Today was filled to the brim with goodness... So grateful to have these simple experiences of life and nature, time with my love, breathing in the warmth and misty sea air. .
I find my paintings are so much more literal when I paint in plein air, I try not to lose the abstraction, but the experience is a welcomed break from my normal process. I also look forward to carrying these paintings and snapshots in my mind home with me to build new works inspired by these same moments. I love how the landscape will shift in memory, taking on a little more ambiguity but without losing the emotion.
My favorite little corner of @deeannrieves piece- Submerge. Love the layers of color both soft and strong. These beauties will only be in the shop for 48 more hours. Snag your favorite. Enter FREESHIPPING for a little gift from me. #yay#freeshipping#artforthehome#buyoriginalart
Every once in a while I pull out this old painting and wonder how I ever had the courage to attempt a 48x36 piece for my second painting ever. It was about 25 years ago and I just decided, kind of out of the blue, that I wanted to paint. I went to visit my sister, who is a fabulous artist, and asked her to show me how to use paint, etc. When I returned home I made this painting. Then life got in the way and I didn’t start to really paint again until a few years ago when I was in my late 60’s. Even though you have heard this before I will say it again...IT IS NEVER TOO LATE! Sometimes I get frustrated that I don’t have 20 or 30 years stretching in front of me to perfect this complex craft, but for whatever time I do have I will continue to learn and grow. Just do what you want to do wherever you are in life. You’re going to die eventually anyway 😝 so what have you really got to loose?
I know this is a little bit off topic for me, but I was just thinking that I love the way my small kitchen remodel turned out. I had the contractor move the old cabinets up and put a shelf under them. He thought I was nuts but I love having the things I use every day out where I can see them and grab them easily. I also like it when the things I use are things I like to look at.
Not all treasure is silver and gold...
Check out this guy! Look closely at the surrounding blue- I used a cool encaustic technique to create that cool texture. Happy Tuesday everyone!
My friend Elaine St. Louis (@ejstlouis) is an amazingly talented Colorado artist who creates soulful, large-scale paintings of bird nests. With her background as art director and photo stylist for a number of home and gardening magazines, Elaine captures the marvel and essence of design, engineering, species and habitat that is unique to each nest. Her work also evokes tender themes of parenthood, preparing, waiting for birth, and sometimes, loss.
. This is one of my favorites, Nest Oscarina, which appeared on @hgtv's House Hunters Renovation with @lauramedicus. You can see Elaine's original artworks and Giclee prints at her website, ElaineStLouis.com .
.What have you been creating this month?
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Did you know that Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish!
That’s a bit much for this project, but things are starting to shape up. These beautiful birds are highly symbolic in many cultures with records dating back to ancient times.
Throughout Asia, the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japan, it symbolizes good fortune and longevity. Greek and Roman myths often portrayed the dance of cranes as a love of joy and a celebration of life.
In this house, I hope they will set the mood for a relaxing soak in a beautiful large tub 🛀. They will also be a functional divider between the bath & toilet portions of a large bathroom.
I don't think that people realize how much artists fail, and how very important it is that we do fail. We tend to show our paintings that succeeded (for obvious reasons) here on instagram. But the truth is (at least for myself), I have almost as many failures as I do "winners" , maybe even more (but whose counting...not me) 😊
When I first started painting abstracts in December, it was not with the intention of selling them. I have just always loved abstract work and wanted to start painting to enjoy the process again. So I painted. 👩🎨
What happened then? You might ask... I failed again and again and again and then I failed some more. These paintings were all on nice thick Arches watercolor paper by the way (not cheap), let me tell you I wasn't thrilled when I continued to fail, but for some reason I kept going because I was enjoying mixing the colors, and just laying paint on the paper intuitively. 📜
I keep every failed painting that I create and they are all in a portfolio that I call my "nope!" file. I show the painting above, not because it was a failed painting but because it was actually one of my first winners after countless failures. This painting wouldn't have happened though if it weren't for the failed paintings that came before it, which is true of all my paintings. This is why asking an artist how long a painting took them is a hard thing to answer. The painting took not only the time to paint that particular painting but also every painting that came before it (failures included!)🖼
So today I encourage you to try something (especially creative) and if you fail, you better smile knowing that a winner is on its way! Cheers to failing! 🎉