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.

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!

 

 

Dimensions

I like to build my elements for my small works – it’s a great way to keep creative without feeling like I’ve made a large “time commitment”.  While I was watching television one night, I “built” the golden dragonfly above.  The wings were made by using Pebeo Moon paint and Cerne Relief to give them texture.  I layered large acrylic gems over the paint, placing each gem with a pair of jewelry tweezers.  I outlined a body with the Cerne Relief and used Recollections micro beads to fill in lower part and larger Recollections golden gems to give the upper body some dimension.

The dragonfly is sitting atop a fantastic swirled base, created with layers of Pebeo paints, resin, and glitter poured over an acrylic pour.  Then, I embellished the whole piece with various gems and a blue flower.  The entire piece was covered with resin to give it shine – nothing brings depth to a piece like a glossy coat of resin!

Blue Flower with Dragonfly

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.

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.

Here are the new changes!

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As you know, I’ve been reorganizing the site – but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been designing!  I have a bunch of new designs that are available and I’ve been posting about them over on my new design blog Sand Dog Designs.  I’ve decided to devote this blog to my art as a digital portfolio, but I didn’t want to lose my ability to post about my designs that are available on various POD sites, so I started a new blog for that.  Please hop over there to check out the posts where you can find links and all sorts of deals on my art.

Interestingly enough, as I began this process I noticed that my shower curtain designs actually cost less in my own CafePress shop than they do in the larger CafePress marketplace so if you’re looking for one, go here or simply follow the links I put up.  I try to put the links with the lowest prices under the image, but sometimes one of the sites runs a sale so it doesn’t always work.

I’ll continue to organize this online portfolio, so make sure you check the pages on the top menu to find new work.  Thanks for all of the follows and support!