Red White & Black

Have you noticed how drab the house looks when all the Christmas decorations come down? It’s sad to me to see all the pretty red and green things long gone. While my decor has some color to it and isn’t drab, I think it’s those pops of color that really keep the winter season from becoming drab.

For this very reason, I’ve expanded my Valentine’s Day decor to add some beautiful red and white…and even a little black…to my home. I created a Valentine’s Day initial flag a few years ago and am always so excited to pull it out. They are available in my etsy shop here  if this is something you might like to add to your holiday decorations.

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Then, I made a wreath for the carport door using white mesh, different ribbons, pipe cleaners and a heart wire wreath form.

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These things make me so happy and I think the touch of black is unexpected yet it adds some unexpected boldness to the pieces. What do you think? Let me know if you try it out! 🙂

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Little Artworks

It’s evening and another busy day is now winding down so I thought I’d run in and post some more of my paintings here for you before I call it a day.

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“Sleepy Time” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

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“Raven’s Rest” ACEO Acrylics, listed here

Weekend Retreat

“Hideaway” watercolors ACEO, listed here

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“My World” Acrylics ACEO, listed here

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“Lucky” ACEO Acrylics, listed here

Updated: The painting below entitled “Claire” sold to a private collector in California, thank you Jeff D.!

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“Claire” ACEO Acrylics, 

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“Professowl”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here

I like ending the post on a funny painting. And the owl with a mustache is certainly funny to me. 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful evening (or day depending upon where you are in the world) my friends!

xoxo,

Rhonda

 

Hours of Work & Fun

As I looked through the paintings as I was listing them, I recalled the time it took to create each of them. Many hours of “work” went into their creation. Why I’d just hold onto them and not try to sell them is beyond me.

With 50 free listings per month on ebay, cost was not the issue. It was definitely time along with the fact that it’s hard not to take it personal when things don’t sell at all or when things sell for very little. Truly, the work is what I love and the possibility that someone would want something that was dreamed up in my little soul and was painted with my little hands is…how can I say this…the right words escape me. The feeling is deep, like a catch in the throat, a glimmer of the feeling of falling in love. It’s a blissful state of mind when someone likes something I’ve done enough to bypass all other items they could have purchased, yet push them aside to choose mine.

At no point in time is this ever unappreciated, unnoticed or business-as-usual with me. Even comments, subscribers and likes through this blog, through Facebook or Twitter, they all go further than you could ever imagine to this artist. So, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Onto a few more of the current paintings listed and you’ve seen this gal before on my blog:

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“Eve”, ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

And I believe you’ve seen this one as well:

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“Susie”, ACEO Watercolors & Ink on Canson, listed here

This floral watercolor painting was painted last year, too:

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“Country Bouquet” ACEO Watercolors on Canson, listed here

I don’t recall what the inspiration was for this piece. Perhaps it was a contest or challenge among some of my fellow artists, but I truly don’t think so. As this one was created several years ago, I truly don’t remember. I’m sure it will come back to me, though.

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“Whitney”, Acrylics ACEO, listed here

This sweet girl is near and dear to my heart with eyes on Jesus, her heart open and the cross in her presence.

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“Discipline” Acrylics ACEO on Canson, listed here

A humorous painting of which I’m also very fond of, because let’s face it, how can I not love a Jeep-drivin’, four-wheelin’, off-roadin’, muddin’ cat???!!!

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“Muddin’ Fun” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

That seems to be a good one to end this post on, though there are more to show you soon. Since all these listings end in 7 days, I want to be sure to get them all on my blog so I have the photos somewhere safe.

xoxo,

Rhonda

Passion Note

Musical paintings are special to me and there are several different musically dedicated works within my lifelong portfolio. I use music when painting and it sets a tone; be it frenzied, methodical, lazy, earthy, or whatever mood I feel I want to evoke for the idea I envision for a piece. This one evolved from some 80s music – Lionel Richie, Madonna, Hall & Oates, and such. I call it “Passion Note”:

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ACEO miniature 2.5 by 3.5 inches, currently available by clicking here.

Through any of my work, no matter what it is, it comes from my soul of which the depths cannot be brought to light with words. What may appear to be simple is actually complex. A fevered desire to explain with paint rather than words.

It’s all about love :)

My newest creation….a rustic love sign perfect for wedding tables, but the most beautiful thing is that it’s not just a decoration for the wedding day. It’s made for home decor, too. It looks beautiful on a wall or piece of furniture. I’m in love with love. I have it listed here 🙂 

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I so enjoy what I do and the fact that I get to spend my days creating beautiful things for beautiful people for the beautiful moments in their lives. Some may look at weddings as being overindulgence or something, but I truly try to create pieces that will be cherished long after the wedding is over. New couples tend to have a brand new house to decorate…what could be more perfect than some of the gentle reminders of their wedding day? 

xoxoxoxo

Rhonda

Fixation

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~ John Muir

Maybe that’s why trees fascinate me. Maybe that’s why I cry when I’ve seen high winds and tornadoes rip them apart as if they were feathers. Maybe that’s why I feel incredibly sad when someone decided to sell all the timber on their land…and it looks so empty. Maybe that’s why they find themselves in so many of my paintings. 

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My newest “Fixation”, an ACEO (2.5 x 3.5 inch painting) Acrylics on Cansen. I have it listed here

 

Black & White + Owl Love

I’m not really sure when my fascination with owls began. I was young when I saw my first one, and hooked ever since. They are such mystical creatures…and pretty dang difficult to come across.  A few years ago, I started painting these magical creatures.  They symbolize wisdom, change, enlightenment, intuition, and insight, just to name a few. Who doesn’t need those symbols around, as much as possible?

Also, I like to work with black and white paints when I can…not using other colors in the piece but just using those two colors in varying shades and techniques. It’s amazing what can happen – at least to me, it is. Today, I combined my love of black and white painting, along with my love of owls to create this piece:

 

I listed it on ebay this evening (click here to go to the listing). Plus I’ve been contacted about painting another one in an 8×10 size, as well. I’m so looking forward to creating a larger one, but even more, I’m humbly gracious that people do like what I’m doing. Art is so subjective and you never know what piece is going to speak to which person. When something I have created is desirable to others, THAT’S the stuff. Those are the moments I cherish. Because, if I can create something that someone else can’t walk away from then it means something to them, too, in whatever corner of their mind, heart or soul. And therein lies the true beauty of art.