You Are An Artist: What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?

How to Draw Presents Under the Tree in Chalk Pastels

What’s under your Christmas tree? No, I am not the elf on the shelf spying at your gifts under the tree! I thought that this would be fun for all of you artists to paint a picture of YOUR Christmas tree (well, the bottom branches) and all of the secrets packaged in bright colored boxes […]

You ARE An Artist: What’s On Your Thanksgiving Table?

You ARE An Artist! Paint What is on Your Thanksgiving Table at Hodgepodge

What’s on your Thanksgiving Table? Thanksgiving is just around the bend, or shall I say, “Over the river and through the woods”…so I thought that we might indulge and paint what would be part of your Thanksgiving feast! On our table: Down in the southern states, where we are from, we have “Dressin’”, not ever, […]

Football Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Football Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial at Hodgepodge

For the Super Bowl, for football season, for celebrating tossing a ball in the backyard, we bring you… a chalk pastel football lesson! Colors needed: You will need red-brown, black, orange and bright red, and yellow pastel colors. Take a small piece of black pastel and draw good-sized curve on your paper. Attach another curve […]

Lavender Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Lavender Chalk Pastel Art at Hodgepodge

This is a different pastel painting that I bring to you today…it has very few colors, yet the colors are brilliant and bright.  The Uinta Mountains are in the state of Utah, far away from our home in the southeastern part of our country…but some of the family lived there for years and I have […]

Avenue of Oaks Chalk Art Tutorial

St. Simons Island - Avenue of Oaks

During this lesson, you will be able to visit a famous site on St. Simons Island, Georgia. For those of you that have never visited this barrier island off the coast, it is one of those dreamy, slow, humid places that are famous in Southern novels. You could pretend that this path or avenue leads […]

Bruce of Finding Nemo Chalk Art Tutorial

Bruce the Shark Chalk Art Tutorial

In honor of Shark Week I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring one of the most terrifying and funny characters from Finding Nemo as your pastel tutorial. Bruce the Shark really wants to be a friend, but has an appetite for any fish (or unlucky diver) in the area! “Here’s Brucieeee!” You will need […]

How To Draw A Garden Spider With Chalk Pastels

How to Draw a Garden Spider With Chalk Pastels

A new video art tutorial – how to draw a garden spider with chalk pastels! This tutorial was inspired by the garden spider and the web she built right out the Hodgepodge family room window. This is not the first time a garden spider chose to build her web within view.  And so, the grandchildren […]

How to Train Your Dragon Art Tutorial

How to Train Your Dragon Art Tutorial at Hodgepodge

Today we are going to paint an awesome dragon. A How to Train Your Dragon art tutorial with Toothless! Toothless is a Night Fury dragon, and has a strong, sleek body that is black as night, and his eyes glow in the dark just like a cat’s eyes. He has massive, strong wings that carry […]

Washington Monument With Fireworks Art Tutorial

Washington Monument with Fireworks Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

Our beloved America is about to celebrate its birthday, and in that theme I offer to you what I call a “birthday wish” to her in all her glory for Independence Day! This could be a daytime scene at the reflecting pond for a while. Then I will show you how to darken the sky […]

Easter Crown of Thorns Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Easter Crown of Thorns Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

This pastel of Christ’s crown of thorns is a personal favorite of mine as we enter the Easter season. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5 NIV Colors Needed: The pastels […]

Claude Monet London at Twilight Chalk Pastel Art

Monet's London at Twilight Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

I think that pastels are wonderful to use in Impressionistic art paintings.  I know that I have mentioned before that years ago a teacher explained to me that pastel pictures are not really “drawings” but are paintings.  You see, you are using a pure stick of dry paint color, so you are painting, aren’t you?  […]

Icarus by Henri Matisse – Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Icarus by Henri Matisse Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

Today we are going to go on an art adventure! Most of our lessons are of everyday objects, landscapes and such, but in this tutorial we are going to paint an impressionistic type painting in the style of the great French artist Henri Matisse. This is a famous and iconic figure called the “Icarus.” ~This […]

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