Tuesday, March 8, 2022

3 new paintings in the store!

hi all!  i mentioned last that i finished one new painting by going over an older painting, and those two are now in the society6 shop.  i also realized that another finished painting was forgotten when we were uploading into the store, so that is now up as well.

this will be a "quick" post, as these posts, while fun, are very tiring for me to make.

first off is my "best friends" painting.  i was inspired by a class to paint this, but also as a memory of a vacation i made with my bestie.  

textured and multilayered, these besties are living their best lives at the beach!  note the heart between them. 

"Besties Holiday";

i was excited to see this as a shower curtain!

imagine the feeling of being at the beach with these gals, right in your own bathroom


you could even bring them to the beach with you as a beach towel



or as a travel mug!

there are 58 products available in many different price points for this particular original painting.  i'm currently thinking of uploading some previous stopping points to this one, as it certainly had some interesting pauses!

now to the painting that "Besties Holiday" replaced on this life-sized canvas...

when in the depths of depression, keep that one spark alive.  don't let the darkness invade your glowing light.  let your light expand.  you are important, you are a warrior, you are worthy.

the very moody "Of Darkness and Light";

here's the art print

and a beautiful reminder on an iphone skin


or as a sticker  to plaster everywhere

(and remember, you are loved)

"Of Darkness and Light" has 49 products of which to choose to put this original painting!



and to finish this post off, and i can't believe i forgot this wasn't uploaded yet...


the very textured "Farm Roots" 

a colorful and abstracted painting of my childhood homestead, showing how beautiful and fun life on a farm was to me.

here's the art print
showing it x-tra large to show texture
 the shiny areas in the grass on the hill by the house, and the bush on the left
notice the words "farm" above the tree line, and "roots" by the swingset 
drips as roots from the house
and hidden-in-plain-sight hearts
lots of fun details missed by a small format

"Farm Roots" has 48 exciting products, some new, available for this original painting.  

as of this moment i have 199 original paintings uploaded into the store for your browsing pleasure! 

until later,


Sunday, March 6, 2022

movement in the studio

hi all.  since i've last written i've been busy on an original as well as class work that is my style and reference combined with the artist/teachers style (so still original work, but inspired by the class).

lets start with the first project i worked on.  i found a reference photo on unsplash that made me swoon and imagine my own likeness in place of the model.  the image is based on van Gogh, whos work is very inspiring to me, and so i'm running with the idea of putting me inside of his Starry Night painting.

"Becoming the Art (ist)"
still in progress
reference photo by Marina Montoya on unsplash.com

at the same time a favorite contemporary artist came up in week 8 of Lets Face It 2022. emma petitt finds fun and unique poses and uses foreshortening to create beautiful figurative, full-figured gals.  i love her style and the way she layers paint, so was excited to play with her again!  find more classes of hers, including free ones, here
here's emmas' style;
 you can buy prints of some of emmas work here, and you can watch fun time-lapse videos of her creating here
and here is emmas week 8 class in Lets Face It 2022;


more classes, including free ones, at kara bullocks site
i used my own reference photo and covered up an old, unfinished painting of mine that didnt speak to me anymore.  i felt that the old painting said what it needed to say at the time, and made sure i photographed it to go into my store, but it was finished healing me.  it was time to focus on fun.

here's the old painting
"Of Darkness and Light"
here's my main inspiration photo with a heart between the models.  i had references for hands and feet as well, with a total of 4 reference photos.

photo by felipe bustillo on unsplash.com

and here's the new painting (with me for size comparison)

"Besties Holiday"
i wish i were there with them.  it's COLD in massachusetts!
(slippers and hoodie went back on real quick after this photo was taken)

this is a better painting for my mental health, but getting my depression out onto the canvas was important.  i love the feeling of this new painting and the heart their bodies make between them!

"Besties Holiday"

and some fun detail shots with all the texture

friends at heart
their toes in the sand
the look of love

this morning sweetie and i put this painting and 2 more up in my shop.  details coming soon, or just visit my society6 shop to see them first!

until later,


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

big ideas in 2022

hi all.  yep, it's been a minute since i've posted.  honestly, i've been on a painting hiatus, concentrating on my spiritual health, trying to educate myself and to delve into lifes' mysteries.  i'm a libra, so i look into things from all sides, and oh, there are so many sides to the mystery of life and the earth we live on!  the muds run deep, lol.

but, i'm back!  i spent some time with my tarot deck the other day, and it gave me some great insight to some places where i might stumble in the coming year.  since then i had an idea that will bring some forward motion to a dream sweetie and i have.  forward motion made by me, instead of all from him, so this gives me an added push for my idea to work;  i need to be of financial assistance with making the dream happen.

our dream is a big one, with a big, ongoing income stream needed, and my artwork hasnt been forthcoming with the flow.  i get awesome drips here and there, but it's time to come up with a product that will give more of a flow wherever it's seen.   that means affordable to the masses and with a feeling that people will want in their homes.

i think i found it!

it feels good!

i have a stack of these wooden slice ornaments that i've used to affix prints of personal photos as gifts, but i'm about to experiment with affixing prints of my paintings.  i think my paintings would look great as minis hanging in various unexpected spots in a home!  i can imagine them in windows, hanging on lamp switches and drawer pulls.  i've also made some photo ones with magnets behind the wood slices and can imagine my art on fridges all around the world.  that thought makes me smile!

i was able to affix one print today, and i think i want a thicker paper, which means stronger medium to attach to the wood.  i also need to ponder how i want the edges to be.  do i want to decorate where the paper meets the wood so it's not feeling so abrupt?  do i want a matte or gloss finish?  (leaning towards matte finish, so the glare wont be too much in some light).  do i want some of the inner wood to show, instead of only the bark? 

i'll be experimenting with decorating this one

each wood piece is so different that it's going to be a process to size each and every print for each ornament and to cut each print to the unique shape of the wooden piece.  that's going to take some time for each piece so i'll still be taking care and putting my energies into them just like all my artwork.  i want to make these affordable for people to consider buying them, but i'll need to consider if this will be financially feasible to make any profit at all with these. or maybe i should concentrate on the bigger original paintings to sell and to put in my shops for people to put on mugs and other merchandise. remember, this will be helping to finance our big dream!

i can see these anywhere a little pop of color is needed in the home!

these little guys need a name now.  i've got some ideas for that as well, but here's my problem with naming these little gems of a product.  i have original paintings on canvas, and original mini paintings on canvas.  those are self explanatory; "paintings", and "mini paintings".  but these are prints on wood.  i feel they need a 'product name' and it needs to make sense with who i am as an artist and my artwork.  my art business name is HeavenSpirit Creations.  my art is spiritual and uplifting; joyful; has something to say; makes you feel connected; sends a message.  so the name needs to convey what it is and what it is presenting.  or at least has a name that gives some sort of feeling in that direction.  sweetie likes the name "Whimspirations", which is a cute name, but my art isnt whimsical in my eyes.  even if my art becomes cute in a mini size, it really doesnt say "whimsy" to me.

my name ideas i have that i like so far are;
Tiny Intentions
Tiny Totems (but not all will be of spirit animals, so not the best)
Hanging Altars
Tiny Guides (not my favorite)
Rooted Offerings
Rooted Altars
Mini Alters
Rooted Intentions
Rooted Visions
Rooted Treasures
Tiny Treasures
as you can see, i like the double meaning of the word rooted here.  rooted, meaning very strong and firmly fixed, and they are also made of wood from a rooted tree.  i really enjoy the imagery of that.  out of my list of names, what is your favorite?
looking good on my own altar space
for now, i'll be starting to make these with prints of some of my original paintings.  since i have almost 200 paintings, i'll be picking favorites that will work well for the circular piece of wood.  it's gonna take time to get a good supply going, and while i work i'll be able to figure out a name as well as think about cost to make and how much to pay myself for the time and artwork.  it'll be a process!

until later,