Monday, August 11, 2014

Contemporary Art Paintings

Modern Painting
Modern Painting
Category › Contemporary Art Paintings
Category › Contemporary Art Paintings
Modern Art
Modern Art
Nancy Eckels
Nancy Eckels
Art Painting Zone
Art Painting Zone
Modern Art Deco, Abstract Painting, Gallery Art Landscape Painting
Modern Art Deco, Abstract Painting, Gallery Art Landscape Painting
Modern Paintings Abstract Contemporary Art Wall Paintings By Robert R
Modern Paintings Abstract Contemporary Art Wall Paintings By Robert R
Modern Art Paintings  Fine Art Paintings, Abstract Art Paintings
Modern Art Paintings Fine Art Paintings, Abstract Art Paintings
Abstract Art By Osnat Tzadok
Abstract Art By Osnat Tzadok

Back at the lake

We came up to the lake again yesterday. It was a beautiful day so we did some swimming and sunning. A lot of my nieces and nephews are here so we got some good hang out time with them too. There is a really big antiques show near here starting this week and Tyler and I are going to go today. I love going to this show, it's MASSIVE and so fun to look around and find things. You have to have time and patience though! I'm especially excited this year because I'm hoping to find things for our new apartment and some wedding decorations. I'll let you know if I find any goodies.

I put a few wall hangings up in my shop the other day. It made me want to get back into making them! Especially autumn themed ones.
I also had some fun with simple image transfers over the weekend. I cut up photographs of mine that I had printed on printer paper and some magazine and book pages, put mod podge on the side with the image, laid it down on the surface I was working on, used a brayer to make sure that it adhered, let it sit for a minute or two then pulled it off, revealing a cool looking transfer! Very fun.
I'm going to check in over at Creative Every Day then get ready for the antiques show. Have a great day! xo

Friday, August 8, 2014

A busy but good week

We've been getting a lot done this week, which feels great. Tyler got his wedding suit fitted and we bought his wedding ring- two big things on our list! I think I've found sweet little dresses for some of the flower girls and I hope to purchase them today. My mom is graciously working on getting a bus to shuttle people to and from the ceremony and reception. AND we signed a lease on a new apartment and will move in a couple of weeks!!!! Yay! The apartment is a lovely two bedroom in a nice old house in a great and quiet neighborhood. I'm so excited. We celebrated signing the lease with champagne and shish kabobs.
I haven't had too much time to be in the studio this week but I did get in there last night for a few hours. I finally finished wonky circles #2 and I'm digging it.

I also finished another piece, inspired by spring (even though it's summer). Like the wonky circles, I think this one as well might lead to some other similar pieces. We'll see.

I've already got a few glittery circles lined up for the next projects :)
I hope you all have a great weekend and happy Paint Party Friday!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Crunch Time

Alright, our wedding is two months from yesterday. October 3rd. It's approaching fast and this last week I've been starting to worry about all that we have yet to do to get ready. Not only are we in wedding crunch time but we are also interviewing for jobs and looking for apartments (we may have found one, fingers crossed!) We do have a wedding checklist and we are chipping away at it but I just feel overwhelmed! Anyone have any favorite tips or tricks to reduce pre wedding stress? I couldn't fall asleep last night, which is not like me, so I went into the studio for a couple of hours. I had started working on an idea over the weekend and I took it a few steps further last night. A couple pics:

Just a short post today- need to go over my wedding checklist before apartment stuff this afternoon. My mind is spinning!!


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Friday, August 1, 2014

Wonky Circles #2

I'm almost finished with my 2nd wonky circles piece. I'm having fun with these, and it's getting me back into embroidering on my work which I haven't done much of in a while.

Hopefully I get to the last of the embroidery today. I've been feeling a bit under the weather this week but, so far, it feels like today will be different. Aside from not feeling well it's been a good news week. I got a part time job as an after school art teacher (which I'm very excited about), I received news that a bunch of pieces of my art are going to be published in a magazine- which is sooo thrilling, and I made another sale of note cards on Etsy! I am very grateful for all of these things. Very grateful.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A painting, start to finish

Here are pictures of a painting I made yesterday from start (well, almost) to finish. I'm feeling a series coming on...

 then I added some embroidery

then I realized it looked better upside down

And I have a frame that I think it will look perfect in. Yay for paintings that come together easily! (We all know that doesn't happen all the time!)


Monday, July 28, 2014

Rainy Day

It's a cool rainy day here, it's nice to have one of these every once in a while in the summer.  Once again,  I'll be working away at my to do list of cleaning, organizing my life, and making art :) My parent's house is still home base for Tyler and I as we job and apartment hunt. I was finally able to set up an art space here though which feels really nice. The third floor of my parent's house has two large bedrooms- one is now our bedroom and the other I am using as my art space (as well as the room that holds all of our shower gifts that we don't have a place for yet!!).  I've had some time in there the last few days and have worked on several things.

painted paper towel stamped collages
sewn and beaded pockets for my book project
and some bigger messy acrylic paintings

Our spring and summer have been full of art and travel and it's been amazing. We've been so fortunate. Now, we are starting to settle a bit and I've been feeling some of the uneasiness, nervousness, and doubts that come with moving to a new place. I know it's part of the process, part of getting our feet on the ground and getting settled and I try to remind myself of this, try to keep it in perspective and feel what I'm feeling and work through it. I know we are where we are supposed to be and I just have to remember that getting settled takes a while. I'm so glad I now have an art space where I can go to help me work through some of these feelings. I'm eager to get in there again this morning, but I've told myself I must take breaks so I can write thank you notes and do the laundry :)


Friday, July 25, 2014

New cards, a new painting, and a book

I started today by going to a diner to have breakfast with my brother and my 2 1/2 year old niece and I'll be ending the day by going to my 13 year old niece's play. In between I hope to have a bit of time to make art and also start on my thank you notes to all of the lovely and generous people who came to my shower last weekend.

Speaking of thank you notes! I turned several collages into thank you cards and I love how they look and I'm excited to say that they are up in my Etsy shop! You can take a look here. I also put some "yellow leaves" note cards and "love a lot" note cards in the shop.

I also finished the painting that I posted pictures of last week. It doesn't have a title yet. Here it is:

I thought about painting in the roofs of the houses a solid color but I didn't. I still might do that.

I also finally put together the book form that will hold all of the pictures I took during our month out at the cabin. I have lots of ideas for this book so I hope it comes together! I'm eager to see it in it's finished state but it's quite a big project so I need to take my time and enjoy the process. Here's a sneak peek:
Time to get started on my thank you notes!  xo

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How long does it take?

So, how long does it take to settle back into a place? Into a routine, a job, a life, a community? I know this isn't a question that is easily answered. I know the answer if different from person to person. Lately it just feels like the "to do" list is long and as soon as we finish one we have to create another one! Mostly the things we have to do are banking/student loans/credit cards/medical stuff and then a bunch of random errands. My to do list for today is long: blog (check!), laundry, diy wedding project, clean my computer and get stuff onto a hard drive in preparation for getting a new computer (yay!), catch up on emails, go to the grocery store, make a wedding checklist, finish up some art pieces that are almost done, start writing thank you notes, do the dishes...

I'm not really complaining (ok, maybe a little) and I actually feel quite energized about getting things checked off this list today, I'm just curious about this settling back in process. And somewhere in here I have to start looking for a job (yikes!). Tyler, thankfully, has already found a job and he is very excited about starting.

In more fun news, I started a Society 6 shop- you can check it out here.  I just thought I would explore one more avenue of getting my work out there and just see what happens with it. It's cool that they can put your work on so many different kinds of items. Right now I have prints, framed printed, stretched canvases, iphone/ipod cases and skins, and stationery cards.
I'm also taking Juliette Crane's new Abstracts and Backgrounds class. I've only done the first lesson so far but I had fun with it. I took a painted page that I already had and started putting more layers on it. Using acrylics, charcoal pencil, oil pastels, colored pencil, and watercolors. I think I'm really going to enjoy this class and it's always fun to get new techniques and strategies for just letting go and playing.  This is my first class creation:
I'm glad my Etsy shop is back up and running. I actually had two sales last week- that's huge for me!! I put two new original collages in there last night. "make art" and "be grateful". I'm hoping to get some thank you cards into the shop later this week.

Well, now I can check blogging off today's to do list. I better get started on the rest of it!


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Getting Back Into It

It's great to be home now and finally have some more time and space to make art. On our trip I brought a plastic bin of art supplies with me (cause I can't be completely without them!) and would occasionally work in the car as Tyler was driving. It worked but it was a pretty cramped way of trying to make art. Now that I am home I'm having the urge to work big and messy! I bought some canvases the other day and have been having fun playing around with them.

I brought the canvases outside and started layering paint (it was such a luxury painting outside! something I could never do while living in NYC.). My 11 year old niece came over in the afternoon and I gave her one of the canvases and we spent a couple hours out there layering colors, making marks and not worrying about what it looked like. It was fun to paint with her.
The next day I spent some time defining the painting a little bit more. I always find this hard. Putting representational imagery into my work doesn't come naturally or intuitively. However, there are certain symbols that pop up a lot for me and when I use them in a work they are often the very basic outlines of these symbols. So, while looking at my layers of paint I kept thinking about houses and how I wanted to make a row of houses on the painting. I also kept thinking about leaves. So, without thinking too much about it I went with my instinct and included these symbols.

I think I will add a bit more- outline the shapes in black and add a few stamped circles and lines to the grey background. No matter the result, it felt really good to paint big!

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