Thursday, March 27, 2014

Scraped Acrylic Paintings

On March 19th, 2014, Majean Schneider, owner of Stuff n Such in Downs, KS, held a Cookies and Crafts class.  Twelve people attended, six to paint and six to make a burlap wreath.  The following photos show the process of the scraped acrylic paintings and the people who came to enjoy an evening of fun and learning.

Getting started, pouring paint on canvas.

Completed 16"x20" scraped acrylic by Payton, age 9.

The youngest customer, age 4, scraped paint, added more paint and left the "puddles", then painting with a brush for linear contrast....all her own design!


Michelle scraping paint.

11"x14" scraped canvas.

Michelle adding linear drawing of feathers.

Michelle's completed painting.

Andrea and Jennifer  comparing notes.

Andrea's scraped canvas.

Andrea's completed canvas.

Payton working on her second painting.

Payton's completed second painting, 8"x10".

Michelle's scraped painting.

Michelle's completed painting.

Jennifer's scraped canvas.

Jennifer's completed painting.

While my students were working on their paintings, Majean helped six people create fun burlap wreaths.  One group was the Heller family who held a mini reunion while they worked and caught up with each other.  A circle of love and fun!

Heller family working on burlap wreaths.

Jessica, Majean, and another customer with their finished wreaths.











Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spirit of the Promise of Spring, 3-2-14

While my friends across the north and east are battling some of the deepest snows and coldest temperatures in the last fifty years, they are dreaming of spring.  For them, I dedicate this newest piece, "Spirit of the Promise of Spring".  While the snow is still falling, in the softness, protection and warmth of the womb of Mother Earth, Spring patiently awaits to be born......softly, quietly, in all her beauty.......

"Spirit of the Promise of Spring", snow dyed  raw canvas background, mixed media (acrylic, ink, pastel),  14 1/2" x 20".

Detail of "Spirit of the Promise of Spring"


Monday, February 24, 2014

Spirit Paintings, Feb. 2014 -- No FEAR!

Last fall I really got waylaid with the holidays and it has taken me awhile to get back in the right frame of mind--painting with NO FEAR, TO PLAY, and to FEEL PURE JOY while painting.  Today was one of those days.  I would like to share the paintings that I started today.  I did not finish any of these, but I'm so excited to be "back" that I am anxious to share these beginnings.  Please keep in touch over then next few days/weeks as these backgrounds develop into fully completed paintings.  May your spirit find joy in these beginnings and watching them develop.



1st background, poured acrylic.

Second layer of background.

Several layers later, developing the background.

 After deciding to name this piece " Spirit of the Child", I added the toys.  But the balance just didn't seem right.  Below is the completed version with a few more layers.

Detail of the goose and 4-wheeler with stripes of color added to both soften and highlight them.


Detail of face, frog foot print, bottom of rhinoceros.

Detail of frog foot print, yoyo, texturing.

Completed 11"x14" "Spirit of the Child"




2nd background, scraped acrylic, 11"x14".

3rd background with several layers completed.  This piece is about half done.

Detail of above background.

Completed "Spirit of the Raven", 8"x10".  I did some research on raven lore and found some interesting information.  I think because of Poe's "The Raven", I always thought that ravens were portents of bad things, especially death.  I found that that connotation probably came from their being carrion birds.  

But in many cultures they are actually birds of mystery, magic and good omens.  Some Native American lore portrays the raven as a sign of change or transformation.  Because they believed the raven could be a trickster and transform his shape, he was felt to be the bearer  of truth because he could "see" from different perspectives. " Foremost, the Raven is the Native American bearer of magic, and a harbinger of messages from the cosmos.  Messages that are beyond space and time are nestled in the midnight wings of the Raven and come to only those within the tribe who are worthy of the knowledge" (from Avia:  http://www.whats-your-sign.com/raven-symbolism.html).  The raven was also thought to be the "bringer of light" or knowledge and is part of the creation story of some tribes.  


Detail #1.

Detail #2.




4th background with several layers completed.  This one is about half finished also.

Completed "Spirit of the Snow Queen", 8"x10".  

Detail of head and background.


5th background, first layer.

The above background with a cheesecloth layer laid over the "tree".  This one is in the very beginning stages.  

Added handmade rolled stamp in green; white chalk highlights reflecting the moon light off the tree.

An addition of the stamped squares, large dots, black and white ink details complete this piece......"Spirit of the Night Forest", 8"x10".






Monday, February 17, 2014

More Snow Dyed T-shirts 2-14-14

 I had three of my granddaughters here this weekend, Lillee, 5, Calleah, 7 and Reilly, 10, so of course we had to make some snow dyed T-shirts for them.  Our snow was melting quickly so we dyed the shirts as soon as we got to my house on Friday evening.  I thought the girls did a great job.  Hope you enjoy seeing them.

My three beauties with their creative shirts.

Lillee's shirt, front.

Close up of back of shirt.


back of shirt

Calleah's shirt, front.

Close up of patterning.

Interesting patterns.



back of shirt.

Reilly's shirt, front.

Close up of crystal pattern.

Front close up.



back of shirt.

THE END!