The Finished Product, “Sea Trinkets”

As promised, and a little behind in getting this out, is my finished painting  “Sea Trinkets”! I am so excited to have finished this.  The ocean is my inspiration, but it is also my favorite place to hang no matter what! If you ask me how often I’m at the beach my response would be, ” Count my sea glass, sand dollars and more importantly, my happiness! ” Have a great day everyone! :)

A Unique Geranium View

I had to look at this geranium differently.  I took this picture standing on the top rung of a ladder, then looked down and snapped this shot. I couldn’t see painting the same old Geranium pot and leaves, so I ventured to a new plateau! I’ll be sure to paste the finished product along with the seaside painting as well. I love different and unique views :)

Here is some interesting insights on the color red…

Red Energy

Red is associated with fiery heat and warmth. It can also mean danger (burning).

Red is the color of blood, and as such has strong symbolism as life and vitality. It brings focus to the essence of life and living with emphasis on survival. Red is also the color of passion and lust.

Put some red in your life when you want:

  • increased enthusiasm and interest
  • more energy
  • action and confidence to go after your dreams
  • protection from fears and anxieties

Bones of my painting #2

This is the second picture taken of my beach painting.  I really love everything about it; the background, the shape of the sea life and the full bottle of sea glass.  I am trying to get the colors as real as I can.  I don’t work on my paintings as often as I would like to, but it gives me great therapy to figure out the color theory of  any paintings I do. I also take my time because my heart is into it.  I want people to feel this. I will show another view as soon as my pastels come out again.  Tell me what you think! :)

Bones of a Painting

Field of Warmth

Funny story.  I was looking for some spare pastel paper to draw on and couldn’t seem to find what I wanted. Of course, you know how that goes…you start looking at everything you have in the closet and before you know it a few hours have lapsed. I found things I forgot I had!  There were things I treasured so much to the point where I carefully wrapped them and tucked them away.  I found pictures I wanted to draw and thought I had lost them! It was an early holiday for me! The picture above was tucked in a pad of pastel paper. It was between two pieces of tracing paper so that the pastel wouldn’t rub off. I remember doing all that prep work, but do you think I could remember? Oh no! The memories flooded the minute I opened the pad of paper.  At the time, I wasn’t fond of the way it looked, but today after about 6 or 7 years, I don’t think it’s  bad at all.  Working with art is a “Love and Hate relationship”, some days I’m glowing about the work I  completed and other days I feel like  crumpling it up and throwing it away.  At the time I must have thought that it wasn’t ready for the trash and that there would be some hope.  Well, here I sit admiring something I forgot about, but reminiscing about the time I created it.  It’s a good feeling. On another note, I have learned to keep things within eyes length. Life is too short to tuck things away for preservation.  Life is a show, it brings happiness not only to you, but to others that enjoy creativity and the emotions the artist portrays in his/her creations. :)

Sunflower moment

Awakening moment

Awakening moment

As summer comes to a close, so do the bright sunshiny faces of the sunflowers that stood tall my front yard! It ALWAYS makes me smile to see these golden beauties :)  I can remember in grade school…a teacher of mine had a dancing sunflower on her desk.  If a student wasn’t having a good day and the work was overwhelming, she would always put us in the front of that sunflower.  She told us that the flower always makes one smile/laugh. You know…it always did!  To this day I always think of that flower and how many smiles I received! Sunflowers always put smiles in my heart! I hope it can do the same for you!

European Castle

"European Castle"

"European Castle"

I receive many pictures from family and friends that inspire me to paint.  This particular picture came from one of my daughter’s friends.  She traveled to Europe and had a lot of intriguing photos.  She graciously let me print a few of her photos so that I could turn them into pastel beauties.   Sometimes an artist gets stuck in the rut of their own perspectives.  It is nice to see other people’s perspectives and the stories that come with them.  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  This original saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek and it was also a Shakespearean sentiment.  The neatest thing, to me,  is that one photo  has captured two different artists views, the photo and the painting! 

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