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April 22, 2015

Staying In The Flow

"Listen To The Crows" No. 5
24" x 24"
Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Infrastructure Canvas
$500 (Email me to inquire about purchasing)
I made this painting a couple of months ago. It came from a photo I took on my trip to Ireland. I've been thinking about composition and trying to capture the movement of the crows.

April's gallery weekend has now come and gone and after every show I usually want/need to take a break from painting because I can feel a little burnt out after a show. This time I don't think I'll be doing that. I've noticed that even though I might need a break, taking one for too long can interrupt the flow that I have going. Whether I am always aware of it or not, things are developing in my art every single time I paint and when I step away for too many days in a row, it's almost like starting all over again. I have to get warmed up again.

So this time, I'm going to take just a couple of days to catch up on the business side of my artwork, but then I want to jump right back in and continue on with the discoveries I've made while making paintings for this last show. I gotta catch the ideas while their coming. Inspiration should never be taken for granted!

April 14, 2015

How To Wire Your Own Canvas

I am really not a D.I.Y. kind of gal when it comes to hand tools and such. At those times I usually ask John to help me out with what I need done. Tools kind of scare me. I don't even like seeing John work with his electric saws and drills. They freak me out. I immediately see blood.

However, there are a couple of small lessons I've picked up from him that I feel safe enough to do in my need to get ready for gallery night. Getting ready for gallery night means all of my paintings need to be wired and ready to hang. It's so easy! It's not my favorite thing to do, but it really takes no time at all. Here is what you need:

You could probably get away with a screwdriver if you don't have a small drill if you have the muscle. 

You can usually buy these at your local hardware store. These D-Ring hangers are the larger ones with 2 screws per hanger because some of the canvases I have are a little large. Otherwise, if you are working with smaller pieces you can use the small D-Rings with one screw. 

This picture wire is 20 lbs. and that is usually pretty good for normal weight canvases. Large boards will definitely need a heavier wire. I like the braided kind like this so I can get better flexibility with it.

Depending on the size of your painting you want to measure a few inches down on both sides and mark where you will screw in the D-Rings. The closer up to the top edge of your canvas you place it, the tighter to the wall it will hang. If you screw the D-Ring in low with a longer wire, your canvas will lean away from the wall projecting the top edge out towards you. Here I did about 7". 

Angle the D-Rings in just a little bit and hold it down while you screw it in. I like to screw in one screw about halfway and then do my second one. This allows me to adjust it if I need to. 

Lastly, you just insert your wire through both rings and twist it up. Leaving the wire a little loose to give room to hang. Not super taught. 

Voila! Easy peasy!

April 7, 2015

Introvert, Dear And A New Painting

"Listen to the Crows No. 4"
24" x 24"
acrylic on infrastructure canvas

I came across this website the other day -  Introvert, Dear.  Does any of that sound like you? I never would have labeled myself as an introvert, especially out loud, but its something I am really starting to recognize and accept in myself. Reading this made it all a little more clear. I can definitely relate to all of the points made on that list.

It makes me think if a lot of other artists might feel this way too. An artist/introvert combination means there is definitely a need to be in your shell once in a while to create. Lately, I've been fighting the habit of feeling guilty about this. Instead, I've just been realizing it's a necessity for me to create just like any other tool I use to paint. Yet, at the same time, I'm also aware that sometimes I have to push myself to not be shy and share more about my artwork. That is really hard as an introvert, but so vital as an artist.

I know there are more of you out there like me. Hiding in your little studios, communicating behind your computer screen. This is my shout out to you come out of your cocoon once in a while to share a part of yourself and receive from others. Our shells will always be there to sneak back into when we need to.

Are you an introvert? What kind of introvert are you? You can take this test to find out. I am the "Thinking Introversion" kind. Let me know what you think!

April 1, 2015

Do You Have 20 Minutes Of Zen?

i don't always make time to meditate. these days as i'm preparing for my next exhibition, i admit i almost kind of run away from it. i tell myself i have no time. i say i'll do it when i'm on less of a time crunch. then i remember this quote:

"you should sit in meditation twenty minutes everyday - unless you're too busy. then you should sit for an hour." -zen proverb

lately, i've been setting the timer on my phone for 10 minutes. some days i can't believe how long those 10 minutes are and other days i find myself resetting it for more time. and really when i think about it, it's so silly to run away from it, because it makes everything so much better. when i meditate i find myself more accepting to things that aren't going my way and i just get a break from the endless stream of thoughts going on in my head. there is a lot less thinking and just a lot more being.

those proverbs. they have a way of being right all of the time.

here are a few more paintings i made a few months ago that i never shared on my blog. sorry. i'm getting better that :/

March 31, 2015

Abstract Crow Transfers

sometimes i create pieces and i get so busy i forget to take pictures of them before they sell or i forget to post them here on my blog. these are ones i made a few months ago that i never shared. most of them have been sold already. others in this collection, i sadly never got pics of. 

these were little guys. 10" and smaller.