Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekend-Long Etsy Sale!

Starting right now through Sunday, save 25% off your entire purchase at my Etsy shop, The Brilliant Magpie! Just enter the code "rentisdue" in the appropriate place at checkout and save yourself some cash!

"Miss Eglantine Speedwell"
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
5"x7"

Friday, February 18, 2011

Another New Painting Started

Last month my friend and coworker Linda gave me an awful painting. Which is really great! It's not her own work, of course--she'd found it somewhere and gave it to me to paint over. I never turn away free materials! It was a poorly done still life of flowers in a vase, not truly bad enough to be cool and not good enough to be cool. Just sort of meh.

So anyway, the canvas was in good shape and the painting was pretty smooth, not all lumpy and bumpy with paint--and being smooth is perfect for painting over! I love painting over bad paintings. I usually let elements of the original painting peek through or dictate the composition of the new painting. I feel that gives the original painting new life and some validity, a chance to escape the dumpster and hang on someone's wall. It's also a kind of secret; a layer that remains mostly unseen and unknown.

I like secrets in paintings.

That's why I'll never give the whole story away with any of my pieces, and that drives some people crazy. But I think a painting requires some audience participation and if I stuff the entire background, history, and narrative down the viewer's throat, then what does the viewer have left to bring to the table? (Other than puking up all the crammed-down art-speak nonsense)

Goodness! I seem to be veering off into a tangent. Here's the new painting in progress! There's no title yet, but it's oil on canvas. I think it's about 24 x 30 inches, sort of around there. I'm too lazy to run upstairs and measure.

detail


the whole enchilada

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I just this minute decided to have a one-day Valentine's Day sale at my Etsy shop. Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase, any items, all day today. Just enter the code "valentine" at checkout. And it's just for today. I'm nothing if not impulsive :)
Love you guys!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Etsy Shop Update

Howdy, howdy! I'm writing this from the depths of the snowiest winter I can remember. And we're supposed to get more snow tomorrow. I do like snow; I love to watch it falling and swirling around. And then it should promptly melt and everything should be ice-free and slush-free. It shouldn't stick around for weeks and get gray and brown and crusty and gross. But that's just my opinion.

I've got some new pieces to list on Etsy this Friday, February 11th at 2pm central time. Here's a sneak peek!


"Undersea Frivolity"
2.5x3.5 inches
ink and watercolor on paper

"The Flirtation"
2.5x3.5 inches
ink and watercolor on paper

"Pausing for Effect"
2.5x3.5 inches
ink and watercolor on paper


"Myrna the Impish"
2.5x3.5 inches
ink and watercolor on paper


"Lemon Ginger"
4x6 inches
Graphite and watercolor on paper


"Her Boat Left at Sunrise"
2.5x3.5 inches
ink and watercolor on paper




"Flowers For All!"
3.5 x 2.5 inches
Ink and watercolor on paper