Sunday, August 11, 2013
So... where have I been lately? Well, my son and I have been really sick for the past week and a half. Chamomile tea and steam baths have filled our time lately. It's really a bummer to be sick. They only work you get done is mental checklists and inspirational thoughts because you don't have the energy to do anything physical. But... just before, a bit during, and some time after I was sick I've also been working on a commission piece. A client requested a focal point piece to adorn her freshly painted bedroom walls. She wanted it to compliment her new bed linens which were a beautiful flower print with rich colors of orange, yellow, green, white and charcoal. We communicated over several weeks to collaboratively create the perfect piece for her bedroom. Here is the piece. Disclaimer: This is a one-of-a-kind piece. There will be NO prints made of this painting.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
I really wanted to title this blog post "Obsessed with the color combination of yellow, green, teal, gray, and white (with hints of brown and red)" but for the obvious reason I didn't. I'm also obsessed with circles so I kept the title simple. My last several series have included this particular color combo (Moonlight and Fresh series for example). But what has also popped up quite often in my paintings are circles. So why not put the two together!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
So I started three new 12X12's today. The first step I usually take is applying a layer of texture with either paint, a textured medium or gesso. The beginning layer of texture gives me a starting point to guide the lines of the painting. I also usually start with a thin layer of gold over the whole piece. This gives a brightness and shine from behind the painting. But today I began just painting with rich colors. It was out of my comfort zone, yet completely exhilarating. I was manic while painting. I soared through the three painting in almost a runner's high! I loved the way the simple texture of the canvas came through the painting. I also left the warm colors behind and went with bright yellows, whites, greens and blues. Please tell me what you think. I'm not sure if I'm done or not. They are simple and bright.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
It's a gloomy, cloudy, lazy Sunday morning. What a perfect day to paint!
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Does anyone even remember what the Organic Elements Series are? In the height of my painting career back in 2008, I sold many pieces of art called the Organic Elements Series. Simply, they are a series of organic, earthy, original paintings meant to be displayed together, or hung in groups of 2 or 3 or alone. These paintings are created in the spirit of raw, earthy elements, organic compositions and natural colors. The size of each painting is 12" X 12". They have deep gallery wrapped sides measuring 1 1/2" thick. A paint layering process is used in these paintings to create many layers and depths of texture. As part of the series, each are labeled with the roman numeral order of the series. You can buy them on Etsy separately or buy several together to make a grouping like the picture shown.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Wow! I'm wiping off the cobwebs. It's literally been four years since I blogged. You can see the date of the last post. What happened? Well I'll tell you... The birth of my son! "But he was born in 2008" you say? That's true, however, I started painting again when he turned a year old. That was a moment in time when Jackson was old enough to entertain himself a bit and I was still a stay at home Mom. That moment didn't last long though, and I was back to work and busing Jackson here and there to preschool and playdates and so on. And here we are in the summer of 2013 and I've decided to dive back into it. And so, the rebirth of my Etsy shop! It feels so good to be back. Painting is literally therapy for me. And my mind and body were craving that release. However at the time I didn't realize it. It all started when a coworker asked me to do a painting for her about a year ago. And I thought, "Do I even remember how to paint?" She bought the materials and I went to work. It was as if I never stopped painting. And it felt so good. Here is the piece I created for my friend: