Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Color My World






So much for the previous putty gray painting I did! These last few days I have ditched the gray and mixed all kinds of colors for my latest paintings! I'll have more to share soon.

Have a wonderful week!
Lana

Friday, April 11, 2014

Third Time's the Charm


I've been painting again!

 
I had a few hard boards that I had painted, didn't like, painted again, didn't like, and then covered with paint left over from my palette. Today I sketched and painted the hydrangeas. More than once. :)

I love painting these abstract, painterly hydrangeas! Here are a few before (or during) and after photos. You can always click on the photo for a larger view.



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What's your favorite flower? I seem to be stuck on hydrangeas and simple rose shapes... maybe I need a new flower to paint! :)


Blessings,
Lana

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Bit Sketchy


So... I've been painting again, thanks to a recent custom order request! I hadn't painted much at all during the winter and I know that's not good. I hope I don't go that long again without painting. Anyway, the order was just what I needed to get me going again!.

No, the painting shown in this post isn't the custom order, but it's one of the paintings I worked on this past week. If I have paint leftover on my palette or in my brush, rather than waste it, I usually slather or scrape it all over a canvas or hardboard or book cover that I have nearby. In this case it was a canvas painting that just didn't feel right last fall when I painted a still life on it.

So I covered it up.

And then sketched on it.


And then started adding color over the background with my palette knife.



Not a lot of color, just 3 or 4.


And then I stopped.

For some reason, I like the sketchy, unfinished look.
Maybe because it's like me... no, not the sketchy part!

Unfinished.
A work in progress..

It makes me smile when I look at it. :)



Blessings,
Lana

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" Philippians 1:6



{this was also posted at Honeysuckle Lane's Simple Joys}

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lavender Again!



While working on a custom painting and waiting on layers to dry, I painted more vintage book covers... lavender... again.

These are just simple, fun pieces that allow me to play around with color and texture. Nothing fancy, nothing masterful, but fun and folksy.




Tomorrow I'll share the custom painting with you.

Lana

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I'm Thinking Lavender...



I've been thinking about the Lavender Festival that's coming up in June and think  I may do some lavender paintings. I had a painting from last year that really needed help... a lot of help, so I covered it with shades of aqua and put it aside. Then when I was thinking about lavender, I thought I'd try one of those scenes you see from France.... hills in the distance and rows and rows of lavender. This one's just a practice piece. I already see plenty of things I want to change.



It's not that great, but it gave me ideas of how I how I want to do the series of lavender paintings for the festival. Next one I try, I'll go with a dark background and add color, leaving darker outlines like I did in these paintings:

{nope, that's not me... it's my lovely daughter, Jessica!}




Now that I'm talking more about it... I may do some lavender linocuts and have several prints and note cards available! I'd better go make a list... I'm thinking of even more! :)

Have a blessed day!
Lana

Friday, March 21, 2014

Building a Home Decor Collection Around Artwork

Hydrangea Cottage Living Room


Somehow, I make it all through the winter without getting sick, but as soon as the skies are blue and hints of spring are in the air... I catch whatever's still lingering around.

So, in between fevers and chills and coughing and aching and rattling in my chest (sounds fun, huh?), I have spent this past week in my recliner, playing Solitaire, FreeCell, and most recently curating home decor collections on Polyvore.

For some reason, I usually forget to incorporate my own artwork into my decor. I make it and sell it or take it to a shop that sells my work. When someone comes to visit and asks to see something I made, I don't have anything to show unless it's in my workroom waiting to be sold. I thought it would be fun to choose one of my paintings as the focal point and build an entire collection around it. This collection features items that can be found on Wayfair. Back when they were known as CSN Stores, I won a gift certificate and used it to purchase a Cuisinart coffeemaker from them. Later on, they provided a gift certificate for a giveaway on my blog.
I could decorate my entire house with Wayfair! I think I'll head back over there and start a wish list... see you later! :)

Have a blessed day,
Lana

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