Thursday, May 16, 2019

Crow Paintings: Series Two...

We’re still saving up for improvements to the new space. While we were moving the store, we blew through the budget quickly as there were several unexpected challenges that popped up. In an effort to recoup some of the money we lost while being closed (longer than we anticipated) and to fundraise to complete unfinished projects, I started making these crow paintings.

I originally planned three series of paintings - thirteen each in the first two and six in the last. All of the first series and second series found homes. Here are the paintings from the second series. To make these paintings, I start out creating layers of paint and salt on heavy watercolor paper. The surface is sanded and then more layers are added in acrylic paints, iridescent pigments, and metallic paints. Once completed, I seal them with a spray fixative. Each painting measures 5”X5” and is signed and dated by me.

The third series should be ready soon. The best place to check on availability is on my Facebook timeline or the shop's. CLICK HERE to go to my personal Facebook page and HERE for the shop's page. They've been selling out rather quickly. I've been contacted about holds and I prefer not to do that, as it causes a lot of extra work on our end and the paper trail is scattered about, which complicates shipping and record keeping.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Crow Paintings: Series One...

It's been awhile since I last posted. I thought that I would share a look at some of what I’ve been working on. We recently moved the shop down the street to a bigger location. While we were moving, it became quickly apparent that we would blow through our moving budget. This was partly due to the fact that between illness, material delays, and bad weather, our opening date was postponed and we had to remain closed threes times longer than we originally planned. I knew that we’d have to make it up somehow and started working on a new series of paintings to help generate some funds. Even though I was deep down bone tired each day, I spent a little time each night working on the paintings. I even fell asleep at one point while I was painting and the brush dried to my shirt! 

Here are the first 13 crow paintings in this series. While the move is technically over, there’s still a lot to be done and we still need to recoup the money lost while we were closed. Each painting is 5”X5” and is on thick, cold-pressed watercolor paper. To achieve the backgrounds, I created layers of paint, salt, and acrylic medium that were sanded down. On top of the backgrounds, I added layers of acrylic paint and pigments. I embellished with metallic and iridescent paints. Each painting is spray sealed. 

All of the paintings found homes and I'm working on the next installment of this series.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Flowers of Spring...

This has been perhaps the longest that I've gone without blogging. It's funny, because it's also a time that I feel that I'm more connected than ever. I feel like in the past, before we had the store, I could blog and then sort of check out and live life. Nowadays, it feels as though my life is more integrated than ever with technology and I'm constantly checking Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. I think a lot of that is due to how convenient it is to hold a phone and do all that, as opposed to sitting down and spending time. It feels like time is always slipping away.

In the months that I've not updated this blog, there have been a lot of developments! We're in the process of moving the store, which is the biggest thing on my mind. We've been in our current location for over five years and we've lived a lot of life there. It's bittersweet to move. We love our current location, but we've long since outgrown it and we're bursting at the seams. It'll be nice to have some space and room to grow.

I think that's been on my mind a lot lately. The idea of growing things and how the seeds I've planted have faired. Some of the seeds are duds. Nothing happened. They were cast out into the world but never took root. Other ideas have flourished and thrived.

Since I last posted, I traveled across country road trip style to attend the Tucson gem shows. I also spent a few weeks with my family down in Asheville. Then I came back and have been working away. We've been planning events and booking teachers. We were in the New York Times. So much has happened. It all seems like such a blur.

But much of my focus right now has been spent on planning for the new space and how we're going to accomplish everything that we want. It's not going to be easy and is going to take a lot of energy and fortitude, but I have a really good feeling about the future. The decision to move feels right. I really can't explain it, but I feel like there's a lot of potential and good energy in the air.