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Celebrating Halloween & Fall with a Whimsical Acrylic Painting

It has been a crazy couple weeks around here. My parents arrived 4 weeks ago today. I thought they would just be here for a few days before heading home from their summer vacation, but things have not EXACTLY gone as I thought they would. Now, I am doing LOTS of driving back and forth between my kids activities and taking my mom to and from the hospital to visit my dad. Feels like the house is falling apart, too. And when I look at all the mess and chaos, I am just not sure where to even start.

It's times like these I am ready to get back to "boring" and "normal". Too much excitement is probably NOT a good thing. After the past couple months of playing around in my sketchbook with daily drawings, I have quickly realized how therapeutic art is for me. It is a constant. It relaxes me. Everything else goes away when I start to art. I said I did it so I could share it and maybe spread smiles with my art. Now I am realizing how arting puts a smile on my face. And smiling through the tough stuff of life is important, too, isn't it? What have I been working on lately? Well, gnomes, actually. I am currently putting together my next project - we'll see how it turns out. If you'd like to check out my work, you are welcome to go here and hopefully something there will put a smile on your face, too.

Another thing that puts smiles on my face is my family. And I have to say, they have been AMAZING though all of this. It brings me so much joy to see them excited, and they are certainly excited about Halloween. And, as Garfield says, "All that CANDY!" Haha! I thought is would be fun to do a Halloween craft or project. After that relaxing painting last week, I thought another acrylic painting would be a good idea - something to help me relax while creating a fun painting idea, a sprinkle of Halloween added in there, too. What do you think of this one?

I think it is kinda cute, but I am probably a little biased. That look on that scaredy cat's face! HAHA! Hopefully it will put a smile on your face like it did mine.

If you would like to watch the quick video for the idea of the painting, you can find that link here:

And if you would like the step-by-step tutorial for this painting, you can find that one ONLY here:

For this painting I used:

12x16" canvas panel

#6 Flat Brush

#6 Filbert Brush

#8 Round Brush

#20/0 Liner Brush

Assorted Acrylic Paints - Mars Black, Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Orange, Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Neutral Gray, Sap Green, Hookers Green, Bright Green, Medium Green, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Pale Pink (use what you have tho!)



Paper Towels (or at least I should have used those!)

I hope you enjoy doing something creative to celebrate the season. If you do not celebrate Halloween, do something to celebrate this amazing season of Autumn! Enjoy the moment and make some memories, that really is all we have in the end, isn't it? As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I would love to help out where I can. I cannot wait to see what amazing works of art you make. Enjoy, all, and Happy Arting!

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