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,