Cherry Blossom Painting

I’ve been working my tail off trying to wrap up some art projects around here.  I made a promise to myself to allow more time to make art in 2014 – we shall see how that promise holds up.  Some of the projects are for myself, while many are for others.  I do believe that half the women I know are having babies in 2014!  
This painting is for a coworker who is having a girl any day now.  She is going with silver, gray, and pink in the nursery.  I stuck with a simple silver background, a stark black branch from ink, and bright pink cherry blossoms.  
Cherry Blossoms, acrylic paint and India ink on paper, 9×12″, 2014.

This close-up shows the silver off a little better.  I used India ink so that I could drop the ink on the paper and then blow the ink to create interesting organic lines for the branches, then I went back in and filled in with a brush.  

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Window to a Birch Forest

The timing of my finger splint coming off lined up perfectly with the start of school.  Due to the possibility of damage to the soft tissue, I had to wear the splint all day and all night for 7 weeks.  I was able to start weaning off of it just before heading off on our vacation out West.  Long story short, artwork was severely stunted this past summer.  I was able to do sewing projects because I could keep my finger straight while feeding fabric through the machine.  The only snag, no pun intended, was when I was hand sewing something and the Velcro on the brace would catch the thread or fabric.  
Due to my extended hiatus from art, I am currently playing catch-up.  First up – the belated wedding gift for my friend Hannah and her husband, Joel.  They were married in June and we missed the wedding due to the coinciding date with the last days of school.  
She has a love of Colorado and its stunning birch forests.  So, here is her own window to a birch forest.  It’s on its way to you soon, Hannah!  Check back for more catch-up art projects over the next couple of days.  
Window to a Birch Forest, oil pastel and watercolor on paper, 9 x 12″, 2012.  

Cosmic Dance of the Universe

I finished this watercolor painting of Shiva and the Cosmic Dance of the Universe, before Easter.  It was one I have been working on for a little while.  I used a photo of a statue from a college text book as inspiration, Art of India.  The painting was for some friends for the upcoming celebration of the birth of their second child.

Shiva, watercolor on paper, 2012.

The camera was not cooperating on Easter, and so my original shots were somehow lost.  Just took these today.  The saturated colors on this watercolor painting were especially fun to work with, I added the black outline for a a little punch.

Buddha next?

Save the Date cards

I haven’t made much as of lately.  I did get the chance to cook up some ideas for my sister’s wedding save the date cards.  I made and was not too thrilled about it and decided to go ahead and make two more and just let her decide on the favorite(s).  She ended up using the two drawings, the ones on the ends, as the mailers.

Caroline’s save the date cards. 
Left: chalk pastel on paper, 4 x 5″, 2011.
Middle: Collage on paper, 4 x 5″, 2011.
Right: Oil pastel on paper, 9 x 12″, 2011.

Frog collage

Happy New Year!  This artwork was supposed be finished in time for Christmas for my friend, Julie, but I guess it will now be a Happy New Year artwork.  I found this fun frame at TJ Maxx at the same time I found the red frame Lauren’s Day of the Dead collage.  She is a huge fan of green so I built the artwork around the frame.  I thought she may be able to use this as art in her little boys’ bathroom.  This may be new territory I am getting into here: children’s art.

 Frog on Lily Pad, collage on paper, 5 x 7″, 2010.