When I was in the midst of cleaning out my studio to re-paint, I decided I had to do something about my floor. It is etched and stained (warm golden yellow) concrete floor that we had professionally done almost ten years ago. After many years of art and craft mayhem, it was looking pretty sad and permanently dirty. I had also painted a small mandala on the floor, but knowing my new layout, it was off-center and faded.
To fix this, I decided to paint a giant mandala over it. It also helped to cover some unsightly paint and ink stains that were on the floor. I used leftover paint that I found in the garage to make a large, solid circle as my blank canvas.
I used regular indoor house paint – Valspar samples to be exact, in satin finish. They were awesome! I had all my favorite colors made and it was the perfect amount of paint. Not too expensive–a few dollars per paint color. I made a pencil-string compass to draw out the circles and used Stabilo Woody 3-1 pencils to draw out the design.
I used a kneeling pad to sit on as I scooted around the floor painting. It took about 8 hours of straight painting time and my back and neck were not happy when I was done, but it turned out great and I love it.
The thing about this floor is that you can’t be “precious” with it. It’s going to get ruined over time if you plan on walking on it, or in my case, roll around on a chair over it. I’m also a very messy painter. I spill and splatter things all the time. So, I choose not to worry about it. I sealed it with a satin varnish and have since mopped it with cleaner several times. It’s holding up well. I may have to paint over it someday, but I think it will be good for a long while.
I spent most of January remodeling my home art studio. Here are some before and after photos. Boy, was it ever a lot of work! It took me about 3 weeks to complete.
The before pics were taken after 3 months of holiday art fairs, so it was a disaster and I felt like everything was closing in on me. I was also getting very tired of that yellow/green color on the walls.
I painted the walls white and my table too. It’s made a big difference on how much brighter it is now.
I have a new standing easel, peg board for my art and an inspiration cork board on the door that goes out to the garage.
I cleaned up and organized my old Ikea cube shelves. I know exactly where everything is now.
New shelves, cabinets and counter top space. I keep a lot of my items for sale here (prints, cards, art blocks, necklaces, etc) for when people come over to shop.
I’ve been very fortunate to have this little space in my home for the last 10 years and have been working incredibly hard in my art business. I thought it was about time there was some sprucing up and am so happy with how it all turned out. I never want to leave!!
16 x 20 Acrylic on hardboard panel
A sweet and happy bird dancing in the moonlight.
Art prints in my shop.
Buddha in Bloom
16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas
This is what I call a forever painting because it took f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to paint. All the layers and intricate detail. I loved every minute of it.
11 x 14 Acrylic on canvas
In the Morning Light
20 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas
I’ve really been in the mood to paint big luscious, colorful flower bouquets. It must be because of the warm spring weather here in Southern Arizona.
There is just something so wonderful about beautiful flowers on the table…or hanging on the wall. 🙂
Both of these original paintings are available in my shop!
Print from original acrylic painting
I love ravens. There is a couple that lives behind my home and I love watching them busily work and scavenge. They are so beautiful with such a strong presence.
Did you know that the raven is the best secret keeper? It holds your secrets, quietly tucking them into beautiful blossoms for safe keeping. Then, when the time is right, it flies high into the sky, sprinkling your secrets down upon you, revealing to you your truer self. Often times, the secrets you’ve and thought were so big, hold less power when you return to them later.
This enchanting raven art print is for sale in my Creative Kismet shop!
All of these little sweet paintings are 4×4 on mounted panels. I glazed them with an acrylic medium so that they would be extra glossy. They almost look like little tiles.
They are currently being displayed at the Tohono Chul Garden Bistro until March 9th.
Acrylic on 6×6 canvas
Acrylic on 8×10 cradled wood panel
Both paintings are currently being displayed at Tohono Chul Garden Bistro from now until March 9th, 2017.
Acrylic on 9×12 cradled wood panel
I have a new set of art at the Tohono Chul Garden Bistro. This is one of the pieces. I will be adding more pieces throughout the week.
For personal use only. Click on image to download.
Happy New Year friends!! So happy to back here in my little happy place in the web. I’ve had a crazy 3 months of art show business and have turned 20 paintings in for an upcoming exhibit at Tohono Chul Bistro! Now, I can finally take a deep breath or two and do a few things I’ve been wanting to do for my family and myself.
One things, will be to update this sad blog with some of the new art I have made over the last 3 months and to update my shop as well.
I am also hoping to do a bit of sewing, jewelry and lotion making. Then I will be jumping right back into the business of making more art. So many new ideas I can hardly stand it. Can’t wait to share them all with you!
The above image is a little watercolor that I did today in hopes of providing some inspiration for the new year. We don’t know what will unfold in the coming months, but my wish is that you are filled with hope, trust and love in yourself and loved ones around you. May your hearts always be filled with joy, may you always be thankful and may you find beauty all around you.
Cheers and Happy New Year!