding paste over part of the mermaid’s body to make it look like it was in the water. I added some blue and white for the water and then to finish it off, I added some glitz with glimmering fabric paint.

To do the Ice Painting background you need to have a cold winter. It needs to be cold enough for the paint to freeze while it is mingling but not too cold that I freezes before I gets a chance to mingle. Timing is everything. Use a 90lb hot press watercolour paper. Have some spray bottles of three different colours of watered down acrylic paint and a spray bottle of clear water. Spray the paper with the water and then with the various colours. Pick the paper up and move the paint around while it is mingling. Then go inside and warm up. The paint freezes while it dries and will hold the lovely texture that Mother Nature created.


Friday, 30 April 2010

TeamMike

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am participating in Great Ride 'n' Stride 2010 (I'm doing the Stride part) to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society. The walk here in Burlington is on Sunday May 2nd.

So far, our team has collected in online donations $7,695.00. My online collection is $660.00 plus an additional $220.90 in cash donations. You can follow how well I am doing at the Canadian Cancer Society webpage.

In addition to participating in this fundraiser, I will donate 15% of any sale made from both my Etsy and ArtWanted stores to the Canadian Cancer Society in honour of my brother Mike, who recently lost his battle with this disease.

I have also set up a permanent store where 100% of the profits will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. The TeamMike store sells bookmarks and only bookmarks.

The money raised helps fund leading-edge cancer research that is improving cancer treatments, preventing cancer and saving lives; provide reliable and up-to-date information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; offer vital community-based support services for people living with cancer and their families; and advocate for healthy public policies.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

World Wide Rave - A Book Review

I couldn’t sleep last night so I reached down and picked one of the books from the pile on the floor beside my bed. I thought I had picked the perfect book that would put me to sleep within the first half hour. Five hours later, I finished reading World Wide Rave Creating Triggers That Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories by David Meerman Scott.

World Wide Rave is about increasing your web presence by creating messages that go viral. You know the ones…you told 5 friends and they told 5 friends and they told 5 friends and so on.
This book captured my attention fast. It is well written and had numerous ideas on how to create your own World Wide Rave. In each segment, Scott provides techniques that others have used to their advantage. The techniques and challenges made me want to get busy starting a World Wide Rave of my own. I’m going to try an ebook –a small one for now to see if I can create at least a ripple.
World Wide Rave Creating Triggers That Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories
David Meerman Scott, Copyright 2009
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISBN 978-0470-39500-4
CDN $27.95 (US $22.95)


Monday, 22 March 2010

Canadian Cancer Society

I am participating in Great Ride 'n' Stride 2010 (I'm doing the Stride part) to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society. The walk here in Burlington is on Sunday May 2nd.

In addition to participating in this fundraiser, I will donate 15% of any sale made from both my
Etsy and ArtWanted stores to the Canadian Cancer Society in honour of my brother Mike, who is currently fighting this disease. You can follow how well I am doing at the Canadian Cancer Society webpage.

The money raised from this event helps fund leading-edge cancer research that is improving cancer treatments, preventing cancer and saving lives; provide reliable and up-to-date information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; offer vital community-based support services for people living with cancer and their families; and advocate for healthy public policies.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

New portfolio

I have put some of my work on ArtWanted. There you will find some of my paintings as well as some of my photography. My photography work is pretty amateurish and is really intended as some source material for future paintings.

My sister also has posted some of her photos – she is much better than I am.

Quite often we will go out together for these Art Trips. She takes about 100 pictures to my 10.