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Lazy Days

Monday, June 30, 2008


I wish I could say I've been enjoying a long list of exciting summer activities, but that's not really the case. I am, however, nearly out of my supply of small canvases just in time for the semi-annual Aaron Bros. 1 cent canvas sale!! Timed perfectly.

I actually just started a brand new 24x36 (woo!) so perhaps I can get through my supply of large canvases before their next sale in January. This might require an incredible amount of coffee.

New addiction: Hawaii Webcams.

I consider this "work-related" because it truly, legitimately inspires me. Inspires/distracts. One of those.

Heh.

Far Away . 18x24 inches . 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008





1. natural light
2. artificial light
3. artificial and UV light combined
4. UV light only
5. no light (total darkness)

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

The title is from the song I walked down the aisle to at my wedding, Over the Hills and Far Away. This piece was painted purely because I was inspired to do so. It is not for sale. I painted it for Colin and I. :o) It took me awhile, I suppose because I was attaching a lot of romance and emotion to it, which is fine. I love taking time to do art for art's sake.

It's funny, the light itself on our wedding day ended up being a character in the ceremony. The drive from downtown Kailua-Kona to Waialea Bay was about 45 minutes, and we were racing a storm the entire way. Everyone was sure the wedding, at sunset, would be cloudy and rainy.

Somehow though, a mysterious force seemed to halt the approaching clouds, despite their darkness and massiveness. They slowed to a stop right before the beach we married on, and held off until we were gone. The few clouds that broke through made for an incredible sunset, and caused the light on the beach to glow a gorgeous lavender and orange. For the last half of the ceremony, the sunrays burst through the clouds and touched the ocean below.

You read into that whatever you want. I know we do.


(This piece is not for sale, although the matching Color Study is still available in my Etsy shop.)

Because I know you like winning money.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Okay, well *I* like winning money, I'm assuming you do too.

Blingo

So remember last year when Colin and I won a couple grand on Blingo?

Well, I didn't actually tell you the whole story. The truth is, after we won that time, I actually won $1000 two more times. Separately. From different people. Yes, you math whizzes, that's 4 thousand dollars. FROM BLINGO.

I kid you not.

Anyway, since I haven't mentioned it in awhile, I thought I should encourage everyone to sign up if you haven't already. Even though I haven't won a thousand bucks lately, I have won a whole bunch of $5 Amazon gift certificates, which add up after awhile and make things like this $74 Zojirushi Hot Pot more like $40. Score!

Blingo

All you have to do to win? Put search words in a search engine. Sounds too good to be true, but I swear to you, IT'S TRUE! It's too simple not to do and I speak from experience:

Totally worth it
.

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Maybe I Could Fly

Friday, June 20, 2008


[and forget the sadness of this last week...]




High Flight,
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

The painting is Maybe I Could Fly, (14x11 inches) shown here in natural light, and glowing in the dark. Currently available in my Etsy shop.

Off to a mansion filled with sunny windows and house plants.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Meat was not a cat. I don't know exactly what sort of rare, mythological creature he actually was, but he wasn't a cat.



I am very sad.

Couple of new 8x10s

Wednesday, June 11, 2008




A String of Pearls & Haze

Available now on Etsy, where you can also see each painting in all 5 lighting conditions. (They both glow extremely well. A String of Pearls even glows during the daytime.)

Both are shown here in UV light. :o)

We're live in 3.. 2.. 1..


www.shaylamaddox.com

Parts of it have sort of been "up" for awhile if you happened to click the link over to the right there, but I wasn't officially debuting it until it was done. Isn't it pretty? Colin made it for me. I'm thrilled with it. It now includes links to my blog and Etsy shop, as well as a beautiful new gallery and About Me page. Finally! I'm so happy with it.

Please go check it out and celebrate its existence with me. Yay!

Exciting times ahead. :o)

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If only I was still this cute.

Thursday, June 05, 2008




My mom was the first artist in my life. She, however, paints sunflowers. Millions and millions of sunflowers.



We're almost done with the fancy shmancy new website. :o) I feel all pro now. (Mostly because I'm married to a professional graphic designer who decks me out with professional looking materials.) :oD

Soon. Very soon. :o) I'm leveling up right now.

It's here.

Monday, June 02, 2008

June.

I used to think I was one of those people that adored winter, and rain, and coldness.

Totally wrong.

(plumeria shadow on my balcony)


June has a unique color. I think it's green. I have a swirling head of sunshine and trees and fireflies and moonlight. Colin said to me today, "It's June! Your favorite painting month." For at least 3 years now, I have felt incredibly inspired and creative in June. I have ended up keeping the large scale paintings I was working on during the previous 2 Junes. Well, the last one, Colin forbid me to sell. But, I completely agree with him.

I love you, June.

It's been a pretty great week. I have awesome collectors. I get giddy when people share in my enthusiasm. I'm enthusiastic about my art, because I love doing it, and whenever I finish a painting, I feel like I'm 5 years old and I just colored the COOLEST page in the My Little Pony coloring book EVER.