Every artist is inspired by something, or someone. Sometimes it's the work of another artist. My friend Jalen Reed showed me his beautiful photography from his latest trip to Joshua Tree National Park. I was so memorized by his photos and wondered if I could incorporate my style with one of his desert scenes. Would a pour painting capture the desert drama? Well I took a leap of faith and went for it!
Jalen was able to capture the beauty of this heated dry landscape. The sky in this photo looks similar to one of my pour-paintings. Instead of the blue, I decided to give my painting a sunset sky. That way I could use some of my bronze and copper metallic paints, which are always dynamic in my paintings.
My pour painting was made from two batches of different combinations of colors..the sky and the ground. The ground had shades of cream, espresso, white and metallic bronze. The sky was made from cadmium orange, red, metallic orange, metallic copper and creamy white.
I studied Jalen's photo to capture the details of the foliage for my painting. I even had enough leftover paint in my cup to pour over a rock ! The painting was a success, thanks to my friend's beautiful photography. I've always believed there is no such thing as an original idea. We artist are inspired by someone else's creativity...and that's okay!
Friday night I was invited to teach in my hometown of Carlsbad, CA. Each time I am asked to come and teach at a private painting party, I am always grateful on the new friends I get to make. Teaching is fun for me and it's even more fun to see friends coming together and mixing art with conversation. These lovely ladies were so sweet and excited to learn how to paint with acrylics. They chose the "Lilacs in a Mason Jar" lesson.
For all S. Cal locals, I offer LIVE lessons. When you buy one of my painting kits, it comes with an HD private online video lesson that allows you to paint in the privacy of your own home. You get to pick the day and time. And you can pause me anytime you like!
I'm always blown away to see all the different versions of the same lesson. Each person puts their own style into their painting. No judging or competition going on, just lots of great conversation and compliments.
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It all started when I rinsed out my brushes and noticed the beautiful colors swirling around the water. It gave me an idea to transfer these colors on watercolor paper.
There was still something missing, so I decided to create a design on my Cricut Machine and transferred it onto the watercolor paper. I was more than happy with the finalized results!
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