Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Overthinking and Throwing Paint Around

I saw this on Facebook this morning and wished I'd had it yesterday! Yep! I had one of those "what was I thinking selling my art!?!" moments and then went into a small meltdown.


See, the entire business side of selling art is not a strength of mine. I'm not good with numbers or money and legal jargon is frightening. Fortunately I have great friends who love and support me and are way smarter than I am in these areas. I sent out a few messages to them and asked for help and now I'm feeling much better.

Of course, I also did this and it worked wonders!
Throwing paint around and seeing where it lands is always a good thing!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Art of PerfectShun

I thought I would share why this became the name of my art blog and business. You may or may not know that I, like many others, have struggled with perfectionism.

per·fec·tion·ism

  [per-fek-shuh-niz-uhm] 
noun
1.
any of various doctrines holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable.
2.
a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything   less.

Over the  years, I've grown and let go of that though it still rears its ugly head now and again. The latest area that it appeared in is my art. Rather than go down that path again, I embraced making mistakes, being sloppy, and generally shunning trying to get it perfect and simply enjoy the art of creating! The name is a continual reminder to shun the impossible pursuit of perfection and just enjoy the creative journey!

I don't have to be a da Vinci, van Gogh, Monet or a Cassatt but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the process or the product of my artistic  endeavors.
And neither should you! So grab some paint, a pencil, or even crayons and join me in the art of perfectshun! 

Let's throw some paint around and see where it lands!


Cherry Blossoms 
2.5x3.5 watercolor

Friday, July 11, 2014

I'm back...well sort of

Its been a really long time since I added thing to this blog but it doesn't mean I forgot about it. I've debated (maybe still am debating) about abandoning it, switching to another platform, etc. For now, I am just going to stay put right here. Too many new things at one time is a bit much I think.

I just checked! ITS BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR???!!! WOW!

So what have I been doing? We retired, vacationed, settled dd3 in CO with her siblings nearby, bought a second home in Hawaii, updated it, moved in it, took a trip back to the mainland, got a new puppy, created a business plan for my art and began on a new adventure with that! I will add updates as things get formalized! Its pretty exciting!

I do have some new pieces to share as well but first....this is Maiko our new maltese puppy! Her full name is Maiko K

New Art: Just a sampling of somethings I've done in the past few months.


This is my friend's bench she found and asked me to paint on for her. Yes its in her living room for now! *L*
This old apron had been hanging around for a log time and I got bored one day. You gotta be careful leaving stuff just sitting around!

Finally, this is part of a series that I am getting ready for next spring and the local cherry blossom festival. (watercolor)

I've got TONS more to share but need to make some final arrangements before I share details! In the meantime please be sure to check out my BRAND NEW FACEBOOK page! And "like" it!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Is Anybody Out There?

WOW! My friend, Robbie, mentioned I hadn't posted any art in a long time which I knew because I have been traveling quite a bit recently. I had no idea it's been since April though! That's crazy!

As I said, I've done some traveling lately to include Vegas, Colorado and Louisiana/Mississippi. I am going to Texas here shortly and now have a trip to DC planned as well. All that to say that I have NOT been making much of a mess with my paints and stuff and really need to. I am back in my studio and have been playing with a canvas just to rebuild strength and steadiness (which I seem to be sorely lacking) in my hands so have not begun on a planned piece that is intended to be a gift. Hopefully I will feel confident enough to start here within the next day or two.

So for now I will share the collaborative pieces I participated with for Face in the World. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of them all in their completed stage and one I am not able to share the photo at all. We worked in teams of 5 artists with each one doing a portion of the work and then sending it on for additional work. When your piece is completed it is returned to you. Mine is the lovely lady at the bottom!

(I did the hair in this one)

(again, golden highlights in the hair)

 (Eyelashes, brows and lips)
(This is mine to keep and I did the background and general face/neck)

This was an adventurous challenge for me and through it I have "met" some truly amazing and talented artists that have become a tremendous source of encouragement and laughs! 
BTW - our group grew out of the 29 Faces Challenge that I did in Feb 2013.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Evolution of a Painting - Part 2

So now I am ready to put paint to canvas. Let's begin! I basically just block in with color where thigns are going to go. Notice the wave?

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Well I had to change it. Composition wise it just wasn't coming together the way I wanted it to. Once I reversed the curl...it flowed so fast I was thrilled! Her hair becomes the wave and it all comes from her tears. The lava comes from her lips - deep beneath the surface.
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For this painting I did something I normally don't do and that was to turn the canvas as I worked on her face. I wanted to make sure she wasn't wonky! Her fern haku blends the two planes together.

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More details in her eye and...voila!

The Legend of Haumea
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Evolution of a Painting

I realized that I never posted about this painting so here we go...

While toodling around in my sketchbook one day I was reminded of the legend of Haumea. I have often seen works that portray Pele in the volcano fire but couldn't recall seeing Haumea's legend done in any form. Depending on which version or source you get your legend from will make the "facts" vary but she is known to be the "mother earth" and deeply connected to childbirthing. She has numerous daughters but I focused on only two; those being Pele (fire) and Namaka (sea).

So I began to sketch ideas....
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Normally I do not remove sketches from my books but I used these as references as I painted.

Here is the initial sketch on canvas done in water soluble pencil. You can see the changes in details and how things evolve as I work through the concept.

Haumea

I will share more tomorrow

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

While at the Bellagio....

While in Vegas for Courtney's wedding, we stopped at the Bellagio to visit the seasonal garden which was lovely. Spring flowers were everywhere and they even had a butterfly house. While walking through I was thrilled to see numerous Chihuly sculptures on display and wandered into the small gallery and gift shop. The shopkeeper was very gracious and allowed us to pose next to some of the art for photos! I picked up a new journal in my favorite green that also boasts a cover of "Float"! After that Chelsey, Patti and I went to the hotel's gallery to see the Warhol Out West exhibit where I was delighted to find "Silver Clouds" and promptly became a work of art by placing myself amid the puffs of silver. The docent seemed to enjoy my joy and exclamations of "I can't believe I'm in a Warhol" and "I'm art!" Etc. He laughed and said "Not everyone gets it or experiences it like that!"

A perfect afternoon in Vegas or anywhere for that matter. Sigh.

Once on the Bellagio site click on the link for the web cam and gallery photos. 
NOTE: There IS a time lapse for 3 different garden setups!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Emiko's Portrait

Emi's beautiful portrait arrived yesterday from the amazingly talented Jennifer Frith! It is beyond lovely and captures Emi's spirit perfectly! I will be having Jenny work on Kenji-Boy's soon. It has been cathartic for me to have her do this work. It has given me a chance to talk about Emi, browse through photos and relive sweet memories of her. Yes at times its been quite painful and sad yet worthwhile. From this venture, I have formed a sweet friendship with Jenny which furthers my belief that art  changes people's lives and the world.


Please be sure to check out Jenny's blog and facebook page and contact her to have a beloved pet's portrait done by her! You won't regret it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dreaming of Lantana

Stepping out of my favorite color palette and into green, orange, pink and yellow brought memories of Lantana flowers to my mind. Does it conjur up something else for you?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Exploring Aboriginal Art

Since I posted about this art challenge I have been playing with this art form and am thoroughly enjoying it! For me, it includes many of my favorite things, dots. circles, symbolism and my focus for this year - mandala.

I have not decided if I am participating in the challenge yet (based on some travelling coming up and time issues) but am still creating some pieces for my own enjoyment (and possibly selling if you are interested!)


So I shared this sneak peek the other day on facebook....
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Here's the entire piece and an explanation of the symbolism for me.... 2013-04-08 11.15.02

If you are a regular reader ( and I hope you are or will become one!) you know that I have chosen "complete" as my word for this year. This is a representation of that word. The very center image indicates a camp or home with symbols for people surrounding it. I chose one male and 4 females since that is what our family consists of. From there, the blues represent water with the final outside row being tracks that people would make on a journey. After traversing the world for 30 years, we are about to come full circle in our journey to create a home for our family in the islands later this year. I think this says that rather nicely and I can't wait to hang it in our future home!

Today I have been working on something less "personal" but still within the art style of Aboriginal Dot art. But I will only give you the sneak peek from facebook for now...and say I am thinking of lantana.
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