Buttons and Tweed

This painting I just finished last week and gifted it to my wonderfully talented daughter.  She launched her handmade specialty bag business in 2013 called Buttons and Tweed.  The bag business along with everything else happening in her life; moving closer to us (which we love!), she started a new position in her career and just purchased a new condo!  The painting is for her home studio.  We are so very proud of all she has accomplished in the last nine months.copy tweed        Please visit her Buttons and Tweed blog and her facebook as well.  Her bags are presently represented in a local gallery as well as her nearly ready to go Etsy Shop.  Can you tell I’m pleased with it all…love her!

Gratefulnest

IMG_0739 These two pieces are from the commission work I just finished.  I created the nest from scraps of thread.  My daughter, who is a fiber artist and designs a line of bags was home recently and used my studio.  She left this little “nest” of threads on my art table…with love for me to recycle and use in my art.  So, I titled that little piece “Gratefulnest”…she is always thinking of her mom!

Finished Bigger!

Completed my Cityscape and photographed it outside this morning.  I like photographing my art outside because the light is so much better.  Feels good to have this bigger piece finished.  It’s hanging presently in my dining room as I just wanted to look at it for a bit, decided to probably sell it.  I’ve purchased some larger canvases and boards to continue creating on larger surfaces.

Have a great Sunday everyone and thanks for visiting my blog!

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I’m starting a series of seven mixed-media paintings. This first painting is on a 14 X 14″ gallery wrapped canvas.  All of the pieces will be about dresses.  I’m trying  some new elements, the wire hanger and rick rack are two I’ve placed in this piece. I’ve also written a poem for this piece titled The Dress. This first painting I wanted to share a brief part of the process with a slide show. I trying to stretch myself and explore a bit.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  Comments are so appreciated 🙂

First of my dress collection!

Spring Canary

My latest artwork, little yellow canary, titled Spring Canary.  Posted it on my Facebook page and it has sold.  Makes me smile as I’ve worked so hard on getting my Etsy Shop up and running.  My Etsy Shop is under greengrassart.  I’ve posted ten items for sale so far.  Realizing how many artists are on Etsy, I’m not sure how all of that will develop but I wanted to give it a go.  The canary painting was not posted on Etsy.  I was able to link my Etsy Shop to my Facebook page.  I spent hours setting up the Etsy Shop.  I am so amazed at what some artist are achieving, not sure how they do it but admire all their hard work and effort!  This little canary  inspired by my beautiful little canary that has since flown to bird heaven but was so, so loved by our family!  The words on the painting…”Whispering colors of spring”…and I am really looking forward to spring!

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Moo

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Seeking new ideas in my art.  Bessy and the bird completed!

I’ve always loved cows and birds so these two make me smile.

Seek something different!

Who knew…two new

Starting on a new phase in my art.

I’ve been fortunate to learn so many new techniques and processes in mixed-media in the last several months.  Having done my two workshops has humbled me to reach further into myself and step out of my comfort zone.  My students were extremely patient with me in my first workshop.  My second set of workshops went so, so much better.  After returning from the west coast I felt a need to push myself a bit beyond my usual controlled environment.  It’s not always easy to let go of wanting everything balanced on that canvas.  It’s taken me a bit to let go of controlling the canvas.  I can see improvement and feel a smidge more confident.  Still, it’s a journey unfolding.

Originally I was determined to wait and not share any of my new pieces.  Wanting first to get my inventory built up.   But, in the end I’ve become to anxious about it all.  Had to post.  I’ve completed five new pieces altogether.  I am satisfied with all of them but these two small pieces  make me smile.

Always continue the climb.  It is possible for you to do whatever

you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are

willing to work with a power that is greater

than ourselves to do it.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox