Celestial Siren

I recently finished this celestial siren oil painting and I'm completely smitten. She doesn't have a name yet, though I'm leaning towards something like Luceria. The reference photo was taken from this lovely photo of Kassi Smith by Kenny Sweeney. I have a few more sirens in the works that I'm pretty excited about; this whole series has me pretty excited.

It feels good to be working on a larger scale than I'm used to. There's more freedom with my brushstrokes and that's a a really wonderful feeling.

Well, I'm off to paint and eat tacos, have a lovely weekend! 

Cycles

I've been gradually working on larger paintings and offering larger sized prints lately. Tinyartshop started in 2012 as miniatures were a huge interest of mine, and while I still love tiny paintings and will continue to make them, painting larger pieces has been stirring in my heart lately and I've been following the desire to work on a bigger scale. Life is so cyclic and I often go where it wants to take me. In college I worked on a large scale (there were a few pieces that were hard to get in and out of doorways) and I explored going larger and larger. After awhile I reversed and went small, exploring how small I could go (I have a 1x1 inch etching of a tooth). Right now I'm kind of in-between and whatever it is I want to paint (a galaxy, a portrait, anatomy) I let the image decide for me. Usually I can feel if something needs to be smaller or larger, but it's still a process figuring it all out. I'm having fun with it. 

Speaking of going larger, I now have larger prints available in the shop. Floral Anatomy Heart (along with Skeleton and Ribcage) come in 5x7, 8x10 and now 11x14 inches. Eventually I think it'd been fun to get into poster sized prints. There's so many things stirring in me that I'm itching to do, but there's never enough time. Regardless, I'm excited with the new things I've been working on, including this celestial siren I'm painting. She'll eventually have galaxies in her hair. I love her already. 

Afternoon light selfies. I don't know what I'd do without the afternoon light in my studio. It warms my soul and revitalizes me. I feel the same with moonlight, though I don't get to see the moon as easily from my apartment at the moment. My first dorm in college had a large window next to my bed and I always fell asleep by the moonlight and it was one of the most comforting things. I'm starting to go off on a tangent, so I'll end this post with this: I'm thankful for sunlight, for Austin, for feeling the motivation to paint, and for Mondays. Hopefully that will last all week. ;)

Ramblings

I'm painting nebulae this week as well as starting a celestial siren. I'm constantly cleaning my brushes and plucking cat hair off my paintings. That's fine though. Micah has a birthday coming up and the weather has been in the 70s the past few days. I've been enjoying the afternoon rays and the pale winter sunsets. I don't know what I'd do without sunlight. I'm not sure what Rina would do without sunlight either. That's all for now. 

Instagram is…weird

For the most part, I enjoy social media. I'm a visual person and I like seeing all these amazing and beautiful things other people share. It's also really cool to find other artists, etc out there and sort of become online friends. Weirdly enough, this is also what I don't like about Instagram (there's other issues as well).

Awhile ago I stupidly downloaded an app that lets you know how many followers you gain/lose, and I didn't realize how bad of an idea that was (originally I thought it would be interesting to track). Of course people are always going to unfollow you, and that's fine. What was hard was seeing people I knew, i.e.: artists I admired, schoolmates, and some of my favorite local shops, all unfollow me. I guess it didn't bother me too much until last week when an artist who I admired and chatted with every now and then all of sudden unfollowed me out of the blue and I kind of thought…what? What did I do! Too many cat photos? Regardless, the unfollow app is getting deleted, and I'm no longer looking at who follows OR unfollows me. I suppose it really doesn't matter, right?

I like sharing photos and I like viewing other's photos, and really it should be left at that. Sometimes I think we get too caught up in the likes and dislikes that it begins to ruin the whole experience. You shouldn't care how many people liked or didn't like your selfie, if you want to post a photo of yourself just do it and leave it at that. Mean comments? Ignore them or delete them. I think social media is good/bad, but the good is sharing the human experience and being inspired by what others have to say. Plus sometimes it's fun to just look at cute cats.

Studio Update

It's been abnormally cold in Austin the past few days and I've been drinking green tea from my favorite mug and burning candles in the studio. The heater is also on and Rina is being very cuddly, which is nice aside from the cat hair that keeps getting in my painting. 

I'm working on several paintings at the moment, including this round panel of the Orion Nebula. I've been using a lot of prussian blue lately and it's definitely becoming a favorite. I fall in love with new colors everyday. 

I also just got these pretty lights from Urban Outfitters here and love them so much. They're tiny rosebuds! Eee, they're so pretty. 

I have more nebulae in the works as well as some celestial sirens. I'm excited about it. Updates later! Have a lovely weekend!