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Month: May 2017

Paintings #47-49: Home, Sweet Home

Paintings #47-49: Home, Sweet Home

Some of my favorite paintings to do are ones that make me appreciate where I live.  I’ve been blessed to live in areas of the United States with rich history, culture, and nature, and I don’t do enough artwork to reflect that.  Doing artwork based on where you live is a great way to think about your home in a new way, or reflect on what you like about it.  Here are a few paintings I’ve done based on my…

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Paintings #41-46 – Birds: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Paintings #41-46 – Birds: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Birds and I have a love/hate relationship.  Love ’em outdoors; hate ’em as pets.  I love to paint birds, but they frustrate the bajeebers out of me.  Trying to create soft feathers without it looking like fur.  Working out where the wings attach to the shoulder.  And how do their heads connect to their bodies?  Where even are their necks?  Today, I will share with you my triumphs and failures of the avian variety. Exhibit #1: Here’s my very first…

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Paintings #39 & #40 – Mermaids

Paintings #39 & #40 – Mermaids

I have to admit, it’s hard to look at old work.  It’s like watching yourself on a video from 2002.  Is that what I used to look like?  How did I think that looked good?  A hard pill to swallow, but swallow we must.  Especially if we want to improve quickly. These are two paintings that I did almost exactly year ago, for last year’s Strawberry Faire.  The first one was one of my largest paintings I had on offer that…

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Ashland Strawberry Faire

Ashland Strawberry Faire

  Big news: I’m taking my show on the road!  Sort of.  Really it’s just the next town over.  But still – exciting!  I’ve been accepted as a vendor at the Ashland Strawberry Faire on Saturday, June 3rd!  This is my second time at this festival, and I’ll be making a few changes this time around. This was me, last year.  I made enough money that day to cover my booth fee and pay for a new canopy, plus about…

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Painting #38 – Owl

Painting #38 – Owl

  Look at this fella.  He’s a guy who takes life seriously.  And he probably corrects everyone’s grammar. I painted this owl for a charity silent auction about a year ago.  I wanted to try something a little different from the paintings I usually do, so I put most of the color on with a pallet knife.  I mixed the paint with a heavy medium to give it extra texture, and added some gold paint for pizzazz.  The results are…

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Painting #37 – White Peacock

Painting #37 – White Peacock

I did not charge nearly enough for this painting.  After I started painting “for real”, a friend commissioned me for a large painting.  This was the largest painting I had ever done, 24″x48″.  She wanted a stylized white peacock, to match some decor in her home. I wasn’t used to charging for my work, and it felt uncomfortable to name a price, as though I was asking a friend for money.  I gave a ridiculously low price, less than half of…

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Paintings 4-36: Starting a Paint and Sip Business

Paintings 4-36: Starting a Paint and Sip Business

  Some years ago, I began a “paint and sip” business.  For those who don’t know what that is, a “paint and sip” is a type of beginner’s paint class that’s less about learning technique and more about relaxing and having a good time, while exercising your creative side.  The “sip” part refers to…well, any sort of beverage that might help you feel more relaxed and creative.  It can also be called “paint nite,” “paint party,” or any other variation that…

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Painting #3 – Drunktopus

Painting #3 – Drunktopus

This is where I learned that painting is more natural and fun if you can let go of your inhibitions.  I had a friend over one day, and we were looking for something fun to do.  So we had this brilliant idea.  We put the kids to bed, had a couple drinks, and sat down to simmer in our creative juices.  And it was fantastic. I still have Drunktopus up on my wall.  He’s a little wonky, but he’s mine, and…

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Painting #2

Painting #2

This is (probably) my second painting I ever did, and I did it on a tiny guitar.  My husband bought a left-handed “travel guitar” for his uncle as a birthday present, and I painted a picture of his sweet dog who passed away earlier that year. I was still getting used to the idea of working in “layers”.  You can build up values in drawing, but it’s generally straight-forward as opposed to painting.  This caused my early paintings to be…

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Don’t be a slave

Don’t be a slave

I recently came across a disturbing study: 45% of Americans Carry at least $25,000 in debt, excluding mortgages.  And most of that is consumer debt; i.e., junk.  If you have a solid job that pays $50,000 a year, that’s half your yearly salary.  Which means you have to work for a solid six months just to pay for your stuff, not even taking taxes or any of the things you actually need into consideration.  Are you really okay with being…

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