How I make grids on canvas
I now begin every custom pet painting with a grid as I learned from painting dog Nakita.
The ruler is a quilting ruler, if you’re wondering. If you need straight lines for any project,
this type of ruler beats the school ruler hands down for ease of use!
1. After adding my own layer of gesso, I take out my ruler and pencil in one-inch squares.
2. Using an app, I add a layer of squares onto the digital photo of the pet I’m painting.
3. Once the grid is penciled, I can draw the cats onto these canvases.
The unique part of these cat paintings are that they are going to be done in “goofy style,” not “realistically.” The lines will blur when I add the acrylic skins and papers. The grid will still help as I paint and collage in the cats. I’ll show you how I keep using grids in later blog post.
If you’d like to see some of the custom dog and cat paintings I’ve done, please visit my
webpage about them. Click on these sentences to see and get a free ebook of how to
work with me for your custom pet painting.
This is the 2nd quilt ruler I have because my blue one was in storage. As you can see, it doesn’t have the lines across in grid style, which makes using this particular ruler very difficult when measuring out smaller than an inch increments. It’s in my studio…but it will spend more time hanging out than being used. If you want a quilt ruler, try to find a version of my favorite one!
Nakita was the last custom dog painting I ever drew free handed. I spent extra hours repainting her doggy smile. I learned quite a lot from painting her…including that
Cheating with a grid is ok!
I now begin every custom pet painting with a grid.
If you’d like to see some of the custom dog and cat paintings I’ve done, please visit my webpage about them. Click on these sentences to see and get a free ebook of how to work with me for your custom pet painting.
Well, dogs and cats are loving. They want to be adopted into safe and loving homes.
When they are, these dogs and cats guarantee that you will be loved. Every dog and cat have so much love to give!
El Refugio is a very special place for dogs and cats in Costa Rica. Some of these dogs and cats are truly rescued from very sad experiences. Volunteers work from behind the scenes to in person to help and support every dog and cat possible.
El Refugio holds spay and neuter events as they try to educate the communities that this is the best way to control the numbers of roaming dogs and cats in the rainforest jungle. As foreigners move in and out of the communities, El Refugio provides resources to help dogs and cats find and keep homes in and out of the community and Costa Rica.
El Refugio truly is a special and unique dog and cat shelter. Andy and I love dogs and cats. We will be adopting new family members from El Refugio, but in the meantime, we enjoying supporting them!
El Refugio’s official words:
'The goal of El Refugio is to improve the welfare of dogs and cats through rescue efforts, low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, education programs, and community outreach, with a focus of rescuing and rehabilitating homeless, abandoned, and injured dogs and cats."
For more visit this link: elrefugiocostaballena.com
You can see some of their characters Instagram @elrefugiocostaballena
5% of my painting sales go to support El Refugio. The dogs and cats send their thank yous!
11 Advantages Of Sketchbook Practice Over A Painting Studio Practice:
I’ve been here before. It’s ok if I’m not painting. I’m in transition. As long as I can sketch, I’ll be ok. Besides, my Painting Studio Practice will thank me later as I’ll have so many ideas that I can hardly wait to be in there!
Want to see more of my sketches? Head on over to Instagram and follow me @angelinemarieartist
If you’d like to see how my sketchbooks influence my painting, Lisa Call shared photos of my sketchbooks and a little about how I data mine through them here:
Artists and Their Sketchbooks by Lisa Cal
5 Questions Answered by Keeping a Sketchbook
I recently realized that I need a Sketchbook Practice before I have a Painting Art Studio Practice.
I love painting. I want to know what to paint. Knowing what to paint helps me get into a roll while in my studio instead of walking In circles, wondering what to paint.
The last time my art painting studio was in limbo, I filled sketchbooks at a rate of one per month. These sketchbooks helped me paint for hours when my studio was set up and ready to use! Now, my dream art studio is in limbo…so sketching is what I can do now!
If you’d like to see some of my sketches and maybe words from previous years, you click through these:
3 Artist Must Haves mentions sketchbooks
Watch on YouTube here: Sketching Drawing at Frida Kahlo Exhibit at Dali Museum
Via this channel.
I had no idea that the 21st century office space designs are actually designs that began in the 5th century...1,500 years ago with monasteries!
The article linked here, How the Needs of Monks and Empire Builders Helped Mold the Modern Day Office by Beth Daly, [ https://theconversation.com/how-the-needs-of-monks-and-empire-builders-helped-mold-the-modern-day-office-146390 ] is full of design history about office spaces. It helps explain some of the (awful!) office designs we work in.
Now, as we work from home, office design is slowly changing. We don’t know if the changes will be permanent...but we’re all on the design ride together: Zoom, WebEx, microphones, telephones, headsets...laptops, working at the kitchen counter...being ordered back to the office....
Want a “Work From Home and I’m Free” double sided custom desk sign for yourself or a friend? To see samples and get your own, go here! We can work together to get one sent to print and later
What’s new between my art table from November to now?
Lights so I can work even at night and during rainy days… Hooks to find scissors and ruler and paint can opener easily….
Gloss gelling (aka wood varnish) my favorite color wheel to keep paper from disintegrating… A stool for being able to work even when tired….
Life is good. Pura vida.
Special thank you and tons of brownie points belong to my better half Andy.
Want to see how my art table painting space looked before these upgrades? Click this sentence.
Want to see a small part of my old painting studio? This video shows my old studio, the one we let go to move to Costa Rica. The easel and other things are currently in storage for my new future studio. It describes what you can expect during an art demo. You can find it by clicking on this paragraph.
As we set ourselves up in our new home, we throw away a lot of packaging.
I am also missing my studio, as most of it is in a Florida storage unit a few thousand miles away from Costa Rica.
Between trash and missing my supplies…I look at many things with an eye to reusing and repurposing. Sooo…the packaging!
I saved pieces of flat plastic because although small, they are perfect for stencils!
As I love staring out at the super tall trees at our new home, the tops of these trees became a simple subject to begin my new hand cut stencil collection.
To test them, I experimented, of course.
Packaging here in Costa Rica is very different than in the USA. There’s a lot less packaging here. I’m on a search for a packaging that I can use for stencils that is easier to find, and larger, than the little box used here.
To see some of my stencils that are in my Florida storage unit, click on through these links:
Dragonflies stencil in progress
How to reuse the wrappers (I used to) that were on my art drop freebies
If you’d like to see some of my hand carved stamps, too, you might enjoy my Luxury Lucky Cats Collection that I’m sending via email to friends. I keep all emails a secret and you can get an inside look at my almost secret collection of Luxury Lucky Cats.
Drawing, painting both analog and digital, and other artsy things while living in Costa Rica.
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