Sense of Wonder

Happy New Year Everyone!  I know it has been a while since I posted something, but I had to start some of those resolutions, you know, organizing, catching up with friends, more organizing  and so on. 🙂 One of the things that I haven’t been able to achieve, for myself,  in years, was to finish projects in which I started.  My mind goes into overdrive when I see any new project.  I feel I have to take part in a project just to feel complete.  But, this year, I think things will be different.  For the first time this week I actually turned down a chance to learn a little about painting with oils.  Now, I would love for the chance to experience it, but that means I have to get all the supplies and actually do something with them.  Now add that to my love of pastels, watercolor, photography and creating silver jewelry AND what do you get?  “Jack of all trades and master of none!!”  It sounds cliché, but I find it to be a very true statement in my art world.

Above is a picture that someone took of my brother Mike.  Yes, I actually created another picture in watercolor, but I was not happy with the outcome, so I felt the need to do it over in pastels.  I absolutely love this picture.  I feel it has a sense of depth with a lot of vibrancy.  I also feel that I captured his “sense of wonder” in this picture…a thought provoking action I always see in my brother.  To me, this picture by far shows some warmth and true emotion. Enjoy 2012 everyone!

The Finished Product, “Sea Trinkets”

Sea-TrinketsAs 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

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. 🙂

A Peaceful Sight at Boothbay Harbor

Peaceful Sight

Another painting finished… I love the ambiance of it all! The  Adirondack chair, flowers and the ocean just calm me down completely.  I wish there were times when I could just jump into the picture and sit in that chair.  I took a picture of this when my husband and I drove to Boothbay Harbor, ME. I knew I would paint it in order to keep the vision of that sight alive.  It was so beautiful to drive along the shore. There are so many cute shops to go through, art shops of course.  Every where you look the creativity just reaches out to its patrons.

This particular picture is a 4×6  pastel painting.  I plan to make copies and cards for my ocean collection.  I hope you enjoy this landscape!

Brown Eyed Girl

Brown-Eye-Girl

It’s no secret…I love flowers in every color, shape and form! I especially love getting close-ups, because they are just as interesting and beautiful on the inside than on the out. (Huh, sounds like something we would say in expressing our feelings for others we know and love 😉 ) Flowers create a sense of happiness; it’s a pick-me-up and they light up any room we put them in. Back in the day, when I was in elementary school, I had a teacher who had a dancing flower on her desk. Whenever any student was having a rough day, she would just tell us to look at it and it would make us smile/laugh.  It always did with me.  To this day I look at “Brown Eyed Girls”, like the one I’ve painted, or sunflowers and I think back to that point in time.  Sometimes I would just love to put googly eyes on all of those flowers! 🙂  I don’t like picking  flowers often because they always end up dying. On a positive note…they do produce seeds for the following  year.  I finished this painting a short time ago, and I absolutely love it. I hope you enjoy it as well!  Have an awesome day!  Debby 

Beach n’ Balance

Stacked I am so excited to have finished this painting!  This is the second of my beach collection. Now that I’m out of school; I can add to that collection.  This particular picture was taken in Rye, NH.  The minute we get to the beach it is a guarantee that there will be some sort of rock pile on display. Check back for more to come!