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On the first day at Donna Downey’s studio, we were to prep file folders. Some had white Gesso, some had Black Gesso, and some had gray Gesso. We used Liquitex for the Gesso. The above folders are flowers in a vase that we drew with oil pastels. I had never used oil pastels before. The first folder on the left is my first attempt and I used the folder with gray Gesso. I have white and black Gesso but I have never seen gray Gesso before. You don’t have to use as much paint or pastels when you start with a mid-toned background. The file folder on the right has white Gesso on it. It was harder for me to use because I kept loosing the white spaces and I had to keep adding more and more dark oil pastels to create contrast. I haven’t really drawn anything that is an actual shape in about 18 years. It felt really good to create something and it actually look like the intended target. I probably stopped drawing because I am very detailed oriented and it took me forever to draw an accurate image. These file folders will all be bound together in an Art Journal.
I went to Benny Rappas Italian restaurant. These wine bottles were in the back parking lot suspened in a wooden frame. Very unusual.
If you are in North Myrtle Beach, SC anytime, you should eat at Benny Rappas. I eat my dessert first and I had snickers pie for an appetizer. It was the best I have ever eaten. Also, each night they change their menu, so if you live locally you wont get bored with the menu.
I took a class with Finnabair who is a designer for Prima Marketing. She is so amazing! I fell in love with her work. I took her class here in North Carolina and a month later I drove to Indiana to take another class. The art above is from the class I took in Indiana. I was supposed to have brought a vintage portrait of my grandparents. I do not have any of my vintage family photos, because my mother has them all. All I took with me was a magazine. I found the lady above in a fashion magazine and I new she was perfect.
I found a very talented artist on Instagram. Her name is Danial Powers and she loves to make ATCs which are so beautiful. I decided to ask her if she had any ATCs available and she had one. I created the ATC above so that I could trade with her. The background is made with a Tim Holtz texture fade called Ledger.
You can see more of Danial Power’s work here at her blog called Empress Dragon Arts.