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She Found Freedom to Dance

She Found Freedom to Dance

Free to Dance Collage

I wanted to share with you my most recent mixed media painting that is now complete. This painting probably underwent the most transformation of any of my paintings, but I am really happy with how it turned out. You can see previous photos of the painting documented through the process here.

I really enjoyed the process of this piece as I was challenged to use a color palette different than what I am naturally drawn to. It was kind of scary to take the risk of covering so much of the piece in dark, but I am really glad I did, and I think it adds so much to the completed piece.

This piece is titled: She Found Freedom to dance 

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This painting will be available for purchase in the near future. I will be sure to keep you updated on when it is available in my Etsy Shop. For now, I hope you enjoyed taking a look at the completed painting and my process throughout!

Have a wonderful day!

A little bit of lately

A little bit of lately

Just a few photos from recent moments in my everyday…

mar14 plant painting

 succulent watercolor in progress 

mar14 reading

 I am Malala. Reading this for a book club I am part of. Such an incredible story with many provoking words to ponder. If you are looking for something to read next, I highly recommend this one.

mar14 spring

staying hopeful that spring is right around the corner:) 

mar14 quilting

onto my next sewing adventure :)

mar14 new table

 Amazing, right? I will do a full post on this soon, but had to share a peek at our new farmhouse style table (still needs paint on the bottom), built by my husband! It’s just perfect!

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In shop news:

I have re-stocked my “Sunflowers” and “Poppies” prints in my Etsy Shop

Poppys1

sunflower1

Have a wonderful day!:)

New in the Shop

New in the Shop

New prints are now available in my shop. I am so Inspired by vintage botanical prints and loved looking through so many from the 1800s to create some of my own watercolor botanicals to complete this series. I hope you like botanicals as much as I do!

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check out details of each print here:

button potential 4

still to come… a new original mixed media painting, prints, and note cards

Have a wonderful day!

On My Desk: Aquabord

On My Desk: Aquabord

Aquabord. I was first introduced to this medium about a year ago by watercolor artist, Christen Yates at a local art festival in Grove City, PA. This was long before I began delving into watercolors myself, so I kind of put it in the back of my mind for a long time. Since I have really loved watercolor painting as I have done more of it, I knew I wanted to try using aquabord. So, last week I ordered some aquabord and painted with it for the first time. so much fun!

What I love about aquabord is that its a hardboard panel perfect for mounting onto various surfaces (I would love to create some barn wood cradles to mount these on) and it is also much more forgiving than watercolor paper. The surface allows for more flexibility with moving paint around, lifting it out, all the while maintaining the soft look of watercolors.

I thought I would bring some spring cheer with a birds nest and bright blue egg painting… here’s to hoping spring is right around the corner:)

aquabord birds nest

aquabord birds nest 1

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On another note: I have a new mixed media original, several new prints, and note cards ready to be put in my Etsy Shop! Hoping to start getting some of those up this week!:) Can’t wait to share with you!

Have a wonderful day!

Painting & Taking Risks

Painting & Taking Risks

When a painting takes a major turn it can be unnerving at times… will the changes be positive ones? Will I regret having made such a drastic change? many questions that can run through my head when I am considering changing a piece. It’s always a bit of a risk, and for the most part specifically with mixed media, I can usually take away what I have added, so a change isn’t necessarily permanent. However, recently, I took a risk with a painting that I knew would not be reversible. To refresh your memory, here are the original progress photos of my painting that I shared with you in a previous post:

Rain Girl Progress 1

 

Ok, are you ready to see the major changes?

Here is the next series of progress photos. It won’t take your eye long to see the drastic change that took place

Rain Girl Progress 2

Pretty drastic huh? This was a pretty big stretch for me.. to just do it – to take the risk and work with the outcome. This piece is really different for me to because the color palette is so much darker than I usually paint with.

I think I like where it is headed :) It has been a little bit of an up an down process… but I have said it before and am reminded over and over again that the process of painting is so much a reflection of life. Sometimes we have to take a risk, not knowing the outcome, but trusting the process… and its in the process that there is so much value and richness to be seen. I want to be someone who embraces the process, one foot in front of the other, with my focus on today, not on the outcome or destination, but to live fully today!

I am thankful for work that reminds me how important the process is, even when I am stubborn and would rather just have answers :)

This piece is still in progress and I have a few ideas of what I would like to do next!

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my process!

I would love to hear your thoughts!:)

Step by Step Process

Step by Step Process

Good morning!:)

I have a new painting in process to share today! I thought I would share some of the main materials and supplies I have used so far in this piece also. I really enjoy seeing what supplies other artists enjoy using and am often inspired to try new supplies, so I hope my sharing will encourage you to explore new supplies in your creating!:)

:: Modeling paste (pretty much one of my favorite supplies) for texture which you can see mostly in the leaves

:: Matte Medium to attach papers to the canvas

:: Painters/Artist tape

:: Vintage paper from the wonderful etsy shop Patina Paperie. I highly recommend Tina’s shop. She has a beautiful selection of vintage papers.

:: Old sheet music and dictionary paper I have found through the last few years at antique shops

:: Soft body and heavy acrylic paints… I like the transparency of soft body acrylics mixed with the very opaque appearance of the heavy body paint

:: Inks: inks are so good for making various designs, splashes, drips, etc. or to give a painting a light wash of color

:: Raw Umber Fluid Acrylic is a must have for pretty much each painting I create. I use it for a glaze color, for underpaintings (like the first photo of this series, you will notice the color is browns and whites – I did an underpainting to get values before adding color), and its good for shadowing and adding depth to a piece.

Those are a few supplies I have used in creating this piece. I added links so you can check them out! I purchase a lot of my supplies through Dick Blick Art Materials so that is mainly where I have linked to

Here is a step by step documentation of my process so far:

Flower 1-3

Flower 4-6

Flower 7-9

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On a different note. Free Shipping over at my Society6 Shop through Sunday. Stop by and take a look :)

Have a wonderful day!:)

Inspired by Botanicals

Inspired by Botanicals

Vintage Botanical Cards

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How beautiful are the botanical prints above? There is something about botanicals that I find so organic, natural, yet unique. I really love looking through postcards or prints at antique stores, in hopes of finding vintage botanicals like the ones above. I decided to do a little botanical inspired series of watercolor paintings. I am in the early stages, but thought I would share a few that are in progress so far.

For my inspiration, I used the Graphics Fairy vintage botanical images (you can find the link to each of the above botanicals below the images). I looked through so many prints and used some of my favorites to sketch from.

Botanicals

I wanted to give a little bit of a worn look to my botanicals, so I used coffee diluted in a little bit of water to stain the watercolor paper. I will most likely add more, since as you can see from the photos, the coffee at this point isn’t super prominent.

Ferns

I plan to add some ink to my paintings… I think it will add to the crisp look that botanicals seem to have. Flowers

I think these would make a really fun botanical card pack! You may see some of the designs in my society6 shop also! I will keep you posted :)

Have a wonderful day!

Current work in Process Documented

Current work in Process Documented

 Hello!:)

I have been spending a lot of time creating (yay!). I wanted to share a current painting I am working on. One of my goals this year was to document my process more consistently. Usually, I have every intention of taking photos along the way, but end up completely forgetting to do so, and therefore only have a few photos to show for it.

Not only do I want to document my process so that I can share it, but it will also be super beneficial to be able to look back at each stage of my paintings. I think its a really good way to grow in creating. So, this is one of the first paintings I have worked on in the new year and so far I have documented each stage. It always amazes me how much my paintings tend to change throughout the process.

I am still not finished with this piece, but thought I would share my progression so far, along with a few thoughts I had throughout the process.

Rain Girl Progress 1

Phase 1:The background is created. I tried to place papers and images according to where I thought I wanted to place my girl (I do not always know what I am going to paint before doing the background, but for this one I did)

Phase 2: Includes the color palette I chose to use and paint that has been applied in various ways (stencils, scraping, brayer, etc.), and also a simple under-painting of a girl and umbrella

Phase 3: The girls dress wasn’t quite the look I was going for and altered it, along with adding some paper to the umbrella to create a collage type look; I decided that I actually liked the look of the under-painting, and decided to continue building values into the girl without adding color.

Phase 4: The bright blue color (the circles) became too much for me… I felt like it added noise to the painting, so I started by toning down the blue color. In doing so, I decided I didn’t like all of the circles and so I covered some up with doilies.

I also wanted to add some “context” to the painting so it didn’t appear that the girl was floating in mid air, so I added an abstract/subtle stone path.

The umbrella was looking a bit too large, so I also made the umbrella smaller

Phase 5: I was still struggling with what felt like too busy of a painting, so I decided to add some white space with a little bit of texture carved into it.

Phase 6: I wanted the umbrella to be a little more defined and realistic, so I replaced the umbrella with all new paper

I continued to build values into the girl and took away a little white in the corner to allow the flower to come through

I hope you enjoyed seeing and reading a little bit about my process and my thoughts behind each phase and the changes I made!:)

I will be sure to share with you the rest of the phases and final painting when it is complete!

Just Popping In…

Just Popping In…

Just popping in to share a few more cuffs and some art prints that you can now find in my shop!:)

But before I do, if you are looking for something to read in a few spare moments you have today, I would highly recommend this blog post from Ann Voskamp…such an incredible way of speaking truth about comparing ourselves with others in an understandable and relate-able way! I know I need the reminder often (and that’s an understatement)…Hope it can encourage you today as well!:)

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Embroidered Cuffs:

white flower with blue stitching small

Little blue flowers and vine 1

green vine small 2

Art Prints:

Becoming5×7 matted art print of my original mixed media painting “Becoming”

Rising From the Ashes6×12 matted art print of my original mixed media painting “Beauty Rising from the Ashes”

You can see read more details over at my shop

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have a wonderful day!:)

Watercolor Paintings & A Sneak Peek

Watercolor Paintings & A Sneak Peek

 I have finished the two “in process” watercolor paintings I recently shared with you here.  I didn’t change the paintings very much, but I added some more texture (mostly through adding grasses) and some ink to bring some definition to the pieces.  Its hard to know how much ink to use, especially when working with watercolors, because I don’t want to take away from the softness of the watercolors, yet I like a little bit of definition. Sometimes you just have to go for it and thats what I told myself with these paintings!:)

painting mid process

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final painting

cat tail

painting mid process

purple flowers 1

final painting

purple flowers

I have some new mixed media paintings in process that I hope to share with you soon

and…

here is a sneak peak of our fall decor, which I also hope to share with you soon!:)

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Have a wonderful day!:)