Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spring in the backyard.

It really is starting to feel like spring. I went by the bank today and the signs that tell you the time and temperature said that it was 68 degrees. I was impressed! I went home and decided that I would skip painting, skip cleaning, and just hang out in the yard with the kids. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

It really was beautiful out, just a few clouds in the sky, but they were pretty clouds.




We found a new crocus that bloomed and it was this pretty marble like purplish. I decided that this will be my next painting - when I decide to finish the other two I have going right now.



The men folk - my oldest son and husband, decided to do some yard work. Clay wants money for everything that he does, so we offered him $1 per bag and he agreed. They actually got a lot done.






So I hooked the dog to his tie out - because he's been getting out through the tiniest hole in the fence. I can't believe he squeezes through it! But he howled the entire time. I waited until he was quiet, ( like a good trainer) and then let him free. I know if we are back there that he won't leave - and he has good recall, so I felt safe.


Selene has a new stuffed animal ferret that she is obsessed with. So she talked to it on the swing and held it like a baby. She wants a real ferret and honestly - I would get one - or maybe two, but the husband says no way.





Then she wanted to play with Kipper and his favorite game of course is ....




Fetch!!!!


He's a corgi mix, so he's got short legs, but let me tell you that dog can RUN! If you saw how fast he can run around in circles over and over again in the back yard for no reason at all, you'd be impressed.




And then, like she usually does, she talked to him like he was a human. She pointed to the swing set and was telling him all about it, but he didn't seem to care that much. Maybe we'll teach him to swing next year.


Then, as soon as Wesley spotted the camera, he tried to grab it. I said no, he got upset, and Selene tried to comfort him. Of course, it worked and they were laughing together again in no time.




Then they ran around for a bit - but Beanie took Wes' toy, and he took off and hid in his little play house.



His face looked like it usually does when he doesn't get angry.



But then we all found worms and he was happy once again. The children trapped them in plasic containers so that they could perform evil experiments on them. But I stopped them. They asked if we could keep them - I thought about it for a minute and weighed the pros and the cons - like certain death for the worms - and decided we have too many pets. I said no. Wesley cried once again.



I decided to use the fact that he has the attention span of a rabid hamster to my advantage. I gave him a ball - and everything turned out fine.

Monday, March 30, 2009

In reality

I enjoy things that are not as they seem.


This might look like a girl getting eaten by a shark, but in reality it's just a really bad picture of my daughter.

This is Kipper. I love this picture. Ithink that it's funny because he looks like he's angry. He looks ferocious. In reatlity he was licking his paw.


This may look like child possessed by a demon, in reality it is my twelve year old son who doesn't know how to smile for a picture.



This might look like a black and white photo - but in reality it's a drawing. Yes - I'm that good. I'm very modest also.


She might look like an old lady who's lost her mind completely, but in reality it's just my Grandmother who's lost her mind completely. No - I'm kidding, she's only slightly crazy.











































Friday, March 27, 2009












I went to an art show at the elementary school last night. We got there very early, it was just Beanie and I. So I suggested that we go on the playground. We were playing this game that involved finding pictures of objects on the playgroung equipment. I was enjoying spending time with her. Then her friends showed up, and instantly I was forgotten. She ran off and didn't look back. Now I know that this is what is supposed to happen, but I actually got a little upset and felt my eyes well up with tears. I was thinking of her as a teenager and being embarrassed by the fact that she even has a mother. I thought about when she gets married and doesn't even call me for a week. She's only six, but I can imagine these things. I made a decision last night that I must become closer to my kids. I am pretty close to them now, but there is always a way to be an even better mother. I just want them to want to be around me when they have the choice not to be.

Anyway, the night wore on and the art was very good. The art teacher did a great job getting everything together.


I found Selene's painting first. How adorable.

I can't say that I was surprised when I found Clay's art work. Very nice though.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sparks on my Fingers

Lately, I have been experiencing a very odd phenomenon. It seems like I am constantly getting shocked when I touch things. It happens with such regularity lately that my husband actually noticed and said something. Not just little shocks either, but big ones - relatively. I was in the grocery store and I went to grab milk and I got a shock so bad that I yelped - like a puppy. This guy near me started laughing, it was embarrassing. Is it the change of season? Is it my new shoes? I don't know, but I doubt it.
I truly believe that the universe gives us signs and signals to guide us to our true joy and right path everyday. Eckankar, or the light and sound of God, (no, this is not my religion) would say that the sparks on my fingers is called dreaming while you are awake. It means something, it isn't just random, and I am meant to recognize it. The question is then - what is the message?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bored bored bored ......... and loving my camera !

Most of the time I have plenty to do. I don't get a lot of time to sit around. I don't watch that much t.v., I find it to be a huge waste of time. I am pretty busy. On most days you can find me either cleaning, cooking, painting or running errands. I know - it's all very exciting. Yesterday however, in between painting and cleaning I was just bored. I haven't experienced this that much, like I said. So I decided to fill my time by taking weird pictures, because I find it theraputic.

Like this one of a rainbow that was made when the sun reflected off of a cd in my son's room:





I thought it was pretty.


I then decided to clean out my Beta's tank, look how dirty the water is - very pretty fish though:



Then I wanted to see if I could get a few good pictures of myself to put on facebook, twitter and other places as my avatar. This is what I got:

I tend to like super close ups - the eyeball is my favorite. I was just experimenting. I must say - I really enjoy having a digital camera.






Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring is here!

It is apparant that spring has arrived, even though I still wear my heavy winter coat when I go outside. My tulips are coming up already and I have these in my front yard:






I was told by my mom and some other people that they are crocus. They could be lying, but because I see no reason for them to do that, I tell other people that they are crocus also. I'm not one of those people that knows the names of plants and flowers. Show me a dog and 8 times out of 10 I can tell you the breed, even if it's mixed. Flowers - don't have a clue. I can tell you that they are very pretty though. Then I have these tulip that are coming up - and let me tell you when they bloom - absolutely gorgeous.

I'm just so happy that the warmer weather is coming. Talk to me again though in mid-summer and I will be wanting cooler weather.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Don't know how to wake up today

It is 3:30 pm and I am still half asleep. I don't know if it is something in the air, but for the past two days I have been so tired. Yesterday, we had a meeting at work at 8:00 am, not all that early and I literally almost couldn't open my eyes to get there.

I haven't been dreaming lately either, which is very unusual for me. I remember my dreams every single morning.

Something feels off, I feel like something is about to happen. Have you ever had that feeling. It is very distinct. I've had it a few times and it's never been wrong. I am not saying that I am special, I think that we are all very intuitive beings. I really think that my intuition is trying to tell me something. I don't think that it is bad by the way. Actually, just the opposite. I feel like something really great is going to happen. I have to have that faith.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Latest on the Sunflower

It's been a while since I have show the progress of my paintings. This is because - there isn't much progress. I have been so busy with work and blah blah excuses excuses. Anyway here is the most recent Sunflower and Fairy Friends paintings.

I's coming along - slowly - but it is coming. I am hoping to have it done be March 31st so that I can send it in to the Jury for the Scituate art festival. If you don't live in RI or New England you may not know what this festival is, but I will tell you that it is HUGE. There are literally thousands and thousands of people that go every year. I really hope that I can be a vendor this year.
Check it out:





Thursday, March 19, 2009

Inspiration

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
- Aristotle
"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
- John Wooden
"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
- Walter Bagehot
I love these quotes. I am a firm believer that hard work comes first and if inspiration comes that is great, but if not, create anyway. Supposedly, it is not within our control, when we feel inspired. Why let something that you have no control over dictate when you do your work and when you don't . Not me, I refuse. So what if I'm not inspired? Ideas come to me in dreams, in nature, in passing thoughts and in everyday conversation. If every time I felt the need to create from an interesting idea, I'd never leave my canvas. Doesn't sound like a bad idea, but I have kids, a dog and a husband that need me.

I guess my point is - don't wait for inspiration to find you. Start the work and it will come.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Newest strange project

I am sick of being so uptight. I've decide to loosen up and just paint. No photos to work from, no references to compare to, just me, paint, a brush and a surface to paint on. I just really need to relax and just have a good time with art - instead of feeling pressure to make it perfect every time.




Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Intuitive art is a way that I express my intuition on paper (or in this case, hard board). I have been a tarot card reader for ten years, an interpreter of dreams and artist for about 8 years, so I wanted to combine them. This is how I do it. I paint a picture and then give a full written interpretation. I think it's interesting what comes up and have feedback from others that say how accurate it is.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Getting ready for some spring shows!

I love spring and summer. The warmth, the flowers and the shows! So many art and craft shows, so little time. I want to do them all. However, taking every weekend out of work would not sit well with my boss.
Here are a few that I am entering:
http://www.scituateartfestival.org/ (everyone in New England knows about this festival - it is HUGE)
Uncommon Art on the Common - no website.
These are the three that I am focusing on and there are some local ones that I am going to attend, but they are not juried, so I just pay the fee.
Every Sunday I run a promotion - so make sure that you check out this weeks at my shop:



Friday, March 13, 2009

I love my dog

I don't dress him up. He's not in shows or competitions (he's a mutt as a matter of fact). But I love my dog, like a forth child. There I said it. I love him. He melts my heart and makes me smile. He gets into things and makes trouble and drives me crazy sometimes when he follows me around everywhere, but I wouldn't have it any other way. He is my friend when no one else is there. He knows when I am upset and plays with me when I am happy. He brings me back to earth. If only he could read this.

He's so frickn cute.






Thursday, March 12, 2009

Broke my camera :(

I don't know what happened, but somehow my digital camera is broken. I want to add pictures to my blog and other places online, so I'm a little peeved. I'm gonna take it to E.G. photo and see if they'll fix it for me, just out of the kindness of their hearts, then I'll be able to add some pictures. Until then, boring pictureless entries is all that I can manage. Sigh........

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Make sure you stop by

Many times a sale makes me think that the store marked everything up and then brought it back to it's normal price to make people think that they're getting a bargain. I promise, that is not what I am doing here. My prices are great, and I promise that you will LOVE the art. Check out my etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5292039 and then tell me that I don't have great prices.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pretending

Jack Canfield (co-author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul," series) hosts a party called the come as you will be party. Ordinary people come dressed as celebrities. They come with signed copies of books they have yet to write ... you get the point. Since I will not be able to attend his party this year I thought I would do something similar now on etsy.Just for fun...My name is Rhiannon and I am a world renowned artist. I am written about in magazines and seen on T.V. I have millions of fans and collectors from all over the world who must have my art. I am becoming a household name. I LOVE painting and creating! I am 30 years old but I look like an incredibly sexy and fit 20 year old.I am very close to my husband and I am a wonderful mother, my “job” allows me to spend a lot of time with my children. We go walking, hiking and biking in our community. We live in the quiet suburbs in a house that is big and open, but comfy and “homey”, with an enourmous fenced yard for my six dogs.I volunteer my time, with my children at local animal shelters and raised tons of money to open up a place much like “Dogtown” on T.V. I am happy, healthy, centered and balanced and looking forward to the new opportunities that come to me consistently.

This is a quickie

Ahh- I feel much better. I was tempted to delete that post from last night, but you know, I'm ok with it being there. It's a reminder. I am in a better mood today. I can't write alot, I need to go to work in about 15 minutes. I had some weird dreams again last night. I need someone to tell me what this means. I was down on the boardwalk with my dad (not on a blanket with my baby) and we were throwing rocks up into the air, trying to hit a plane that my mom was skydiving out of. We wanted to hit it so she would know when to jump. ????????? Anyway, we kept missing. It was odd. 'Ugh - off to work I go.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I'm not sure I care ...

As I write this I am on the verge of tears. I know that I am supposed to remain positive, but I am finding that so difficult right now. It's hard when you want something so badly and NOTHING is happening. I just spent so much money on prints, and I don't think they'll sell. It is so incredibly frustrating that I can't even put it into words. I don't even care that I am putting myself way out there. I don't care that I am coming across as very negative. I don't care because - NO ONE READS IT ANYWAY!!!!!!!!! I know that there are many people who are wanting to become an artist. It doesn't make me feel any better. This is the only thing that I am good at. I SUCK at my day job, I SUCK at being a mom and wife, I SUCK at everything else. I can paint though, there is no doubt about it. I can, but it doesn't even matter. I know this is going to sound so whiny, but I feel like the smallest fish in a very large ocean - completely unnoticed. I am telling you right now, there is a big part of me that wants to give up. There is a part of me that is ready to sell all of my paint and brushes and just give the FUCK up. Why did I invest in it? There are about 3 million other things that I could've done with that money, and yet I thought, maybe I should take a chance. I don't know what the hell I was thinking. How is this going to make anything different. And yet ......... come back tommorrow and I will be painting. Why am I SOOOOOO OBSESSED!

A weird dream and a fun day

Yesterday my hubby was pretty sick so I gave him a rest and went to my mom's with the 3 kids. My mom took the girl child shopping and me and the boys (dog included) went for a walk down by the beach. This is where I grew up. While I was walking I thought about how this was a great place to raise children. I would love to live in this neighborhood. Look at how cute they are:



On the right, there is a steep incline all the way along the beach. The trees are twisted and weird and beautiful. I used to call this "the twisty tree place" when I was a kid.


We went to the beach, which everyone here calls "the point". It's small and there isn't ever a soul there. I love it. We found a few little jellyfish looking things.


On the way back we found little gull prints in the sand.



Kipper was obsessed with the sea gulls.



That night (last night) I went to bed and had a dream that I went to a shop called "White Light Books," I've never been, but there is a shop in Cranston by that name. Anyway, it was at the top of this hill, and I took Wesley. I had money in my pocket and was looking to spend it, but I couldn't find anything good. I realized they do tarot readings. The woman was in the back giving one, but I didn't want to wait. I asked the woman at the desk if she would do it for me, and she said yes. Then I woke up! I wanted so badly to get a reading in my dream. I was dissappointed.




























Friday, March 6, 2009

My cute kids


Last night my family had a silly night. My littlest one decided to put on a giant helmet and I took this picture. He was so funny, everytime we tried to take the helmet off, he'd yell at us. He wore it all night.
Besides this silliness, there is something I must say. I am uptight. Not in general, but I am uptight about my art. I am so nervous about making a mistake, that it is tough for me to actually finish works in a reasonable amount of time. This is why I have decided to open a second store on etsy. I want to be free, and unafraid. I want to be creative and have fun. So, I decided that this store will be just for fun. If I sell, great, but if not, that is ok. I just want to enjoy creating unique things.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Enjoying blogging

I started a blog because I was told that it could be a great marketing tool. I really didn't want a blog, I thought that it was a waste of time and that I would never be able to keep up with it. So - I started one about a year ago and did one entry and then didn't do another one until a couple of weeks ago. I've really been trying to keep up with it and I have to say, just getting little things out, feels pretty darned good. I am actually enjoying this. It's theraputic, like a journal. Reading other people's blogs makes me feel like the huge internet world is a little more personal than I thought. I'm working like crasy to get a new online store open, and I've been spending so much time on the computer that I think I'm getting sores on my butt. Sorry, I didn't mean to give that much info. Anyway, this is my time to get away from all of the hustle and just enjoy being able to share a little bit of me with the world.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

She Felt Pink DesignsI found this shop called She Felt Pink. The jewelery is adorable. It's a must see shop.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5916495&order=&section_id=&page=2

Take a minute and check it out. I think the prices are excellent for quality jewelery. She Felt Pink will also do custom orders.

My Photo

Look at how cute this octopus is, I love it.





Perfect for unique gifts! Truly one of a kind jewelery. Any of the pieces in this shop would put a smile on someones face. How cute:











Very pirate chic.









My ETSY shop

I love etsy, I can't believe that I forgot to put my shop on my blog!
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5292039

My other blog

I had to copy and paste the posts from my other blog below. For some reason I was not able to import the blog, I tried 3 times.

I just love this picture of the sunflower. I mean the actual photo. So - I have used it twice. But - who cares right? They are for different audiences. I guess not everyone loves fairies. It's hard to imagine, but just like some people don't love puppies, some people don['t want pictures of little winged ones hanging in their house. Anyway, here is my progress on the sunflower:





I am unsure if the colors are too intense.
Keepin' the faith
Posted by serenityart at 09:15 AM on February 27, 2009

It feels like I haven't sold a painting in years. In truth I sold one for Christmas for $400. I
have so many things to be grateful for. I have the most wonderfully supportive family. Not once was I ever told that I wouldn't make it as an artist by my parents or husband. Not once was I ever told to give it up, or strive for something more realistic. As a matter of fact, at one point in my life I wanted to do something else. It's almost too embarrassing to say, I wanted to be a model. I worked hard for it, and actually had some measure of success.
I went to visit my parents and my dad who is rarely serious pulled me aside and told me that he had a dream that he believed was very important. He told me that I had to be an artist. I asked what the dream was about and he said he wasn't sure, all that he knew for sure was that there was a message about me as a successful artist. He's not someone who talks about signs, dreams or visions, so I pay attention when he does. Well, on that day I made a decision to give up modeling and put my efforts into art. I bought books and taught myself how to draw accurately, and then after a few years of drawing I added color with colored pencil. After a few more years of just pencil and colored pencil, I jumped into oils. I HATED the mess and the clean up. Then someone told me about water soluble oils. It sounded like an oxymoron, but I tried it and fell in love. Now that's all I work in.
About four years ago, I started to see some real success with my portraits. I had a waiting list and it seemed like I was making enough for it to be my full time job. Then it slowed down, and since I switched to exclusively fantasy portraits, I've had only two commissions. it's frustrating when you want something so badly but it isn't yours yet. All that I know is that I have to keep the faith. I don't know how to give up. There is nothing else I want to do. I have a great day job, I train dogs. I really enjoy it, and the money isn't terrible, I can live with it. However, I just don't get that feeling of pure passion when I am training dogs. When I am painting, especially when I'm on a roll, my body feels electric the and world around me changes. The house could be on fire and I'm not sure I would notice. Hours go by in what seems like a few minutes, and my hands move without any effort. I am truly in the moment, fully alive. There's nothing like it. So you see, there is no choice, I can't pick another carreer and be satisfied, it's impossible. That's my reality.

Thanks for listening
Art ADD - two paintings at once
Posted by serenityart at 11:46 AM on February 26, 2009

I have a short attention span when it comes to most things. I focus for about half the time that I need to. Art, however, is one of the very few things that holds my interest for more than 2 minutes. Actually, I can paint for hours. I have gotten in the habit of working on more than one painting at a time. It just keeps me on my toes and I like to bounce back and forth. This is another one with a yellow flower. Feels like a theme. Here is the sketch:







It got slightly drippy, but that's not a big deal - it will straighten out as I progress. I wanted something non-fantasy to appeal to a broader audience. Who doesn't love flowers?
Stage six
Posted by serenityart at 01:18 PM on February 25, 2009
I made a few changes - as you can see:







I added some details on the flowers - eliminating some of the pencil markings that were still visible. I added more depth to the flowers by placing some highlights.


I love little things, like little fairies.





I decided I wanted the main fairy to glow. I've never done this before, and I have no reference. We'll see how it comes out.







Stage Five
Posted by serenityart at 05:26 PM on February 17, 2009

This is stage five. I finished many of the leaves and some of them I just blocked in. The yellow flowers are blocked in. The paint is translucent and allows the lines underneith to show - so it will need at least one more coat before I add details. The hand is blocked in, although nowhere near done. I only get a chance to work on this painting a couple of hours a day - if at all. So - it's coming along slowly.







Fourth Stage
Posted by serenityart at 01:19 PM on February 13, 2009

The above is the fourth stage of this painting. The hair is complete and the background leaves are being out in.

Here is a close up of the finished hair:



This is a close up of the leaves:



This is a picture of my son that I used to show a shy little fairy peeking out:




Third Stage
Posted by serenityart at 08:26 PM on February 10, 2009

This is more like the second and a quarter stage, or incomplete third stage alot of work on the hair, although it isn't quite done. The back arm is done. I also completed her shirt, which is a dark green, although you can't tell because details are hard to see in this picture.


Next Stage
Posted by serenityart at 04:27 PM on February 09, 2009
It took me a while to get my camera to work, but I finally got some decent pictures of this stage of my painting. The background is may or may not be done, I'll figure it out as I go along. The wings on the fairies will eventually have sparkles on them.










Sketches
Posted by serenityart at 12:44 PM on February 05, 2009

These are the primary sketches for my next painting. I took the two photos and sketched them out. I just had to adjust sizes and put the two together. I wasn't sure where the little one would fit in the larger one or if I'd have to move things around to make the compostion better, but it turned out to be easier than I thought. I just took the sketches to Kinkos to make it easier on myself. I adjusted the sizes and pasted the little one on (with actual glue). This is the result. Not bad so far.


I made the jeans and shirt into a dress, much more fairy like.




Fairy Series
Posted by serenityart at 01:18 PM on February 04, 2009

Right now I am in the middle of a series of small fairy paintings. I have six done so far, all the same size:11"x14". Originally, I wanted all the paintings to go together, so that they could be hung in the same wall space. This is still an option I suppose, but they feel like they are all very different from each other. I am not sure when this series will be complete. As of right now, I think I might do only two more and call it done.


I should be finished with my latest fairy tommorrow and I have a good plan for my next painting. It's different than my usual style. I plan to combine the two photos of my daughter below:

This small picture will be a fairy that stands on the fingers of the photo below. I hope to create a mood of child like innocence and curiousity.