New Work

 

I’ve been taking a slightly different direction lately – but all with the same theme.  Florals or garden scenes with drippy and runny paint streaks.  Yes, it looks abstract, but it’s also representational .  In my paintings I have been focusing on rediscovering some moments of clarity amid a confusing jumble of emotions.  The two digital hydrangea paintings above are just one example of the new work.  Rather than letting the drips conceal the images, I use them to highlight the more dramatic colors.  You can also see that in my acrylic paintings like the ones below:

 

 

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Ten things you need to know about my art.

I’ve been back in the studio again working on a new series.  Here are ten things you need to know about my art:

  1.  There’s ALWAYS Naples Yellow on my pallet – it’s like sunshine.
  2.  I generally use Burnt Umber instead of black.
  3.  My pallet is a tiny bar cutting mat that I bought at the dollar store.  It scrapes down easily when I don’t wash it right away and my ultra thinned acrylics just don’t stick to it.
  4.  There’s usually a layer of shimmer somewhere on my paintings.
  5.  I use watercolor pencils, inks, gel medium, and clear gesso between layers.
  6.  Every painting I do has a minimum of 6 layers.
  7.  I sign my paintings before I finish them.
  8.  I glaze like a maniac – rarely is there one layer of pure pigment on my canvas.
  9.  I sometimes draw my birds on paper with Prismacolor Pencils then layer them on   the canvas with gel medium.
  10.  I create “studio cards” when I work.  It uses the extra paint on my pallet and lets  me try new ideas with no “commitment issues”.
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    The beginnings of a cactus flower painting alongside a “studio card”

    20180325_122244.jpg Here’s another shot of the same card, with a few more layers.  I send these out to random people I know.

The Romance Collection

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This is a new series of small artworks that I have made on repurposed VCR tapes.  All began with a poured acrylic painting, embellished with flowers, decorative papers, and other small items to give them sparkle and dimension.  They were all sealed with a coat of crystal resin to add depth.

I chose a romantic theme for this series – flowers and little objects that remind me of romantic events.  There’s a bit of sparkle and I think all of them are quite elegant.

I like the size of the work because they fit into almost any space – and they can conceal small mementos inside.  I really dream of living in a tiny house, so I’m inspired by the thought of giving my art a dual purpose – not only does it look lovely hanging on a wall, but the interior of the box can hold little things that are important to the owner.  I love that idea – it’s minimalism with a sentimental twist.

All of my small cases are available in my Etsy shop.

A New Beginning

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I’m pretty excited – I just opened my Etsy shop today.   Originally, it was supposed to open in 2014, but life took a different twist and here I am three years later getting back to what I wanted to do.

Those three years in between were pretty chaotic, but even in that chaos – with all of that stress – art was my stability.  In those three years I found myself as an artist and learned some new skills that help me to be more creative.

Etsy Shop opening

I have amassed a collection of materials to work with and have really come to rely on those quiet moments when I am creating as a way to bring balance to my life.  I have discovered that my tangible art is vastly different from my digital art – but when I look at my art as a whole, there’s more cohesion than I thought.

I have often stressed over the fact that I didn’t have a “signature” style.  Recently, I realized that the more art I created, the more similar those works became.  My signature developed organically – thorough the creation of new works – and I guess I spent a lot of time stressing when I didn’t have to.  I think that pattern will continue.  An organic narrowing of my aesthetic that will develop with time.  I’m excited to see where it goes next.

I also discovered that everything in life is better with a bit of glitter.  It’s hard to be unhappy or stressed when you’re sprinkling glitter on something.  I think I’m going to glitter everything – just because.

So stop by and visit my Etsy Shop!  I’ll know if you did because I set up the Google Analytics….just sayin’.

 

Coming Soon! Mixed Media Wall Art

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I’m so excited about these little boxes that hang on the wall and can conceal small mementos inside.  For years, my husband and I collected little works of art on our travels together and those little items remind me all the time of all those happy memories we shared.   That was the inspiration behind these little boxes.  The materials are things I love to work with – decorative papers, poured acrylic paints, jewelry findings, flowers, and all sorts of embellishments (which might be my new addiction).  I know you can’t see much from the big photo above, but here are some little images:

I love creating little things – little flowers and butterflies, layered works with decorative papers and acrylic crystals.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you know I love experimenting with new products – from the Pebeo Fantasy Prisme and Moon paints to Liquitex mediums and a host of other cool things that make texture and color sing.   All of those experiments came together when I began creating this series.

When my life tipped upside down, my ability to concentrate on large works suffered.  I still needed the outlet of art, but I couldn’t work a single canvas for hours on end any more.  I turned instead to smaller projects, like poured acrylics.  I also began playing with stencils and other products to create texture.  From these experiments, I started to envision a whole new direction for my art.  These are the beginning of the journey.

I have decided to re-open my Etsy shop to sell these little wall art pieces.  The best part is they have a little concealed area suitable for hiding those little items we all shuffle around our jewelry boxes and dresser drawers.  Here’s an interior shot of one of the boxes:

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You can check out my Etsy shop on November 19 (SandAndChiArt) to see more.   In the meantime, I have more boxes to create!

 

 

Golden Jellyfish

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Golden Jellyfish

Multiple floaters on a green sea.  I love the “ghostly” aspect of the top jellies.  I gave each one it’s own personality with different shades of orange, yellow, and red.

This one is also available on Society6 – think shower curtain!

Red and White Jellyfish

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Red and White Jellyfish

This was my first jellyfish – the one that started the obsession.  I like the way it popps off the background – it gives it some real dimension and that effect gives the jelly some substance.

It is available in my Society6 shop.

Give the audience what they want…Chaos.

Back in July, I reworked this site to achieve a more clean, consistent appearance – making it more like a portfolio than a conglomeration of posts.  Granted, all of my pre-July posts were related to my art, but there was a pretty healthy mixture of final designs, how-to posts, and other posts that gave this blog an inconsistent, all-over-the-place feel.  At least, that’s what I thought (and what someone whose opinion I respect thought).

So I redesigned.

I focused on my digital work.  I took down my artistic experiments, my random thoughts about this design or that, and my “I’m so excited by this, I simply must share” postings.  I streamlined, created pages, and kept the look consistently clean and polished.

And my view stats took a nosedive.  A 75% down sort of dive (a horrifying number).  When my blog views tumbled, my sales tumbled as well (not so shocking).  I gave it 4 months to correct.  It didn’t.  So now, welcome back to my crazy, random, hard-to-define blog.

The lesson is this:  the same approach doesn’t work for everyone.  I follow artist sites where the look, message, and theme is consistent, polished, and simple.  I’m sure those artists do very well.  I am now aiming between my former chaos and my most recent foray into clean and simplistic.   The truth is, this blog is similar to my style as an artist – both suffer from an artistic form of  multiple personality disorder.  I’m okay with that.

I am inspired by so many things that I utilize a variety of mediums to produce an array of subject matter in multiple forms.  I paint, snap, fling pigments, pour colors, drip resin, create embellishments and add doo-dads to my work.  I upload and post.  I wrap and ship.  My work is downloaded and purchased in America and around the world.  I have a sort of Artistic Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD) and that works for me.

All of it comes together in my work and every foray into a new area has made me a better artist.  Working digitally made me a better painter.  Working on abstracts gave me a new perspective on color and texture.  Photography forced me to look at things in new ways and then I began to print those photos, transfer the images, and paint over them or simply layer my photos on top of one another to get new digital compositions.  All of these techniques force me to be creative in new ways and add a new lens to look through when I’m facing a blank canvas.

So join me on this wild ride through artistic expression.  Not all images will appeal to everyone and you probably won’t be able to identify work in my “signature style”, but it won’t be boring.  I’ll continue to stretch myself as an artist and provide those who are so inclined with some new experiments, ideas, and tips.  We’ll talk acrylics (which I’m passionate about once again), layers, and yes, digital art.  I might even throw in some photography or resin paintings – and I’ll add glitter and crystals when I am so inclined!

Embrace the chaos with me.

Love and Pigments,

R.L. Cornell

 

Golden Light Jellyfish

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Golden Light Jellyfish

In keeping with the theme of underwater creatures.  Here is this little floater, all illuminated in golden shades.  The background is one I frequently use – a batik watercolor converted into a digital image.  I like combining the tactile nature of “real” artwork with the control and effects of digital work.

This one is also available in my Society6 shop.

Spotted Jellyfish

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Spotted Jellyfish

I am fascinated by the grace and lightness of jellyfish, and have composed a few new digital prints of these ethereal creatures of the deep.  I’m sure there are many more to come in the future – partly because winter is setting in here in the Northeast and I’ll be indoors more.   What better time to dream up these gorgeous creatures?

This one is now available in my Society6 Shop.