Sunday, August 15, 2010

Follow Your Painting...

...wherever it goes. This little painting had a mind of it's own. Very little of it ended up how I thought it would when I began. I started it as a potential greeting card design so I made it a small 5x7. I'll tell you a little secret: I have been trying to build up a little starter Etsy inventory so I can open my very own little Etsy story and fulfill a dream/goal. I, so much, want to get my little art business off the ground. I wanted to make up some small paintings that would be great little card prints. Uplifting, happy, great message, card prints. I started to feel a little panicky about this little painting because each and every time I touched a brush to it, I ended up doing something completely unplanned. Sometimes the trusting is just so hard. Magical, but hard. In fact, after I finished it, I realized that I, completely unknowingly, changed an entire word in my painting. I'm still a little annoyed about that, but I'm trying to take my own advice here and follow wherever it goes. So I'll just have to let it go.
It all began with a piece of vintage map of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, that I picked up at an antique store. I then glazed over it with blue liquid acrylics and a baby wipe. I painted the wings and the heart began as a collage piece, but you would never know because by the time I was done with it, it was completely painted over. The flower petals were painted on book text and the leaves are small green scraps. When I finished the whole thing, I glazed over it with some brown fluid acrylics and a baby wipe, then I added charcoal, because I just love charcoal. Charcoal changes EVERYTHING! Well, that's that! I'm off to bed soon. Tomorrow is a big day! Not only am I going on a little "girl day" adventure with my daughter, but my sister is going to finally get to have her baby. Hopefully this time tomorrow, I will be the aunt of another sweet, wonderful, new baby girl. Wahoo! I'm so excited!


  1. First I love the painting, second I can't wait for your etsy shop to be up and running. I'd be happy to help if you need it. I would buy this as a card, I would love to receive this card so that always a good sign. I truly think you just need to let a painting go where it wants to. I think you always end up with something wonderful that way.

  2. Isn't it fun to see how your art takes a life of it's own? I love this piece. Good for you for opening a shop. Go for it + be patient.