Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Cure

My most recent piece of art.  I found this vintage picture in an pld magazine.  It reminded me of the changing times between then and now and that the expectation for all girls isn't "to find a husband" anymore. I am sure there are many people who think that is the ultimate goal for women, but hopefully that will continue to change! The woman getting married in this piece is sending her wishes (the dandelions fluttering behind her) to the little flower girl. Her wishes are for the little girl to know that she can do so many things before she decides whether she wants to walk down the aisle or not.  The stepping stones the flower girl is walking on are books that relate to this same theme. The quote is by Edith Wharton. I was listening to a podcast about "spinsters" and heard this quote. I think it is perfect because it includes the feeling of contentment whether sharing a life/home space with or without another person. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I love this artist!

I stumbled across the artwork of Este MacLeod and I love her work!

Isn't this beautiful? She writes a word or words on the canvas and then uses that to create a background.  Then she paints in the negative space to create the flowers. I tried to pain in her style and I found it so difficult! I'm not used to acrylics so that made it a bit foreign as well. 

Etsy Shop

I decided to just take a chance to see if any of the art I've made is something people will want to buy. There are some pieces I like much more than others. Also, the art doesn't look the same in pictures. It's hard to see the detail, words and to see the sparkle! If anyone is interested, the shop is KCVartwork.  Etsy requires all shop names to be one word-or atleast no spaces in the name. I wanted the shop to be called the same title as my blog but it looked weird as one long word.

I've entered some artwork into a few different calls for art and so far, haven't been chosen for any. I feel discouraged at times because I don't have anyone to give me guidance and the places who have the calls for art don't give feedback on why art wasn't chosen. I'm reading a book by Madeline L'Engle and she wrote that she received many many rejection letters-enough to wallpaper her walls. I cannot even compare myself to someone of her talent, so I suppose I have many more rejection emails to go.  Chosen entries is not the reason for creating art-just a fun bonus. I really enjoy the process of making art and the thrill of an idea. I have one piece I am working on now and I haven't been able to get past a certain part of it. I'm letting it stew for a while and will see what happens.

** Thank you to the lovely Shannon Swain Paul for being my first Etsy customer. Even if I don't sell another piece, I am forever appreciative of her kindness in giving me the feeling that my art is worth buying!
Here is the piece she bought:

Family Dinner-we all think our families are "normal"!