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Fish siblings

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The Gift       Sometimes you need to do art for yourself.  Where you find the inspiration is so random sometimes.  Last year some of our closest friends got married and of course we needed a wedding present.  This is based on a magazine cover at Food Arts, I am aware that this is not competition material because it is not original, however I love this picture.  In two nights after work this project was complete.  then I put it in an ikea frame and sent it to its new home.    Then, the sadness set in.  Maybe I'm crazy and/or selfish, but I was truly saddend by how much I had come to love this picture, so I started again.  I was working like crazy and I felt like I was getting nowhere.  (Picked a paper with way to much tooth.) I did the worst thing you can do for a project and put it in THE CLOSET.....   Now almost a full year later I find these young fish and would like to finish them but still hate the paper choice, so I have made a xerox onto art paper that I li

Family portraits for the house

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I love pictures at people's houses. I love to walk down the hall all look at all of the pictures of people I don't know and am intrigued by. In that tradition I am starting the hallway photo gallery at my own home. My first major installation is a duo of portraits of my grandparents photographing each other. However I wanted to switch it up and put a crafty spin on this project.  This is what my final project looked like and let me show you how to make your own. Soft Gel Image Transfers Materials: Soft Gel Acrylics Material to transfer to (canvas or board) Printed image from a toner based printer (image will be backwards, so adjust accordingly) How to: - Make sure canvas is clean and free from scuffs etc.  Any white spots in your image will now become transparent.   - Cover your canvas in a healthy coating of the soft gel ensuring that it is an even coat.   - Place your printed image face down onto your transfer surface. Making sure to smooth out any

Going Legit

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I've officially taken the plunge, bought the domain name and am ordering business cards.  So after this week you should be able to access the site at www.ROEDERcraft.com.  I also sold my first print at  Society 6 .  Now given it was probably my own mother I still have an awesome sense of pride.  Thank you everyone.  2000 people in 1 month is crazy.  Who would have guessed? Thanks a million.  

Colored Pencil on Wood

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Flowers of Home v2.0 on Plywood, unfinished One of my favorite things about colored pencil is the ability to push the medium.  So many people use toothy paper and sharp pencils that they limit themselves immensely.  I love to use my pencils on grade A plywood.  When selecting plywood it is important to look at grade, quality and size of final artwork.  I allow myself at least an extra inch on all sides of my artwork to allow for clean up cuts and/or beveling.   A great explanation of plywood grading.  Plywood is also important over hardwood because of its stability when facing humidity and other natural changes. The wood is soft and subtle and has so many minute details of its own it makes the works seem so alive. I wanted this set of flower pictures to be natural and look great in my kitchen.  These are the two State flowers of North Carolina where we currently live.  "The flowers of Home v 1.0" colored pencil on plywood This is at the  Cincinnati Un

Society 6 aka Buy Prints of Art

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I now have some of my most popular pieces on Society 6  so that you can buy prints in any shape or size you may want.  There are even a few that haven't been on the blog before.

Broccoli Salad

The secret to any good party guest is having the best side.  The plate that goes home empty and everyone raves about it.  My favorite side dish is this Broccoli Salad.  It is so great we sell it as one of our side options in the restaurant as well.   I cannot take credit for this recipe however, this is one of the many recipes given to me by a great employee many years ago. Broccoli Salad Broccoli Salad ½ c. Apple Cider Vinegar 4 c. Mayonnaise 3/4 c. Sugar Pinch Celery Seeds Mix sugar and vinegar and heat until dissolved. Cool and combine all in lg. bowl. 2 Bunches Broccoli 6 ea. Bacon slices, sm. diced ½ ea. Red Onion, sm. Diced ¼ c. Raisins ¼ c. Sunflower Seeds Render bacon till crisp, drain. Combine all in

Colored pencil on canvas

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Last year for the holiday season I wanted to spruce up our mantle with a new painting that reflected the holiday spirit.  We had taken quite a few photos at the mountain house years prior of our holiday table centerpiece.  These photos were merely to test a variety of old school filters on our Cannon Rebel.   This photo just had that modern instagram style feel with a traditional aspect ratio.  I began with the layout and design in colored pencil because it what I seem to be so comfortable with.  The intention was to do a mild Prismacolor Art Stix underpainting that would be covered in water based oil paint later.  However once I had the painting blocked in with the Art Stix I used the burnishing brush technique that I had learned in Jeffrey Smart Baisden workshop. .   Using a large shortcut brush I was able to push the colored pencil into the grooves of the canvas.   Hanging over the mantle. Spots that needed a richer concentration of color I washed with mineral spirits

Jeffrey Smart Baisden Workshop

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I love workshops.  they are the perfect location for finding fresh perspective on technique, color utilization and new products in the colored pencil world.  Through the Rising Sun Arts Council  I have been taking workshops in Colored Pencil for the past few years.  (It is an annual gift given to me by my mother in which we can get creative and I can listen to her moan about how terrible she is at colored pencil.) Last years class was given by Jeffery Smart Baisden .   As a great introduction to Jeffery's style of shading we did a small worksheet that displayed multi layer black tones and a variety of mid range tones.  This exercise also displayed the importance of the order in which the colors were laid.  For the black we used the combination of Black Grape, Indigo Blue, Dark Green and Tuscan Red.  The coloring portion of the Class began with a set of basic tutorial on the art of reflection.  The first exercise was a drawing of a glass on grey paper.  We were instruct

Fried Shrimp Chopped Salad

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Versatility and shelf life are my two biggest concerns when prepping something in my home kitchen.  We are a household that is so on the go that we usually make dinner for ourselves on Sunday, which will be eaten as leftovers Monday or the following Sunday.  One of my favorite items to have on hand at home is also my most popular dressing at the restaurant.  The Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette is a culinary mainstay.  It was given to me by a great leader I once had Chef John Brand .  His was used for beautiful formal applications, where as we use it for the most country salad ever.   The Fried Shrimp Chopped Salad Chopped Romaine Chopped Iceberg Garbanzo Beans Bacon, cooked/chopped Tomatoes, diced Croutons Baby Fried Shrimp Tomato Vinaigrette Tomato Vinaigrette                                              y=1.5 quart       y=2 c. Ketchup 1.5 cup ½ c Apple Cider Vinegar 1.5 cup ½ c Sugar 1.5 cup ½ c

Great Idea - Cassette Tape Chair

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This is one of those items I see so often and think... 300 dollars, I can make that for way cheaper.  So this beautiful conglomeration of zip ties and cassette tapes will definitely be in this home someday. All I need to find is the frame.  Know where I can get one?

Watermelon carving

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Watermelons for the Labor Day Weekend

The Standards Fish

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This was my big project this week. This is a few striped bass I got in for a special in a colored pencil rendering. I really love how they have turned out.

Headboard

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The headboard project is one of those moments when you see someone throwing something away and you think, maybe i can make something better than trash from this.  While visiting my parents this summer I happened upon the trash pile from their flooring project.  This beautiful ambrosia maple just couldn't turn into a burn pile, so i saved it.  I took those 10 foot poles trimmed them down, wrapped them in plastic (like any good culinarian) and packed them in an already chocked full mini cooper.   I procrastinated for many weeks, it was so hot and I was so busy..... That when I finally did get the inspiration to work on it the weather was at peak season gross.  Southern rain with maximum humidity.  So my loving mate let me work on this one in the house.  I don't know how he stands me sometimes, I have the biggest hair brained ideas on what not to do in a normal house.   I first had to choose the prime pieces I wanted to use and measure how short they were over my approx

Card holder

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This is my first project in leather. Nothing like a going away project to make you craft on the fly. I wetted the leather to form it to the cards, not thinking that it might make it really tough to sew right away. So in the end I was forming and hand sewing with sinew to finish before going to work. Hope you can dig on my FN ( the recipients initials) card holder. Hermes inspired.