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Random Joy

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Thanks to everyone who wrote a poem or commented on the last post, it really helped me understand why I was so ‘tapped out’ and unable to write a photo poem. Your words made me realize how cold and gray it’s been. As much as I love the stark beauty of winter, I’ve had ENOUGH! I’m so ready for some warmth and color. I’ve been setting my camera aside and painting pretty colors and editing summer photos. It’s really helped me feel more JOY : ))) Here is one of my favorite edits so far …

Pink Lotus Petal

Lotus Leaving

You can see more flowers here in my new gallery. I’m so excited to have a new plug-in that makes it easier to see and share my favorite photos. I’d love it if you have a few minutes to tell me which are your top 3 flower photos. If you click here it will take you to the new gallery. (This will help me to decide which ones to print on glass.)

This tulip makes me smile every time I see it. It’s in my top 3 and it’s the first one I printed on glass, it’s now available here in the shop :)

black tulip photo on glass

Back Lit

And if you have even more time, I’d really appreciate your opinion on these paintings. I’m having some prints and cards made of this one called ‘Falling In Love’

9x12 watercolor and ink heart painting

I want to figure out which of these 3 ‘I Love You’ paintings to make into a greeting card also?

mixed media 'I Love You' painting

#1

mixed media 'I Love You' painting

#2

mixed media painting 'I Love You'  graffiti

#3

 

And now if you have even more time I wanted to share some random links …

  • This link is fascinating and made me feel beautiful in a strange way ….I have no idea how to edit photos this much!
  • I’ve tried to learn code and it gives me a headache, but this link inspires me to keep at it.
  • I’ve been productive lately and it feels good. One of the new things that is keeping me on track is this email I fill out each night called ‘idonethis’. Here is a link that reviews the free option.

Thanks for your help, I really appreciate your opinions!

Show Time

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

I’ve been preparing for my next show. My friend Marge organized a group of artists to show case our work at her beautiful property. If you’re in the area join us on Friday or Saturday for the ART BARN openhouse.  I spent hours creating the flyer, I was so frustrated working on it by myself, so I took up my friend Lisa’s offer to help me and we ended up having so much fun skyping for hours getting it just right. I just love collaborating, we’re both crazy perfectionists when it comes to design details, we could have worked on it longer but we made each other stop and are pretty happy with the results …

Besides making the flyer, I’ve been organizing photos, making bracelets, and trying to get a few more paintings finished.

When I was cleaning my studio , I cracked up at the condition of this brush. It’s a cheap little thing that I’m sure I got in a plenty pack for a couple dollars. I probably used a 40% off coupon too! I’m so F-ing cheap sometimes, it’s a ridiculous habit. I used this brush for so many of the tiny circles I was painting, it had a good stiff tip that I could control well.

The thing is, it’s not nearly as good as my tiny brush neatly folded and tucked away in the stash of expensive brushes, which seem to be like the good dishes that only gets used on Thanksgiving! I’ve shifted this behavior bit by bit, but it still takes over with out me even noticing … until I do.

As I continued cleaning my space, I was inspired to take a few photos of my favorite studio items. The magazine Where Women Create has an inspiring facebook page. I just love taking a peek at others creative spaces and seeing how each person sets up their studios and what items they could not live with out. Today they featured my two favorite items ~ YEAH! The first is the tuquoise bowl I got at a thrift store years ago for 25 cents, yep me being cheap again! I just love how the folds in the glass hold my brushes while I’m working.

The second is my collection of antique flower frogs, which I use for flower arranging sometimes, but mostly I use them to store my brushes. There are so many other things I feel attached to in my studio, but these few things always bring a smile to my face when ever I look at them :)

Do you have a favorite item in your creative space?

Gills & Spores

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try ~ Dr. Seuss

the underside of some mushrooms is so much prettier than the topside. The gills create incredible patterns. isn’t this purple one gorgeous?

if you hold them up to the sun it creates some beautiful back lighting

these cascading curves remind me of a waterfall

doesn’t this set look like an upside-down wedding cake!

sometimes they make beautiful spore prints, sometimes there duds, it’s a fussy business that i haven’t mastered but it’s sure fun experimenting …

i never know what color I’m going to get, it’s fun to wake up and go flip over my shrooms :)

 

 

First

The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~ Stephen King

I had my FIRST Restaurant opening yesterday. I was surprised by how anxious I was just before it started. My crazy perfectionism kicked in and I was in a tizzy trying to figure out just the right thing to wear … I was scared no one would show up and if anyone did show up would they like my work!?

My friend Patty made everything better. She showed up at the beginning of the opening, 2:00 PM sharp, gave me a hug and asked me about my work. We cried and laughed while talking together in front of my paintings and photos. I was so touched by her support. I’ll remember to be the first to show up to any of my friends FIRSTS, it amazing how this gesture can make such a difference.

All of the paintings are mixed media combining watercolor, ink, gouache, etc. This one called ‘Rising’ got a lot of attention. I’d love to know your favorite of these 4 …

Rising

You can see the work in progress for this piece called ‘Migrating’ on my facebook biz page 

Migrating

And you can see the work in progress for this one called ‘Expanding’ here

Expanding

This one is calling ‘Cascading’

Cascading

There are layers and layers that are hard to show on the computer. Here is a close up so you can see more of the detail.

I wish I could have sat in these chairs laughing and crying with each one of you yesterday. I appreciate all of your kind words and encouragement. And I’m so grateful to all who came to support me!

The two hours flew by and I had so much fun talking to everyone. My favorite conversation was with the owner of the restaurant, he has nothing to do with the art on the walls, he graciously allows a local group of artists to set up each show. My husband introduced me to him and the first thing he said was that he felt this was the best show he’s had here since they’ve opened. I was shocked and beside myself and to top it off he bought one of my pieces and told me one of the kitchen guys was buying another :)

They each bought one of the new photos on glass. I’ve been searching for a way to sell my photos that feels similar to how they appear on screen. I found a company that prints directly on glass. It’s a perfectly flat glass surface that looks so sleek and modern. I share more about all of that soon.

Having strangers buy my work is such a rush!

 

Expanding

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. ~ Albert Einstein

Most of my circle paintings began with a layer of paint that wasn’t working for where I initially intended to go until I decided that I would use the bottom layer as a template for the direction I wanted to take the new circle idea. This jewel toned explosion of color started with tiny tiny circles that expand out …

and finally it’s done!

Expanding

Patchwork Postcards

In the crazy quilt of life, I’m glad you’re in my block of friends. ~Author Unknown

I had so much fun taking part in Kat Solma’s Liberate Your Art postcard exchange. I decided to do some patchwork postcards in honor of quilting bees.

Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong century, I love that pioneer women gathered together to chat and sew on a regular basis, they made quilts for warmth and as an art form to hang on walls. There’s something about co-creating that totally engages me. I wish women gathered to create more often and appreciate that at least we gather virtually :)

Most days I feel like I was born at the perfect time. I think technology is so exciting. Things like getting to meet ‘strangers’ via social media is awesome, even if we have not met in person YET, I just adore that we gather regularly online. And, those of you who I am lucky enough to know in person, I feel like I know you better because of our connection here. I’m sooooo grateful for all your kind comments and emails.

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I did not read the directions on the exchange and when I went to mail them, I found the instructions and realized that I actually have to send printed cards rather than the originals! Part of me is bummed and part of me is thrilled, I really like how these came out and now I get to live with them longer. But I’m also committed to getting my art out there, I think I’ll frame a couple of these originals and put them up for sale :)

I’d love you feed back… when I print the postcards, should I include my website name on the front of the card like this ↓ or just on the back? And, I always like to know favorites?

Thanks for your help :)

UPDATE 9-13-2012

Here are the cards I got in the mail over the past few weeks. It’s been so much fun to network with new artists. I hope I find the owners to all of these beautiful cards.



Sold!

Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it. ~ Sam Ewing

I sold one of the pieces in my circle series ~ yeah! My brother-in-law surprised my sister with it for their 20th anniversary. They buy a piece of art to add to their home each year and I feel so honored that they bought one of my paintings. This one is named ‘Bursting’, inspired by the flower bursting open that lies under many layers.

Here’s the story of this particular painting. I started getting back into painting a few months ago ( after almost two years of not wanting to paint  )  I made myself go into my studio and do something even if it was just cleaning. While cleaning, I decided to organize all of my ‘rejects’ and see if any were calling me back. When I work on paper, I often start something that does not turn out like I intended… like this flower.

I knew I wanted to create something that was bright and full of energy, I spilled, sprayed, and brushed in more inks and watercolors and it still was not working for me. Then I decided to get rid of the flower, once I began adding circles things really started to flow and I started having fun painting again! I was getting back to that place that is so hard to put into words that place where I get lost in process.

Off to the studio to get lost again :)

Crazy Creative

Interviewer: If your house were on fire, which object would you take with you?
Jean Cocteau: The fire!

Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Filmmaker, Painter and Choreographer

I have so much crazy creative energy flowing through me lately. It’s been fun, chaotic, and inspiring. Ideas keep falling into my head, I have notes all over the place on things I want to experiment with or remember to do.

I’m trying to focus and get things done but it’s been hard to stay on track. I did finish my husband’s birthday cards. Above are 3 of the 21 he get’s every year. I decided on a heart theme this year (more on that when he’s finishes opening all his cards).

I’m dog earring and underlining most of these two books that I highly recommend. They have opened me up to new thoughts and new projects :)

Hearts seem to be my new focus, I set aside my circle paintings to experiment with these heART paintings (inspired by the card series). This first one may be a bit too crazy colorful but it sure reflects the space I’m in.

After working on the heART painting this morning I got my hands dirty in the garden … made some notes on the new creativity class I’m putting together … cleaned the house while listening to podcasts … hiked and hiked and hiked. I’m surprised I still have energy to put together this post. I love it when I have enough steam to do the million things I want to do. I bet I’ll need to rest a bit tomorrow.

Oh and I almost forgot, I took a few hundred photos, it’s become like brushing my teeth.

How’s your energy lately?

New Gallery Opening ~ Yeah!

“… maybe it’s the emotions that were present in the author as she wrote them. I’ll bet if you took ten writers and gave then each ten words from the endless pool of words to choose from, even if they ended up arranging them in exactly the same order, you’d still feel something different from each one, depending on who wrote them. A story, a painting, a piece of music – anything created – gets infused with the emotions and the essence of who creates them.”
~  from ‘Thank You for all Things’ by Sandra Kring

 


My friend Misty created a wonderful new gallery called ‘Upcycle’ in old town Lansing. The grand opening is this Saturday. She invited me to join an amazing group of artists she has gathered together. This is a big step for me. I finally feel ready, and this feels like a good fit for me. I’m looking so forward to meeting the other artists at the party Saturday, their work is infused with so much ‘essence and emotion’.

I had fun making the collage above, it’s a collection of framed 5″x7″ photos. This is one of the many pieces available at the gallery, along with these upcycled bracelets . It feels good to be in a creative flow … I’m a little manic lately, but I seem to be getting a better handle on my cycles of up and down energy  :)

If you’re local and would like to check out the new gallery,  here is the info. I’d love to see you there.

See you Saturday,
Christine

WOO HOO!

I’m sooooo excited that I finally got the credit card option working on my website. It’s amazing how long it took me to figure out all the coding options, but rather than bore you with the details, I just want to celebrate :)

  • During the month of May all online orders will receive a FREE 8″ x 10″ print of your choice.
  • I created a specials page and talked my husband into releasing one of my original paintings ( many of you know that he hoards my artwork, which is so sweet, but he’s finally ready to make a change ).
  • If you have any questions on how to place an order or want to place a custom order, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email, I’ll get right back to you.

You can browse the photo gallery to see the many prints for sale or choose a photo from a blog post. If you’re not in the mood to buy, but want to have a print out of some spring inspiration, I made a PDF of the above collage. You can download it for FREE here.

Thanks so much for your patience and interest in my work. It’s been fun to have so many of you motivate me to make it more available.

Grateful,
Christine

P.S. The first person to place a credit card order will get a fun surprise :)