Friday, December 3, 2010

I don't like it when bloggers start off with...

I don't like it when bloggers start of a long-awaited new post with "I know it's been forever since I last posted..."  So, I won't do that here.

I have been very busy working on The Paper and squeezing in as much time to paint as possible.  I've gotten a lot better in my opinion.  Currently, I'm in a little bit of a tangle though.  My last two or three paintings were good, but I made changes to them and now they need even more work.  I can't decide whether to set them aside or try to tie up the loose ends on the stragglers first.

Anyway, I sold a couple of things on eBay.  The first went to St. Louis.  I couldn't believe it.  In the feedback she left, she called me a "promising artist!"  :)

"She's In Church" $49 SOLD
The piece is 12" wide x 18" tall acrylic and cut paper on watercolor paper, sealed with gloss varnish.  The finished piece was then mounted on a 12"x18" board (about 3/4" thick) that had been painted black.  I have attached mounting hardware to the back.  All it needs to hang is a nail.
Then, I painted and listed this.  A little different in style, I think.  I'm still struggling with pinpointing my own "look."

"Mary Gazes" $49 - 11" x 18" x 3/4" original mixed media on solid wood

I added gold leafing to the edges of this one.  It didn't go very well for some reason.  Not sure why, but I like the end result anyway.

She didn't sell the first time around, so I re-listed her.  

Next time around I wanted to experiment with this narrow format.

"Prayerful" $30 SOLD
 I just wrapped the fifth issue of THE PAPER, so hopefully I'll get some painting in this evening!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Puffy Face

I had a couple of teeth removed yesterday (not visible ones, thank goodness) and my face is all puffy and sore; also, this antibiotic they've put me on is of the devil!  It has my stomach feeling like it has been removed and I should have woken up in a tub of ice with "call 9-1-1" written on my arm.  Remember that urban legend about the kidney harvesting?  Gross, but that's how I feel.

Well I'm not letting it stop me from piling in a car with my mom, dad, uncle and four-year-old son for a weekend pilgrimage to Arts In the Heart of Augusta.  I can't wait! 

Here's a photo from last year (I hope THIS guy is there again this year):

I really like BIG art like his.

So, apparently you can blog with your mobile phone.  I'm going to try that feature out while I'm there tomorrow, so if you see any wonky-looking posts, I'll fix them when I get back.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The First Tutorial In My "Con Artist" Series

I have written my first tutorial.  I have ideas for more and have decided to name this the "Con Artist" series.  You can purchase the tutorial through my Etsy shop or just send me $16 via PayPal to  Then, you'll be emailed the six-page PDF.

Here is the Etsy description:
This is a six-page tutorial that will teach you, in ten easy steps, how to use the photo of a loved one (or anyone, really) to paint a portrait that will amaze everyone!

The tutorial was written with the complete novice in mind, someone who feels there is no way they could do anything like this, but really wishes they could.

Is it cheating? No. Art, to me, is about you going through the creative process. It's therapy that should be available to all and not only those who were born with this wonderful ability.

I hope you enjoy this, the first in what I think I will call the "con art series." :)


If you don't have a PayPal account, I accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You may also mail a check or money order to LULU HATCH, PO BOX 1305, GRIFFIN GA 30224.


After your payment has been received, you will receive an email with the PDF attached. It has been designed, so that it will print nicely on standard printer paper.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Two Angels, One Duck and One Little Hippie

My mother and I were in Hobby Lobby yesterday.  I was considering buying a block of watercolor paper, not because I needed a block, but because I'd seen Gritty Jane use it in one of her tutorials and I was intrigued.  A BLOCK of watercolor paper?  I think I remember her saying something along the lines of, "this is a block of watercolor paper... it's glued on all four sides instead of just at the top... you just carve it out when you're done."  CARVE it out?

A former art student, my mom should know about this, right?  She did not.  She even said it sounded stupid.

But more importantly, she said, "I thought you weren't going to take any instruction."  Ummmm... oops.

I can't even follow my own rules!  Well, that's just me.  I'm a rule breaker.  It's all I know, so I'm sorry about that.  Well, not really.  If I were not a rule breaker, I probably would have given up on this art thing a long time ago.

Anyway, I've been practicing what I learned in those tutorials, but I quit watching them because Gritty Jane hurt my feelings (you may have noticed I took down my post about her blog). 

The first face I tried (and didn't finish because my four-year-old said she looked like a duck... and he was right) was this one:

Never finished.  Connor said, "Ewwww... nooo... she looks like a duck."

Then, I tried again:

My first angel.  Better, but not quite.

I was happy with her.  She wasn't quite what I had in mind, but I thought she was the best I'd ever done.

Then, I tried this one:

My second angel. I like her... just not REAL excited about her.  

And then something wonderful happened.  My aunt and cousin and two of my second cousins (or is it first cousins once removed?) came for a very brief visit.  Violet, who just turned four years old, I believe, decided to do her "silly dance."  I snapped a photo and, in my mind's eye, I saw a painting.

Here's the photo:
Violet doing her "silly dance."  Doesn't she look like she should be at Grateful Dead concert?
I painted her the very next day.
"Violet's Silly Dance" 11" x 15", Acrylic and Graphite on Watercolor Paper.
A Facebook friend said he was thinking about taking a watercolor class until he saw this and it humbled him so much that he was just going to forget it.  No, no, no!  I use techniques that anyone could use to create these same results.  I am going to put together a tutorial and you'll see what I mean.

In the meantime, here are some good books:

Acrylic Revolution: New Tricks and Techniques for Working with the World's Most Versatile Medium
Rethinking Acrylic: Radical Solutions For Exploiting The World's Most Versatile Medium

Oh and about that watercolor paper block.  I didn't get it because... that's just stupid.
Canson Montval Watercolor Paper Block 12 x 16 inch 140 lb CP 15 sheets

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Connor's Overdue Library Book, The Dot

Most mornings are rushed; this is probably true for most of us.  But this morning was different.  I woke up a little early and so did my four-year-old son.  As I was getting him ready for school, I remembered he had a library book that was due.  I felt a little sad because we hadn't read it yet, but then realized we had a little extra time so we sat down in a chair together and enjoyed this cute little story.  The message is very much in line with the meaning of this blog.  If it's unclear to anyone why I'm blogging, this is a good metaphor.

The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, starts off with a girl named Vashti staring at a blank sheet of paper at the end of art class.  She's angry and frustrated because she feels she just can't draw.  She expresses this to her teacher who says, "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."  So Vashti jabs a dot on the paper.  Her teacher takes a look and just tells her to sign it.  The next week, Vashti is surprised to see her "dot" framed in gold and hanging on the wall above her teacher's desk.

Vashti says to herself, "Hmmph! I can make a better dot than that!"  And she sets out to paint a better dot.  But she doesn't stop there.  She paints all kinds of wonderful dots.  She shows all of her dot paintings at a school art show.  She is admired by another child who says, "You're a really great artist.  I wish I could draw."  She tells him, "I bet you can."  He says no, he can't even draw a straight line with a ruler.  She gives him a blank sheet of paper and says, "show me."  He draws a wobbly line.

Vashti takes the sheet of paper with the boy's wobbly line on it.  She looks at it carefully.  Then, she tells him to sign it.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Cracker Queen

First, a disclaimer.  In my previous post, I said I was going to try to incorporate some things I "learned" from Jane.  That was wrong.  I should have said I was going to try to make my project look like hers.  Ahem.  I should really splurge on some of her tutorials.  This looks nothing like what she produces.  But that's okay because if I get over that fact, I think this is... charming, maybe?

So... this is Business Painting 002.  It's for my friend Lauretta Hannon, author of The Cracker Queen.  I call her my friend because after I read her book, I sent her an email and she actually wrote me back.  And then, even more amazingly, we had "brunch" at the Silver Skillet in Atlanta.  See.  FRIENDly.  It was very cool to meet her.  She's not only funny, but she's insightful and genuine,  Those are qualities that I admire in a person.  You should really read her book.

Here's a picture of Lauretta when she was... I don't know... little.

So I drew her as best I could.  I think I did pretty good, but I just didn't capture the sweetness and bliss of her face.  My drawing looks too "grownie" ("grownie" is a term I've heard people say around here; mature or grown-up looking is what they mean).

Here is my mixed media piece.

11" x 14" mixed media (acrylic, newspaper, cut paper, pencil, ink) on hardboard
I mixed some media and here is what I learned: I love the look of that ink, but it ALWAYS smears when I try to varnish it.  I need an alternative that won't smear.

I also learned that, in art as in life, you shouldn't try to copy anyone.  You'll always fall short of the original.  It's better to just admire, try to incorporate a tip or technique and follow your own heart.  You have a better shot at being satisfied with the results.

This is for you Lauretta.  Literally.  I'm mailing it to you.

One last thing.  You may be saying, this isn't really her logo or business card.  Well, first of all, it has those ball-pointed asterisk-looking things on just like the cover of her book.  And second of all, you haven't sent me any business cards or logos yet.  Get on it.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Assignment

I received a call from a client I've been doing some painting for (window lettering, trimming out commercial entranceways, etc.); he asked if I would meet him in front of a building so he could show me what changes he wanted to make to the facade so I could sketch out his ideas for him.  He'll use the sketch to present to the city for approval.  Here is what he drew for me:

Thank goodness I listened to what he was saying instead of relying on this "drawing."  I spent the better part of yesterday sketching what I think he was trying to communicate to me.  Here is a picture of what the building looks like now.

And here is the sketch.

I have never done anything like this before and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  About an hour ago, he came by to look and said it was close to his vision, but not quite.  So, I'm off to make some changes.  I'll upload those later.


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