I haven’t been painting much recently, in a bit of a funk. So, I thought I’d do a little ink sketching. I had grabbed a piece of plain paper and the closest ink pen. A quick, no stress practice with ink and line. I’ve done one every day, just to keep things flowing from hand to paper.
Mostly, I have been working on house stuff. On the top of the list has been this chair. I bought it for $15 , many months ago, with the intention of painting and re-upholstering it. Getting the original fabric off, with it’s millions of staples has been the biggest challenge so far. Fortunately, the cushions underneath are in very good condition. I still have to sand, paint and cover it with pretty new fabric. I am looking forward to sharing the finished piece. I am hoping it will be much prettier when I do.
My little I-guy turned 9 over the weekend. We always try to make the day extra special so we started it off with some yummy sprinkle pancakes. I used our favorite vegan pancake recipe with a tablespoon of sprinkles, topped with a bit of soywhip. Certainly not a typical breakfast around here, which made the birthday boy just totally blown away.
Some beanie bag owls were (frantically) made the night before as party favors–made from recycled sweaters.
Delicious cupcakes were made exactly as requested, “Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla creme filling and strawberry frosting”. The boy is a genius because these were amazing. I used Chloe’s recipe and modified the frosting by adding 3 pureed strawberries. It surprisingly had the perfect strawberry flavoring. So good!
Of course the day wasn’t complete without his three best friends, some laser tag, video games, yo-yo tricks and puppy play.
He went to bed that night tired, full and VERY happy.
I added a bunch of new prints in my shop. You can see them here –>
Sale ends Saturday at midnight.
My sweet hubby persuaded me to take the day off, away from the computer, and enjoy the warm sunshine outside.
So, I grabbed my camera and we headed out.
We decided to check out the Mercado San Agustin and enjoyed some delicious coffee from Stella Java and a super tasty treat from La Estrella Bakery.
Despite my show being over, I still have so much to do. We have been very busy with the kid’s school stuff, plus we are in the midst of planning a birthday party for my youngest. The fun busyness of family life. I will catch up with everything eventually!
Had a lovely weekend at the art fair.
Because this was a fine art show, we had to have mostly originals and a limited number of prints. I happily sold my beloved Buddha, almost right away. I think I may need to paint a new one since it was one of my favorites. Also, some smaller pieces (the owls and blackbirds), some originals on paper and the 4 smaller girls behind me (must make more of those too). Saturday was nice and busy, but Sunday was super slow for me. Overall, decent sales, lovely venue and wonderful people.
The weather was gorgeous, especially if you were fortunate enough to be in the shade, which I was. The sun can be so brutal here in southern AZ. It was in the mid to high 80′s all weekend!
Because of our unseasonably warm temps, the poor trees haven’t had the opportunity to lose all their leaves yet, and now they are growing new buds. They are so confused!
Very pretty though, especially with the pretty blue backdrop.
Now I need to catch up on emails (ackkk!) and clean up my disaster of a studio. THEN, I will be able to get my head on straight and list some new prints in my shop and maybe even some originals on my website.
Red, Red Wine
Mixed media on 18 x 24 canvas.
I thought I had grabbed a 16 x 20 inch canvas from my stash, but instead I grabbed an 18 x 24 and didn’t realize it until I had finished the painting. I kept thinking it was so big! I’m glad though. I like to have at least one big paintings at my shows.
I am so happy with how this one turned out. I figured out that the best way to tackle a huge canvas is to not know it’s big (ha ha) and to do small sections at a time. After canvas prep, I did the face first (my favorite part), then the shirt, the the flower vase, etc. The orange blocks of color were added last to break up the red.
I might try to get one more painting in before Friday, but not sure yet. Feeling pretty zapped. We’ll see!
owl and blackbirds, 4 x 4
This one has specially painted sides.
Inspired by a journal page I had done a while back. This one needed words. Let your spirit take flight!
One of my favorite quotes and some happy flowers to brighten your Monday.
The above abstract is the “before” to the painting below. Being inspired by some of the abstract art that I have been collecting on pinterest, I thought I’d give it a try. I especially love Erin Ashely and Jill Ricci. Their use of color, texture and pattern is so inspiring. But, I am not an abstract artist, nor do I want to be. I do love the play and experimentation of it though, but I am just completely unable to leave it as is. I need to add more.
So, this blue jar with flowers emerged. I tried hard to keep the brightness and color, while keeping the texture and intensity intact. Totally me, totally my colors and I love it.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly,
our whole life would change.
I had to make at least one thing with a heart on it before Valentine’s day. It just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t. If I wasn’t busy getting ready for an art show, I’d be making all sorts of heart stuff. But no time.
So, an abstract heart to quench my heart making needs. A fun one too. Nothing like playing with color and paint to lift your spirits.
More color/paint play on wood panels. These are the base layers. I love adding lots of paint (and sometimes paper) for the base. I think it gives the end painting more dimension and texture, which I love.