I was commissioned to do a dog portrait for a Christmas gift. I sent the painting off to Canada and it was received without a problem. The problem occurred after the gift was given to its recipient. It was stolen shortly thereafter! Here is the news story out of Portland, Oregon about the stolen painting of Gia. I felt terrible when I heard about it. I painted a new one for Gia's owner as a gift to replace the stolen one. The new one has been received and all is well in Gia's world.
I was contacted awhile back from someone at the #besomebody movement through Instagram to see if I was interested in joining them as a Passionary on their platform. They are about putting people together who want to have an experience and learn from someone who has passion around what they love to do. In my case, it's painting. Someone can book time with me to have a painting session.
They came to my home studio and interviewed me on video, filmed me painting and then did a photoshoot. I haven't seen the video yet but was given my photos yesterday. Here are a few that show me painting in my studio.
I thought I would share with you how my paintings come together. I start with random marks and getting really messy with the paint which is my favorite part. I love starting a fresh blank canvas. The possibilities are endless.
I start looking for imagery within all the marks and then pull them out.
Then I continue to refine the image, add more layers and details until I'm happy with it. The result was a joyful, playful and happy elephant.
This painting is 24" X 24" and is available for sale in my shop here.
This is 11" X 14" on Gallery Wrapped Canvas with 1.5" sides painted black. It's available for sale.
I finished this elephant not too long ago. It's 24" X 24" and is available for sale and is titled "Wild and Free". Here are the evolution photos:
While the images reflect the title of rise and shine, I see it more as an affirmation to rise and shine brightly. To be stand up and be your colorful, brave self. Rise, and Shine Brightly!
This 24" X 30" on gallery wrapped canvas.
I will do an acrylic painted one soon and try to use a more muted palette instead of the brights that I'm used to. I want to try and stretch and step out of my comfort zone. Keep an eye out for the next one!
This is the beginning of the painting:
And this is the completed painting. It's 24" X 30".
Here is a photo of my paintings on display:
And I wanted to show you my last painting of 2013 that was completed on December 30, 2013. This is "One Fish, Two Fish..." This one is 12" X 12".
At the beginning of November I had the pleasure of taking my first live workshop with
in her Paint Mojo workshop. It was awesome from beginning to end. Tracy is a very generous and gracious teacher. She demonstrated a painting from start to finish and we all got to see her talent in action. As a group we ate lunch and dinner together and new friendships were formed. It was nice that a few of my Bloom True online classmates from Flora Bowley's class were at the workshop and we met in person for the first time as well.
The following is the transition for my completed painting. I can't begin to express how much I loved the process and the end result. I've had a few inquiries about selling this piece but for now I'm keeping it. It's special to me because of the memories of the workshop that are attached to it. Prints will be available.
The wet beginning.
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This is how it was left at the end of Day 1.
I found the image of the dragonfly within the painting.
This is Tracy and I at the end of the workshop and you can see where I left the painting at that point.
Here is the completed painting. I changed the head color because I felt that it was getting lost with all that pink and reddish orange on either side of its head.
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Here is how this painting started:
And it looks like this completed:
It's 24" X 24" and will be going to its new home on Monday. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. This photo doesn't do it justice.
This is a 12" X 12" canvas and is available in my Etsy shop. Link in the sidebar.
I took a painting workshop with Tracy Verdugo last weekend and I have to say the experience was so awesome and inspiring. I will write a separate post about that soon. I mention it because I'm currently in a painting frenzy as a result with 4 canvases going. It has completely renewed my passion to paint and I try to squeeze in painting time whenever I can get it.
I just completed this commission for a friend. I will be meeting her at Jerry's Artarama tomorrow afternoon to give it to her. You know what that means, right?! The price of the painting is going to be spent there. :)
Below is a painting I finished the other night. My family had gone to bed early. Everyone is under the weather. Both boys got colds less than a week into school. While everyone slept, I painted. I call this painting "The Offering". I don't really know what kind of animal that is, I just drew him and didn't have anything specific in mind. I really like him.
I will be listing this one in my Etsy shop.
8" X 8" acrylics on canvas