Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Beach Cottage Style: A Great Day at the Beach

Is the beach your happy place, like mine? I felt the urge to start a new beach series.

This painting having intense color, texture, and simplicity, that was the original intention of this painting. I started by putting down a layer of color with texture. Then after that dries, I add other colors on top with a palette knife (the fun part) and take away some of the paint here and there with a rag to see what surprises of color may pop up (another fun part). I hope you enjoy this painting and new series coming up. Let me know if you are interested in this series, if it "feeds" your soul.

Here it is:

"A Great Day at the Beach"
Medium: Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
Size: 16" x 20" x 1.5"
 Date: 2013

A Great Day at the Beach

 Close Up View of Texture

Could you just see this in a beach house somewhere? Or perhaps, in your bedroom to bring that memory of solitude?
Thank you,


Sunday, January 06, 2013

Seafood Foodies:The Claw

I hope you enjoyed "Cherokee Girls" and "Moccasins" paintings from the last two posts. I decided to go in a different direction, something for fun. And look where I ended up. Painting a colorful crab claw on black background

There's something so simple and freeing using the black background. It's as if it speaks for itself. And what about that pose of the claw? Demanding a little respect wouldn't you say? Yes, any pincher like that will definitely demand one's respect.

Anyway, I like it's stately pose as if it's was showing off it's vibrant shell of colors.

So here's "The Claw":

"The Claw"
6" x 6" (square)
Vellum Paper

Hope you enjoyed "The Claw", there's no telling what I'll paint next. Come back and see what's next.
What do you think? Like the black background? Like to see more of this?
Thanks for visiting, Allison.  

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Art Collectors, Native American Art: Moccasins

Hello again from the mountain city of Asheville, NC.
Well, I see you are "staying tuned" as I asked, thank you. And since you are still with me, here's a new photo of "Moccasins" inspired by the reviews of viewers. As I mentioned, I believe for some reason, I'm not sure why, the "Cherokee Girls" painting seemed to strike a chord with many. So, don't fix what ain't broke, right? But actually, I paint what moves me, or what's the point, right? So here's another small painting even though, larger than the "Cherokee Girls" painting under the Native American theme. 

"Moccasins" is near and dear to my heart. My Dad bought us girls (my siblings and older sisters) moccasins to wear around the house. We thought we were pretty cool. They weren't heavily beaded as the ones in my painting, but they came with fringe and anything with fringe is a cool thing for a young girl! Even looking at this painting now, I'm thinking I'd love to have a pair. How about you? Did you ever own moccasins? 

6" x 6"

What do you think? Ready for a pair?    

Friday, January 04, 2013

Native American Art: Cherokee Girls

Thought it might be a good time to brush up on my technical skills concerning my painting. So, I decided to paint this small postcard size painting, "Cherokee Girls". This one is near and dear to my heart, since a small part of my own family heritage on my Dad's side is Cherokee Indian. 

I just love the bright colors these girls are wearing while dancing their traditional Cherokee dances. This little painting sold right away and seemed to strike a chord with many viewers.  The buyer was so kind to leave a comment how she was so glad she purchased the painting and how it was even more amazing in person. My photography skills need to improve, so I'm not surprised the buyer thought it looked better in person. But sure was a nice compliment and I'm happy she's pleased with her painting.

Since this particular painting moved many, I decided to paint another American Indian themed painting. So stay tuned for the next post where I show off the next one in this series.

Here's "Cherokee Girls".

  "Cherokee Girls"
5" x 7" 
Watercolor and Acrylic

What do you think? Stayed tuned for "Moccasins", my next American Indian themed painting. 


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