Mixed Emotions in the Studio…

This just about sums it up!

 

I have exactly 28 days to start and finish painting for this year’s Mosaic exhibit!!  Now, before you think I should be dragged off to the padded party room in a pretty straight jacket, let me explain. This year’s Mosaic exhibit is way different than the previous two years. One major plus for me is that instead of 50 paintings, I only have 10 paintings to complete. Whew!! That little switch right there was a deal maker for me. You see this year, unlike the last two years, I’m also juggling two part-time jobs. So 50 paintings being a struggle with no jobs other than my little art career was tough, but it would have been impossible this year. But alas, the blessed change! And here I am.

So, ten paintings are totally doable – if I don’t get sidetracked.

Yesterday I brought out all the things. All. The. Beautiful. Things.
These are all the actors hoping for a role in the upcoming Mosaic show that I’ve entitled “Destined for Flight”. Yes, bird related objects. I decided that I was allowed to paint what I wanted to paint and this was it. So we’re doing all my favorite objects with my current color obsessions.

So I’ll be dragging you along with me into my happy painting place!

I give you, my pretties:


And you may be asking, Rebecca, is there anything else going on? And I’ll be saying YESSS! Yes, there is. Let me tell you about it!

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This Friday evening I’m doing our very first private livestream for my dearest subscribers. I. can. not. wait.

I will be painting this little number here – the sweet antique translucent bottle with the note inside. {I’ll let you decide what the note actually says.}

This in attendance will get tell me what background they want to see her painted in front of.

Would you like to join us? You’ll be able to watch me paint online and I’ll be able to hear you ask questions and we can see each other on the video conferencing program! Have I said I can’t wait, yet? I can’t wait.

• Click here for more information and to subscribe for these Livestream Painting Sessions. The more the merrier!

Stay tuned for some painting action in the next week or so – it’s going to get super busy in here.

 

Facebook Livestream Painting {Friday Night}

Facebook Livestream

To kick-off my first month on Livestream Studio, I’m giving you a little taste of a livestream painting session on Facebook! Join me on my Facebook Page at 7pm to see a painting of a silver object unfold. I’ll talk through my process and answer your questions.
See you there!

Livestream Studio is here!

This has been a long journey. I’ve been thinking about it for two years and talking about it for one year. After so much work and planning, the day has finally come! I’m so excited to share my studio with you and to get to know you personally.

What is Livestream Studio?
It’s a service I’m now providing to art lovers and artists via Patreon.com – there is something for everyone here. Among other exclusive perks, you are invited to subscribe to livestream painting sessions online twice a month where I’ll paint for my group of patrons and answer your questions. I’m also offering one-on-one mentoring to a limited number of artists.

I won’t delay this any longer. Everything you need to know is on my Patreon page. Hop over and watch my video!

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*Bonus Livestream Painting on Facebook {May 3rd}

This Friday evening I’ll be going live on my Facbook page at 7pm as my big kick-off for my Livestream Studio services. You can click this link to my Facebook Page at 7pm on May 3rd to join the fun. Send the link to some friends!

Hope and Meaning {Anchors for the Soul}


“…the hope set before us.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”

 

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We need something to hang onto, don’t we? What gives us stability when life is unsettling or causes us to be overcome with grief or fear? What do we need in times of sustained pressure or pain? We need hope and meaning.

Viktor Frankl survived Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. In his memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning, he shares that the key to his survival was to identify and focus on a purpose for living.

“In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering
at the moment it finds meaning.”

-Viktor Frankl

 

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We can take this principle out of a dire situation and apply it to everyday life. It could be that promotion you’re eyeing at work, a daunting project or the long journey of grief. If we can identify the goal or hope that waits for us at the end of this journey, we will be sustained while putting in the long hours, or working through another painful event. 

 

Certain Hope for Things Unseen is a portrait of the space in time that exists between you and your goal. The binoculars and sprinkled references to birds gives evidence that finding and watching birds is the goal. We hang onto trophies of past victories such as nests and feathers to keep us moving forward when success eludes us. We see books that represent the learning and growing that occurs through prolonged effort. 

 

Finally, as the backdrop we find those soothing shades of blue and amber. They transcend over everything that is occurring in the painting, and also in life. We are reminded by these shades of blue that the end of the story is always heaven for those who know and love the LORD. And amber or fire, visual evidence of God’s presence in Ezekiel’s vision, assures us that God’s presence is a steadfast and comforting reality.

If you are waiting or working for something, fix your eyes on the prize and His promises and this will help you through to the end.

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• Order the Puzzle

Certain Hope is now available as a puzzle! Order by October 25th to receive a puzzle by Christmas.
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Four Puzzles! [the results are in]

Last week I revealed that puzzles are now available for Christmas this year and you voted on the second puzzle image on Facebook and Instagram. Well, the results were so close that I decided to create puzzles from the top three paintings. So, now there are four puzzles to choose from!!!

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***It’s super important that you order your puzzles by October 25th. Why? Because the puzzles have the longest turnaround time of all my products: 5-6 weeks when they’re not in the Holiday season. I spoke with a rep yesterday and they are currently in their busy Holiday production time. In order to be sure you receive your puzzles by Christmas and that I have enough funds to place the order, I must sell 40 puzzles by October 25th. Unlike Calendars, I will not be able to make a 2nd order.

So, if you are certain you want a puzzle this year, order today!

Puzzles are Here!

Yepper-Doodle, you read that right. Are you a puzzle person? I have turned into one, so I’m super excited to now begin offering my paintings on puzzles. This year, one puzzle will feature 48 Coastal paintings and YOU can help choose the image for the second puzzle on my Facebook Page. Locate this morning’s Facebook post with five paintings to choose from and click the ❤ “Love” button on your favorite.
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The Coastal puzzle is now available for Christmas delivery. View the puzzles page by clicking here.

Since puzzles have a long turn around time, I’ll be placing an order for puzzles to be created on November 1st, so please place your orders by October 31st to ensure you will receive a puzzle this year.

Stay tuned for Coastal paintings on new Redbubble products and a 2019 Calendar. Get your Christmas shopping done so you can enjoy the season with less stress!

Have a wonderful day! ❤

Beauty in the Broken Places • A Painting Spotlight

Whether uncomfortable or devastating, short-lived or seemingly endless, we’ve all had pain and difficulty. I find though, that long amounts of time spent in the darkest places is where this phenomenon of seeing beauty while being broken is most evident.

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As I prepared the Coastal series, I heard sentiments from those following the process such as, “Oh, I love sea glass!” It’s lovely to look at and touch. But isn’t it interesting how the allure to sea glass itself is only there because it’s been broken and ground down by the elements? Similarly, we love to hold a smooth rock in our hands – a rock that has been sanded by time in a river’s constant friction.

These things are pleasing only because what they have been though was rough, lengthy and altering. 

Over the last few years, time and grit have ground me down to what I hope will one day become a lovely yet strong character. I’ve seen many of my close friends crushed then rebuilt into women with deep wisdom, empathy and a richness of friendship to offer. What a mystery it is to be in the darkest of moments yet be able to see so many good things such as friendships, strengthened faith, character and opportunities to care for others that would never have existed if we’d not been temporarily ruined.

This is the gift that goes along with a crushing. Meaning and purpose become a blanket for the long night.

I’ve recently read about Kintsugi or “golden repair,” a Japanese art form where broken pottery is repaired with gold. There is no attempt to hide the imperfections. In contrast, the gold accentuates the broken places and gives value to the events occurring to the object instead of brokenness causing it to be discarded.

The gold in my broken places is the Lord who is slowly repairing and holding me together. As I see the veins of His golden healing in my friend’s lives, I’m comforted that beauty and victory comes from what should have been finality.

For those who trust in Him, He will mold the grit into a pearl. He will turn mourning into joy. He will shape the gravestone into a monument of His faithfulness. He has the last word on brokenness, and it’s a beautiful final Word: “It is finished.” 

 “My scars are significant and precious. I shouldn’t keep hiding them. I am recognizable by them; they make me unique. They are an integral part of who I am. They show that through Christ, I am a conqueror – that I have suffered and, by the Holy Spirit, have overcome… The dictionary says ‘a scar is mark left by a healed wound.’ A healed wound. My scars signify healing.” – Vaneetha Rendall Risner, The Scars that Have Shaped Me

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3


IMG_4285 (1) This year’s Christmas Products will feature the Coastal series from the 2018 Mosaic group show.

Coastal Products for Christmas Delivery are coming soon. 

Look for Coastal products from Redbubble, a 2019 Coastal Calendar and a brand new product that will all be revealed starting next week.

Summer Mosaic 2018

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It’s really crazy that it’s that time of year and also that I said yes to the insanity again! I know, I know… but it was a wonderful sort of panicky busy. Almost all the work is over for the opening and if you missed any of it, you can watch it unfold on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

No flowers, this year. I went to the shore for inspiration. I’m sort of drawn toward blue right now. Okay, that makes me sound sane. It’s more like I’m obsessed with blue and I can’t get enough of the color. That – deep indigo not as deep as navy, a little greenish, but not teal – shade of blue. I also like colors that are hard to describe, apparently.

So, in April I started painting my way through 50 shells, messages in bottles and beach arrangements with the backgrounds of color you’d find from the shore to the midnight zone. I must say that I’m not tired of these colors. Not one little bit.

Summer Mosaic opens THIS WEEK, so I thought you may like to see all the paintings and information about the show. It will work just like last year with one addition. This year the show is open for only viewing for three days before the show begins to be dismantled by sales. Monday thru Wednesday anyone can come in and enjoy over 30 artist’s labor to create 50 succinct artworks. It is quite an experience. Each artist’s set of works is unique yet they beautifully work as one unit.

My unit of paintings is entitled “Coastal” and features shells and other items in various color  palettes that work for any home color scheme.

You can see everything you need to know about Summer Mosaic here. View the paintings, get info on dates, sales, tickets, and links to view the journey to 50 paintings all at this little handy-dandy link! 

Official Purchase & Viewing Info {Day 34}

Some of you have been waiting for this information for a while. I’m so excited to tell you  I have received the final word on how those of you watching from afar can make sure you get the paintings you have your little eye on.
Visit my website for all of the details, now.
View the current paintings to pick my flowers.

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The Summer Mosaic group show is a four-day event at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY featuring 24 artists who have each created 50 small works of art. That’s a lot of artwork! There will be acrylic and oil paintings, ceramic, photography, jewelry and more.

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The event begins July 20th at 5:30 with a private preview on the first evening. There will be live music and a special gift bag for the 1st 100 guests. Only those who have purchased a ticket may attend and purchase paintings, however, if you live too far away to attend, you can also buy a ticket to “attend” from afar. You can then also purchase paintings by following a few extra steps BEFORE July 19th. See my website for all of the details and links for purchasing tickets and securing your paintings with 171. Paintings that are purchased will be taken off the walls almost immediately, so if you want to see the entire show in tact, you’ll want to come this evening!!

Mosaic Bash (Day 2)
The 2nd evening is more of a party that starts at 7pm and goes later into the night with live music, dancing and gourmet refreshments. Tickets must also be purchased for this evening in order to attend and buy paintings.

New Moon Sale (Days 3&4)
On the 3rd and 4th day, (July 22nd & 23rd) the show is open to the public for anyone to come view and buy artwork during normal operating hours:
Saturday July 22nd • 9am-5pm
Sunday July 23rd • 12pm-5pm

Since purchased artwork will be taken home right away, it may look a little ransacked, but that’s the nature of this very interesting, art flying-off-the-walls, fundraiser.

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A Little Desperate {Day 25}

I painted almost all day long. Got up at 4:30. But was unable to finish a painting until 1pm. I had hoped to have two down by then. Started another painting which I ended up wiping out two times before I said “uncle” and decided to wash my brushes and call it a day. If I’m to catch up to schedule I should paint 6 paintings before Monday morning. That ain’t happening. Not sure how to make this happen, but I’m so tired that nothing profitable is going to occur in the studio tonight.

I find myself having no idea how to set up the flowers for the next painting. No desire to paint any of them. I can’t visualize them painted (which is crucial). Just very empty right now.

Here’s the painting I did finish. #21. One painting in a whole lot of hours of work.
Maybe the painting fairy will get 6 done while I sleep.

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3 rows completed. 4 more to go.

Going Mini-Viral {Day 25}

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Good morning.

Yes, I’m still here and I’m still going. Something crazy (in my opinion) happened this week. I decided to try the time lapse feature on my iPhone. Wasn’t sure how it worked, never really looked at it. So I paint, while taking video with it, don’t edit it, don’t put music to it, throw it up on Instagram for fun: “hey, I tried this…it turned out ok”.

3 days go by.

Whoa, Nellie…
In those three days, at the writing of this post, the video has had 6,800 views. And I’ve gained 223 new Instagram followers.
Things I’ve learned:
1. You just never know
2. You people like your time lapse videos.

I did end up putting the full version up (Instagram only allows 1 minute) and I added some music. If you want to see what people were reacting to, here it is on YouTube.

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I’m excited about having 700 follows, but a look at the artists I follow who have 50,000 and 70,000+ followers quickly puts it all back into perspective. Just keep painting girl, you have not even come close to arriving. You haven’t even pulled out of the hangar, yet.

{Day 21}

So much has happened. It’s getting hard to keep up as you can see – my blogging has gotten less frequent. I find my self posting updates to Instagram because it’s so easy and fast to do. So please follow me on Instagram to see what is currently going on in the studio.

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I tackled some more paintings over the weekend. One being of a Hydrangea poof (probably not the correct name). I’ve never painted Hydrangea before so it was a little intimidating – all those tiny flowers! Would it take 5 hours? Because I just can’t afford to paint that long on one of these guys. Relying on my basic painting techniques, I made sure they were in mind the whole time. Starting with large shapes of value, I worked from the general form of the “poof” to the pattern of highlights and lastly to bringing some individual flowers in focus. I am really enjoying adding filler and other foliage into the paintings. It adds some depth and interest, and it’s just plain fun to whip hints of leaves and twigs around in the background.

I also set up the camera and took a video of the entire painting, which I will hopefully soon post as a demonstration. I talked through the process and what I was doing and why.

Finding a schedule that works is one thing, but sticking to it and also being able to stick to it because normal life doesn’t stop is a completely different thing. There are two half days of school left. Now the real juggling begins. It’s difficult now, I think soon sleep deprivation may start being a factor in this little marathon. I am only halfway through the days, and not nearly halfway done with the paintings. But, I’ll not focus on that too much.

My dog, Zoe, might be getting tired of this too. If I’m working the computer, I feel her paw tug at me, I turn around and see the sweetest little eyes saying, Mommy, I need you. Oh dear! If it’s late at night and I’m still working, she’ll take one of her stuffed animals up to bed without me. Cutie pie.

• We are still waiting a final word on how out of state fans can purchase these paintings. Rest assured, you will be able to – we are just working out the details of how.

So this grouping takes you through the weekend. Enjoy.

A Day to Celebrate { Day 19 }

In addition to it being Father’s day, it is also my Mom’s birthday. My parents are amazing people and I love them so much. My parents have a saying that originated during my college days, “It’s never wrong to call.” So, basically – Call us! And not only that, but wake us up, interrupt us and we are for you.

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My Parents with my son.

In fact, I probably wouldn’t be painting if it weren’t for my parents. I was a voice major and thought it would be a good idea to switch to art. I had a little bit of skill and the teachers said if I worked really hard, I could do well. I remember talking to my parents on the phone a few times about this possible change. It would put me behind a year since I was already a second semester Freshman. I would have an art major and a voice minor which meant since these were very time-consuming areas of study, I might not be able to also work and contribute to paying tuition. My Mom said, “Go for it!”

When it was a dream I had, they helped me navigate the difficulties but they also said, “yes!” I play the harp because when I was in high school I wanted to learn – and to help pay for that, my Mom went back into teaching. My parents sacrificed for me a great deal for me to reach my goals and dreams. (Now, like all good parents, they also said “no” quite a lot, but somehow they knew what all the healthy “no’s” and “yeses” should be.)

This past month, my Mom retired from teaching, having taught little kiddos for 32 years. My Dad worked as the business manager of the church I grew up in and spent countless hours pouring his love and energy into the church and school to be sure it ran the way it should. He is also fighting the battle against Cancer with optimism and getting his strength from God. To me, they are both courageous and generous.

So, today I celebrate my Mom and Dad.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!  Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you!

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Falling Behind Some {Day 18}

Friday, I had hoped to get two paintings finished but it just didn’t happen. However, I did finish one painting and I am thankful for that.

I really enjoyed the purples, lavendars and blues and I love the deep purple stock. What fun that was. Then Saturday morning, I got up before the little man did and blocked in a sunny painting featuring snapdragons and a yellow rose. He woke up and occupied himself willingly so I decided to keep painting and was able to finish!

As of this morning, I am behind by 7 paintings according by my schedule. BUT, the little man is a Grandma’s house, today, so if I do two more, I will be starting to catch up. And I tried setting a 2 hour timer for myself this morning, and it was quite successful. I finished before the timer went off! Now, if I can keep that momentum going, I’ll be in shape soon, and maybe even get ahead.

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How I Soften Edges (Video) {Day 16}

Howdy, folks. I am back in the studio and moving slower than ever. BUT, I have a video for you. A few days ago I was asked to share how I soften my edges. So I was in the middle of a painting at that perfect moment when I could show how I do this, so I decided to put a little video together. Enjoy!

Click the image to go to YouTube….
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