“Art Up” the Blog

Art Up: to improve the aesthetic quality of (something) through some form of art. – Dictionary.com

We decided to “Art Up” the blog at Rhonda Elder Designs

No I am not quitting photography.

I love getting behind the lens too much!

No I am not closing Wet Paint. (click to see our work)

Yes I am adding Art to this blog.  All kinds of “art forms”.  I am here to “Art Up” this blog.

For over 11 years we have had a decorative painting company called Wet Paint.  The community has blessed us with success.  We have painted on many walls and still are!

Over the years I have taken custom orders for art on canvas and my continued love for art has just grown.

In the past 6 months, we have added canvas painting classes, furniture painting classes and decorative wall painting classes to our agenda.  As if we didn’t have enough to do already.  But we love to create and we love people, so we decided to combine the two. Hey we are still young.  There will be more on the blog about all these classes.

One exciting event on our calendar is we have been accepted as vendors at Petticoats on the Prairie in Levelland, TX on October  17 & 18, 2014.  Check out their site and Facebook page here.  We would love to have to join us and stop by our booth.

We are honored and spending every spare evening and weekend making stuff like this:

 

These are my latest design and I have already had several orders for them.  Larry is making frames for them out of old distressed wood, that we pulled off an old house.

I will take custom orders, as many are wanting special hymns.  These are watercolor on vintage hymnals that I find online and thrift stores.

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I’ve had a lot of fun painting these boots with wildflowers on black backgrounds.  I love how the colors pop on that black.

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A mixed media on canvas.  Gatsby Girl.

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This canvas was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest here.  I love all the movement and contrast.  Check it out

and while you are there, start following me, please!

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I have taken several online classes this year and they have stretched me to get out of the box!  This mixed media canvas is

called Key Women.  She was inspired by this article by Ann Voskamp here.  I will share later on links to some of my favorite teachers and online classes.

I decided this girl reminds me of a brunette, artist, Jeanne Oliver.  She is an amazing artist with some great business courses as well.

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And of course I have to throw in a little whimsey.  Meet Dottie the Bovine,  a mixed media that I created for Petticoats on the Prairie!

I know there will be someone that can’t live without her.

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I have always loved, loved, loved flowers, so they are reflected in my art on canvas, mixed media,  and watercolor.

These will be in all sizes and prices and I take custom orders. This one sold but I have prints available.

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I’m also on a bird trend right now and love to incorporate inspirational quotes and scripture.

This one was done on an old cabinet door.  Upcycle Baby!

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I’m really enjoying sketching, drawing and a newfound love for watercolor.  I saw a photograph of this girl on a bike and decided to make it into art.

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This is Mixed Media.  I offer these classes at churches in homes for parties or in my studio.

Mixed media is simply using more than one medium on a surface.  For instance, paper, book pages, glue, stamps, scrapbook paper, rub-ons, stencils  and of course acrylic paint.

 It is so fun! You should schedule a class!

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Watercolor is a great way to soften my art.  Love this vintage theme of wildflowers in a canning jar.

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As I said I love inspirational quotes and this is one of my favorites right now.

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I also love to  paint on all kinds of surface.  I found three of these heavy cast iron plates at Round Top Antiques Week last fall, 2013.  (if you haven’t gone yet, plan on it, so fun!)

The seller had no idea what they were but thought maybe from a heater.  I don’t really care what they are as they painted up beautifully.

I found easels on www.etsy.com and they are a perfect pair.

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This gives you an idea of the variety and diversity of our art. Tomorrow I will share what Larry is creating.  You will love it!!!!!  It will light up your life.

 

 

Newborn Barrett Bowling

Newborn Barrett Bowling joined parents Ian and Ally and big brother, Andrew in July.  He is just a perfect little guy weighing in at 6 lbs 5.5 oz and 20 1/4 inches long.  He decided he would stay awake for the entire photo session and keep an eye on the process.  He never cried and was so easy to work with.   Barrett is a little miracle from God!  Congrats Ian, Ally and Andrew.

You may remember Ally and Ian here when he surprised her with a proposal right in the middle of our photo session.

Oh it is a beautiful world…or is he whistling?

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Little Birdie Barrett.

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Hmmmmmmm, let me think about that!

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These teeny, tiny toes are going to take Barrett places! Probably golfing like parents.

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Jackson, Salcedo, Williams Families

It was a delightful reunion for the Jackson, Salcedo, Williams families.  They united together to celebrate dad and grandpa, Roy Jackson who just turned 60. Happy Birthday Roy. May you have 60 more!  This guy is in Love with his girl, Terri.  Aren’t they cute together?

This family was a lot of fun and you can tell when they get together there are lots of laughs.       Roy’s sense of humor flows down to each generation.  I love seeing a family that supports and wraps loving arms around each other.  I love seeing a family that has so many personalities that choose to love and accept, build and invest in one another.

Pictured are Roy and Terry Jackson, the Salcedo Family – Leigh-Anne, Trinity, 13  and Eli, 9; the Williams Family, Aaron and Shellie, Emma Joelle, 6 and newborn Jackson Barret, 2 1/2 months.  This was Jackson’s first photo session.  Emma was Miss Priss and was so adorable!

 

 

Ella and her Baby brother, Jackson.  Can you say Adorable?

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Leigh-Ann, Trinity and Eli

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Aaron, Shellie, Ella and Jackson

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Love her freckles and sparkly eyes.

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Blue eyed Jackson!

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I think he likes her…a lot!

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So much pretty!

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Group Hug!

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