Sunday, January 4, 2015

Getting started and leaving white in my pack

I've been so antsy to paint!  So I started with an exercise avoiding the use of white.  I put aside 30 minutes to jump in and paint.  I like doing this process because it forces me to look at the color on my palette.  I mixed colors together to change values which I might have just reached for white.  Here I took a photo on my phone and just started.  It wasn't about accurate copying , but about no white, big brush and see what happens.   

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mixed Media Workshop with Carol Nelson

This is most of the enthusiastic group that was cuttin', and tearin', and pastn' in my torn paper collage workshop held at Judy Patti's studio.

That's me in the back row for a change (I was standing on a stool).
We learned about altering all kinds of papers from newsprint, to copy paper, to deli paper, to tissue paper, to tyvek, to metal foils for use in our mixed media masterpieces.

After altering our papers the first day, students were asked to create a collage of a single subject object - such as an animal, bird, flower, etc.  The second day, most felt brave enough to tackle an abstract composition.  I brought several examples of my own work which they were encouraged to copy if needed.

With so many mixed media materials to choose from, I took care to tell them to use a limited palette and a simple cruciform design pattern.  I told them that I would slap their hand if they put anything in the corners, the idea being to work out from the center of interest.

Often times, with abstract work, students aimlessly arrange the mixed media components without really thinking about composition.  That kind of approach leads to a mish mash of random placements - like a big hunk of tyvek stuck in the corner, for example, that in no way contributes to the whole design.

I also told them to pay attention to values.  Since these abstract works were layered with one paper element on top of another, it was very important to have darks on lights, and lights on darks.

My threat of corporal punishment worked because there were so many beautifully composed mixed media abstracts produced!  And some students had never even done this type of work before.  I was so proud of them.

For more information on my upcoming workshops, click here to go to my website.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Featured Artist Faith Te

Being a Daily Painter must take an extreme amount of discipline as an Artist. When and why did you decide to become a Daily Painter?

I think I first came across the Daily Painting movement back in 2007 but I never really paid any attention to it because, at the time, I was working primarily in graphite pencil and charcoal and doing only commissioned portraits. I didn't try oils until about mid-2008.

299 by  Duane Keiser
What really got me into the movement was when I saw Duane Keiser's 1,000 Oddments project . He creates these lovely, tiny paintings of very commonplace subjects and sells them through his blog. I was really intrigued by the thought of creating a sizeable body of work in a relatively short period of time and the fact that people were actually buying them. This was far from the idea I had that, as an artist, the only way to "make it" was to either do commissions or create these huge, highly complex paintings and hope that someday I would be able to enter them into galleries and shows. So that was the spark that started everything for me.

I became so enthusiastic about it and I remember my Mom encouraging me to give it a try. She said it may not be as financially rewarding, but it would be great practice. So I made a goal to complete one small painting each day for 365 days and on June 20 of 2009, I painted my very first daily painting. I also started a blog and posted the first one on the 4th of July that same year.
Red Plum No.2 by Faith Te

With regards to discipline, what made me stick through that goal was the joy of being able to create something every single day. It made each day meaningful because, whether the results were good or bad, I was able to show something - a record - of what I accomplished that day. Also, I was really determined to improve my paintings and it was something I was genuinely passionate about.

Portrait 2 by Faith Te
Have you always been a painter, or have you worked in other forms of Art as well?

I started as an artist using graphite pencils and charcoal. Most of my work then were portraits and I did commissions for other people too. For a while, I also played around with pastels -- mostly just for fun. I also like to do a bit of portrait sculpting with clay and this is something I'd like to pursue more if I can find the time!

At what age did you discover your Artistic abilities, and do you have any specific memories of art in your childhood that stand out?

I can't say that I "discovered" any artistic abilities because when I did my very first drawings, I didn't really think I had any abilities above the ordinary. Rather, there came a day when I was 16 that I suddenly decided I wanted to draw. As soon as I drew my first few portraits, it came to me that this was something I wanted to be good at. From then on, I kept practicing every day for almost the whole day.

I remember that I enjoyed drawing fashion-type women as a grade school child. Also as a child, I remember watching Bob Ross on TV. No matter what others say about him, I credit him for introducing me to the joy of art at an early age.

What Artists do you admire, and why?

This will be a long list! But to name a few:

Andrew Loomis, Zoe Mozert, Norman Rockwell and the other early illustrators - I'm quite fond of the 30's to 50's look and so find their work very appealing. I also think these illustrators are some of the most technically competent artists.

Michael Deas - One of my most favorite portrait painters. I LOVE the commemorative stamp portraits he did of the classic actors and actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart. His painting of Gerald Ford was also one of my inspirations when I was working on the portrait of an artist a while back (

Alfredo Rodriguez - Because his paintings are filled with light and stories.

Peder Mork Monsted - One of my most favorite landscape painters.

 John William Godward's "A Classical Beauty".
Do you have a favorite piece?

I have a lot of favorite paintings as well. It's so difficult to choose just one but for now I'll say John William Godward's "A Classical Beauty".

Eye Drawing Tutorial in Graphite Pencil 
Where would you like your Art to take you in the future?

I would love to do some teaching, one on one or workshops. It's really interesting how teaching is not just a learning opportunity for the students but for the teacher as well! I experienced this firsthand when I did my online tutorials . It turned out to be more than just writing down the steps and techniques. There was also a lot of research and study involved.

Have you been given any advice that has stuck with you that you would like to share with aspiring Artists?

Someone once told me that "even subtle details count". It opened my eyes and I started to see differently. I began to see more. I observed even slight changes in tone, detail and I noticed transitions that ended too abruptly, etc. I think it helped a LOT in my work.

What does the future hold for you and your Art?

Nobody can say! Making art has been a great blessing to me. So if God is willing, I just want to go on being able to enjoy painting and drawing and, hopefully, people will continue to like my work enough so I can continue to put food on the table for my family :)

You can find Faith and her wonderful works at:

Don't miss Faith's gorgeous book!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Artist Interview Kim Rempel

Still life with lemon and flowers
Being a Daily Painter must take an extreme amount of discipline as an Artsit. 
When and why did you decide to become a Daily Painter.
I became a daily painter in June 2009. I came across the movement by chance while searching for painting information online. At first I didn't know if I could last more than three weeks but here I am, three years later ; ) As for the daily part of it requiring so much discipline, I have to say I don't buy into that much. Some people seem so amazed but I think, well, I just work everyday like everyone else out there! The exception to that is if you have other full-time employment (including being home with underage school children). Then it is a feat.
As for the why, it really was a personal decision to see how much I could improve if I worked daily - you know, the miles and miles of canvas etc... We always tell our children: practice, practice, I thought I'd take my own advice. I go through stretches where I move away from the small format (completing one a day) and work on larger pieces. But I've come to realize I need the variety.
Have you always been a painter, or have you worked in other forms of Art as well?
I graduated as an Illustrator (major Book, minor Advertising) and then worked as a graphic designer for years. After my second child was born I decided to move away from the computer and begin painting again. I had really missed it. It was one of those things that I sat down one day and thought: What I really want to be is an artist. From here on in I am taking the steps to make it happen. I made a couple of goals, enrolled in classes and began working at it.
At what age did you discover your Artistic abilities, and do you have any specific memories of art in your childhood that stand out?
I love this question. From the earliest I can remember I always loved drawing and colouring and looking at art. I do remember as a very young child staring at a sheet from one of my colouring books and just being enchanted by the promise of it all ; ) It was a mom and child making Christmas cookies and I loved decorating the cookies with my crayons, colouring in the apron etc... Children's book illustrations also got my attention and I could get lost in them for hours. And you know, it's funny, but now that I'm thinking about it I remember we had a board game called "Masterpiece" and part of the game were reproductions of famous paintings - kind of like postcards. Does anyone remember that? And I just loved sifting through those cards! My parents were not in the field but always encouraged me.
Great White Oak
What Artists do you admire, and why?
Oh. The list is so long! Well, John Hartman because of his colour and paint application, David T. Alexander for the beautiful way he sees this planet. Sidney Licht for the way she can pare things down. I'll stop there for now. Oh - can I add Vincent vanGogh? Because of...everything  ; )
Gerrard and Parliament, 2010, by John Hartman 
Pink Water Cross Hatch by David T. Alexander
Sydney Licht
Untitled (Winning Code: KWVPJ)
Do you have a favorite piece?
Hundreds. It changes by the hour. But right now I'll pick "Moving On To Cathedrals" by David T. Alexander.
"Moving On To Cathedrals" by David T. Alexander. 
Where would you like your Art to take you in the future?
I'd love to travel and paint. That would be a lot of fun. I find new landscapes so inspiring. It would be interesting to work with children - do a bit of teaching. The chance to unlock something in someone is very appealing - especially with kids who've had a hard go of this life. To be able to show them what they are capable of producing, and new ways of looking at things - I would love that.
White Lie
Have you been given any advice that is stuck with you that you would like to share with aspiring Artists?
I would say paint, paint, paint. And look at a lot of art. Be open to it. Learn. I'm tempted to say "Don't beat yourself up" but I do that all the time. And I've finally made peace with it. I think it's what fuels me to get better ; )
Cupcake Fever

What does the future hold for you?
I don't know! But I love what I'm doing, keep educating myself, and go forth with optimism and an inquisitive heart.
June Pond
The work of Kim Rempel can be found on, and on her daily paintings are posted on her blog at EatDrinkPaint

Friday, March 2, 2012

Carmen Beecher in International Artist Magazine

Carmen Beecher's art is displayed in the Feb/Mar issue of International Artist Magazine, with her process shown step by step in her painting of Spoonbills in the Everglades.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lisa Daria Kennedy painting workshop in Bonita Springs Florida

Lisa Daria Kennedy – Painting a Day - click here for registration details

● Thursday – Saturday, January 5 – 7, 2012; 9 am – 4 pm

● Demo: Wednesday, January 4, 2012; 1 – 3 pm

● Medium: Acrylic (Oil accepted)

● $300 Members/$350 Non-members

Explore the discipline of painting every day and discover how this practice of daily painting produces professional and personal growth. Continuous painting is by far the most effective way to improve creativity and image-making skills. In this workshop, learn techniques used to create fresh, deliberate marks using acrylic paint. Discover approaches to simplify the process and ways to stay inspired. We will delve into the principles of design, composition, value and color, as well as examine technique; color mixing, mark making and brushwork. And lastly we’ll touch upon personal voice. Tips about blogging, scheduling, motivation, inspiration and the importance of leaving a mark will also be presented. Throughout there will be demos, studio painting assignments, group critiques and individual instruction. view my work here

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Year-End Painting Giveaway

I am having a painting giveaway on my blog! The winner will get to choose one painting from among the five above. Click here for details on how to join!

Entries must be in before 4AM, January 4, 2012 (UTC/GMT). Good luck!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, Dec 2nd 6-9pm

This Friday, join two DPO members, Kelley MacDonald and Lisa Daria Kennedy at an Opening Reception at the James Library, 24 West Street, Norwell, MA.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


11"h x 14"w pastel

The two paintings pictured are included in the  
Pastel Society of New Mexico's Signature 
Members Show, at the Millicient Rogers Museum 
of Taos, New Mexico.

The exhibit runs from May 27th to June 26th and
 an Artists Reception was held on Saturday, May 28th.

The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. 
11"h x 14"w pastel on wood cradled board

Friday, May 13, 2011


*courtesy of Tirage Gallery

 Kids Korner art is traveling!
The four shown above are part of the selection 
on exhibit at Tirage Gallery.  

Titled Unique Visions, the show opens May 16th 
with an Artists Reception on Saturday May 21st from 5 to 7pm. 
The gallery is located at One West California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

Additional information and sales may be obtained through 
Tirage Gallery at or phoning 626-405-1020.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Balboa Island Artwalk~Sunday, May 15th 9~5

Over a Mile of Art & Live Music!

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of the Island's summer season. Celebrating its seventeenth anniversary, the Artwalk will take place on Sunday, May 15th, from 9am to 5pm along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free.

This fine art show features more than 90 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day on four stages along the walk. Performing musicians include the Retros, Don Ross Duo, Garry Gould, Rick Sherman and Alan Remington, Jim Roberts, and Grant Peakcock. Limited-edition Artwalk posters and t-shirts will be available at Sapphire & South Bayfront. Local restaurants will be open to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The OC Cruiser will be providing free shuttle service.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Artists of Colorado Opening by Pam Holnback

Last night was the Opening of the Artists of Colorado Inaugural Juried Show held at Brushstrokes Gallery in Denver.  It was a great event.  The weather was beautiful, which helped bring people to the First Friday Gallery Walk for the four galleries in this neighborhood.  It was great to see artists that I've met before, but who live in different parts of Colorado, as well as to meet in person artists with whom I've been blogging but never met.  Here I am with Joanne Hanson, Jane Hunt, and Saundra Lane Galloway.

Here I am with Jessica Forrestal, Kit Hevron Mahoney, Anita Mosher, John Harrell, and Tracy Wall.  Kit, Anita and John are the owners of Brushstrokes Studio/Gallery.

And, in this one my husband was doing his best to get us to pose nicely and look at the camera!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Artists of Colorado Inaugural Show

Two Daily Painter Originals members, Carol Nelson and Pam Holnback, will be in the inaugural Artists of Colorado Show. The exhibit, "First Bloom", will be at Brushstrokes Gallery in Denver. Hope you can attend the opening Friday May 6th!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

6 Inch Squared Exhibition by Pam Holnback

I'm thrilled to once again be in the 6" Squared Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California. The reception is this Saturday, April 16th. While I'm not able to attend the show, the video and pictures that I've seen of it look incredible!

Sugar Bowl 6" x 6"
Available at Randy Higbee Gallery