Painting an Apron for OurHouse

It all started when…

Emily Wood Facebook messaged me – “Interested in painting an apron for the OurHouse apron auction event ?”

“Tie One On” Event

tie one on 2014

Tie One On is a live and silent auction (of aprons designed by Little Rock area artists) to benefit Our House, which is a shelter for the working homeless in central Arkansas.

I got my aprons from Emily and started working.

I used “The Lady and the Musician” linoleum block to print the patterns on each apron.

ualr6x6 24 ourhouseapron23
ourhouseapron22 ourhouseapron21 ourhouseapron20

I then mixed gesso and acrylic paint and went over the prints

ourhouseapron18 ourhouseapron9
ourhouseapron8 ourhouseapron10
ourhouseapron17 ourhouseapron15

These are what the aprons look like when worn.

ourhouseapron2 ourhouseapron7
ourhouseapron6 ourhouseapron5

I met with Emily to give her the aprons and she gave me two invitations for the event. I invited M of course!

M and I went to the event and it was super fancy! It was at Pavilion in the Park and everything was covered in Christmas decorations.

ourhouse3 ourhouse13
ourhouse11 ourhouse9
ourhouse17 ourhouse7
ourhouse6 ourhouse2

Both of my aprons sold!

ourhouse16 ourhouse18


Romania Paintings for Livada

When I was on the missions trip with Grace Church serving the Livada Orphan Care ministry in Romania, the beauty of the country inspired me.

15. Romania Poppy Field and Hillside 9. Romania Hillside

During one of my morning quiet times with God, I felt like He gave me the idea to paint scenes from Romania to raise money for orphan child sponsorship. It would serve a double purpose to paint the scenes. On one hand, someone would purchase the painting for the suggested donation price or fundraiser auction. On the back end, when the said person looks at the painting, they are encouraged to pray for Livada and the orphans in Romania.

I was originally going to purchase a large canvas roll and stretchers and stretch my own canvas. Though time consuming, stretching canvas is much cheaper than purchasing pre-stretched canvas…unless there is some sort of deal.

On a random day of the week as I was driving home from work, I had  a God moment and turned into Michaels. They did indeed have one of these “deals.” There was buy 3 canvas for the price of 1, so I got 15 canvas for the price of 5, which was around $50.

I mixed gesso with acrylic paint and covered each of the canvas. I like to add a color to the white gesso to create a light or mid-tone, so that when I paint I can add lights and darks.

Romania Romania4
Romania5 Romania2

After the canvases dried, I sketched (from photographs) each of the images using willow charcoal. Because I am working with so many images and mostly landscapes I had to have a way of organizing them. I created a list numbering and naming each piece with the canvas size. I put the names on the back of the canvas on the stretcher bar and also on the photograph source.

RomaniaSketch1 RomaniaSketch2 RomaniaSketch3
Romanian woman with cane sketchRomaniaSketch4 RomaniaSketch5
RomaniaSketch6 RomaniaSketch7 RomaniaSketch8
RomaniaSketch9 RomaniaSketch10 RomaniaSketch11
RomaniaSketch12 RomaniaSketch13 RomaniaSketch14

I mixed my color palette based on all photographs.

Romania6 Romania7
Romania8 Romania11