Thursday, July 06, 2017

Fundraising Painting Party for Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

I'm excited to announce a Fundraising Paint Party for Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region! This is the organization that runs Anselma House in Kitchener and Haven House in Cambridge. I'm working with some event planning students from Conestoga College.

The Painting Party will be held on Wednesday night August 2nd. The location has yet to be determined. I will post Time, Location and Cost soon. Save the date!!!!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Workshop weekend!

WOW! This weekend was busy.
On Friday I went down to Toronto for the Artwaves painting convention. I didn't take or teach any classes this year but I had fun visiting with all my friends that I found in the trade show.

Then on Saturday and Sunday I was at a workshop with David McEown who is a phenomenal watercolour artist who lives in Richmond Hill Ont and BC - but most of the time he is travelling around the world painting. Here's his website - you should check out his work!

We were painting Trilliums this weekend. SO much work left to do on my paintings! LOL
Here's a photo of what I got done on my first painting. I've just started on the flower and have ALL the leaves left to work on and the rest of the background. I hope to work on this and finish it for hang in my house. Why is it that artists are always selling or giving away all their work and never keep any for themselves :-) I love Trilliums so I will find a place for this one when it's done.

Friday, February 17, 2017

More February Painting classes at Keepsakes

I still have openings in these two classes starting February 21st and March 4th (the date for this class was changed)

I Love Crows - a coloured pencil design by Lydia Steeves
Tues Feb 21 & 28
$32.00 plus supplies
This painting will make you LOVE crows too!  The design is painted on black paper with an application of DecoArt Media Shimmer Misters.
Then coloured pencil over top. 
The whole painting glows with 
Pink and Blue and Turquoise pastel shimmer and coloured feathers. 
Approx. 9x12"

Monday, January 16, 2017

March Classes at Keepsakes

Radiance - Thurs. Mar. 2 and 9 OR evenings Mar 2 and 16th

Designed by Wendy Fahey
Perfect for NON-painters.
This design uses metallic paint and absolutely shimmers in the right lighting. You are welcome to change the colours to anything that goes with your decor. Maybe blue, or teal, or pink or violet would suit you better :-)
There is homework (texture paste and basecoating) before class so that this can be done in one night. I will have a short video for you to watch so you know how to apply the texture paste, or come to the Open Studio night the week before so it has time to dry. Easy peasy!

Where will you hang it?  It would look cool over a furniture piece or even over a doorway. The small version is approx 2 1/2 ft wide and the larger version could be painted on 5  9x12 canvases.

Cost: $30.00 plus supplies. Please let me know as early as possible if you would like me to get a surface for this piece.

Birches Ablaze 

design by Wendy Fahey

This painting on canvas shimmers with metallic copper and gold just like the autumn leaves of the birch trees. The shimmer doesn't show in the photo!
​The canvas is 16x20" gallery wrapped. No need for a frame.
Date:  Friday pm. March 10 - to apply the background and texture paste and give it time to dry overnight
AND Saturday Mar 11 - 9:30 to 4 To paint the birches.

Cost: $50.00 teaching fee includes lunch on Saturday.
 Pattern packet ($8.95) and supplies extra.
​SUPER SUPER easy!! Learn to paint realistic looking trees. :-)

Paris Rendezvous
Design by Holly Hanley

Dates: Tuesday, Mar 14 and 21 
Teaching Fee: $30.00
Supplies Fee: TBD (includes So Soft Fabric paints $5.00 (palette fee), painting pattern $8.00 and bag approx $15.00)

Learn to paint on Fabric! SO easy!  This pattern is styled after Vincent Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and it's painted with Decoart So Soft Fabric paints. The paints are included in the cost of the supplies kit. Paris designs are all the rage right now and this cute over the shoulder bag with black and white striped handles will come in handy to carry shoes, books or "vino et baguette". Make one for yourself and/or give for a gift!    
Definitely an Intermediate piece.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beginner Intermediate Acrylic classes in February 2016

Here are the February Acrylic Project classes at Keepsakes. You'll want to sign up soon!

A Valentine project by Judy Westegaard
Learn to do Chalkboard art
Wed. Feb 8th - afternoon 1-4 or evening class 7 - 9

Cost: Teaching fee $15.00 
Supplies extra - Board $4.00 

A Snowflake is winter's Butterfly Banner
Learn all kinds of Mixed Media texturing tricks
and Chalk techniques. 
Design by Judy Westegaard
Cost: $30.00  Supplies extra  Banner fabric $5.00 
Date: Thurs Feb 9 & 16 Afternoon 1 - 4 or Evening 7 - 10

Enchanted Cottage
Date: Saturday Feb 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00.
​ We will paint all day - have lunch together and then you can finish it in an Open Studio class on Thursdays for free if you need more help with it.
Cost: $50.00 - lunch included. Supplies and surface extra.
Painted on a 16x20" Gallery wrapped canvas.

Design by Jacki Claflin

This is not difficult when you go step by step - It's an Intermediate piece. You will certainly learn a lot of new techniques!

OR come to an Open Studio class - this will take 4 weeks at Open Studio classes (or so) unless you do homework :-)
I painted this for a friend on a mailbox she supplied. It can also be painted larger on a canvas or masonite board and then frame it. 
Beginners can do just takes longer (wink) There's nothing too hard - just lots of layers!

Monday, January 09, 2017

February Beginner Classes

Here are the February Beginner Classes being offered.
Choose Monday afternoons 1-330 or evenings 7 - 9:30

Sepia Birches - a Wendy Fahey Design

A daisy a day... 
Design by Debbie Eckmier

Winter Scene
Design by Moe Shier

So easy!!! Just show up and paint!  
You will get to paint all three of these paintings in class. We go step-by-step - NO drawing or previous experience necessary!
You will learn the basics of landscape painting as well as a simple strokework design (daisies) The class cost is $100.00 for 4 lessons, 3 surfaces, your brushes (which you get to keep) all the paint, varnish and miscellaneous supplies you need. After your beginner class you will be able to jump in and try some of the beg/int classes being offered in acrylics. 

February class is done - Register for the March class

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mailbox painting....

I just finished painting this mailbox for a friend of mine. She loved it! She's going to put it in a protected place of course...we live in Canada after all! Although I did paint a mailbox with DecoArt paints once and it lasted several years though the water dripped right on it and icicles hung off it all winter. 

I really like painting little cottages with light spilling out of the windows. So "Thomas Kinkade-esque" but the design is by Jackie Claflin and altered a fair bit by me. There are no hidden "N's" in the design as Kincade always did (N - for Nanette - his first bride) So romantic... 

 I hope that someone taking classes this fall will want to paint it so I can do it on something else while I'm teaching them. Hmmm...maybe a big canvas for my livingroom wall.... 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

At that time the Roman emperor Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman empire... and because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancee, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them, "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior - yes the Messiah, the Lord - has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger" 
Suddenly the angel was joined by a vast host of others - the armies of heaven - praising God and saying, "Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased."
Luke 2:1-14

For until us a child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God,
 the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace   Isaiah 9:6

The Nativity painted by Debbie Eckmier.
(figures are 4 ft. high)
Nativity designed by Juliet Martin. Angel designed by Helan Barrick

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I Love Crows!

I love Crows especially when they are the Coloured Pencil kind! Lydia Steeves has designed a beautiful crow painting and I had a wonderful time painting this.

I love the DecoArt Media Shimmer Misters in Violet, Turquoise and White used in the background. These colours just shine on the black paper background.

What I liked best about these shimmer misters is that they didn't rub off after I applied them. I even used a kneadable eraser and they didn't move! Most shimmery mist sprays are not permanent but DecoArt's are. So I think they are more versatile for backgrounds like this but also for use in Art Journals where you don't really want your shimmer sprays to wipe off or move when you apply more layers of paint or stencil applications over top.

AND they showed through the coloured pencil layers. Not only are there lovely pinks, plums and teals in the crows feathers, but some of the shiny spray also shows through between the coloured pencil strokes. Just beautiful - much like the iridescence of a crow's feathers.  It's so hard to see the gorgeous colours in a photo - way more beautiful in person.

This can be a project you might like to tackle in the Open Studio classes on Thursdays. I'd love to show you how!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas is Comin'...

A painting friend of mine, designed these cute little Santas as a free design. She designs a pin every year to give away as a Random Act of Kindness and encourages all her painting friends to paint a few and give them away every Christmas. They can be pins or ornaments.

I got some wooden tags at Michaels and started making some last week. Some will be for my grandkids - since I paint an ornament of some kind for them each year. And some will be to hand out. If you are reading this in 2016, you can get the design from her at: Random Act of Kindness pins

You can paint them on wooden tags or on watercolour paper coated with gesso to stiffen them. I finished these tonight as well as some star ornaments while watching Christmas movies on tv.

I also made a few of these star ornaments. I saw the star cut-outs at Michaels and couldn't resist bringing them home and adding a manger scene.
What's not to love about painting for Christmas!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What I'm working on this summer...

This summer is flying by and there is SO much to do to get painting classes ready for this fall, I've been painting quite a bit to get ready for you and your friends! I'm also starting to teach some Art Parties for adults and kids in the Kitchener Waterloo area. Check out my website and my newsletter to find out all the details!

Last Friday I did an art party for a Bachelorette party at a local restaurant. There were 16 guests. It was so much fun. The bride chose a cute picture of an owl and everyone had a hoot!!

My hubby came along to help out - he was the official paint squirter and water changer. He has said several times how much he enjoyed the evening. Since the group was made up of close friends and family there was one man in the group and he seemed to enjoy the project. He admitted that he hadn't done any art since high school. Maybe this will inspire him to pick up a pencil or paintbrush and get back into a wonderfully relaxing hobby.

These days there is so much stress in life, and so many things pulling at us competing for our time and attention. Painting is a wonderful way to beat that stress and escape for a couple of hours or true enjoyment. When you have a brush in your hand and you're doing something creative you will find that you can leave all those problems and demands behind as you concentrate on enjoying some ME time.

Start with a painting party or a beginner class (starting in September) and see how easy it is to learn to paint. Step-by-step! It's easier than it looks!

Try it, I promise you'll like it!

Making your day artfully beautiful!
Deb E

A long way to go for a few pictures!

My hubby and I just got back from the East Coast. We were there for 3 weeks and let me tell you...that's just NOT enough time to see all the beautiful sights there are to see!  I can see many painting nights ahead in my future...
Here are just a FEW of the many  photos we took this weekend that will make for some good winter painting inspiration on those long cold nights ahead...

I'm home now and the final preparations are being made for some wonderful painting classes this fall. Come and join me! Check out my newsletter that I hope will be out by the end of this week!
Enjoy ...and have a happy week.




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