It feels good to be back in the studio. It’s so true about the importance of establishing a practice for painting but I never know what I’m going to paint each day…it just kind of comes to me when I sit down at my little work table:
Here are all the paintings I painted last week:
A watercolor with a quote:
“Wandering Planet” (Sold)
A winter birch tree scene in watercolor (although a few people said they see elephants):
“First Snow” (Sold)
These tiny watercolor scenes of the Smoky Mountains in lockets:
“Mountain Midnight” Lockets (Sold)
A layered painting with vintage embroidery stitched onto the canvas:
“Enjoy the Little Things” (Sold)
Another watercolor scene of the Smokies:
“Mountain Midnight” (Sold)
Another layered painting with vintage embroidery stitched onto the canvas:
Yesterday I decided to paint on something other than a flat surface and made this little ceramic steer skull:
I’ve been working on these two reclaimed wood pieces for a while now. I ended up finishing them this week (outside of the daily paintings)…finally stitching up the cracks. I love the Japanese practice of Kintsugi…the art of repairing broken pottery by filling the cracks with gold. It treats the crack as part of the history of an object rather than a defect. I painted these paintings on reclaimed wood knowing that existing cracks would only get larger as the paint dried and pulled. Instead of filling the cracks with gold I used gold thread to “stitch” them back together…highlighting the cracks instead of trying to cover them up or fill them.
“Grow” 15.75 x 20 on Reclaimed Wood
“Bloom” 15.75 x 20 on Reclaimed Wood
And one last layered painting with the vintage embroidery:
I think I might try a theme next week: animals. We’ll see how that works out! I’m still stitching a button/bead a day too…here’s how that looks as of today:
Who else is doing a 365 Challenge?
I I would love to know where you get your tiny canvases. I was looking for so I’m in Michael’s for a project and I could not find any that small .
Ashley Hackshaw says
I make them! Just cut to size.
You cut them from a larger one? Can you do it with regular scissors?
Warm Quilts says
I love seeing the colorful variety of your amazing work. I, too, saw elephants in the “First Snow” but ellies are my favorites.
Cheers to another week in your studio!
Could you do a tutorial on the “First Snow” technique? Its a wonderful piece, no wonder it sold so quickly. Love it!
Carla Bethany says
The Smokey Mountain lockets are my favorite. I have always loved photography. This year I am doing 365 days of pictures, not all will be posted but they will be in my memory book once I’m done. I’m trying out things I learn via YouTube and Google. So we shall see my growth.