Painting Progress for Astronomical Clock

More progress on Barb’s Prague painting of the Astronomical Clock! With the snow storm hitting us this morning, it put me in the mood to turn on my tunes and paint away. Unfortunately I won’t be able to hit my date for Easter, but I’ll get pretty close. The clock uses ALOT of different colors and with all the detail it’s been slow going and there have been a few requests for prints (including myself) which makes me all the more attentive to all the little things. But I’m really happy with the contrasts. Should be awesome when it’s done.

I’ve been working on two of the 8 figures on the clock, in the bottom left hand corner is the “Chronicler” and the “Angel”. These figures don’t move when the clock strikes the hour, but the Chronicler is a favorite since it reminds me of one of my very favorite books “The Name of the Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fears” by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a fantastic epic. Maybe someday I’ll paint Kvothe and the Chronicler sitting at the bar. That would be something I’d love to hang in my studio.

Enjoy!

Full Size

Full Size

Detail of the Angel

Detail of the Chronicler and the Angel

Detail of the sill

Detail of the sill

Those little cut out hearts are from my daughter.

Those little cut out hearts are from my daughter.

For Sale: Limited Edition Oahu Diamond Head Prints

MY PRINTS ARE DONE! For those of you that have been following my blog, you will remember the Oahu painting from 2012. This painting is the VERY FIRST one to have limited edition Giclee Canvas prints. It was a long road but I’m so glad I got it professionally scanned and color spotted. It is EXACT. Every brush stroke perfectly rendered. Rather than printing on watercolor, I got them printed on canvas with borders. SO MUCH MORE PROFESSIONAL. Totally worth the investment.

So now I have four three limited edition prints for sale. They are unframed 12×18 on Giclee Canvas priced at $175.00 (does not include tax, shipping and handling). They will be signed and numbered.

If you are interested in purchasing a print, shoot me message in my “Contact Me” section!

12x18 Limited Edition

12×18 Limited Edition “Oahu Diamond Head” print 1 of 4 $175.00

Size comparison to the original

Size comparison to the original

Sunday Music Videos

I like listening to a lot of music while I paint. I mean really, who doesn’t love music?

Sunday morning is a great time to bookmark some new videos and run a playlist. Usually its a lot of movie or video game soundtracks unless I’m having some creative blocks then I have to change it up. My dirty little secret is I’m a COVER BAND fan! I hate listening to the originals once I’m bored of them and would rather listen to a new version of it. And it opens up this whole world of creative people on the internets.

So this post is dedicated to a sampling of some of the sweet videos I’ve found to get some creativity flowing! These musicians rock!

Enjoy!

1. Amazing Cover: This lady is GENIUS: Nirvana Heart Shaped Box

2. Katy Perry Dark Horse in 20 Different Styles (My youngest LOVES Dark Horse)

3. Pentatonix – Happy!

4. And since I love Pentatonix so much, here is Lorde’s Royals as well…

5. Barbershop Girls – Something Tells Me

6. Ukulele Bohemian Rhapsody (I have a Ukulele that I can’t play very well, but I’m learning!)

7. Guitar Cover of Skrillex – seriously fantastic.

8. Rimba Tubes – Daft Punk Medley… I love this guy!

So there you go, a small sampling of super creative people doing awesome things with music!

Now go be creative!

Honorable Mention for Nate: JIMMY FALLON BOB SEGER COVER

New Painting: The Astronomical Clock in Prague

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my painting progress which is VERY LAZY OF ME. My current painting is the Astronomical Clock in Prague. It’s 36″x24″ oil on canvas. I had the opportunity to go to Prague last year and take hundreds of wonderful photos of the architecture. And of COURSE I’m going to paint it too! Here is a sneak peek at the progress!

Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock

LEGO Movie : Princess Unikitty Cake

For those of you that took  your kids (or yourself) to the LEGO Movie, BEHOLD, the “Everything is Awesome” Princess Unikitty Birthday cake.

Unikitty Cake

Uni-Kitty

So here’s the story, my girls have played with LEGOs on and off over the years, but once the “LEGO Movie” came out, it has ramped our LEGO-shipping up a notch. Especially for my youngest daughter who will NOT STOP talking about Unikitty and Cloud Cuckoo Land. That part of the movie really stuck with her as well as the “Everything is Awesome” song… Well it stuck with me too.

So over the course of the last month or so, I’ve been adding to our collection of LEGO merchandise. We have the playsets, we have the video game, we have the pajamas, we’ve seen the movie, 3 times, and now (…because of the constant begging and since I love a challenge) we now have a Unikitty Birthday cake.

(Haven’t seen the LEGO Movie yet? It’s fantastic. Stop reading this and watch the trailer!)

Let it be known, I’m NOT a professional cake decorator. I actually don’t remember the last cake I tried to decorate. In fact, I’m not even a huge fan of cake. BUT I AM a champion Playdoh sculptor, so if I just tell my brain that fondant is Playdoh, it all works out.

Clara with her Unikitty Cake. Happy Birthday my sweet little girl!

Clara with her Unikitty Cake. Happy 4th Birthday my sweet little girl!

I did alot of searching online for Unikitty cakes to get some ideas and was highly disappointed. There really isn’t very many out there, maybe Unikitty isn’t as popular as Emmet or Wildstyle, but WE think so. Do not fear Unikitty worshipers, I have posted the “progress shots” to my blog so you can see me struggle, rejoice and beat my head trying to figure out how to make this thing.  Enjoy!

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Yes, she is AWESOME!

First things first, I've never made fondant, so I found a recipe online and got to work.

First things first, I’ve never made fondant, so I found a recipe online and got to work. I used a dough hook and my Kitchenaid Mixer. I LOVE MY KITCHENAID MIXER.

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Then I scaled up a photo of Unikitty and did a quick outline of how much cake I would need and what I would cut apart. We went to the store… uh two times since estimating isn’t my forte.

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We used the Funfetti cake, BECAUSE IT’S A BIRTHDAY DUH. I started with the legs and tail. At this point I’m already getting a little nervous.

4_Fondant

Here I am struggling with the fondant. It’s breaking, it’s pinching, it’s not even whatsoever. And look in the back how much cake I’m wasting! Honestly at this point I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn out.

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BUT I WILL NOT GIVE UP! Now I’m using food coloring and dying the fondant the different colors to get the LEGO legs, neck and outline of the tail. Yes, I’m messy, I’m just a mom. THERE ARE NO INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS! THIS IS WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR FOUR YEAR OLD!

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Now I had to bake two more cakes to start the head. I’m all about proportion. I’ve seen enough cake shows that it’s much easier to cut if the cake is cold/frozen. Worked out perfect.

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Covered the head in fondant, now I know I have seams everywhere, but honestly, nobody really cares!  Unless of course you are a professional cake decorator.

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Now onto the details, some ears and face. At this point I’m actually having fun, it’s more like molding and rolling and using cookie cutters to get shapes.

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More fondant fun, I have permanently dyed my hands black by using black food coloring on the eyes. Made the horn and some stars to cover up flaws.

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Then I piped white icing around some of the seams just to smooth everything out and cover up the major flaws.  All in all I’m super happy with it. And my daughter thinks I’m “Totally Awesome.” Can’t get much better than that! We love you Clara! Happy Birthday!

The only downside to this is that my OTHER daughter wants a WildStyle cake for her birthday. I have until July to try to figure that one out!

Thanks for reading! ~April