December 28, 2009

a little something sale...

Here's a little something for that empty space in the office, bathroom, guest room, bedroom, entry, kitchen, hallway, etc.

I'm cleaning out my art and getting ready for a whole new inventory for 2010.

The pieces I am offering at HALF OFF were made between 2007 - 2009 and are an example of all the different kinds of art I have been dabbling in over the past 2 years.

All are is 50% off with FREE shipping!! This offer will be good until January 2, 2010.

You can see what's available here!

December 1, 2009

Palette Patchwork

I had a lot of extra paint on my palettes from doing color exercises for my online class, so I thought of designing some "Palette Patchwork" pieces. These are simply painted patchwork pieces from the paint left on my palette.

© 2009 Heather Hingst Bennett
Oil on paper

© 2009 Heather Hingst Bennett
Oil on paper

© 2009 Heather Hingst Bennett
Oil on paper

November 23, 2009

Have a Wonderful Holiday Week!

I'm taking the week off to clean my house and spend time with the family! See you all next week!

November 17, 2009

Teacup Study

I purchased this pattern packet a few years ago and finally decided to work on it. I don't know why I was so intimidated by it. It's not perfect, but I really learned A LOT by completing it.

What was really emphasized in this DVD is how light travels in a straight line. You can see this in my study. The light is coming from the right, slightly in front of the object.

November 11, 2009


Do you know what I've been missing in my life? THEORY! Yes, there are some guidelines to painting and drawing and you should get to know them.

Today I was working through one of my lessons in THE OIL PAINTING COURSE YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED and found that taking the time to do some exercises in the "illusion of three dimensions" very helpful.

For example I learned that when drawing a sphere there is a cast shadow, general light, highlight, reflected light, halftone, core shadow and lost edges. WOW! All these elements are identified and when placed in the correct areas give the "illusion of three dimensions".

Now I have a general idea of what to look for to give my work more dimension.

Tomorrow I'm going to be working with mixing paint. AND I'm gearing up to paint some pumpkins.

November 8, 2009

2 Nice Things My Husband Said Recently

My husband is the type of person that doesn't give many complements, but the other day he noticed my "Three Is A Crowd" painting and asked, "Did you paint that?" and I said, "Yes." And he said, "That's pretty good."

AND then the other day he told me that he actually like me NOT working a full-time outside the home job.


Since I don't have any art to show for this week, I thought I would show you a picture of the Iowa State Capitol we visited the last week of October. Isn't it lovely?!

November 2, 2009

Back at IT...

I found this great book last week.

AND just as the title says it IS the painting course I’ve always wanted. How did the author know? So, I’ll be sharing the exercises over the next few weeks.

I’m also taking a class on line with Kingslan & Gibilisco Decorative Arts Studio. The class is a design course that covers:
  • How to be a Creative Thinker
  • Color Theory and Schemes
  • Perspective
  • Design Principles
  • Design Elements
  • How to Work with Reference Material
  • How to Work from a Set-up
  • History of Composition
I have really enjoyed it so far and LOVE the section about color!

I had a great few days off. Our family took a quick trip to Des Moins, Iowa. We toured their lovely state capitol. I'll have to post pictures later.

October 24, 2009

Three is a Crowd

"Three is a Crowd"
Oil on paper
6" x 6"

Here it is finished.

I won't be around much next week. My son is out of school and so I'm going to try to do some fun stuff with him. I'll be back at work the first week of November.

October 18, 2009

maintaining studio hours...

has been very hard for me along with getting the photo taken. i'm working out of my home and find myself distracted. it probably doesn't help that my studio is in the living room and my husband works wacky hours, so he's home not working the same time i am home trying to work.'s obviously got to change. if i want to succeed i must maintain strict studio hours!!

October 14, 2009

last week...

i was expereincing techincal difficulties. these silly computers!

anyway...i got into the buckeyes and painted them...

rendered them in colored pencil...

and sketched them...

yes, i have had it with the buckeyes!

October 5, 2009

the hardest thing about painting daily...

is getting my photos uploaded! (at least for me.)

this is going to be something that i'm really going to need to work on.

i ended last week making some encaustic paints and started this week by playing around with the wax paints i made.

my son picked up some buckeyes on the way home from school last week. i love their rich brown/burgandy color and i've been trying to paint them.

September 28, 2009

What are your plans for the week?

Me...I'm going to paint every single day. Isn't that what I planned to do? Some days it just doesn't get done...which is VERY bad.

Today I didn't get to my painting until 1:30 p.m. Then I just hunkered down and did it. Painted the outline and WENT FOR IT!

I'm pleased that without a lot of fuss it turned out pretty good!

September 21, 2009

Purse & Shoe Still Life Painting

Well, it turned out better than I thought. There were times when I had my doubts, but I just decided to keep plugging away at it today and I'm satisfied. I had quite a struggle getting the red colors correct.

September 17, 2009

Purse & Shoes Still Life

This is the still life that I’m currently working on. I’m just at the drawing stage.

Last week I made my shadow box. It’s just a box. I painted the inside black and cut a large hole out of the top. I’ll try to get photos of my set up tomorrow. The idea of placing your still life in a shadow box is so you get more dramatic shadows. And your light source doesn’t change on you.

CSS an Art

I've been a Web designer for about 12 years and started churning out Web sites using tables...which is the now "old" way of Web site design. Now designers use CSS. I've been trying to "just get by" adding a little here without REALLY understanding CSS. Well, I've got 2 Web sites to create in a short period of time and I really need to know it!

So, instead of painting...I've been learning CSS.

I'm a little frustrated with myself. I'm relying on this job that I quit to work on my art and to make money with my art. What am I doing...I have to put a stop to it soon!

September 14, 2009

Wishing for More Time...

Lately I've been bombarded with work from the job I quit at the beginning of summer. Yes, they haven't hired someone yet and I've been filling in. I'm actually designing some pretty nifty Web sites, but I can't wait to have the projects finished so I can concentrate on painting.

I ordered a painting video for my birthday about a month ago and got through it all last week. So, I'm really inspired and can't wait to practice.

I've attached another picture from the State Fair. The goats were really posing for me that day. They must have thought I was bringing them food or they liked my lens cap hanging from my camera.

I'll have more paintings soon!

September 8, 2009

Giving Encaustic a Try

Here are a few encaustic pieces I've been playing with this summer.

This was created using an image transfer (the polka dot pattern) and a graphite transfer (the drawing of the dress) I then painted the background with oil paints. I'm not sure if this is finished yet. I still might add more...


For this piece and the one below I layered colored wax and incised line into the wax with a plastic hotel key, pizza cutter and sewing pattern rotary marking tool. After creating the lines I added more depth to the piece by applying oil paint into the lines.

I took an Encaustic class this spring with a local artist, Margret Berry. I don't know if I have a future with encaustics. Maybe if I have a studio separate from the house someday I would work with it some more.

I really like the image transfer technique and can't wait to try it with acrylics!

August 30, 2009

Third Time is a Charm

Here is the final painting for this still life. I'm ready to move on to something else! Maybe a pair of shoes...we'll see.

Here is my critique:

I think the drawing is finally working. I get a greater sense of depth. Colors might be muddy.

I'm so happy to move on to a different subject tomorrow.

August 29, 2009

A Day at the Fair

We spent a lovely day at the Nebraska State Fair. This will be the last year the fair will be in Lincoln, next year it moves to Grand Island.

Back to painting tomorrow!

August 27, 2009

Today's Still Life

This was my 2nd painting today. The first attempt just wasn't working out. Here is the critique I wrote on the back:

I fixed the drawing. I think I'm getting closer. Making the shadow a different color was a bad idea. I used layering techniques from "Expressive Painting" by Anne-Marie Esson. Didn't mix my color correctly from the start. My white reflection spots look silly.

I am going to attempt this same drawing tomorrow using the Expressive painting technique from the beginning.

I actually tweaked my drawing again tonight. I think I've finally got it!!

My First Still Life

OK...first I have to tell you I have never painted anything from "life". I have drawn many still lifes, but I have NEVER painted any.

I feel very humbled by the process, but I also know that with practice I will get better.

I am using Golden Acrylics on Canson paper. I really need to use some mediums with my acrylic paints. The get so thick and dry so quick.

So, I'm just doing a lot of experimenting. Trying not to get too discouraged. There is definitely room for improvement! A LOT of IMPROVEMENT! :)

August 26, 2009

Catching Up!

Life has got in the way of painting lately. Well, not actually painting, just the photographing of painting and posting them. It's a habit I really need to get into.

Here's what's been distracting me...

  • My brother and his family came to visit.
  • I turned 39.
  • Took an unexpected trip to Kansas City for my birthday...I don't think we took a single picture...DARN!
  • I've been having some issues with my back, so I've been trying to do MORE yoga!
  • Drinking more green tea!
  • Catching up with photographing/scanning paintings!!

I hope to have some art to share soon!

August 19, 2009

Pearl Cupcake - SOLD

“Pearl Cupcake”
Couture Confections Series
4" x 4" Acrylic on Stretched canvas with scrapbook paper and "pearl bling"

August 18, 2009

Cupcake on the Lawn

“Cupcake on the Lawn”

16″ x 20″ acrylic, pattern pieces, tissue paper on stretched canvas
© 2009 Heather Hingst Bennett
$99 USD

Please email me at: bennett_heather [at] if you interested in purchasing this painting.

August 17, 2009

Pink Cupcake Painting - SOLD

Pink Cupcake
Couture Confections Series
4" x 4" Acrylic on Stretched canvas with scrapbook paper

August 15, 2009

Yellow Cupcake Painting

Yellow Cupcake

Couture Confections Series
4" x 4" Acrylic on Stretched canvas with scrapbook paper
$25 USD

Please email me at: bennett_heather [at] if you interested in purchasing this painting.

August 14, 2009

Blue Cupcake Painting - SOLD

Blue Cupcake
Couture Confections Series
4" x 4" Acrylic on Stretched canvas with scrapbook paper

Have a lovely weekend!

August 13, 2009

Polka Dot Cupcake Painting - SOLD

Polka Dot Cupcake
Couture Confections Series
4" x 4" Acrylic on Stretched canvas with scrapbook paper

August 12, 2009


Well, here we are! Thank you for stopping by my new blog (for those of you who are joining me from a past blog).

Where to begin...ok, how about here...

With about $4000 saved and a husband willing to let me give this a go I quit my full-time graphic design job to pursue a full time career in art. I am starting this brand new blog to take you along on this adventure with me.

I want to become a painter. I currently paint, but it's mainly from my imagination. They are OK paintings, but I want something MORE. I want to become immersed in my subject. Seeing like an artist. Seeing like I could 15 years ago.

So, please join me. Comment and critique me. Give me pointers!! And last but not least please buy my small affordable paintings!