The Old Blue Mill Pond with SK

Hometalk with SK

It's not every day you are invited to participate in an amazing competition such as this event featured by Hometalk.

Ideas and thoughts teem. My first drawings were rough and quickly put on paper.

Composition, balance, color. Where in the world does one start?

With a soft lead I sketched several compositions. Good composition has it's own little world, which is a class of it's own.  As a young painter, I didn't have the skills to know good composition from "no" composition.

As my skills developed, composition and color balance became fascinating.

A few inspirations roaming the web. I love the old, the rusty character of old farm equipment I grew up with.

I made the mistake of neglecting to take pictures during my actual process.

My canvas is a primed surface of 38"x18" without the frame. I primed the canvas with a deep teal. My backgrounds were then "washed" in with a large 2" soft bristle brush.

When starting a new work, I begin at the farthest point. i.e. sky, clouds etc. Working toward the foreground. Adding distance and atmosphere. 

As the background was complete, I use a pallet knife to "knife" deep textured paint details.

Working back and forth from background to foreground, I added and continued to bring the final colors  to life with my knife.

With Modern Master Metal Effects Paint, I built and created a rusty metal frame. The gears were also painted with rust and copper patina paints from Modern Masters. They were then epoxied to the canvas and frame.

Hometalks teal blue logo is the basis for the front of building.

The painting had many pictures taken in different lighting. Each time it looked like a different painting.

Thanks to my friends for their support and photos.

Here's a quick outdoor photo session with photographer Jen Lanville

Again how placement and lighting creates a totally different work of art. Thank Jen. Your awesome.

Hometalk competition link. Thanks Hometalk for the opportunity
"Meet Me At The Old Blue Mill" by SK Sartell

SK's Wildflower Mural

Hoping to make dreams come true.

It's a tough task making new friends in a strange new location. Far away from family and lifetime buddies.

But this is what I must do. Although I'm more antisocial than most, I blame it on the artistic side of the brain. I seem to love being around amazing people. I soak up their talent like a dry sponge. But I grew up a very lone wolf.

So seclusion is not odd for me. I love the peace and silence. But it's a conundrum as I am inspired by joyful people.

So there it is. The split personality that is mine to bear.

Jo was one of the very first people to put her arms around me and welcome me to this Idaho Rocky Mountain, small town home.

I soon learned she was a masterful gardener, which I am not. (my farmer father would be ashamed)

Her gardens are a joy to behold and I can simply sit and watch the hummers spin around and through the colorfully lined flower paths.

She has a garden shed. Poor baby. Brown and neglected. I simply suggested an update. Who knew what I was getting into.

This is the first proposed mural.

My studio is yet to be completed. The roof was going on as I painted.

The painting was inspired by these lovely wild gardens.

Her whimsical fairies are a delight. I found one around every corner. Hidden or dancing in a corner of delphiniums. 
I used a heavy duty painters tarp for this mural. When push came to shove, the owners couldn't and wouldn't take the chance of having to leave the mural if they chose to move. 
So canvas it was to be.

After dampening the canvas, we stretched and stapled the fabric to a plywood backing. I primed both sides of the canvas three times.  As the canvas dried, it became taut.

Favorite flowers, a favorite verse and beloved animal and insect visitors.


As the mural was completed, I painted a clear matte marine varnish on both sides of the canvas.

The completed mural canvas,  was re-stretched on it's new garden shed home. Each edge was sealed with a primer and a frame was created to cover the attaching screws. 
We were blessed to have a local professional volunteer to make a timelapse video. In time we shall see how the work turns out.

Thank you Chuck. It was a pleasure working with you.
Chuck Smith, Sandpoint, Idaho Videographer.

Thanks for visiting. 

SK's Studio

When design overloads the builder (my hubby)

Each of our new homes projects have been a bit overwhelming for my personal builder. We have been here for seven months and are finally working on the studio I have dreamed of for many, many years.

The studio has been dreamed of for so many years I can't recall where the ideas first began to be put down on paper.

The room has a private bath and work sink. The cathedral ceilings are fifteen feet high and face the eastern mountains.

I couldn't waste this view. 
The roof trusses are designed and built to be cathedral ceilings looking over the mountain views and an extra bonus room for guests on the front side.

The roofs are all to be old fashioned corrugated tin.
I love the sound of rain on tin roofs. It's akin to music.
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These poor men are under a 80 degree sun. Talk about a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

As the roof is finished, I start laying out windows which have been gathering  dust for years.
My dream of a full window wall is coming to life. With questionable ideas and designs we begin to place over twenty windows.
The center view wall has a bump out which will be the home of a handmade trundle bed at night and during the day a nice place to watch the snow fall for inspiration.

As of today, the window wall is a third complete.
Come on back to see this evolving dream.