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! 🙂

Owls and Elephants? Oh my!

It’s been a while since I’ve painted some fun ACEO miniatures. They are so enjoyable and a great stress reliever…why don’t I do these more often? I finished these up this week and have them both listed on eBay up for auction as we speak so I wanted to be sure to share them here, too.

The first one I did features an owl. To me, he (or she) is deep in thought, almost mesmerized by the moon in front of him (or her) with the picturesque view. How much closer can one get? For the colors in the sky, I wanted them to be a bit complex and not too simple. Blends of ivory, yellow, purple and blue were used to create a mood. I call it “Deep Thoughts” and it’s listed here.

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For the second one, I’ve been fascinated by elephants lately and wanted to create an elephant couple. Actually while I was looking at stamps, I found one with the elephants having their trunks together in a heart. How precious! While this is all hand painted and tiny with no stamp used at all, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used black for the ground as if in silhouette and the sky gray and overcast to allow the elephants and their love to shine through. After that, I thought it could use a little something extra so I added some white and black paint splatters…always a fun addition to any piece! It’s listed here.

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I hope your weekend is starting off to be a wonderful one, 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

Love Potion for All

There are overwhelming harsh and ugly things to see in this world. Life can and will knock us down – that’s inevitable. We need not stay there – and please believe me when I say this – many would love to see us remain there indefinitely. If my work can take and undo some of that stuff, help someone with a sort of encouragement or stimulate some sense of pleasure among the pain, that is what I want! If I can give you (virtually) a laugh, a smile, a hug with paint and canvas that’s come out of my head, my heart, my soul…then I would be happy with my life’s work.

With this next phase of my life seeming to take off in a human cannonball type of way, I’ve had to dig deep into my soul fast and furiously; unearthing my past to determine where I came from and peering up ahead to discover where to take all this. What I’ve come to realize, though, is that it’s less about me and more about you. Like conjuring up a visual art-filled love potion….a peaceful outbreak of uplifting affection…and the ultimate payoff being another’s happiness. Life’s full of moments and if my work can bring joy to a moment in someone else’s life why wouldn’t I do it?

With that being my mindset in designing a sort of signature encompassing myself as an artist, I have a version ready to post. My goal was that it be simply, happily from the heart with love:

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Dogs and Cats and Unconditional Love

Oh how I love my kitty cat, Mietta! She found me back in September 2010. She was three months old, had an injured eye and was sick. I had gone outside at the apartment I used to live in and had sat down on the stairs. Since I lived on the second floor, I didn’t expect anything to bump me from behind. The bump scared me to death! I turned around to see this little gray kitten who proceeded to rub against me excessively and was purring. I picked it up (I’m calling her “it” because at the time I didn’t know if she was a boy or girl) and took it around to every apartment nearby to find out who it belonged to. Everyone said that no it wasn’t their cat. The last apartment I tried said they had seen someone drop off three kittens…a white, a black and a gray. The white one and the black one, a family took in and adopted. The gray one was sick and injured so they didn’t take it. At this point, I looked down at its little face and listened to it purring in my arms…what was I to do? I’d walked around for an hour taking it from apartment to apartment and had become a little attached. I couldn’t just sit it back down to let who knows what happen to it. I didn’t need a cat, I had just left my job for a move across country and the move fell through because of where I was supposed to live when I got there. I could barely afford to keep myself afloat much less the expense of a pet. Times were really hard while I was trying to regroup. I decided the next day, I’d take it to the shelter so they could give it medical attention and find it a home. In the meantime, I’d try asking my Facebook friends if anyone was interesting in adopting it. I took a photo of it and posted it there.

In the meantime, I had to run to the store and get a small litter box, litter, a scoop, two bowls, a small carrier for the next day, and some food. I locked it in the bathroom and took off. When I got back, it was just as purring and happy as could be. It ate like crazy and then slept at my feet while I worked on the computer.

Little by little, that little kitty cat was stealing my heart…I just didn’t know it yet.

Morning came and brought several of my Facebook friends who were wanting to adopt it. But I wasn’t going to do that.  She and I had already been playing for a while with some yarn and a bottle cap. I laughed and laughed and my heart was full of love for her! I’d already decided to keep the kitty. Or maybe it decided for me, I’m not really sure.  I went ahead and drove 30 minutes away to the nearest animal shelter to get it checked out for its sickness and see what was wrong with its eye. The doctor was awesome there and told me that it was a she, three months old, had an eye infection and a cold. I was given some ointment to put in her eye for a few weeks as well as some liquid medicine for her cold.

I felt as though I was saving her back in September 2010. But what happened in addition to that is that she saved me, too. I went through some really dark and depressing times, especially from the end of 2010 to about June of 2012. If she hadn’t been there, I’m quite sure I would have never had the laughs, enjoyment and most of all love that was wrapped up in the form of one silvery gray kitty cat.

I took better care of her than I ever took care of myself back then. If she needed something, I got it. Even if I couldn’t get it for myself.

That story comes about because of the latest burlap flag I created. This one is for dog lovers…I’ve had some dogs I’ve truly loved in my life, too. It says proudly “We ❤ Our Dog!”. Here’s how it turned out:

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I have them in my shop here. I have to make a cat one soon, too. I’m thinking a silhouette of a cat, a mouse, a fish and/or a ball of yarn. Or maybe there’s a better idea. That’s why I couldn’t do the cat one first. There are just too many choices and I want to pick just the right one. My special little Mietta deserves it! 🙂

xoxoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

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.

Christmas Memories Creations

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
– – – Ada V. Hendricks

There are so many wonderful memories I have of Christmas. The ones that I cherish the most are the ones spent with loved ones who are no longer here. I love the memories of my Granddaddy Franklin and his King Leo peppermint candy tins. My Grandmother Franklin and the ham she always made…and froze for me for later because she knew how much I loved frozen ham (yes I ate it right out of the freezer!). My Grandmother and Granddaddy James’ Christmas Day morning and crawling around all the hundreds of packages looking for the ones for myself and my family to see who had drew our name (super super super large family, so drawing names was a must!) and all the smells, sounds and feelings of the traditions which we held (and still do) close to our hearts.

Even though my Grandparents are no longer here, my heart is full of memories of all those warm hearts just loving being among each other to share peace, joy, happiness and love.

It was in this frame of mind that I created my latest Christmas ornaments. I also thought of my own life and what kind of ornaments I want on my own tree. What would be special to me? What would have meaning far beyond the ornament itself? That’s when I had these two creative plans….the first being a wooden heart ornament:

and the second being a ceramic stocking ornament:

You can click here to see the heart listing or here to see the stocking listing. I’m so in love with these two ornaments, because they have such joy and happiness in their creation. 🙂