Friday, September 17, 2021

Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine

Another summer is giving its best.  Hopeful blooms turn into vegetables to be harvested. These little cherry tomatoes hold all the joy and color of the season of sun.

This painting as well as these words were inspired by Sara's Preserving Summer on this month's Inspiration Collaboration.

Original Oil Painting on 6"x 6" Wrapped Canvas
Visit Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine if you'd like to purchase this little painting.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Buff Kitty

He's my partner pretty much all the time.
He tests out the boxes I'm getting ready to mail paintings in.
He tries out every single box and is annoyed to be replaced by a painting.
Actually he'd like to lay on the paintings too.
He's curious about the suitcase and what that means for him.
Shopping bags need to be inspected.
He needs to stretch across a little quilting project.

He finds it's hard to lay on top of every stone of my mosaic stepping stone project.
Sometimes he lets the dog join us.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Tree Lined Path

When I'm asked to paint for someone, I want to know exactly what they're hoping for.  Learning the reason for the painting helps guide me as well.  Often there's a story behind the image. (I love that.) Sometimes there's a specific reference photo. Other times I get an idea then free reign to create.  In this case I learned about Vastu, (It's kind of the Indian version of Feng Shui.) There is meaningful symbolism, importance for certain colors, and guidance for placement of art within the home. 

I hope that those who will hang this on their walls will have the opportunities of the straight on-going path and the growth, healing, fertility, and prosperity of the green colors.

Here's the first "finished" version. 
I want to get it right for its forever home... even if that means chopping a half dozen trees and replanting them so that the road can be widened at the end then planting more grass so the road can be narrowed at the beginning.

A few years ago, that would have put me in panic mode.  Now, I just take a deep breath, wipe off paint, and put more back on.
(Ok... full disclosure... I probably mutter a few choice unladylike words too...)

This gives some perspective.
It's a pretty big one!

It's fun to watch it come together.  
This little video only lasts about 20 seconds.

I love painting commissioned pieces.  I love the challenge, having the purpose, and the collaboration.  Some of my creative friends do not feel the same.  
I wonder... How about you?  Fun or work? Sparks creativity or steals the joy in creativity? A challenge or a burden? An opportunity to look forward to or something to dread?

Original Oil Painting on 24"x 36" Wrapped Canvas

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September 2021 Inspiration Images

Just four chances left to join us in creating art together!
Maybe one of these images will inspire you to make something of your own. 

It's easy to be a part. Click HERE for instructions.
We look forward to seeing your art!