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The holiday feeling is in the air and the gift shopping has begun. Like most creative people, I’m obsessed with not only art supplies but paper goods as well. Wrapping paper, stationary, notepads, you name it. With each painting I ship, I enclose a hand written Thank You note. So, I decided to offer some cute note cards in my shop. They’re the perfect little gift for a friend, mom, sister!
Available in the Shop
Sometimes, I sit in my studio for a LONG, LONG time before I get inspired and finally get something on the canvas. Today, she just poured out of me. I did the underpainting and basic figure in acrylic, went to my daughter's orchestra performance, and came home to finish this with oils.
Here is a close up shot of the blending and detail...
I spent last night at the AC Hotel in Buckhead at a wonderful event to raise funds for the charity Education Cures. My art was on display while we mingled and sipped cocktails. What a beautiful evening!
Please join me for some fashion, fun and fine art to support a great cause. My art will be on display and available during this beautiful event at the new AC Hotel in Buckhead! Tickets are available HERE.
To start these huge pieces and make them have a cohesive look, I've mapped out the design for each canvas and formed a color study. I'm going for a relaxed yet elegant look, so the variety of blues, greens, and grays will work well...with pops of gold leaf, of course.
This week was "Bring Your Parent to School Day". So, having triplets this kept me real busy. I've been itching to get more of these paintings done. But, how could I pass up the opportunity to spend school-time with my 6th graders...before they no longer want me in school?
My work has been chosen to be hung in The Four Seasons this winter and I've never been so excited! I have a huge wall to cover and plan on doing a series of 6 large paintings (36x36" each) to cover the space. They are in the planning phase right now as I'm completing my composition plans and underpaintings...it makes me so happy!!
If you've ever dined at Park 75 or had a cocktail in the fabulous Bar Margot, you know the standards the Four Seasons have for their decor and service. Impeccable. So, I'm flattered beyond belief to be asked.
More information to come as I plug away at my work.
In continuing with the "Cocktail Party" theme of my recent abstracts, I ask my followers online to suggest "cocktail" names for each of these paintings. I narrowed this one down to "Dark and Stormy" and "Sloe Gin Fizz". Dark ad Stormy was my first choice because my family and I just returned from Bermuda where the "Dark and Stormy" is the national cocktail (wonderful mix of Ginger Beer and Rum). After much consideration, I thought it was a little too...dark of a name. Sloe Ginn Fizz sounds a lot more fun...and bubbly.
I enjoyed the simplicity of this piece and just allowed myself to use all my favorite colors and place them wherever I felt they should go. Of course, he would not be complete without some gold leaf.
It's amazing how much time, work, and thought goes into making an abstract piece actually "work". This painting uses some of my favorite colors and has a fun, effervescent quality to it. She matched especially well with the Tanqueray bottle and my cat, Midas. So, I called her "Cocktail Party".
She's available in my SHOP
The original of this painting has sold. I was tempted to keep it myself, but he's in another home now...keeping a sweet family smiling. I have some prints of him available in my SHOP though.
Here's his story...
This doggie's owners are away for the day and he is breaking all the rules. Not only is he forbidden to lay on the couch, but especially not the couch with the silk pillows. He appreciates a little luxury and clearly deserves it after terrorizing the family cat all day.
36" x 48" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
I enjoyed painting this beauty. The colors are so neutral, simple, and relaxed. I could paint reflections all day long.
I grew up in a small town near Lake Erie. So, the water brings back great memories of childhood.
She is available in my SHOP
In an attempt to use looser brush strokes and decrease my use of detail, this beauty emerged. The canvas is built up with many layers of thick medium to add texture. I completed her without the gold leaf and was quite happy with the result. The next day, I went to the studio to look at her with "new eyes" and thought she was a little pale. I worked with the flowers a bit, took a step back, and thought some gold would add a little drama. It was exactly what she needed!
24" x 30" x 1.5" Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas