Category Archives: painting

I finished painting those Christmas balls!

I finally finished painting those balls I began earlier. Five are going as Christmas gifts to friends and family. I am keeping one for myself and I’m also doing a trade with the uber talented Shayla Maddox for one of her hand painted balls.

And I’m aware that the sound is not the greatest in this video. Blame it on the giant pimple! 😉

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Hope you’ll all enter the end of year art giveaway worth $165 of handmade by me goods!

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Hand painting Christmas balls or is it really about sex?

Each year, well almost every year I sit down and paint Christmas balls for gift giving as I finally did finish setting up that area in the living room to paint at earlier this week. I needed an area that could remain creatively messy. Thus far I’ve painted four Christmas balls and sadly have run out of Varathane to top coat them with. I’ll need to make a run to the hardware store this weekend. Yes, I use hardwood floor varnish on any piece that I paint with acrylic.

I think painting is like riding a bike. You really don’t forget how to do it but it does take about four balls to get back into the groove of making those itsy bitsy paint strokes. I use Kroma Artist Quality Acrylic made on Granville Island in Vancouver and you can only buy it there to. It’s a wonderful milky acrylic and heavily pigmented for a brilliant colour and a smooth finish.

These are some finished balls I’ve painted from years gone by that I’ve kept for myself. I think I’ve painted close to 150 different balls that family and friends now have and decorate their trees with.

And this just made me laugh to much not to post this here on the blog!

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Handpainted boxes and getting messy

Something happened over the last month and my handpainted boxes began selling on Etsy. This makes me smile as I love painting little boxes to hold your precious items in.

retro-turquoise-boxes

I’m setting up a painting station in the living room directly between the sunroom to the right and studio on the left just beside the bookshelf. I need an area that can get messy with needing to be cleaned up.

living-room

Although, I have a large studio every inch of it is used for something other than messy creative work. I have the computer desk for the 27″ iMac; the printing table with two printers, the drafting table which is used as my cutting and packaging area, all of which can not have water, paint or bits of paper, sandpaper, wood, dust or paintbrushes hanging around on their surfaces.

rustic-infatuation-boxes

So, I’m expanding into the living room today and I’ll be painting directly underneath an illustration I created years ago entitled:

old-men-in-tree

The Old Men in the Tree
who’ll grant you a wish…
one
two
three…

Each box set is listed in the Handpainted boxes and objects section of my art shop.

And it’s an Art Box – a Homeless One at That

Update – This box has since sold! Thank you! Other one of a kind boxes are available in this section of my shop.

The nameless ones

I painted this box to go with a series of three paintings, I finished in late 2008, entitled The Nameless Ones.

This Nameless One’s box has to be my most viewed and most favorited listing on Etsy. It’s been viewed close to 4000 times. And I do wonder why it hasn’t sold yet. I even did a kick-ass job with the photography as it’s graced the front page of Etsy numerous times which could indeed account for some of it’s high view numbers.

The nameless ones

It is hand painted by me, with India ink and the finest artist quality acrylic. This box has been gessoed, sanded and varnished three times for durability.

Box Dimensions – 2 11/16 by 2 5/8 inches or 68mm by 66mm

The nameless ones

If you buy this box and mention this blog post in the message to seller upon checkout I will ship one, 5×5 inch print, from the Nameless One’s series, of your choice, with it. Happy Friday!

Moody Blue

Moody Blue

I have been decorating, giving as gifts and selling little miniature boxes for over 15 years. When I think about that, it makes me smile. It feels good to know that I can stick with something!

There is only one thing that has stayed with me through sickness and health and that is the gift of art; the urge to continue creating unique little insane one of a kind treasures. Or in this case, a little box to hold your secrets.

Box Dimensions – 1 1/2″H by 2 1/8″W or H-3.8cm by W-5.4cm

Moody Blue

This rounded unique maple wood turned box has been gessoed, sanded, meticulously decorated with India ink and artist quality acrylic, rubbed with a honey colored stain inside and out then varnished three times for durability.

Moody Blue

Moody Blue is signed on it’s bottom.

Moody Blue

What did I put into a box?

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Eye in Cognito

Eye in Cognito

size – 4 by 6 inches with a tiny white border where it had been taped down to keep it flat while drawing :)
materials – Windsor & Newton Watercolor, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils on Arches watercolor paper.

Thanks for looking!

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