Monday, May 22, 2017

"SLICE OF PINE" ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA PAINTING OF A PINE TREE © SAUNDRA LANE FINE ART

"Slice of Pine"
24" x 6" x 1.5" deep
Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
$225 
Available through my WEBSITE

For a fun "Long Skinny" as I call them, this slice of pine tree is painted on a cradled panel that is stained green on the sides.  I adore how the depth of these paintings can allow for sitting on a shelf OR hanging.  I have included a wire on back.  The background actually started out as another painting, so there are things back there that were original to another work that I didn't really enjoy.  Then I put some paper over it, acid free of course...a bit of texture and then the tree is in oil.  A great conversation piece for sure!
 this was the beginning of laying in paper
I like to draw many of my subject matter with charcoal so I can smudge it out if I don't like the placement of a thing...
As you can see the sides are a green stain that compliment the tree branches and bring unity.
The end result is a fun long skinny that fits in just about any small space that needs a little pizazz!

INSPIRATION ABOUNDS!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

'DREAM CATCHERS' © SAUNDRA LANE FINE ART

My dream catchers are a new creation for me.  I am always looking for new ways to be creative.  For me, working in a new medium is a way to generate more inspiration in my work as an artist.  I was never interested in doing them before, until one day I realized I don't have to create a perfectly symmetrical dream catcher...I can tickle my artist view by doing them in a new way.  Creating something with your own spin is a perfect solution for days when you are stuck for ideas!

My dream catchers are made with aspen branches from my property on the mountain.  I have learned that the best way to create them is to shape them as they might naturally be; meaning, not a perfect circle...and then letting them dry a bit.  This way they will not shrink once you have added the web inside.  I enjoy adding a bead or two..this one has a hand made bead from a magazine I rolled, and an actual acorn that I found after a season.  To add another of my personal spins I added a word encased in two part epoxy.  I tea died an old t-shirt and use them as an added element of texture hanging from these catchers...and then I decorate with feathers and beads...I love leaving little shoots (when they are there) of branch in my designs that emphasize the natural"ness" of the finished dream catcher.
 Another "Be" This one is SOLD

 "Goddess at Heart" available through Luna's Mandala in Conifer Colorado

 "I am Worthy of My Dreams" SOLD

The fun thing about these fun bits of whimsy is they can be personalized with a word of phrase of your choosing!  The only drawback is these little beauties are not huge so you have to keep your phrase to a few words...but...FUN!

I happen to be teaching a class on how to make these beauties on June 4 at our local coffee shop called Tamari's.  If you are interested...send me a message!

KEEP LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

GROWING PAINS AS AN ARTIST...

"Spring Grove"
2'x2'
currently my private collection
"Spring Aspen"
18"x18"
Luna's Mandala
I just finished my latest newsletter for my website in which I described my current process in my latest "Growth Spurt" as an artist.  This one has been awhile in the making...if you would like to read it, please follow the link!  

As an artist it is imperative that we change and grow just as we grow as human beings.  This keeps us from stagnating.  This is what has been happening in my life the past couple of years.  Throw in a few life changing events like job losses, fires, health issues, and a myriad of other events and this growth spurt has been longer than I think it would have been...but life has it's twists and turns and we can only do our best to move forward as we have time and breath to do so.

The two paintings above are the result of my growing pains...along with so many projects and other things I have been doing to create inspiration in this artist brain of mine!

SO, follow along if you will...life is awesome, and crazy and scary and fun...for us all!

KEEP LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION WHERE YOU CAN!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"OUT OF THE ASHES" © SAUNDRA LANE FINE ART

"Out of the Ashes"
10"x20"
oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Gifted
When my auntie M and uncle T's home burned down two days after Christmas my heart was broken for them!  They lost almost EVERYTHING...they had no insurance...but, so many folks stepped up and generously gave so that they were able to put a down payment on a new home that they delivered just recently to their property and they JUST moved in! YAY!

One of the treasures that somehow survived the fire; with some damage, but survived for sure was my grandaddy's guitar that traveled with him through WWII.  I saw a video the local news folks took and this guitar was in it, so I grabbed a still shot and painted it as it lay...I added some words from my heart..."Out of the ashes beauty will rise...I will choose to find my strength...my God will teach me to keep on growing and changing and moving toward the true gifts beyond"

I wanted it to be a reminder of how we can survive during the destinations of life.

FIND INSPIRATION IN EVERYTHING YOU CAN!

Monday, February 6, 2017

AFFIRMATION STICKS AND WHY I DO THEM! © SAUNDRA LANE FINE ART

"My Best"
A gift, but they are $45
Yes, I do commissions
"My Best" is my latest affirmation stick.  This one is a gift for a person that I needed to send a little hug to and a little I'm sorry for not being very understanding...sigh...I had a day of days not long ago and she was just in the path...sigh...I wish I had better control over my days sometimes...I'm working on it! 
 The reason I STARTED doing them was I had all these dowels that I didn't know what to do with, so I began playing...I started wrapping them with different materials...well, that wasn't enough, so I found some pre made affirmations at my local craft shop and that was fun...so they were born...AND THEN, it hit me that if I wanted to tailor these to people who might need a little boost how would I do it...and I figured out a way to write my own...or use a pre worded one with a little color and font specificity...I like both ways of adding an affirmation, so I'm doing whatever speaks to me...My favorite way to do these has been to take commissions with a little info, and tailor it to specific people...but, when no people are forthcoming at the moment, I just make them and if someone connects all the better!  I put these sticks on gallery wrap canvas as shown above and on barn wood...but who knows what material for a background will come to me next! 

WORDS with my work has begun to be more and more important to me.  I played with it in my early works that now describe a bit of a familiar to me style as in my 24"x12" "Aspen Lights and Shadows"...the whole phrase is "aspen lights and shadows weave through"...It seemed important to me to describe my experience with the aspen stands I had walked among.  I realized it was harder to market and sell these works because not only does it have to appeal subject wise, color wise, design wise, but then also PHRASE wise...I still do these on my 2D works, but not as often for the very reason I described...but I still have a need to include the word or phrase as I can...
So, on I go creating, and coming up with this or that to express myself...whatever I seem to be inspired by at the moment is where I land in my studio.  My wish for you all is that you
FIND INSPIRATION WHEREVER YOU MAY HAPPEN TO FIND YOURSELF!!

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