Sunday, November 27, 2016

INSPIRED BY LANSCAPES


I haven't always been a nature lover.  However, when I moved to Germany almost 9 years ago, I feel immediately in love with the landscapes here.  Germany has so much green space, even in the cities.   My husband and I went to Bayern over the summer to hike.  We hiked up three mountains, something I never imagined myself doing!  The views were amazing and I was inspired!






This past year I've noticed that along with tea cups, landscapes have become an integral part of my work. Because my paintings are created intuitively, I never really paid attention to how often landscapes appear in my work.  


"Hedge Of Protection" 
"Homeward Bound"

"Sitting With The Moon"

"The Garden Of Phenomenal Women"



This is my most recent painting featuring landscapes.  It's called "Balance".



I spent last week just  focusing on landscapes.  I would like to try to interpret them using other mediums besides paint.  These two painting studies are still in the experimental stages but, I really like where they are going.  I've been playing around with fabric, paper, found materials and of course, glitter.





I've also been playing around in my sketchbook with some ideas which I will bring to canvas one I feel more comfortable with my process.  I'm really excited about what could be a new direction for me.  I can already imagine a series of these sweet little paintings.   



Have a wonderful day,

Sharon





Friday, November 18, 2016

THE POWER OF ART

I am so grateful for art.  Sometimes, it's really hard to voice what I am feeling.  With everything that is going on in the world, art has proven to be the perfect outlet.  In the past couple of weeks I have had feelings of despair, frustration, anger and loss.   I am wondering where is the love.  At times it just begins to be too much.  I was able to work out some of what I've been feeling on this piece which I have entitled "I Shall Not Be Moved".  I painted it on a large sheet of packing paper.


I don't understand why there has to be so much hate.  I don't understand why it is so hard for us to learn to live together and respect one another.



Now is not the time to be silent.  We all have to stand up and do what's right.  Think about the children, think about the earth that we all call home. I'm still feeling frustrated and angry but, at least I can channel all of that into my art.  I'll let it speak and hopefully people will start to listen and begin to come together to build a better world for us all.

Monday, November 7, 2016

LOVE AND TEA CUPS


 I was looking through some of my paintings this morning and I noticed something. I really love tea cups! The tea cup made it's appearance as a subject and theme in my artwork a few years ago when I was working in watercolor.  Every now and then, one will show up in my work.  Here are a few of my paintings featuring this beloved vessel.




IT'S TEA TIME DARLING


BOHEMIAN TEA PARTY


THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING


PEARLS DINER



THE DRESSMAKER




THE GARDEN OF PHENOMENAL WOMEN


Here I am with two of my latest paintings.  They are my Tea Babies and I love them!


 I'm sure I will continue to feature tea cups in my art.  Tea cups are a part of my everyday life and my art reflects those things that are near and dear to me.  Have you noticed any recurring themes in your work?  I'd love to hear about it.



Make it a great week,
Sharon



Monday, October 31, 2016

HONORING HISTORY

I'm still exploring with the idea of history, and ancestry in my work.  Here are a couple of pieces that I finished last week.


An art journal spread.  




I created this art box to honor my parents.  I love it!




Have you discovered a particular theme or narrative in your work?  



Make it a great week!

Sharon






Thursday, October 27, 2016

LETTER TO A BEAUTIFUL LADY

My art is greatly inspired by anything vintage or retro.  I just love old things, old clothes, old music, old books, old people.  Anything with history really stirs something up in me.  





Sometimes, I like to incorporate vintage photos in my work.  I've been doing it a lot lately. I love looking at these old black and white photos. The people are so beautiful! I can''t help but wonder about their lives. Where they lived, how they lived.  It's all so intriguing to me.  I filmed a video of the making of this page honoring the beautiful woman in the photo.   I've entitled this spread " A Letter To A Beautiful Lady". You can view it over on my Youtube channel.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WATERCOLOR WEDNESDAY

I bought a new Moleskine watercolor sketchbook over the weekend.  I decided to play around in it for today's installment of Watercolor Wednesday.  This book is really small! It measures about 5 x 4".  It's perfect for traveling and, I could even tuck it inside my purse if I want.





Today, I used a couple of my perfume bottles as references. 



I did a really loose sketch first.  




For color, I just used black and gold.  I mixed in a bit of yellow for the perfume as well.






I spent about 20 minutes on this exercise.  It was a lot of fun!


Enjoy your day!

Sharon