ART: Not for Sale

Over the years there have been a few pieces of art that I created that I had every intention of selling, however, it found its way into my heart and I just couldn’t part with it.

This one fits in that category.

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I created “free falling” in late 2015 when I was just starting to only make abstract art. I was finally painting larger—30×40—and was not so intimidated by the huge canvas. I remember telling myself that I could do it and to just keep at it until I was happy with it. Honestly, the creative process was almost as difficult as giving birth!

There was so much emotion involved. I was adding paint and then hating it so then I was painting over it or scrubbing the paint off.  I remember feeling so unsure with each stroke of the brush. I was questioning my every move. Is this where I should make a mark? Is this a good mark? Is there too much pink? Should I add some black here?

As I passed through the “ugly teenager” stage and moved into the home stretch, I was feeling much better. The voices in my head were telling me I could do it. I was getting the boost of confidence I needed to continue. Although I was still questioning my actions, it was with less vigor. I was being kinder to myself.

I never got around to varnishing it. Once I hung it up, it remained above my bed. You won’t be seeing a “for sale” sign anytime soon. It is a daily reminder that I CAN paint. I CAN be creative. I CAN work through the difficulty. I CAN be an artist.

I AM an artist.

Have you had a similar experience with your art? Tell me about it. I’d love to hear from you!

Keep on creating,

Betty

PS:  I’m now offering prints on canvas, paper and metal on my website.

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ART: Not for Sale

6 x 6 = Frustration

My husband and I decided that we would add some color to our new home in Winthrop, WA. We have a large wall in our front room (family, dining, kitchen area combined into one space) that would accommodate a super large painting or two 6’x6′ paintings. We decided to go with the latter.

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We set out building our own frames and stretching the canvases. I think that was the easy part. We work great as a team, so it didn’t take long to put them together.

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Now it was my turn. We reviewed some of my previous art and settled on a particular one that we both liked. I got started in that direction, but quickly found that the limited palette was too constraining for me. It didn’t take long for me to start throwing lots of color on the canvases (conveniently while my husband was out!).

When he returned, I soon discovered that my new direction was not necessarily the direction he wanted to go. Back to the drawing board.

I wanted to create something different for the space, so we flipped through lots of Pinterest pics of abstract art and discussed what he liked/didn’t like…color, composition, styles.

We narrowed it down…again.

But, as I tried to create something on a grand scale and tried to create something I don’t normally/naturally do proved to be a very frustrating and upsetting experience for me. I am used to moving quickly when I paint. I don’t think a lot. I just put down paint as it flows out of me.

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Working on these two monstrosities was slow going. I was second guessing myself. I was being timid and unsure about every brush stoke. I wanted to create something that we would both love. That proved to be so much harder than I thought.

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In the end, I abandoned the pieces because of my sheer frustration. I wasn’t in a good place to be creative. Three days of trying yielded very little progress. My husband and I agreed that we would live with them as they are.

Once we got all the paints and supplies put away, plastic off the walls and the tarp removed, we both discovered that we liked them–just the way they were.

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But, I can’t say I love them.

And, that’s okay. I believe that art is a living thing that changes as I change. I learned a lot in the process and will grow from my experience. I’m leaving these unvarnished so that when I’m ready, I’ll dive back in.

For now, we are both loving the color and interest it brings to our very white walls.

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Thank you for following my art journeys!

Betty

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6 x 6 = Frustration

Digital Art Adventures

I packed my bag. Got my passport. Grabbed my carry-on. There wasn’t a whole lot of room left for art supplies for my 3 week trip overseas. Thinking I could handle a vacation without being creative, I didn’t add any art supplies to my luggage as we headed out the door.

Big mistake.

I create just about every single day when I’m home. It’s part of my daily routine. Not sure why I thought I could go three weeks without creating sometime….anything.

It was about a week into my trip that I really started getting antsy. That’s when I decided to finally try a digital app on my Android phone. I was totally against creating digital art because I love the feel of paint on my hands, holding a brush, sharpening my colored pencils. I knew that digital art would not offer the tactile experience. But, I found out I didn’t need all that.

I was hooked.

Now I had the ability to express myself without getting out all the paints. Without setting aside time. Without getting paint everywhere that needed cleaning up.

I had everything on my little phone and I could create whenever I had a few minutes.

Now I’m in LOVE with digital art.

Here are the first few I created.

Most of our vacation was spent at my parent’s home in Croatia. Here’s my husband, Steve, and me on the balcony which overlooks the Adriatic Sea.

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I continued to create through the rest of my trip. It was a blessing to have a creative outlet without taking all my supplies with me.

Although it’s great to be back in my studio using paints, brushes and pencils again, I still create art on my phone occasionally. So, the next time you’re on a trip and need to stay creative, give digital art a try.

Here’s what I use for Android:  Artflow Studio. If you’re using Apple products, my friend uses these:  iPhone:  Sketches.  iPad: Procreate.

I’m heading to the Sacramento Art Festival this weekend, November 3, 4, 5. If you’re in the area, stop by and check out all the beautiful art. You’ll find me in booth 229.

Thank you for following my art journeys!

Betty
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Digital Art Adventures

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

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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

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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!

 

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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

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Getting Outside My Head