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

Simplification

There are times I find it  difficult to let go of paintings I’ve created. This year, as a resolution, I wanted my year to be focused on simplification. We all find ourselves, at least at times, in the middle of complicated lives. Holding on to (some) things simply adds undue stress to us, though we may not realize it.

As I’ve been simplifying things, I committed to giving up items from my closets for Lent as well. By cleaning out closets of clothes that I see as okay but not great, I’ve realized how much I am frustrated by those t-shirts with the nice color or design but that have the annoying too short sleeves on them that are terribly uncomfortable and I never wear. They aren’t even good for layering. I’d much rather wear a tank top than something with sleeves that fall nearer my armpit that my elbow. Let’s not even get started on the fact that they are flattering to no one. Do people like those sleeves? I always felt like it was maybe the extra fabric the factories were “saving” added on less costs for them to create the product to sell. At any rate, I’m finally freeing myself of the struggle those shirts have caused me and I resolve to no longer purchase one regardless of what other features pull me in.

(Sleeve Tangent Over Now lol)

I’m not sure how familiar all of you are with ebay but they allow 50 free listings per month of auction items. I should have started in January with doing this to clear out some of my paintings but I missed that month. But, thanks to leap year, I’ll be able to at least use some of those February freebies. My goal is 20 but I’m shooting for 48 (I’d already used two of my freebies on other items so I have 48 left for these paintings.)

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

I’ll try to split these paintings up so each post isn’t terribly long and hopefully share them through the week. It’s nice to have these paintings somewhere where I can look through them again in the future. Having recently lost all my previous paintings for many years, I understand the importance of not relying on a backup system for super important things. So, I do hope you enjoy looking through these as well.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

These paintings range in years of creation from 2008 to 2015. I’m being sure to put the year of their creation in each listing.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

Being as though these are a bit older as far as creation year, I decided to start them at a low price to hopefully move them to a home where they can be displayed and loved.

Mindless Wandering

“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

You may recall “Mindless Wandering” from a previous blog post last year right after I created it. Here it is if you’d like to see what it symbolized to me before, during and after the creation of it.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

That is all for this post but I hope to be sharing more with you over the next few days and hopefully through the year. Looking back through this is already sparking creativity. For me, my soul needs me to paint. I’m ready to take better care of my soul, too.

xoxo,

Rhonda

Dreaming

Often, I have dreams about paintings. In the middle of the night, I’m rough sketching the vision before I give back in to sweet slumber and lose the fleeting moment. Sometimes, the dream wasn’t as wonderful as I had thought in my sleepy state after I’ve viewed it and considered it fully awake. I guess they sort of end up on the cutting room floor so to speak. Sometimes, though, they don’t disappoint. This painting idea came to me in a dream. An owl under an umbrella in the rain. I gave it more thought when awake and decided to do this with a leaf umbrella…and I did see this framed in my dream with a soft white matting and a black frame where the black frame was barely visible.

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“let the rain wash away yesterday” 4×6 framed and matted, acrylics on Canson (total size including frame is 6×8) and is currently listed here

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Mindless Wandering

ACEO miniature (2.5 by 3.5 inches, baseball card size). If you’re interested in commissioning a similar piece, please contact me here and I’m happy to create an original piece in the size you would like. Also, prints of this piece may be available upon request.

At first glance, you may believe this to be a gloomy painting. This painting, in my creative mind’s eye, is to symbolize the storms we go through in life. This is obviously a large, busy city with its tall buildings and large street. Yet the man is drudging his way through with his umbrella to shelter him…right down the middle. It goes to show that even though the hustle and bustle of the world goes on around us, we quietly walk through storms though we go unnoticed. At times, it’s important that we mindlessly wander and go deep within to think.

Those are the thoughts I had when conceptualizing this piece and still have as I view the finished piece. We do come out of the storms in a positive way, too. We must face them, shield ourselves the best we can, and stay focused on the light, beautiful area just ahead.

Rhonda

Wandering, Flowers and….King Kong?

Just a quick pop in and out today, as I have so much to do and there’s not enough hours in the day!

I’ve created three new miniature (ACEO, 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch) paintings and have them listed on ebay. For some reason, I put one of them on a 3 day auction listing. I guess just to see if anything happened over Easter weekend. But here they are:

King Kong, this is my painted version of the original art on the 1933 French movie poster:

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You can see the “King Kong” auction by clicking here.

And here, I did a watercolor painting of pink hydrangeas and a white daisy:

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You can see “Flowers for Mom” by clicking here.

And, finally, the one that was definitely the deepest and most meaningful:

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You can see “Mindless Wandering” by clicking here.

“Mindless Wandering”: may appear a bit gloomy on the surface but we all go through storms and those can have positive outcomes. We all need time to think and process…even slow down a bit. I love this one – it’s just special.

Happy Easter weekend, my friends!

xoxoxo,

Rhonda