Meijer

Meijer by Christy Berry

Meijer by Christy Berry 48″ x 36″ Acrylic paint Indoor Light

This flower took years to create. It all started when I purchased a large canvas. I didn’t know what I was going to paint until I saw this group of flowers at Meijer. It was going to be a challenge to capture all of the colors and transitions. I started in May of 2016 and finished in April of 2017. Much thought went into the painting. I only painted on it when I was ready. I thought and thought about the flower. While I thought I created other paintings. I wanted it just right. I stared at it and thought about the colors.  I asked others what they thought. I added a few details and my signature.

I used two brands of paint for this painting: Liquitex basics and Grumbacher Academy acrylics. I used a variety of sized brushes. I started my base layer with a ½ inch brush and then transitioned to a 8 brush. I then moved to a size 4 and then a 2.  Finally, I added details with a 3/0 brush. While painting I generally listen to music with headphones.  I do this because I am generally painting when my children go to sleep. The music is upbeat and happy. I only painted when I was in a good mood and not exhausted. I wanted this one to be a colorful upbeat painting; similar to the flowers.

Meijer by Christy Berry

Meijer by Christy Berry 48″ x 36″ Acrylic paint Outdoor Light

When I took photos during the painting process the indoor lights from my studio area were florescent and incandescent.  I took two final photographs: one indoors with my studio lights and one outside with overcast morning light. There is a huge difference in how they look.  The outdoor light was bluer and changed how the painting looks. My personal preference is the warmer looking flower with the indoor light.

Please enjoy my short documentation video of my painting called Meijer.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

Curing Cabin Fever

Cabin fever has set in and I am in need of some flowers and a green spring.  Since, I can’t have that and we have had 10 snow days in two months; I have been doing a bit of painting.  These are two that are finished.  I have a few others that I have been working on, but my attention span is all over the place.  Hopefully, spring will be here soon and I can start to garden again.

Old and New by Christy Berry

Old and New by Christy Berry

The purpose of the first painting was to use up the existing tubes of paint. I wanted to clear out space and purchase new paint.  I don’t like to waist any paint so I thought why not take the last couple of squeezes and create a painting using those colors.  The paint was purchased over 18 years or so ago.  It’s been awhile but the paint still worked; however, it was a little thick.  I also then added other colors on top because I now ran out of those colors.  I used a 20” by20” canvas with acrylic paint.

Yellow Flower by Christy Berry

Yellow Flower by Christy Berry

The second painting was using a type of vellum paper, acrylic, and sharpie.  I have been experimenting with this type of paper. Up until this point I have only used watercolor and sharpie.  I like the look of the acrylic.  The vellum reduces my use of highly saturated colors.  I’m indifferent at this point to if I like it or not.  It might grow on me.

Please enjoy.

Artfully,

Christy Berry

52 Paintings: Week 31-35 Murals and Draftpaper Paintings

Close up view of Calvin and Hobbes Mural by Christy Berry

Close up view of Calvin and Hobbes Mural by Christy Berry

Calvin and Hobbes Mural by Christy Berry

Calvin and Hobbes Mural by Christy Berry

It is getting close to the end of the year and I need to do several paintings before the end.  I have few that I have been working on.  One of them is a floor to ceiling mural of one of my favorite images of Calvin and Hobbes.  It’s where they are going off on an adventure together in their wagon.  It is for my son’s room.

Painting by Christy Berry of Calvin's Quote

Painting by Christy Berry of Calvin’s Quote

I also have painted a quote on one of the walls on the other side of the room.  It’s also one of my favorite quotes.

As I was moving stuff into our home I found some drafting paper.  I thought why not give it a try and see what happens.  So I took a photograph that I took of my children and drew on the drafting paper with a sharpie.  I then used watercolor and painted the other side.

Backside of Three Angels by Christy Berry

Backside of Three Angels by Christy Berry

Three Angels by Christy Berry

Three Angels by Christy Berry

I did two versions of this painting to see what I liked best.

Three Angels by Christy Berry

Three Angels by Christy Berry

Flower Experiment by Christy Berry

Flower Experiment by Christy Berry

I then also tried a flower.  I am not sure I like the results of the flower.  The jury is still out on that painting.  However, I like the painting of my children with the watercolor look.

These painting are what I have been working on along with 2am feedings and teaching full time. Please enjoy!

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

52 Paintings: Week 30 Messy Blue Flowers

Messy Blue Flowers by Christy Berry

Messy Blue Flowers by Christy Berry

It’s been a bit since I have worked on my goal of 52 paintings in a year.  I have been a little busy, moved to a new home, had a baby, an emergency c-section, and a code blue was called after I had a grand mal seizure on my birthday. All this occurred within a week’s time period.

So how this is all related to my latest painting?  Well, since we moved only 8 tubes of paint made it to the new house.  There was no white paint; which I normally love to use. I also didn’t have brushes here yet.  I haven’t been able to drive to pick them up. That’s what happens when you have a c-section and seizure; you are not allowed to drive. Having the baby means that I have little time to actually sit down and paint, so I finger painted to get something on canvas.  I spent an hour to hour and a half on the final part of this painting.  This painting actually started 15 years ago when I attended community college.  Somehow this partially painted canvas made it to the house when my fresh brand never been used ones did not.  So I decided to finish the painting with a finger painting.

If my painting looks a little messy and unorganized it reflects how my life is right now.  Between the lack of sleep, the demands of taking care of a newborn, moving, and taking care of my two other daughters.  Well that’s about what life is like for me right now.  My husband and I try taking shifts so that we can at least get some sleep. So having a hour to spare on my own personal art in a month is about right.

Enjoy!

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

52 Paintings: Week 29 Lots of Dots!!

Lots of Dots by Christy Berry 20" x 20" Acrylic

Lots of Dots by Christy Berry 20″ x 20″ Acrylic

Greetings Readers,

I have created a lesson about using dots in artwork.  It is also a painting so I am counting it as one of my weeks.

Since, I do not have the rights to reproduce the whole lesson because I included art history in the lesson; I am writing about what the students make in response to the pieces of artwork that they looked at and analyzed.  I can share this part.  I start off my lesson with a video about making dots from one of my favorite stories called, The Dot by Peter Reynolds.

We look at different pieces of artwork that involve color, movement, and visual movement.  We then start to make our art and reflect on the process.

Step 1 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 1 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 1: Draw out the picture in pencil lightly.  Remind students to draw their dots lightly so that it does not indent the paper.  Explain that they can choose which way the paper is orientated. Also explain that they need to have visual movement in their picture and a way to do that is to have the dots follow a line and to use variety of sizes.

Step 2 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 2 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 2: Pick either warm or cool colors and paint the background with a larger brush for the first layer of paint. Remind students that acrylic paint does not come out of clothing!!

Step 3 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 3 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 3: Add tints (white) or shades (black) to the painting to give it a bit of variety and depth.

Step 4 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 4 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 4: Paint the circles in the color choice that they picked.  Students can use the same size brush as the background or a smaller brush.

Step 5 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 5 Lots of Dots by Christy Berry

Step 5: Add finishing touches and paint your signature in the corner.

That’s the project in a nutshell.  I will be using this lesson with my high school students at the end of the trimester.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

52 Paintings: Week 28-29

Greetings,

Over the summer my door name tag has seen a bit of wear and tear so I wanted to create a new name tag for outside of my classroom door.  Since, I have two classrooms I needed two tags.  I didn’t want to go with the ordinary, print your name on a piece of paper, and just hang it.  I went with a small painting with some of my favorite animals.  They just happen to also be characters from my elements of art and principles of design series.  I used a flat canvas board that is 9” x 12”.  I used acrylic paint and metallic acrylic paint.  These were quick and fun paintings for outside my classroom.  They are not designed to be ones that are for sale.  However, if you would like one personalized please contact me and I could customize one.

Berry Door Tag by Christy Berry

Berry Door Tag by Christy Berry

The Berry door tag is for my middle school room.

Christy Door Tag by Christy Berry

Christy Door Tag by Christy Berry

The Christy door tag is for my alternative high school; staff use first names and not last.  Since they are paintings I am counting them towards my goal of 52 paintings.

I am not sure if I will get there with maternity leave looming on the horizon so every painting helps reach my goal.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

52 Paintings: Week 27

Greetings,

I have been working on lesson plans for eighth grade and came across a pin on Pinterest from an interesting artist: Leslie DeRose.  I found that it would work for a student lesson on radial balance.  So I thought I would try it out and see if it would work.  Normally, I would post this to teachers pay teachers; however, I can use the information for school purposes but not to sell. The art making is part of the bigger picture.  I had students look at a variety of artwork pieces and they were to answer questions about the artwork in reference to a particular element of art or principles of design.   Then they are to imitate DeRose’s project while adding their own flare to the project.  I thought I would try it out.  I learned some things along the way.

  • Using a real map and Yes paste on a canvas makes wrinkles.
  • Don’t use a sharpie to outline your project. (I did this so it would show up in the lesson plans for my sub).
  • You need to have patience and a small brush.

Overall, the painting served the purpose as being an example. So I am happy with that fact.  It’s not my cup of tea but the idea intrigues me.  I will leave the map using to DeRose.

Here is what I did:

Map that has been glued

Map that has been glued

First I glued a map to an old used canvas with Yes glue.

Drawn Bike on MapThen using a 2B pencil drew the contour of a bike, making sure to get the radial balance of the tires.  Next time I would use a darker pencil and wait for the glue to dry.

I then outlined it in sharpie (mistake).

Radial Balance Example by Christy Berry

Radial Balance Example by Christy Berry

Then I painted the negative space with acrylic paint.

Then I outlined the negative space with a small brush.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

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