Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New, Darker Paintings


"not again"



"used to be me"


"dying inside"



"can I stay here tonight?"


"party girl"


"drama queen"

This summer I was in a real funk with my art. My flat, bright colors and little creatures just weren't doing it for me anymore. Also, I've been painting mostly small paintings so with that limited canvas size I felt like I had pretty much done all I could do. So, I decided to shake things up a bit. I really wanted to get back to the darker work that I started out doing. I felt like I was "cuted out". I missed painting my sad flowers.

And...I discovered BLACK. In all of my color classes the one thing that was consistently taught was that adding black to a color was the quickest way to suck all the life out of it. Well, in my experience that has been true. Every time I've tried to add black to darken a color it immediately lost the spark. So, I avoided it like the plague. In fact my tube of carbon black looked like it was brand new before I started this series. I'm still not using black in my mixes but I'm using straight up black. And I love it. It's so harsh and dark. So unlike what I have been doing. And that was exactly what I was looking for.

I also discovered glazes. With most of my previous work I used very flat colors. Not much blending at all. One day I was talking about how frustrated I was with painting to my dear friend Cathy and I told her that I could envision what I wanted to paint but I didn't know how. I wanted to paint colors that blended together. And she suggested glazes. Well, I had a few color glazes and started painting with them and I absolutely loved it (thanks Cathy!). They are VERY slow drying and for me that took some getting used to. I use a hair dryer with fast-drying acrylics! So, it was almost painful for me to let something sit overnight before I could fix it or add to it. But overall a great exercise in patience for me.

I might get back to doing my little creatures at some point but for now this feels good. Every time I would show one of my new paintings to my 3-year-old son Sam he would tell me that it needed a creature. So I put some ghostly creatures on a couple of them. But I think the fact that he recognized that there weren't creatures in these tells me that it was time to shake things up a bit. It has been a long time since I painted anything without them.

It was so wonderful to love painting again. Ideas were flowing. I couldn't wait to paint when I woke up in the morning. And when I was painting with glazes I didn't really know what it was going to look like. Challenging, but very rewarding. I hope you like them.

Prints are available of all paintings.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

just you & me, tree

The original of "just you & me, tree" is now available at my Etsy shop.

Original is sold.

Prints are also available.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

More Exotic Hardwood Paintings

dotted tree on Sapele

flower on African Mahogany

dandy on African Mahogany

I've finished 3 more paintings on that gorgeous exotic hardwood. That's it for my hardwood supply. These are so gratifying to paint for me. So simple and clean.

I have also been furiously painting some new pieces just in time for the holidays. These are VERY different from my other stuff and I'm really excited about them. They will be released on or before this Thursday.

Hardwood paintings are available here.

Back to painting...

Holiday Note Cards

"just you and me, tree" (original is sold)

"snowed in"

"isn't it beautiful"


For the first time I am offering a holiday note card set. This set includes 2 of each of my 4 holiday cards. The cards included are "isn't it beautiful?", "snowed in", "thaw" and my new holiday image for this year "just you and me, tree". The original of "just you and me, tree" will be released tomorrow.

The set is $24 so you get 2 free cards in the set.

Click here to purchase note card set.

The holidays are coming up FAST! I'm going to be releasing a lot of new stuff this week so...stay tuned.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Visionary Living Feature

A couple of months ago I was asked to write an article for the beautifully designed Texas magazine Visionary Living. They wanted to know what keeps me motivated and inspired, what challenges I faced going out on my own, and if I could offer any words of wisdom for those wanting to make the leap to follow their passions. It seems that a lot of people out there really want to leave their jobs and follow their dreams. I get asked these questions a lot through emails. I think partly because of my bio page on my website and how miserable I was at my last 9-5 job. So, I hope I can help someone out there to make the leap. It has definitely been challenging (especially in this economy) but I have never for one second doubted my decision.

You can read the magazine online. Just keep clicking to see my page (shown above) if you want to read my article. I think it is the 29th page in.

Hope you're all having a nice weekend. It is FREEZING here and I have a terrible cold. Hoping tomorrow will be better.

Monday, November 1, 2010

HUGE Original Painting Sale!

"you'll never know"

To get the holiday season off to a nice start I am having a 30% off sale of all of my original paintings in my Etsy shop. Just write "30% off" in your message to seller and I will refund the discounted amount to you promptly.

The sale begins Tuesday, November 2nd and goes through Friday, November 5th.

Click here to purchase paintings.

Can't believe it's November already. I'm working on some new stuff and hope to release it in the next couple of weeks. Until then, enjoy the sale and have a good week.

p.s. calendars are going fast so please get one now if you were planning to.