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 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 by passing down the love of music to the next generation.

Today, like most Wednesdays, at 12:30, I FaceTimed the daughter of the person I hung out with the most in high school. We were pretty inseparable, my friend and I. We played in the band together. We would go to each other’s houses. We would ride around together in our cars, listening to Harry ConnickContinue reading “Create 6eauty by passing down the love of music to the next generation.”

Create 6eauty and travel through time—right in your laundry room.

The above is a piece I drew last year for my husband to put in his woodworking shop. We decided, however, that hanging it in the shop was not the best place, because it would get covered in sawdust. So, today, I chose to hang it up in our laundry room. Now, every time IContinue reading “Create 6eauty and travel through time—right in your laundry room.”

Beauty has many forms in a house full of boys.

As a mom of 4 quickly growing boys, I create beauty in different ways. What I may find beautiful, my boys may not, and vice versa. Today was “make a week’s worth of waffles” day. Every week, I make around 50 waffles (6 batches) so that I can keep them in the freezer so allContinue reading “Beauty has many forms in a house full of boys.”

Finished this pet portrait today!

I have been working on this pet portrait of Jerome for a friend of mine. This is an example of the kind of drawing I usually do. I have done several portraits of people’s pets. I have also drawn a pencil portrait of my husband’s grandfather. I enjoy drawing for the purpose of drawing andContinue reading “Finished this pet portrait today!”

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