Sunday, October 14, 2012

Be Happy!

"be happy"
Mixed Media

Fun technique to try out for Mixed Media art. 

Joint Compound that you can get at local hardware store and various stuff to stamp and press into it. 

I started with a 6x6 canvas that was prepped with gesso and layered a thin layer of joint compound on it. I then took various stamping materials to press into it. The dotted lines under the hearts is from a hair comb and the flower motif is from a scrapbook border (paper card stock) that gave a good impression. The rest are stamps. 

After you get the stamping done, let it dry out for 48+ hours. Since it was on canvas it seem to dry a little slower, maybe I had it on too thick in some places. After it's dry, I put on a clear coat of acrylic spray. Then painted the base coat with fluid acrylic yellow, let dry, spray with clear acrylic, and then added the next color, wiped off areas where I wanted the yellow to show through and repeated the process.

Happy Sunday and "be happy" my Friends :)

Pueblo Mixed Media

Pueblo Mixed Media
Watercolor, Acrylic

Had fun playing with fluid acrylics and watercolor in this piece.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rookie Painter Challenge 37 Red Rose

Happy Father's Day! 

Brightened this baby up, cause it really needed it.... LOL :)

Red Rose
Sheila Estep

This was on my "to do" painting list but life had other plans on getting it done in time.... you know how it is :)   Neverless, this is dedicate to the one "I LOVE" my dear hubby, Happy Father's Day.

Have a wonderful Father's Day to all the Great Father's out there!

See all the other gorgeous paintings at Rookie Painter

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dont Stop for directions.. Lotus

22x30 Arches 140lb
Watercolor & Pastel
Sheila Estep

Picture taken outside for better lighting. 

Sharing what's on the easel, this one almost ended up as scrap. I began this a couple months ago and had a clear direction of where I was going with it but then I got some "advice" on what would look better.... and then it went way south from there.
Anyway, it sat around for awhile before I said "whatever!" it'll be whatever it will be, so I threw some pastels on it and added more watercolor to it and here we are. There still a few tweaks I want to do to it but I'm happy that it didn't end up as scrap.
So moral of the story is don't ask for directions when you already know where your going. :)
Happy Saturday!! 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Happy Sunday - Small Paintings


Some small watercolor paintings that was able to do here and there...

Have a Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Paint and Draw Together! Challenge 28

Spring is Here!
Sheila Estep

"Challenge # 28 - Spring is Coming"


Stopped by my other favorite painting challenge sites Paint and Draw Together. Glad I did, this Tulip photo is gorgeous! Thanks Lela!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rookie Painter - Challenge 36

Hi There!

Got some paint time in this weekend :)
At first I was a little resistant in painting challenge number 36.... it looked kinda hard... but I took the challenge! and here it is.

Have a wonderful week!
8.5" x 8"
Sheila Estep

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rookie Painter - March's Challenge

Hi All,

It's raining... damp...cold... and Great! I have time to post!  I always love the painting challenge site "Rookie Painter" because the photo's are fun to paint and high quality subject photos. 

Rainy Day Pears

Have a Great Day!

"Get the Lead Out Abstract"

Happy Sunday!

Some day's I just want to "get the lead out" and just paint something, mainly because I'm so impatient and limited on time and Dang it!, I just want to feel like I've accomplished something :-) 

Btw, when writing this, I thought 'what is the meaning of  "Get the Lead Out"?'

I didn't have a clue of it's origin and true meaning so I had to look it up and found this definition:

"is short for "Get the lead out of your ass/britches/butt/feet/
pants", which is long for "Move!" These expressions originated in
the U.S. circa 1930."
 "Get the Lead Out"
Mixed media of Acrylic,Watercolor, Caran d'Ache crayon, Spray Paint

This painting is for my husband office, should I share the true meaning of this painting with him? it essentially means "butt energy painting" LOL heeeheee! Ssshhhh!

Have a Glorious Sunday!

"Old" but "New" Dragonfly painting - Alma's Dragonfly

Hi There!

Gosh, I wanted to post this LAST year! LOL, oh well, life got in the way :-)

Alma's Dragonfly is a painting I did for my nephew Robbie and wife Alma. They always liked my other dragonfly painting I did and wanted one like it. For this one I wanted to experiment with different mediums, so I started it with Acrylic, then on to Watercolor and last touches were Pastel.

Top= 1st painting
Bottom = Alma's Dragonfly

As you can see here the differences between the two. (sorry about the bad lighting and reflections).

Alma's Dragonfly
22x30 Watercolor

Me below outside in the hot summer sun before it went home with them. (Gosh, I've got that, help I'm melting look :-)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Rookie Painter - December 2011 Challenge

Happy New Year!

Yay! I was able to carve out some time to paint so I headed over to my favorite painting challenge "Rookie Painter" for inspiration. I really like this site because the subjects chosen for the paintings are great and the photos are well done.