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Technology is great...but sitting and flipping through piles of photos is so much better. I love watching my daughter slowly turn through the stack and re-tell me the stories that each photo holds.. even better is that her friends can flip through them too. I prefer this casual stack so much more than a box, an album...and most of all, a hard drive.
Every time I use my camera, I download the images and immediately edit. The process only takes a few moments because I am on top of it. Delete the bad images. Save the good images in a special folder on your desktop and print the images once you have a nice sized collection. (I print about 4 times per year.)
Each camera use yields me about 10-20 images. I save a small percentage of those photos only.. we don't need to see every single tennis stroke for example.. we can remember the specific days based on what the photo tells us. (Incidentally, I also read that it is great to have your brain think to fill in some of the information you think about when you see an image rather than have every second documented on paper.)
This print order called for some larger 5x7 prints also. I'm updating some of the picture frames in the house and getting ready to give some of these framed as gifts this Christmas. Since wall space is limited, I think it's a good time to say we have out-grown some of the baby pictures we have up.. time for a fresh look.
Make smiles. You don't have to be a professional to do this... just get your images onto paper. You can thank me later. ;)
When people ask me, "What do you do?" I reply, "I am an artist." Almost always, the next question is, "What kind?"
I wonder about my path as an artist a lot of the time... these days, I am exploring things other than acrylic paint.. I am trying new things, and I have a ton of ideas that I want to try, none of which call for my old standby, the acrylic paints.
Do you think that my love of mixing mediums, including my passion for photography and crafts in general, enhances my curiosity of art in general? If I only used acrylics, would I wander from style to style without permanent commitment to one love?
I'm toting my camera.... I'm reading up on some new things.... and I am bursting at the seams for something new ..... I hope you'll stick around.. this is going to be a lot of fun.
And so simple..... a gift.
Every once in a while a video comes across my desk that brings tears to my eyes... that touches my soul.... and that really makes me feel good. Below is that video. I'd love to hear from you.
I'll never get over my crush on "gold leaf".. I love it everywhere.. well...except on the floor, I guess. These are to replenish my stationary collection. Hand drawn and cut feathers, covered in gold leaf, and loosely attached to Italian card stock atop sewn vintage book pages. Can't wait to write some letters!
We made it. Back to school 2015. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAmen!
I started painting in this book back in MAY. It's been since May that I have picked up a paint brush. I can't believe it. I have to change that... I'm thinking of new directions... I'm nervous... I'm planning... Lord knows I've already cleaned and organized my house and studio space (always step 1)..it's time. That's growth, right?
Hope to see you back here soon...it's time to get back to work.
Jeeeeeeeeeezzzz.... My daughter and husband arrived home from vacation Wednesday with full blown FLU.. Yep..they tested positive for it..and lord...I have never heard so much coughing! Needless to say, my medical practice is open, they are sequestered like a jury.. and I have been sleeping on the couch.. I'm BORED, friends....so bored! There are only so many Real Housewives episodes someone can take!
Come paint with me... log in to your workshops.. get some supplies... OR if you want to try something new, save 20% off your order now through Tuesday, midnight pacific! Use the code BOOFLU at checkout..
Click here to see the online mixed media worshops.. they are HUGE, there are no time limits..and I am stuck on the couch waiting for the next nurse buzzer to ring.... operators are standing by!
PS- the discount applies to my original paintings too!
I originally created the painting I featured yesterday on my blog, "Fading Memories" for the book, "Acrylic Solutions". The response to the painting was so great, that I replicated that painting in the "8 Great Paintings" online workshop! You can learn the techniques to make that painting here.
All of my online workshops are on sale now.. Through the end of the month! You can learn how to make EIGHT...that's EIGHT ENTIRE PAINTINGS for only $62.99! It's probably the biggest value in online courses... It doesn't run for 30 or 40 minutes either... the playback time for that class is over FIVE HOURS!! I've edited my HD video to condense too... five hours.. that's HUGE. Pick one of the 8 paintings you like..and watch that video for 40 minutes or so and then watch it again and paint a long with me. PLUS... I'm available DAILY to look at your art and answer questions!
This beautiful canvas original is on sale in my shop...I think it's one of the most dramatic pieces in there at the moment.. and I need to make room for more art! Orig $375, it's on sale for $200. No frame is needed, the canvas depth allows for it to be wired and hung as is. The sides are painted to match.. There are lots of layers and great texture here... it's a really great price, friends! Archival materials and sealed with archival varnish. Domestic PRIORITY shipping is $25, but the piece will come beautiful wrapped and shipped to your door. International shipping costs usually about $80..
Someone like neutral palette art? Want to support an artist directly? Support Small Business? Like butterflies? Win. Win. Win. Win. :)
Thanks for taking a look! To purchase, or to see all of the other originals I am selling, please click here.
In my backyard, facing my neighbors house... the breeze that day...and those clouds...I felt like I needed to capture that moment forever...
Our beloved 2006 Chevy truck was photographed entering Mexico at 12:51 the day it was stolen... goodbye truck.. that really sucked.
What was great was me in the back of a fire engine..... and riding with the Chief.... during Comic Con... downtown.... gulp! My friend and I were so lucky to be able to ride with Station 1 and Station 4 one night earlier this month... MUCH respect for the men of the fire department!
The Fire Department AND Comic Con in one weekend....... Epic. (Confession...I like Star Wars...the first 3....kind of a lot.)
Pool parties.... Chewie's 7 months old now... and Kate here and there and everywhere... I might need a vacation from summer vacation... I guess that's called "Back to School", right? Holding on until August 24th..... Thanks for checking in with me.
I know that I get a lot of traffic on my site from San Diego...so this is worth a shot.. Our truck was stolen last Wednesday.... and it really sucks to have a car stolen in case you were wondering..
Problem is...they don't make these trucks anymore... and it is my husband's dream car... that's right... dream car.. we saved and spent 5 years searching for one to buy... and some punk stole it.
The insurance money doesn't make us warm and fuzzy... the truck does... so we are hoping that someone out there somewhere saw something...or even better... sees the truck! Calling all units... please keep your eyes peeled for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
"We Have Paris" is one of my favorite paintings...so rich and layered.. this painting was chosen by the jury to hang in the SDAI 2013 International Exhibition... out of 2700 entires, only 95 were chosen. You can own this original today...it's on sale now! Click here to see my collection.
Just a couple of friends and a light BBQ for us here at home... how about you?
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Kate's art teacher entered a painting that she had made during the year into the Del Mar Fair! It was pretty exciting to receive a free ticket... I had not been to the fair in about 15 years or so.... I'm not the type of person who eats a lot of junk food, so it wasn't the food that called to me.. but I have to tell you..the COLORS of the fair were pretty amazing! I was mesmerized by the menu boards.
I kept thinking to myself... man...the people behind the marketing of this stuff really hooked into me! The colors, typography...combined with the smells of it all... I'll admit, my mouth was totally watering. I ate one spiral cut potato thing on a stick and got the hell out of there..
What do you guys think? The colors? The smell? What gets you at the fair?
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The painting pictured above uses techniques explained/demonstrated in the Layer Love v2.0 online workshop.
Every summer I find myself on creative break... Every summer, I try to force myself out of the break.. I think that I need a change.. and that if I find a new direction, the creativity will flow back with gusto.. and every summer, I spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars going all in on the new exploration.. I'm on to myself.
I've realized that I know I can paint.. I know that if I take a painting break, painting will come back to me.. I know that in summer, I have to play the roll of enthusiastic cruise director for 8 weeks.. I kind of like it. A lot. So until then, I take breaks.... far and few between (cruise directing is exhausting!).. and do a little project here and there. Slap some paint around... sew something quick.. (super proud of myself for HEMMING my short wardrobe)... Plus...while helping students in our online mixed media network, it seems like I never have stopped painting.
Annnnd.....Here's Chewie! Weighing in at over 10 pounds now..he's doubled in size since Easter when we brought him home. He's doing AWESOME in obedience class.. and I think he's changing color.. I think he's turning more gold...which is pretty cool... we're having a great summer.