Art

How to search for art you like

Use your list from the last post to search for art you like. This is an excerpt from Artist Kesha Bruce’s ebook Art Buying for Art Lovers. Kesha Bruce is an American mixed-media artist living in France. In addition to her studio work, Kesha is also Director of Baang and Burne Contemporary Art, a curatorial project based in New York, which produces onenight-only art events for art collectors. Her ideas on art, collecting, and creativity can be found in her weekly articles…

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Know what you like when looking for art to purchase

This is an excerpt from an article by Kesha Bruce. Kesha Bruce is an American mixed-media artist living in France. In addition to her studio work, Kesha is also Director of Baang and Burne Contemporary Art, a curatorial project based in New York, which produces onenight-only art events for art collectors. Her ideas on art, collecting, and creativity can be found in her weekly articles at www.KeshaBruce.com. Starting an art collection requires that you have a clear idea of what you like…

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New Acrylic Hummingbird and Garden Painting

I’ve finished some new paintings and I’ll be posting them here in the weeks to come. It’s been fabulous painting again in my Baja studio! I love the light and looking at palm trees and the view of the ocean. I feel very grrateful for the opportunity to create art in this kind of setting. I’ll first put my new work on the VIP page of my website for those who have access to view first and then a week later I’ll…

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A painted mailbox project

This mailbox came back into my life recently and I am thrilled to start using it as our family mailbox for our Prescott home. I painted this mailbox back in 2001 for the Creative Department where I worked. The project was to create a mailbox that could be used for the employee of the month. The special person would put it on their desk for a month while they were temporarily spotlighted. I was chosen, or maybe I volunteered, I…

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Mini painting sale sneak peak

I’ve been having fun painting feathers. There’s something about feathers that inspires me. Maybe it is their symbolic meaning of lightness or nesting. Or maybe flight and taking off on adventurous journeys. I just like them and I like collecting them and now I like painting them. This is one of my small feather paintings that will be available in my mini painting sale coming up in April. I’m also working on some minis which include 5″ x 5″ canvas…

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Learning new approaches in my art

As I wrote earlier, I’m taking the super awesome painting e-course by Flora Bowley called Bloom True. But it’s not just about painting! It’s about intuition, meditation, playfulness, yoga, letting go, not judging, trusting the process, being open and a whole lot more! I just love it! I’m painting on 2 canvases (actually wood boards) for the class but then I have a bunch more pieces I’m working on too.  I’m incorporating what I’ve learned from the course with a…

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Art Giveaway and some new acrylic paintings

To take part in the Art Giveaway, you’ll have to “Like” my page on Facebook and then head over to the Cherry Blossom Tattoo Photography blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of my small open edition bird prints from my Etsy Shop. On Thursday, Carrie will choose a winner and the winner will be able to choose which print they would like. Hope you will give it a try. And a big thank you to…

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How I got inspired by lanterns

This lantern below was made by my fiancé Greg Gaskill. I’ve been watching him create beautiful raku ceramic lanterns. Raku Lantern by Greg Gaskill, sold We’ve talked about how they illuminate and cast shadows. We’ve talked about the other lanterns we have in our home. The hanging one’s we have on the back deck that are made of punched tin from Mexico. I love the star pattern on them. Then there are the solar lanterns we have along the walkway. And the…

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Donation Painting for the Fur Ball Fundraiser

Last year and now again this year, I’ve painted a piece to donate to the Todos Santos Fur Ball which will be held the end of January in 2012. The Furball is a fundraiser that has been held over the years and is organized by our friend Angelique in Todos Santos. It raises money to spay and neuter the dogs and cats of Todos Santos and Pescadero in Baja Mexico which is really important in these small towns. My painting is…

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"Two Ravens Sit and Reflect" Painting Series

I wanted to share two raven paintings that I finished the other day. I’ve been working on this raven series titled “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect” for awhile now and I finished two more paintings for it. I like the play on words that I use in the titles for these paintings. The first one is titled “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect on the Waves.” Inspired from when we went to the beach the other day and watched the surfers…

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I have some new acrylic paintings

Yesterday I mentioned how I use trees a lot in my work. I do love the tree image. I have a few new acrylic paintings I’d like to share with you that have trees in them. The first one was painted for the May show at the Tumalo Art Co.gallery in Bend, Oregon. The theme of the show was to take one of three landscape photographs by Bruce Jackson and use that as a starting point to create a painting…

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Symbolism and Stories in my Art

There are lots of symbols and stories being told with my art. I’ve had a long facination with symbolism. One of my favorite books on archetypes and symbolism is “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. One can learn many lessons about life from reading the stories in this book. The author’s explanations about the symbolism in these stories is really amazing. I love that the theme of some of these stories is in similar stories throughout…

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Whimsical Watercolor Artist Chris Ambrose Art Interview

1. Where are you from? I reside in Garnet Valley, PA with my husband and two daughters. 2. How long have you been an artist? I started to enjoy sketching and my original medium, chalk pastels, when I was around 13.  I mostly created art back then for family members.  I discovered watecolors many years later and never went back!  I’m primarily self-taught, but have taken classes in the past at a local arts center. I’ve been freelancing for 8…

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Some L. Gruger Art News to Share

Last week I found out I ‘ve been juried into PLACE::TWELVE, the first art show of City Walls at City Hall in Bend, Oregon. See  http://tinyurl.com/4vtkf63 The City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission created City Walls at City Hall to be a uniquely themed quarterly juried art show held at Bend City Hall and built around the overall theme of inspiring community with art. I am feeling very honored to be included with this talented group of artists…

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What I Find Inspiring – Brave Girls Club

This happened back in December but I’m just mentioning it now. I was the Featured bird artist on the Brave Girls Club daily truths email called “a little bird told me”. What is the Brave Girls Club you may be wondering? It’s a community of women founded by Melody Ross and her sister Kathy Wilkins in 2009. Their website says the “Brave Girls Club is a worldwide community of women who want to live the best, happiest, most productive and fabulously…

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100 Blog Topics for Artists

This is a blog post of 100 Blog Topics for artists. It is for artists who are trying to come up with ideas for what to write about. I’ve noticed I’m not blogging as much as I have been in the past and it’s partly because I’ve been having a hard time thinking up topics to blog about. So I thought maybe there are other artists having the same problem and could use some help with Blog Topic ideas. There…

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Inspiration for my newest acrylic painting

I get inspired by so many things that influence my work but my latest painting (that I’m still working on) was inspired by this rug below. This floor covering lives in our master bath and I see it day in and day out. I began to wonder what it would be like to put two trees on either side of a large vertical painting and have something in the middle between them. Petroglyphs or symbols maybe? What I intended to…

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2010 Life and Art in Review

Last year I did a post about my 2009 Life and Art in Review so I thought I’d do one for 2010. This is where I pair some of my art with some photos from 2010. I made 12 images, one for each month and then 3 at the end to wish you a Happy New Year! In January of 2010, I began painting what I call “Mindscapes” from my Metaphysical Landscape series. I also had an art show at the…

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Two New Acrylic Paintings on Wood Box Frames

I have 2 new whimsical bird paintings that I’ve painted on wood box frames. They are 11″ x 8″ with 4″ deep sides.  These have been a popular format and I love painting on wood. They’re very versatile too. You can hang them on the wall, put them on a book shelf or end table or even on a window sill. She Built a Love Nest acrylic on wood box frame, 11″ x 8″ x 4″ $325 I like the…

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Three Paintings I Would Never Sell

I know, I know, never say never. But I think, no, I’m pretty down right positive, that I would never sell these three. I was asked this question the other day. Are there some paintings you would never sell? And it got me to thinking which ones that would be? I’ve been told that an artist should keep a painting from each of their series. Or atleast a painting from each phase of their career so when they have a…

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Our Taos, New Mexico Adventure

When we neared Taos we took a break and had lunch. When we stopped, I kept seeing lovely green rocks on the ground so I started a collection. We also stopped and took a walk along a path which led to this church. There was a gorgeous view of the surrounding area from the top of this butte that the church stood on. We stopped and took some pics of these wild horses out in the brush too. Finally we…

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Inspirational Card Deck and New Whimsical Greeting Cards

As some of you know, I’ve been doing my positive affirmations on a daily basis. I like to pick an affirmation and then repeat it during the day. If you don’t know this now, then I will tell you…this commitment to yourself, committing to the possiblities of your dreams by saying positive affirmations and acknowledging where you want your life to lead, really works! It creates a shift. A movement toward  creating the life you want to live. I decided…

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Creating Figures in my Art

Sometimes I like to put figures in my work. Some of my early paintings from when I was in my 20’s had dancing yoga figures in them which I really like and have considered revisiting and creating more of. I like them because they feel tribal and earthy….and I like that they are celebrating something… Life, maybe? These figures are what led to my sitting yoga people paintings. These are figures who are holding the energy which is represented by…

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