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Hey there!  

I've got a new painting and other exciting art news to share today but first, a quick bit of real talk. Over the past few months I went through a phase in my artistic process where I tried having multiple paintings going at once.  I know a lot of artists work this way, choosing whatever piece they are most drawn to whenever they sit down to work.  I thought this would be great for me, but it turns out that I ended up just moving on to a new painting whenever I felt frustrated or stuck.  Flash back to a year ago when I started my one painting a week challenge, I am reminded how amazing it felt to become enveloped and focus all of my energy into one piece.  Completing a piece and knowing I get to start the process all over again creating whatever I want is one of the most rewarding feelings I get as an artist.  I recently realized I want (and need)  that back.  Therefore, my working process is shifting once again, and I'm excited about it.  Hopefully it means you can be excited too because I will probably be actually finishing paintings more often.  I also plan to play around with painting smaller, using some new materials, and exploring my artistic practice further; all potentially exciting outcomes. 

Whew.  I hope I didn't lose everyone through that essay I just wrote but I'm a girl that needs to ramble every now an then and I really love talking out my plans.  (My friends are probably nodding in agreement right now)  Anyways, If you're still here and reading, I've got a new painting to show you!!  If you've been keeping up with me then you probably saw some progress photos a while back, but as mentioned above, I let myself get a little sidetracked for a bit.  Not to worry though, this baby is finished and I actually have an extra little guy I finished as well that I figured I'd show you.

To refresh your memory I'll show some of the stages.

And below is the final product!  This guy is 16'' x 20'', acrylic on plywood.  And the exciting art news I mentioned earlier is that this painting as well as 10-15 others of mine will be hung one week from today in a cute little coffee shop here in the city.  If you happen to be local, it is Cafe La Vie on Octavia & Hayes.  If you can't see it in person, don't worry, I'll post a few pics here on the old blog once everything is hung on the wall.  It's a casual little venue, but I'll be showing solo so it feels like a pretty nice step in the right direction.

Below you can see a detail image of the heart, as well as the other little guy I said I finished.  The little one is 6'' x 12'' acrylic on wood.  Sooo I guess the last thing I'll say is that I'm obviously really into polka dots these days.  I don't know, just go with it.

Girls Only Club

It's been a while, but I have a new painting to show you!  I've got quite a few more in the works too so hopefully I'll be able to keep 'em coming.

This piece was super fun to make.  I made it for a friend who recently had a birthday and also totally hooked me up with a bunch of awesome wooden boards to paint on so I definitely needed to repay her.  I won't explain it all here, but if you know my friend Kelly, then you know that a sign saying "GIRLS ONLY CLUB" is completely appropriate.  

Anyways, as you can see it incorporated text and pattern like I've done in previous pieces.  I definitely enjoy creating work like that, but after I finish them I'm usually craving something more illustrative for my next piece.  Which is my current situation now, so no surprise there.  

As you can see above in the in progress photos, per usual I started off with different design elements that got tweaked and redone throughout the creating process.  There is also hints of gold, small time consuming details, and lots of ruler action that had to happen. You know, the usual torture I put myself through but actual totally love.  Which you already know if you know me and are familiar with my previous work.  If you're not, check out the rest of my work by going to the "work" page (I know, pretty confusing) and check it out!  You'll notice that I really do believe that every piece needs a little gold.  Okay, okay so lastly and probably most importantly, below is the finished product!  Feel free to let me know what you think and have a wonderful day!