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

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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 16-26

Nine Flowers by Christy Berry

Nine Flowers by Christy Berry

Greetings,

I found a bit of time to complete a few more paintings.  Now granted nine of them are smaller, but they took a ton of time to paint.  I was going after an Andy Warhol type style with a mix of Georgia O’Keeffe.  I then also added my own flare to make it my own.  I don’t have different names for each one, just the placement of the artwork when it is all together.  Click on the small Nine Flowers picture to get a closer look at each of the nine paintings.

Four Flowers by Christy Berry

Four Flowers by Christy Berry

My Four Flower painting is a watercolor painting done on the back of the paper that accompanies the frame.  I was out of paper and was trying to create a piece of artwork that I thought I might enter into a local contest.  Well, my eldest daughter also did the same type of painting and I didn’t want to the two pieces to be judged against one another so I entered different paintings.  I was also trying to work out a lesson idea for my high school students.  I like to try a lesson before I have them create the artwork to work out any kinks.

 

 

Zoe by Christy Berry

Zoe by Christy Berry

My last painting I call Zoe is after my niece.  Again, I was working on a lesson for my high school students and I started with a Chuck Close type assignment.  Well, it was not going all that well.  However, I really liked the composition so I kept the form and changed the colors.  Several coats later, I finally have a result that I like.  If you click to enlarge the image you will see the vertical and horizontal lines.  I really like this painting because it’s a bit different from my other paintings.  It’s loose and it’s a fun yellow flower with lots of personality.

Please enjoy my paintings.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

52 Paintings: Week 6

Rhododendrons by Christy Berry

Rhododendrons by Christy Berry

Greetings,

This week the snow and temperature has been falling so I wanted to bring a little color to the world.  I took a photograph of rhododendrons from the Dow Gardens last summer.  I have wanted to paint this photograph for some time.   And yesterday, I came across it because I wanted to paint something blue.  I used the last of my Persian blue to paint the sky.

The painting is not very large it’s about 2 feet by 1 and ½ feet.   Please enjoy a little bit of summer during the winter.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

P.S.  Please let me know what you think.

52 Paintings: Week 3 Finger Painting

Greetings,

Purple Flower Finger Painting by Christy Berry

Purple Flower Finger Painting by Christy Berry

This week has been a busy week but I have my painting for week 3.  It’s a finger painting.  Yes, a finger painting.  I wanted to do a finger painting to cleanse my pallet and start my next painting refreshed.  I found that finger painting can be fun.

I was forced into finger painting after moving.  My brushes were packed somewhere and I wanted to paint.  I had a canvas and paint.  The stereotype is that children finger paint and adults uses brushes.  See my daughter’s art here. But what I found was that physically connecting with the paint and structure creates a unique texture on the canvas.  The acrylic paint builds upon itself.  I rather liked my first one, so I thought I would try it again.

I caution anybody from attempting to finger paint unless you can channel your inner child because you will get messy and have fun.  Here is my painting for week three.  Please let me know your thoughts or if you have tried to finger paint lately.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

52 Paintings in 2013: Week 1

Greetings,

A friend of mine (Joy Bender Hadley) is doing a project of creating a piece of artwork every day this year. This is incredible!  Joy’s cool plan of making art every day can be seen here. You can also follower her tweets.

Now I would love to do something like that but my family and I just recently moved (the reason why I haven’t written any posts in a while).  Everything is still in boxes.  I am thankfully, still teaching art.  However, it is now at the middle school and high school level.  I love my new job and I am still adjusting to the “giant” students.  I am used to most of my students being much shorter than I am.  Now my students tower over me.  I am also adjusting to new grade level content standards and benchmarks.  Which is something that I love but it takes time.

In order to sort of do what Joy is creating I have adjusted my goal to 52 pieces for the year.  Last year, I made 21 paintings.  Mind you this also included taking 2 graduate classes (one of those was my capstone), being a mom of two young children, teaching full time, and moving.

I started one last week and it is four feet by three feet.  That’s probably the biggest painting I have ever painted.  I have already painted for at least fifteen hours this last week. It will take me a few more weeks before it is completed.  So in order to get my painting in for this week, I went on the small scale.

Christy Berry's Small Rose

Christy Berry’s Small Rose

I used:

  • Koi watercolor paint
  • Mini Mack Tidwell brush
  • 2.5 in x 3.5 in Strathmore Watercolor Paper-Cold Press
  • Hourish of time

I call it Small Rose.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

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