Sunday, February 27, 2011

One finished, one wip

Finally I think my muse has returned. I think she was hibernating most of the winter. I wasn't able to finish Ishtar. I got 3/4's the way done and decided I didn't really like the composition. I am silly that way sometimes. I will throw her on the half done pile and maybe come back to her 6 months from now. I just had this idea, it would be a fun collaboration with another artist to each send the other one of their half dones and see how someone else finishes it off. Anyhoo....
I wanted to paint a girl in a cocoon. That is how I am feeling right now, like I am about to sprout wings but for now I have to be patient in my cocoon. I finished her in about 3 days last week (she is small 11in. x 14 in.). My problem is that my camera is very old and crapping out on me. Everytime I try to take pictures in the larger settings it puts all these vibration looking lines into the work. Luckily my in-laws are giving me a "new" hand me down camera. It's only about 5 years old and still will be a major upgrade from the one I have now. I won't get this fabulous new camera for 4 more days, so I won't be able to take a good pic of her until then. I have a hard time not showing you all my work the minute it is complete so here is a teaser shot:

When I first decided I was going to learn to paint it was because I had decided at the time I would never be able to afford original art and if I wanted some on my walls I would have to do it myself. The point is I am completely addicted to original art. Since being on Red Bubble I have made many connections with other artist and have aquired some orginals through trade. Someday I will post a blog with pics of my "collection".
So my latest aquisition is by the amazing fantasy/faerie artist from Australia Kim Turner. I gave her a painting for her "Ariadne". I just love this painting so much, and seeing it in person is even more amazing than imaginable. I love staring at her painting strokes up close. I can't explain it, but it is like you feel the love she put into it. I think that is the power of true art. I told my husband I got tears in my eyes when I first opened it out of the box and he said "now you know what your art has the power to do for people."
Well, needless to say I was beyond inspired after getting her work. Last night I had to start another painting. I stayed up way too late and started this work I am going to call "The Phoenix Keeper". I am pretty sure it won't end up in the half done pile.

8 comments:

Tammie Lee said...

your painting looks amazing! must feel grand to complete it. And yea for a new camera.

I also love original art! And your new piece is a dream.

MoonSpiral said...

Thankyou Tammie! Yay for a new camera is right! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Viktoria La Paz said...

I love the cocoon girl! And I know exactly what you mean about original art. I have several paintings from artists Peter Gullerud and Charles Pompilius, and various pieces of food art (desserts and breakfast food--yum). Peter is an ex-Disney animator so everything is colorful and pop-art-ish....Charles is a master of light and realism. It IS truly inspiring to hold the art of others in our hands, see the brushstrokes and textures!

Kay said...

such wonderful art..found you tonight on Redbubble and followed you here.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Woah..Beautiful and fabulous....gorgeous post such magnificent work..! I agree original art is powerfully special and unique!!

yay..Thanks for the link I wil check her out!

I am loving your blog and this magical realm you share! Shine on!
Here's to a sparkling week ahead !
Victoria~

MoonSpiral said...

Thanks for the nice words Kay, I appreciate it.
I went and looked up the 2 artists you mentioned Viktoria, wow. Amazing they are so different and I love them both. Charles is just so dang good, as you said a master of realism and light...but then I think that with your work too. Btw, what is food art?
Thanks for the positive vibes Kiki, smiles and hugs!

stephanie allison said...

loving the new pieces Tammy!
If you ever want to do a half done colab trade with another artist let me know....i have always wanted to do that!!

MoonSpiral said...

Ah Steph, I think we could do some damn fine collabs if we ever had the time and gumption :)

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