Peacemaker Speed Painting Video

Uploaded a new speed painting video  Enjoy!

This angel will be a lesson this fall at www.onlinepaintingmagazine.com

It will be a written lesson with photos for Online Painting Magazine, however, I video recorded the lesson and will be offering it at www.gatherdreamcreate.com/studio along with “Grace” in December 2018! It’ll be two angel paintings in one tutorial :) Excited!

Blessings,

Teresa

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More New Florals

January 16, 2018

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A New Direction

December 27, 2017

A New Direction

As an artist, I’m always stretching myself, exploring new techniques and searching for a new muse or a new direction. Maybe because it’s winter here in Michigan and all of my beautiful flower gardens are covered in snow and I long for bright, bold beautiful blooms but I felt compelled to play with florals. I decided to do a #30daychallenge to keep myself in the moment and keep learning and moving forward with these florals.

Take a look at the first 14 paintings of my 30 day challenge. From here I will be posting daily until the 30 day challenge ends. I hope you enjoy viewing these florals and they bring some joy and color into your day.

Blessings, Teresa

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Ariel Watercolor Speed Painting

If you follow my work, you know I paint angels using acrylic paints. Well, I wanted to try something new so I decided to paint an angel using watercolor paints! I started with a pen and ink drawing then added the watercolors. As I was working, I discovered I didn’t like the ink drawing because it was so permanent and I couldn’t change it. It also gave it a rigid look instead of a soft look like watercolors tend to do.

Having said all of that, I really did enjoy the process! It’s so opposite of acrylics for these reasons:

  • With watercolor I work light to dark. I keep in mind the areas that will be the lightest and work around them. With acrylic I work dark to light. Building layers until you reach the lightest highlights.
  • I can’t just paint over a mistake like I can with acrylic. There are techniques I can use to minimize a mistake but if it’s a major boo boo, I have to start over or accept it as part of the painting.
  • Watercolor dries a shade lighter and acrylic dries a shade darker.
  • Once I lay down the watercolor and it dries, I can still manipulate it by adding water to it and “bringing it back to life”…not going to happen with acrylic.
  • It’s easy to create a soft, blended look with watercolor but not so much with acrylic.
  • Watercolors are transparent when using enough water with the paint so you can see the layer underneath. Acrylic is opaque.
  • In order to lighten a watercolor, I simply add more water and to darken or have the color more concentrated, I use less water. With acrylics, you have to add white paint to lighten for highlights and paynes grey, black or another darker color paint to make the paint color darker for shadowing.

It really is night and day when painting with watercolor compared to acrylics but I love them both! I hope you enjoy watching the speed painting of Ariel.

Blessings,

Teresa

“Ariel” is a lesson at Kogut Studio Uncut, go here to learn more.

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She Wears What She Wants

August 30, 2017

She Wears What She Wants

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This painting pretty much sums up how I think we should talk to ourselves. How we should talk to our children. How we should look at one another. How we are all unique. How our differences are what makes the world so beautiful. But most of all to be comfortable within our own skin. It starts with what we believe about ourselves. Repeating positive affirmations over an over has a powerful effect on ourselves and those around us. Here is the message I posted on my Facebook business page:

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“She Wears What She Wants” acrylic Whimsy Chick art journal page is next week’s Kogut Studio Uncut lesson. My original sketch had this saying in it but the background was just white. As I was creating this painting, I wanted to include words that were positive, powerful and uplifting. All of the sentences in the background start with “I am”- it’s her words. Words that she repeats to herself…. saying all of the things that she believes about herself. The words “she wears what she wants” is what the outside world sees…..her confidence. She’s not afraid to express herself in what she does, in what she creates, and in what she wears.

“I am strong. I am confident. I am loved. I am worthy. I am unique. I am beautiful. I am dynamic. I am loved by God. I am whole. I am a fox. I am harmonious. I am powerful. I am loving. I am a child of God. I am at peace. I am grateful. I am one with nature. I am happy. I am worthy. I love myself. I am me.”

Because she knows who she is and believes in herself and her uniqueness, she is free to wear what she wants. I hope this painting inspires you to wear what you want! God Bless.

Blessings,

Teresa

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Creative Whims Store

August 22, 2017

Creative Whims Store

The new store “Creative Whims” is now open!! I seriously feel like the past 25 years of my art career has led me to this point! I have built up a library of over 4,000 images that now can be featured on products….and I get to choose which ones! I’m beyond thrilled to be able to offer my art on quality products.

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So far, I’ve partnered with 5 companies to create products such as, mugs, notebooks, pencil pouches, phone cases, calendars, journals, notecards, placemats, cutting boards, shirts, totes, prints, gallery-wrapped canvases & coasters! The ultimate goal is home decor. The first home decor product has recently been added and it’s pillows! The color and quality of these pillows will knock your socks off.

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Hopefully by spring of 2018,  Creative Whims Store will be offering wall tapestries, shower curtain, bathroom mats, dog beds, table cloths, table runners,  duvet covers, ottomans and more. It’s a dream come true to have a place where someone can go and purchase everything they need to decorate a room.

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Be sure to stop by the store often as products are being added a few times a week! To see the most recently added products, go to www.mycreativewhims.com, click “catalog”, then where is reads sort by, in that drop-down menu, choose “date, new to old”. That way when you come back to the site you can see the newest additions to the store.

Blessings,

Teresa Kogut

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In Command

July 27, 2017

In Command

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“In Commmand” measures 20″ x 16″. It’s an acrylic on stretched gallery-wrapped canvas. I painted it for a lesson in Kogut Studio Uncut where I teach art once a week via videos. The videos are raw, unedited, unscripted….uncut. If you’d like to learn more, go here.

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  1. Psalm 91:11 – “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”. This is one of my favorite scriptures not only because it shows God’s love for us in such fatherly way but also because it makes me feel safe. Sending his angels down from heaven to guard us is a very real and strong message.
  2. It’s also important to be “in command” of ourselves….to have the self-control it takes to stay the course; whatever that may mean for you and your life. Being an entrepreneur, I have to be in command of my time. It’s easy to get distracted my “shiny objects”…for example, Facebook, Instagram, spending too much time researching or planning rather than doing.

This angel is very special to me for the reasons written above. The original is spoken for, but she will be available in many products very soon. Watch for them at Creative Whims and my Etsy shop.

May you never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly…..

Blessings,

Teresa

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Teaching Punchneedle

June 23, 2017

Teaching Punchneedle

I had the pleasure of teaching 4 ladies how to do punchneedle embroidery last night at Holly Hills Primitives. Thank you, Dawn Rossell, for hosting the class in your new location for Holly Hills Primitives! This was the first class in the new location and it was so comfortable! Lots of room and light for teaching.

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As always, I had so much fun teaching punchneedle.  This was the smallest group I’ve ever taught but it was nice because I got to spend more time with each person. They really learned quick….which always makes the teacher feel good. Last night’s class was also the first time we had wine at a class! There were a few jokes about needing wine to relax and how we might be there all night so Dawn snuck out without anyone noticing that she left the shop to buy a bottle of wine for us! It was pretty funny when she walked in an set the bottle in the middle of the table.

The bottom photo was staged because Jen kept saying “that one might come up missin” as I was passing around the finished & mounted punchneedle models.

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Thank you Karen, Ginny, Sue and Jen for being such fun and sweet students! I hope you keep punching!

Blessings,

Teresa

If you’d like to learn how to do punchneedle but don’t live in an area that has classes, you can take my online tutorial here.

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I hope to see you in class!!

Blessings,

Teresa

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