Create 6eauty by searching for art you can strive to emulate.

In the summer I usually give at least one music lesson a week to someone who wants to get better at her instrument. I always recommend that she listen to a professional musician on that instrument to know what the goal sound should be. This summer, I was thinking about that in regards to pastels.Continue reading “Create 6eauty by searching for art you can strive to emulate.”

Create 6eauty by doing some prep work. Part 2.

In my last post, Create 6eauty by doing some prep work Part 1, I wrote about how the pastelist, Alain Picard, recommends to draw a thumbnail sketch to create the composition you are looking for and to understand the values of the reference photo. I decided to draw a thumbnail sketch of my son’s stuffedContinue reading “Create 6eauty by doing some prep work. Part 2.”

Create 6eauty by doing some prep work. Part 1.

Something I want to do this year is to draw portraits of my sons’ stuffed animals. Lately, I have been watching some YouTube videos to learn how to use pastels. My favorite pastelist to watch, so far, is Alain Picard https://youtu.be/Oppww0GLmSo. His work is amazing! I really like his impressionist style, but I also likeContinue reading “Create 6eauty by doing some prep work. Part 1.”

Create 6eauty by learning something new…

I absolutely love to create things. Sometimes I feel like I am good at it and sometimes I don’t. But I really like to create either way. I am happiest when I am making something. I get lost in the doing and the next thing I know 3 hours have passed. It is so muchContinue reading “Create 6eauty by learning something new…”

Create 6eauty by showing gratitude!

When we first moved back “home” to my husband’s hometown after his pharmacy schooling was complete, I did not take a job as a band director, because I knew we wanted to have a child within the year. And we did. After a few years, I began teaching children’s choir at church. The year wasContinue reading “Create 6eauty by showing gratitude!”

Create 6eauty by taking the time to fix things

I have been a substitute band teacher for the last week and half. I actually have a degree in music education, but after 4 1/2 years of teaching band, God gave me four boys to raise. Fast forward 11 years–my youngest went to pre-k, and I began helping out with the middle school band whereContinue reading “Create 6eauty by taking the time to fix things”

Create 6eauty by being vulnerable

With the encouragement of my husband, I went out and got some new pastels yesterday. The pastels I had were nice, but I had very limited colors. I had no red and only very light greens. So, I went to our local craft store and purchased several sets of pastels, a large clipboard, paper, andContinue reading “Create 6eauty by being vulnerable”

Create 6eauty to document places that are uniquely special to you.

Hello! It has been a while since my last post because I hurt my back. It is so difficult to create 6eauty in your home when it hurts to move. Thankfully, I am on the mend. It just took a little time. We are on spring break this week so I have more time toContinue reading “Create 6eauty to document places that are uniquely special to you.”

Creating 6eauty with the bread of life

Today was a rainy day, therefore, my boys’ sports practices were cancelled, which always makes for a nice surprise and a free evening. I had already planned on having spaghetti, which is my go-to dinner if I don’t feel like cooking anything fancy. Most of the boys like it and it is very easy toContinue reading “Creating 6eauty with the bread of life”

Hibernating 6eauty

Some time last fall, my husband and I went and got a pickup truck load of dirt and unloaded it on the edge of our yard outside our bedroom window. Since we moved here 11 years ago, I have wanted to put tons of flowers on that side of the house, so when we lookContinue reading “Hibernating 6eauty”

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