Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Very Coy Goth Girl

I've been catching up with some friends from highschool recently. Of course that brings back all the goth memories. This young lady is pretty confident about something....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Commission on Adoption

This is a very special piece I was commissioned to do by a friend of mine who has 2 adopted children. Here is the story that prompted the image:

When we met R's birthmom, I asked her a lot of questions about her decision to place...why she wanted to do it...why she thought or knew it was the right she was feeling about it...did she feel pressured...had she explored other options??? I wanted her to know that I truly understood her thinking, her process, her loss...and also that I supported WHATEVER she would choose once R was born.

Well as we were talking, she said to me (as I recall it) 'The Lord talks to me in dreams. When I was wrestling with the decision of what to do with this baby girl, and we had come to the place of considering adoption, I prayed that the Lord would reveal to me what I am supposed to do. That night I had a dream where I was placing my baby girl into the arms of another woman and I knew that this is what He wants for us (her and R).'. I was absolutely floored by this beautiful articulate decisive woman who was being led by the Lord through a very tough situation and to think that *I* was that very lucky woman receiving her daughter in that vision. Wow, just wow.

Anyways, that visual of a birthmom placing her baby into the arms of another woman - or of two women holding the same child - has stuck with me - in fact it still brings tears to my eyes. For some reason I see it in lots of warm colors (reds and purples?) showing the love and the strength of that choice and that relationship.
The style of this painting reflects that dreamlike scenario. We worked together to show the joy on both mother's faces for this baby. Also, it isn't clear who is passing the baby or recieving it. Either lady could be the birth or adoptive mom.
Anyways, it was an honour to do this for my friend.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Saucy Mermaid

My apologies... I have been working away on some commission stuff, some corporate stuff, some large canvas stuff.... but I took the time to list this lovely lady of the sea ACEO today.

For some of my newer readers, here is an explaination on what sort of special paintings ACEO are. Very fun, very collectable and very very tiny. 2.5"x 3.5" to be exact.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Treat Bags

Those who know me or have purchased a few ACEO from me, probably know that I am a nut job for the crazy patterns found on origami paper. During a recent trip to Vancouver I made sure to stock up at my favorite Japanese $2 store, The Daiso.
Of course, having all this paper kicking around got me thinking of new ways to use it. These treat bags for my daughter's birthday party was one manifestation.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Today marks the one year point where I finally got up enough nerve to open an ebay account and list some things to sell.

Wow. I feel like I've only begun to scratch the surface yet also that I've been doing the online selling thing forever.

My how my art has changed. This year has definitely brought focus on working diligently, working everyday (almost) and that if something doesn't work you can either change it or push it till you find someone who appreciates it.

I've been so thankful to find a customer base that is truly international. Some neat places I've sent things to: France, Singapore, Australia, Britain, and plenty to my North American clients. Also, I have managed to have customers from way back reconnect with me now that my name comes up in a google search.

I have connected with other artists - boy have I missed that from my school days. I went through many years of feeling artistcally isolated, now I have a trusted group that I can express my thoughts with and gain insight and feedback. Plus, I LOVE looking at the work of other artists. I find it very inspiring to see the amazing things they do with thier mediums.

So, last year at this time I decided to give online selling a year and then evaluate it. WOW. I'm surprised at things I thought would be easy were hard and vice versa. Will I continue - of course. I have only just started.

For my regular readers - THANK YOU for making this year a fantastic one.

Friday, May 04, 2007

A Quartet of ACEO, Mermaids and Goth Girls

The four ladies were so much fun to paint. I really took my time on them in between painting stuff for my client. I would just do some light washes and leave it.
You can find them on auction here:

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Folding Chair, We are Done!

As you can see there are flowers in the background referring to the main colours in the foreground. I love the wispy orange red of the poppies.

This was such fun to paint! I'm glad that the tulips are coming up in the garden now, this would have put me over the edge if I had had to paint it when there was snow on the ground.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Folding Chair, Almost There

Here you see that the colours are sharpened, the details more defined... things are moving along nicely with this piece. If all goes well, I should finish today.