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I Am Not A Figurine Painter, But…

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

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 

“Spring Flowers” on a gourd

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!     

Fur Rendezvous Alaska, Art work 2nd place

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

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

Sneak Peek #16 The Old Waterwheel


The Old Waterwheel is my Sneak Peek #16. It was great fun doing this painting because it started out as a summer painting with an all green and brown background.Then after the under painting was done, I decided that up here in Alaska, it is winter! So I completely changed my original thought, and it became a winter scene.

You can view this and many more paintings on my website mymagicbrushes.com
Have a blessed day, Yovette

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Sneak Peek Painting #14 Buffalo on the Point

Sneak Peek #14, Buffalo on the Point was a fun painting to do because it was not ordinary. It was not painted on a canvas, it was done on a rock. The finished painting is sitting in my greenhouse in Alaska, a perfect place for it! 

The idea come from being at our summer cabin, and watching the buffalo come down the hills to give birth to their young. They do this every spring and then head back up to the mountains in the fall. There are usually around 50 or more of them.

This painting is done in acrylic, and not for sale. It is just for your viewing pleasure.

I have started a new sneak peek #15 on my website. You can read the story of each photo on the sneak peek page of my website at: http://www.mymagicbrushes.com  

You can also sign up for this blog in the upper right hand corner where it says “FollowBlog” and you will get a notification in your mailbox when I have added something new. Please feel free to share this site with your friends. Blessings Yovette.

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Sneak Peek #13 “Mexican Courtyard”


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Sneak Peek #13 called Mexican Courtyard is now completed. It was a lot of fun to do this painting. To me, Mexico has always been such an interesting place. My sister and I had the opportunity to visit there many years ago, and we just loved it. There is a beauty there that is different from other places.

Mexican Courtyard was inspired by my good friend Angel. He likes pottery, so I wanted to see if I could incorporate that into something unusual. I found the adobe wall a most interesting subject to paint. Seems like adobe almost always has cracks and pieces falling out of it. I would like to do more of the Mexican courtyard type of paintings in the future. I have some new ideas that I am going to play with.

Mexican Courtyard   18×24   Acrylic   $350

You can read the story of each photo on the Sneak Peek page my website at: http://www.mymagicbrushes.com/

You can also sign up for my blog in the upper right hand corner where it says “FollowBlog” and you will get a notification in your mailbox when I have added something new.

Please feel free to share this site with your friends. Thank you, and Blessings, Yovette


Sneak Peek #12 “Flamenco Dancer”

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Sneak Peek #12 has completed. The title is: “Flamenco Dancer”. This painting was a lot of fun for me because it was the first time I have ever painted a person.

 Now, I would like to try many more people. This painting was inspired by my sister, also an artist,  https://sites.google.com/site/emajique/home when I went to visit her last summer. Unlike a landscape painting, one has to be so precise with people. I enjoyed the Flamenco Dancer challenge. I am not sure what my next project is going to be, I am searching now. Sometimes it takes a long time to find just the right thing that inspires you. So I will be back when I have something new. Meantime…

You can read the story of each photo on the Sneak Peek page of my website at: http://www.mymagicbrushes.com/

You can also sign up for my blog in the upper right hand corner where it says “Follow Me” and you will get a notification in your mailbox when I have added something new.

Have a fabulous day and blessings, Yovette


Sneak Peek #10 “I See You”

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My 10th Sneak Peek Painting called “I See You” is complete!

I had so much fun doing this painting. It was a combination of several photos that I used parts of, and also a lot of my own creativity. I was pleased that this Sneak Peek painting took 2nd place in the Kenny Lake Art Fair Contest this year for the Acrylic division.

When I finish a painting I usually send out over 100 notices to family and friends. Because this is so time consuming, I would ask that if you are interested in continuing to view and read about the painting that I am doing, that you either visit my website: http://www.mymagicbrushes.com

Or sign up for my blog at: https://mymagicbrushes.wordpress.com and you will get a notification when I do something new.

Please enjoy Sneak Peek #10, “I See You” For all of you that have already signed up for my blog, I thank you for your interest in following me.

Blessing and have a wonderful day.


Kenny Lake Fair * Whoopee! I Won…

I was surprised and thrilled to learn that one of my paintings took “First Place” at the Kenny Lake Fair this past weekend. And not only that, it took “Best Painting Award” in the Acrylic Division! Color me very Happy!  See other Paintings on my website at MyMagicBrushes.com

Alaska Wilderness Outhouse  ***  (Click on Photos to Enlarge)

Ribbons on Painting Kenny Lake Fair

Ribbons at Kenny Lake Fair

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