Back to My Roots

First  of all, I would like to thank everyone who visited my Etsy shop and favorited me.  I also want to thank everyone for their supportive comments.  It took me nearly a week to get everything in my shop uploaded and up and running.  It was like going back to work.  I have not had much temp work come in this last month, so I took advantage of the lull and tried to paint more and set up shop.  Now that my shop is set up, I am now waiting for the Universe to send me some more work and customers! 🙂

Here is my latest:

 

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Back to My Roots – Mixed Media on Canvas Board – 5×7 inches

This little painting is inspired by Hungarian embroidery.  When I was a little girl, my first doll was a porcelain Hungarian doll with pom-poms on her head, with about 3-4 skirts and with lovely embroidery.  My grandmothers also used to embroider flowers on the dresses they made for me.

As is the case recently, this painting started out as something else and turned into this little piece, which is why there is so much texture here.

This item is for sale and you can purchase it here.

 

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I’m on Etsy!

Hello People!  If I haven’t posted any artwork lately, it is because I have spent the last few days researching and setting up an Etsy shop!  I thought I would take advantage of the lull in not having any contract work to set everything up.  It has taken me two days to upload everything and I am still not finished!  It is just like going to work!

Here is the link to my shop.  I would be really grateful if you could visit and maybe suggest ways that it could be improved, etc.  All feedback is good.  I still have a bit more to do and will hopefully be finished tomorrow.

I will let you in on a little secret.  A part of me doesn’t really think I am good enough and is why I have resisted doing anything with my art except share it here on the blog.  There, I said what many of you think.  I think it is difficult because I haven’t been doing ‘it’ for very long and am still learning.  It is also so personal.  At what point do we say, let’s give it a shot?  Well, this is my point.  As my husband says, I ‘invested’ so much money and time on supplies, books, etc., I should try and get some of it back.  For me, it was never about the money.  I actually enjoy what I do and put so much of myself and time into it that I would like to share what I have done with others.  I am also running out of room in my little house to store everything!

So, I put it out there to the Universe and said that I would like to try and sell some of my work.  And then I put it out there and asked if I could let go of wanting control and wanting approval (a bit of Sedona Method).  Once I did all that, I decided to take the plunge.  It is a little scary putting yourself and your creations out there.  As I read recently, one should for paint for one’s self and not for others, and that is what I normally tend to do.  Some people might like what I do, and some won’t.  No wonder artists of any kind have such angst.  This is not a good state of mind to be in, especially if one is normally a confident and very capable human being.

So thank you for stopping by and please visit my shop if you are so inclined.  I already have one admirer!

 

 

Flowers in my Mind

 

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Flowers in my Mind – Mixed Media on Paper – A4 size

While going through my artwork to put on Etsy, I found something I had made a while back that didn’t quite work out for me.  So I had an idea and voila!  Here is the finished result.  The idea was to put paint on paper with no intention and then find the thing you need to paint.  Well, could I find anything?  No.  Except for two flowers.  So I just made up the rest and this is what I got.  I tried to paint the background with some muted greens, but that didn’t work for me either, so I painted over it again, but with white paint and wow!  The colors just popped out!  If you look closely, you can see there is a lot of texture in this piece and I let some of the stenciling I did show through.

Here is a close-up of a section:

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So, this is why you should hang on to your work even if you don’t like it.  Maybe one day you can re-visit it and make it better.