An Enchanted Painting Demonstration

In October, {yes, it’s taken me this long to post about it. sry.} I was invited to paint at my gallery during an evening called Urban Arts Corning. It’s an evening when many art venues are open late so that we can get our artsy on while enjoying live music, refreshments and live demonstrations such as painting.

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I’m so blessed to have my art hanging in this gallery.

This is the second time I’ve painted at West End Gallery. The first time I let you be the boss  and choose the colors and objects. Well, this time I had about 5 days to prepare so I’m afraid I had to be in charge of the items, instead. But really, you did a great job choosing last time – it was a challenge for sure but a beautiful challenge.

This time, I wanted something in the red/pink coloring. So I chose my favorite silver pitcher – I’ve always had success painting her. I planned to get some deep red cherries, but alas, I discovered they were out of season and I couldn’t get them anywhere. After that little bump, I discovered stock in the most beautiful shade of pink. I’d never seen soft pink stock, before, so I decided that’s what it would be. Simple. My pitcher, stock and some ribbon.

 

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“Enchanted Evening” 11×14 oil, $625   •  Available at West End Gallery

As you might imagine, painting in front of people while answering questions and chatting can be quite nerve-wracking. Because who wants to choke with ugly sauce in front of people? I do not want that! But the more I paint demonstrations, the easier it gets.

It was so nice getting to talk with everyone and answer questions about art and my process, so thank you for stopping by.

So next time, if you’re able to come to the gallery for a painting demo, please do. I’d love to meet you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Paradigm Shift in the Studio

 

Keys to My Heart Rebecca Finch

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.