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Winter Birds – a great holiday gift

Since the first set of 6 has nearly sold out and I’m getting requests for more, I went ahead and created 6 new small canvases of winter birds. I focused on Cardinals and Bluejays.

I just need to get the hanging hardware attached on the backsides and then it’s off to the Galleria for hanging.

Happy holidays everyone!

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Red balloons

(Pictured above, Red Balloons – original acrylic painting on canvas, 12″ x 12″)

Another to add to the moody series – this one more melancholy a bit sad and reminiscent. Dead tree, floating balloons, small red heart. What does it make you think of?

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Acrylic cardinals

Great night last night at the Andersonville Galleria’s December First Friday. Wow – what a crowd! I was told it would be busy but actually seeing the check out line winding all the way down the hallway was a wonderful sight. I have no idea of the actual head count but in the three hours I was there it seemed like hundreds of people came by my booth – and it seems my gift items are going over well! There was a lot of buzz in my booth and I sold 2 originals, 2 framed prints (thank you Dan!) and a couple packs of greeting cards. On top of that made some interesting connections and heard many positive reviews of my work (which always feels good!)

I heard many positive comments on my new line of cardinals, just finished minutes before walking into the Galleria last night.

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Need gift ideas? Got a few for ya here…

In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve started developing a series of small paintings  suitable for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The prices are marked to fit into any budget – small original acrylic paintings and mini framed prints starting at $35.

Also available of course are sets of assorted greeting cards – sets of 4 for $13, and sets of 8 for $25.

More small paintings are in the works – stay tuned!

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Hi acrylics, long time no see

Indiana Dunes at Lake Michigan

The original inspiration – photo taken at the Indiana Dunes

It’s been a very long time since I worked in acrylic – however I was at Michaels Crafts the other day and saw some sales going on pre-stretched canvases so I thought I’d give it a try. Luckily, I still have loads of paint left over from the last time I painted in acrylic, which must be at least 5-6 years ago.

Now what to paint? I thought immediately of a photo I’d taken on a recent trip to northern Indiana – sand dunes central. I had forgotten how much fun acrylics can be, and this subject with the wind in the grasses lent itself perfectly to the task. What a huge difference from working with watercolor!

Watercolor requires planning and patience. You paint a bit, then wait for it to dry, then paint some more, and so on. Mistakes are very hard to fix, sometimes impossible. You learn to make the most of “happy accidents”, but they’re not always so happy.

Acrylic painting by contrast is much more immediate – you paint what you see. If you don’t like something you can just paint right over it. I have to say, the easiness of painting in acrylic was a welcome change!

I have loads more canvases, I can see this becoming a “thing”.

 

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