Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bits and bobs from an artists studio (an excerpt from Nov. 15 art enewsletter)

The art of naming art? Yep, I'm talking about painting naming.

I often wonder if anyone notices the name of a painting? Yet name selection for a painting from one artist to the next is sorta like children naming. Everyone has various different reasons for going about picking a name than the next person.

Artists often just skip the naming process altogether and just slap an "Untitled" on it. I can't be bothered with such skipping! NO. (Call it a pet-peeve but all art should have a name...just saying.)

So, you may ask, how do I go about choosing a name for my paintings? I tend to take the approach of waiting until a piece is complete...and letting the piece tell me its name. Sure I take into consideration the content of the painting and often mix in a bit of the intent of the piece too before I reach for a specific title or name.

Art naming for me has always been a very FUN way to finish of work of art. After all, a painting is never truly complete in my book until two things happen. One, it's signed by the artist and two, it has a name.

Shoot me your thoughts on the topic of art naming...I'd love to hear your feedback.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Northern Cardinal...and my oh my what FUN to create this one!

I've been biting at the bit to paint some more Northern Cardinal paintings and this lil guy here on the left is the result of today's studio time!

"Northern Cardinal" is an original acrylic on wood painting measuring 4.50" x 5.25" by 1.00".

Don't delay if you love it and want to either gift it to one of your artsy-bird-lover-friends or for your own collection...cause everyone who sees this is saying "this one isn't gonna be for sale long."

GIFT it, Grab it!  It's only $37.00!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Table for Two ...more wine art.

If you like to sip a glass of wine with friends...then you'll already understand this of my newest paintings fresh out of the art studio. Titled "Table for Two" it depicts that moment of intimate conversation and sharing amongst friends.
Wine has been paired with food for ages...but I contend that wine pairs with friends, with conversation, and especially with art!
An original painting with acrylic paints and decoupage on wood panel and measuring 9.25"x 9.75" this special piece will make a GREAT gift for your artsy friends OR might just be that next conversation piece when you have your friends over for some chill time.

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Art and Wine (an excerpt from my Oct. 2012 Enewsletter)

Here's a fun wine to try the next time you're entertaining.  Why not try some Red Truck?. If you read my August enewsletter you learned that Merlot is one of my favorite reds, yet Red Truck currently offers a number of red options. Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine (a  blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Syrah) and Merlot to name a few of them.

"Dried cherries and spices blend with hints of chocolate and olive to round out this most elegant and delicious wine," says John Allbaugh about Red Truck Central Coast Merlot.

I totally dig red wine. There's just something about sipping on a glass of red wine while gazing at original artwork. It's true! So I thought that if I like wine and art...surely others do too. Yet seeking a wine for a specific taste is as fun
as seeking that fabulous piece of art for your collection. (hmmm, maybe this is the correlation?)

Wine is notoriously paired with food in mind...but what about pairing wine with art?

I'd love to hear what some of your favorites might be. Please share your thoughts, shoot me an email at rachel (at)

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