I enjoyed painting my last abstract piece so much, I painted another last night. I really love trying new things and exploring other styles/mediums. I feel it keeps things fresh and helps to keep motivation and inspiration from dwindling; it is nice to break away from the norm from time to time. It always feels like an adventure each time I chart into new territory or revisit something not forgotten but uncharted for some time. Once I feel I have accomplished what I set out to create on these little adventures, I always find new found vigor.
This piece was especially hard to photograph, I just could not capture the beauty of the colors. I feel this painting is one of those that you really need to see it in person to really experience the effect of the colors and movement. This painting is 12 x 12 and it is titled Lily Pod.
Title:Lily Pond Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 12 x 12
This week is drawing to a close and being that I have done absolutely no painting, I decided to try my hand at a purely abstract piece. It has been quite a while since I have painted anything abstract and it was a nice change from my usual style. No staying within the lines, no fussing over getting my lines perfect; I just let go and allowed myself complete freedom. This painting seemed to take on a rhythm of its own, like waves crashing over rocks on shore or a ship out at sea during a storm. When I finished and stepped back to take a look, it was not hard to come up with the title Stormy Waters as it pretty much named itself.
Title: Stormy Waters Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 12 x 12
Here are some photos I have captured over the last week. It always excites me to find inspiration right beyond my front door. I spotted these very interesting flowers that have cropped up outside and I am on the hunt to identify what they are. They look almost like tiki torches! I also captured this snail inching about and another little rabbit out and about.
Nature is just so fascinating and I love discovering things I have never seen before. Nature never ceases to offer me inspiration for my art and always acts as a reminder that beauty still exists, it can always be found; even when we feel the world has become devoid of it. We just have to keep our eyes and be willing to see it.
I am now selling Limited Edition ACEO giclee art prints in my Etsy shop! For those who may not know, ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions & Originals and they always measure 2.5 x 3.5; the same size as a standard trading card. ACEO’s can be prints of original artwork or original artwork in any medium, the only rule is it must measure 2.5 x 3.5.
Purchasing ACEO’s are a perfect way to own artwork you love at an affordable price and they are highly collectable! You can frame them, use them as bookmarks, collect and trade them with others, store them in trading card sleeves; the sky’s the limit!
I print all ACEO pocket-sized art prints in my studio on acid-free gloss paper and each print is titled, signed, dated and numbered on the back. Each print is mounted on acid free, archival mat board using acid free, clear photo corners to prevent bending of the print and to allow for easy removal. All ACEO art prints come with a mini wooden easel for easy, convenient display.
This frame staining project certainly tried my patience! When I am excited about something, it is sometimes very hard for me to wait until it is finished. It is the suspense; how will it turn out? Will each painting look good in it’s frame? I just wanted to get them all done and the paintings mounted so I could see the finished product. I had to wait 6 hours between each coat and I also had to do the back! So, it was definetly a bit of a time consuming process, felt like a millennium as I waited for each coat to dry!
This morning I woke up at about 5:30am and after I got my coffee, I sat down and began the process of mounting each painting into it’s new home. I am very happy with how they turned out and feel they look so much better in the black wood frames. The black frames really make the colors pop and each painting also has a gloss varnish so as you can imagine, these owls are very vibrant!
I am definetly going to continue adding new owls to the Itty-Bitty Owls Collection but I am going to start on some new project this week. I am going to set a goal of at least one owl a week as I work on other things.
I haven’t had the chance to finish as many owls this week as I had hoped but did finish this one last night; this is Sleepytime Serenity. I have had a difficult time sleeping this week and that was my inspiration for this itty-bitty owl; hoping for a bit of nighttime serenity myself.
I normally photograph these paintings in their frames but have decided they all look so much better in black wood frames instead of natural wood frames. So, this has been my project today, getting all my frames stained. I will post photos of this itty-bitty owl framed once it is finished!
Here are the photos of this itty-bitty owl painting framed! It is framed in a wood frame that I stained with a black gloss finish. This owl is mounted in the frame using all acid free, archival materials.
Price: $40.00 (Price includes frame)
Title: Sleepytime Serenity Medium: Acrylic on canvas
I am a huge lover of music, my tastes are very eclectic and music is a huge part of my creative process. It helps me concentrate and puts me in an almost zen like state. I find myself in a state of total focus and unity and the music helps carry me away to this place inside my head. No matter how long I have created art, each painting session is a different experience with the creation of something new and therefore my music preferences vary with each. Sometimes I love to listen to very relaxing, soothing music, sometimes I crank up the music so loud you would think the house would come tumbling down. At times it is a mixture of both. The genre can vary widely as well from folk, metal, indie, industrial, you name it, I listen to it.
So here are a few YouTube videos I thought I would share to show what music is guiding me to that creative place today. To all of my fellow creators out there, what role does music play in your creative process, if any? If music is a must in your creative process, what music can be found on your art soundtrack?