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New Paintings!

I haven’t listed any new work in awhile, but today I’m posting a few new small paintings in the shop today:

11X14 Acrylic and Cracked Gesso on Stretched Canvas, $85

Purchase here. ┬áThis painting features layers of crackled gesso painted icy blue and white with a black tree. I really love this one and I had a great time making it. I’m not sure what prompted me to paint something so…frosty looking, but I’m really happy with it.

8×10 Ghost Girl and Tree on Green, Mixed Media. $35

Purchase here. This painting features a young ghost girl standing under a white tree with collaged red orbs and a stamped moon. I love the veiny texture that comes from using thick paint on hand-carved stamps!

8×10 Linocut Tree and Acrylic on Newsprint and Canvas Board, $35

Purchase here. In high school, I carved this linoleum block stamp of a tree, and I’ve used it quite a bit since then (like in this piece). I love combining linocut with collage and painting. I printed the tree onto newsprint and sealed it onto a flat canvas board.

I love these pieces because they’re the result of creative playtime.

Have a great…what is it, Thursday? Wow. One of those weeks.

Whatever it is today, have a good one!

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New Painting-A Mix of Techniques

I like to play with different techniques when I paint. I like using different brush strokes to play with the visual texture, I love wrapping the canvas with string to create a little “frame” right on the surface, and I like using linoleum blocks to stamp right onto the canvas.

I have a linoleum block tree and some rubber circles that I carved on high school, and I’ve used them in dozens of projects since. I think that’s where I got started with celestial bodies and trees.

Anyway, I’ve just listed this result of some creative playtime:

11X14 Acrylic Paint and String on Canvas Board

I think I like stamping on canvas because the print never comes out perfectly like it’s supposed to in traditional linocut prints. I like to mix the colors that I apply to the block so that the colors blend into the print, and by applying paint instead of ink and using a brush instead of a roller or brayer, the paint goes onto the block unevenly and leaves behind a gorgeous texture that reminds me of leaf veins. That texture really shows up here in the suns.

This piece is on 11X14 canvas board. It would look great in a frame! Available for purchase here.

10 Things I Love about Art

I love art. That’s no secret. I’ve met people that don’t love art, and I just can’t wrap my brain around it. How can someone not love art? How can someone go through life without encountering a piece of art that moves them? I don’t know.

Mixed Media, 8X10 canvas board

Why do I love art? Here’s why:

  1. It can be deep and thought-provoking, or just pretty.
  2. There’s not right or wrong way to be an artist.
  3. It scrapes to the very bottom of my soul and gets to the little crevices. It brings things to the surface that I never knew were there.
  4. It fills us with emotion.
  5. It’s a universal language. It helps us communicate feelings that transcend words alone.
  6. Art is fun!
  7. It brings us together, and also brings us closer to ourselves.
  8. Anyone can make art. Anyone can have fun with it.
  9. Art heals.
  10. Art allows us to exercise one of our most divine traits: creativity.

What do you love about art? What do you love about your passion?

New Painting: Let Your Mind be Free

It’s good to be back! I had a fabulous time in California. I got to spend some great time with my family and I got a lot of much-needed thinking and soul-searching done. A twelve hour car ride each way will do that. I’ll write about my trip sometime in the next week or two when I can get the photos ready.

I’m so excited to show you what I’ve been working on lately!

Most of my paintings are fairly large. The smallest one in the shop right now is 24X24. I love making large paintings, but lately I’ve bene having a great time making smaller paintings.

I started doing the smaller paintings to experiment with different ideas and techniques to use in larger paintings, and also because the smaller ones allow me to play with more ideas than I could with the big ones alone because they don’t take as long to make.

It started as creative playtime, just playing with different ideas, but I loved the results so much that I decided to post them! I know a lot of people don’t have room/money for large art, so this is a great way to allow more people to own original art. I believe art should be for everyone.

I have quite a few to post with more in the making, so you can expect to see more items added to the shop. I’ll post each one on the blog as well. These will be added to a new “Small painting” section of the shop. All items in this section will be 16×20 or smaller, and many will be on thin-framed, back-stapled canvas or canvas board. There may also be some work on my usual thick-framed, gallery-wrapped canvas.

I’ll still be creating large work as well, but I’m excited to play with these new small paintings!

I’ll leave you with this one today:

11x14 acrylic and paper on canvas

Sometimes, we get stuck in thought patterns and habits that don’t serve us. They keep us in the same old issues, the same fears, the same blocks. We forget that we can change them. We can set our minds free with new ideas and new thoughts. We can recognize those old grooves and try something new. We can be free.

This painting is acrylic on canvas with words handwritten on collaged bits of paper. I also incorporated some stamping in the orbs behind the tree. I love using lots of paint on the stamps because it leaves behind a beautiful ridged texture, like the veins in leaves.

This painting is available for purchase here.

Stay tuned for more paintings this week!