Yovette shares her art with the world!

Hello to everyone, 

I am excited to tell you that I am moving on to another blog website. I have been having problems with receiving WordPress blogs and so now I have my own new blog. I want to thank all of you who have followed me the last couple of years, even though I have not posted very often. I appreciate all of you!

If you would care to take a peek at what I am doing now, visit me at My New Blog and you can also visit me at My New Website My new sites will be mostly related to art, so you may not be interested in art, but maybe you know people who are, and I would love it if you could share my new address with them. I would love to have the followings. 

Since both of the sites are new, there is not too much on there yet, but more is to come! 

Blessings, Yovette

The Finished Nativity Scene

Finished Barn Back

Finished Barn Back

Finished Figurines

Finished Figurines

I just had to do this! In my previous post, I showed photos of the Stable and Manger scene that I purchased at a Christmas bazaar. I loved it, but felt it needed my artistic touch. 

I love the difference now in the vibrant change of color and improvements to the stable. I redid everything from saw dust floor to the moss covered roof.
 It was a total makeover and it looks much more real now. 

The biggest transformation was in Painting the figurines delicate faces and was the hardest but most rewarding part. For this I used acrylic paint which worked wonderfully!

Working little by little, day by day, it’s finally completed!
All totaled I have 46 1/2 hours on this project, and it was worth every wonderful minute!

Finished Manger Front

Finished Manger Front

Wishing you much joy and happiness today and every day, Yovette

Away in the Manger…

I was at a Christmas bazaar in December when I happened upon this
second hand Stable and Manger Scene and just fell in love with it, so I purchased it!

Stable Manger Before Front

Stable Manger Before Front

Stable Manger Before Back

Stable Manger Before Back

When I got it home and set it in the corner where I wanted it to be,
the Stable and figurines looked so pale, beat up and washed out.
Being the fixer upper that I am, I decided to give it some life.
I now have 4 Stable and Manger Scenes, but this one is special
and I really want it to shine and stand out.
I have been working on it since January.
I will have the finished product in my next blog. I am really excited about it!
Somehow, a manger scene in a home brings life, warmth and hope!

As always, I wish you a very Blessed day, Yovette

2 Kings For A Day?

What were we thinking??? We were just two silly young girls… 

It was Valentines day many   (many many)   years ago…
My sister and I decided to make our husbands feel like
a  “King for a Day”  treating them like Royalty!

It was early in the morning as we rushed outside to decorate our car.
We named it the ”Love Limo” and it was beautiful!

Next we hurried to got all dressed up in nice little short shorts,
high heels and cute little hats.

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

We excitedly got in our car and drove to the house to pick up our guys.
When they saw us their jaws dropped in disbelief!

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

We escorted our men to the car and took them to breakfast.
Everyone in the restaurant was staring at us,
and we really played it up as we pranced down the isle.
We quickly produced two stunning “King Hats”
and placed them on our guys heads.
Of course they loved being the center of attention!

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

After a great leisurely breakfast we drove our “Kings” downtown
because we had another surprise all lined up.
We had booked a “Columbia Gorge River Cruise”
complete with a great meal, fine music, and beautiful scenery.

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

We had a fabulous time! Isn’t it great to be young and silly?

Mischievous Bear Cubs

Living in Alaska part time, I love the wildlife there. It is quite normal to see bears and their cubs in the wild. But in the last few years, it has become quite normal to see bears in the city too. Sometimes when my husband and I are out driving around in the country, we will just stop the car and watch little cubs playing and climbing trees, or mother bears rolling around in the grass and grazing on luscious foliage.

This is my 20th Sneak Peek painting. I enjoyed this painting because of the bright colors and interesting mountains. Painting wildlife is difficult for me but I keep pushing myself because I really do love it. If you would like to see the steps I took to paint this, visit my website, mymagicbrushes.com and click on the Sneak Peek page.

Have a fabulous day, and blessing, Yovette

Mischievous Bear Cubs

Mischievous Bear Cubs

 

A Very Unexpected Surprise!

 

My sister and I went to the Jackson County Home Show outside of Medford Oregon a few weeks ago because we saw that “The Grand View” was going to have a booth there. Now for those of you that don’t know, The Grand View is a PBS Art Show starring Stefan Baumann. He is a wonderful artist and I faithfully followed his shows on TV when I was in Alaska.

When we got to the Home Show, his booth was the first one inside the door. It was a delight to see all the paintings on display and be able to meet some of the artists. The only one missing was the person I so wanted to meet. Stefan Baumann! He was unable to attend his own show.

Jumping ahead… last week I got a surprise phone call that I had won a free class from the Home Show! Oh my gosh, I was so excited! I emailed my sister right away with the good news, and low and behold, she had won a free class too!

So, we got to attend the class this past Thursday, and got to meet this famous artist. We had a great time, met some wonderful people, learned some new things, and got to spend the afternoon painting with Stefan. What could be more fun?

In that very short afternoon, we only got to do an under-painting. But it was a great experience and I am excited to do more with this painting. Unfortunately, Stefan won’t be there to guide me, but I will go on without him. Maybe I will post an after picture later on down the road when it is completed.

Painting with Stefan

Painting with Stefan

As always, I invite you to visit my website to see what I am up to. www.mymagicbrushes.com 

Painting on a gourd by Yovette 
It was during another hunting trip in Oregon last fall that I started this project. The weather had been exceptionally beautiful and flowers were still in bloom. I used acrylic Paint to start this project and a dried gourd that my sister had given me. I began by dabbing on cool colors of paint in no particular order. I just needed a base coat.
Spring flowers gourd 1
While that dries, often times before I start a new project such as this gourd I will sketch or paint out some ideas on paper. I will gather all of my materials along with either wax paper or butchers paper And just play to see what I come up with.
Spring flowers gourd 2
Once I like what I have created on paper, I am ready to get started on the gourd. Using water miscible paint over the acrylic paint makes a surface that is easy to work with. Water miscible is an oil based paint that cleans with water. It sticks to acrylic very nicely. I started with a green background for foliage, and added flowers to the center.
Spring flowers gourd 3
The final photo shows added flowers, buds and a butterfly. Once completed the gourd is sprayed with a varnish to give it shine and protection. Gourds are a bit hard to paint on because they are so smooth But it is a good challenge.
Spring flowers gourd 4
I was not sure I would like the Water Miscible paints, but after playing with them for a while, I decided they were pretty nice. You can view more paintings on my website at http://www.mymagicbrushes.com
Have a blessed day!     
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