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Abstract Art: Part 2

Hi everyone,

How are you? I’ve got a sick little Claire at home with me today. Doesn’t it just break your heart when your little ones are sick? No fun. :(

While she naps, I wanted to post the photo I promised of my finished piece of abstract art but first I wanted to show you the crazy journey this painting took me on.

Some details about this piece…it is done completely in acrylic paint. I did use modeling paste and gel mediums to create texture which my friend requested. A lot of metamorphosis took place as I tried to navigate my way through the process of abstract art.

It started here…a rather linear and geometric composition…

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then meandered into a bizarre landscape complete with waterfalls….not completely sure how this happened….No, I was not intoxicated. lol.


BUT then I remembered…I was painting this for SOMEONE else! This was not what she wanted at all! Geez…

So it became this…

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We delivered the commissioned piece the other evening and her and her husband were thrilled! We propped it up on their mantel to gaze at it while we sipped some bubbles. I hardly spoke the entire drive over because I was so nervous but to see the delight in their eyes…well that said it all! I was overwhelmed with gratitude and joy for the opportunity!

I had completed my first commissioned work and it felt good. I took home two HUGE canvases for me to start on more projects for her. I can’t wait to get moving on those…although they are simultaneously scaring the crap out of me.

Is abstract art my future? I doubt it. Am I in love with this piece? No, not really – but the fact that my art could bring happiness to someone else and be a focal point in their home – makes this entire experience so worth it! I’ll keep you posted on the next two experiments…I mean projects. ;)




Filed under Art, creativity, painting

Abstract Art: A new challenge

Hi all! How’s life? I’m a little giddy right now because I just finished another piece of art.

This time, it was a LARGE (for me) piece of abstract art. The client (a dear friend) had a very specific color palette and she wanted it to feel very organic – no strong linear elements or sign of anything recognizable. Eeek!

You guys know my work…it’s detailed, mostly realistic and nothing even close to abstract. I hesitated when she asked me to do this project but agreed thinking it might be a fun challenge. She insisted that there was no rush. No deadline. That helped my nerves…somewhat.

Within the next couple of weeks, I ordered a large easel and gathered some supplies. Before you knew it, I had taken over our living room, setting up in the bay window to take advantage of the light.

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Sitting face to face with this large canvas I felt serious doubt. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing!? Pushing past the fear, I proceeded to get my paints on the palette. Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 2.08.44 PM

Almost mechanically, I began applying color slowly with control and then, as my logical mind excused itself from the room, my whole body relaxed. An art trance. Peaceful and serene, I trusted my hand.

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My hubby sneaked into the room and snapped this pic of me with his phone. I hardly noticed him. :)

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This was just one of the stages this painting went thru. It actually looks nothing like this now. I will share a pic of the finished piece next week after it is installed above my friend’s mantle.  She loves the finished piece and has already commissioned me to do another one! I couldn’t be more thrilled and humbled. Looks like I found a sweet patron for my passion. My fingers itch to begin the next project!

My lessons from all this –

1. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

2. Don’t let fear prevent you from growing.

3. Go outside the box and revel in the freedom.

****and most importantly****

4.  Trust your gifts.

Try something new soon and feel the thrill of stretching beyond your own limits.




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Milk Glass obsession

Hello friends! I hope your Monday went smoothly. Mine was rather busy but very productive, which is always good. I also got to package up my first sale from my new Vintage Shoppe on Etsy – very exciting! Some lovely lady purchased a piece of vintage milk glass and I’m sure she will just love it. There is nothing better than discovering a beautiful object that has been discarded and finding someone new to adore it. It’s warm and fuzzy up-cycling and I’m totally digging it. So, today I thought I would show you just how GORGEOUS milk glass can look…

Like most collections, milk glass can make a stunning impact when grouped together. White on white is so very chic right now….

Filled with flowers – milk glass looks just divine…

Or how about some sweet succulents?

I love how flexible it is…it can be formal or casual. Romantic or sleek. Its style blends effortlessly with any decor…

It has a timeless beauty that is hard to ignore…so yes, I admit…I’m obsessed and I’m collecting like a mad woman…of course I can’t keep all my finds to myself…come take a peek at the pieces I have waiting for you…

What do you love to collect?


Images via here.


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