Acrylic painting, Tree Painting, Uncategorized

Red Tree Painting

tree in red

16×20 Acrylic paint, impasto, pallet knife and brush on canvas

The background has impasto mixed with the black and white paint. I spread it on with a pallet knife and a little bit with a paint brush. I wanted the edges to be darker and show the lines of the knifes edge. Because I used impasto it becomes thicker, therefore, it takes longer to dry.

The tree- I chose to use two shades of reds along with black and white. I chose red because it would stand out to the background. I do have a little bit of red in the truck of the tree as well. My favorite Fall color is the red maple tree. I could use this just for Fall but I would use this all year long.

Acrylic painting, Flowering Tree, Uncategorized

Flowering Tree

flower-tree painting

8×16 Acrylic and impasto painting on canvas.

This small painting was an experiment I wanted to do to explore more with impasto. I never did get the look I was hoping for but I think I need to try it in a larger scale. Over all, I am pleased with the colors. I have four different colors in the background, 4-5 in the tree and three in the purple flowers. I do try to have depth when I paint and using multiple colors does help that.

I will continue to do more exploring until I get the technique with the impasto, brush and pallet knife.

Acrylic painting, Uncategorized



I did this painting in early December. It is a 24″x 24″ stretched canvas painted with acrylic paint. I decided to keep this for myself. I keep my snowmen/Winter decorations out all Winter. I haven’t turned the lights on since Christmas though. My closest hobby store is Hobby Lobby and I was looking for mini white lights, that were battery operated. I bought some but they were a little longer then I would have liked. I was envisioning very small lights. I know they are out there but I haven’t found them yet.

What I did to add the lights was use my X-Acto knife and carefully poked a hole through the canvas. Make sure you don’t go to deep because when you put the light through, it will go through to far. I recommend just until it get to the plastic part of the light. My light set was a 20 ct. Make sure to place the holes in a random position but spread them out to equally fill the space.

Problems with this project: These lights took 4 batteries and didn’t last long. I used Duct tape to hold the wires down. I don’t think this worked the best. A better way is to put a backing, such as foam board, on the back of the canvas to hide the wires but have access to be able to turn the lights on and off.


I also added a glitter paint to this painting to add another visual element. If you live around snow, you know that it can “twinkle” in the correct lighting. This is just a small bottle of DecoArt, champagne glitter. This takes much longer to dry then regular acrylic paint.


I had a lot of great responses to this painting so I did three smaller version on 10×20 canvases.

I hope adding lights to your painting doesn’t frighten you. It can be hard to actually cut your canvas. Lights can be used on paintings for stars or a word. Sky’s the limit.