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

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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

 

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

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

Paintings Galore

I was able to reach my goal of getting 48 listings up today! I figured I’d make another post this evening and then I’m going to leave the computer for a good long while. It’s been a long day of listing, editing photos, sharing photos and such. Though, I truly love my “job”!

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“Passion Note” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

Don’t worry, no birds were harmed in the making of this painting:

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“Lunch Time!” ACEO on Canson, listed here

This fella was spooky fun to create:

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“Foreboding” ACEO on Canson, listed here

You’ve seen this one before on a previous post:

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“Sunset View” ACEO on Canson, listed here

This one is one of my personal favorites. The owl seems to be saying “Hello World, I’m ready for anything!”

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“Hello World” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

Another one you’ve seen on here before (I do hold on to things too long, don’t I?)

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“Preparation” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

And another:

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“Coffee Solves Everything” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

Okay, that’s enough for tonight and probably more than anyone would want to actually look through at one time. I realize these are photo heavy but maybe my overly talkative post earlier today makes up for that. 🙂

xoxo and good night my friends,

Rhonda