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!
The Finished Nativity Scene
Finished Barn Back
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
Wishing you much joy and happiness today and every day, Yovette
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.
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!
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!
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.
We had a fabulous time! Isn’t it great to be young and silly?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Every fall, it’s hunting time in Oregon. Time to get out the guns, and dress in clothing that looks like the forest, all to be able to catch an elk off guard that ends up on the dinner table. This fall hunting trip was no different other than we were not using guns. Instead, a camera was in hand.
During the day, my husband and I went on many walks and saw nothing but an occasional bird, a squirrel, or some other little critter. Some hunting years are just that way. That gets pretty boring after a few days, so in between walks, I got out my trusty old paintbrush to see what I could create. I had on old, well it wasn’t really old, in fact it was a new shirt that I accidentally spilled something on and could not get the stain out. My sister suggested that I just take a paintbrush to the t-shirt and paint something pretty over the stain.
I am partial to flowers most of the time, so I got out my sketch pad, a palette, some paint and my paintbrushes. I started sketching an idea, decided I liked it, so I put it on my shirt and I am so happy with it! We didn’t get any elk on this years hunting trip, but I am pleased with a new looking Original T-shirt. A photo of the result is below. I have more on my website about the t-shirt http://mymagicbrushes.com/ along with other artwork. Please visit and look around.
Wishing you Happy Holidays. Blessings Yovette
Fur Rendezvous is over for 2013, and what a week it was! There were activities all over town, and our Anchorage Senior Center was one of the most active. One of those activities was the Art Snow which lasted a week and I am thrilled to say that I took second place in the oil and acrylic division. My paintings were titled “Cooking Lessons” which took the ribbon, and “Going Home” one of my personal favorites. When the show was over, we had a Meet the Artist day when people could meet and talk with the artists. Great food and Dessert was served. We all had a great time!
Photo of Artwork
Not only did they have the art contest at the center, they also had a seafood buffet, Pioneer Dinner Stories, clothing contests, stamp show, scale model exhibition, swap and shop, and much more. I think it must be the busiest week of the year and one of the most fun!
You can view the painting “Going Home” in progress on my website www.mymagicbrushes.com this week. Just click on the Sneak Peek page. It’s something fun I do so that people can follow my artwork step by step.
Have a blessed day! Yovette