Posts Tagged ‘notecards’

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!


Festivals and New Series

September 19, 2012

Driving between Johnson City and Asheville

This past weekend was a real blast – and a real learning experience!  We had fun staying with friends, eating really horribly (and by horribly I mean awesomely fattening and delicious), and talking art with folks.  We learned that maaaaaayyyyyybe I show better (and sell better) in galleries than in outdoor shows.  However, it was still a worthwhile experience.

I’m so glad I made the notecards!  People responded more to those than the prints.  I am looking to make an Etsy page for the prints and notecards a little later on…

I was fortunate enough to be assigned a corner booth so I had another wall on which to hang my work.  It really engaged people, and I conversed with many an inspired individual.

The sales weren’t great…BUT I got picked up by another gallery (signed the contract that Sunday after the show!) called Atelier Gallery!  Maybe that was the whole reason for the trip in the first place…  It’s in a great location in downtown Asheville on the corner of Lexington and College. They are very professional and energetic and represent some great artists.  I’m excited to work with them!

Relaxing, contemplating, and planning outside at Rembrandt’s Coffeehouse

Ah, the aftermath of a show…a sweet time of contemplation, readjusting, and  looking to the future.  I took some time yesterday to think about my next few paintings.  I have been off and on reading through Isaiah and have been very inspired by the redemptive story of God disciplining and reaching out to His people.

Some of the imagery is so powerful, and the redemptive prophesies are so great, I just HAVE to explore this visually!  The book is basically laid out in three sections: 1. God’s warning and judgement on his people who have turned away from Him. 2. As a result, Israel becomes captive to the Babylonians 3. God redeems the remnant (those left after the exile)

I am really looking forward to exploring what God has to say in these passages.  There will be female figures, maybe a male figure or two, caves, canopies, smoke, lions, lambs, trees, fire, fruit, flowers, and, of course, pattern.  Can’t wait!

Art in Autumn Show Prep

September 11, 2012

Things are starting to pile up – in a good way!

I was fortunate enough to be juried into the Art In Autumn show in Weaverville, NC this year!  Weaverville is just outside of Asheville, and puts on this great art fair every year.  I also found out I have a corner booth, which means I have an extra wall on which to hang my work!  Awesome!

I decided to make a sign to hang in the tent that matches the font on my website – which is called “Amperzand”.  I am so in love with this font that I have also made it the font to my signage that will hang under each piece.  HA!

Here is the before and after.  I had to do some serious measuring and cropping in Photoshop to make sure it would fit just right on the wooden plaque I bought at Hobby Lobby.  I primed it, sanded it, then painted the whole thing gray, then traced the font onto the wood using graphite paper, then carefully painted the lettering in a BARELY off-white grey.  I just couldn’t do pure white.  Too harsh.



My notecards that I ordered came in a few days ago – time to put them together in groups of 5.

Now came the time to decide how to lay out the tent.  Did I mention this was outdoors?  Every vendor has to have a 10′ x 10′ white tent in which to display his or her work.  More photos of the actual setup on the day of…but for now…

Not QUITE to scale, but good enough

Being a visual person (DUH), it is very helpful for me to visualize the layout to make sure it all fits correctly and looks good together.  I like being able to move pieces around manually until I get everything where I want it.  We actually did something very similar for planning the layout of the wedding reception, too, and it was very helpful!

Of course, through all the craziness of this week, there is always time to play with the dog. 🙂

Patrick playing with Murphy