Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sugar and Spice, (little girls) painted by South African Impressionist Artist Marie Theron

I had fun doing eight little child paintings, where I tried to capture them in some gentle activity. Of, course, I have stored images over the years, and these darlings are based on photos of my grandchildren when they were young and sometimes the child of a friend. My subjects never pose for my and I like to capture them when they are unaware.

I first painted the canvasses bright blue. This blue colour had an influence on all the colours I used, softening the colours and contributing to the delicate nature of my subject. Due to a much smaller gallery space, I paint in acrylics, which I love. I will show more of my kids next time.

'Every Drop Helps"
100mm x 100mm
6' x 6'
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'Girl with a Cat" 2
100mm x 100mm
6' x 6'
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"Dreaming by the Stream"
100mm x 100mm
6' x 6'

Monday, January 19, 2015

Into the New Year and Pondering Some Quotes

We always enter a new year with that strange mix of joy and trepidation. 

I speed-read a book last night, which were full of ideas for people marketing art on the Internet. (New year's resolutions, you see?) The author was quite adamant that people loved good slogans. "Quotes are killer", he said. I decided to open my eyes and observe some slogans. We all know the success of the Avis "We try harder" campaign. But there should be a prize for worst slogans, I thought when I opened my first e-mail this morning and it showed a bright orange banner and the words: "You CAN buy happiness". An airline I often support was trying very hard!

GIRL in a RED TOP by South African Impressionist painter
200mm x 200mm / 8 x 8 Acrylic on wrapped canvas
ZAR 1333 / US$ 131


This painting was made from an image I had in my file of my  granddaughter taking flowers to a lady who allowed the kids to visit her farm and animals.

Here, to go with the post, are some quotes and New Year's resolutions by famous authors:
John BurroughsOne resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. 
  Oprah WinfreyCheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. 
Mark Twain:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

These quotes are truly inspirational. Have a happy new year reading, painting, blogging and following blogs.

Click here for the book I mentioned on Selling Art Online.