Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


 As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am enrolled in a formal art program this fall. Truly rewarding is the best way to describe this experience. I am learning a lot, but I think the best part is interacting with people who are so different than I am. It is a refreshing change.  Painting started out with a still life. My first attempt was the one on the left. The colors were definitely too saturated and recognizable.  It was an effort to learn how to mix and apply oils.  Then to paint without drawing.......that was challenging as the eraser is my favorite tool.......It evolved to the one below. Definitely, a great experience in light and shadow.

 Getting ready for critique!
I am fortunate enough to have James in my 3D design class as well as my painting class. He took an independent study with Andrew our painting instructor this summer. He also states that painting is "his medium". I agree as this is his painting on the right and this is not the finished product. It was awesome!
Tom is a retired kindergarten teacher. He has been with me since drawing last semester and he is so much fun to have in class. He has a sarcastic sense of humor that keeps the class lively and fun. I love his rendition of the trash can behind the bison skull! Such great attention to depth, volume, light and shadow!

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