Wednesday, January 11, 2017

30-n-30 - Day 12 What a Bear!

A day of constant floor sanding (think dentist for er. . . 6 hours straight!).  Oh well, the outcome is worth the pain.   These guys do incredible work if you need refinished floors in the DC metro area, let me know.  We’ve discovered a word-of-mouth network.  They don’t advertise ‘cause they don’t have to.


Today’s painting was a bear, literally.   Found it on Pixabay (new for me).  Great stuff, free photos.  This one looked a little battered and I think I battered it a bit more.  Wasn’t your favorite childhood toy the most abused and tattered?  Okay, well this one certainly seemed quite loved!  Reminds me of my sister's fave - Fuzzy Wuzzy.

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, 
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy,
was he?

Long establish nursery rhyme, Author unknown.


Fuzzy Wuzzy


Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

30-n-30 - Day 10 Stuck, but Trying

Another great find, PMP photographer Sanne Madeliefje, Daisy.  You can’t really tell, but this is a lone flower emerging from a crack in a sea of asphalt.  Beautiful and confident despite being mired in what appears to be a hard, unforgiving environment.  Reminds me that we’re all just trying to thrive in the world around us and hopefully working to make it a better, happier place.  

Trying to get back on track with painting every day.  Stairs being refinished, so at least I'll be up at the crack of dawn. . . .  

Street Daisy

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

30-n-30 - Day 6 Pretty in Pink

What a wonderful reference photo to find on PMP by Rosalind Amorin, Flowers For Klaus.  I’m not sure who Klaus is, but one lucky person.  It was definitely challenging, but also quite a bit of fun!   I guess this one was motivated by the light dusting of snow today and uh, oh the threat of more to come.  Everyone stay warm AND safe!

Pretty in Pink



Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

p.s. for the above PaintMyPhoto (PMP) link to work, you need to register (free).  It's a great source for reference photos.  Please abide by their posting rules :-)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

30-n-30 - Day 5 Ahead or Behind?

Well if I can’t keep up with the January challenge, maybe I can get ahead of next month’s game.  Ha, ha.  I’ve wanted to paint some stuffed animals for a while (terrifying territory).  When I saw this cutie had to go for it.  DailyPaintworks always has a “gift” challenge in December so that’s what inspired me.  Okay, now why do I suddenly feel I’m a month behind!  

Honey Bear

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

30-n-30 - Day 2

Not too inspired today – rainy, wintry, late getting started.  The good news is the powder room is operational after the new fixtures were installed today! 

Used a photo reference from Paint My Photo – photographer Pinwheel.  Painting background is a lot more icy blue, but couldn’t capture that with my iPhone.  I added a bit of texture to the berries and like that part of the painting.  Better photo to come.

Holly with White Pine

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Decided at the last minute to join Leslie Saeta's 30-in-30 challenge.   This event is quite an ordeal and requires a lot of upfront preparation.  Oh well.  Short version, studio floors were refinished last week so only the easel has been set up.  Scavenger hunt today to find everything hastily boxed up before traveling & the holidays.  Need to get the rest of the furniture moved back – desk, computer, supplies, etc. 

I’m thinking that my “theme” will be going through the Daily Paintworks Challenges to come up with ideas of things to paint – they usually have some interesting subjects and the 30-in-30 is all about doing things you’ve not tried before. Hmmmm. . . she says cleverly to herself, “how about a New Year’s resolution to try new things.”  Hard to believe my last blog was in May – that’s practically a whole year.  House sold, moved and now fixing up the new place.  Kitchen renovated - check!

Must be time to jump start 2017! Fingers crossed. 

Today's painting is of a Valentine's Day cup.  Inspired by The Cuppa Challenge.

Valentine's Cup
Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

p.s. once I catch up, I'll get better photos and start uploads and auctions. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Is it Really Spring?

I don’t know about you, but it has been raining around here forever!  I think it was early March when it was surprisingly hot and thought “wow, spring just didn’t happen this year,” only now to realize it’s almost JUNE and only a handful of sunny days for the last six weeks!  Global warming or Gloomy WAAAAH!  In the DC area we are going from 52 / rain to mid-80s sunny next week.  Flip-flop!!!  On the up side, I guess summer is finally coming one way or another. . . .

Okay long lead in, but especially glad to report that “Looking into Summer – Cosmos” is on its way to Maine.  Er, suddenly think I should seriously shut up about cold, rain, and my pitiful spring doldrums!   It's probably still winter there. . . .  Gotta love it.  I especially love a new buyer - head rush knowing my art is finding great places to become a part of someone else's life.  


Looking into Summer – Cosmos
Kennebunkport, Maine
Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Spring Class Finale

Last night of my spring class in Herndon, VA. Simple set up, but working to incorporate a recent week-long workshop with the class style.  So many ways to approach, decide and paint.  Love how the grapes just wanted to pose and allow me to pick which ones to bring to the forefront. Yum!  Hoping to spend the summer incorporating the last several workshops and classes and come up with my “style.”  

Oh yeah, we’ll be moving house, studio and daily life (hopefully soon) 25 miles west towards the Shenandoah mountains and looking forward to less traffic and our new er, somewhat smaller home.  Downsizing definitely has its challenges!  Wonderful studio just waiting for all the details to be worked out.  More to come.


This is a larger piece, but posting it to a DPW auction with fingers-crossed.

Luscious
11x14 inches - canvas gallery wrapped
click to view / bid / purchase

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time.  Let's just go for it, shall we?

Johnna

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Looking into Summer - Cosmos

Even though spring has hardly even gotten started around here, cold and dreary of late, I found this beautiful and inspiring photo from Viacheslav (his title).  Always a challenge interpreting his awesomely talented photography, but just had to take a run at it.  Rather happy with the way it turned out, despite having to re-work it a few times.  I love the white flower, saying it’s all about ME!

Looking into Summer - Cosmos
click to zoom / purchase


Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,


p.s. Not going to dwell on the Mill Show, but will spend some time this week tweaking prices on Daily Paintworks - so perhaps a more affordable venue (the Mill commission is much higher than via DPW).  One of the workers there suggested that I consider more decorative frames.  Not sure where I picked it up, but have a very strong bias toward low profile frames so that they don’t interfere with the art.  Much is written on this topic and many feel it’s critical to have a very elaborate / complementary frame. Maybe someday, but for now, I trust buyers will fall in love with the art and then find the perfect frame for their style.  One caveat, I have some fabulous frames that I plan to create paintings just for the frame.  Maybe there’s hope for me yet!  

Artists, what's your experience?  Buyers?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Did you know?

That you can create shipping labels for the US postal service with PayPal and save?  Roughly, 10%.  Setting up an account is free.  Try this LINK  to check it out.   

Quick post to mention that the painting below is swimming its way across the Pacific Ocean.  Seems like a great place to go – especially since I recently learned that goldfish bring good luck to their owners!

Go Fish
Kaneohe, Hawaii
Art at the Mill (Millwood, Virginia) is going strong and open through Mother’s Day May 8th!  How about a trip to the country this week -- Route 50 just past the Shenandoah River.  More info HERE.  I stopped by yesterday and there are a lot of wonderful paintings available. 

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time.