Just realized it has been over a year since I posted anything on this blog, so I thought I would just share a few of the great things that have been happening these days.
I have been staying busy at my little art studio and teaching center, which is doing much better this school year. This is my seventh year in business. Most of the after school classes stay full now, plus I have an adult class once a week. The custom framing is also a nice compliment.
I have found new inspirations these days! Some are filled with treasure hunts and new ideas from a new series of mixed media paintings I started last fall. Now I am experimenting with impasto techniques, as well as how to best adhere things. The gel medium dries clear and shiny, so it is good for adding things after the painting is finished. The modeling paste creates wonderful relief effects, but it can be difficult to paint over at times, so I like the thick heavy gesso the most for my impasto techniques because it is easier to paint over.
I can't put into words how much I enjoy adding my treasures and found objects (like seashells, charms, or beads). I am also using some metallic paint and/or glitter paint, which really catches your eye at different viewing angles.
I am pleasantly surprised at the results -- even sold a few! Click here to see an example.
I did a small show this January and received a blue ribbon for my new mixed media paintings! That was encouraging! Click here to see more about the show.
On a personal level, my husband was in the hospital a lot last year, but now he is on immune therapy and is responding well to the treatment. This has made for a year of getting back to better things and enjoying life again. We don't take any of it for granted.
May the Lord God Almighty bless you and yours in amazing ways!
Click here to see more paintings!