Saturday, January 26, 2019

Little Pink Carnations

​Very tiny vase with a few colorful pink carnations that I threw together for our newly renovated bathroom - wow really made an impact. Literally started the morning in a bright and happy place. The day just skipped along, surprising what a hot-swoosh of color can do to lighten your mood!

I was fascinated by the reflective glass as it hit the counter - really sparkly.  Probably over-painted (with a few palette knife slashes), but i love how it turned out. Who doesn't need a little bling first thing in the morning?  

Little Pink Carnations
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Trying to find and work on subjects that shine, glow, metal, glass, texture . . .  who knows what's next.

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tart and Sharp

Not sure what I'm thinking today, but really want to get "out of the box" painting-wise. Metal is a challenge so why not something familiar with something crazy-wild.  A trip to the basement turned up some old fashioned, black handled scissors.  Happy girl! Been continuing to downsize, which makes finding objects to paint all that more daunting.  Oh and I want to get back to painting from life again - maybe that will trigger some new year's goals!

As usual coming up with a title is another difficulty. After blowing way too much time searching, a light bulb went off and produced this title.  I guess it's all worth it in the end.  

Tart and Sharp
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Thanks for reading this far and for following my journey.  In appreciation, here's a free website that has helped me out a lot.  Check it out Word Hippo - all sorts of helpful word tools.  

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

Saturday, January 12, 2019

2018 Milestone

Happy New Year!

Always a good idea to mark time and look back over the past 12 months.  Blogging, journaling, whatever you want to call it is great for motivation, happiness and enthusiasm going into the new year.  So, here's a view of the paintings that left the studio in 2018.  Ended up doing three shows in 2018 and learned a lot. Also donated two paintings that were auctioned off by the Loudoun Arts Council. Looking forward to more challenges and some focused goal setting (for a change) in 2019.

2018 Sold and Gifted

Great memories and stories came out of this bunch. For me, the best part of art-making is sharing it with others.  Here's my 2018 favorite - Summer Dreams(lobster) painted with my Art BFFs, they always bring out the best in me. 

From the buyer:

... Your painting is stunning and will be a gift to my husband for our anniversary. We were married twenty-four years ago in France and ate lobster for dinner. Since that day, we eat lobster every year in celebration. I know your painting will be cherished along with that memory.

Love it - art truly brings another dimension to life.  

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

p.s. the sushi is staying with me - most fun I've had painting ever!