If your following me on Instagram you've been witnessing a new mini series I started on
paper. This series titled "Art Yoga" was actually inspired by the pressure to meet deadlines.
I had been waking up around 4:00am and immediately began painting in order to get as much done as possible. One morning I made my coffee, sat at the table with one of my mix media pads and just began cutting small 5x5 squares.
Just the cutting alone was relaxing me....I would paint on these squares with no goal or purpose at all and was barely even awake. The mornings are always so peaceful so as you can image, I was extremely relaxed
and completely in "the zone" with these little gems morphing into something magical and mysterious.
I found painting so freely each morning began to serve as the perfect "warm up" before tackling the larger
pieces later that day hence I felt less pressured to meet an important deadline.
As well as serving as somewhat of a stress reducer, I've also begun to explore new colors and compostions that I plan on "trying" to translate on a larger scale. It's something of a lesson in developing & growing which is always one of our goals as an artist.
Me holding some Art Yoga's that were in production! : )
Though most of these Art Yoga mini's have sold there are many more forthcoming and will become available later this summer via Gregg Irby Fine Art.
Two of my favorite abstract's that were on display during an art exhibit in the stunning Julie Couch Interiors showroom, were recently discovered by the HGTV design team.
They are both currently hanging in the HGTV Smart Home 2014 in Nashville. Yay!!!
"Waiting in the Rain" is hanging in the master bedroom. You can get a great view of the art by
taking the HGTV Smart Home 3D tour and of course flipping through the photo album.
The other painting "Street Lights" which I sadly do not have an image of, can be viewed by taking the
HGTV Smart Home 3D tour of the master bathroom. It is hung on the wall of the Water Closet.
I was also beyond flattered to see they selected my art to use as the background for the HGTV Smart Home Logo. #hgtvsmart
There is so much wonderful art on display in the HGTV Smart Home this year. I love that most of what was selected were abstracts. One of my favorite pieces is seen in the Great Room. I don't know who the artist is but absolutely adore their work.
I plan to paint more using the palette of "Waiting in the Rain" so please check my web site and Gregg Irby Fine Art in Atlanta, who exclusively represents my work .
Oh, almost forgot, I'm also now on Instagram! There you will find me posting progress shots, what inspires my work and other behind the scenes fun.
Happy New Year and Thank You so much for helping to make 2013
the most amazing year of my entire art career.
Java was such a help this past year and trust me, Java loves art!
This past year has been overwhelming to say the least. I have found myself working harder than ever but most importantly, exploring territories that are far out of my safe zone.
"Cake Batter Ice Cream" 36x48 acrylic on canvas
There were countless forms of inspiration which influenced many of my projects but as challenging as it can be, sometimes it helps to have a bit of a push or a show of confidence. Though I'm not at all intimidated by a blank canvas, it's that new project or idea from a designer, a friend and even my family, to try something new.
"Retail Therapy" 12x12 acrylic on paper
I've always, and still am, so in love with cooler colors. Colors that remind me of the coast, I assume in large part is due to growing up on Amelia Island. These colors of teals and blues inspired by the sea, will usually always play a dominate role in my work.
"Fireflies" 48x60 acrylic on canvas
"Basket of Kisses" 16x16 acrylic on canvas
"Sea Salt" 36x36 acrylic on canvas
.....With that said, thanks to that "push" I spoke of earlier, I did explore new directions this past year. The land of warmth, sunshine and what I like
to simply call, "romance."
"Sugar and Spice" 48x48 acrylic on canvas
Thanks to an online exhibit I participated in earlier in the year hosted by a dear friend and creator of the blog Arsty Forager, I began experimenting with pinks.
"Lipstick Love" 24x24 acrylic on canvas
At first it was challenge but I did get the hang of it and
as you can see, some of these paintings have become my very favorites of
"My Favorite Earrings" 12x12 acrylic on paper
Though I do plan on keeping my brushes freindly with the warmer happy colors of corals, pinks and reds, moody blues, periwinkle and grays will never leave my palette much less my heart.
"Starlight" 54x72 acrylic on canvas
I'm hoping that in 2014 I will push myself even more by exploring new territory of both land and sea as bringing the two together can indeed create such a beautiful work of art.
"Lavender Lullabies" 30x30 acrylic on canvas
Thank you for joining me on this never ending and ever colorful journey. Here's to a full year of exploration!
It's been almost two years since I made the announcement that I will be transitioning from working in impressionist landscapes and floral paintings to primarily abstracts. I was not only nervous but also a little worried, as I realize that abstract work is not always accessible, however, it has been the most incredible experience of my career! I often wonder why I did not do this sooner! There were so many people-- friends, family, fellow artists, and trusted artistic "eyes" who saw the potential in my earlier work and pushed me to push myself.
This blog post is dedicated to saying "Thank You" and if I could send each and every one of you a Thank You card, I would! I love the tradition of sitting down with a pen and carefully chosen stationery and writing with my own hand a note of thanks.
I have an obsession not only with coffee and chocolate but note cards. Trust me, we could use another closet to store my collection! So in honor of this post I would like to share with you some recent treasures that I hope will warm your heart and inspire your world as much as they do mine.
I came across the work of Grace Walker Goad via Gallery One in Nashville. I was immediately drawn to her use of lively color and flowing compositions.
Grace was diagnosed with Autism at 32 months of age in 1997. Grace's mother, Leisa A. Hammett who is also an author, speaker, advocate, introduced Grace to art inspired by research showing that children with disabilities can find joy and a means of expression in art making.
Grace assembling her note cards.
Though Grace was exposed to many genres of the arts, such as music and dance, it was at the age of 4 that both Leisa and Grace's father, Jeff Goad, realized it was the visual arts that Grace was drawn to most as a way of self expression. From there, Grace studied privately under the guidance of therapists and art teachers.
Grace's work has been featured in several exhibits, including shows at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and a solo show at The Artery in Greenville, NC. Her work is also in the permanent artists’ collection at the Tennessee State Museum. Private collections of a number of individuals including NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, among others. You can see more of her stunning work in person at Gallery One in Nashville and on her website, Grace Goad. You can also order a set of 10 of her notecards for $25, which includes shipping and handling by contacting Leisa at: info(at)gracegoad(dot)com
I have recently ordered a set for myself and can not wait to get my hands on them. I have a feeling I will be framing as many as I will be sharing with others!!
In addition to Grace's art cards, I found these adorable cards online. What a great idea to teach young children the habit of sending a "Thank You" card! This artist also has a selection of other really adorable cards on her Etsy page.
Last but not least, this card was included with two original paintings I recently acquired by the talented Kerry Steele. I fell in love with this card as much as I did her paintings! It's these small details of creativity and gratitude that truly warm my heart. This card will be going into a beautiful white frame in the near future.
Wouldn't you love to see any of these show up in your mailbox? Even better, with a heartfelt note from someone you helped in some way? Of course, you would! Let's get the thank you ball rolling!
Once again, a big THANK YOU to all of those who have supported my own work! I think the best way to repay your kindness and support is by paying it forward and encouraging and advocating for my fellow artists. Even the smallest gesture makes a world of difference.
I have some exciting news to share about a very special gallery tucked away behind the historic Sardis Church in Buckhead Atlanta. This special place is Gregg Irby Fine Art, which most of you already know, has been representing my work for nearly 8 years now. A place where Gregg herself has been such a wonderful mentor for my work from day one.
The past few years, emerging from a long economic recession, has been overwhelming for so many artists, including myself. We have art shows, commissions and sometimes more then one gallery to ship work too. After long deliberation and many of those "hubby help me" talks with my man while walking on the greenway, in the car, at the dinner table and even when he is just waking up (bless his heart), I have made an important decision about the next chapter of my art career. That is to streamline my work by cutting back on shows, adding more time for commissions and choosing one art gallery to call my home.
So as of today my work is exclusively represented by Gregg Irby Fine Art in Atlanta!
Gregg Irby (seen in this great picture below) has been an art curator for nearly 15 years now. From what I have witnessed, she started off with one vision and simple put, stuck with it.
I've heard many say that Gregg Irby Fine Art definitely has a "Gregg Irby Look." When you enter the gallery you will notice the harmonious flow created by the art keeping in mind that there are over 20 different artists represented here.
Many times you will find a few paintings leaning against the wall, something I have always personally loved in a gallery setting, resembling the feel of actually being in the artist's studio.
The beautiful work of Eileen Power who has been with Gregg for roughly two years now.
This is what the gallery temporarily looks like after a large "new work" invasion! This was a trip we made a few months back of both Deann Hebert (entrance) and my work. Again, you can see Sally Powell (leaning center) as well as the vibrant work on Casey Matthews who is hanging on the far right. The adorable fish are by artist Blanche Quinn.
Aside from the actual gallery itself, Gregg Irby Fine Art continues to showcase her artists in several areas around the south by way of annual traveling art shows. These shows are hosted in the lovely homes of local residents who transform each house into a live-in art gallery for the week. We all love it when Gregg does these shows as our art is seen in person by folks who may otherwise only be able to view it online. Along with these out of town shows, Gregg Irby Fine Art is known for reaching out to art lovers and collectors all over the country by shipping art directly to their clients. Their website alone is like a gallery inside of a gallery which has generated many sales for all of us.
So as you can see, I have many wonderful reasons to celebrate being a Gregg Irby Fine Art exclusive!