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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
It’s no secret, we aren’t the only paint and sip studio in town. In fact, we might not even be the one in your home town, yet many of our regulars bypass the art studio closest to their dwellings and commute to Whimsy, some even driving an hour or more through rush hour just to spend the evening with us!
Why? Well, it’s simple; we take the traditional paint and sip experience past just a really fun night out. We want to instill a love of creating art and can-do attitude in each of our guests!
Let’s start with our art. We have a wide array of art to choose from; a rustic rainbow trout for the guys, classic art reproductions for the traditional art collector, whimsically colorful animals for the wild at heart. Whimsy art gives our competitors a run for their money because they are multi-layered, many-faceted beauties that give first time painters the respect and dignity of feeling like true artists right off the bat! The best part is that they only look hard, but trust me-each one is a step by step process, and you can totally do it! Our instructors are the most patient and easy to follow in town. We won’t tell your friends who admire your work that it was easy. We want you to beam with pride!
Next, let’s talk about our supplies. From Whimsy’s very baby beginnings, we insisted upon using top-grade, art-quality products. We treat you to the same high-end, quality acrylic paints used by the professionals, instead of tempura paint that kids finger paint with. We also use professional quality brushes and canvases. These are all ways we aim to give our burgeoning artists the very best opportunities to explore painting!
Finally, our bar is top notch. We make a point to check in with our guests regularly to see what is a hit, what isn’t, and what’s new and great out there. We have some of the most unique and sought after selections in town, both non and alcoholic!
If you’re reading this, on behalf of myself and the entire Whimsy Team, I want to thank you for choosing to paint with Whimsy, it’s thanks to you that we can continue bringing our special flavor to the Denver Metro area!
Happy Spring, artists!
Shannon ‘Full of Pride’ 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