New Small ART for BIG Gifts

Landscape Forever PeaceForever Peaceful 6″x 6″ acrylic mixed media  $38 SOLD  others available here

You walk into your home or office, look around, what do you see? I would be confident in saying you have images, even art work, that bring you some sort of joy and happiness.  Imagine our world with out art? Blank, plain walls, rooms, even our phones where we scroll hundreds of images a day… until I really pictured this scenario, I didn’t realize how our world is beautified by art. The statements it can make. It makes it truly a better place.

So how about giving a gift of art this season. Yes, its personal. That’s why it is perfect as a gift. You have to put some thought into the receiver but when you give it…the gift receiver of this unique beautiful and well thought out gift will know how much you care about them.

I did some research and gathered tips that will help you find that perfect piece.

No particular order…

  1. Think about the colors and décor they like. You don’t want to get classic style art for someone who has a modern taste. If you have never been to their home or office, take note of the colors and clothing style. What do they drink their coffee out of?( I know I have a few favorite mugs that tell about me.) All usually a good indication of their taste.
  2.  Keeping in mind the above, pick artwork that nobody else has. Local artists and galleries are a superb source for original art and unique prints. We all know some of the classics out there…and your art gift recipient will be impressed you took the time to think this gift through. Finding that special artwork that speaks to them.
  3. Find a subject matter that the are into. Start with making a list of things the person you are giving the art to likes such as their hobbies and life style.  With this start you will be well on your way with a direction.
  4. Still unsure…selecting small art can be a sure way they will be able to fit it in. Or several small works of art to create a grouping or accompany it with and easel, a candle perhaps that will  look good to display together in any variety of locations.

And finally, include a note with your gift. You could explain about the art, what prompted you to select the piece for them. Art after alt is even better when you include the story behind it.

I hope this will spur you on to give art this season when looking for something special for a favorite friend or that colleague.

Get start by looking here or contact me for a personal commission. susanwalkerart@gmail.com. I’d love to create something specific for you.

Baby Bundle

wp-image-1958896741Half way through the 30 in 30 painting challenge lead by artist Leslie Seats!!

A little baby bundle 6″x 6″ in preparation for the holiday season.

 

Baby Bundle of Blessings

6″x 6″ mixed media Available

$38.

Radiant

Radiant 8″ x 8″ acrylic mixed media  $50. Buy Now

Falls energy inspired.

Happiness

Time goes so fast when things are flowing with a painting.Disapointment hits the pit of my stomach when it’s time to quit. Happiness returns in the morning as I head off to the studio to continue! Challenged to produce the vision in my head, bold colors, reds as the promanat shade and energetic petals. Pushing through the bumps of what’s next. The magic happens without me even knowing. Stepping back, happiness fills me,I like it.

Can I just say I so much fun painting a little series of fall inspired flowers!

Rocking the Blues in Watercolor Sketch

It’s interesting that this BLUE themed #30in30 painting challenge has just been guiding me to see a variety of subject in blues. Here while waiting at the soccer fields…I Rocked the Blues.

Jacob’s Blue Soup Mug

 

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

Julia Childs

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Jacob’s Soup Bowl

Second in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I have decided to do sketches. This is watercolor. I use a dagger brush I just love and a little set of watercolors I travel with.

I hope you travel this journey with me too!

 

 

30 Paintings in 30 Days Go Sketchy!

I find I get in my head to much at times. Making it harder than it needs to be. I have done all the 30 and 30 challenges since Leslie started so I know how it is “to be fun”.

I started a new job 2 weeks ago. 6,7,8 grade art and Skills for Living instructor at our school. I knew last week with this new schedule, helping with jh soccer, still driving bus, AND studio responsibilities…painting was out. Sketches IN! I haven’t been able to sketch as much as I like lately either.

I felt too should have a theme. Something to lead me. When faced with a blank page ,canvas,a,meal, outfit… focus on what we want to say can be all that is needed to guide the rest. But BLUE? After reading over several challenge list samples, I can’t believe I was drawn to the word BLUE. BUT BLUE, Its one of my least favorite colors! I’m going with it anyway to learn where it takes me.

Steppin” Out

Jacob’s Blue soup Mug

Confidence, Floral Painting

Confidence,by Susan Walker
“Confidence” by Susan Walker Art 22″ x 28″
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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

The color red is one of the top two colors of all. Representing assertiveness, daring, determined, energetic, powerful, enthusiastic, impulsive, exciting, and aggressive. Red represents physical energy, passion, and desire. It symbolizes action, confidence, and courage. Red, the color of blood and fire throughout all of history, is associated with meanings of love, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength, leadership, courage, rage, anger, danger, and determination. It brings strength, sophistication and fun to a room when we use it in decors. So it was easy to know what I would paint theseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA poppy-inspired flowers. Yellow, greens and aqua to dance along. With the pink circles,one of my favorite shapes, burst in. Look closely and you will see the texture. I love this process using a pallet knife and white texture paste.You can color to the paste but I wanted to be able to manipulate the colors in the various areas for depth and variety.

Each day I would step up to this painting feeling it wasn’t done yet. “Knowing” when a painting is done is a tricky thing for me. Not always sure what this one needed. Adding layers,colors and elements. Evolving….then “Confidence” appeared in the process.

Strength of the Butterfly

“FLY”by Susan Walker $43.5″X7″mixed media Acrylic

A man found a butterfly cocoon. One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could go.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the small opening in the cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

From:http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/hard-times-make-us-stronger-the-story-of-the-butterfly/