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#3 is a Wrap…not literally, yet.

 

for Jeff's parents

for Jeff's parents

I worked all day on this and I have to say that the photo does not do it justice.  It is maybe my favorite thing I’ve ever painted.  I tried a couple of things I’ve never tried before on this one.  First, I blocked in colors, then I used a couple of different sized palette knives and scraped paint across the top of the colors in layers.  So, there is a lot of texture that you really can’t pick up in a photo.  Then, I gobbed a bunch of paint onto another rectangular scrap piece of canvas that I had to make the 2 gold rectangles.  When I got done “grunging it up” I was really happy with it, but then I had to put my little Mandi touch over the top of that.  I love to paint flowers, hence the semi-transparent vines growing all over it.  And the blue ones are the best–blue’s my favorite color.  This one’s gonna be tough for me to give away, but I guess that’s where the love comes in.

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2 Down, 2 To Go

I’m pretty psyched about finishing 2 paintings.  They were pretty easy as far as paintings go.  The only tough part about these two was getting clean lines and getting heavy enough coverage so as not to show any stroke marks from the brush–only solid blocks of color.  

 

for my older brother

for my older brother

 

for my friend

for my friend


Deck the Walls

I have a fascination and appreciation for art and photography.  When we built our house, I had a tough time finding artwork that fit the style of each room perfectly, so I painted a lot of my own.  I’ve been into art my entire life and was once considered to be pretty good at it.  Since leaving college, I’ve haven’t had as much time to put into it.  But, I don’t think you ever lose creative ability.  I don’t expect that anyone would ever want to purchase anything I’ve done, but it’s something I love and something that moves me.  This year for Christmas with money being kinda tight, I’ve decided to give several family members paintings as gifts.  Painting has been something that I’ve only ever done for myself, so I’m a little nervous about putting myself “out there” with these gifts.  What if they don’t like them?  What if they think it’s just a cheap way out of buying a gift?  I’m already committed, though.  I ordered some really cool square canvases last week and should get them in and be able to get started soon.  

Here are the ones I have in my house:

 

This one lives in my coffee brown bathroom.  The flowers look like the ones on the curtain.

This one lives in my coffee brown bathroom. The flowers look like the ones on the curtain.

The red wagon lives in Carter's room.  I like the cartoony, kidishness of it.

The red wagon lives in Carter's room. I love the cartoonish, kidishness of it.

The butterfly used to live in my classroom, now it's in my green and yellow master bath.

The butterfly used to live in my classroom, now it's in my yellow and green master bath.

This one is a really large painting of 3 poppies on the wall of my bedroom.

This one is a really large painting of 3 poppies on the wall of my bedroom.

 

This is my absolute favorite thing I've ever painted.

This is my absolute favorite thing I have ever painted.

Not my favorite painting, but a great quote that inspired me.

Not my favorite painting, but a great quote that inspired me.

There’s also several things I love that I didn’t create but are still worthy of sharing.

My favorite class (7th year) created this (with the help of an artist parent) and presented it to me in grand fashion at the end of the year.

My favorite class (7th year) created this (with the help of an artist parent) and presented it to me in grand fashion at the end of the year. You can't see it, but there are layers of cheese cloth under the paint that gives the painting texture.

This colored pencil drawing is an amazing gift from a friend.  It lives in my great room.

This colored pencil drawing is an amazing gift from a friend. It lives in my great room.

"Wind from the Sea" by Andrew Wyeth.  This was a surprising Christmas gift from my younger brother.  He went to the Wyeth High Museum in Atlanta and bought this print because it reminded him of the view of the area around the house we grew up in.

"Wind from the Sea" by Andrew Wyeth. This was a surprising Christmas gift from my younger brother 2 years ago. He went the High Museum in Atlanta to Wyeth's exhibit and purchased this one because it reminded him of the area surrounded the home we grew up in.