I usually don’t pay attention to any crazy-artist streaks within me, but I suppose from an outward standpoint it’s probably obvious. I have a tendency to swing between extreme emotions about everything I do, spending half the time loving a painting, and the other half hating it. But that’s normal, right? Creating is hard.
I also like to spontaneously change my work after it’s finished. One might say “destroy.” “Ruin.” “Cover up.” I say “improve.”
I have been known to quietly remove an unsold work from public view in order to change it in such a drastic way that it is essentially a brand new painting. First I’ll paint it white. Then I’ll paint it over.
This infuriates my husband. In his mind, the work now belongs to my fans and my audience, even if no one owns the physical painting. In my mind, the painting isn’t finished until it has a home, and as long as it’s hanging on my own wall, we’re calling it a “work in progress.” Continue reading
I want to say upfront that this is just one story from my life, and not a commentary on the gallery system as a whole. My personal experience with “traditional” galleries has ranged from lackluster to unethical (and possibly illegal, but I’ll get to that in a second.) I do not believe they’re all like that. I’m very open-minded about galleries. I’ve simply had great success and enjoyment representing myself, and doing so is not a reaction to anything negative as much as it is a belief in doing something positive.
When I was starting out professionally, I heard from a number of people within the local art scene that I was ready for my own show. So I went out and got one. The gallery I’d found was up and coming, an offshoot of a more successful gallery nearby. The owner (we’ll call him Shawn) was an artist himself, and sold a great deal of work, all at higher end prices, with a pretty significant and growing following in the area. He liked my work, and immediately offered me a show. After securing a date, I heard from fellow artists that although his art “was a bit formulaic,” he seemed to be a fantastic businessman. The openings I attended in the months leading up to my show were lively events.
When I arrived at the gallery the morning of my own show to set up, I could sense a weird and unexpected attitude from Shawn. He was cold and unhelpful. He abruptly announced that I couldn’t use blacklights, a fairly integral part of my art, despite seeming enthusiastic about them a few weeks prior. He further informed me that I wouldn’t have access to half the space I was promised, because another artist was using it. When I firmly explained the necessity of the blacklights, he finally told me I could use a small room through a hall and in the back for this purpose.
I was determined to keep a good attitude about things. Continue reading
Back in January when the hyporthyroidism was at it’s worst I was painting these little acrylic paintings on 6 by 6 inch pieces of board. This was a few weeks before I stopped drawing and painting all together. Last night, I dug a few of them out and began reworking, exploring and adding in some finer detail with ink and coloured pencils. Basically… just playing to see what the effects of layering different media one on top of the other would end up looking like.
I think this is the first time that I’ve ever used coloured pencil over top of acrylic. I like the result but despise the inked in eyelashes on this sad man and am tempted to blacken them in forever!
Medium – Kroma Artist Acrylic, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and Prismacolor on Masonite board
A fresh and free flowing illustration created using acrylic, india ink and varnish on acid and lignin free matte fine art paper… I used a special varnish technique on this illustration that makes the whales and their respective tail fins pop off the matte paper.
Paper size – 8.5 by 11 inches / 21,5cm by 28cm
The original is listed for sale on HandmadeCloud.
The Nameless Ones no.1
The Nameless Ones no.2
The Nameless Ones no.3
This series began as acrylic and india ink paintings on 1/4 inch thick board. Each painting measures 6×6 inches, however the prints are 8×8 inches and appear as vibrant as they do on your screen! I enlarged them and they look fantastic! The colours are crisp and bright.
I am keeping the original paintings myself as it is not to often that I keep an original, let alone a set of originals. I usually sell it (them) or give it (them) away. Open Edition Prints are available in the shop.
Thank you! Hope you like them!
I just happened to click to the front page of Etsy and there she was sitting pretty nestled in between two other trees. I’ve been giggling my bum off for the last little bit. Ah, this just made my day. Winter can be seen here on my blog to.
Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall are for sale in my Art Shop.
An special thanks to Odannysgirl who put the treasury together that made the front page.
An original created using Windsor and Newton watercolor, Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils and India ink on Arches cold press watercolor paper.
The original is for sale in my Art Shop. Prints are now available to!
Size of Original – 6″ by 8″ or 152mm by 203mm
Size of Print – 5″ by 7″ or 127mm by 177mm
This is definitely one of my favorites!
This is Amelia.
And this is her little sister Becky.
Both were drawn with india ink and painted with gouache on red Canson paper. Amelia measures 5″ by 5″ while Becky weighs in at 3″ by 3″.
Amelia made the front page of Etsy today!