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At whimsy when Lindsey actually has free time! I know right what is free time?! She likes to create large canvas art, and we get a lot of questions and compliments on them. They are for sale however you may want to take up a large scale project on your own!
Materials: Large Canvas, Big background brushes and a variety of sizes for details, Acrylic Paints, Paper towel roll, spray bottle, water and a bucket and anything else you may want to add to your canvas! Some people like to add in glitter, string, leaves, paper, spray paint, popsicle sticks or even paint with sponges and pallet knives.
Below is a process for the one and only original “On Silver Pond.”
The Background is sprayed with water from a water bottle to make the canvas wet and then tones of grey paint were applied with a crumpled paper towel and a large paint brush. I built up dark areas and light areas with a lot of texture to give it some interest. I then applied a flat area for a body of water or the idea of water in the background. I added some yellow ochre tints to the sky to give it a tickle of color or limited color to add more effect to the black and white. The trick to doing a large background is to keep it wet!! If the paint dries out it makes it difficult to work on so a spay bottle is your best friend when working large. Large brushes, paper towels and terry towels are fantastic ways of applying the paint fast!
Once that was completed I started working the tree into the foreground with solid black paint and water with a little and medium brush. The root system was especially fun to work into this one along with some grass. One of the hardest parts working so large is how to scale the subject on the canvas, how bit should the tree be? The harder question is how thick should the branches be! I always start small and gradually build the object up, until I get it as large as I want it to be! Step away form the canvas ALOT especially when working large so you can see how the objects are working all together.
The last step was applying the red leaves with burnt sienna, crimson red and yellow ochre. To do the leaves I used little crumpled paper towels to apply the paint on irregularly. I built it up until I liked it but was careful to not over do it! Sky holes are important, leaving some background showing through.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
Remember making adorable little macaroni necklaces and finger-painted turkeys at Thanksgiving for mom? I’m pretty sure refrigerators were invented as pip squeak art galleries. Oh, and for food storage, of course.
The sun is shining, the trees are putting in their frilly summer frocks, and….TAX SEASON IS OVAH!!!!
No more bustling around trying to organize a shoe box of receipts and figure out what an I-27394-G Form is. (It is probably abundantly clear that I am not a CPA and just made this up by pressing my fingers wildly around the keyboard. No judging, okay?)
Yep, them suckers are filed and with any luck, you have a little return headed your way from our dear Uncle Sam, that goateed sweetheart.
We know you gals have shoes to buy and you fellas have flat screen TVs to spend your return on, so let’s make it stretch a little further.
Whimsy is offering 50% off registration price until this Sunday, April 19th! This is a huge deal. Literally!
Check out the calendar, see what strikes your fancy and register you plus all your friends!
Go on, you can afford to look like a big spender, we won’t tell!
Happy Tax Season Is Over Day! Celebrate in high style with us!
Shannon ‘Return Money=New Socks’ Hodgson
Okay, now we are beginning to feel it. Despite the unexpected wet snow this week and an occasional cold breeze, I really feel like this time it’s safe to say we’ve made it over the hump and spring is upon us. Grass is greening up, little buds bloom on the trees, chocolate bunnies are on the shelves at every major supermarket. Not sure if that last part was really related, maybe more just my subconscious desire for Cadbury Eggs popping into the blog for a moment.
Just because we are past the holidays doesn’t mean special occasions stop happening during spring. This is wedding season, baby season, Thank Goodness It’s Finally Warm Day (a new national holiday), birthdays, just TONS of festivities that send us out to the store trying to find something really thoughtful for our celebrating loved ones.
I personally find that task really hard, which is why you can usually find me making my gifts. They are more personal and it’s easier to custom fit it to their desires! These are also, hands-down, my favorite gifts to receive!
You’ve heard me say it before and I will say it again, Whimsy is the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone; you can get some time in with people you love during a painting event or open studio, while creating a gift for someone special who has a birthday coming up! In this busy world, killing two birds with one stone is pretty priceless!
In an even bigger rush? Grab a gift card so they can create their own wall art! It makes an awfully cute addition to an Easter basket filled with Peeps and all of their other festive friends.
See you next week, you generous little artists, you!
Shannon ‘Did I Mention Chocolate Bunnies?’ Hodgson
With the first day of spring nearly a week away, your Whimsy artists have
been flinging the studio doors open to let in that warm breeze and trading
out the warm and fuzzy drinks for refreshing, flavored Xing Teas.
We are packing away the snowy paintings and unearthing marvelous, colorful
floral paintings little by little wiping away the last traces of cold breeze
and slippery pavement in preparation for spring!
While we must acknowledge that yes, this is Colorado and we are likely in
for a few more late season flurries, we are totally entitled to feel more
springy on the inside! If you believe in this sort of thing it’s entirely
possible to scare the snow away because we are so gosh darn sunshiny in our
Whether we have to weather the weather or we get insanely lucky and get to
pull out shorts and keep them on, one thing is for certain; Spring Break
preparations have sprung! The kiddos are excited while the parents are
trepidatious about how to keep these excited little kiddos active without
Well, then, how fortuitous that you are reading the Whimsy Blog this week,
because we have the perfect solution, and we like to call them Family Day,
Kids Club and Teen Club.
Art is really the best way to keep your small humans stimulated over spring
break and spades better than playing video games all week!
In preparation for Spring Break, we have added a number of fun and kid
friendly events to the calendar between the dates of Monday, March 23rd and
Friday, March 27th!
We are offering Teen Club in addition to Kids Club for this upcoming and
very special week! These are kids/teens only events, but we think it’s
extra-fun when little friends get together for a really fun time! Ages for
Kids Club are 7-15, Teen Club ages 12-18.
If you’re getting a little time off for their break and want some groundwork
to help you create your painting, we are also offering Family Events
throughout the week for families aged 7 and up.
We recommend taking a peek at our calendar to get inspired, and then book
some fun activities for you and your littles before classes are full! Spring
break is about fun and we want to be a part of it!
Shannon ‘Snow On The Ground But Sandals On My Feet’ Hodgson
They say that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
Folks, I can’t think of a better way to describe what it’s like to work at
Whimsy! If you’ve ever attended a Whimsy class, you already know that we are
excitable, energetic people who love what we do. It’s true! We can’t think
of any other place we would rather be on a weekend than teaching art and
laughing with YOU! How many people can say that about their place of work?
I’d venture to say not many.
Yes, keeping it fun and artful is what we do. As artists ourselves, we also
know when it’s time to step away from the masterpiece and get the ole’ blood
This is why we often have dance offs during our classes! We want you to step
away, get physical for a minute, and then come back to your thing of beauty
with new inspiration! After all, art is not serious, it’s meant to be FUN!!!
Over the years, we’ve been treated to some truly award-winning performances
on the Whimsy stage! It is our favorite time of the night, when we get to
know our artists in a new way and even see some dance-partner friendships
being made! We’ve had singers, we’ve had amazing hip-hop dancers doing the
worm across the studio floor, we even had a dance tunnel once! We don’t
judge, we just want to be amazed with your skills!!
Did I mention that we crown a winner at every dance off and serve them a
FREE BEVERAGE?? Now I know you’re stretching and dusting your ‘Running Man’!
So, if you thought Whimsy was just about the paint, I assure you, friends,
it is about so, so much more.
We want to be your one-stop-shop for freedom and fun! We will see you on the
Shannon ‘Shake Those Tail Feathers’ Hodgson
Christina, one of our incredibly talented artists at Whimsy is also a teacher for K-12 specializing in art education. She is our go-to girl for the majority of our Kids and Teen Club painting events featured on Saturday mornings, because she is so engaging and has such interest in the little ones. It shows in the paintings that I see the kids leave with! Plus, the look of pride on their little faces is the greatest thing since cotton candy!!!
When I asked Christina what made her want to teach children to be artistic, she said, “Because I love kids! I love their energy and enthusiasm, their authenticity.
” I enjoy seeing the world through a child’s eyes…their interpretation isn’t so focused on what society views as good art, but what they view as good art.
“The art teachers’ relationship with their students is one of trust; as kids enter middle school creating art becomes vulnerable, and they will only continue if the teacher creates a safe place for their development. I love teaching Kids Club because children are fearless while creating art!”
We come into this world as open vessels full of wonder and without preconceived notions of what the world is. I tend to think this is one of our greatest and most underestimated attributes as humans; one that is unfortunately lost too soon as we go about the process of becoming responsible members of society. But can’t we have a happy medium?
At Whimsy, bringing that child-like openness back to our artists is what motivates us to keep coming to you with new art day after day. We want to entice you to come out and giggle! Adults sometimes require a modicum of libation (like moscato or a Fat Tire) to do it, but that’s okay! Sometimes you need a little magic potion!
We take it one step further by inviting kids and teens to come in for their own very special painting events once weekly. This fosters that wonderful ability that they have to imagine, create, and live fearlessly. I can’t think of anything more special to protect than that!
If you have a little artist in your home, bring them in and let us nurture their ideas and creativity! You can find Kids Club and Teen Club events by visiting our calendar at http://sites.cimplebox.com/
Shannon ‘Never Growing Up’ Hodgson
So often, we are reminded of the selfless acts of a favorite teacher, this most special person who speaks with such passion as they relate their many years of wisdom to pupils. They dedicate their lives to the knowledge of others! The most inspiring teachers are the ones that truly love the subject matter and captivate with their words, instilling a strong sense of interest in you that will follow you throughout life as you surprise yourself by recalling a phrase they said that you hadn’t realized had attached itself to the recesses of your mind.
In our younger years, an educator is often the first adult-friend that we have. They can bridge the gap between our parents and our peers; someone who takes an interest in our abilities and thoughts, perhaps act as a confidant with a listening ear and sage advice.
Most artists will tell you that their mentor was integral in helping them find their own voice and inspiration; what would eventually become their signature, or ‘calling card’ as an artist. An art instructor does so much more than demonstrate the essential mechanics of creating incredible artwork; he also helps you to see the world through a new set of eyes and colors the way you perceive things for the rest of your career.
Many famed artists in history have taken up protégés when they desired to instill a passion for art in others. This has been the case for every Whimsy artist that we’ve had the fortune of working with over the years.
Whimsy Lead Artist Lindsey recalls her favorite instructor and the influence he continues to have on her art daily. She says, “My teachers in college taught me everything I know from the ground up. I was a seed and my teachers were the water that allowed me to grow. My main mentor encouraged me and eventually everything he taught me came together and made sense. Whenever I paint and get stuck I hear him saying something to me. His teachings stuck.”
When asked what it feels like to make the transition from artist to artist and teacher, she said, “Being an art teacher is cool and it’s great to see people grow. I like being able to help people when they get stuck and watch their excited expressions when they understand what I’m showing them and get it.”
It’s true; that “Eureka!” moment on a new artist’s face when it clicks is the best! Especially if they had that look of skepticism and never believed they would leave with a full painting when they first walked into the studio. It’s what keeps us coming back night after night!
We pride ourselves on taking these paintings step by step so that no man gets left behind. Because we are passionate about teaching, not just art, we make it our mission to make the paintings impressive looking while still very comfortable and FUN to do!
That’s what sets us apart, and we hope that if you don’t already know it, you’ll come in and let us show it! You never know what you’re capable of! We want to see you beam with pride!
Happy end-of-week, artists!