Painting Snowmen In Summer And Honoring Tara!…Plus Groundbreaking News

Dear Bergsma Friends,

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

I trust all of you have had a great summer and are ready for the changing of the Season.

We had a celebration for Tara…who has worked for me for almost 13 years!

She and 17 other Bergsma Employees from over the years gathered together at my home for Tara’s WEDDING SHOWER…
CONGRATULATIONS TARA!

Jody Bergsma and Tara McKee

Jody Bergsma and Tara McKee

We had a fantastic time and all wish Tara a lifetime of Happiness!

Bergsma Employees past and present.

Bergsma Employees past and present.

Tara is the head of my Art Department and does all the graphics for my company.

She is a great employee and friend.

From left to right: Sydney, Jody, Alicia, Tara and Kelly

From left to right: Sydney, Jody, Alicia, Tara and Kelly

Now, on to this week’s lesson…
***PAINTING REDS***

At Bergsma we get ready for Christmas early…

We need time to get all the products made and distributed to our Bergsma Dealers (See our Website)…and this year I was in the mood for more Snowmen.

Why not have a cup of joe under a Bergsma throw.

Why not have a cup of joe nestled under a Bergsma throw. (Heather says-ha ha) Our Showroom Fairy, Kelly is modeling our NEW SNOWMAN FLEECE. They just arrived!

Follow some of these simple tips and you can paint snowpeople too! (We’re trying to be P.C around here)

 As Always...Mix up plenty of paint for the snow and always paint the pale colors first.
As always…Mix up plenty of paint and start with the pale colors first.

You will need to mix a shade of teal and blue/violet to create your snow.

Use water washes first and place small amounts of color at the bottom of each shape to indicate shadows in the snow.

I used a small amount of the red to create pink cheeks in the snowmen...by the time this painting is finished the pink will just about disappear.

I used a small amount of the red to create pink cheeks in the snowmen.

By the time this painting is finished, the pink cheeks will just about disappear.

Now you are ready to tackle the background.

Wet on wet washes give a feeling of trees in the background...slightly out of focus.
Wet on wet washes give a feeling of trees in the background…slightly out of focus.

You will mix all your mid greens, dark greens and purple grays. They need to be ready, because when you paint the background you will only have a few minutes before the paint dries.

Feel free to use the above images as reference material for your own paintings.  Even when I was in art school we copied paintings in museums. By looking at them, you will learn more than expected.

Now…THE EXCITING PART.

I love painting bright color…you will too!

First mix up a rainbow of shades of yellow, orange ,red and burgundy.

You will need all of these to get a good deep red.

You will need all of these to get a good deep red.

I used Naples yellow, Burnt Sienna, cadmium orange, Vermillion, Perylene Maroon and Alizarin Crimson.

I used Naples yellow, Burnt Sienna, cadmium orange, Vermillion, Perylene Maroon and Alizarin Crimson.

Begin each red and orange shape with a pale yellow wash and begin building the colors.

To make the carrot feel round place the dark reds on the bottom and finally place a small amount of burgundy in the corner.

Even snowpeople need their veggies.

Even snowpeople need their veggies.

***GUESS THIS WASH…

If you can tell me what this wash is I will send you a signed copy of the snowmen!

Do you have the answer? Email Heather at wholesale@bergsma.com. We will reveal our winners NEXT WEEK.

Do you have the answer? Email Heather at wholesale@bergsma.com. We will reveal our winners on NEXT WEEK'S blog post.

Good luck***

Now back to the lesson…

 See how the yellow stays in the middle and I build up the darker shades!

Place the reds in such a way that your composition is balanced.

RED must be painted over the snow…if you try and add the pale blues later the reds will run into the wash and make pink edges.

Painting in my style is a bit like putting a puzzle together…all the little pieces fit and Voila..you have an image.

The last step is to add the blacks.

Now I add the blacks.

If you look closely I used purple/burgundy in the black washes to give them highlights.

Note the shadow washes have now been added before the final touch…

Snow is the last detail!

Snow is the last detail!

Mix up white titanium gouache and dab in your snowflakes.

Some will be big and others small…vary your size and on some of the big flakes place your six pointed crystals.

Fini!

This is called… UNDER THE MISTLETOE.

***

GROUNDBREAKING NEWS…LITERALLY! 🙂

I am giving a thumbs up to my Neighbor Marvin Pullar. (See him working the CAT)

I finally received my permits to break ground for my new house.

Three years ago my house burned down and I am finally ready to rebuild.
This is an incredible reason to celebrate…

As a matter of fact…

jody

We're Good To Go! Thumbs Up!

Now that Marvin has given me lessons on his big equipment I am ready to help!

I will be digging all weekend!

I will be digging all weekend!

Have a fantastic Labor day weekend and as always…

Happy Painting,

Love,

Jody

P.S….Do you think I need a license to run one of these? 😀

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~ by jodybergsma on September 4, 2009.

3 Responses to “Painting Snowmen In Summer And Honoring Tara!…Plus Groundbreaking News”

  1. Congratulations to Tara and Jody!!Lots of exciting news. We loved visiting you in Bellingham. I felt like a kid in a candy store in your showroom. I really can’t describe first seeing your originals in person – it is a bit overwhelming. A new goal for me/us – must add some originals to the collection. Tala has been painting like crazy since we were there. Jody you are such an inspiration. Take care, Phyllis, Rob and Tala MacLuan

  2. Dear Joday: I was shocked to hear about your house. Oh dear Jody I’m so sorry for you. How did it happen? I have your pictures up at work which I look at every day. Of course our house is full of your artwork. It would be so wonderful to see you but I’m not sure how that could happen as gallery isn’t open on the weekends. Are you having an opening this fall? Love to you and keep painting!!

  3. Hi Jodi
    My daughter and I love to browse through your blog. Your work is beautiful. I am wondering how you got started selling? And how it progressed to the level you are at now. A friend of mine told me once that she bought a piece of yours in your garage. Can that be? Thanks

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