Really....I never meant to be away so long. I have been on a bit of a sabbatical....looking into doing different things because I have had a very low income year and, frankly, it has been a bit depressing and disturbing. So I decided with all of the things that had happened over the past several months, that I probably needed a break...so I took one.
My images have come from nature....there is no end to the wonder of it all....add in a bit of imagination....you get something, something unique and intriguing, at least if you're lucky!
The picture of the palm trees and beach is about halfway complete. I think I want to add either an umbrella or a boat that is beached or something like that. I have made some dunesand will also add sea oats and birds and waves or ripples....still lots of things to do with this one, but again, I hope you can zoom in on it and see the details on the palm tree...I think it is pretty cool!! This is painted on a regular canvas-covered art board that I found at the 'dump'....So my only purchases of new or retail stuff is the art supplies: paints, brushes, that kind of thing. I try to find as much as I can at thrift stores, but that is a rare occasion. I do use paints from the home improvement stores that are rejects and therefore heavily discounted. I have found some interesting colors this way...great for painting furniture and other large items.
Here are a couple of other pairs of shoes that I am in the process of painting....for these I have been using fabric (one is a dish towel and the other is a pillow cover, both from thrift stores, as well as the shoes) as my inspiration. The red ones will be paisley when I am finished...The others will have the birds and flowers from the pillow cover (my yellow bird is probably going to get redone, but the pink one is quite cool!). I am having such fun with this process...another way to make something out of nothing, or make something average into a piece of art.
These next three pictures show my source of inspiration, the photo of the butterfly enjoying a nice drink from a phlox plant. I wanted to put this image on a handbag... then I was a little freaked out at the complexity of the butterfly itself...so I decided that first I would just try to paint the butterfly on paper and see how it went...
So, to sum it all up....this is where I've been and what I've been working on for the past two months....new directions for GKR....all good things....I have decided that I will do clothing on a custom order basis for now, continue making bags of all kinds, and continue exploring what I can do with paint.
I vow to you, I will keep this blog updated with what I'm doing and how things are turning out. I hope you like my work...it is a labor of love....it keeps a smile on my face and paint on my fingers.
Ah, and the fingers are itching to do a little more painting before bedtime, so I will bid you farewell for the night. I send you peace and positive energy....thanks for checking in!!