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Spooky House or Fun House?

Posted in art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by Cherie

Spooky House or Fun House?

In the latest challenge for Different Strokes from Different Folks, the subject was this beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. I was eager to get started.

This time, I decided to paint a little larger than the last one: 8″x10″. I started sketching and painting right away. But then there came the windows, the lines, the angles, the roof, etc. Ugh. I could’t seem to paint a straight line for the life of me. Trying to define the architecture and angles, this became more outlined than I’m used to. Then my angles got all distorted and I thought, “This looks like something from Dr. Seuss.” All I needed to do was add Little Miss Cindy Lou. 

However, I still like it. It turned out to be a fun experiment. As I try to get back into painting, projects like this help me find my style and paint stroke again (or at least improve it). So for that, I’m thankful.

Be sure to check out the original photo and what other artists did with this challenge by clicking here. It’s always fun to see how others interpret a photo. There are some great ones!


1/11/09 – Locked out in the cold

Posted in art with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2009 by Cherie

kOne of my favorite Christmas gifts given to me this year was a bird feeder. This wasn’t just any bird feeder. It was a homemade bird feeder. Seeing it hanging outside in the sun, I thought it would make a great subject for my first painting. I snapped a few pictures and I downloaded them to my computer.

Here is my favorite one:

Photo for my first painting

Photo for my first painting

While sketching out the picture, I noticed in the photo that part of the bird feeder was broken off. I looked outside my window at the bird feeder and sure enough, a piece was missing. Sadly, I already knew this. Two weeks ago, I dropped it while trying to hang it on its new branch and unfortunately a piece broke off the side. I gasped when it originally happened for obvious reasons and tried to fix it immediately. I thought it was OK after I glued it back on, but apparently it was not.

So I stepped outside to inspect it more closely and the door slams behind me. Guess what – it was also locked. Yes, I got locked outside. I have no coat on, really bad crazy hair and I’m wearing fuzzy slippers. Awesome. (This is probably why my neighbors never talk to me. I’m the weird lady.) By some miracle, I had my cell phone in my pocket and was able to get a hold of my sister for a key. An hour later, I was back inside! Amen!!


I didn’t get back to my painting. Instead, I went to see Gran Torino. So I’ll have to get back to my painting tomorrow. I’m tuckered out and sort of not feeling well. Hopefully I’ll be back in the swing of things tomorrow night.