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!



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"CHERRY DUO" ADDED TO ETSY TODAY © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY


Cherry Duo is that painting that can go in a kitchen, dining room, well, any room that needs a splash of summer color! Painted in front of a bit of what I think of as antiquity these cherries are bright with oranges and reds in different values. Cherry Duo is a 5"x7" oil painted on a slightly textured panel and is framed in my one of a kind wood frame with a big of red added to the top of the molding. The frame is 9"x11" finished size. It comes ready to hang or can sit nicely in an easel!
I really enjoy playing with making frames for some of these smaller paintings...they are truly one of a kind!  FUN DOINS!

HAPPY CREATING!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

"PINE CANYON" UPDATE © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY



There is not much updating to this painting except to add more highlights than previously existed on the trees up top.  I knew at the time of painting that it needed highlights to unify it MORE to the rest of the painting, but there was so much paint on it every attempt to blend just disappeared! HA.  It was fine like it WAS, but it is much better like it IS.  Just goes to show, a little can go a long way!
 You can see here the highlights within the tree that help to describe the lights that are happening in this landscape...they are subtle, but if strong sunlight was hitting from the left, it would show up more than previously described.  
Like I said, it is simple, but just gives a bit more information.
"Pine Canyon" is painted on it's sides.
And there you have it...I'm MUCH happier with it...so, as always, there is a reason some paintings come home with me!

HAPPY CREATING!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

"MT. EVANS IN FAUVE" BEFORE AND AFTER © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY


YES..you've seen this before...this was one of my new pieces that went to SAM this summer.  The mountain itself always seemed a little strong for the painting, and as I'm in the middle of growing and changing a little it is always a process.

SINCE it came home with me, I have played a little...I softened the mountain...simplified shapes and the amount of color that existed and I am NOW much happier with it!  There was JUST TOO MUCH going on...and it needed a makeover; at least in my view, and this is the end result.

Here I have the before and after so you can see the change...and you can judge for yourself...I like the after myself!
It really wasn't that complicated, and with just a little care taken to blend the new with the old middle it came out just fine and dandy!
It is a GOOD thing to take stock of work you currently have...and play...it helps in the growing process as an artist.  I will continue to play with a piece or two, cuz that's what happens when stuff is in my house! LOL

HAPPY CREATING!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PAINTING FOR THE HOME - "BLUE - A SEA TURTLE" © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Blue - a Sea Turtle"
10"x20"
Acrylic and Paper
Artist's Collection
It is very important for an artist to take time to paint for the home...OUR HOME! HA.  I often think of my house as a revolving gallery...I hang up whatever isn't at a gallery or in a show, and when it sells, or needs to go to another place, my walls are blank for a time.  I think it is much like a doctor's family or a builder...I've known both kinds of families and things have a way of kind of being delayed. NOT to say the kiddos of a doc are neglected, but the mom often took those kids to a different doc for treatment...ha...and I know several builders who are always behind on home projects!  It just seems to be the way things are. 

We have a bathroom that is beach themed...I DO love the ocean, and even though we live in the mountains, I like to be reminded of those wonderful vacations at the beach.  For over 5 years there has been a spot above our towel rack that has screamed at me to have a beach themed painting of some sort...and this week I FINALLY took a few moments to do just that.  "Blue" is just hanging out just under the surface of the water enjoying life...I added my signature papers for just a little movement in the negative space.  If you look closely it may remind of bubbles....I didn't want too much...just more of an illustration type of painting, so the little bits of paper were just the ticket!

I sketched him and then painted him with watered down acrylic; but in the fashion of watercolor.  It has been SO LONG since I painted this way where I needed Misket, well, let's just say the last time I did this it was called Frisket and the bottle was $1.99!  The other day I paid $11.99! WOW!  But, it was worth it to paint over all the white instead of around it.  Needless to say this decor shot ISN'T above my towel rack, but that might not have looked so hot in the photo for this post, so I gave him a little staging.
I had a frame that was some stained color, but wanted to play with the turquoise a bit for some fanciful  flair and then distressed it a bit. It must have had some gold, because that shows through here and there.  I could have had it matted, but for now this is fine...under glass...just hanging in my bathroom.  SO, now I'm happy to have taken a little time for our home and will get back to business!

HAPPY CREATING!

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