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Well, it didn’t really turn into a very disciplined portrait-a-day sort of thing, because the run-up to Christmas was a bit mental and life got in the way. But I did go several more pictures, including one that wasn’t a portrait… because I needed a break from faces. So here’s the final set of images. I’m considering getting back to it and doing some more soon actually. Most of these drawings are now available as prints on my Etsy shop.

*** Oh, please note: If you’re a Bernie Sanders supporter (as I clearly am), I’m running a donation scheme on that portrait – I’m donating $10 from every sale of his portrait directly to his campaign, for as long as he’s running. Feel free to spread the word 🙂 ***

Behold!

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mariecurie_etsy

This is where I got tired of faces…

neuschwanprint_etsy

….Aaaaand then I was back in the portrait saddle.

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johnny_cash_etsy

And here’s my latest musical obsession, because it’s now tradition to end on that note. It gives me the same feel as a John Hughes ’80s film. It makes me want to watch the Breakfast Club or something. In fact, I think I might just go do that. And then maybe do some more drawing! That is how I party on a Saturday night, folks… 😉

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Happy New Year!  Yes, it is I, the prodigal blogger, back for one night only to wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous, peaceful 2012 free of all asteroids, pole switches, super volcanoes or whatever disaster it was the Mayans thought we had coming this year…

This past autumn and winter have been busy busy busy for me with the onset of grad school madness, hence the complete and utter death of my artistic life, sadly.  That’s not entirely true… I did enter a couple paintings in one more – the fourth of the year! – exhibition, at Peacock Visual Arts here in Aberdeen, for their enormous 500+ strong Winter Exhibition.  It was an excellent if slightly overwhelming show and an honour to be included amongst so many talented local artists.

But other than that, it wasn’t until today that I finally had some time to do some painting.  That too isn’t entirely true… I actually ought to be reading and doing all manner of things for my psych experiments and literature reviews due in January, but I figured it being New Years Day, I could take the day off guilt-free and hit the salt mines again tomorrow…

I had really wanted to take part in the Virtual Paintout challenge for December, the location for which was Eureka, California.  Given that December is holiday month, and given that I always get horrifically homesick this time of the year, I was relishing sitting down and browsing through Google Streetviews of good ol’ northern California.  But there were final projects for grad school, there was Christmas shopping, and I just didn’t get to it until today… when it’s too late to enter it in VP.  But that’s okay, I still got the pleasure of a virtual trip home(ish), and the sight of sunshine and redwoods did this California girl’s homesick heart the world of good.

I ended up doing a painting of a road lined with redwoods.  My camera just could not get a decent shot of this painting tonight, I’m afraid, and no amount of Photoshopping seemed to help, sorry.

Redwoods & Sunshine

Redwoods & Sunshine

But you get the gist.  Everyone always thinks of palm trees when they think of California, but if you grew up in northern California as I did, the redwood tree is another staple tree.  This particular image reminded me of a camping trip I went on with a friend about a decade ago.  We went up to Canada and I remember mainly how incredibly cold, even in the middle of summer, it was the whole time.  At one point I think I was wearing every item of clothing I’d brought with me + some of my friend’s, and I was STILL frozen.  On our last night, back in California at last, we stayed the night in a redwood forest somewhere near where this Google Streetview source photo was taken.  For the first time on that trip, I was actually pleasantly warm, and I remember lying in the tent listening to the redwoods creaking as they swayed gently in the breeze.  It was heaven.  The rest of the trip convinced me that I am definitely not a camper; but that night is a pleasant memory – and I was so happy to be back on California soil…

In other news, I have finished the Mermaid painting I showed as a work in progress earlier.  It’s one of the paintings that went into the Peacock Exhibition.  I’m quite pleased with how it looked in the frame too.  Prints of this painting are also available for sale on my various shops (see sidebar for links).

 

Mermaid (Framed)

2011 was a good year for me artistically – my first exhibitions, I started up virtual shopfronts, I have sold paintings and prints and made friends in the local art scene.  2012 will unfortunately have to be spent focusing on my psychology degree instead.  However, I am determined that I will find time in the coming year to do some painting – for my own sanity!

This will just be a short post, just a little show-and-tell of another drawing/painting I did recently. I have only recently returned from a 2-week holiday home to California. I took my sketchbook with me thinking, again mistakenly, that I would have the time and inspiration to draw and paint on vacation – never happened…. with the exception of one watercolor pencil drawing, inspired not by my surroundings, but from a photograph one of my Facebook friends (Saori Kuroda, a woman I met in grade school and who now lives in Japan) posted on Facebook. Such is the nature of inspiration… I loved the way the water rippled and the muted mossy greens.

Might I also take this opportunity to remind people that I have some prints for sale on all three of my shops – EtsyFolksyRedBubble – for which I donate 60% to the Japanese Red Cross’ Earthquake/Tsunami relief fund. It may be out of the news these days, but is definitely still a major problem in Japan… I have extended the offer through June, so please consider this option if you like any of the prints this applies to (Black Cherry, Snow on Bennachie, and Bamboo Forest – and I will add prints of the above picture as well, as soon as I get it scanned). Thank you.

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden (from photo by Saori Kuroda)

So, several people have been good enough to me lately on Folksy to feature some of my paintings in their ‘Folksy Friday’ blog entries, so I figured it was time to give back. And what a fun idea, to do a collection of Folksy gems based on a theme. It appeals to my obsessive mix-tape making self!

So this Friday, my first Folksy Friday, my theme is ‘Haunted’ in honour of the changing season and the upcoming October holiday. Have I mentioned that I would kill for some pumpkin ale right about now?!

I hope you enjoy these items as much as I did! Some stunning stuff out there!

‘Foggy’ painting by georgiepaintFoggy by georgiepaint

‘Papercut Gothic Flowers card’ by Papercuts by Suzy Taylor
Papercut Gothic Tree Card by Papercuts by Suzy Taylor

‘Ghost necklace’ by lej jewellery
Ghost necklace by lej jewellery

‘Haunted Moon’ earrings by owl on the sill
Haunted Moon earrings by owl on the sill

Shabby Chic Primitive Ouija Spirit Board WICCA by Tigerlilly Primitives
Shabby Chic Primitive Ouija Board by Tigerlilly Primitives

‘Spirit within me’ by Johanna Garnham Batiks
Spirit Within Me by Johanna Garnham Batiks

‘American Gothic’ yarn by KnitCave
American Gothic yarn by KnitCave

Edgar Allan Poe // The Raven // Original Framed Artwork on vintage book page by wall envy art
Poe art on book page by wall envy art

Eye stitched illustration by Sam Gibson Stitched Illustration
Eye Embroidery Wall Plaque by Sam Gibson

‘Ghost’ by Amy’s Clay Critters
Ghost by Amy's Clay Critters

Gorgeous Black Rose cabochons Necklace by SweetestThings
Black Rose necklace by SweetestThings

Well, kind of US… They’re both international, really, but in addition to Folksy (where I have added a few more paintings for sale, by the way), I have now opened shop on Etsy! There are only three paintings for sale there so far, but I’m working on prints still, so those will be an option on both shops pretty shortly. So keep your eyes peeled! (I never understood that expression. Peeling eyes? Ick.)

Please have a look and invite all your pals! 😉 Ta muchly.

Well, my pal’s birthday is past, so I can share the painting I gave her as a pressie. It’s this one (5″ x 7″, acrylic, metallic powder and sequins on canvas):

Peacock Bouquet

Peacock Bouquet

Yes, I know. Worth the wait, eh? 😉 Ah well, I figured a little bit of mystery and intrigue couldn’t hurt.

No other real news. We are in the throes of home improvement around here so that’s taken up a lot of my time lately, getting ready to let workmen into our horrid little sardine can of a flat… I am terrified they’ll take one look and burst into hysterical laughter, or worse yet, tears, but needs must… It has to be done. We can no longer open our windows, they’re so rotted through, and they leak when it rains, so it’s an unavoidable necessity now, really. Such is life.

In amongst tidying and cleaning today, I do plan on getting a CD put together of all my prints to ship away to an online printer so that I can start offering prints on my shop(s)! So hopefully soon I’ll be able to offer a super-affordable option to anyone who’d like some of my artwork. Exciting times. Stay tuned… Same bat time, same bat channel.

Find me on Folksy

I have officially opened shop on Folksy! (For those in the US, it’s the UK version of Etsy. I do plan on opening up an Etsy shop soon too, this is only the beginning!)

Well, it’s maybe not quite a grand opening yet, but I’ve listed five small original paintings for sale today! Can you tell I’m super excited? I am going to go bouncing off walls going, ‘Yip, Yip, Yip!’ any minute now. Well, no, not really. But it is sort of nerve-wracking when you push the ‘List Item’ button finally and realise it’s up there for the world to see now, and there’s the possibility that someone could buy them!

There was a little hiccup with the larger paintings I meant to put up as well because the box I got for packaging turned out to be just ever so slightly too small, and I need to get the right packaging together to accurately estimate shipping costs. I am still a bit flummoxed by how to figure out shipping if someone buys more than one item, but I’ll cross that bridge IF I ever get to it, I think.

I have found an apparently good UK-based online printer that can do giclee prints for me as well, so I will be sending them a CD of my scans soon and get some test prints done, and then I’ll hopefully be able to offer some prints as well! Wow.

It was definitely strange to see my paintings up there on the front page of the art section with all the other sellers…

Anyway, that is my news for the day. Nothing may come of it, but it feels good to be doing this anyway. I’ve come a long way already since I made my New Year’s Resolution in December of last year to get my mojo back and get crackin’ with promoting my art. I’m just so grateful and glad and relieved that my resolution is actually being lived up to somewhat, instead of falling by the wayside like so many resolutions past.

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