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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Light Lovely Designs by Ursula: Party In The Heartland

Light Lovely Designs by Ursula: Party In The Heartland: I just returned from a fun filled week attending the last Decorative Painters Society convention in Wichita, Kansas.  The last of it's ...

Party In The Heartland

I just returned from a fun filled week attending the last Decorative Painters Society convention in Wichita, Kansas.  The last of it's kind, that is.  It is not the end, but the beginning of something new.  

It is hard to see, but, over 100 hundred dogs are drawn and painted on The Keeper of the Plains statue..  It will be our addition to a local park where it will be displayed year round.  I stopped by to add one of my own.

This was my first time teaching at the convention and I throughly enjoyed the experience.  Both classes were full of great students, ready to learn something new.  Their eagerness and affirmations filled my heart with joy.  

We are never too old to learn or explore.  Here is one of the dear ladies in my class.  She is 85 years old and drove 70 miles by herself to attend the convention.  And a very talented artist at that!  Don't you just love it!

It was a pleasure to meet friends I haven't seen in a long time and those I know on line, but have never met in person.

In addition to painting classes, I had the opportunity to do a demo in the DecoArt booth one afternoon.   It was fun to see all the other vendors as well.

It is good to be home again.  But, I will have great memories of time shared with everyone and a big thanks to the Decorative Painting Society staff for making this all possible.

Can't wait to see what is next!


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Day Celebration Floral

May your days be beautiful like the buds of May 1.

On this first day of May, I thought I would do a short mixed media tutorial.  Showing the steps used in creating a fun floral.  

Gathering up my supplies.  A metal stencil, and 8 x 10 canvas board, texture paste, matte medium and vintage music papers.  I also added a little crackle medium here and there, but very little crackling appeared.  Some showed up more during the last stages of the painting.

The board is gessoed with DecoArt Chalky Gesso, Beige.  Forming a suede-like finish on the canvas.
Tearing my papers and apply them to the Beige background.  Following with texture paste, a palette knife and a metal stencil.

Drawing the design onto the canvas and begin painting and adding in shadows with darkest tints of color.  Mixing Cadmium Red and Ultramarine Blue.

                                                                           Add Whites and Greens to the floral areas.

Building color as you proceed.  Loosely apply background and foreground areas.  At this point, I just let go and had fun without any expectations of the out come.

                                                  Building up more contrast and highlights with a palette knife.

I added a little fallen flower to the left bottom to balance things out a bit.  Later, went back in and darkened the shadow underneath.

Love how all the textures worked together with the acrylic paints.  Even some of the crackling showed up at the end.  

Happy May Day and happy painting!

Ursula xo

Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring Is in the Air?

After a very long winter, it looks as though spring is on the horizon.  

After being in Florida for most of February, it has been quite the transition coming back home to cold weather, storms and high winds.  But, enough about the weather!

We had a wonderful time on Santa Rosa Island, in Navarre Florida.  Right on the beach and enjoying the sun and all the area has to offer.  Connecting with nature, friends and family.  A yearly event that I treasure and will look forward to going back to each year.  This was our second year in Navarre and it now feels like home.  The highlight of my trip was meeting and bonding with this little guy!

A few new things have come to pass since being home.  I am finally settled back into my studio.  I have created a "Flower Girl" class in my Etsy Shop.  WildwoodDesignsArt

The cost of this on line class is $15 and there is also a bonus video.  Simple to join and you will be directed to a private FaceBook page to view the videos, post work, and connect with other artists in the group. 

What have you been doing while we wait for spring to arrive?


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

It's only the beginning.

A fresh start, a clean slate, the start of a new journey.

"And suddenly you just know it's time to start something new and trust the magic of new 

The possibilities and excitement of a new year filed with hope, resolutions and change.  I didn't make any resolutions this year, but I am looking forward to growth and change in my art career.

 Dedicating myself to learning new techniques and moving away from my comfort zone.  As I write this, I remember when I first retired and decided to create art on a daily basis.  Buying my first journal and creating something (no matter how small) in it each day.  As the year progressed, so did my art.  Baby steps to new beginnings and trusting myself in the process.

  Before I painted this watercolor, I painted the same still-life in acrylics on canvas. As the process began, it took on a direction of its own.  At one point, I was ready to just walk away and begin something new.  It didn't have the fluid quality that I was working towards.  Maybe because I kept looking at the acrylic painting instead of the still-life itself.  I felt it to be too tight and over worked.

There is always that stage in a painting where it can go either way, proceed or fail.  As I kept layering my colors, I had to trust myself and the process and move on from my frustration.  Deciding to add an oil overlay and taking it to another direction.

                           In the end, I was satisfied with the outcome and the finished piece.

Trust the magic of new beginnings and be brave enough to listen to your own heart.  There is something incredibly hopeful about a fresh start!

Wishing you a very happy new beginning!

Ursula xo

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Reflections and looking ahead

It has truly been a year of growth and discovery.  My word for 2018 was Explore and I think I accomplished this throughout the year.

Spending time with family and friends is what it is all about.  I love meeting new friends and have had the opportunity through classes near and far.  Love the bond of friendships that were created during the OBX art retreat.  I hope to return to this beautiful beach again this coming year.  Plans are under way and I hope to be able to tell you about it soon.

Teaching on line classes through Paint Your Heart and Soul, Kara Bullock's community and a few mini classes of my own.  Such a fun way to reach out and share knowledge, techniques and learn from the students. All in the comfort of your home.  Thank you, Kara and Olga Furman.

Thank you, Somerset Studio for publishing my work!  I was so pleased and honored to have my art chosen for the spring issue of Somerset Apprentice.  Much to my surprise, my art was featured on the front cover!!  You can only imagine how thrilled and honored I felt when I received my copy.

Some new and creative things are on the horizon for this coming New Year.  Stay tuned.

I can share  this bit of news for the upcoming convention.  Gather up your brushes and join me for a week of painting, demos, fellowship and more.  Party in the Heartland.  May 13-18.  I will be teaching two classes during the week, one watercolor and the other a mixed media piece.  Registration is now open and would love to see and meet you in person.

My wish is to continue to explore, create, share and be thankful for all things that come my way.  

May you feel God's peace and love through this beautiful holiday season and for the coming year.

Until next year,


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, the time of the year when things get a little busy.  A time for celebration and a time for giving and receiving.  A time for decorating and a time for creating holiday cheer.

I have been busy creating a few Santa projects.  I will be teaching this mixed media Santa at our local Splatter Art Studio.  If you are a local, there is still room for a couple more students on December 8.

I always love to spend time with my watercolors and these two Santas were fun to create.  They are a on line class, available through my facebook page.  Class fee is $15, and includes full instructions and a PDF.  It is easy to sign up!  Just go to PayPal @  Pay, comment Mini Santa Watercolors and pdf will be sent to you along with the link to the videos.  It's that simple!

These would make fun Christmas cards!

Wising you all a very Happy Holiday season.

Ursula xo