I’ve been working on Zazzle for a while now and enjoying the ability to share my work with others. However, up until now, I’ve been a little intimidated by the wedding invitation creator. After some trial and error, lots of error, I’ve created my first invitation! It’s based on one of my favorite pictures, purple hydrangeas. Take a look by clicking here.
I’ve spent some time recently updating my Zazzle store, LoveIsFree (Love is Free). I added several watercolor pictures to the canvas area. I’m imagining these canvases in modern or traditional or any type of space, really. The thing I like the most is how calming and tranquil they are.
We were in the path of totality on August 21, 2017! At my house! It was so exciting! To me… And I brought enough excitement for my husband. He was not impressed. Lol! My parents were excited enough to drive down from Minnesota just for the eclipse. It was worth the effort for the cool photos we got. In the morning it stormed. In the late afternoon and evening it stormed. Thankfully, it was mildly cloudy during the eclipse and for totality.
This next painting was supposed to be a sunset with bird vinyl on top. Unfortunately, the vinyl didn’t survive the transfer to the painting. Which is probably a happy accident. I hope. Now, I’m debating the next steps. Paint my own bird? Leave as is? Paint something else on it? Oh the possibilities!
I’ve always loved dandelions. Call them a weed, but I still love them. Dandelions give butterflies and bees one of their first food sources in spring. They brighten up any day. Some see a weed, others see a wish.
Recently, I got to experiment with vinyl cutouts over a painting. I really loved how the painting turned out, so it was hard to cover it. But, I think it turned out interesting in the end.
For my final and third painting for the art competition, Art in Bloom, I wondered if I could mix blush pink and yellow. I added blue to ground the two lighter colors. In the end, it looked like a pond in springtime to me. This was the hardest of my three paintings for the Art in Bloom competition. In the beginning, after I had all three colors on the canvas, I thought it looked pretty ugly. I kept layering and adding texture, so that, in the end, it has movement and texture. I ended up liking it quite a bit, after having a lot of fear in the beginning.
From the two previous posts, you can see my other two entries. All three of these were completed early in the morning before the kids woke up. I surprised myself by getting them all done. I was adding more and wondering if I should stop when I heard footsteps from upstairs. I knew it was time to stop painting and start the day with the kids!
While we were in Minnesota on spring break, I found out about an art competition called, “Art in Bloom.” Artists submit paintings and floral designers make floral arrangements inspired by the paintings. I’d heard about a similar Art in Bloom show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, so I jumped at the chance to participate in one in my city. I’m drawn to abstract art, so that’s what I’m currently focusing on. The title for this painting was inspired by a quote I heard, that instead of focusing on being “pretty,” we should focus on being “pretty kind,” “pretty strong,” “pretty funny,” or “pretty smart.” This painting is pretty because of the colors, but also strong because of the colors, shapes and textures.
This past week was spring break for us. We spent most of the week in Minnesota with my parents. We returned home on Friday, so had all day Saturday to recharge. I found out about an art competition called “Art in Bloom.” It’s a charity fundraiser showcasing floral arrangements based on paintings. The deadline is the Monday upcoming, so I had to figure out when to paint around all our other activities, and quickly! I decided to get up early and try to get at least one done. I ended up getting all three done, which was surprising and a huge relief. The first one I completed, I titled, “Turmoil vs Peace.” It’s a blush pink with a rich, almost navy, blue.
On Friday, March 10, Paper Birch Landing Gallery hosted an art show titled, Views of the Future. I was honored to participate in this jurried show in Kansas City, MO. The work I chose to submit for the show is titled, Red Sky at Night. It’s an abstract sunset or sunrise. I used acrylic paint on canvas to create the painting. This show was my second show with this gallery. I’m so thankful for the opportunity!