Yesterday I presented a talk and tutorial to the lovely ladies of the Springfield Lakes Art Group. I demonstrated some of my watercolour techniques to them, and talked a little about my keepsake boxes and promoting art with Etsy. I was really nervous but had a great time.
This is the painting I did as part of my demonstration:
Today I finished and delivered the commissioned piece I was working on for a dear friend of mine. It was very satisfying to see it finally hanging on the wall:
As one door closes, another opens they say – well, as I completed this commission, I received a new one – a customer wants a personalised painting similar to a painting I sold titled “When it is Dark Enough”. I look forward to the challenge of creating a piece she’ll enjoy!
I finished two other watercolours this weekend too, titled Poppy Field and Winter’s End. I also started work on two acrylic paintings which I hope to include in the upcoming Abundance exhibition.
I got a print done of my Sunset Storm painting for a customer in the US, and at the same time did some 4″ x 6″ prints of various paintings to make into cards. I also put in an order for some new business cards from Moo.
As you can see, I got a LOT done this weekend – I didn’t get any housework at all done besides cooking dinner tonight, so I owe it all to my wonderful husband that I got so much arty stuff done 🙂
This week’s inpsiration topic over at Inspire Me Thursday is “Tree”. Well, I love trees too much to just stop at one!
I’ve actually done several tree paintings this weekend but I thought I’d space them out a bit.
This one is called “Silver White Winter”. I did the silver detailing with glass paint. It keeps its shine and gives the painting a textured feel.
It’s a weird painting to do at this time of year, as it was stinking hot here today, but I am listing it in my Etsy shop and hoping that it’ll be picked for a winter feature, as it is winter in the northern hemisphere where most Etsy buyers are from!
Could there be an Inspire Me Thursday subject more suited to my work than “Tree”?
I have always loved trees, ever since I was a child & spent most of my free time climbing the huge tree we had in our backyard. Trees feature heavily in my artwork.
I don’t really need an extra excuse to paint trees, and was planning to paint some trees this weekend anyway. I think I’ll be contributing more than one painting to this weeks theme!
My first painting:
What I wanted to do with this painting is to represent the fact that beauty does not mean looking like everyone else. Being an individual and being yourself is more beautiful than becoming a carbon-copy of the ideals projected by the media.
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in an Inspire Me Thursday challenge, but I’ve really enjoyed this one:
This week, let’s try something a little different. Let’s all download Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière and use her somehow in a piece of art. You can cut, collage, paint, decoupage, whatever your heart desires as long as you use some part of this image in your art.
The portrait of Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière is a painting by the French Neoclassical artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, now in the Louvre. [more information here]
My interpretation of this challenge was to create a watercolour painting/collage with one of my signature style backgrounds. I also gave her a bit of a wardrobe update and a bit of extra lippy. I’ve titled this one “Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere Dreams of Love on a Starry Night”.
If you’d like to buy this painting, it is available at my etsy store.