Monday, February 23, 2015

Return Home

Return Home
Set in the Adirondeck Mountains this scene is typical of the many hiking trails that wind its way through the beauty of this land. The original, acrylic painting is 24"H x 12" W on canvas .

Painting what I know. It's an old adage yet so true. Ingrained in me at a young age,hours spent in the woods following brooks and streams in solitary and joyful play,I return in my adult mind to a time of joy ...again & again.

The original is available for purchase on my web site .
Gallery quality GiclĂ©e print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing are available from Society6.com

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Abandoned!

Abandoned
Introducing my latest original painting ....
 
Abandoned is an original acrylic painting on canvas. The scene is set along the Jersey marshlands & shore area. Cast aside and broken down,these three rowboats at season's end have seen better days and now lay abandoned on the rocky shores. The original is currently available for purchase directly from my web site through Paypal and 
prints are available through Society6.com
 
 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Saatchi Art 2015

After a long absence I have rejoined Saatchi Art.  The work that seems to do well on this site seems to be my more abstract work .
Recently I have been working on a series entitled "Transitions" . This series was born out of an opportunity to explore my more painterly, acrylic work on canvas. Some have been mixed media, while others are purely paint. It has been an interesting departure from my usual watercolor/mixed media and more traditional landscape work that can be viewed on my web site.
My complete fascination with trees has extended itself into this series and become the main focus. I hope you'll enjoy this artistic journey along with me as I post updates in this series.
The second original work  in the series is currently for sale through Saatchi Art is entitled : FireLight
original painting ,Transitions series-2/FireLight
framed print by Society6
throw pillow
Additionally I have made other products available through Society6. such as this throw pillow.


The  original of this first work in this series has already been sold.
I have recently made it available in small prints, cards  and  other products through Society6
Transitions series -1  original sold

framed print by Society6

Iphone & Galaxy cases


Friday, January 23, 2015

The Horse Before the Cart

Recently I've devoted more and more time to my art marketing. I began Facebook ads and invested time and money to send more traffic to my web site, my posts on my business page, and my new shop site. I've joined a new art group too.
Do you know what? I stopped painting!!!
There has to be a balance of time spent painting,and marketing . After all you can't market what you haven't produced.Emotionally I got myself into a tailspin and a litany of "have to". I have to do this,I have to do that ... hmmmmmmm something is definitely off here.
So today I pause......
Washed out my brushes, squeezed out some new paint ...breathe, paint....center...there that's better.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Join the Conversation

As the snow flies...I miss being outside under my art tent participating in a show. What I miss the most is the conversation with the variety of potential customers and collectors that enter my "gallery". Over the years these moments of conversation have provided an education in my painting, marketing and understanding of what kind of artist I am in the process of becoming. What a valuable opportunity to engage with possible collectors of my work ...so why stop during these winter bound days?
In 2015 I am asking you to engage me in  conversation about painting be it on FaceBook, Pinterest, or this blog
I will answer you to the best of my ability and in a timely manner. I, in turn, will no longer hit the "like' button and scroll on without adding encouragement, comment or my own question.
I recently joined a new Facebook group :ArtCollectorsandArtists
led by artist Robin Pedrero and  have taken this wonderful opportunity to share with other artist ...and I hope to engage  with future collectors of my work.
I hope you will click on my website  to see the original work I offer .
Here is today's newest listing now available on my site for purchase with an easy paypal button option....and I hope to hear from you! ....Helen
"Lazy Afternoon" 
12"H x 4" W
acrylic on canvas, unframed 
$65.00 +shipping

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Rework? Hell..Yes!

1st attempt
 So each of us start out with that same clean canvas or paper. We attack it with all our gusto. Paint and brush fly to the rhythm of our music and ......blah. Does your canvas get relegated to a dark corner of your studio?  Do you actually convince yourself that it is an ok painting ....even frame it?
Do I hear a mumbled  "Yes!"
I know that I've sat staring at an unsold work on my living room wall debating ..leave it and just go from here, throw it out, hide it and pretend it was from your first year of painting....or learn from it. Unframe it,
rework it, draw on it, wipe out whole areas . Use this effort to move forward and rejoice that you have come a long way ....at least far enough to be your own critic! This is YOUR painting until it is sold.
Start out 2015 with a look back and then go forward. Grab an old canvas and use it as a starting point to prime the work to come......Happy New Year!
....Helen
Getting there!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Gift


Whew! Today I am painting with a renewed energy.
I have met my goals of completing all my commissions, placing work in new galleries/shops and stepping up my marketing before the holidays.
Between now and the New Year, I'll be reassessing the hits and misses of 2014. Always my hardest critic is that little voice inside that will rip up, tear down all that I've done....but.... this year I learned to keep track of those little triumphant moments. The ah-ha of unexpected success to build on in the coming year. Today as I pick up my brush I feel a slowing down that comes with thoughtful intent of focusing on the present. Today I paint for me... a gift!