Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Celebrate Challenge: January Recap!

Whew...I've just completed a full month of posting daily paintings! I have to say, this has been a total blast!  I've found myself doing so many things I've never done before: an ankle painting, a foot painting, pieces that involved the use of two hands, and even turned myself into a grizzly old man!  I've painted pastries, pasta, animals, objects, modes of transportation, cartoon characters, morse code and even a questioning cat!

Here's a collage of all the paintings I did this month:


This challenge has actually been a huge help in keeping me sane this month!  If you're connected to me on Facebook, chances are you've been subjected to a bit of the moaning and groaning I've been doing over the completely mind numbing tasks I've been doing this past month: updating inventory, catching up on expense tracking in Quickbooks, generating 1099's for contractors, paying sales taxes, and taking some online college classes in financial and managerial accounting.  In the midst of these not-so-creative tasks, it was really helpful to have that constant nudge to take a break and paint!  

Here are a few of my favorites from January...
"Bird Day" - a re-make of an old hand design

"Harlem Globetrotters Day"

"Argyle Day"

"Pharmacists' Day"

"Women's Healthy Weight Day"

"Squirrel Appreciation Day"
"Inspire your Heart with Art Day"
"Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day"
"Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day"
"Chocolate Cake Day"
"Opposite Day"


I can hardly wait to see what new challenges February brings!  Be sure to subscribe to the blog via the link in the upper right corner if you'd like to follow along, and you'll receive my daily challenges in your email.  Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting! :-)

Celebrate Day 31: "Inspire Your Heart With Art" Day!

Happy "Inspire your Heart with Art Day!!!"  I can't think of a better excuse for my painty friends to get out their brushes and create something today!!  In honor of this day, I decided to paint something inspired by another artist, the surrealist Salvador Dahli!

While Dahli painted some really strange images, what I love about his work is that he still makes things recognizable and seemingly real, even though we know they are completely imaginary.  This melting clock is of course inspired by "The Persistence of Memory!"

Well, that wraps up my first month of daily personal challenges! Stay tuned for a recap of my first month SOON!  :-)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Celebrate Day 30: "Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!"

Who doesn't love the satisfaction that comes from popping bubble wrap?!  I always have to fight the urge to pop my bubble wrap, as I need it to ship your goodies from my shop! ;-)


To create this look I simply followed the process to paint water drops.  A step by step tutorial on water drops can be found in one of my books, "Realism for Face and Body Artists!" The same idea can be applied when painting other clear things, like tears, gemstones, and of course, bubble wrap!  To speed up the process on this one, I created quick, uniform drops by triple loading a finger dauber

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

New Time Lapse Painting: Camouflage Computer Hand

I had a little surprise free time yesterday when a gig got cancelled, so I took the opportunity to try out a little camouflage design!


This one took about 20 minutes to paint, but you can watch me do it in super fast motion in my latest YouTube video!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!!  :-)

Celebrate Day 29: "Puzzle Day!"

It's puzzle day!  I've already done several puzzle paintings and thought about posting one of them today, but decided to just do another one! So, here it is!


Below are a couple other puzzle designs I've done. You can watch me painting the arm design on my YouTube channel, here.


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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Celebrate Day 28: "Kazoo Day!"

Happy Kazoo Day! You've just gotta love the kazoo.  It's one of the few instruments that anyone can pick up and play a recognizable tune!  Here's a little tidbit of info that a lot of people don't realize...you're supposed to hum in the wider end, not the narrower one! ;-)


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Celebrate Day 27: "Chocolate Cake Day!"

Oh my goodness! How have I gone through my entire life NOT celebrating chocolate cake day?!?!  Chocolate cake and celebrations definitely go hand in hand.  Therefore, you should definitely eat some chocolate cake today.

You can probably tell by comparing the quality of this painting with my "pie day" painting that I'm more of a chocolate cake fan than a pie fan, haha!  Whenever presented with a dessert menu, I ALWAYS choose the item with the most chocolate!

Got a birthday party coming up that will have chocolate cake at it? Pleeeeeeze invite me! ;-)

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Celebrate Day 25: "Opposite Day!"

Happy opposite day! I mean, Sad opposite day?  I thought I'd try out a creepy illusion today, and painted the fingers of the opposite hand on the back of my left hand! ;-)



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Celebrate Day 24: "Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day!"

Today is "talk like a grizzled prospector day!"  While I've turned myself into an old woman and even Large Marge in the past, I had yet to make myself into a man...until now! I may have creeped my son out just a little bit when I knocked on his bedroom door painted like this, asking to borrow his hardhat...haha!

Looking to create that grizzly look yourself? I used a dry, fluffy kabuki brush to apply the dirty skin base.  The beard effect was achieved with my rake fan bristle brush, and a coarse stipple sponge is fantastic for stubble!!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

5 Steps to Set Yourself Up for Success in Paint Challenges!

If you're a professional face and body artist, it's nearly impossible to scroll through your social media feed without a glimpse at some sort of challenge.  There are Facebook groups for challenges, monthly challenges, weekly challenges, and even some that offer awards and prizes!  I have always loved taking on unique challenges and competitions, as they make me stretch, grow, and paint things I never would have painted otherwise.  2017 will DEFINITELY not be any exception, but quite the opposite for me!
On January 1st, 2017 I decided to give myself quite an ambitious personal creative challenge: post a painting every day on my blog for and entire year.  The theme: “Celebrate!!”  Every day of the year is some national or international day of “something.”  So for the rest of this year I’m going to attempt to post a painting every day that coincides with that particular “holiday.”

Now that I've gotten through the first few weeks of this challenge, I wanted to look back at the reactions I’ve noticed from my fellow painters to the challenge, and offer some encouragement to all of my painty friends in 2017!

I’ve heard everything from “wow,  that’s quite a commitment,” to “I WISH I could do that.”  And today I want to tell you, you CAN! But most importantly, if you can’t do it perfectly, so what?! ‘Tis better to have tried and failed, miserably even, than not to have tried at all, right?!


What is it that makes us so afraid to accept challenges like this?  Especially this time of year...so many people are afraid to set any goals or resolutions for fear of failure.

Sure, I may very well miss a day here and there, I may fall behind, or I may even stop early alltogether.  But that’s not the point...the point is that I am trying.  It’s not important whether I succeed or not...what’s important is that I try.  After all, what good are awesome ideas if you never try them? 

So let’s break down this challenge.  The scariest part is the frequency...every day.  That’s 365 paintings over an entire year. Every. Single. Day.  How can I possibly do something every day?!
Think about all the things you do every day that aren’t even that particularly enjoyable. I bet you can come up with a pretty long list.  If I can make time every day to unload the dishwasher, brush my teeth, and change my underwear why can’t I make time to do a little painting?

Sure, I may do several days' worth of paintings on a day when I have more time to dedicate to it, but having that pressure to post something every day will ensure that I keep painting regularly, and keep painting things I wouldn't normally paint.  Who knows what it may lead to?!

I love this meme going around on Facebook: 


So take a chance on yourself this year! Don’t be afraid of not following through with perfection.  Be brave enough to chance failure. Be FLAWSOME! The lessons you learn along the way are the real achievement!

Ready to challenge yourself? Whether your goal is to paint daily, weekly, or even monthly, Here are 5 tips to help set yourself up for success:

1: Dedicate a Space
Find a spot in your home where you can keep your paints set up & ready to go 24 hours a day, to avoid the setup and tear-down time. 

2: Dedicate a Kit
If step 1 is tough for you, make a mini kit dedicated to your practice challenges.  This way you don’t have to ever pack it up for a gig.

3: Remind Yourself
Whether it's setting reminder alerts in your smartphone, writing it on your calendar, or sticking a post-it on your mirror, find a way to remind yourself to paint!

4: Take the Pressure Off
Keep a running list of subject matter ideas ahead of time so you can get straight to the painting when you're ready!  Nothing slows you down like staring at a blank canvas with no ideas.  

5: Document it
Take photos of everything you paint & keep them in one spot where you can easily look back at your accomplishments. Look back often and see your progression!

Best of luck to you! If you've decided to challenge yourself after reading this, then congratulations! You've already won!!

Celebrate Day 23: "Pie Day!"

Well now, there's a day I can get behind...PIE day! Whatever your favorite flavor, be sure to enjoy some pie today! Not doing so would be completely un-American!!



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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Celebrate Day 22: "Answer your Cat's Questions Day!"

Okay, I admit, this one sounds a little bit crazy...but it was the ONLY option for January 22nd! I'm not sure how you are supposed to ASK your cat what their questions are, let alone answer them, but here you go.  My interpretation of "Answer your cat's questions day!"


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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Celebrate Day 21: "Squirrel Appreciation Day!"

Have you appreciated a squirrel lately?  I can tell you that I am guilty of not appreciating squirrels.  They dig up my garden, leaving my baby tomato plants to grow in random places throughout my yard.  They also steal birdseed with gusto.  If you saw all of the squirrel memorabilia my grandma has, you'd think she was a squirrel appreciator, but I'm pretty sure she hates them more than I do.  She had a squirrel that got into her house once, shredding the drapes, pooping on stuff and inducing general terror.  She is now the reluctant recipient of all sorts of squirrel themed gifts for Christmas and birthdays.  Poor Grandma. 

In honor of these awful, thieving rodents, I painted one on my hands!


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Celebrate Day 20: "Pengin Awareness Day!"

Are you aware of penguins?  Well you are now! You're welcome!!  :-D  Happy Penguin Awareness Day!!

Got a penguin themed party coming up? Well, of COURSE you do! Luckily, I can both paint AND twist penguins!!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Celebrate Day 19: "Women's Healthy Weight Day!"

Today is "Women's Healthy Weight Day!" I'm not really sure what it supposed to happen today, but reading today's "theme" gave me the visual of looking down at my feet at the scale.  SO, naturally, I painted a scale on my feet. ;-)

I'm no health nut, but do find myself looking down at those toes on the scale just as often as any other woman...in my non-medical opinion, I'd say that whatever weight you are at your happiest is your healthy weight! :-)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Celebrate Day 18: "Winnie the Pooh Day!"

Who doesn't love Winnie the Pooh?!  I've painted this little guy more times than I can count over the years, along with his buddies.  He never goes out of style!



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Celebrate Day 17: "Cable Car Day"

Happy Cable Car Day!! Well, this surely isn't something I thought I'd ever paint on myself, but then that's the fun of the challenge, isn't it?!  I've had the pleasure of experiencing this awesome mode of transportation several times...I highly recommend it!


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Celebrate Day 16: "Appreciate a Dragon Day!"

Dragons just don't get the love and appreciation they deserve every day, hence the need for "appreciate a dragon day!"  I wasn't really thrilled to do this one...after all, there's nothing unique about a face painter painting a dragon.  It might as well be butterfly day or tiger day.  But when I mentioned to my almost-7-year-old Toby, he let out a huge gasp and said "MOM!! Dragons Love Tacos!!!"


In case you're completely confused...that's the title of a book he owns and loves!  There are so many cute and unique dragon illustrations in this book, so I painted one of the dragons enjoying a table full of tacos! :-)

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Celebrate Day 15: "Strawberry Ice Cream Day"

Happy strawberry ice cream day!  Ice cream is definitely one of my big weaknesses.  It's also one of the things I've always enjoyed painting on my arm! During slow times at the amusement parks I worked at in high school, I used to paint huge stacks of ice cream scoops going up my arm, and of course always included a scoop of strawberry.


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Celebrate Day 14: "Organize your Home Day"

Did you make a resolution to become more organized, but have been putting it off these past two weeks?  No worries...you MEANT to procrastinate, right?  Of course you did! You were just waiting for "Organize your Home Day!"

In honor of this special day, I've painted some file folders on my hand! Yet another subject matter I never would have thought to paint, had I not given myself this crazy challenge, haha!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Celebrate Day 13: "Rubber Duckie Day!"

It's rubber duckie day!  About 7 or 8 years ago I used to face paint at a weekend long city festival that had a huge rubber duckie race in the river! They'd release hundreds of rubber duckies into the river, reigned in by a floating "track," and whoever's duckie reached the finish line first won the grand prize! It was always super fun to watch!


 So, in honor of rubber duckie day, here is a painted rendition on my arm! :-)  Consider this your excuse to end your day with a hot, relaxing bubble bath! (with your rubber duckie of course!!)

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Celebrate Day 12: "Pharmacist Day!"

Hopefully you don't have to see a pharmacist often, but if you do today, wish them a happy Pharmacist Day!  Here is my interpretation of a Pharmacist Day painting...


This is the first time I've done a hand design that involved two hands...a super fun challenge!  And in case you're wondering, I did not paint the pills left handed...both are actually painted on my left hand, but I reversed the photo of the hand holding pills in Photoshop and then layered the two together to achieve the overall look.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Celebrate Day 11: Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day!

Happy "Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day!" I have to admit, while this isn't the most artistically thrilling painting, I enjoyed researching morse code and translating my name!  In this painting, each color represents a different letter.  I thought this was an interesting idea that could totally be incorporated into patterns on future designs!  Another fun thing I probably never would have explored without this crazy challenge I've given myself! ;-)


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Celebrate Day 10: "Bittersweet Chocolate Day!"

Happy Bittersweet Chocolate Day!  Today is also "houseplant appreciation day," "Peculiar People day," and "cut your energy costs day!"  However, being the chocolate lover I am, I had to go with this one!!


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Monday, January 9, 2017

Celebrate Day 9: "Balloon Ascension Day!"

January 9th is Balloon Ascension Day!  (Pessimists can celebrate balloon deflation day if they want!)  Many years ago my husband and I went on a hot air balloon ride over the coast in California.  It was definitely one of my favorite experiences of all time! Here are a couple quick little hot air balloons...


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Celebrate Day 8: "Argyle Day!"

Aaaah...Argyle!  January 8th is apparently the day to celebrate all things argyle!  Argyle makes me think of golf and grandpas' socks!  Oh, and one of my favorite pair of shoes that I'm wearing in this painting I did of argyle socks on my ankle, haha!



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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Celebrate Day 7: "Harlem Globetrotters Day!"

It's January 7th...Harlem Globetrotters Day! Here's my hand/arm painting tribute to the Globetrotters!!


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Celebrate Day 6: "Three Kings Day!"

Happy Three Kings Day! There are so many cool illustrations online of the three kings for inspiration...but I had fun with this one on my arm, doing some ornate patterns and textures, and mixing matte and metallic paints!

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Celebrate Day 5: "Bird Day!"

January 5th is Bird Day!  Of course there are zillions of birds I could paint.  But, today I wanted to attempt to re-do an old favorite, my rooster hand.  Many years ago, during a lull in the crowd at the county fair, I painted my left hand like a rooster.  It was my first full hand painting, and spurred the idea to publish my "Funny Fingers Hand Art" book!  However, as with many of my old paintings, I looked back and thought, "I can do better."  So, here's a Rooster Re-Do!


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Celebrate Day 4: Spaghetti Day!

January 4th is Spaghetti day!!  Spaghetti was the meal I always requested that my mom make as a kid, when I got to pick my birthday meal. So in honor of spaghetti day, here's Toby with a fork full of spaghetti on his face! :-)


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Celebrate Day 3: "Chocolate Covered Cherry Day!"

Jackpot...two "sweet" days of celebration in a row! I love chocolate covered cherries! My brother does not.  However, he gets a box of them from my grandma every year on his birthday, which he shares with George Washington...she says, because he chopped down the cherry tree.  But ironically, the whole cherry tree story meant to teach us the value of telling the truth is itself untrue.  Much like my brother's love for chocolate covered cherries. Bwahaha!


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Celebrate Day 2: "Cream Puff Day!"

What better way to celebrate January 2nd than with a delicious, fresh baked creampuff?!  I love celebration days that give me an excuse to eat something yummy! Consider it your civic duty to go out to your favorite local bakery today and celebrate with the real thing! ;-)  Happy Painting!


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