Archive for June 2015

Painting a mask for a charity event

This was an easy, fun and inexpensive way to contribute time to a worthy charity without them asking for free donations of good paintings that they would auction off at 1/5 the market price and then never send a thank you note.

But I do want to give back to the community in ways that I can afford.This charity provided a mask that was signed by a celebrity and asked me to paint it without covering the celeb’s signature. Acrylic mixed with a lot of clear liquid gel was a good solution. The mask is actually a deeper shade of crimson in reality. They then sold them to guests at the fundraiser.

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Each mask was labeled with background information.

This mask is signed by Ambassador Douglas L. McElhaney. It is decorated by Patton Hunter. Ambassador Douglas L. McElhaney is an American diplomat. He served as the Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004–2007. McElhaney, a career officer of the United States Foreign Service, was sworn in as Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 6, 2004. He worked on the Namibia negotiations that helped bring the southwest African nation to independence. He also worked on the Mideast peace negotiations in 1987-89. A 31-year veteran of the State Department, Ambassador McElhaney is a member of the American Foreign Service Association and has received numerous meritorious and superior honor awards during his career.

Patton Hunter’s work has been featured in several national magazines. The Artist’s Magazine named her one of the top ten artists (over 60 years of age) in the country in its 2011 March issue. Watercolor Artist Magazine cited her in their 2011 December issue as one of ten American artists to watch. Patton states, “My work is a response to my own life experiences. I don’t say too much about it because I don’t want to block the viewer’s own interpretation of the work. I think of painting as a language, one that enables me to communicate on a personal level. The “meaning” of the work grows with each person who responds to it.”


Gesso to the rescue! Saving paintings.

Sometimes you finish a painting and technically it is as good as any you’ve done, but it doesn’t have that “feeling” you wanted. I photographed my three-year old niece on her first horseback ride. She was so proud to be sitting on that big horse. The painting, however,  was so detailed that it lost the warm, fuzzy feeling of the moment.

Painting over major portions of the watercolor brought back the sweetness of the memory.

I’ve saved many paintings with this technique and use it with acrylics as well. If you go past where you wanted to soften the painting, you can always paint back into it to recapture specific details.

Below: “Katie on Sassy”

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