It is not even close to perfect, but the site rebuild is nearing completion and I am SO happy! Changing the site will allow me to bring you great new features in the future and there are BIG things in the works for My Painted Path. This spring I will have workbooks and courses available on the site. And some of them will be FREEBIES! It is going to be AMAZING!
I have been studying, planning and working like a mad woman for the past few weeks. I think it may actually be beginning to leak out of my brain at this point and I am going to try to give myself a day off tomorrow.
It is only 6 weeks now until I will officially be done with my regular employment and will begin the journey of fulfilling a few more of my biggest dreams. I LOVE the process of reaching my goals almost as much as I love hitting them. The only art making I have managed in the past couple of weeks has been more of a vision painting that I am creating for myself to help keep me focused on the hard work and the rewards ahead.
Tuesday, February 2nd we will be making “String Art Hearts” at Whimsy’s Creativity Class. I can not wait to see what INCREDIBLE creations everyone will come up with this time. Here are a few shots of the AWESOMENESS our creative Goddesses made with wood slices at the last class.
I am happy to share the first new paintings of 2016! I have been very productive and have a few new pieces to share with you. Meet “Chinook” (above), a delightful moose pausing to soak up the moonlight. Chinook is an acrylic painting on fine art paper measuring 13 x 9 inches and is available for sale. Click on the image to purchase the original or prints.
As I am sure you have noticed, there have been a few changes to the website over the past week as well. Online sales are back up and running and if you have not done so already, please click on the Subscribe button at the top of the page to make sure you do not miss out on any special promotions and the latest news from My Painted Path.
The weather has warmed up marginally enough to get out for a few good ski’s and with all the big changes coming up the extra energy has been very helpful. Last week the gallery exhibition at the theatre came down, but new work is going up at Gourmet Girl and Whimsy this week. On January 11 Creativity Classes resume with Vision Boarding for the New Year. I am keeping busy with planning for a big move in April, taking many online technology-type courses, and, of course, working on fulfilling of some of my biggest dreams; to be a full-time working artist, to build my own tiny portable studio, and to get out and live a healthier, more sustainable life a rural setting. Imagine all the inspiration that will greet me the moment I walk out my door every morning! What makes this extra special is that I will be taking all of you on my journey with me! Yay internet!
This move is big, and this move is scary, but it is exciting and opens so many opportunities for me and my family.
Below is my second painting for 2016, meet “The Night is Wild”. This delightful bear is bellowing his soulful cry to the night. “The Night is Wild” is 16 x20 inches on cradled hand-stretched canvas and is available for sale for $400. Click on the image to purchase the original or prints.
I hope the new year is treating you all well and I look forward to sharing more art soon!
Spring has arrived and I am bursting with creativity right now! Long warm days, hands in dirt and brushes in paint, I am a happy girl! So I thought I would share my joy with my two latest paintings!
This graceful buck, in full velvet is 9 x 12 inches on cradled canvas.
“A Spring Voyage” – Another bear, haha. You know I love me some bears. This darling beastly represents the teaming life unseen below the snow during the awakening of spring. He is 12 x 16 on cradled canvas. SOLD
A couple more are on the way, but I need to have a good photo session before I post any them. Have a great day!
Sky Dancer – 16 x 20 inches. Cradled Birch Panel. SOLD
I have recently completed this new painting of a livley spirited owl. I took photos along the way of the progress of this painting and I thought everyone would like a glimpse in to the process of creating a new painting.
Draw in, then block in with some watery paint the initial image on to a toned cradled birch panel.
I begin to work on adding a background. Sometimes I do this before blocking in the layout for a painting, but this time I did this after.
I am happy with the beginning of the background. I will tweak it a little more along the way
Time to redraw the image that I have covered while painting the background
This is where I begin to sort out which areas of the painting will be seperated. I continually step back and see if I like the areas I will tone differently.
I was feeling like the background needed some more texture. After the glazeing is dry, I will go back in and repaint the tonal sections.
Refining tone in areas, simplifying shapes, ideas are continually swirling and I will begin to work out what kind of details I will add in to the owl.
Adding more glazing to the background for more depth, still blocking out areas for the detail of the owl
Adding in a few more areas for detail
Beginning to add in detail, still working out how I want to progress with the piece. Do I need areas of contrast? Do I have too much going on? Should I add color?
Adding in color, refining detail areas, does the upper half of the background need to be a bit darker?
Detail work, does it need another color in the owl? He is really developing a personality and the name for the painting comes to me. Sky Dancer!
Sky Dancer is finished! Now I let the painting cure for a couple of weeks before I apply varnish and photograph the piece for future prints. I am so happy with the painting. I always love to see how each piece comes to life and develops its own personality.
In total, I spent about 20 hours in total from start to finish.
It is always a little bitter sweet to finish a piece. But before this one is done, I have already begun the next painting in my head. Cant wait to share it with you