Friday, August 31, 2012

in love with texture....

These three images are closeups of the angel pictured below. I really love all the texture in this painting and thought you might like to see it too. Many layers go into a painting like this....collage papers, layers of acrylic paints, (then I sand the painting to let some of the color from the collage papers show through) a layer gloss varnish, crackle medium, a raw umber wash, then I seal it with two layers of matte varnish. All these steps are worth the end result :)

Wishing you all a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

my new favorite.....

Angelic Vision
acrylic over collage papers on birch plywood
©Teresa Kogut, all rights reserved

The color isn't very accurate because I took this photo with my DroidX phone....the actual colors are more muted.....not so much pink around the head either....but I love this painting so much I had to share it with you as it will be a week or more before I get it professionally shot.

I have been wanting to paint with a minimum use of color and use more sanding to get a more grungy look for a while now......and now that I have done one this way, there definitely will be more to come!


Enjoy the last few days of summer everyone!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sauder Village

This was my favorite rug at Sauder Village this year! Hooked by Kris Miller of Howell, Michigan. The Santa was designed by Lori from Not Forgotten Farm. Love the design and colors......wouldn't change a thing!

 Americana is always a favorite for me :)
 Amazing how this hooked piece was adapted for a small child's chair! 


Met Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson this year at Sauder. Their quilts, hooked rugs and fabric designs are spectacular!

 Realistic hooked rug......amazing! Click on the picture to see close up :)

Inspired again by the talent at "Rug Hooking Week" at Sauder Village. My friend, Jann, and I drove in on Wednesday. Arrived only a few hours before I had to teach my class so we didn't have much time to look around after I set up my class. I took pictures of my favorite rugs...there were many more than what I am showing.

I was very pleased with how the punchneedle class was my first time teaching!!! There were16 wonderful ladies in  my class! They were all very kind and patient learning this craft. By the end of the 3.5 hours, they left confident that they will be able to finish their projects at home :)

I will possibly be teaching rug punching and Jann may be teaching her techniques for creating her felted purses and totes at next years rug hooking week! We are thrilled to be involved in the show at Sauder Village. It is a top-notch gathering of many talented folks. I always leave inspired to do more and more rugs and punchneedle! I was already sketching new designs this morning!

Jann and I stayed the night in Bowling Green, Ohio and the next morning went shopping in Findlay...only 20 minutes south of where we stayed. We purchased many treasures at Early American Home,  Homestead Collection and Jeffrey's Antiques.

While we were at Early American Home, Barb invited us to come back October 6th to be a vendor at her store! She had many of her customers tell her that she should have a show at her store the weekend of the "Christmas in October" at the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay Ohio because they want to see more "primitive" artists. Jann and I checked our calendars and it's a deal! We will have a booth set up from 10am-3pm October 6th at Barb's store, Early American Home in Findlay Ohio, so if you live within driving distance, come by and check it out! Jann will have vintage looking jewelry and felted purses, totes and ornaments. I will be offering my punchneedle and rug patterns, one-of-a-kind treasures, original paintings and prints. Save the date and hope to see you there!

Monday, August 13, 2012

more word art....

14x16 acrylic over collage papers on birch plywood
©Teresa Kogut

I LOVE THIS!!!! Pray that your children's hearts aren't hardened by this world. Pray that their hearts are full of kindness, gentleness, patience, peacefulness and love for the Lord!

Friday, August 10, 2012

couldn't be more happy!

OH MY! I think I'm in love! Legacy Publishing is coming out with a 2014 Angel Blessings calendar featuring my angel artwork!! The only thing that would make me more happy is if it was a 2013 calendar!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Legacy Publishing! ok....breathe.....

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

new give away

The August give away will be this 8x10 Solace print!! All you have to do to enter is comment below or comment on my facebook page! Drawing will be held first week of September :) Good luck!


The July winner of the 20 greeting cards is



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

angels among us....

I was walking home from school on a cold winter day.
Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way.
It was getting late, and I was scared and alone.
But then a kind old man took my hand and led me home.
Mama couldn't see him, but he was standing there.
And I knew in my heart, he was the answer to my prayers.

Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.

When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees.
There's always been someone there to come along and comfort me.
A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand.
A phone call from a friend, just to say I understand.

And ain't it kind of funny that at the dark end of the road.
Someone lights the way with just a single ray of hope.

Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.

They wear so many faces; show up in the strangest places.
To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need.

Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.

To guide us with the light of love.
Sung by: ALABAMA

Monday, August 6, 2012

Parish Campout

Another fun year at the Holy Rosary Parish Camp out! It was sooo hot this the 90s and the humidity was very uncomfortable....but we still managed to have a good time! This was the 24th annual parish camp out (we've been going for about 7 years). Folks start rolling in Friday afternoon and end the day with a bonfire. Saturday there is tye-dying, pinatas for the kids, potluck dinner, outdoor mass, iron skillet throwing contest for the women, empty beer can toss for the men with lots of swimming in between and ending with another bonfire. Sunday morning pancake breakfast, more swimming, then after lunch time to pack up and head home.

We had a storm come through Saturday about midnight which cooled it off quite a bit.....we had a hard time leaving Sunday due to the perfect weather. Next year will be the 25th camp out so there are BIG plans in the making to celebrate this occasion. Excited for the next one already!