Every now and then someone will contact me about a painting they saw online and ask if it is still available, and more often than not the painting has already sold. This is true of one of my most popular paintings from 2008, "Aqua Burn", it sold in 2008, but prints are available of it. A recent, new collector, reached out to see if it was possible to similarly recreate it. I was more than happy to do so, since I haven't painted anything from my Circle of Life painting in months! I always enjoy revisiting certain styles and colors, and this is one of my favorite color combinations for any style or painting.
The original "Aqua Burn" was created on an 18"x24" canvas, but the new collector wanted a much larger size and we settled on a 60"x48" Genie Canvas. I always love to paint oversized, it's challenging and the effect of larger paintings is so impressive once hung. Here is a compilation video of the painting in process and finished hanging up in it's new home.
Below are pics of the painting hanging in it's new home in the mountains of Montana ( I lived in Montana for the first 5 years of my life :). The beautiful mountain scene is what the painting sees looking out the window, how magnificent and beautiful is that?!
It's amazing how well such a colorful, contemporary painting can fit in with the wild rustic beauty of the collectors home they describe as "Mountain refined with log accents". It's as though they were made for each other! It is always such a thrill to see my art hanging in it's new home, it's as if a part of me gets to travel around the world through my art.
Looking back on the past 12 months I definitely see a consistent trend in my art, as always...it's colorful! and has my unique spin on PoP Art with a combination of realism and abstraction thrown in to create a style that I hope always portrays who I am and is instantly recognizable as my art.
Looking forward to 2017 I know I will be working on several new collections, particularly my EMPOWERED collection to inspire women to be successful, creative, strong and motivated to live their lives and pursue their dreams while being true to themselves. This collection will be comprised of abstract sybmolic paintings. Within this collection I will also be doing a "Women Warriors" series depicting famous women who have displayed the ideals I wish to inspire within the EMPOWERED collection. I started on my first two just this week, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Frida Kahlo. Both fitting in that we just a few days ago lost the strong-willed and outspoken Carrie Fisher at such an early age (RIP Carrie), and Frida was a woman far beyond her time in her strength and resolution to live her life the way she wanted, and of course as a fine artist herself I feel so very inspired by her ability to have moved past difficulties and heal through her art.
I will also continue to work on my abstract symbolic paintings, particularly on oversized canvases from Genie Canvas. These paintings have such an impact due to their size and bold, vivid colors while also drawing the viewer in for a closer inspection to search out and relate to the symbolicly inspirational messages hidden within the painting.
And the third collection I will continue to grow and create for is my Luxe Life, all about the good things in life to inspire us to reach for our dreams and enjoy what life has to offer. And of course other ideas will always pop into my head and must be put to canvas and paint, I will never stop creating spontaneously if something overwhlemingly strikes me to have to create it.
I am also looking to show more of my art in person, in addition to my online presence; art is so much more powerful when you can look at it up close and delve into the richness of the colors and slightest variations of the brushstrokes that cannot be seen on a computer screen. It is time for me to step out of my introverted, creative shell and put my art and self in front of more people in the physical sense, so stay tuned for announcements of where and when you can meet me and see my art for yourself!
I look forward to a fabulous 2017 and hope all your dreams and aspirations will take root and/or come true!! I will be working towards fulfilling mine and creating more :)
As many of you know I am a HUGE fan of the remarkably ingenious Genie Canvas. It has revolutionized the way I, and so many other artists paint, it allows us to be able to create huge, oversized paintings and ship them for a fraction of what they would normally cost to ship, and since they ship rolled in a tube they are well protected. And not only are they shipped in a tube, but you have everything ready to mount the art and have it hanging on the wall within literally minutes...genius!!
And they now come in an easy open tube! This is such a great improvement versus using tape and having to securely re-tape the lid. I love the fact that Genie Canvas is always coming up with ways to improve their product, to make it the most efficient and easiest large canvas for both artists and the art collectors. To learn more about Genie Canvas visit their site.
Here is a quick little video demonstrating the new easy off lid, such a time saver and super easy to use. Now I can't wait to get started painting on the canvas itself!
I finally finished the monster 8 foot by five foot single canvas painting! It was quite the process and I often times felt like a contortionist, haha!! especially when it came to painting the bottom portion of the painting...I think I need to figure out a different way, like hanging on the wall, in order to reach the bottom sections more easily.
Here are some fun work in progress photos, from the unrolling of the amazing Genie Canvas, my go to for oversized canvases, to the finished, colorful painting "To See Clearly"© hanging in my living room awaiting it's new home :)
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I just finished up my latest PoP Art style abstract painting "Illusionary"©, created on a 36"x36" gallery wrapped Genie Canvas. I love these colors and working in this style is always an adventure, I never know what I will end up putting on the canvas, as I'm sketching out the idea to putting on the last stroke of paint, it all just seems to fall into place until I feel the exact moment when the painting is done. It keeps it interesting for sure!
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