Oil Pastel Lion – My Latest Thrive Art Project

This is the latest picture I made for my Thrive art class. Go HERE to learn more about the great online Thrive Art classes I take! It is an oil pastel lion. I liked that I learned you can use all kinds of colors in the lion and it still looks good. The mane has blue and purple and red in it not just yellow and brown. Miss Theresa (my instructor) explained how to blend the colors really well. I liked this lesson. I hope you like it!




My Latest Thrive Art Project

This is an oil pastel that I made for my mom for mother’s day. It was my next oil pastel project in my Thrive Art course.

Green is my mom’s favorite color, but I thought she would like more colors too. I didn’t want to make the water blue because I don’t think my mom’s water would be just blue. 🙂

???????????????????????????????I sent the picture to Plum Tree Books because they are making a book about mothers. Dr. Clune said my picture is going to be published in the book! You can click here to read about the book.

My mom liked the picture a lot. 🙂

Go HERE to learn more about the great Thrive Art classes I take!

Susanna Leonard Hill’s Illustrator Contest – Goldilockup by Mike Allegra

I am entering Susanna Leonard Hill’s
The First Ever PrettyMuchWorldFamous Illustration Contest!!!

Here are the rules for the contest – I copied them from Ms. Hill’s blog. You can click here to go to Ms. Hill’s blog.

“The ContestDraw/Paint a children’s picture book cover illustration (no text required – art only) for one of the following stories (which you will recognize as the top finishers in the March Madness Fractured Fairy Tale Writing Contest – a little extra surprise for those authors 🙂

 – The Three Wiggly Worms Bluff by Wendy Greenley
 – Goldilockup by Mike Allegra
 – Goldibawks And The Three Pairs by Dawn Young
 – The Sweetie Witch by Pen Avey
 – The Princess And The Stinky Cheese by Lauri Meyers
 – Mongoose’s Holi Party by Darshana Khiani
 – The “Princess” And The Pete by Jennifer Caritas
 – The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster by Elliah Terry
Illustrations should be 8×10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px
All stories can be read on the March Madness Finalist PostHERE so you will know what to illustrate 🙂 ”
There isn’t a kid entry section (I am ten), but I wanted to do it anyway because I like to draw and I am trying to get better at it. 🙂 I picked Mr. Allegra’s story because it was funny and I thought of making a wanted poster.
This is my entry. I used pencil to make a sketch and then markers to color it. I wanted to make the cover scary to make like Goldilocks was a criminal. I know it said I didn’t have to put the title in, but I like it there.

Oil Pastel Art Project – Octopus

I finished my beginner art course with Thrive art and I am doing the intermediate course. My first project was to make a octopus using oil pastels. I never used oil pastels like this. Only a little in school in art class. In this project I learned different ways to use them (like to blend them or hold them different ways). They get kind of messy but they are fun to use. This is my first picture. 🙂


You can find out about Thrive art school on its website  – click HERE.

Sleepy Phyllis

This is part of a contest Ms. Hill is doing. You can see the contest rules HERE. We are supposed to do a Phyllis fashion show, but I think Phyllis likes her pajamas best.

Phyllis says it is too cold out and she is staying in bed to snuggle. She won’t see her shadow because she won’t come out of her hole. 🙂 So she says early spring!

img177Phyllis is the groundhog from Ms. Hill’s story –


It is a cute story and is good for Groundhog Day!

My next Thrive Art Project – A Dragon

This is my best try at this. I made some mistakes and have to cover them up some. I didn’t think I would do a good job, but I am really happy at how it looks. I took my time with it. My dad said the dragon looked like the number 2 so I shaded a 2 into it. 😀 I thought that was pretty cool. 😎

dragonThis was the last lesson in my beginner Thrive Art course.  I really liked taking the classes. My teacher Ms. Theresa was nice and she explained how to do the pictures so I could do them. I am going to ask my parents if I can do the next classes. You get to learn how to do oil pastels and water colors. 🙂

You can find out about Thrive art school on its website  – click HERE.