Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Trying to staying positive, but my old blog www.sleepyheaddesignsstudio.com will be forever gone as of August 23. I will still have a blog though, and old content (as well as new) should be available, at www.stacyspanglerart.blogspot.com.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE go and follow me. I will get all the kinks worked out soon.
In short, my old domain is expiring and I am trying to consolidate everything into one name for search purposes. Also, I couldn't figure out how to update my domain name on the new google system, and it will expire August 23 and will be no more.
I am working on importing all my old content, but some links will probably be lost. Eventually I'm hoping to get everything consolidated to one spot.
Thankful for my faithful followers!
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Since I mainly keep my blog and art social media sites business, I thought I'd change things up and do a "get to know the artist" post. Since this relates to my current artwork, I wanted to share a bit about my family vacation with you.
I'm from Arkansas and have lived there my whole life, with exception of a short two month stint in Orlando working at Disney World. I have been married for 21 years, and we have 3 amazing daughters that keep us very busy.
I have been coming to the Gulf Coast on vacation since I was a little girl, mainly staying in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area. We also love Destin and the 30A area, but most trips we are too impatient to drive the extra 3 hours, especially now that we have relocated to Northwest Arkansas and our drive is already 11+ hours.
I love to stay in a place on the beach that is less crowded and void of the high rise commotion. We mostly just chill and spend time on the beach and eat in at our condo. I love cooking when I'm not in a rush, so on vacation it's more of a pleasure than a chore, plus I don't like to have to "get ready" when we've been on the beach all day.
For me, it's such a treat to have no agenda or a place to be. I savor the moments of being able to sit and think, enjoy the views, people watch, pray, journal and snuggle on the couch with my family after a long day of sun, walking on the beach, playing in the waves, and hunting crabs and seashells. Some of my other family members have a different definition of a fun vacation, so we do have to throw in some outings.
This year, my vacation was partially a working one, but when you are not on a deadline, and you've got great inspiration, it doesn't feel like work at all. And I can't think of a better way to help pay for a trip to the beach :)
As far my art journey goes, I took art in the summer as a child and have always loved the creative process, working for many years pre-mom days in the advertising and marketing field. I started painting about 18 years ago when I was inspired by Arkansas artist Arden Boyce and decided to sign up for oil painting lessons at Hobby Lobby-how funny is that!! When I became pregnant with my first child, I put away my oils and started painting things in acrylic with a whimsical nature, mostly for my girls rooms, and then by word of mouth for others. When my middle daughter started kindergarten, I put up my brushes again and started teaching art to kids, which grew into pretty much a full time gig for the next 8 years.
So I would say that I'm pretty much a self taught artist, I love the experimentation process and feel my style is constantly evolving. I'm always inspired by God's word, something beautiful I've seen in nature, or eye catching color combinations coming from God's amazing color palette. 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'm deeply grateful and humbled to be able use my creative gifts for His glory. I am so thankful for the people and opportunities He has placed in my path to encourage me to continue in my artistic endeavors, and for those of you who choose to give my art a special place in your lives and homes.
Here's a few of the painting studies I completed while I was at Perdido Key. I will be putting these up for sale to the public soon, but have a special for all my Facebook, Instagram. newsletter and Blogger followers, so read on. These paintings are in acrylic on an 8" x 8" x 3/4" stretched canvas with finished edges.
I will be putting finishing touches on them when I get back to Arkansas, and selling them for $65 each. As a special thank you to all my followers, I am offering these for $45 each until August 9. I'm hoping I can get them all sold before I have time to list on Etsy :))))) I will offer a flat shipping fee of $5, but if you purchase two or more (they look great paired), I will ship for free.
If you spend time at the gulf, add these to your home decor to remind you all year long of your favorite beach destination.
So lets try this!
Email me at email@example.com and let me know which paintings you want along (by number reference above) with your email address, and I will send you a pay pal invoice. I will reserved paintings in the order that I receive emails. These will be ready to ship out in about 2 weeks and will come ready to hand with hanging hardware.
I'm not a photographer, but I'll share a few inspiration shots that I hope to paint when I get home as reminders of our time here at the gulf. Enjoy!
Sunday, July 17, 2016
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
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
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
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
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!