November Came and Went

Yes, a whole month has gone by, and I’ve missed posting on my blog! I do apologize, I had sciatic issues I had to deal with for a good portion of November. Sitting here at the desk, was not an option for me. I didn’t get to paint as much as I would like, but the paintings I did complete…I loved!
MariaChristina

Maria Christina – 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting on cradled wood panel

MariaAmalia

Maria Amalia – 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting on cradled wood panel

I created both of these elegant ladies for a very sweet collector of my paintings. She wanted something Marie Antoinette inspired. I loved doing the research for Rococo era art, and how can you not love those fluffy white hair pieces and feathers??? I don’t paint on wooden panels as often as I do the gessobord, but painting these, made me realize how much I love painting on the wood texture.

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Baroness Bristol – 11 x 14 inch acrylic painting on mixed media art board

Another painting for a new customer, who loved one of my other paintings in my shop. This is a companion piece, made just for her…she provided ideas and color choices, and she let me go from there. I adore this painting! I love the deep dark tones, and who doesn’t love a very fashionable crimson colored bustle??? I really appreciate my customers who give me ideas, and then let me take on the creativity challenge! I learned so much with this portrait.

As much as I loved making these custom paintings, I think for the first half of 2016, I will take a break from custom paintings, so I can have some time to experiment with some new techniques I learned from the five online classes I took this year. 

In November, I also had the opportunity to make a couple paintings as gifts…

50Years

50 Years – 9 x 12 inch acrylic painting on cradled wooden panel 

For friends that have been married for 50 years, I couldn’t help but make a celebratory bouquet just for them. I used my favorite colors. You can’t really tell in this photo, but there is metallic gold shimmering in the table and a few of the flowers. I couldn’t help but add a little drama to the still life.

EllaAndFrame

Ella – 8 x 10 inch acrylic painting on gessobord

Created for my niece and her husband on their anniversary…she’s a lover of elephants. I couldn’t help but add a little “bling” to her, and to the frame. This is my first completed elephant painting! She was painted in a fun and loose style, that I am really enjoying. “Ella” now lives in her new home, and is much loved.

It makes me VERY happy to create art for customers, family and friends!

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Aside from painting, I have been really enjoying pen and ink drawing again! 

PortraitOfRoseDP

Portrait of Rosie – 8 x 10 inch ink drawing on gray paper

PortraitofVivienne

Portrait of Vivienne – 8 x 10 inch ink drawing on gray paper

DPportraitOfHeidi

Portrait of Heidi – 8 x 10 inch ink drawing on gray paper

PortraitofHelenDP

Portrait of Helen – 8 x 10 inch ink drawing on gray paper

While the originals are not available for purchase at this time, I am excited to present prints of each of these ink drawings in my shop!

PortraitofStella3

Portrait of Stella

PortraitofAnna1

Portrait of Anna

Each of them are printed on high quality paper with lasting inks, and I take very great care to make them look like the original drawings. You can take a look at all the prints available in my shop…more to be added soon!

Now that I am feeling better, I have been painting more (and drawing more). I’ll be back soon to share my new works with you. In the meantime, I hope November was a wonderful month for you and you are enjoying December! 

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