Thursday, September 3, 2020

Art into Accessories

Quite the challenge getting in the mood to paint these days, but always hopeful to catch the buzz again soon.  Meanwhile having a great time adding paintings to my Redbubble shop where they are recreated on useables (pouches, totes, phone wallets), wearables, accessories and decor.  So excited I even created a Google Slide presentation that shows what's possible, how it goes from painting to product, and unique ideas for gift giving.  Learning a lot and love having something to learn.  

Paintings added in the last month - after-all this is a monthly newsletter now, but there are many more on RB.  Check them out.  
Hot Pink Waterlily
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Hot, Wild & Bold!
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Painting to Product - Show Me

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


Sunday, August 2, 2020

July - August It's All Melting Together

The Heat

We've had record number of days over 90 degrees but finally some rain.  Between the weather, not going anywhere during the pandemic, and the new "normal" boring routine - I guess it's not surprising this blog post took it's sweet time.

On with the good news - actually painted two whole paintings.

The first is a tribute to hot days and ice cold water in the shade!  This is the one I mentioned last month - combining three photo references in one painting.  The heart-shaped ironwork from a lovely note card from a friend, the street+balcony+flowers from one photo, and the super-cool water pitcher and glasses from another.  Whew took forever, but finally happy with it.  Love the strong warm and cool colors but probably a bit "too" much contrast.

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Inside-Out: Refreshing

The second painting went from:  awesome idea - to what was I thinking - to happy artist!  Some subjects just seem overwhelming but once you start, it just falls into place.  Frustrating that there was so much putzing around. Self-inflicted as this was my mini-art club challenge to "paint what you usually paint, but add a twist or something new."  Comfort and challenge.  Wrought iron is one thing, whatever this is - is something else.  I googled concrete fence, balustrade, terrace, etc. but cannot find a name for it! Grrrrrr.  I guess painting it was easier than finding out what it is called.  Anyway looks like a lovely afternoon on The Terrace waiting for The People, The Glasses and The Something to celebrate!  What a captivating inside-out scene.

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Inside-Out: La Terrasse

The Show

Lastly the Loudoun Sketch Club released our Summer show - virtually of course - see link below.  Suggest changing video settings to 2x faster, then sit back and enjoy.  Alphabetic so you'll find me in under the "S" section.

Click below - the floating radish by Brie Dodson is worth the view.

Oh and these two found a home at a nearby friends house last month - on my birthday - best gift ever!

Inside-Out: Happy Hour
A Colorful Entry

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


Thursday, July 2, 2020

June - Time Flies, But Where Did It Go?

Well this is embarrassing - a whole month has come and gone, yet only one painting actually materialized.  Even I'm surprised by the lack of creativity.  Maybe I'll finish the one on the easel - an experiment that's been quite a challenge.  Merging three photo references - what was I thinking, but balcony photos are getting tough to find.  

Anyway, love the way this one turned out - a two-photo-reference-combo which is probably what made me think I could go for a three-fer. By far, this is my favorite ironwork.  Maybe it's looking a bit familiar.  Backlit grapes were fun too.

Inside-Out Happy Hour
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Hiding from DPW Gallery View, but hanging in our front hallway, is the painting below. It is another run at the earlier Beautiful Morning in Paris painting, but on a 12x12" panel.  Scary big to me.

A little backstory.  A few years ago, I joined the local art club (nearly 170 members).  We are having a summer show (virtual) and thought perhaps I should enter this painting. I love it, but the plan is to have the submitted painting on the club website for a year - sounds like a great venue for possible sales and the eternal blatant self promotion.  Oh my what to do?   While mulling it over, DH buys the painting!  What a sneak.  Problem solved!  He is really smart like that and now I know he loves it as much as I do.

Grand Parisian Balcony
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Seems pretty unanimous that artists are struggling with being locked down and creative.  Probably shouldn't be surprised because everyone likely feels the same way.  For some reason being trapped in your studio should be delightful, but it just doesn't feel very inspirational.  A new month, a new outlook already in the works!  Maybe trite, but I do know we'll all get through this and be stronger because of it. Smile and look at the pretty pictures, it will make you feel better. I hope.

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May - Isolating But Emerging

Inside Out Continues

I guess we've all gotten a little too cooped-up and forced to find clever ways to break up the routine - me included.  Admittedly this was my challenge to the art group to paint "your kitchen counter," but it was based on a whole different idea than actually being in lockdown mode!  Long story so I'll skip it for now and just show you what's up for auction this week.  Super fun tackling chrome, black shiny plastic, flatware, ceramic cups, towel, glass backsplash - all with rather interesting under-counter lighting!  Still have no idea how it all fit on a 6x6" panel.  Love this one. . . .  whatever did we do before K-cups and Nespresso pods?

AM-PM Besties
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This most recent balcony celebrates the French Apéro (short for aperitif) - aka Happy Hour.  This tradition is to enjoy a bubbly drink, something fruity, reflect on the day, and ease into their somewhat late dinner hour.  A wonderful time when the sun starts to set.  In Paris, the streets quickly become shadowed, dark, cool and somehow smell (delightfully) of history, moist stone, and lives well lived - you can feel the warmth from above at the same time.  A most enjoyable "human" sensation and definitely a favorite memory to savor.  Salut!

Apéro Time
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The two balconies below sold right away - sure wish I knew why people like them so much. It can't just be the new technique 'cause the still-lifes are still hanging out but the balconies are quickly finding new homes.  I really love them, but thought it was more about being there last summer.  Perhaps they just sweep me off my feet and out through my paint brush at a time when we all need to find creative outlets.

Breakfast in Paris
Manchaca, Texas
Paris Flower Box
Spencer, North Carolina

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time - thanks so much for joining me on this journey!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April - Inside Out


So glad I put a few balconies on auction/sale - I just love sharing them with people who love them as much as I do. Huge bright spot in any artist's day when someone has to have one.

Hanging in there with a positive outlook, but adjusting to the perspective of being inside.  Northern Virginia seems to be managing the curve so that's good news.  Really want to get back into continuing this series and inspired by this rather curious happenstance of views from inside, looking out.  I, for one, am really looking forward to the changes ahead and ready to embrace the exciting and refreshing new ways things will be done.  Okay, some won't be so great, but others will be awesome!

Sneak peak of two recent paintings - to be auctioned in May (hidden until auction start).

Inside-Out:  Paris Flower Box
Friday - May 1st

Inside-Out: Healthy Breakfast in Paris
Friday - May 8th

YAY - Two more paintings sold - My guess is the popularity of landscapes is actually true and the insights from the Dennis Perrin method are to thank for this delightful uptick in sales.   See, change is really good!

Parisian Breakfast
Sold - California
Beautiful Morning in Paris
Sold - Alabama

RedBubble Rocks!

Received my first "royalty" check (OMG did I really just say that?) from sales of items on the site that takes my art and turns it into decor and accessories.  ART that keeps on giving.  If you have some spare time and a creative heart - check it out, all sorts of art and artists. Free to sell, easy navigation to set up shop, customize products, etc.  See JohnnaArt on Redbubble

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March (Late of Course) News


Around here life kinda froze up on March 10th along with any painting enthusiasm.  Slowly getting back into the groove and really trying to stay positive - looking forward to the silver lining that always comes along with things like this.  For one thing, I'm so grateful it's Spring - can you imagine if it was November. . . .  dreary & gray.

Good News

Got around to posting one of the balcony scenes on Daily Paintworks and it was purchased before I even woke up the next day.  Lovely buyer and heartfelt email.  That is priceless to an artist!  

On the way to North Carolina

Planning to release a few more on Friday's in April.  Each one is a bit different.  I absolutely fell in love with all the different kinds of wrought iron work.

Hang in There - we're all in it together

More current art happenings are now on Facebook and Instagram.  Decor and Accessories are on Redbubble.  If there's something on you would like on Redbubble, just shoot me an email and I'll get on it.  I love having a few of items around the house, especially ones that have new owners.

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


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February News

Happy Valentine's Day - How about these just-for-fun colorful hearts?

Four Hearts
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This painting was an art club challenge to paint out of your head.  Well. . . er, not much rambling around in there begging to be painted.  I guess I trust what I see a lot more than what I imagine.  Anyway, this title should be "fill in the LOVE" and choose what you want to say.  Better late than never!

Balconies, balconies, balconies

Last month's Parisian balcony spawned several more.  I just love them and not sure when / how to offer them for sale.  I think I need them around me for a while.  Maybe a little like nurturing children and then helping them leave the nest when it's time.  Eventually paintings seem to find their way to other happy homes which makes me a very happy girl.  The first one below, is going on auction Saturday 2/15 so dipping a toe in the water and see what happens. 

French Balcony
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Other balconies I can't stop staring at. . . Even ventured into repainting the first one (TL) on a 12x12" board - love overload!

Interested in the latest news - hop over to my facebook page for paintings before they make it to this blog.  Preview photos may be seen on Instagram @JohnnaArtVA - my first Perrin-inspired painting of the rose on the piano had over a hundred likes which is huge for me.  Still figuring out how to leverage Instagram.  I encourage all artists to give the Perrin Method a try. Videos have been on sale lately.  Honestly, it's a challenge getting through the videos, but pays off in the end.

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Happy New Year

Resolutions - don't forget the blog.  I love that there's a written log of my art journey and thanks so much for coming along for the ride. Now I just gotta stick to it.  Seems people are picking words this year so mine is Explore!  Pretty much wide-open and looking forward to trying new things.

RedBubble streamlined wearables & decor by artist so: is the place.  Also see link in the header of the Daily Paint Works and/or  I'm tagging items with "JohnnaArt" so at just search on the tag.  New items are being added every few weeks.  Here's the latest (Frilly Lily painted long ago and just couldn't let it go). I've ordered an iPhone cover of it and a set of coasters with So Happy (sunflower). . . .  Have to keep up with the quality checks, ya know.

New Year 2020

Spending time and effort studying Dennis Perrin's Method workshop video I bought last year.  It's a series of documents, links, videos, facebook groups, etc.  After 10 paintings I still don't quite get why it's working so well.  Most artists know that you hear the same information over and over and finally something sticks and "you get it." I'm sure that's happening now and know a couple of things that seem to have stuck, so I'm stickin' with it. It certainly has jolted me out of my slump. Happy Dance!

2020 Top Ten

Best to go to to see the gallery and find out what's available.  Remember red dot in the bottom right corner means sold. A few of these will be displayed over the next several days, so if there's something you have to have, please send me a message (see below, right margin).  Thanks!

New happy 2019 homes

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November News

First the Big News

Leaping into RedBubble where I am putting some of my favorite art out to be printed on wearables and home decor.  Couldn't be a better season than right now to launch a few products for sale!  RedBubble is getting great reviews and after personally checking out the quality on a few of their products, giving my seal of approval. Turnaround time was good too. Thanks to my artist friend for sharing the idea.  Great place to pick up fun and unique holiday gifts!

Look to the right to see my new tote bag. This is the "all over print" version. Click here or on the photo and off you'll go.

Oh and they offer lots of discounts so look around for those before ordering.  p.s. when you get there scroll down and click on the fish, then you'll see available options.

It will take a while to see if it's worth all the effort, but hopefully like DPW that time will be well worth it.

It's all about Me & You

Finally bought a personal domain name - for now goes straight to Daily Paintworks - but there you'll see a few changes (mostly cosmetic).  Of course, you'll see the new shopping link.  If there's something you like in the gallery, but the painting isn't on RedBubble, just let me know and I'll get the back-office (DH) on it!  Naturally need all new high quality photos. . . .

It's all about Them

Worked on several paintings for the community art show in October.  These guys are very excited about the holidays and looking for good homes if you know of anyone. . . . a few will be released in the next few days.  Stay tuned.

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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time.   As always, thanks for being a part of my journey.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

August to October What!?

Good Grief - where has the time gone???

Highlights of the last few months:

Started working on some holiday themed works for our neighborhood Art Show planned for October and managed to get the September challenge (cats) completed - although not in time for our meeting - since we were on vacation for two weeks. Okay that gobbled up several wonderful days of planning, packing, eating and exploring.  Already planning to go back next year - YAY!

As soon as we got back, entered two shows and super-delighted to find out that one received an Artist Recognition Award - 3rd Place Oil.  This show was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Loudoun Sketch Club that I joined last March.  I had no idea they awarded ribbons and have never won any sort of recognition for a painting - what a high!  Perhaps not the best photo and the white ribbon is rather low-key, but I am still ecstatic over the whole thing.  My guess is around 100 paintings were hung.  Check it out:

Mandarin Debut 10 x 20"

Happy that several paintings brought some joy to others - either online or at the neighborhood sale (pretty good for a two hour event).

Also, this adorable kitty is headed to a new home as a very special gift - mum's the word for now tho.

Couch Potato

My turn for the October challenge which I still haven't done, but it's on the to-do list!  Busy time of year.   Will start posing the holiday paintings over the next several days.

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