Presenting my latest painting: "Do you love me, surfer girl?" To show you the feeling it gives me, I made a tiny little video for you with a cameo from a pretty lady. Love that vintage surfer vibe!
This is one of my favorite paintings so far. (Have I said that before? Well I'm saying it again... I guess I'm like a mother with six kids, I have a lot of favorites.)
With summer drawing to a close, it seems like the perfect time for a little beach nostalgia.
I'm thrilled to be starting a new series, "Candied Love." (That's also the name of this painting.)
Each picture will have colorful stripes reminiscent of lollipops. It's a great way to make your day sweet!
Want to know what it's like to be on the Paleo diet?
I'm actually on an even stricter version of Paleo called "The Auto Immune Protocol" which is designed to help cure my Grave's Disease. But when that diet has served its purpose, I am going to eat so much pizza that Domino's will have to hire a delivery guy just for our house.
You can buy a print of this, but the only way to do it is to click this button. It's not listed as a regular piece in my shop.
Well, I've officially finished my "Good Time Love" series. Cue celebratory video!
The next series will begin shortly... and as always I'll share it right here. As I keep saying on social media, it will be exactly the same but totally different.
Meanwhile, allow me to ramble and talk a little bit about why I paint what I paint.
I was recently talking to my mom on the phone, and she said this:
She went on to say that in order for a picture to be art, people need to be able to relate to it. If only the painter can relate to it, it is not really art. An artist must serve the audience in some way.
Part of why I paint about love is that I want to bring more love into the world. I do not have children, and due to my Grave's Disease it is hard to leave my home and serve other people in person, but I still wish to be of service to the world. I have only a few skills, but one of them is painting, so that is how I serve the world. I try to counter the depressing, dragging messages on the nightly news with an uplifting message of joy.
All of this is ridiculously hard to talk about, and I don't know why. It is so easy to make a painting, and then so hard to explain it. But that is the nice thing about making paintings with such a straightforward message: they don't need much explanation. Hopefully, you get it.
This is the last one in the series! Here's a demo of how I did it. This time the black letters are more cartoonish and stylized than usual.
I had serious trouble naming this one! For some reason it reminds me of Elvis, so I wanted to make some reference to him, but for the life of me I couldn't do it. So I named it after the appearance of the letters instead. They seem very velvety don't they?
Take a look at how I did it. (Sorry for the ugly process pictures... somebody ran off with my camera at a crucial moment, so I had to use my scanner.) Click to enlarge!
This is one of my favorite paintings from the series so far. The classic shape of the letters just does it for me. The name of the piece comes from the color change from yellow to pink where the letters intersect.
Want to see how it came together? Here's a few quick photos, click to enlarge:
As you can see, I didn't add the pink in the letters til the last minute. It just seemed like the yellow needed a foil.
This looks like a colorful painting, but there are also lots of biscuit-colored neutrals and warm grays, so it looks great on a neutral wall.
This one is continuing in the same direction of my last painting, with even softer colors and less vibrating high-contrast. I love the spring green in the leaves. Very 70s chic.
Want to see how I did it? Well, I taped the letters off, then painted in the stripes. It was still tricky, because I had to avoid the rose and leaves. I love this process, because with each step, there's a new decision and a new surprise. The pink letters came as a surprise, for example!
As always, there are prints available in my shop... or greeting cards, which are beautiful with flowers... and double as a little piece of art!
I love the earth tones in the background on this one. Definitely a good direction in this series. There's also some contrast between the yellow-green of the rose against the red-violet of the letters. Those are complementary (opposite on the color wheel), so they create even more tension.
The name of this piece is derived from the shape of the letters. I'm sure I've seen a similar "E" in a fashion logo, although for the life of me I can't find it on Google. Any suggestions?
Well since it's "fashionable" let me show off the tote bags that it can be printed on. So fashionista. Or you can get a print, too.
This painting reminds me of vintage Hawaiian kitsch. (I never set out to create these vibes, they just happen. What can I say?) The flower that takes the place of the "O" in "LOVE" also reminds me of those old woodcarvings they used to do.
This is one of the first paintings where I've documented my process, and you might enjoy a few snapshots of it as it evolved.
It starts with cutting blue painter's tape into shapes and laying them down on the paper. Once I'm satisfied with the shape of the L, V and E it's time to ink in the rose that makes up the O. This is all done freehand! After that, I paint in the stripes in the background. I try to clash the colors as much as possible.
Continuing with the "clashing" theme, I paint in the yellow rose and green leaves, then pull up the tape and color in the letters. Notice that the rose, leaves and letters are all in comparatively cool colors. That is, they're yellow... but a colder, more lemony yellow that the hot yellow-orange in the background. Since cool colors are usually supposed to be in the background, this "flattens" the image and makes it seem to vibrate more.
Let me just show you some of the tiki vibe here.