Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gift items with scripture

I've just added some new items to my Etsy Shop that make perfect gifts. All are under $25 and include FREE shipping. 

I don't know about you, but I love having scripture sprinkled though out my home, and I love to give gifts that encourage with scripture. These fun little hanging clip frames are hand painted and assembled by moi, and include a professionally printed scripture card from one of my original works on paper.

These fun little canvas magnets are made with the same texture and quality as my large originals on canvas. They have a heavy duty magnet on the back making them perfect for your file cabinet or refrigerator.

I have incorporated vintage papers and text into each of these to add more interest, texture and history. All my products come package in a cellophane bag with ribbon so they are ready to give.

I also have a limited supply of hand-stitched clips, great for a book mark, your Bible or planner. These also come with a printed scripture card.

Or great to pair with one of my spiral note books professionally printed with my original artwork. I have pocket size or a larger size available.

If you receive my newsletter, be sure and grab your special discount code-good two days only! 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Let's make lemonade-A creative spin on judging others.

As a self taught artist, I love the experimentation process and feel my style is constantly evolving. While I use mainly acrylics, you will always catch glimpses of a variety of other elements in my artwork. I enjoy the use of bright color, contrasting values, heavy texture and collage. I use my hands, brushes and a palette knife to build up multiple layers of paint, papers and acrylic medium, resulting in a heavy distressed texture.

I love to paint not only because it is a natural way for me to express myself, but because it offers a visual record of things God has impressed upon my heart and mind, as well as helping me communicate those truths to others.

I recently painted this Mixed Media on Canvas for a scripture/art challenge at my church. My scripture passage was Matthew 7:1-7. I focused on the part of the scripture that says, “for in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured”, I was immediately convicted of my own struggle in this area. It is much easier for me to focus on where others aren’t measuring up, instead on focusing on my own growth. 

Since I tend to naturally bring a light-hearted and whimsical spin to my artwork, the old saying of making lemonade out of lemons, came to mind. The message I tried to relay in this painting is that as Christian’s we can love the world around us, recognize the good in others, and offer refreshment instead of judgement, showing God’s grace in a tangible way. 

This painting will be on display at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers and also in Fayetteville in the upcoming months. If you are an artist in Northwest Arkansas, and would like to learn more about using your art for praise, worship, fellowship prayer and service, see Spectra's information HERE.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Art Show at Red Kite Coffee Company in Fayetteville

Just wanted to give you a quick look at some of my art that is showing during the month of July at the Red Kite Coffee Company in Fayetteville. I hope if you are local, you can stop by and see it in person. There are 30 pieces ranging in price from $42 to $475.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Trends in handmade markets.

I've been an artist for about 10 ten years now, painting and selling mostly as a hobby until this year. I've been a fan of handmade gifts and craft fairs as long as I can remember, but in the past few years most of the craft/gifts shows I've been to have left me disappointed. It seems that most booths have a lot of the same items, and they are ones that have a "mass produced" feel, instead of a one-of-a-kind feel. Anyone with me here? 

I live in the craft show mecca, with one of the largest, War Eagle, right here in my own backyard. I always have a wonderful time, and will continue to go every time I can, but the last time I went, I saw a lot of the same things over and over again. Some were the same items I see in the local stores. Of course, I go for the whole experience, but also to seek out those crafters who have put their heart and soul into their pieces-it's the reason I fell in love with craft shows to begin with.

I've even noticed on that on Etsy, a lot of the editors picks or featured items are not pieces that have been truly hand-crafted. Don't get me wrong, I carry prints of my original artwork so that I have a variety of options and price ranges for my customers, but most of my pieces are truly hand made by my hands.

Fortunately, I'm blessed to have wonderful customers who still love to purchase a one-of-a-kind, hand painted work of art. I'm very thankful they continue to make it possible to keep doing what I love to do! 

Every day this week I am adding new art to my shop. All purchases through tomorrow will receive a free gift, and if you sign up for my newsletter you can receive a discount code. My shipping is always on the house! 

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Bicycling in Northwest Arkansas

 I have to say that one of my favorite things to do here in Northwest Arkansas is explore the bike trails. We have had beautiful weather this year and I've about conquered all the trails in the Fayetteville area. From my biking adventures, I have some colorful stories of slithering snakes, flat tires and even one where an interesting character was passed out in the middle of the trail and I was required to call 911.

Tales aside, the scenery is always beautiful and there are so many fun places to stop along the way. One of my favorite destinations is taking the Skull Creek Trail to the Frisco Trail down to Dickson Street. There are a ton a great restaurants to refuel and the ride is simple enough for kids to join in.

My frequent bike rides this year have inspired a new collection of art that will be on display during the month of July at The Red Kite Coffee Company in East Fayetteville. The exhibit is call Bikes, Red White & Blues and Bar-B-Q.  There will be a large selection, and a variety of sizes of mixed media on canvas,  plus a small collection of framed prints. I hope you can bike on over and see my new collection of artwork and enjoy one of their tasty ice cold coffee drinks!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I will be restocking my Etsy Shop soon. To find out how to get a discount code PLUS a FREE gift, sign up for my newsletter at this link.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

How to start an oil, acrylic or mixed media painting on canvas

Over the years, I've painted in acrylics, oils, collage and mixed media, but I usually always start all my paintings basically the same, regardless of the medium. First, I do a rough sketch in my journal. If I'm struggling, I may draw it small a few times.

If it's a very detailed piece and I'm going really large, I may project my drawing, but most of the time I will just redraw it on to the canvas. Since I've been moving more toward an abstract style for my work, I don't worry as much about everything being "perfect". After all, it's my interpretation of the subject, and if it needed to be perfect, I'd just take a picture instead of painting it :)

Next, I sketch my design onto my canvas and go over my pencil drawing with black paint. After that dries, I cover the canvas with a transparent wash of color, usually orange or bright pink. My next step is to block in the darker colors and show where the main contrast areas will be. Then I start the layering process, saving my gel medium and collage for the top layers.

From this point, I will start to add papers and other types of texture. I use brushes in the beginning, and then when I get to the upper layers, I use a palette knife.

Hope you enjoyed getting a sneak peak of my process :) I'm working on a new series of paintings and can't wait to show them to you later in the spring. 

I do have prints of this cute little pig in my ETSY SHOP
plus some new prints perfect for Mother's day.

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