Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So I have finally gone and jumped in head first once again. I have opened another shop on Etsy. This one, Gallery Zoo Art Designs, is all about jewelry--specifically, gemstone necklaces and bracelets. I am not a big jewelry wearer, but I do love the casual piece or 2 that goes with nearly everything...something that screams "C-A-T-H-I". I love simple, and I love earthy. You will not find any bling in this shop, unless your idea of bling is Mother Nature. I will attempt to add stock on a fairly consistent basis, though painting takes precidence. My current pieces are Just Beachy, Picasso Pebbles, and Mountain Sunrise. So if you are in the mood to browse, please stop by. I'd love to know what you think.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I gravitate towards the color combo of orange and blue, particularly the shade of teal. Can you tell ;o) These shades stimulate all of my senses, probably because I have so many associations with blue and orange. Visually, they are energetic, vibrant, and lively. I can both hear and feel music when working these colors, and they create an intense craving for citrus as well. They also inspire me to create, whether it be paintings or beaded jewelry. They simply feed my soul.
My newest painting, Tropicana, is an 11" x 14" abstract acrylic painting on Yupo paper and presents with a free 16" x 20" white mat. Maybe this will be food for your soul, too.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
For those of you as enamoured of "blue" as I am, you will adore this little blue floral painting. I love how the blossoms are off-set by the green gold background, which I gave a bit more texture to (adding to the contrast.) My favorite aspect of these florals, however, is the wispy-white centers of the flowers that seem to evoke a lazy summer day of cloud-gazing and letting all cares drift along with them.
Morning Glories is a 5" x 7" abstract floral painting on canvas board. As with all of my 5" x 7"'s (art cards), there is blank paper on the back for personalization.
Ah ha...here it is, my African Wildlife Series One. I really love these colors together, so much so, in fact, that you will be seeing them soon in my next large size triptych (20" x 36".)
This series is a quadtych, a set of four individual 5" x 7" abstract acrylic paintings on canvas board. Each one is a special selection illustrating the raw beauty and energy that we associate with Africa and its unique wildlife: a mother elephant and her inquisitive calf, racing back to her side for comfort and security; a heron in the waters at daybreak; grazing gemsbok; an abstraction of zebra stripes. I must admit I will feel a bit of a twinge when I part with these!
African Wildlife Series One, only available on Etsy.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wow--spring is roaring in and I've been fortunate enough to be busy, busy, busy! So much so that in fact I have been extremely remiss with regards to blogging. I actually listed this painting, Cottage Lanes, a couple of weeks ago, and I am in the midst of working on a small series of 5" x 7" 's on canvas board, entitled African Wildlife Series as well as two other larger paintings. As you can see, my AADD (Art Attention Deficit Disorder) is truly shining now.
But back to Cottage Lanes...
This is a 20" x 20" acrylic abstract floral diptych on gallery wrapped canvas. Each panel is 20" x 10", and may be displayed close together or farther apart to cover less or more wall space. This piece actually began as a triptych, but the third panel just did not mesh with the other two. (It was, however, the perfect abstract backdrop for a painting of a train for my son's bedroom. As soon as the train is completed, I will post it here.) I love the colors and patterns that emerged when painting Cottage Lanes--and blending the edges of the flowers into the background reminded me of the waves of color in fields along quiet country roads...as well as seeing flowers in the rain through a blurry wet window. I love that I can almost smell wet earth and fresh mulch when viewing this.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Another YUPO painting has emerged from the studio. Revelations Of Spring is about the exuberance of new life as Mother Nature erupts from the earth amidst the cacophony of birds engaged in mating rituals and insects awakening from their winter slumbers.
It is simply about the beauty inherent in Spring's chaos.
11" x 14" abstract acrylic painting on yupo paper. For those unfamiliar with yupo paper, it is a unique paper that does not absorb water. Paint stays on the surface of the paper instead of seeping into it, allowing the colors to remain their truest and most vibrant. Yupo paper will not tear or crease, and is designed to remain flat. I love this stuff. I must also note that there is a bit more teal in the painting than is shown in the photo, most noticeably above the flower. I could not quite get an exact match in Photo Shop, but this image is close.
Revelations Of Spring presents with a FREE 16" x 20" white mat.
Back to orange for my latest 5" x 7" paintings. Saphire Cream On Citrus has incredibly vibrant colors, and the blooms developed gorgeous marbleized effects during the painting process. As always, these "art cards" have blank paper on the back to write personalized messages. They truly make unique keepsake gifts! Saphire Cream On Citrus are available as a diptych for $20.00, or individually for $12.00. Only found on Etsy.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
CLEAN STUDIO SALE!!
I desperately want a clean studio. Here is a great opportunity to help me out with my attempts at spring cleaning :o)
For the month of March, I will be hosting a CLEAN STUDIO SALE at Boundless Gallery. Click on the tab marked S*A*L*E to browse select inventory up to 50% off! This is a remarkable opportunity to purchase a GALLERY ZOO ART original at a fraction of my regular online prices.
For those of you who live in the St. Louis area, if you contact me prior to your purchase you can get free shipping as well.