At the beginning of the year I made plans for the new year and wrote down things I wanted to accomplish, personally and professionally. I also chose a word to focus on this year, my word is Grow. I wanted to grow in my skills and experience as an artist, and grow in my spiritual life. This past week I had a customer purchase a print for a friend as a gift. Her friend’s word for 2014 is Change.
What’s new in my studio? I’ve been busy in my studio lately creating and preparing for an upcoming show.
I was inspired by first one of my favorite scriptures, Micah 6:8 for this canvas.
Three things that God wants from us, Seek Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly.
Have you picked a “word” for 2014 yet? Something that you will focus on for the new year. My word is “Grow”, and that’s in my personal life and professionally. For my business and artwork it means trying new techniques, and getting out of my comfort zone. So for my first mixed media canvas of the year I combined my mixed media layering with hand drawn doodling.
One of my favorite things to do is customize mixed media canvases for my customers. Adding elements that they love and speak to who they are. Especially now at Christmas time I meet people that are looking for a unique and personal gift.
I’ve been busy in my studio this week creating new pieces of mixed media. I’ve been blessed with wonderful sales in my recent shows and at It’s Vintage Charm. I’ve also been invited to showcase my art at a boutique called Splash Designs. They saw my work at the Believe Boutique and invited me to be a part of their shop, how exciting! It’s a wonderful shop and I will be posting pictures soon. In the meantime, here is what I’ve been up to in my studio…
Butterflies is one of my favorite subjects to use in my art, whether I’m working with mixed media, decoupaging a frame or a door hanger. There’s a sense of freedom with them, something so beautiful that went through a change and dreamed of something new. Dream is the message in my latest mixed media canvas. Let me take you through the creative process.
Mixed media canvases has become one of my favorite ways to decorate for holidays and seasons. You can add so much of yourself to the canvas, whether it’s items you already have, special items that have a meaning or your favorite colors. This fall season I’ve been creating canvases that have rich, deep tones. Today I want to share with you the process I go through for an original piece.
Fall is my favorite time of the year. After a long hot summer, the crisp air is a welcomed change in Arizona. It’s also the start of the craft show season here and a busy time for me. These Autumn inspired mixed media pieces are currently showcased at a local shop called It’s Vintage Charm.
“In All Things Give Thanks”
It’s been a busy week for me finishing up projects for delivery to It’s Vintage Charm and a personal piece I was making for my kids. I worked on this a little bit for a week and it’s exactly what I wanted. The canvas is 16 x 20 inches and the largest I’ve worked on, that’s one of the reasons it took me a while. But, I actually had been collecting things for weeks in preparation; teal colored tissue I received in a package, cards that I have received, lace trim and pieces given to me by my mother and the perfect quote.
This is the finished canvas.
The last couple of days I’ve taken a break from working on pieces for my Etsy shop or upcoming shows. Sometimes I just need to work on something for me and my home. This time I’m creating a piece for my children. Last year I saw a post from Oh So Shabby by Debbie Reynolds (no it’s not the actress!) highlighting a quote that she had in her guest room. The room was furnished with pieces from her late mother and this quote was something her mother had told her before her passing. Since then I had it in my mind to do a large canvas with this quote for my kids.
Here is the version I saw on her blog.