Posts Tagged ‘Etsy’

Flexible plans

November 7, 2012

Sometimes the original plans get scrapped.  This applies to many things, but right now it applies to this painting that I started.

About 1/5 of the way through…beginning stages…

About a week ago I had grand ideas inspired directly from scripture for this painting…but the more I started thinking about how to execute the imagery, I realized my points weren’t going to come across as clearly as I wanted to, which would result in a very weird, confusing painting.

This is one reason why I don’t do preliminary sketches.  I have ideas in my mind, but if I do sketches beforehand I feel obligated to strictly adhere to them – even if the painting takes me in another direction.  This is not the case with all artists, but it is definitely the case with me.  My strongest pieces have been ones in which I have surrendered control of the original plans and worked intuitively.

My husband and I, in our own lives, are also learning how to live more in faith – with our finances, our giving, our life plans and career goals, and family plans.  We are learning, slowly, that our best life is the one we give up control and trust God to lead us.

I have a vague idea of where this painting might lead me, but I am trusting my intuition and God’s leading to show me the rest.  It’s a great way to work. 🙂

In other news, I have started an Etsy sight!  Fabric rosette pins, hair clips, necklaces (and maybe bracelets) – most of which have an image of my paintings on them – co-mingle with notecards and prints of my original paintings.  Check it out HERE!

Advertisements

Uh-oh…she’s crafting…

September 29, 2012

36” diameter round canvas I just stretched and primed…currently drying on the front porch.

At the risk of this post not being at all relevant to my “serious” artworks…I have included a picture of a round canvas I JUST primed…because I have more serious plans for it…anyways…

I keep seeing all kinds of really cute fabric rosette tutorials on Pinterest, so I decided to make some this week while I was waiting on my new stretchers to come in.

Start with a knot, then hot glue, twist, hot glue, twist, etc…

In grad school I went through a phase where I was painting directly on all types of fabric.  I picked fabrics with interesting prints that I would incorporate into my final imagery.  Soooooooo…being the art packrat that I am (just with art stuff, though…I hate clutter in my own house.  Ask my husband.), I have collected all types of fabric over the years.

Fabric! (Included toile, natch)

I had a professor in grad school who had little buttons made with close-ups of her paintings on them, and then attached them to some hair clips.  I figured that idea would work here, too.  I ordered 25 buttons of two of my paintings on them…

Buttons! 1” wide.

…and I will glue some of them in the center of these rosettes that I made. 🙂

Top half are pins, bottom half are hair barrettes – some will eventually have the little buttons glued into the center.

I plan on building an Etsy site soon with the finished products on them.

Also, sidenote… I just sent out my first newsletter!  Whee!  If you would like to be added to the list (will probably only send out every 3 months or so), please send me an email – robinvkenny@gmail.com

K thanks. 🙂