We used tree slices for some of the decor at the wedding reception, and I had one piece of wood that wasn't used. So I decided to "play" for a couple of hours the other day. Ironically, I did this mostly while talking on the phone and catching up with Hannah. :-)
I painted a Tree of Life illustration using gouache and a Micron pen. I'll put a couple of screw eyes on the back and length of wire, and it'll make a unique little wall hanging.
I'm thinking about making more. It was fun!
|Gouache on watercolor paper|
We celebrated 28 years on September 4th. Since I had the big Summer wedding prep behind me, I was able to sneak in some time between other projects to paint a piece for my Sweetie, which was very long overdue. He's a big astronomy buff and he sang this song to me at our wedding. When I was thinking about quotes I might use I thought of this and thought no more. It seemed like the perfect thing to give him.
I love you Sweetie. Here's to at least another 28 years.
This morning I got pooped on. Really. Pearl got all nervous on the way to the groomer and it was flying poop in the car. So I set her down on the grass (freshly MOWED grass) next to the groomer's to see if she was done, and she started to run away! I ran after her, picked her up and my favorite light tan shorts got smeared in grass clippings and stains. I had other plans but had to come home to get cleaned up. Forget the other plans. I thought about going back to bed. But, I pushed past the humiliation and despair and sat down at my computer. That's a good thing. It would've been real easy to forget it all after what happened. So, instead I cranked out a few more of the bulletin board pieces.
|Gouache and Micron pens on watercolor paper|
|Gouache on watercolor paper|
I took some time away from the computer today to play with watercolors and colored pencils. I probably had too much work to do, but I did it anyway. I've had this blog for about 5 years now. Where has the time gone?! I don't think I've changed the banner image in all of that time. So that's what I did today—I painted a new banner. It didn't make me any money or give me billable hours, but I had a nice break in a quiet house to play. I think I need to do that more often!
Becoming an artist before the advent of the great world wide web meant that I didn't have the opportunity to take classes in web development. And since I insist on learning things the hard way buy doing them myself, I haven't taken classes since then. That sometimes means that I don't get it right the first time.
I just realized that my website didn't include some of my most recent paintings. I thought they were there, but I guess I never double-checked. Today I realized I'd updated the pages but they weren't on the website. So, I've taken a couple of hours to fix things. Lo and behold, the latest paintings are now here. The two bottom rows are the newest (or not so new since I haven't painted in a while).
I've also had quite a few inquiries about using an image for a bar or bat mitzvah invitation or program. If you are interested in that, just let me know and I'll give you the pricing info and how to go about getting a high resolution image for print reproduction.
123Print asked me to do some Christmas greeting card designs in my "Etsy style." Well, that work is painted conventionally with paint on canvas—something that would take too long to do for their budget. So, I tried it out in the newly update Painter 11. This is my "mosaic" style done on the computer. I wonder if they'll like it. What do YOU think?
I've finally got some new jewelry photographed and listed in my Etsy shop. There's plenty more to get listed and I hope to accomplish that over the next several days. All of the paintings are there, too. I'm finally getting some of the to-do's crossed off of my list!
Peace Hamsa II
Book of Life
Erev Shabbat II
Pomegranate on Orange
As promised, the four new paintings. All are 12 x 12 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, ready to hang. If they don't sell this weekend they'll be available in my Etsy shop next week. :-)
It's been a busy week. I got Rachel off to Guatemala for the week with Spanish students from school, after shopping and packing and more shopping. She'll be staying tonight and the next couple of days with a host family immersed in Guatemalan culture and Spanish language. What an amazing opportunity!
Now the focus of the next two days is finishing up my preparation for the Boulder Jewish Festival. I've got three new 12 x 12 paintings just varnished and drying. After adding the hanging hardware tomorrow I'll shoot them and then it'll just be the last odds and ends. I need to do a bit of shopping to find something fun to wear to the fair, along with packing up the tubs and double-checking my lists.
I'll post better pictures of these tomorrow after they've been shot.
I'm hoping for cool, sunny weather in Colorado this weekend and lots of people interested in Jewish art!