Friday, November 28, 2008

commerce and magic

70 Louisa Street 16" x 20"

I'm pretty sure Jo-Anne's late son, Shawn, was looking over my shoulder, guiding my hand, while I painted this one. I've had a rough week but the one thing that went off without a hitch and gave me great joy was this painting. The experience was almost otherworldly and, as a pragmatist and cynic, I mean that with the utmost sincerity. I also listened to the signs (not to mention the direct orders :) and went with the mysterious feeling of an autumn twilight. I suspect my process posts are getting a little old by now, but if you're curious to see it unfold, go here.

Meanwhile, Tracy Helgeson has been giving artists like myself a little boost with her new blog The Fine Art Department. Check out this very generous service of hers and maybe do a little Christmas shoppin' as you cruise the aisles.

Seeing Tracy's blog for selling small originals and, the next day, Angela Rockett's, also spurred me to try something similar. I did try this a couple of years ago but got distracted by Etsy. I have since learned that I don't seem to have the ... um ... temperament (not to mention the right product) to flog prints, so I'm trying the small originals thing again. Check it out here.

Winter is an etching,
spring a watercolour,
summer an oil painting,
and autumn a mosaic of them all
.
(Stanley Horowitz)

21 Comments:

Blogger Ellen said...

Lovely, love the tree in the foreground and the twilight sky.

28/11/08 9:45 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Love your house paintings.

29/11/08 4:37 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

oh and if i ever get my act together I will do just what you and others have done about selling my art.

29/11/08 4:45 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

It's lovely. I want to curl up in front of that attic window with a good book.

29/11/08 5:55 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

It is beautiful!

29/11/08 8:03 AM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Hi Andrea,
I love your vibrant colors and the simple clean lines. Thanks for stopping by so I could find your work. I will enjoy visiting frequently.

29/11/08 8:48 AM  
Blogger Bob Ross said...

I love that happy little tree too.

Keep up the good work Andrea.
xx oo

29/11/08 10:12 AM  
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29/11/08 10:21 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Ellen: You know, I hardly paid any attention to the tree until I'd finished and then thought, "Hey -- I kinda like that tree". :)

Toni: Selling is overrated... :)

Heather: Oh no -- and I insisted we keep the lights out in the attic so we could see the reflection of the tree! :)

Michelle: Merci.

Vickie: Thanks so much for dropping by!

Bob: OMG. You have risen long enough to vist *and* leave me a comment. But you have that suspicious habit of double dipping with your comments like that loafer, Donn. Hmmm....

29/11/08 11:46 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I seem to be going for unfinished works at the moment... I know your client will love it but if you had been doing it for me I'd have preferred it with the sketchy bits left in!

This weekend in Bristol is the "North Bristol Arts Trail" which means I've spent some of today looking round artists houses and of course their art. The piece I was most captivated by was a night scene that was part done and being done as a commission...

29/11/08 1:29 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Caro: Interesting! In this case Shawn was calling the shots and he insisted I do it this way. I never mess with the spirit world! :)

29/11/08 1:41 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

really beautiful :)

30/11/08 11:58 AM  
Blogger cbdeoro said...

I'm glad you let yourself be guided in the making of the painting. It is lovely.

30/11/08 5:56 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

I never tire of the 'process' photos - thanks for the link for that. I think this is probably my favorite house painting of yours thus far. (although I cannot relate- the prospect of that many straight lines and geometric figures - all those bricks! - make me cringe to contemplate). Hooray for other-worldly inspiration.

And I always loved your small works. Glad to see you return to them.

30/11/08 6:51 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Val & Cbdeoro: :)

Tara: Funny you should say that. I was just thinking today how 2008 has been my year for geometric work, something I'd rarely tackled before. If it helps to know I don't use a ruler except at the conte drawing stage to make sure my horizon is even and then to draw a few horizontal lines where bricks go so I don't suddenly start tilting. It's actually a really different feeling from what I normally do -- very sort of zen-like and meditative. And not at all highly detailed like your work, in spite of how it looks. It's the work of the underpainting peeking through that gives any sort of detailed feeling.

30/11/08 6:59 PM  
Blogger San said...

Wow, Andrea, I love it when you share your process. The metamorphosis of your painting is pure magic!

2/12/08 11:49 AM  
Blogger SBL said...

Love the colour combination of your house!

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2/12/08 10:59 PM  
Blogger andie said...

Could never get tired of your process. Love the fall feeling in this.
Hugs,
a.

3/12/08 5:57 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Has he other pictures for you to paint?

4/12/08 3:18 AM  
Blogger kj said...

i love this painting, andrea. i'm looking at it and hinking 'there's no place like home'.

7/12/08 4:49 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Wow, I thought I commented on this one before. It is beautiful, what a great job you did.

20/12/08 1:59 PM  

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