Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Woodslice Ornaments

      Winter craft show season is here.  This weekend kicks off the first of three I have scheduled right now and I'm excited to show off some of my latest creations.  First off, I've been wanting to try painting on wood slices for a while and finally got around to doing it.  The hardest part was deciding on a subject.  But, of course, I ended up with birds.  I like to use birds in my art and birds live in trees (wood) so it seemed like a natural choice.  I really liked the feel of the fluid acrylics on this surface so I'm hoping these will sell well and I'll have an excuse to make some more.  All in all, not to bad for my first try I think.


Monday, January 21, 2019

All Year Ornaments


     As I wrapped up 2018, I finished up a batch of Christmas ornaments while I was still in the Christmas spirit.  I painted a handful of wooden shapes I bought on my last Pat Catan's run.  But to me, ornaments aren't just for Christmas trees.  They're mini pieces of art that you can hang up just about anywhere!  Hopefully, this dragonfly will add a pop of color to someone's space!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Art for Sale: Vinnie


     Last Friday, I added "Vinnie" to my Etsy shop.  This is a portrait of a golden retriever I painted last year.  I've been considering getting into pet portraiture and this was a bit of a test run.  It was also an experiment in style as I usually don't use brushstrokes like this.  It kind of reminded me of Vincent Van Gogh's and the heavy texture I've seen in some of his work hence the name "Vinnie."  I hope this doggo finds his way to a loving home.  If you'd like, you can check him out in my shop at:

https://www.etsy.com/RavenmaidCreative/listing/674176487/original-acrylic-painting-vinne-dog?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1547524565178

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year!


     Happy New Year, everyone!  It's my first blog post of 2019 and I'm trying to get off on the right foot by trying to be more consistent with my post schedule.  Every year is a fresh start and a great opportunity to refocus, make some exciting plans, and recommit to becoming a better artist.  I'm determined to make this a banner year.  Already I have three vendor/ craft shows scheduled.  You can find me at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy's "Cabin Fever Reliever" show on Feb. 2.  On Feb. 9, I plan to, once again, be at Art's Alive at Mardi Gras at The Corinthian in Sharon.  Also, I'm doing my first ever show in Ohio at the Badger Spring Craft Show in Kinsman, OH on March 9.  Most exciting of all, though, is I'm registered for my second year at Texas School of Professional Photography in late April/ early May.  I. Can. Not. Wait!  It's even more exciting this year, in a way, because I know what awesomeness awaits there. 
     In other news, I finished my first painting of the year.  It's one of my 3D paintings and I call them 3D paintings as opposed to sculptures because I didn't sculpt them myself.  I just painted them like a three dimensional canvas.  This is a cardinal I've had my eye on and I finally bought two or three months ago with the idea of painting it in my logo colors and using it as a decoration for my show table.  It could hold cards or, well, I'm not really sure yet, but I like how it turned out. 
    I also finished a batch of ornaments (mostly Christmas ones I started while I was still in the holiday spirit.)  In progress is a small painting of a tiger in my cutout style so look for that here and at some upcoming exhibitions once it's finished.  Thanks for stopping by today.  It's going to be a great year!