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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Artistic Endeavors

Everyone is guilty at some point of having what they SAY not match what they DO. Hence what they're saying is probably inaccurate, at least to some degree.
The remedy might be to take some quiet time and think about what you actually WANT to do and what path(s) you want to take with your endeavors (e.g. your artistic endeavors). If you think about what you really want, then what you do and say will naturally fall back into agreement with one another.

To follow my own advice, I've listed what I want to do regarding my own artistic endeavors:
1) clear off and create a space to do my art - have it organized and uncluttered;
2) post my new artwork to Etsy - do this more to share/distribute my artwork than to make money;
3) paint more often, period, otherwise I won't get to explore as many new ideas and methods;
4) decorate my house with my artwork; and
5) get inspired to create new artwork via Pinterest and periodic art workshops or classes!

Eventually, I would also like to create illustrations for a book of poems I have written, but that is a much more long term goal. Speaking of Pinterest, I have planned how I want my new art space/office to look via Pinterest.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mini Animal Paintings



These are only about 2 inches tall and wide. The theme was spirit animals.
These are all black silhouettes on white backgrounds and were painted with acrylics.
For a fun quiz, try "What's your spirit animal?" by Jeri-Smith Ready.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Craft Olympics Second Painting

Painting two of six! And only a couple weeks more of Olympics!
Title - Pink Tree Peony
Date - (c)August 5, 2012
Size - 2 inches x 2 inches
Medium - Acrylic paint on black canvas

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

First of Six

I did this with the girls at Sunday's ladies craft night. I thought the white on black would be dramatic.
Title - White Anemone
Date - (c)July 29, 2012
Size - 2"x2"
Medium - Acrylic on black canvas


This was practice for the Craft Olympics.
Title - Much About a Flower
Date - (c)July 2012
Size - 2"x2"
Medium - Acrylic on black canvas

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Craft Olympics

During the Olympics, my goal is to paint six of these small paintings. For "training" I completed this one.
Title - Blue Anemone
Date - (c)July 2012
Size - 2"x2"
Medium - Acrylic on black canvas

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Painting in California this spring

The idea was to take an old watercolor painting you have done that you do not like, then gesso over it. We used gold-tinted gesso (for the cat painting, I did not use gesso in order to try something new, and because the under-painting was rather light). Next, we used watercolor crayons to sketch shapes. Then, we used acrylics to create new paintings! We used the watercolor crayons once more at the end to emphasize some of the shapes.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Nature Paintings

For Valentine's Day, I painted a lake fishing cabin because I'd love to own one some day with my hubby.
I also painted black bears that Ben and I saw at Shenandoah National Park on vacation last fall.
Titles - Cabin in Woods (left); Shenandoah Bears (right)
Date - (c)Winter 2012
Size - 12"x14"
Medium - Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Small Watercolors

I did a couple foxes (I love foxes), some birds, a bunny and a wolf.

Titles - various
Date - (c)Winter 2012
Size - About 3"x6"
Medium - Watercolor on cold press 140 lb. paper

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fox - Colored Pastel Drawing

Title - Fox in Snow
Date - (c)Winter 2012
Size - 11x14 inches
Medium - Oil pastel on colored pastel paper

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Barns - Watercolor and oil pastel

Titles - Red Barn (top); White Inn (bottom)
Date - (c)Winter 2012
Size - approx. 11x14 inches
Medium - Watercolor on cold press 140 lb. paper