October 31, 2010

happy halloween

Here's a little colored pencil illustration I started today. I'm running out of time, so I'll have to finish it later.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween.

October 17, 2010

study :: the model

Here is the "model" for this week. I have a nice vintage hat collection that has been sitting in a box in our basement. I really love this hat. I wish it fit me because I would totally wear it!

I have been drawing this hat for a few hours a day since Thursday. Sometimes I concentrate just on one area, such as the bow. Everyday I have made a full drawing of the hat. Tomorrow I'm going to place it in it's still life setting, draw it some more and get ready to paint it.

I'm excited to see how my painting will turn out.

October 13, 2010

taking a step back

I've decided I need to take a step back and draw. DRAW...DRAW...DRAW! My new plan is to pick a subject for the week and draw it again and again and again and then paint it! So, I'll be doing one painting a week.

I'll probably post my drawings at the end of my drawing period and then post the painting when I'm finished.

Now what should be my first "model"?

October 10, 2010

it's that pail again

NO. 10
© 2010 Heather Hingst Bennett
6" x 6" oil on canvas panel

Yes, it’s that pail again. This time in oils. I actually painted this the other day when I had my oils out. I wanted to paint some flowers today that I bought at the farmer’s market, but by the time I got to my studio I was exhausted.

We worked on the house all day and right now I have 2 8′ x 10′ rugs outside drying and hoping it doesn’t rain.

October 9, 2010

the big reveal...my studio

Welcome to my studio!!

Here it is! Of course, I'm not completely done yet and I'm sure it will change over time, but here is how it looks right now. My studio is at the top of the stairway in our home.
To the right will be the computer station with no computer at the moment.

The next corner area is a work table.

The corner opposite it is where I have my easel

and across from that are some storage cupboards.

I've also included a picture of where I set up the still life for my paintings.

"No. 009"
© 2010 Heather Hingst Bennett
6" x 6" oil on canvas panel

Today's daily painting is done in oils. I have not used oils in quite a while and stumbled around quite a bit. Spilled both my medium and cleaner and did a lot of swearing. Fortunately, I'm pretty familiar with this pail by now, so I did end up with a painting. Not a very good painting, but a painting. So, I'm simply going to name it NUMBER 9.

October 8, 2010

"polka-dots and pumpkin" SOLD

© Heather Hingst Bennett
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel

I had lots of fun painting this today. The dots are a bit of a challenge.

Have a great weekend!

October 7, 2010

"pink stripe pail"

© Heather Hingst Bennett
6″ x 6″ acrylic on canvas panel

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I had so much fun painting this pail I had to do it again today. I'm a sucker for anything pink and pink stripes are too much fun for me!

Sorry, still no photos of the studio. I was super lazy today. 

October 6, 2010


© 2010 Heather Hingst Bennett
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel

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A much different color palette today. I found this pail in the dollar section at Target and fell in love with it.

I moved the last of my stuff in my studio today. Maybe I'll have pictures tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!!

October 5, 2010

"bird's eye view" - sold

© Heather Hingst Bennett
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas board

Still working on the studio, but I will be doing my first painting in it tomorrow!

October 4, 2010

"one" - SOLD

© Heather Hingst Bennett
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel

Just time for "one" today!

I've been busy moving into my new studio. I spent the day deciding where my easel should go and where the computer should go. I had to try every angle and every corner, but I think I found just the right place for both. Next I'll be going through my storage cabinets and getting them ready to move upstairs. AND I just noticed that I'm missing my "Keep Calm Carry On" poster. So, I'm trying to "Keep Calm" and find it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

October 3, 2010

"center stage"

© 2010 Heather Hingst Bennett
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas board

Here we are at day 3! Today our "model", the gorgeous gourde, is center stage on my favorite cake stand. I think the composition on this one needs a little more work. What do you think? There's something I don't like about it being so centered!!

speaking of center stage...

The roller derby was lots of fun! Just a quick picture of my sister in law, Stephanie, in roller derby action. We traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to see her. It was a fun spur of the moment road trip.

s t u d i o !!

Yes! Tomorrow I will be moving into my studio!

October 2, 2010

"friends" - SOLD

© 2010 Heather Hingst Bennett
acrylic on canvas panel

Two friends just catching up on what's been going on.

The colors are so fall in this painting! What has been most challenging about painting these gourdes is the stem. The stem kind of freaks me out!

I have been tinting my canvas a dark purple, can you tell?

I'll be going to my first roller derby event this evening! I'll have to tell you more about it tomorrow. Hope you're having a great weekend!

October 1, 2010

"pumpkin impostor" - Sold

This was my first still life painting...ever! I think I've made some improvements. What will my paintings look like if I paint one daily for a year? I hope to find out!!

Here is painting number one in my second attempt to paint one painting a day for a year!

© 2010 Heather Hingst Bennett
6″ x 6″ acrylic on canvas panel

It’s good to be painting these small paintings again. I think this time I will be able to keep up and stay on target to create one painting a day for the next year.

This is one of those super cute gourdes that looks like a white pumpkin. I love white pumpkins, but gourds work very well for these small paintings.

I also just want to thank everyone who has been stopping by and leaving comments. It's amazing how those virtual visits make my day!!