Landscaped Blues

I had the pleasure this past week of creating a special commissioned painting for a family’s living room. I met Jill and Rick during the Burlingame (California) Art & Wine Festival about a month ago. Although they arrived at the close of the first day, they both returned the following day to get a closer look at my art and to discuss a commission that would fit their space.

Once we worked out the details of the size and colors, using one of my existing smaller pieces that they loved, I was able to add artwork into their space to give them an idea of how it would look. Now they were able to better envision how my art would look in their home.

With that part done, I got to work on creating a piece that would fit perfectly above their mantel in the living room. The canvas is 48″ wide by 36″ tall and 1.5″ deep. Although I have created large pieces before (my last one was 54×54″), it had been a while and it was a lot of fun creating on a super-sized canvas again.

Before I started, I thought it would be fun to record the entire process (in hyper-speed!) for the collector and to share on social media. So, I got my phone set up on a tripod and I turned it on and went about creating.

It was well received by the collector and the wonderful folks who follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Since I broke up the process into several segments for posting purposes, I decided to put it all in one continues stream of video and to also slow it down just a little.

Here’s a link on to my Youtube channel to see the entire process from start to end. I hope you enjoy it!

 

I have delivered the artwork and the collectors love it! That is the best part of creating art!

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I’m heading overseas on Friday to visit my parents and relatives in Croatia.  You can see my adventures on Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you for following my art journeys!

Betty

Website:  www.bettykrauseart.com
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Landscaped Blues

Subconscious Inspiration

Inspiration can come from anywhere.  And, sometimes I don’t even know it’s inspiring my work until after I completed a painting or two.

During my recent stay in our home in Winthrop, Washington, I discovered what was giving me inspiration…and it was just outside my window.

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In the Spring, my husband planted wild flowers in our front yard. These are all local seeds that grow well in our area. After many months of watering and weeding, the flowers are in full bloom and bursting with beautiful color.

It wasn’t until I completed my first painting and I was glancing out the window that I realized the colors of the flowers were all in my painting. I named the first one “Bloom” and soon several more followed.

Although each one was a little different than the previous, the colors all mimicked the ones I saw in my yard. “Bloom” numbers 1 – 5 from left to right:

Here are a couple of pictures of my work in progress. I usually start with mark making using pencils and graphite. Then I continue by adding black paint and bright colors as the under-painting. The next couple of layers include more paint, mark making and scratching into the wet surface. I usually finish the piece with more mark making after the paint has dried.

I love how inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s obvious and other times it’s in our subconscious waiting for us to recognize where it came from.

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I’ll be at the Mountain View (California) Art & Wine Festival this weekend (September 9  & 10). Stop by to see my artwork in person.

Bloom numbers 3, 4 and 5 in the photo above are available for purchase. Message me for more details.

Wishing you a creative day,

Betty

Website:  www.bettykrauseart.com
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Subconscious Inspiration

Three Pieces of Art, Two Walls

Finding the Right Piece of Art

It’s often a challenge picking out art for your home. You head out to local galleries or attend art festivals in search of the perfect piece–the one that speaks to you, the one that is the right size, the one that will be just perfect for your space.  When you see it, you know. You just know. But then you wonder. Will it really be perfect? Is that size too small? Or maybe it’s too large. Now all of a sudden the joy of finding the right piece becomes a little painful.

Not to worry! I have a solution for you. Why not see what that piece of art will look like in your room before you commit to buying?

Here are a couple of examples of my art placed into two rooms. In the first one, I have taken two pieces of art on paper that have been matted and then added a fake black frame to see how it would look. These are 24×18″ pieces of art matted to fit a standard 28×22″ frame. I think they look awesome!

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In this second example, I have added a 30×40″ piece of art on canvas to this dining room. It’s presence really fills the space nicely!                       

If you’d like to see how these–or any of my artwork–would look in your space, just send me a photo of the room (preferably straight view) and let me know which of my pieces of art interest you. I’ll add the art to the room and then you can decide (without guessing!) if it’s the right piece for you and your space.

Special

As a member of my mailing list, I am offering a special discount on the three pieces of art featured here.

The two on paper with the fake frame are 24×18″ with matting to fit a standard 28×22″ frame. Regularly $265, now $240 each. The frame is not included. The one on the left is titled “Fanning the Flames” and the one on the right is titled “Remember to Call Me”.

The one pictured in the dining room is 30x40x1.5″ on canvas. The colors wrap around the sides. Regularly $925, now $725.

I offer free shipping in the US and discounted shipping internationally.

Collecting art is an adventure. Go out and enjoy soaking up the beauty of art while finding that perfect piece for you and your home!

 

Email:  bettykrauseart@gmail.com

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Three Pieces of Art, Two Walls

Getting Outside My Head

The Process

When creating art there are several steps that I enter, go through and exit. One quickly merges into the next and into the next and before I know it I’m in the home stretch of completing a painting.

In the Beginning

I love all the steps involved. When I begin a painting, I start with mark making. This allows me to put down lines and circles and squiggly lines. It loosens me up. And, I am no longer staring at a vast area of white (which can be intimidating). Most of those marks are covered up, so it’s a great time to let loose and just go for it.

My next step is paint. I pick out a couple of colors to start with and then add more as I go. I work on a large plastic-covered area on my table so that I can mix my colors.  At this point I’m still working on the under-painting, not the final layer.  This means I can continue to put down paint without thinking too much about the final result. Actually, thinking usually makes it harder to paint, so I try to stay out of my head and in my heart.

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To see my beginning process for the painting above, click on this link for a short video.

After I initially posted that video, a lot of folks wanted to know how the painting was finished. I didn’t continue taping the next day mainly because I find that I’m too aware of the camera and, therefore, I don’t relax and just paint. Here is the completed piece:

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Creativity over Logic

I believe that the most important part of my process is using my right brain (creativity) versus my left brain (logic). There is this constant war that goes on during the painting process and I have to remind myself to not think! (However, the left brain is very handy when I’m putting together newsletters like this one.)

Do you find yourself battling between the right and left side of the brain? How does that show up in your line of work? What do you do to keep them separated and keep the creativity flowing?

Wishing you a creative week,

Betty

Website:  www.bettykrauseart.com
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Getting Outside My Head

How to Choose Abstract Art

It can be very intimidating selecting art and maybe even more so when it comes to abstract art. When we see representational art, such as a tree in a meadow or a house on a hill, we often connect to it because we have seen something similar in our lives. It is familiar to us and can even bring us comfort.

Abstract art is non-representational and requires a little more understanding of what we are seeing with our eyes. It offers shapes and lines we don’t immediately recognize or colors that don’t convey the way we see everyday objects. It’s a mystery to us as we look closer to figure out exactly what it is in a way that our brains can understand it.

I believe the beauty of abstract art is not in the seeing or thinking, but in the FEELING. How does it make you feel when you view it? Happy, surprised, moved, inspired, disturbed, angry? If you take a moment to consider how it makes you feel, you will now “see” the abstract art in a whole new light.

Although we often think we need art in our home that matches the sofa or rug, I promise that you will find a special place for the piece of abstract art that makes your heart happy every time you see it. It may not match perfectly, but it will stand out and have an impact on you. I find that to be even more important than doing the matchy-match thing.

So, when you’re shopping for new art or just experiencing art, try to remove the thoughts in your head and focus on the feelings in your heart. When you see a piece of art that delights you, you are on the right path to choosing abstract art that is right for you. In the end, you may find that the art chose you.

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I have several more art festivals in the SF Bay Area this summer:

August 5 & 6:            Fremont Festival of the Arts
August 12 & 13:         Los Gatos Fiesta De Artes
September 9 & 10:   Mt. View Art & Wine Festival
September 17:            Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival

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Wishing you a beautiful week,

Betty

Website:  www.bettykrauseart.com
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How to Choose Abstract Art

The Interview

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a very kind soul, Chrystal Green, who has brought together interviews of 12 artists, in a series called Transformation through Creative Expression.

I don’t know about you, but when someone says they want to interview me, my first response is “cool” and my second (immediately following within seconds) is “yikes, an interview”! It’s true that one of our biggest fears as humans is speaking in front of people. Although I have talked in front of many people in my career as a customer service manager, this was different.

You’ll soon hear that I have only been creating art for the past 5 years. I started a little late in life–actually the timing was perfect–and I am still learning and growing as an artist. Because I’m still a “young” artist, my confidence level is not where it was when I left my career in the corporate world. But, I took on the challenge.

Chrystal did an amazing job of making these interviews available in one place. I have learned to much from the other artists. For one, I am not alone in my insecurities of being a new artist.

You can hear my 9 minute interview using this link. I’m under Day 2. And, you can listen to the other 11 artists tell their amazing stories.

Transformation through Creative Expression

I talk about creating art on a very small scale in the beginning. I was using index cards…yup, that small. First the 3×5″ index cards and then the 4×6″ cards. About two years after that I went to a workshop in Canada and created on a 16×20″ canvas. To me, that was huge. But, I did it and it was a wonderful experience that propelled me into creating on a larger scale.

Here’s an example of the art I was creating in the beginning:

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As you can see, I was using stamps along with acrylics paints. This one is a 4×6″ index card. You can find youtube videos (link at bottom) of tutorials I created using small index cards.

After the cards, I started creating larger, both on paper and canvas. Here’s an example of my art at that time.

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This one is an 8×10″ in canvas board. I moved away from stamps and focused more on just using my paints.

After several years of creating, I am where I am today. When I look back, I can see how far I have come in terms of my growth. I love all the steps I have taken to get here. Each one served a purpose of allowing me to experiment and grow. Without that, I could not possibly create the way I do today.

Learn more about Chrystal here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/worthywomenart/

Thank you for following my art journey.

Hugs,

Betty

Website:  www.bettykrauseart.com
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The Interview

Me and Morro Bay

If you haven’t been to the Central Coast of California, you’ll want to add Morro Bay to your list. It’s a sweet little town on the water with a bay on one side and the roaring ocean on the other side of Morro Rock. The waterfront has lots of boats and cute shops and eateries to delight all the senses.

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I went there last weekend for the Morro Bay Art in the Park Festival. There were about 100 vendors in a park only blocks away from the water. I arrived late Friday afternoon to set up. Many vendors already had their booths ready for the next day. Here’s my space with just my tent up (first pic) and then with my black propanel walls in place.

 

 

The best part is getting all my art up and surrounding myself in color.

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Although this festival has been going on for more than 25 years, that weekend with the 4th of July being on Tuesday, really didn’t bring in the crowds. The vendors that have been doing this for 8, 15, 20+ years said it was the slowest year they’ve even seen. Just my luck, right?

Well, all is not lost. I had a lovely walk on Saturday evening after resting a little in the fun and funky inn where I stayed. I knew it was the place for me because of the cool, original artwork above my bed. Turns out the owner is an artist.

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I was staying right across the street from the water. I decided to check out Morro Rock up close. I had to move quickly because it was already after 8 and the sun was setting. Those logs floating in the water (bottom right pic) are sea otters that were waving at me. So cute!

 

 

The best picture was when I was about to cross the street to go back to the inn. The sky in the distance plus the lights up front made it seem so eerie and cool at the same time.

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I’m on the wait list for an art festival this weekend in Los Altos (CA). Keeping my fingers crossed I get in! Then the following weekend I’ll be at the Menlo Summerfest in Menlo Park, CA. That will be fun!

So, if you get out to the coast, check out Morro Bay and if you’re in the Bay Area, stop by to visit me!

Wishing you a wonderful, creative week!

Hugs,

Betty

Website:  www.bettykrauseart.com
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Me and Morro Bay