New Book About Window Painting and More on Halloween Painting

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Office doors decorated with Halloween paintings.

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I have been slaving over a book about my window painting experience and techniques. It took me weeks of editing and tense moments to complete. I hand drew images and illustrations in Paint and Google Documents for explaining the directions. I worked with Word to sift out the important information needed and my goal has been met for the pre-holiday season. Yes, I cussed out all three of these programs as I went along, but I now have a Kindle version and a paperback book for sale! I wanted to be able to share my window painting techniques in such a manner that someone who does not even draw can pick up this tutorial and draw simple figures using lines and geometric shapes.

Window Paintings For Halloween

The hobby of window painting has been in my life for many decades. It delights me to share it when the seasons change and I know that painting for Halloween is close. I knock on doors and make phone calls to my previous clients. Often while I am painting, people ask me to paint next door. I love doing these paintings. The artwork I produce is a blend of realistic shading and cartoon imagery. Soon, the season will start again for window painters. The colorful paintings will appear on window panes to mark the holidays Halloween, Thanksgiving,  and Christmas. They may extend beyond those holidays as well to celebrate Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s as well.

Misc Window Painting Information

The only thing I do not enjoy about the paintings is the cold that comes in late November around the time I clean off Fall paintings and change over to the Christmas seasonal decorations. I only dislike it because my hands get cold and wet and it makes painting a bit challenging, but that does not stop me. These window murals are an ordered series of drawings and painted layers and techniques. This information may all be found in the cover of my book. The Essential Window Painting Guide is a book for beginners in both drawing and the window painting technique. If you cannot draw, but would like to, stop by my website and pick up a PDF copy of the guide today at the website www.holidaywindowpaint.com.

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Halloween painted pumpkins is a common theme in window painting for holidays

Halloween Paintings

Soon images like this will be painted for the Halloween season. I generally start painting about the beginning of October as the month has 31 days in it and that is plenty of time to enjoy the seasonal decorations. I love Halloween paintings and the delight that painting for this holiday is. I get some crazy ideas for window paning themes. Most of the time I do pumpkins for a generic Fall theme, but sometimes I get to do Jack O’ Lanterns and I really have a great time with those. The many shapes and sizes that pumpkins come in can be used with different faces and poses. I enjoy painting ghosts and trick or treaters roaming through graveyards of pumpkin patches.

I have several favorite icons for Halloween paintings, but the most frequent favorite is this funny faced pumpkin with the frightened face and the spider crawling on his face. I like painting a big bully pumpkin next to him that laughs at the scared little gourd. These were some of my original images when I began painting windows for more that the Christmas themes. The designs came to me as I cleaned the windows and set up the panes for the panting I would be adding to the glass.

The year I first did Halloween paintings I believe was 1988.. I had been working for a pizza restaurant that had several chain stores in the area and I was able to decorate the whole set of pizza parlors. I painted for a lounge next door to one of these eateries and I really enjoyed that series of paintings. The glass was tinted on the inside and the black windows really make the paintings leap off of the frames.

Happy Halloween painted greeting

Happy Halloween greeting painted at the bottom of a set of tinted windows.

Halloween Windows – Kick Off Your Season – Painters!

Painting pumpkins is a lot of fun for Halloween decorations and they can get really creative. There is one in the corner of this Halloween window painting. I wish I could show you the details on the cat face and the fuzzy furry effect, but this was a long time ago. The painting below is from 1989 before the digital camera was popular so I have to make do with what I have to share.

Halloween Greeting And Black Cat

I recently submitted an article about Halloween Paintings to an online magazine and it was picked up and featured. I am sure it will be viewed a few times. It has an old design in it that is one of my signature images and I will be posting the paper sketch of it soon.

When I get the opportunity to paint for this event I will be sure to add it to the blog here. I really enjoy my ghosties and goblin paintings. The variety of designs that go with Halloween are frightfully fun and can be done in good humor. Take the time to sketch them out so the image comes out just like you want it and go to town with all the details. Halloween isn’t as popular for window paint decorations, but its tons of fun.

Happy trick or treating!

For more information on Halloween  and more Window Paintings see the following links:

So, You Want To Paint Holiday Windows?

How To Do Halloween Art For Windows

Candy Canes And Reindeer Holiday Designs

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Candy Cane Reindeer Flag – Amazon

Candy Canes and Reindeer combine beautifully in this Holiday design. 

In Holiday window decorating certain elements can be used together for your original paintings and style.

I love the dark background on this design. It brings out the red in the candy cane stripes and the reindeer’s nose quite nicely. Holiday designs like this one incorporate several ideas into a personal signature for an artist. Adapt your style using several elements that traditionally represent the holiday you are decorating for.

In creating panel designs for awkward windows, a solid color layered with a really cute image may be just the thing for decorating. I wouldn’t use this on a main storefront. Shop keepers and clerks need to keep an eye on pedestrians coming and out of a business. I would use this style for the lower portion of a door. Use a design like this to tie in your whole scheme.

I love this little reindeer’s smug smile. It is like he knows what Santa is bringing you and it is a gift you will totally love! The accents of candy cane stripping is very creative.  It demonstrates several patterns that can be useful when you design your striped candy borders or touches. These colors blend very well together.

Taping this design off would be your best course of action. Start with the large rectangular back ground then add a tape guide to the candy cane stripe border. In this method you would be able to paint straight lines easily. Pull the tape off afterwards and you have smooth lines in your image.

I would begin painting with a white base where I wanted the reindeer then fill the rectangle in with black. It might be helpful to set a blotch of white where the stars are but in a window design you can scrape a small shape into the paint when it dries and allow the interior light to shine through it.

For more info on holiday window painting see: So, You Want To Paint Holiday Windows? on Squidoo

What other elements do you see in this Holiday design that may be adapted and used for window painting?

 

Traditional Holiday Art Designs And Fluorescent Tempera

Poinsettia Designs 2007 ~ Image: M Burgess

Create A Collection Of Holiday Art Designs!

When the Holiday season rolls up on us in full force, my fellow artists and the curious, do you have a collection of drawings or photos to pull design ideas from for window decorating? 

Create a sampler book using the traditional shapes and images from the holiday designs that are so dear to our hearts.

My standard design theme over the past few seasons has been poinsettias and candles. These evolve year after year into wonderful adaptations. I am an artist with styles that are cartoon-like to semi realistic. I haven’t been properly schooled in the art terms, but I paint what I paint. 
There are moments I have scheduled my paint box for an appointment and I am not sure what it is I will be painting. Thankfully I have my standard design images. Created long ago when I started learning how to do these art projects I sat down and did dozens of pencil sketches. The window will inspire me to pull in and arrange these delightful images. When the design comes around and I am ready to sketch in the elements, there is usually a nice giggle involved with it. Sometimes there is an inside joke. Mostly they are a testimony of how beautiful this time of year is.

Christmas Art- Poinsettia In Fluorescent

Holiday Window Designs 2012 ~ Image: M Burgess
My 2012  Christmas Poinsettias are shown here.
I chose fluorescent tempera paints  to create a vivid image with the flower petals of this poinsettia. The brush strokes add the touches I needed to give it shape and form. With this design there is no need to do anything more but outline it.
Fluorescent colors can add some very nice touches for highlighting and blending in images that are round in contour. Use them to outline, too.
Keeping in the tradition of the Holidays, try to stay as close to the basic colors as possible but be creative!
Happy Holidays!

 

For More See: So, You Want To Be A Holiday Window Painter?


What is your favorite holiday decoration design?

Painting Windows For Holidays – Thanksgiving Theme

A Thanksgiving theme is fun! Though Christmas tends to be the big draw for window painting I enjoy paint for other holidays, too. 

You can incorporate a Fall theme into a window design using pumpkins, fall leaves, and Turkeys. 

The colors are bright and fun. Painting Thanksgiving themes on glass can be a lot of fun.

A Sketch of a Thanksgiving Turkey, Ms. Trixie —>


Use a fan brush to do feathers. They create a really neat texture as you will see in the close-up images in the following photos. 

(All Images: M Burgess)
This design has the owner’s pets names on images of turkeys playing in fall leaves. 


Thanksgiving Theme ~ Fall 2007:

The Turkeys Close-up:

 Fall Leaves:

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Painting Tools – Sketch Book

Having an assorted set of sketches is vital to creating your design and organize your portfolio.

Setting your images on paper gives your window clients an idea of what you have to offer them in design choices. By having a complete set of images set on paper you also have a way to demonstrate your talent.

Sketchbooks:

Pre-draw images to use in the holiday theme you are working with. Compile a sketchbook for each of the major holidays.

Sketchbook_Poinsettias_Candles03Detail the sketch for an idea of what the complete image will be when finished so you also have an idea of how you want the image to appear when you paint it. Create single sketch images out of elements you will use for the complete design. An example of Poinsettia and Candles design and Candy Cane w/ Bow is shown.


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For The Christmas Theme
Sketch these individual images:

Holly Leaves and Berries
Candy Canes
Poinsettia Flowers (My Favorites!)
Candles
Snowmen
Santa (Of Course!)
Reindeer
Stockings                                                                           
Snowflakes
Presents or Gift Boxes
Christmas Trees
Ornaments
Bows
Bells
Teddy Bears
Dolls

With these single images, you can create a host of designs.

A Christmas Wreath incorporates several holly leaves and a bow for a colorful decoration on a door top. Holly leaves can trim and decorate difficult window areas and accent your greeting scene.

Create the sketches first, then add photos of your finished designs to create your portfolio!


For additional information see: So, You want to paint Holiday Windows? or visit the site: Holiday Window Paint.com

Images: M Burgess