Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A visit from an admirer

Who doesn't like to have someone admire their art?  I received a lovely email from Marietta Gregg on behalf of artist Patience Brewster who had noticed my art online. Patience is an artist who creates lovely whimsical ornaments. You can visit her website to view her ornaments. August was Artist Appreciation Month and Patience asked the question "which artist or artists most inspire you in  creating your art?"

I have only been painting for about 4 1/2 years. I've learned a lot during that time through classes (both live and online) and connecting with other artists. The list of those who inspire me is long, but I've managed to narrow it down to the top 4. Two are living artists - Robert Burridge and Carol Nelson. They both create abstract mixed media work, but have completely different styles. Two non-living artists who inspire me are Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Matisse. I love their use of color and texture. I love Matisse's bold use of color and form.

Just so I can include a photo-(doesn't seem complete without one) I've been playing with different photo editors on my IPad.  I created a very simple collage with one and here it is

What photo editing software do you use on your Apple device?  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Where the heck have I been???

abstract lady
WIP - Bog Moon over Downtown
That's my question.  Every week I intend to post and something comes up.  Haven't had as much studio time as I would like but I have been working on some projects.  2 of them are more craft items and I have no pics of them yet.  Sometimes I just have to glue and nail things to clear my foggy brain.

That said I have 2 works to share.  I have been wanting to paint some abstract faces.  This lady was my first successful attempt.  I really like her but haven't come up with a name yet.  The other collage/painting is my interpretation of a photo of downtown Beaufort, SC.  I never thought I would get to live in such a beautiful place.  I love it here and y'all need to come and visit.

This has been my most erratic posting summer.  Life gets in the way of fun sometimes.  I hope to do this more regularly in the future.  So thank you for coming to visit when I post.  I don't always get to answer the comments but they all mean so much to me.

I'm sharing this post with Paint Party Friday.  If you have some time go visit the Friday "art show". You won't be disappointed.  Have a wonderful creative and blessed weekend.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jungle book

Untitled giraffe
I struggled with this one - really with the eyes. Once I added that contrasting pale yellow stripe, it all came together.  He is a mixed media piece using collage, paint, Pan Pastels, and ink. He will have a gloss finishing varnish. I haven't thought of a name for him yet - any ideas?

This summer has been busier than I thought it would be.  So I  haven't gotten a lot of connected studio time.  Just bits and pieces here and there.  I really need some play time to get the inspirational juices flowing again.  Also I'm trying to reassess how I sell my art.  I need to enlarge my audience.  I'm thinking a FB store but don't know much about it.  Let me know what your experiences have been with on-line selling.  I have done Etsy - but there are about 70 or 80,000 mixed media artists out there.  Takes a lot of work and time to get any kind of following.  I did put some of my work on Fine Art America - but right now I just wanted to create a couple of tote bags to see how they look.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I will be linking tomorrow (friday) morning to Paint Party Friday.  Eva and Kristin faithfully administer this site and you can find a veritable smorgasbord of art there.  Go and check it out - and maybe submit your own art there.  There are no requirements for submission and you will find wonderfully encouraging people out there.  Have a blessed and art filled weekend.