Broad Ripple Art Fair this weekend!

Imagine yourself sitting at the bottom of a hill and you look up to see a beautiful evening sky with a hint of pink, surrounded by a sea of color. This is my newest painting, “Under the Blue Sky”. It will be for sale along with many others at the Broad Ripple art fair in Indianapolis.

When I started this painting I knew I wanted snapdragons with a lot of texture. The sky, then the snapdragons then I wasn’t sure which way I was going. Intuitive painting is putting down paint on a canvas and then eventually it will turn into something to work with. You stand back and start seeing different elements, shapes, colors. Check out the Indianapolis Art Center site and come visit us at booth 117.

 

New Painting

A painting I started a few weeks ago. I pictured rows of hearts with a neutral background.

The words were added first before the details.

I have added a lot of fun elements along with outlining the hearts.

A flying bird

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The bottom hearts are indigo.

Added some violets and a caterpillar.

The profile needs some decorations.

A cat stretching with a butterfly on it’s nose. This was a fun painting to create. It will be up in my shop this week to purchase prints. I haven’t picked a name yet.

A little sunshine for ya

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As I write this the temp. outside is 20 degrees with a prediction of snow. We have really been fortunate this year with a beautiful, comfortable fall up until Sunday the 4 of December. Now is the season where the sun doesn’t show his face too much. When it does peek it makes me feel instantly better with more energy. Then he goes behind those grey clouds again to play hide and seek. I have gathered together my pictures of sunshine that I was called to create. This is my most recent mixed media sunflower. 5 X 5 canvas, the brushstrokes go out onto the sides of the canvas and a textured middle.

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I call this my Van Gogh like sunshine for the recently complete “In the Pines”.

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A torn paper sun that is warming the “Wildflower Field” painting.

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I always am drawn to a beautiful sunset. We get many in our area.

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I made a pop-up box and sent it to a friend. This sunshine stamp was used to go along with the coffee stamps because coffee is great with the sunrise.

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An earlier sunflower painting. Wouldn’t this make you happy to have it on a shelf at work. Put a little sunshine in your work day. Again a 5 X 5 canvas.

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I used that same sun on a card and made it dimensional. My sun faces have to have rosy cheeks.

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This little sun I picked up at a third world shop that was possible made in Portugal or Bolivia, I can’t recall. I enjoyed all the detail in it.

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From our walk through an Acres Land Trust area, the sunshine through the trees.

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One morning this year I watched the sun rise and it was glorious!

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A stained glass garden stake I had in front of my catmint, the sun shining on a road. It is such a pretty piece. If you live in the north and don’t get much sunshine during this time of the year, I hope you find ways that help. Enjoy the peeks of sunshine when he lets us know that he is still back there even though it doesn’t seem like it. The sunflower pictures prints can be found in my Etsy shop.

New Painting in Shop

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Just finished this painting today just in time to offer in my booth this weekend. I will be setting up in Roanoke Indiana at the Art Fair A Renaissance in Roanoke. It will be this Saturday October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is going to be a beautiful fall day of 63 degrees and sunny. This painting is named “Love Many Things” after the Vincent Van Gogh quote I have added to it.

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This is a photo from my tent two weeks ago at Art at the Riverside in Leo Indiana. This was a really nice show setup. All the art booths were in an oval so we could look out and see everyone. The traffic flow was quite good with nice space in between the tents. There were food trucks to choose from for lunch. There was great music groups also. Each show becomes more successful and that is fun! Since this show was close to home it was nice to be able to see people I know too. I hope to see you this weekend.

I love making art with my pals

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We like to get together at least once a summer (though we would love to do it more often) and work with stamping and art supplies. The theme was a folded journal book made from a manilla file folder. We found the technique on good ol Pinterest. Here we are working diligently with our mess of fun. I have my Ipad with the instructions up to read out loud.

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We were all flying by the seats of our pants (as I call it). Not really having much of a plan in regards to colors or how we would like the outcome of this project. This is a trial run to see if we would want to finish it or even do it again. The whole idea of the project is to fold the bottom and and score it in fourths to make pockets on the inside and add tags or pictures, etc. Here is my work in progress.

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Michelle is stenciling here and her color theme ended up being blues and purples.

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Theresa had a yellow or a limy green going here. Then added wonderful stencils and textures in reds. Here you can also see how the bottom is folded up and the start of the pockets. She has a lot of interest going here.

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Here are the projects as we ended our sessions. They were not completely finished, but as Theresa said “I could spend a week more just to get this done. She had to do her tags yet. I do love this picture, the colors are great and my friends too!

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And here is my partially finished project. I didn’t like it as I was making it but I do now. Sometimes I just have to walk away for a day or two. I put a couple of tags in it that I already had made to see if they would fit. This could be a fun project to give as a gifts and add personal mementos in it.

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They both brought me a little somethin somethin which I just love too.

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It seems as if they know me very very well. Thanks for sharing in our fun. Oh and if you follow me on Pinterest this is under my Techniques board.

Wearing the paint brush out

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My first outdoor art fair of the season is next weekend, May 15th. I am working diligently to get as many paintings done as possible. I started two new ones today. They are in the very early stages. I love the colors in the wide one. It looks like a sky, ocean and beach….but it is not. They are very soothing colors.

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Can you see the tulip? Check back for the finished products. Have a beautiful weekend, it’s going to be here.

Pursue the passion

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You have a calling in your heart. Change is hard but that feeling keeps tapping on your shoulder. You want to do it, you want to pursue what you love and make a living from it. It won’t be easy. It will be hard work but it will make you happy. For all of us who have done this, who want to do it….spread those wings. A recently completed, mixed media painting.

new sketches

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Working on different owls to put into a mixed media painting. I think owls are fascinating. Here I am working more on size and deciding how I am going to place feathers and not so much on minute details.

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Same thing here, burrowing owls and a snow owl.

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Possible placement on the painting, nothing is set in stone just ideas.

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Starting out with a blue and black textured 18 X 24 canvas. Hope to have it finished this week. As Always, thank you for stopping!

Sarah Kay

Hatteras Shoreline with Watermark

In August I created this picture. I don’t say painted because it is more than that. It has torn paper and cut paper, texture paste, stencils, stamping and painting. When I went to my first art fair this was displayed right at the edge of my booth. If I would have been able to collect $10.00 for every time someone stopped and read the quote, I would probably have $500.00. A lady even took a picture of the quote. I really am happy with this picture because it has a lot going on in it. The shorebirds and the seagulls, the sea turtle making it’s way back to the sea after laying her eggs. The quote is just perfect for it and I found a TED video with Sarah Kay. I am fascinated by her. She has the gift of words and so enjoyable to listen to. Please watch the video, it has the quote in it.  If you would like to purchase this original,  email me. A print can be found in my Etsy shop Etsy.com/Shop/HeresMyHart.  Have a fantastic day and thank you for stopping by!

It only took two years

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I have had these next two prints for at least two years or longer. They are from an artist Diana Sudyka who’s business name is Tiny Aviary. Click here for the link. She lives in the Chicago area and all her paintings include a natural element. I am drawn to all the activity that is happening in these two pictures. This first one was based off a children’s book illustration. I love the two kids with the rosy cheeks. I also really liked the jack-in-the-pulpit. It is called “The Wonders of Nature”.

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The next one is called “The Backpack”. The owner left the backpack and the birds are unpacking it and putting the contents in the tree. There are boots, pots and pans, binoculars and a compass to name a few items. It reminded me of the childrens book “Caps for Sale” when the salesman went to sleep with all his caps on his head. The monkeys came along and took his caps and hung them in the tree.

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We then hung the ornate refurbished frame I found in an antique store. ” Happy Birds” mixed media painting was hung inside it. I really love this look.

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It was hung in the landing of the stairway.

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It picks up the colors in the grandmothers flower garden quilt.

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They were hung on the Great Room wall beside a drawing I did in Art Class.

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The drawing was based on a project called the faces of God. We had to make it our interpretation and I divided mine into four areas with rain and a rainbow, thunderstorm, sunshine and snow. I included young pictures of my boys and nature like irises, sunflowers, trees. One of my favorite drawings from school. Thanks so much for checking in.