Monday, November 17, 2014

Bloom Where you are Planted

   

Title: The Butterfly Bushes
Size: 24x30 inch 
Medium: acrylic on canvas
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Butterfly bushes are native plants to SW Virginia. I have been on my jobs with my husband and see layers of these bushes growing and butterflies flitting all around. They line the edges of bumpy, gravel road sides and are often covered in a sheen of dust. It amazes me that they even bloom much less flourish as they do. They are always covered with butterflies when the beautiful lavender blossoms open. Quite the scene. It makes me remember a quote, "bloom where you are planted". Something we forget to work on as we go dad by day through life forgetting to live in the moment and enjoy it to its fullest.

 I told you I wouldn't update the blog unless, I had something new. Over the last few days I have been feeling the need to do something, feminine. Sometimes a girl just needs to use some soft pastel colors and throw in a mix of some earthy greens and yellows, then a dash of blue to cool it all down. Materials used are acrylic. The fact that I created this piece with acrylic paint is which is a source of pride. 

Peace,
Valerie 

Monday, November 3, 2014

"Its not nice to fool mother nature..."

Happy belated Halloween greetings to you all. I hope you enjoyed your festivities. Here in SW Virginia we had pouring rain with blustery, cold winds. This slowed down the numbers of trick or treaters to 72 this year. The worsening weather followed up later in the night by bringing snow in to the higher elevations and patchy ice for us. 

The good news...we are back on an upward trend of warming weather, normal fall weather that is. 

For a bit of fun I am sharing a photo of myself and hubby. We were invited to an evening party/movie get together. It has been a while since either of us have dressed up, so behold, Mother Nature and a kilt wearing, flask toting, feather in his cap Scotsman as the result. The coolest factor (besides having fun) is that I won most original costume


Mother Nature and the Scotsman

Attendees of the Event 

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On to the subject of work/art, I am still cranking out holiday orders of canvas art and hand painted ornaments (for more details on those see previous post) that make for great gifts to an individual or family. Especially those who are hard to buy for, or that you want to give a personal touch to their present. 

I am also working on some designs for a set of Christmas cards. I will be able to sell prints on wonderful quality card stock, featuring my artwork. These cards have been favorites in the shop and other places which I have consigned them. I have the art work finished, which I will share with you below. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this idea or the designs....


  



Front Side of the Card

Back Side of Card

My biggest problem is (as usual) the photography of the designs. I am struggling to get the lighting correct, to provide the best possible image for the art work. I love using SHUTTERFLY for production of the cards, they've always created really nice quality paper card stock with printing that is always wonderfully crisp and accurate. I have tried others in the past and been disappointed with the outcome of the artwork or image. (no, shutterfly did not pay me for this endorsement) 

I will try not to post as often for the upcoming holidays, unless I have something unique or different to share with you. I tend to get a lot of similar design orders and I wouldn't want to bore you with only variations of the same themes. Please feel free to contact me with questions or regarding orders or commission work.

Peace,
Valerie




Saturday, October 25, 2014

Holiday Season Opens Early...

As fall weather brings out weather that varies from cool frosts, sunny and/or rainy days, it seems to have stimulated my friends, neighbors and coworkers holiday spirit. I, certainly find that it is easier to focus on the holidays and shopping when mother nature reminds me with beautiful colors, falling leaves, frosts and cool temperatures, that the holidays are right around the corner.  

Even better, for this artist's seasonal business, is that these feelings seem to be kindled amongst a lot of people. I find myself busy on all my free days working on orders of hand painted ornaments and personalized art or holiday themed canvas pieces. (I am NOT complaining!) 

So, I will endeavor to take this changing of the season with grace and dignity,(because we all know I usually do not) as this Santa's Helper finds her commissioned list growing earlier than usual. 

Thank you, to everyone who supports local business, in particular, artists. When you employ someone who uses their creativity, you offer them an opportunity to generate unique and fun work doing something they love. In return you are rewarded two fold, by sustaining and encouraging small business, and, giving a distinctive and noteworthy gift to someone you care about. 



Lets start off with this piece, after all fall is not gone yet! This pumpkin design is a spin off of the other fall canvases. It is 16 x 20 inches in size and it is basically the same design, but the owner requested a few sunflowers. 



This ornament is currently up for grabs. It is 4 inches in diameter and beneath the decoupage is glass. Then painted in various colors and details and priced at: $45 


Cheetah, Leopard and Zebra Print, Stacked Ornaments is a wall canvas, 12 x 24 inches in size and painted with acrylics and personalized in any pattern you prefer 

I also sell other designs of ornaments... This particular style is 4 inches in diameter, they are painted in two steps: first inside, then outside, Prices vary according to your personalization requests $35-65  Ciick this link for other examples



Ornament Holiday Art Canvas is from 2013 and still popular, it is a 12 x 24 canvas (as are most of the wall art designs) Note** the more letters in a name the smaller the ornament size. The ornaments can be created like Snowmen or Elves. Click this Link and Scroll to see more examples. 

I love to create abstract ornaments without personalization. If you are looking for a special gift, but nothing personalized, check out some of the Limited Edition 2013 Series I painted last year. They were very popular and sold well. Perhaps I should created another set this year.....

Last, but certainly not least, canvases that made up the set from the Twelve Days of Christmas. These hand painted miniature sized two inch canvas were attached to ribbon for display purposes on a tree. These pieces are something I prefer to do only as special request. But they looked awesome on display. I will see if I can get another photo from the owner and share later in another post. 

Thanks for stopping by and if you found something that sparks an interest don't hesitate to contact me via the link provided on the ride side of the page. I love to hear from you and try to bring your visions to life on canvas. Whether it be fun holiday pieces or serious work.

Peace,
Valerie 


She enjoys rain 
for its wetness, 
winter for its cold, 
summer for its heat. 
She loves rainbows 
as much for fading 
as for their brilliance. 
It is easy for her, 
she opens her heart 
and accepts everything.” 
Morgan LlywelynBard 
The Odyssey of the Irish