Monday, February 29, 2016

Why I Pick Favorites

Meet my fleet of faves from the "Life's a Party" collection

Lots of new things brewing over here at Olivia J Designs, and you know what that means....tons of work!  While I truly begin to pull up my sleeves and watch my comfort zone fade into the foggy distance, I am so joyful (!!!).  I've wanted this for a verrry long time, but the timing was never quite right.  Luckily, patience has paid off and every creatively juicy moment that I've spent getting back into my artistic mindset has been worth it.  Things are starting to pick up momentum, and I cannot wait to share my new venture.  Soon!  So soon.  Stay tuned :)

On that note, I wanted to share a few of my favorite mixed-media pieces.  These are the ones that represent a magical methodical process that led to unexpected results. Favorites inspire me to keep challenging myself.  Whether it's a color combination, a scene, a unique stance, gesture, or party prop that just jives with my get's framed and cherished.  No shame.

In the pieces from my latest collection, "Life's a Party", I've combined 3 key elements:
1.) My previous works' style with the vertical drips
2.) A new twist: human beings!  I was very uncomfortable with painting people; its never been easy for me...but I wanted to add something new to my pieces.  
3.) I also decided to branch out beyond paint and play with ink as well.  This lead to the main themes in each of the pieces: tile floors and/or the rosette-patterned dresses.

"Still Enchanted" is a favorite because it was my 1st of the collection.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I liked it.  No tile floors yet!  Those came a few pieces later :)
"Leaving the Party" is a favorite because I had to tackle a flock of hip dudes in the distance.  As simple as the appear, they were challenging!  I also fell in love with the burgundy red of the lady's wrap and just the overall colorful circus going on between the romantic party apparel. 

In the spirit of the "Life's a Party"'s Sam Cooke's "Having a Party"!  Also, The Current has been playing lots of Sam Cooke in honor of Black History Month & he's totally in my head right now.  What a talent.  Har Mar Superstar agrees too :)  Enjoy!

 "Having a Party" by Same Cooke via YouTube


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"Coral, Sage, and Bronze at Play" [24x36]

"Coral, Sage, & Bronze at Play" (24x36) OJD 2016
Over the weekend, I finished my latest painting commission and it went to its new home :)  I had such a great time creating this piece, and I wanted to show you some of my favorite parts.

Last month, I blogged about this painting as I was starting it (CLICK) and its basic colors and style stayed the same through the process.  The one change I made was replacing the brown hues with more sage/coral, and then adding some splashes of bronze.  I was hesitant to add the metallic addition at first, because I didn't necessarily want the piece to feel too gilded/glam (although this is also a style I love)...instead, I wanted it to look earthy and natural.  The bronze added a fun pop of light and brought out new dimensions to the existing colors.  I think I might try working with this color combo again! 
A corner shot of the finished piece -- love the natural fusion of the bronze and sage hues
A middle chunk of the finished piece -- really love how the coral pops here

The musical selection today is one of my favorites from Lissie's lovely new album (My Wild West), "Sun Keeps Risin'".  I'm mildly obsessed with the dreamy bird song in the beginning and spent way too much time on YouTube listening to bird calls to figure out what type of bird is featured on this track...does anyone know?!  Life's important questions...


Lissie "Sun Keeps Risin'" via YouTube