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Wednesday, November 26, 2008




Movin' on up!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Yeah, so, this is the view from my new future patio:

I know, right?

It gets better though, because there are ducks and egrets and crawdads that live in that creek.


In less than a month, we move. In the meantime, we're frantically packing and arranging and organizing. We are very, very happy to be moving.

Solace . 24x36 inches . 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Hi. :o)

1. natural lighting
2. artificial lighting
3. combined uv and artificial lighting
4. uv lighting only
5. no light

Ingredients: acrylic, beach sand, crushed glass, phosphorescent pigments, varnish, water & light on canvas.

When I started working on this painting, I instinctively knew that somehow it was the beginning of a new phase in my work. Not necessarily in style or focus, but I've been particularly interested in what I can accomplish with texture and super thick paint. It takes an incredibly long time to build up, but I'm pleased with how it looks. The first image was taken in that awesome light I was blathering about in a previous blog post, where the sun shines through the windows, casting great shadows across the painting. It looks even more striking on a piece like this that has great texture, and really brings out the depth of the acrylic.

Obviously I'm going to have to increase my supply-buying in order to continue painting this way.

The color of this painting represents the light as it is before dawn, when it's still dark out, but the sun is clearly approaching. It's a very glowing light, very mysterious, and shifts between blue and purple as though it's liquid or fog, even though it's actually crystal clear. It's really a very beautiful, magical light, one that I rarely see because it's not in my nature to be up at that time, unless I've stayed up from the night before.

That's actually when I really experienced this light recently, in a way that inspired me to paint it. It was in June, and we had just returned home from an incredibly emotional and sad experience. It was when Meat died. I took notice of the light, in the same way that I took notice of the rain hitting the windshield on the night my grandfather died. I always notice the environment very distinctly in situations like that. It's almost slowed down, with the volume turned up.

Anyway, on that morning, the light was beautiful. It wasn't enough to call the color of the sky Lavender, although I've been referring to this piece as my "lavender moon" painting. It wasn't even the sky itself that I was looking at. The light was everywhere. It was in the trees, on the wall, and throughout the apartment. I sat and watched it for awhile to really absorb the color I was seeing, and to lock it in my memory as vividly as everything else I was feeling in that moment.

I adore the color of light.


This week has been rad.

Friday, November 07, 2008

So apparently I was on the Etsy Front Page 3 separate times yesterday. Wow.

Hey, look, there's Chelsea! It's cool when you're on the front page. You get like 17 million views. :o)

Also, I wanted to show you this Color Study I just finished, but I ended up selling it before I blogged about it. I love it when that happens. (yay) Check out that texture. As I say in the listing, this was really more a texture/phosphorescent study, but either way it was totally done in my very favorite colors.

A couple of days ago there was this really really awesome light coming through the windows and I ran around frantically taking pictures of every painting in the house before it went away. It made huge shadows across the texture, showing each piece in a new light. (Um, so to speak.) I'll post more of them soon so you can see what I mean.

It also made my hair look dark and my lips look pink. It was an awesome, awesome light.

Yep. Quite a week. :o)

New Etsy Paintings

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Busy, busy. It's not really November, is it? :o(

I've been finishing up some work. I had 2 commissions to finish for delivery next week, although I haven't taken pictures yet. You'll just have to imagine. Think circles.

These 2 are going to my Etsy shop:

Moonfire and Joyous.

Joyous was one of those that I started a million years ago, stopped for some reason, and then picked up and finished again. I guess I was waiting for the right color, which obviously was yellow. Happy happy yellow.

They are both very sandy.

My newest show piece is nearly almost practically finished, and I have a few more small pieces to list in my shop next week, depending on how elated or depressed I am after Tuesday.