Drink and Draw*

*CAUTION! I do not promote intoxication while making art! There are many dire consequences including hangovers, horrible art and a waste of paint! Also, this post is only directed at the 21 and up crowd… Otherwise when i say “drink” i mean orange juice.

I love to paint. Im not super great at it. I did sell a painting over here, and i love my DIY Map Painting. But for the most part, i paint because i love the consistency of paint and just love mixing the colors around. I feel like a 2 year old when i paint and i just love it! The part i love the most is to paint with my mommy. Pretty sure i sound even more like a 2 year old. Its true though. My mom is an incredible artist… her art is inspiring. There are so many pieces that i would pay a lot for! Last friday i went to her place where she redecorated her art studio and helped break it in 🙂

Drink and draw is just like it sounds… have a beer and get to painting! Again, im not promoting getting plastered but i do love a drink or two especially when im spending quality time with friends and family and paint!

Here is one of my moms painting experiments. Shes definitely taught me instead of running to a huge piece, to slow down, experiment with color, texture and layering.

The steps to creating a fun piece of art:

  1. Experiment with colors. Use colors you usually wouldnt consider
  2. Use texture. It adds dimension and interest.
  3. Layer, layer, layer. If you havent heard of medium, it has many different uses. In this case, it helps add dimension. Take a quarter size of medium and add a drop of paint. It makes the paint translucent so you can see the other colors below it really adding depth. Medium can also change the consistency of the paint. Theres matte, fiber, coarse, crackle, iridescent, etc, etc, etc. This makes texture super fun.

Heres a few upclose shots of 2 experiments i was playing with…

How cute is she?! She made this mixed media piece for my sister for her birthday.

If you need any suggestions on what could… loosen you up… try a Caramel Baileys milkshake… absolutely delish. Or try Leinenkugel’s anything… best beer ever.

So here they are on my shelves…

I have to admit i love them. Im obsessed with the color blue… teal, navy, aqua, love them all… its hard for me to dabble in other colors especially painting. So i kept the color palate to yellow, red, purple and orange! I dig it.


my Date with Kate!

Had a beautiful weekend with a good friend Kate a few weeks back and we went to Austin Java (yum!) and hit up the Blanton Museum of Art that was actually quite a bit bigger that we both thought it was. There was a huge exhibit on 19th-Century prints which made me want to retake Printmaking, a Latin America Gallery, large Contemporary Gallery and (the reason why we went) Masterpieces by artists like Monet, Degas and Manet among others.

Love this piece by Monet (bottom left) and the museum had some beautiful architecture

There was a huge modern and contemporary art gallery that was pretty incredible. This is a permanent collection so go check it out! Btw, lower right is an installation called “How to Build Cathedrals” by Cildo Meireles. The top is cow bones with a column of communion wafers leading down to the floor that is covered with pennies. They used 600,000 pennies, 800 communion wafers and 2000 cattle bones!