The Promise of Morning {a coming exhibition in October 2016}

I was recently invited to be part of a 6-person show, “In the Spotlight II” at West End Gallery this coming October 2016. And I must say that it is PERFECT timing. I have recently made some changes to the way I do art and it has really altered the trajectory of my whole art career. {Read about the changes in a recent blog, here}.

I don’t even know what my career is going to look like in a few years. All I know right now is that God has brought the changes and I’m relying on Him for each next step.

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“Freedom to Hope” {5×7 oil sold}  •limited edition prints are available

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A Paradigm Shift in the Studio

 

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With the beginning of this recent Keys to Freedom series in January, a new way of painting made it’s way into the studio. For a while I used art as an escape from some painful times in my life. But I slowly realized that this was not going to help me process or work through any of life’s difficulties. So as I began this series, I was in the middle of trying to figure out what it would look like if I invited my whole self into the studio instead of banning from my artsy haven the part of me with all of those pesky issues. And from that change, the Keys to Freedom and Under the Shadow of Your Wings series’ were created.

Themes that I’ve struggled with and concepts I wanted to celebrate started to emerge somehow mingling with the objects I had decided to paint. This is only the beginning of this new purpose for painting. I don’t know what it will look like in the future, how long they will continue, or if I’ll put them in a book one day. Right now, I just have titles to help explain the themes, but soon I’ll be blogging about each painting to unwrap the gifts, whether painful or healing, in hopes that some of you may enjoy and identify with them.

Stay tuned for some encouragement and hopefully the continued assurance that you’re not alone as you walk your own journey.

Some of the original paintings have sold, but there are limited edition prints available. Order yours, here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limited Edition Prints

Something I’ve been dreaming about for several years has finally been put into motion: Limited Edition Prints.

What is a Limited Edition Print? What is a Print vs. a Reproduction? What is a giclee?
You can get answers to those questions, here.

I have selected eight images to be released as prints and you can order them now. See them all on this page.

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And while you’re there, enjoy the little website facelift. Wintery colors and golden warmth mingle with my paintings and my favorite things {you know: keys, feathers and old books}.

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Tomorrow’s Giveaway!

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Tomorrow, I’ll be giving away something special to two people on my email list. You may want to sign up for updates today so you can be eligible
(unsubscribe at any time).

For years I’ve been interested in created reproductions of my work, but the timing just never seemed right. But this year, I decided that perhaps more people would like them on their walls. This January I started pursuing this old dream and the day after my birthday I went to a printer to make it a reality. {artists celebrate in unique ways, I know.}  

The Details:
This February I plan on taking pre-orders on the website and will have prints available in March. I will be sending an email to announce their availability, so sign-up for my email updates and please don’t ignore me in your mailbox this month. 

These will be “limited edition prints” which means I will choose a quantity, say 100 for example, and once 100 reproductions have been created, I will NEVER print any more. Thus making your print more valuable. Each print will be hand signed and numbered with my guarantee that all ink and the substrate will be archival and of the highest quality. You will also receive a card with your print detailing the title and a description of the meaning behind the painting.

The Giveaway:
To kick-off these reproductions, I will be giving one print to two people on my email list. (woohoo!) If you didn’t get an email from me this morning with images of all 8 new paintings (not just a notification about this blog), oh no, you’re not on my list! Also sharing is caring so if you have a dear friend with whom you don’t mind reducing you chances for, please invite a them to subscribe so they can also be eligible to win.

The winners will be announced next week and soon after that prints will be available for purchase. Have a wonderful weekend!!

The Artist’s Magazine Contest Results are In…

If you frequent my Instagram page, you may remember that a while back (29 weeks to be exact) I pushed away my intimidation and entered the Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Contest. This past summer, I heard back from TAM’s senior editor that I was one of the winners.

Wedding Plans was awarded Honorable Mention in the Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition.

The Artist’s Magazine chose a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place along with three honorable mentions as winners in addition to a long list of finalists. In a way, Wedding Plans was in a 3-way-tie for 4th place out of 959 entries for the still life category. I am humbled and so excited about this news. Thank you, Artist’s Magazine and judge Sherri McGraw for this honor.

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Weddingplans rebeccafinch-1I’ve waited a long time until I was allowed to share the news and now that it’s here I can party – so please pass the chocolate.

Did you miss this painting? Hop over to these two blog posts to help you get acquainted.

• See images from start to finish in the Painting Progression post
• Enjoy the Fictionette {a short work of fiction} in this post.

Thank you to everyone who follows, likes, comments and cheers me on. Without your feedback, it would get pretty lonely in the studio – lonelier than an introvert likes to be, that is.

I Was Feeling Adventurous {New Paintings}

I thought I’d share what’s been going on in the studio lately. I feel like I’ve been so busy painting and doing other artsy things that I haven’t had much time to document anything. So I apologize about the ghost town over here. If you’re ever wondering what in the world I’m up to, hop over to my Instagram page because I’m always posting over there.

I have three new paintings this fall, and each of them are quite different:

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“Portrait of Autumn” {12×24 oil, $950}

Portrait of Autumn takes a turn toward more vibrant color and deeper darks than my more recent paintings have gone. I was inspired by this textured and aged table as the backdrop for a fall themed painting. It was truly an enjoyable painting to complete. Of course I had to get my new obsession in – feathers – and pair them up with my pears and sticks.

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“Dark Flight” {8×8 oil, $495}

Next is by far the most unique piece I’ve ever painted – Dark Flight. I have been enjoying the work of Michael Klein lately, and decided that I had to try a dark painting. Well, I really enjoyed finding different colors of black for the background -veering into browns and then blues with the scratchy background was especially fun. I brought some softness in with the… yeah, the feathers, again (you can plan the intervention now cause I have no intentions of ceasing to paint or collect feathers).

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“Keys to My Heart” {5×7 oil, $190}

The last and definitely the smallest, is my itty bitty key painting. Oh, yes, the skeleton keys that I can’t get enough of and I decided to make them the focus in Keys to My Heart. It’s the first in a series of suspended keys with varying themes of unlocking positive emotions and freedom from negative thoughts. It’s all still brewing in my mind. This painting is now available until January at the Arnot Art Museum along with 8 other paintings. Stop by to see the Holiday Art Market featuring a handful of our local artists.

Some exiting things are getting ready to be announced soon

so you may want to subscribe to my newsletter to hear about it all first.

As always, thank you for reading and visiting all my pages. Write me sometime, I’d love to hear some feedback.

The Caretaker’s Empty Nest {Fictionette}

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The Caretaker’s Empty Nest {9×12 oil, $575} ©Rebecca Finch

While painting this still life, I became quite emotional and nostalgic as I experienced a small form of empty nest, myself. My little baby had just started Kindergarten and was also taking the bus for the first time. I must say that every time that bus pulls away, my heart aches. So this painting took on that bittersweet tone and a story developed as its backdrop that might just give you the warm fuzzies. 

The Caretaker’s Empty Nest
by Rebecca Finch

The Caretaker's Empty Nest

He laid the nest gingerly on the weathered table. It was a mesmerizing swirl of twigs, string, hair and feathers. He tried to recall how long it had been since the two birds had moved into the foliage beside his shed. He’d occasionally unlocked the old gate to peek in on their house project as they came and went, gathering supplies. The dense bush there provided visual protection, however he still managed to see down through their wooded skylight to watch every preparation.

It was only a few weeks later the silence was continually broken with intense chirping as mother and father bird made countless trips to feed their babies. Through the night, and on through the day, they took shifts. Then the feathers grew in and the chirp pitches lowered. Their first falls and first successful flights. He’d been there to see it all – cheering quietly, indulging his curiosity, stifling a gasp here and a chuckle there. Each stage rekindled memories of the growing and changing of his own children, years ago.
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Seeing more than just a bird’s nest, he gathered the feathers that had fallen to the floor of his old cabin. They were like old toys left behind by now grown children; representations of a life stage now past. He would keep the nest as a mother keeps a family scrapbook.

But now he needed something to fill the space that watching over this tiny family had filled over the last two months. There was an emptiness, like a house, oddly still during the first day of school. The void brought his thoughts full circle and before he knew it, he was on the phone talking to his daughter. With children of her own chattering away and filling days with memories to be stored for her own twilight years, father and daughter reconnected.

Contact Rebecca or West End Gallery
for more information on this painting.