Spotlight on Spilled Tea

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I’m busy cooking up new paintings. In the meantime, here is a spotlight on on a recent painting.

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Spilled Tea- 6×6″, acrylic on canvas.

“Honestly, if you’re given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don’t say ‘what kind of tea?”
― Neil Gaiman

“Spilled Tea” was a painting created for the Big Little Art Show in December 2019. The original is available for purchase. Visit my ONLINE SHOP to purchase. While you’re at it, keep up with my artwork on Instagram HERE. (Or search @stepsisterugly)

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XOXOXO

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A close friend got married this weekend. Her (then fiance) had mentioned years ago that she’d like a piece of art from me for their home. As a wedding gift I painted this portrait of them. Their colors intermingle to create one larger piece. It was a beautiful way to kick off Pride Month!

“The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.”

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare

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Boo Who?

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The countdown to my favorite holiday is T minus 5 days: HALLOWEEN.

I’ve been having a witchy period. That’s why this week’s Illustration Friday theme was perfect for me. CLICK HERE to see my submission and give it a Facebook “like.”

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And a few updates. First of all, I have a new domain name for this site! Use UglyStepsisterArt.com to visit the site directly now. Secondly, I have a shiny new Twitch channel. For those who don’t know what Twitch is, it”s a channel to stream video. Traditionally, it’s used to stream game play, but artists have begun to see it as a tool to make visual art more interactive. I’ll be going live for live painting sessions and tutorials. CLICK HERE to go to my Twitch page.

Winter Still Life Class at Tulpehocken Exchange

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Winter Storm Grayson kicked the east coast’s arse last weekend. The participants of my Winter Acrylic Still Life class braved the ice and snow last Saturday to make some beautiful paintings.

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Bundled up and ready to paint!

I set up a still life with velvet pumpkins, an ornamental miniature bird cage, magnolia pods, a handmade faerie crown, and some plants from Tulpehocken Exchange’s “green wall.” I taught the class about underpainting. There were some beautiful results! Look at the slideshow below for some photos taken during the class.

 

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And here is my completed still life I started during the class.

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My next class at Tulpehocken Exchange will be Pastel Portraiture for Beginners on January 20th. Email info@handmadephilly.com for more information. 

Gourds, and Maize, and Pumpkins, Oh My!

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A few weeks ago I taught a still life painting class at the library where I work. I set up a still life with a cornucopia, maize, faux leaves, and decorative gourds and pumpkins. Class members were equipped with acrylic paint and 11×14 canvases. Some people had some painting experience. Others had previously painted, but on furniture. Everyone that attended raved about how relaxing and fun the class was. One person even told me a few days later that she cried tears of happiness because she loved the class so much!

Below are photos from the class. Keep your eyes peeled for future classes!

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New Classes with Handmade Philly!

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I’m excited to announce that I will be teaching art classes this winter in a new maker space in Germantown, Philadelphia! I have teamed up with Handmade Philly to offer classes on silhouette portraiture, watercolor card making, pastel portraiture, and acrylic painting.

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Stay tuned for more information on how to register!

Class: Drink & Draw- Halloween Acrylic Painting

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I love all things Halloween. So of course, one of the art programs I created at my library was an October painting class. Drink & Draw: Halloween Acrylic Painting riffs on the popular paint nite events. I do it a little differently, though. I served seasonal local wine and soda at this session. This is a public library event, so it’s important to be able to encompass ALL skill levels. Seriously. Some people say this, but there are people who have never painted a day in their lives that may show up. (In fact, I had a previous attendee of another class who was so intimidated by painting that they even ditched elementary school art projects. They quite literally never painted before!) Because of this, I feel picking one project and telling people how to do it point by point can be disadvantageous for a group with varied skill levels. I had a demo that I painted, but also printed out some inspiration images for attendees to draw from. I provided everyone with various brushes, student grade acrylic paint, and 9×11″ canvases.  Everyone had a great time! Below is a slideshow of what we created in the class.

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New Portraits in a Special Series…

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“Hope will never be silent.”

– Harvey Milk

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I am working on a long-term portrait project with a private collector. The series highlights humanitarians who risked their lives for their cause. (Many ended up being martyred for them, like the latest portraits in this post.) The portraits are in black and white, with a small area of red to signify their sacrifice.
The latest duo of portraits feature Harvey Milk, the progressive openly gay politician, who was murdered by a conservative political colleague, and Martin Luther King, Jr, whose story every school age kid knows. These two portraiture subjects stood for sexual and racial equality in the ’60’s and ’70’s. It’s alarming how relevant they are in 2017.

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