Thursday, August 31, 2017

Carver County Fair 2017 Recap!

Whew! August FLEW by as usual! Here are a few photos from the 2017 Carver County Fair...it was another GREAT year!! See you in 2018!



My booth
My kit





























Sam loves helping set up and tear down!

Celebrate Day 243: "Trail Mix Day!"

Happy trail mix day!



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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Celebrate Day 241: "More Herbs, Less Salt Day!"

Happy "more herbs, less salt day!" Ugh, but I LOVE both herbs AND salt! Here is a little paper salt packet! Unopened, of course, in honor of this day! ;-)


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Celebrate Day 240: "Bow Tie Day!"

Happy bow tie day! Sam is such a great sport...I'm going to miss having my little model here all day soon when he goes back to school!



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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Celebrate Day 238: "Dog Day!"

Happy "Dog Day!" There was no question who wanted to get painted for today...my major dog lover Sam! He's let me paint SO many dogs on him over the years!


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Celebrate Day 237: "Kiss and Make Up Day!"

Happy "kiss and make up" day!!

This one took me about 10 seconds...lip prints are sooo quick with a round brush! But hey, when you're posting a painting for every day, they can't all be masterpieces, haha!



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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Celebrate Day 236: "Knife Day!"

Happy knife day!! I love my little Victorinox pocket knife, so it was my inspiration for today's painting!



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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Time Lapse Video: "Tech Hand!"



While I am LOVING my daily "Celebrate" painting challenges, I'm definitely not getting in as many hand paintings lately. SO, I wanted to do another one that has been sitting in my sketchbook for quite a while now. I did this with my little airline travel paint set, as my main one is packed away right now for an upcoming gig!

The actual painting took about 30 minutes, with some kid interruptions...but here's a time lapse showing the whole thing in less than 2 minutes! Hope you enjoy!!


Wet Paint Magazine - Fall Issue Now Available!

Okay, I know I'm a tad late in blogging about this, but the latest issue of Wet Paint Magazine is now available worldwide!


What's in this issue?

Our 2nd issue of Wet Paint is full of advice for winning competitions from FABIC 2017 champion Sabine Vogel! See photos of her winning design as it moved through her design process, from her original sketch to test run paintings to the finished product!


We also bring encouragement for the future of our profession in an article on kids who paint. Hear from professional artist Morgan Vemu, and her daughter Achala, creator of the "Lil' Painty Peeps" Facebook group, as well as Marcela Murad, creator of the kids' tract at FABAIC!


In the latest installment of our “moonlighting” series, you will get a peek into the life of this issue's cover girl Tamina Muhammad and the wonderful work she does spreading the love of art to kids and the elderly!


Looking to really up your game with both knowledge and skills? Check out our feature on Olga Murasev’s new online International Face Painting School! In this feature we interview Olga to find out how the idea for the school was born, the work she put into creating it, and how the program works. We've even interviewed students currently enrolled in the school to get their take on it! I've been checking out her school myself lately and hope to write my own personal review of this AWESOME learning resource here soon!

Don't forget to check out our face and body art galleries, as well as our "Kid Artist Spotlight" on Thays Diaz! To top it all off, we've also given you some fun inspiration for cute, non-gory Halloween designs, and an awesome new step by step snake design!

How to Order

If you live within the US and would like to maximize your shipping dollars (or even get FREE shipping with any order of $100 or more), you can purchase a copy from the shop, here, along with your paint & supply order! To get FREE Priority Mail shipping within the USA, enter coupon code "SHIP100" during checkout!

Live outside the US? Blurb, our on-demand printer, ships to over 70 countries worldwide! They have assured me that orders coming from Europe will be printed in their office in the UK, so you should not have to pay those pesky import fees! Click here to order your copy through Blurb.



We're already working on the winter issue...it's going to be great! If you are interested in submitting work for winter or any future issues, check out our page of submissions instructions and guidelines.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!

Celebrate Day 234: "Be an Angel Day!"

Happy "be an angel day!" Here's a little heart with wings...something I've been painting as cheek art for decades!



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Monday, August 21, 2017

Celebrate Day 233: "Spumoni Day!"

Happy spumoni day! I didn't even know until today what spumoni was...so, here ya go! A slice of spumoni ice cream!



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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Celebrate Day 232: "World Mosquito Day!"

Happy world mosquito day! Okay, this doesn't sound like a happy day. I hate mosquitoes! I live in Minnesota and they are often described as the state bird.  When I was a kid my bites used to swell up to the diameter of a baseball...NOT fun!  So, while I might paint you, mosquito, I do NOT celebrate you! Haha!



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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Celebrate Day 231: "World Honeybee Day!"

It's world honeybee day! Awesome...I am also a beekeeper so I love these guys! Here's a little texture I had fun creating with one of my HAS stencils, which has the comb shape.  I filled them in with some capped and uncapped honey, and added a few bees!



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Friday, August 18, 2017

Celebrate Day 230: "Men's Grooming Day!"

Happy "men's grooming day!" Surprisingly enough, Sam was super eager to have me paint a beard on him again! Haha! This one was really fun...I painted the shaver on his cheek and thumb as well!



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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Celebrate Day 229: "Black Cat Appreciation Day!"

Happy black cat appreciation day! I thought I'd do a little of that watercolor painting technique that's becoming so popular these days!


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017