Thursday, July 21, 2016

Beating The Fear Of A Large Canvas

 Sitting in my basement were two larger canvases
that I have had for over 12 years.
I have painted pillows, totes, eyeglass cases and
cards but for some strange reason, I never had the
courage to tackle anything larger that 10"  X 12".
I know it sounds absolutely crazy but
that fear paralyzed me.

Every year on my list of the things to accomplish
was to paint my ladies on something I could hang on
an actual wall.
 Why now I asked myself all week?

This year has been an incredible sea change for me.
I had a minor health issue that was very painful for 6 months
and after surgery a month ago, I realized how important my 
health was.  To feel fabulous each day is a huge gift 
in my life right now.

And turning another major decade on my birthday this year 
is about as clear a message as one can be open to receive.
With time winding down, I didn't want to waste one
more second on frivolous tasks, people or anything that
did not enhance my life.

Enough of being afraid ...
I marched down to the basement and brought one of the
canvases up to my studio.
That 3' X 2' canvas seemed enormous....
Where to begin...
What to paint...
"Maybe I should take this canvas back down to the basement."
"Just paint something on it...if you don't like it,
throw it out.  That's downsizing," said the person in my head.
Then I decided to paint what I love
and what I know....
There didn't have to be a deep purpose or message
of my painting.
Just paint to have fun and see what appears.

And so I begun...
 After I sketched the two ladies,
I had to go to the art shop to get some proper paint...
fabric paint won't make it on canvas.

Deciding not to spend lots of money on this new endeavor
and feel guilty if it didn't work out,
I found a great package of 48 acrylic paints in the most
beautiful colors....just like those boxes of Crayolas
we all loved as children.

I couldn't wait to see how the colors look
on the sketched ladies.
 I wanted one of the ladies to have flowy hair...
 and I always feel better painting my old friend
Manon who has been with me from the beginning..
I added polka dots to make me happy
and lots of bright colors to make my heart sing.

Once I started, the paint and the fun flowed.
I can't remember when I felt so free and happy and
so proud of myself.

What took me so long???
It doesn't matter if anyone likes it or if it's "real art."
How often have I questioned myself and that
demon "fear" kept me from fully enjoying my life?

I know that having supportive friends in your possé
is so so important.  Most of us are hard enough on ourselves
without having judgemental voices in our ears.
 Re-reading the Artist's Way reinforced
that concept yet again.

Feel the fear and do it anyway....
do it for the fun of it.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fun Gifts For The Women In Your Life

 Busily painting to catch up with the Christmas rush
and completed 7 new 5"  X  5" hand painted pillows with their stands
that are now in my Etsy shop.  Each pillow is $20.00.
Go here to view my Priscilla Mae Etsy shop.

This is Natalie, the American woman in Paris.
The quote on the back of this pillow is a famous Chanel saying...
 Can't seem to keep this lady in my shop ... sells quickly,
so I made a new Jessica pillow in different colors.
Her quote is a favorite of mine.
 An all time favorite is Angelique but this time
I painted her hair red ... seems so French.
Her quote is an Audrey Hepburn favorite..
 And all you lovers of Anais Nin literature
might like a larger version of her face in this pillow.
I gave her a fitting quote.
 Never too early to be thinking about your garden
and just maybe there is someone in your life 
who is known as the Garden Lady.
The quote on the back of this pillow says...
 I made gift tags of this lady and she has sold well 
so I decided to try her on a pillow but sans veil.
Her quote on this pillows says....
And finally the Mystery Woman....
Every woman should have a little mystery about herself.
The quote on the back of this hand painted pillow says....

Please stop by and say hello to the ladies if you are
looking for a hostess gift, a stocking stuffer or just a neat
little reward for yourself for having finished your
shopping early this year.

And thank you to all my lovely customers who
have made this a great holiday season.

Friday, November 27, 2015

I Feel Like Santa's Elf.....

 I am working my little painterly fingers to the bone these days
and I don't mind.  With the Christmas holidays just around the corner,
the orders are up, especially for the ever popular 5"  X  5" pillows
and stands.  Seems they are popular for those girlfriend gifts or
even hostess gifts.  I don't mind ... they are fun to make.
But I have another reason I am putting longer hours in this week...
This is sweet Anais.  See her here.

I leave next week for a short trip to Copenhagen
with my beautiful son.  We haven't had a family trip in years 
and I am so looking forward to spending quality time with my
grown son while having fun exploring a city that is new to both
of us ... Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is a beautiful smaller city that is a centre for
great food and craft beer.  What I am excited about is the
city's reputation of being a excellent design center for all things
fashion and home decor.
 Manon is a padded hand painted art hanging 
that  can decorate a door knob, or a bureau drawer
or even on a Christmas tree.  On the reverse of the
6"  X  3 3/4" art piece is a picture of Manon
from the back and a little French quote.
See her here.
 Veronica is always popular and was only up in the
shop for a short time before she was sent to a lovely
client in the U.S.  Now I am painting a pretty African 
American woman in Veronica's image as a custom
order for another client.
And last but not least, dear sweet Angelique is
also a hanging art piece.  I love the pretty soft pink ribbon
with white polka dots which picks up the pink in her shirt.
See Angelique here.

Keep checking back at my Etsy Shop to
see the new products.  I am down to two sofa
pillows but will be making more in the new year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Lady Pillows Ready For Christmas

 The big season is just around the corner so I have been
painting away to put new lady pillows up in my Etsy shop.
Have been enjoying some nice sales recently as clients look
for something fun for their girlfriend Christmas presents.

Each pillow is hand painted and a one-of-a-kind gift
and some of the smaller pillows might make fun
stocking stuffers.

This is the new group of sculptured small pillows
that look fun sitting on a desk or bureau.
Who says art has to hang on a wall????

Stop by and say hello to the "girls."
 This is a new lady at Priscilla Mae...
Her name is Gigi and is a lovely mysterious femme.

I love her quote on the back of the pillow...
I got heels higher than your standards."

See Gigi here.
And of course, dear sweet Manon.
She flies out of my shop within days of being put in my shop.
Manon has always been one of my favorite ladies.

Her quote is a nice Paris thought...
"Some may dream in color...
I dream in Paris."

See Manon here.

I was devastated to hear about the events
that occurred in Paris last Friday.  
I have walked those streets where the horrible violence
occurred and watching TV just didn't seem real to me.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the people
in Paris and France.  They are a resilient people
and shortly, we will see Paris rise again.