Thursday, October 30, 2014

Daily Painting #13 1/2, "More Roses (again)"

Daily Painting #13 1/2 "More Roses (again)"

So, I am painting those three white roses again...though this time I made them a bit pinkish.  I can tell I might have to paint these multiple times.  White roses present a good challenge in seeing planes of space and how the light affects these planes...oh, and the color WHITE and how neighboring colors impact it's effect.  

I was in my studio today for TEN HOURS.  These daily paintings are definitely a challenge...but the kind of challenge I enjoy.  I was listening to "Artists Helping Artists" on Blog Talk Radio with Leslie Saeta.  I've been enjoying hearing these radio shows while I work.  She keeps talking about the #30Paintingsin30Days and how there are no rules and the best advice is to "paint ahead"...meaning, be ahead on your paintings so that you don't have the pressure to come up with a new painting on the due date (a lot of artists, like me, don't do their best work under pressure).  I started out ahead, and maybe got a little too relaxed plus went on a college trip, and BAM, I'm behind.  I attempted to get a lot done today...ten hours later...and I'm a little further along but, though not really.  I think it's officially time to keep paints both at home and at my studio for those days that I can't be at my studio.   I'm hoping to speed up my work, work more loosely, trust my first instincts, and try painting some new subjects, color palettes, and techniques.   

Check out my Facebook page for updates on the two holiday sales that I am participating in (btw, the timing of doing this 30 paintings challenge is definitely interesting as I am also preparing work for these holiday sales - small paintings on board and on paper, cards, and a small selection of handmade jewelry).  Good thing I love what I do!

PS If you would like to bid on this latest 6"x6" acrylic painting, "More Roses", click here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daily Painting #12, "White Roses"

"White Roses"
White roses are a good challenge for me as I can't rely on the bold use of color I am so often using.  This is an acrylic 6"x6" painting on board.  If you would like to bid on it, click here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Daily Painting #11, Waves (Series)

Daily Painting #11, Waves (series)

More from the series of small wave paintings on cradled board.  If you would like to bid on this little painting, please check out my auction (bids start at $75) (with a "buy it now link") here.  Thanks!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Daily Painting #10, Waves (series)

Daily Painting #10, Waves (series)

More from the series of small wave paintings on cradled board.  If you would like to bid on this little painting, please check out my auction (bids start at $75) (with a "buy it now link") here.  Thanks!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Daily Painting #9, "Waves" (series)

square acrylic painting of an ocean wave
Daily Painting #9, "Waves" (series)
More from the series of small wave paintings on cradled board.  If you would like to bid on this little painting, please check out my auction (bids start at $75) (with a "buy it now link") here.  Thanks!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Daily Painting, #8 "Waves"

Daily Painting #8, "Waves",  by Whitney Heavey

I started painting waves a few years ago and I continue to do so on a regular basis.  I love sitting on the beach and studying the waves. It is one of my most favorite things to study and, yet, one of the most elusive forms to paint.  Think about it, there is no hard structure...just water, air and sand (...and incredible force which can be booming or rolling among many other adverbs...not to mention the roller coaster of topography and tides that this incredible amount of water has traveled over).  I can't imagine ever being "done" painting waves, because in my opinion, there will always be more to do!  If you would like to bid on this little painting, please check out my auction (bids start at $75) (with a "buy it now link") here.  Thanks!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Daily Painting #7, "Lilac Sky"

Daily Painting #7 "Lilac Sky"
This painting is me thinking about a demo that I am doing at Melrose Arts on the evening of December 3.  I love love love paintings by Turner.  I think the tipping point for me was when I was reading an article about him and he was quoted as trying to not paint how the landscape looked, but how it felt!  It made total sense with what I wanted to convey...the feeling you get in the landscape...which for me is usually a mixture of awe, wonder and peace. 

If you would like to comment or "buy it now" or buy this 6"x6" acrylic on board painting, click here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Daily Painting #6, "Marsh View", 6"x6"

Daily Painting #6 by Whitney Heavey
Would you like to bid on this auction?  Click here to be connect to the auction on Daily Paintworks.  Once there, you can check out my other available 6"x6" paintings that I have done for the #30paintingsin30days challenge.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Daily Painting #5, chrysanthemum

Daily Painting #5, Chrysanthemum, 6"x6", Acrylic on board, Auction starting at $75 here

I saw this gem last week on a very gray and rainy run while passing the Acton Arboretum.  I returned later that morning to take a photo for reference.  It was a truly spectacular flower.  The painting ended up being more realistic than I typically paint, but I think in a way it was necessary for me to study this in full detail before I ever tried to abstract it at all. 

While looking up the correct spelling for "chrysanthemum" I found this write up.  I thought the part about meditation was very interesting because as I was painting this I found myself in a kind of meditative state trying to make order out of this very intricate flower!  I also like the parts about being a symbol for the sun and the part about a long and happy life.

 "A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection, and Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life."

Would you like to bid on this?  Click here for link to auction on website

Monday, October 20, 2014

Daily Painting #4 "Summer Blooms Over Mill Creek"

Daily Painting #4 by Whitney Heavey
Daily Painting #4, "Summer Blooms Over Mill Creek", 6"x6", acrylic on cradled board, auction starting at $75 click here

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Daily Painting #3 "Summer Daisies"

Daily Painting #3, "Summer Daisies", 6"x6", acrylic on cradled board

These daisies make me think of my garden in the summer.  "Summer Daisies" is 6"x6" acrylic painting on cradled board available by auction here starting at $75. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Daily Painting #2 "Hydrangea (summer)"

Hydrangea (summer), Daily Painting #2
Summer Hydrangea, 6"x6" acrylic painting on cradled board with finished edges, on auction starting at $75 here

Friday, October 17, 2014

Daily Painting # 1 "Autumn Hydrangea"

Autumn Hydrangea, acrylic on cradled board, 6x6, price $75(auction)
 Finally starting my daily painting challenge where I hope to complete roughly 30 small paintings in 30 days.  If you would like to check out the auction for this little work (bidding starts at $75), click here

30 Paintings in 30*** Days

My inspiration for Daily Painting #1 .  I saw this flower this morning. My inspiration for Daily Painting #1 .  I saw this flower this morning.  The gloomy weather only intensified the incredible colors. 

Daily paintings will be 6"x6"x1" cradled board with painted edges.  
WOW...quite a change!
Have you heard of this movement called Daily Painting?  

Several years ago a movement started where artists paint a small painting every day and post it online to sell.  Well, that movement has grown and now there are several websites to post these paintings links to purchase (often via auction).  I've been thinking about doing this for awhile and the the timing seems right at the moment.  Why would I do this?  Well, for one, it's practice.  Sometimes my big paintings take a long time to finish...they can be unpredictable and sometimes I paint to the point where I lose what I like about the earlier stages of a painting.  With the daily painting challenge, I have to finish quickly.  It is also a great way to increase my reach...get more work in the hands of more people.  I also like the idea of getting really comfortable painting at many sizes (the bigger the canvas, the more comfortable I am) Because I will be doing so many paintings, I imagine I will do several of the same subject which will also be great practice and force me to stretch and try new methods.  Plus, I like a challenge and this one seemed fun.  And why not?

So, my challenge will be 30 paintings in 30 days ***  (***or 30 ish days if I'm going to be realistic).  

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You can opt out of these emails at any time.  I will be putting these up for auction here with a link to a website   Do you like my work?  Do you think one of your friends or followers might like it?  I would really appreciate any social media sharing, tweeting, pinning, etc!  Thank you!!!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Better Cup of Tea (aka you should see this show!)

detail of an installation by artist, Christiane Corcelle

another work by artist, Christiane Corcelle

Now on exhibit in the gallery at ArtSpace Maynard "A Better Cup of Tea", a show by Belmont artist, Christiane Corcelle  

I really enjoyed this show! Upon entering the gallery, the large installation (see top picture) drew me in with it's brightly colored squares. I could tell I wanted to see this up close.  Upon closer inspection, I was delighted at what I discovered.  I don't want to ruin all the surprises, but the artist, Christiane Corcelle, has gone into lots of work to explore and make several varied works out of tea bags and their packaging.  Her printmaking background is evident in several pieces.  Even if coffee is more your thing, come and see this show.  The bright colors not your cup of tea? You will be delighted by some of her more earthly toned pieces using the remnants of the actually tea bags which take on a look of artifacts.  I really enjoyed Christiane's creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail.  
You can learn more about Belmont artist Christiane Corcelle here.

The show runs from October 8-31, 2014 with an opening reception Saturday, October 11th from 5-7pm which runs in conjunction with "Second Saturdays" at ArtSpace Maynard (mini open studios 4-6pm with a selection of studios open to the public).  

For more information about this show (including hours for the gallery) click here and for the calendar upcoming events at ArtSpace Maynard click here.