Friday, July 31, 2015

"CREATION - A RAVEN" ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA PAINTING OF A RAVEN © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY


finished frame size apx 20"x20"
Gold manufactured frame
comes with wire and ready to hang

This is my latest re-work painting.  I didn't change much, but I decided to change the color of the beak to gold instead of silver, and I reworked the rock a bit. To me it made a WORLD of difference with such a small change!


The Raven is filled with symbolism from all cultures.  Most think the symbolism revolves around death and the occult.  This is absolutely NOT true.  In fact, the symbolism involves words and meanings like wisdom, learning and even the Native Americans believed the raven held creation in it's "feathers".  Although I do not believe the raven created the world, I love the positive spin this bird holds rather than the spooky undertones he has a bad reputation for! 

HAPPY CREATING!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"ROCKS AND CLOUDS" MIXED MEDIA LANDSCAPE © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

$650

Rocks and Clouds emerged from my desire to play with a composition I created a few weeks ago in another painting that has since sold.  I wanted to see how I might handle clouds with pattern in the sky.(I also added the honeycomb in the foreground as well to keep a unified effect)..I started out with outlined clouds, but kept working to this conclusion for this painting.  I don't know just how I will change, but I know that I am changing in some ways I am enamored with color and wanted to explore it a bit more.  "Rock Cliffs" sold at Summer Art Market. 
What I know at this point is that I prefer to use bright color than realistic color in many instances.  As I continue to grow and move as an artist I will play with my "new" found interest and see how it fits in to numerous situations with numerous subject matter.  A note to all those who may be in the beginnings of a "growth spurt"...DO NOT FEEL TRAPPED!  Don't feel like you are married to ANYTHING at this point!  Let inspiration lead you to experiment with ideas that come to your mind...NOTE the things you like and any other "growing pains" that happen that give you another idea...go down that road...EVENTUALLY it will find a space that feels happy...and YAY!

What I am working through in my mind is the fact that I love all the paper that I added in my work behind the scenes...I think I miss the volume that shows through...so my next thing to explore is to bring back a bit more in certain places...MAYBE...there is nothing lost if you learn and end up in a place that feels good.  YOU WILL EVENTUALLY end up in a place that feels good if you keep at it.  FOR ME...I have no choice...I am drawn to create, so eventually I will end up in a happy place and settle in until the NEXT growth spurt...REMEMBER, it is all a journey and there is beauty in every stage!

HAPPY CREATING!

Monday, July 27, 2015

REWORKED "FIVE PINES" MIXED MEDIA ON CRADLED PANEL © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY


As I often do when a work stays home with me for awhile, I've reworked it a little.  It is the hazard or blessing that belongs to the creator of the work I suppose!  I like this MUCH better!  I was always bothered a little by the colors I chose for the sky, and I felt the body of the work needed a little brightening.  This all falls in line with my working with brighter colors and using a bit more pattern
or texture.  You will see that the sky is now a beautiful turquoisy blue with some bit of pattern throughout.  I brought the color of the sky down into the land a bit and repeated texture here and there for added interest and a unifying touch.  I also removed the garish looking yellow that bugged me too and toned it down a bit while keeping it light. 
previous version...this photo makes the sky color look two toned, in reality it was all more the blue to the left and the foreground was a little dark...just didn't appeal to me.  I also added a few highlights to the trees. 

It's ok if you were attached to the earlier version (though that no longer exists), but for my growth as an artist I need that brighter color with more texture!

HAPPY CREATING!

Friday, July 24, 2015

"ASPEN STANDS" TWO UPCYCLED PLANT STANDS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

Aspen Plant Stands



These two plant stands, that I have aptly named "Aspen Stands" are on their way to the Aar River Gallery in Westminster, CO.  If you have not been there it is owned by my friend Becky Silver, and it is a WONDERFUL gallery!  Her space is beautiful and houses much quality artwork as well as jewelry, and other great artsy things.  If you have not visited I encourage you to do so!

Each stand is 29" tall and the tops are 12"x12".  They are a perfect size for just about any spot in the house!  I sketched the trees in and then loosely gave each a shaded size with similar color to the top and then stamped the aspen leaves with my own stamp design with a bit of loose color inside.  I love the sketchy look in this piece! FUN!

HAPPY CREATING!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ADDED TO ETSY...CANVAS BASKETS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

I've been making my fun canvas baskets again...this time the pen/pencil/reader/brush holders...and NOW they can be flower vases; just in time for those summer wildflower pickings!

This one would be a fun brush holder.  I add pea gravel to them for weight and also a great holder for those items you would stick in there!  Each canvas basket, no matter the size is made the same...painted, stamped, detailed in ink and then sealed a bit for protection.  I like the organic nature of these baskets...fun doins!  

I've also added my "&" pen holder as well...I found a few small juice glasses that I am using for vases inside these little baskets...there are only a few, and I haven't been able to find any more, but I've experimented and the tall baby food jars also work...they come JUST TO THE TOP of these little baskets...




 I love the creative bug that lives in my studio at times like these...INSPIRATION ABOUNDS!  I've even found it in my neighbor's yard...he has a big ole log laying on one of his yard tiers.  The pics I took will make great inspiration for future abstracts!




Keep those inspirational fires burning! 

HAPPY CREATING!



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