Yes, I meant to say "Bless" not "Bliss." There are times when you just need to paint something you love, and this was one of those times. I've made it no secret that out local bakery, De Azucar has blessed me by allowing me to put my art in their bakery since they opened their doors in January of 2013. The owner, Angie Lopez, and I have become friends. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to see her intentionally support other local businesses besides myself. Because of her family's hard work and dedication to our community, I wanted to give them a special thank-you gift. Their Bakery's 3 year anniversary seemed like the right occassion.
Since I know so many of us love to see the process of how things are made, I wanted to share the steps I took to complete this piece.
I started by penciling in the bakery cases, workers, customers and furniture. I knew that I wanted my focal point to be the pastries themselves so I took the most time in that part of the sketch.
I used a mixture of looking at online images of people and using my poseable figure for positioning the people. This part always takes me the longest as for years I made the mistake of avoiding drawing people…so now it stretches me.
The yellow is where I masked off some of the areas that I wanted to protect when painting. This allows me to not have to be so careful when painting in the backgrounds and surrounding areas. It's an easy way of preserving some whites.
I did underpaintings first of various areas of color and decided that in this case I wanted to leave the less detailed, softer areas of the painting for last.
I work messy, what can I say?
Here it is finished. I like the welcoming look of the piece as if you could just walk on in the door with the sunshine.
In hindsight, one thing I would change is that I would have liked to put some groupings of figures at a table. It is a local spot that certainly is full of friends meeting together for coffee. Wishing I would have depicted that social aspect better.
I certainly learn with each piece I create. Not rushing the planning stage is my take away today. I'm thinking this applies to much more than painting!
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you have a beautiful day.
Trying Something New
If there is one thing I am not, it is a separatist. In fact, this particular part of my personality tends to drive my family bananas! Not only do I let my food intermingle on my plate, my love of blending causes me to do things like use my big kitchen as a place to cook, eat and paint, and generally layer up everything I love into big mish-mashes. The idea of America being a "melting pot" makes me happy. Some may call it A.D.D. but even in the way I manage my time I like to mix activities. Playing in the yard, why not pick a few weeds while I'm at it? Purging things that we don't use, let's organize that bookshelf! You get the idea. I'm sure I would make myself dizzy if I could step back and watch my movements on film. Naturally, a favorite thing to blend in my life is people. I love being with friends from different areas of my life all in one place and seeing the cross-over! This person that I know from church also knew a friend from my child's school, etc… Those "small world" moments always constitute a win in my book.
Last year, after watching this video, I incorporated art gratitude journals into my class curriculums. We gobbled it up! As I was reflecting and praying over the upcoming year this morning, I had the thought that I'd like to try incorporating more "cross-over" into my classes. The idea of weaving gratitude into creating art struck me as something to perhaps build a class around. I'm still finalizing the details of this idea, but so far it's going to look like this:
Works of Thanks
Get busy creating art that focusses on what you are thankful for in a relaxed learning environment. A mixture of in-class activity and instruction. Students will learn foundational art theory and explore how to compose their paintings, make decisions about the placement of objects, learn color theory, value, thumbnail sketches, perspective, skin tones, lighting, shade and shadow and more.
Each week there will have a small amount of homework to complete the assignments that were started in class. Students will bring their pieces back to share and discuss at the next class.
Many take my courses because they have always loved art and want to explore it further. Some do because it's fun to paint with a group and it gets you back in the habit of creating! Others because they know a little about using their passion for drawing or painting but want to invest in some additional skills. Whatever your motivation, come join us on January 13.
Register here online or call Caryn at 407-421-3198
* Metro Church has offered their children's church classes to anyone enrolled in the art class. If you have young ones, feel free to bring them because they will be well cared for. This is a great opportunity for parents of young children who have found it hard to make time to create!
Whether I am painting custom artwork, creating a water colored logo for a client, or teaching art students, I hope to refresh and inspire others with my work. Read more ...