Painting No. 87, oil on cradled hardboard, 15x30in
Here's the reference photo (lent to me by my Aunt) that I used for this painting. I wish I had gotten a photo of me painting it because I was by two large windows and it was a blizzard outside. I titled this 'Not Indiana'...and at the time, trust me, I was very inspired to paint a beach scene! :) The photo is from Sanibel Island, Flordia, an absolutely beautiful and paint-worthy place!
Painting No. 86, acrylic on canvasboard, 8x10in
I got to paint a lot over Christmas break. Wes, my husband, was super helpful in watching the kiddos so I could sneak away several times to my little corner studio in our kitchen: I ended up painting 17 paintings in 15 days. I was on a roll! Well, I guess it seemed like I was having too much fun... Wes asked me to give him his first painting lesson! At first, He agreed to have his painting posted along mine on the blog...but he's chickened out since then! Let's just say that Wes doesn't plan to quit his day job any time soon! ;)
This is so exciting, my first art show since starting my journey to 500!
Wes and I hung up the show last night. (I'm trying to not look tired in the photo! ha ha) Besides posting images of my paintings here on the blog, I haven't really shared my artwork out in the real world in quite a while. It's a little nerve-wracking to have my work out there for all to see. I was laying in bed last night feeling like parts of my heart where strapped to the wall about 15 miles away! I do believe it's part of the process of creating art, that is, sharing it and I am so thankful for this great opportunity to do so! Here are the details, especially for those of you in the Indy area...would love for you to come see it!
Where: Earth Fare in Carmel (116th and Rangeline, (Address: 1392 S Rangeline Rd, Carmel, IN 46032)
When: My artwork will be on display for about two months (they didn't give me a definite end date). The store hours are 9am-9pm, everyday. We'll be hosting a very casual reception on Friday Jan 24th from 6:30-7:30pm. Would love to see you there!
What: I'm displaying my best paintings out of my first 100 into the journey: 18 small paintings, about 6 medium size, and 3 large ones.
Painting No. 84, oil on hardboard, 6x6in
NFS, Commissioned piece
How well do you know your birds?! This is a scarlet tanager and this little birdie was commissioned for my friend Jenna by her husband as a Christmas gift. (It was a huge hit!) This painting was really fun to do and it inspired me to do a series of nine small bird paintings. Lots more birds to come here on the blog! :)
Painting No. 83, oil on cradled hardboard, 7x14in
$140, email me if interested
I am loving this size...same as 2 posts go (No. 81 Quiet Morning Drive). I just think the dimensions are unique and fun. For those of you who have been following my blog, you recognize Wes' Hobie sailboat again. :) It's been a good learning experience for me to take a reference photo and try to create several different paintings from it with varying styles and sizes. Also, I added in the second boat to show more depth and perspective. Happy with how this came out! :)
Painting No. 82, 20x24in, oil on cradled hardboard
$220, email if interested. :)
Look familar? Yes, I was using the same reference photo as I did for the previous post. You can't see it here on the screen, but this painting is quite a bit larger. Since I was so pleased with the 'Quiet Morning Drive' No. 81), I decided to try it again...but going even more loose with the strokes. I am really happy with how this one turned out too! My favorite part is the sky...you can see that orange coming through quite a bit. The painting is on cradled hardboard with natural wood edges, it looks like it could be hung in a Pottery Barn magazine to me, I just love it! :)
Painting No. 81, 7x14in. oil on cradled hardboard
I'm really happy this how this one came out....I kept the style nice and loose. It's definitely not over-worked (which is a huge pet peeve of mine). I like how you can see the bright orange underpainting poking through in several areas, nicely contrasted with the muted, almost monocromatic colors of the painting. The size is fun too. You can't see it from this one photo, but it's on cradled hardboard with natural wood edges...looks great all together. :)
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