Saturday, November 29, 2014

Plein Air

Love the Pantone Color Reports!

Spoiler Alert:  This is a little premature, but I'm already thinking about the year ahead...especially with regards to my art.

The #30paintingsin30days challenge this fall got me thinking about painting more en plein air  in 2015; more specifically, doing a summer 2015 daily plein air painting challenge when I am away from my studio and down by the ocean.  I love painting, but do not want to miss a minute of the fresh air and sunshine (or fog!) of indoor painting has been a conflict for me.  I think this forecast from Pantone is a sign to go outdoors more with my paints in the year ahead!

Okay, now back to the present...and prepping for my demo on Wednesday and my ArtSpace Holiday Sale which starts on Friday!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Sale!

Metrowest Arts Sale Holiday Shop Local Gift Giving Ideas
Just a peek at some of the goods I will be selling!
Only one week until the Annual Holiday Gift Sale at ArtSpace Maynard!  Avoid the mall and shop local for one of a kind gifts from over 50 artists! Personally I will have many items in all price points from $2 and up.  Limited quantities!  Shop early (starts Friday Dec 5 at 5pm) for best selection.  Also available, necklaces inspired from the sea and two types of calendars featuring the paintings from my  #30paintingsin30days challenge. 

Directions to ArtSpace Maynard are here

Hope to see you there!  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Framing 6"x6" Paintings

Many have asked about framing options for my daily paintings which are on sale at Daily Paintworks .  Here you go:

What does "cradled" mean?  
Cradle refers to the edge of the painting which is cradled in wood which gives the board added stability and a bit of a contemporary look (though, in the right place, these look great in traditional homes as well).
Edge is 3/4" primed, painted and sanded white. It could also be stained or painted a different color though I prefer white (very nice if your trim color is a white or off white color).  It sets the art off the wall nicely whether the walls are white or a different color.
pink flower paintings of chrysanthemum and pink hydrangea
Hanging multiples is a nice option

daily painting of flowers in acrylic on board by artist Whitney Heavey Cape Cod artist
These look nice hanging on the sides of kitchen cupboards (think alternative to hanging plates or tiles).  Nice pops of color!
New England artist Whitney Heavey acrylic painting of crab apples
An affordable option (unfinished frame for about $4-5 from AC Moore that I painted gold)...though it does obscure a little bit of the front of the art (about 1/4" on each side)

Cape Cod artist painter Whitney Heavey regatta painting
Cradle is 7/8" (ps this is an acrylic painting on paper mounted on cradled board)
Personally, I prefer to hang them unframed as I have painted and sanded the edges so that they are ready to hang on a simple nail (no wiring needed for this small size).  

If you prefer the look of framed art, there are options.  The best would be a floater frame where the painting appears to "float" within the frame
In addition to your local framers (a good option because you can see what various frames will look like),  some online retailers who sell floater frames:  
**  (offers unfinished floater frames as well as finished)

LMK if you have any other questions regarding hanging or framing.


***See you tomorrow for posting #20 of #30paintingsin30days challenge!

photo credit: Andrew Child

Thursday, November 13, 2014

How to Start an Art Collection (or, "Even YOU CAN Be an Art Collector")

One of my first art purchases as a "grown up" of one of my very favorite places.  Painting by Laverne Christopher

An etching bought in Italy while I spent a year there in college (gift from my mom)

A fun purchase...the art project from my girls' school auction.  They thought having a picture of a human heart in our den was weird.  I loved the color combo and find it brightens up our our little room with it's fun pops of color.

"what if it's not a good investment?"
"I can't afford to be an art collector!"
"I don't know anything about art!"
"I don't know what I like"

These are just a few things people say about collecting art.

Have you heard of Herb and Dorothy?  This modest couple amassed a priceless art collection on meager wages.  And look what they did with it!


1.Art comes in many price ranges.  Start small.  Set a budget and stick to it and don't say yes until your heart sings.  Do research (HELLO Internet!) before you go to a gallery or just start browsing. This will make you feel more informed and confident in your decision. Ask artist friends for help.

2. Do not worry about the investment (unless you want to make a business of it).  You are not buying it for that.  You are buying it for the daily pleasure of it.  We don't renovate our kitchens for the investment...we do it for the enjoyment.  Think about how much money we drop on cable, coffee, the newest gadget (seriously, how long does the joy last from those purchase)? 

3."Art is so expensive".  Really?  Artists spend their whole life working towards the piece you are looking at often with a lot of hours and days (and years of experience) going into a single piece.  It is not mass produced and is a one of kind piece.  If you calculate how many hours of joy it produces, art is actually a pretty great value (especially compared with the things mentioned in #2).
4. You can acquire art in many places*.  Just start browsing. 
  • galleries, restaurants, libraries, coffee shops, or anywhere with art exhibits.
  • art associations (which are no-pressure, great places to pick up artwork and support the arts in your community)
  • estate sales
  • art fairs
  • auctions (not neccesarily art auctions btw)
  • holiday sales
  • Internet
  • artists' coops
  • open studios
*talking with artists and gallery owners can be really helpful in understanding the work. They enjoy talking about art and are happy to educate you and really don't want the sale unless you are going to love it. Both gallery owners and artists sometimes have alternative options if you can't afford the work of one artist (ie drawings or studies by same artist..see below).

5. Start with your heart and your gut (they never fail as long as you have that budget). Don't worry what others think of it.  Does it make you happy, reflective, move you?
6. Why not start a tradition of buying one piece of art every year (or asking for it as a gift)? Some people have the tradition of buying a piece of art to remember a special trip or occasion. This is an easy way of building an art collection. #30paintingsin30years ?

Margaret Gerding pastel given to me by my husband on the birth of one of our daughters.  We couldn't afford one of her paintings, but were able to find a more affordable pastel piece by the same artist.

7. Art is a great distraction from the frayed carpet or the sofa that needs replacing.  Blank walls are boring. Art is a great focal point and conversation starter.  Original art gives character to a home.

8. I guarantee that if you buy a piece of art that you love, you will be happy every time you see it. Isn't the happiness factor alone worth it?  Life is short, find joy in your everyday environment.  Do you love nature?  Find art that reminds you of nature.

9.  Afraid you might get bored with a piece or lose the love? That didn't stop you from buying that Member's Only Jacket in the 80s. Just sayin'. Plus, giving away art is easier than a lot of other items in your house (think...old computers??)

10. Your art collection does not have to be important or significant to anyone, but YOU!  If you love a beautiful painting that your five year old made, frame that puppy up and put it in an important location.  Most people probably already have the beginning of an art collection.  Do you have any original works of art?  Art collections are meant to evolve over time...just like us!  

An ink drawing (one of 2) given to me as a thank you from Coldecott Medal illustrator David Diaz after working with him on a publishing project.  I love both of these because of the art and the fond memories of the projects I worked on as an art buyer for a publishing company.  Plus, I was pregnant at the time and this one always reminds me of pregnant belly in the background.
A sketch by my grandmother, Helen Baier.  The little sneakers were mine as a girl. 
A gift from one of my favorite contemporary artists Amy Goodwin

A wedding gift from a dear college friend (and amazing artist/college professor), Kristin Rothrock

Do you have the beginnings of an art collection?  Where did you get your art?  What is your favorite piece?  Why?  How do you buy art? Are you thinking you might try to start building an art collection?  Let me know!  I'd love to hear from you!

*****Coming Up: #30paintingsin30days challenge gets back on track.  Just taking a slight break until Sat after my first holiday open house THIS Friday (See here for details).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Keeping it Real (*Possible New Weekly Feature)

Some other possible titles for this feature: 
  • Showing My Vulnerable Side.
  • Behind Closed Doors.
  • Things You Don't Know About Me.
  • My Middle Name is Messy.
  • I Really Prefer Tidiness.
  • Life   ART is Messy.
  • This is Why Artists Have Studios.
  • Just Part of the Process. 
  • Thank Goodness My Family Loves Me.
Working from Home
Can you think of any more titles? I'd love to hear them 
(see "post a comment" below).  

New England Landsape Artist Whitney Heavey
My talented friend, Andrew Child, took this pic awhile ago.  Thought it would be fun to re-post

Tomorrow's Blog Topic: Art Collectors

Monday, November 10, 2014

*The Asterisks

Please Hold
Out of Office
Stay Tuned
Be Right Back!

Do you remember when I first posted about this challenge? The post was called "30*** Paintings in 30 Days." What did the asterisks mean? They were the ish to accommodate for "real life." "Real life" has arrived. I was trying to stay on pace with my daily paintings and had made it to #19...but, finally, "reality" has arrived. I have my first Holiday Sale THIS FRIDAY. 

I will be selling many gift priced items including:  
  • daily paintings 
  • printed cards 
  • gift tags
  • matted and/or framed paintings on paper
  • mounted painting "tiles"
  • friendship bracelets
  • necklaces inspired by the sea
  • hand poured candles (perfect hostess gift)
  • can't decide on the perfect gift?  No, worries!  I have gift cards all packaged and tied up with string!
Items start as low as $1.50 with several items $20 and less! New this year, I will be accepting credit cards (also, checks and cash, of course!).

I feel like Santa here in my workshop (aka my dining room)!  There is a lot to do to get ready and the daily paintings have been taking more time than I realized. Lately, time seems to evaporate. I need to finish up packaging, labeling, pricing, marketing, framing, making my display and actually MAKING all this stuff! So, please stay tuned...daily paintings will continue just as soon as I get myself officially ready for Friday.

I will be selling all these hand made goodies, along with the goods from  
6 other talented craftspeople/artists/vendors (including Kelly Ryder) here:

Kelly Ryder's Home, 469 Mass Ave, Acton, MA
Friday, November 14, 2:30-9pm
****Bring a friend...or two! 

Hoping to also post a few pictures this week! Stay tuned...


Friday, November 7, 2014

Daily Painting #19, "Cyclamen"

Floral daily painting pink cyclamen
Daily Painting #19, "Cyclamen"
A third painting in this series of cyclamen.  If you would like to bid on this one or any other paintings from my #30paintingsin30days challenge, click here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Daily Painting #18, "Cyclamen" (series)

Daily Painting by Whitney Heavey pink flowers
Daily Painting #18, "Cyclamen" (series)

Another, looser version of the cyclamen I posted yesterday.  If you would like to bid (starting bids are $75 or "buy it now" for $100) on this 6"x6" original acrylic painting on cradled board, then click here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Daily Painting #17, "Cyclamen"

Pink flower painting by Whitney Heavey
"Cyclamen" by Whitney Heavey

First in a series of this nifty little plant that I picked up this week.  Apparently it was a favorite of Leonardo Da Vinci and also a flower symbolizing true love.  If you truly love this 6"x6" painting and you would like to bid on it, click here.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Daily Painting #16, "Waves"

ocean wave, daily painting, seascape
Daily Painting #16, "Waves"
This is a 6"x6" acrylic painting on cradled board.  To bid on or buy, click here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Daily Painting #15, "Crab Apple Berries"

Daily Painting #15, "Crab Apple Berries", by Whitney Heavey
Half way to THIRTY!!  Wow, I didn't realize the commitment this #30paintingsin30days would be, but am really grateful I took on the challenge.  Lots of opportunity to grow that comes from daily painting... 

This was another shot I took on the same rainy run that I saw the autumn hydrangea and the chrysanthemum.  It was amazing how the colors popped that morning with the super gray skies.  Hmmm...might be something to think the color gray can make colors pop! 

If you would like to check out this auction, click here.

Daily Painting #14, "Three Roses" (series)

floral art, roses, painting, art for sale
Daily Painting #14
Going bolder with my colors and shapes for this one.  If you are interested in purchasing this original floral 6"x6" acrylic painting, click here.