Spring and art and life

Ahhhhh…the first day of spring, and I have been keeping busy with updating my art shop on Etsy! Are you enjoying your day??? I hope so!  I have had a ridiculous year so far, with crazy good and crazy bad things going on.

For now, let’s focus on the good… ART! Yay! Every moment I get to sit in front of the easel, or with a drawing journal in my lap, is a moment I treasure! In the last month, I have started so many art projects, that I really needed to focus and finish them all …mostly all.  Focusing can sometimes be a tricky thing for an artist, right??? Yeah, I know.  I vacillated between canvas paintings and tiny painted portraits on wood this past month, not including all the drawing I do every single day.

I would LOVE to show you my newest goodies, just listed in the shop!

EveryLittleThingSheDoes1Portrait

Every Little Thing She Does – 9 x 12 inch mixed media portrait on stretched canvas 

 Learning to let it loose and have fun! Love this girl, and her bits of collage, mark making, stencil play, and shapes of color. And yeah, she has a bit of attitude going on too! (Available)

AutumnAndIvy2Portrait

Autumn and Ivy – 8 x 10 inch acrylic on Raymar panel

More of a vintage portrait here, with her serious look and the deep background tones. I lightened it up here with those wisps of ivy that are reaching into view. I love this mix of old and new, modern and vintage. (Available)

PortraitofMartina2

Portrait of Martina – 5 x 7 inch acrylic on gessobord

Back to small art here…a smaller surface, but with a big color impression! Love that pop of ocean blue behind her. It makes sense…I was at the ocean when I started painting her. (I’ll have another blog post about painting while on vacation!)  (Available)

BecauseOfYou2

Because of You(SOLD, thank you!) 11 x 14 inch mixed media on stretched canvas   

Back to splashiness and drips, and collage, and mark making. Trying new things, especially since having that awesome class in Tustin with Caren Ginsberg…she was helping us to loosen up and not be so tight in our portraits. (Available)

RewritingTheStory4

Rewriting the Story – 8 x 10 inch acrylic on Raymar panel

This one…well, she was quite the journey. Very contemplative, very emotional, a big part of my heart is here, wrapped up in this girl’s pose. (Available)

ThePainterbyRobertaSchmidt

The Painter – 8 x 10 inch acrylic portrait on Raymar panel

Whoa! This one has LOTS of layers! It started as an assignment for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019 class, a lesson with Sabra. She was teaching us to use additional tools for your portrait making, like palette knife, cardboard, cloth, anything that might give you loose marks on your portrait. I started this one over an unsuccessful portrait of a woman. I smeared paint with a palette knife first…then added paint with so many other tools. It was so fun. Here is a peek at some process photos…you will see it went from a hot mess to what you see above, a Vincent van Gogh-esque portrait. This portrait is ON HOLD.

Processed with MOLDIV

HearMyStory

This portrait is sold, but I did want to share it here anyway. Because, quite frankly, I LOVE her.

“Hear My Story” – 11 x 14 inch acrylic on Raymar panel. 

I love her look, and it seems as if she is about to say something, share her story.  She will be shipped very soon, halfway around the world. I love when my art goes to live places I have only dreamed of.

Along with these larger portraits, I also have a few small portraits painted on wood panels. It combines my love of graphite sketching and acrylic painting. 

3PortraitsOnWood

PortraitofEliseMarie3 (1)

Portrait of Elise Marie –  (SOLD, thank you!) 3.5 x 6 inch acrylic portrait on thin birch wood

PortraitofAnaLisa

Portrait of Ana Lisa(SOLD, thank you!) 3 x 4 inch acrylic and graphite on wood 

PortraitofBella3

Portrait of Bella(SOLD, thank you!) 3.5 x 6 inch acrylic and graphite on thin birch panel

These three tiny beauties are available in my online shop. Just click on the images or titles above.

I also added my Tea Bag Portraits back into my shop as well. There are 22 of these little treasures in my ArtcyLucy shop on Etsy. 

Thank you for coming to my little art place today! Thank you for letting me share my art with you too!

*****

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is. ~ Jackson Pollock

 

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