The Bee’s Knees

So do bees have knees?

When I painted this painting, I questioned that over and over in my mind. If they do, they sure are cute ones! A little while back, I created this painting that I titled “The Buzz”:

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Daisies have long been my favorite flower. They find their way in my paintings from time to time, but the inspiration behind this piece was another artist’s work I had found on eBay. Actually, I tried to purchase it for myself and was outbid at the last second. If it were to do over, I’d put a larger bid in there now! 🙂

A good deal of time passed and even though I could no longer see it or see even who created it, I longed to get it out of my soul and onto canvas in a style of my own. I so wish I could remember and if you happen to know, please leave a comment. I know the original one was in oil and was more of an impressionist style, if that helps. I could have had more or less bees and/or flowers, too.

When I painted my version, it turned out to be very popular on my Facebook page, so I thought I’d go ahead and offer some art print in a limited quantity in the shop here.

Okay, so I had a little fun with creating the listing for the shop, too. I played around with a virtual room to see what the print would look like framed in there. That was so much fun to do!

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I’m planning to offer more digital downloads of some of my popular pieces as well. They are so affordable for any budget and it would let more people enjoy the piece. Sharing the joy so to speak.

xoxo

Rhonda

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Pretty Little Topiary + County Fair

If you know me, you know I can’t go too long without painting a Shabby/Cottage Chic painting. While on Pinterest, I was searching for something else and came across a picture of a topiary in a vase which inspired me to paint this:

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Many of my friends and family encouraged me to enter it in the county fair this week. It’s a good think I listened – it received a 2nd place award! It’s still on display at the fair but I’ll have it back after Sunday and it will be available for purchase.

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Each time I paint a Shabby Chic inspired piece, I fall in love with it all over again. I’d say it’s a safe bet to think that you’ll see similar pieces very soon. 🙂

xoxo

Rhonda

Giveaway Information & Official Rules

Hello!

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway and since I’ve decided I’d like to try it on Instagram, I’ll be conducting the contest there. Between now and the end of the year, there will be a giveaway each month, so be sure to follow me at: www.instagram.com/thecozyloftofficial so you’ll see the contests.

This is what will be given away:

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Three fan art creations – Mickey, Minnie and Mickey & Minnie together. You can keep them all for yourself or gift them. Each of them can be personalized on the back, too!

Here are the official rules:

No purchase is necessary and a purchase does not enhance your chance of winning. This giveaway is being hosted by Rhonda James, Artist of The Cozy Loft. Winning artwork does not transfer rights. Contest void where prohibited. 

Contest begins September 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST and ends on September 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST. After all entries are compiled on a spreadsheet and assigned a number, the random number generator will be used to determine a winner. Winner will be announced on September 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm CST. 

To be eligible, you must be a follower of http://www.instagram.com/thecozyloftofficial, liked and/or shared the prize photo and have commented on any post during the contest times and dates as mentioned above. One entry per person per day. This contest is open worldwide to all ages 3 and up. It is your responsibility to determine if glass ornaments from Tennessee, USA are permitted in your location. If the winner is disqualified, another winner will be selected. 

September’s prize to be given away: 3 glass fan art ornaments, hand painted. One of Mickey & Minnie together and one each of Mickey and Minnie for a total of 3 ornaments. 

By your entry in this contest, you are giving your consent to The Cozy Loft to use your name/user name in the same manner of which you entered the contest as well as the general country and/or state in which you reside. Otherwise, all information is kept in confidence.

Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. One winner will be chosen for the September giveaway. Once the winner is determined, it will be announced on http://www.instagram.com/thecozyloftofficial and you have 24 hours to contact The Cozy Loft with your name and complete address (including country). 

Good luck and thank you for entering! Please be sure to check back often. There will be more giveaways to come between now and the end of the year. 

Warm wishes from The Cozy Loft! 

Country Farmhouse Decor

How much are you loving the Farmhouse Decor style that’s so popular right now? Everywhere I turn, I am inspired by this decorating trend. It’s clean, yet stylish and personable. There’s no doubt that we owe this to Chip & Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper/Magnolia Market. The design style is perfection…at least to many of us.

Being inspired by something – I mean genuinely inspired by something – is such a blessing! I’m talking about the truly inspired, down deep in your soul, moving kind of thing. Recently, a friend suggested I join a DIY farmhouse inspired group and since then, all sorts of new ideas and plans have filled my head and my notebooks!

If asked, I would sum up the idea of the Farmhouse Style with the warmth of wooden signs that speak of family, practical pieces that have function and a cozy aspect that makes a house into a home. Did I miss something?

Here’s a brand new item coming from The Cozy Loft I’ll have available very soon:

 

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This is a standard size mason jar with a silver lid and I’ve hand painted a goat on there along with some black dots for contrast around the piece. This would be beautiful for kitchen storage and decor or would also be perfect on a desk, vanity or really anywhere your imagination can place it.

I love that I can offer so many things to make others happy. It’s what drives me and what pushes my creativity. Just wait til you see the other new goods I’m working on.

xoxo,
Rhonda

Complicatedly Simple

I’m not going to go into detail with this painting I just finished so that you can interpret it how you see it. If you find some of your own personal meaning and feelings in it, then I have done what I set out to do. That, my friends, is what art is all about.

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I’ve listed it here for auction. I was hesitant about listing it but realize that’s why we create things from our hearts. If we keep it to ourselves and don’t share it, that is a disservice to our talents and our crafts. Because it is through art and music where I believe healing begins.

xoxo

Rhonda

From Tears to Disco Penguins

Today has been a really heavy day. It’s a necessary evil when your family starts talking about wills or death, though I know it’s better to be prepared than not. Still, it makes for a reality check including thoughts of our own mortality or a life without those we hold dear. To be honest, I cannot stop the tears from streaming down my face as I type this. It’s so heavy on my heart.

So that led me to create some silly art. When life gets difficult, sometimes I come out with some darker art pieces and sometimes I need lighthearted silliness. Today was one of those lighthearted silliness kinds of days! Enter “Disco Penguins”:

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They are listed for auction here on ebay.

Remember not to take yourself so seriously. Dance like no one’s watching…always!! 🙂

xoxo

Rhonda

New Berry Artwork

As I sit at my computer this rainy Easter afternoon, I’m thankful the Easter celebrations, hunts, dinners, fellowships and other festivities had an opportunity to be held earlier in this day before this rain began. I’ve heard it’s supposed to drop 40 degrees from this morning to tomorrow morning…typical Tennessee weather, no doubt! Still, those kinds of changes and this kind of rain can make for a day of reflection.

There’s something about the rain pounding down on the roof, ground, coverings, windows, etc., that sometimes gives me a feeling of safety and coziness.  This is one of those times. I welcome the beauty of the showers. As Spring is in full force and many flowering trees are full of blooms, trees are beginning to show their new leaves and the promise of warmer days are to come, I start thinking of gardening.

As long as I can remember, my family has grown strawberries. I’m terribly fond of them and long for a good strawberry during months that the only ones to be found are awfully expensive and are never tasty as they are when in season. Perhaps that’s why I love to paint strawberries from time to time. This was one of those times. Here’s “Spring Berries”, my newest ACEO painting in acrylics on Canson:

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I have it listed up for auction on ebay here.

Soon it will be time to pick them fresh and eat them from the vine. Until then, I have some in my fridge that are calling my name. They are store bought, but remind me that it won’t be much longer. 🙂

xoxo,

Rhonda