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.
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!
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!
How to get inspiration? Recently, I’ve gotten my inspiration from Instagram. I’ve tried reading art books and researching artists through blogs. I love art museums, but don’t take them in often. Instagram, however, is an easy source of endless ideas. I recently read Austin Kleon’s book, Steal Like an Artist. He describes how to get inspiration from others artists and take what they do, but make it your own. No copying, but inspiration. It’s a great read, if you do anything creative.
I also find that working regularly, and consistently brings more inspiration. If I get too busy or let my stress get too high, my inspiration drops off dramatically. As soon as I start working consistently, my inspiration seems to flow.
So there you go! A couple of ways that I find inspiration.