Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Wall

Photo of the paintings at the Waterford Fair.  First time seeing this many of my paintings hanging.  Maybe the last as framing & hardware was quite an effort --- even with support and helpers!  Pretty cool though, so once the pain memory goes away, I'll probably try it again next year.

The Wall - Waterford

Was able to get the photo since I volunteered at the show.  Unbelievable crowd at the fair and lots of art buying going on.  While I was there, one of my favorites, Fuzzy Wuzzy, sold to a wonderful woman.  She bought several other pieces and I know brought joy to a lot of artists.  Super great talking with her and finding out why she wanted the painting (a memory to a favorite bear-loving friend).

Also got to meet a few fellow artists - great experience - now looking forward even more to volunteering at Art at the Mill (Millwood, VA) later this week.

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

September 30n30

Somehow survived another 30 paintings in 30 days - this one being the most fun and the most frustrating. . . .  The best time I've ever had painting was doing the Sushi.  I guess it just kept turning out better than I expected.  Another fun part is creating the final collage of all the paintings - really gives you a sense of accomplishment and a bit more confidence.




Quick shot of my table at our neighborhood art show and sale (12 artists).



Delighted that two found new homes.  One has landed in Austin, TX and the other right down the street in Leesburg, VA.

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Poppy and Bud

Maybe it's just me, but poppies are hard to paint.  They just want to flatten out and not have that thin, papery feel that we fall in love with.  Feeling happy and lucky this one seems to have worked out.  Yay.

Poppy and Bud
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

In Between

Another first for me - painting books.  Just in the nick of time because e-books are taking over.  Since I love adventures, trying new things, and making memories - I try to focus on the positive in the changes that confront us.  In the case of e-books, I love how you can make the font bigger and change the contrast/brightness to your personal desires.   Rather awesome that they don't take up much space, you can "find" things in them, and bookmark your favorite parts. Seriously, how great is that?

In Between
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These books didn't look too old, so I bet they're the ones caught "in between" two phases of technology.

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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Irish Window














I'm always inspired by European windows and how much care people take to keep their "eyes to the house" beautiful.  This one is from Ireland and features a lovely teapot with a geranium planted inside.  While I didn't include the wall around the window, you should know they painted a matching red stripe around it (see below).  Windows are a bit tricky to get on a square panel so decided to focus on the cool teapot.


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


Photo Referee - PMP-Art Mitchd - Ireland

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Lucky Coins

Did you know you can hang a Feng Shui lucky coin painting to invite wealth luck into your home or office?  Apparently as good as having the actual coins. This is a section from a mobile I've had in my office / studio for years. I'm not exactly sure how it works, but I feel like a very lucky person.  Now it's time to share the luck and my wishes for your own prosperity!  

Backstory - the coins are round with a square hole in the center. That represents both the heavens (circle) and the earth (square), and because of this, they’re deemed especially advantageous. So now you know. 


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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Mandarin Spotlight

Happiest when orange is the centerpiece of a painting.  Has been my favorite color since high school.  At least now I decorate with orange being the accent, rather than "the room."  Teenagers - ha, ha.

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

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ahhh Lavender

Can't you just smell the lavender being dried and ground for this essential oil?  The Google says - If you only use one essential oil, this is it! Lavender is the most versatile and known for its relaxing effects on the body.  Must be time to kick back and chill!


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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Checkmate

I wonder how many paintings of chess pieces get this title?  It's tough to think of something clever.  Just had to paint the background red, love strong contrasts especially when trying to render something very photographic.  Love how this turned out.

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bunch of Sunshine

A great photo reference from Pixabay - user's name is: artisme.  How perfect.  Terrific setup even for a small panel.  I sure hate to see summer ending, but these will keep the memory of sunny days close by!

Bunch of Sunshine
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At least for now, it has stopped raining . . . . 

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