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Shop Announcement & Some Gordon Smith :)

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Happy Friday!

I'm excited to announce that the art shop is getting a major makeover.  Can't wait to feature lots of new pieces for purchase :)  Stay tuned.  I'll make another announcement when she's back up!

Please enjoy today's video selection from Nowness, "At Home with Gordon Smith": CLICK



Happy Weekend :)


Cheers!
-OJ

Discovering My Own Version of "Figura Serpentinata"

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Happy Thursday!
Today's inspiration comes from a fantastic podcast I stumbled upon entitled "How the Brain Tells Real from Fake: From Fine Wine to Fine Art" on NPR's show "The Hidden Brain" with Shankar Vedantam.  
The podcast mentions the use of artist's "preparatory art work", and how each piece basically starts as a blueprint for the final piece. Yep, makes sense to me.  I have many "blueprints" floating around the studio right now!  All ready to eventually become crafted into finished pieces :) Moving on...
Here's a snippet of my favorite part of the podcast transcript that inspired me to learn more about Michelangelo's "blueprint" process and his anatomical creations:  
"Artists, when they're coming up with the concept, or inventione, of the artwork, will do various sketches to try to get a composition that they like. And the composition of this preparatory drawing is actually in the shape of an S. It&#…

True Love

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Happy Wednesday!

Today's post is short & sweet.  Just feeling in a grateful lovey-dovey mood and thought I'd share one of my newest "couples" mixed media creations that features a dapper couple at a soirée.  I've really enjoyed crafting these glam stylings and the feedback has been very motivating.  I'm in the process of figuring out the best method for selling some as giclée prints.  More to come!

In remembrance of the late great lover of love (I'm honestly still in shock that he's gone, that's why I haven't posted any Bowie music lately.  Still doesn't feel real :/), here is one of my favorite Bowie songs:


"Fill Your Heart" by David Bowie via YouTube
 Cheers!
-OJ

The Blackout Collection

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Happy Monday!

Today I wanted to share a few of my latest creations (I really need to come up with a name for this new style...).

Meet the newest additions to "The Blackout Collection":



In other news, I must admit that I get inspiration for my paintings from a lot of random places, and one of them is Chie Mihara shoes.  I ADORE them.  Have you seen the Fall/Winter 2016 Chie Mihara collection?  Her use of color, texture, and shape is always brilliant, but I'm really loving this season's looks.  Yes, she's a shoe designer, but I consider her a great artist -- right up there with my three favorite M's: Monet, Marty, & Matisse.

A look at some of my picksfrom this season...




In the Studio: CORAL, SAGE, & BROWN Commission

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Happy Friday!

Just wanted to do a mini post on a new commission that I'm in the middle of and give you a sneak peek at my manic painting process....& also because I'm SO IN LOVE with this color palette that I had to share :)

Here's a glimpse of how I approach a new piece ~
First, I create a custom color palette.  I do this because not everyone sees the word "pink" or "teal" or "green" the same way.  To avoid color confusion and to make sure I'm speaking the same color language as my client, it's critical to create a few color palette puddles (as I call them).   Next, I experiment with a larger piece on paper based on the color palette puddle that my client chooses (+ whatever additional color additions/changes he or she prefers).  This way I get to play more with how the colors work on a larger scale.  What I like about how they drip/blend together, and what I want to avoid.  For example, this particular commission features various c…

In the Studio: Abstract Ärt No͞oˈvō/

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Happy Wednesday!

I have a new style that I'm excited to share with you today.  It's way outside my comfort zone of painting (I do landscapes and abstracts mostly...), but I recently got into the zone like a madwoman and started painting ladies of luxury.  I can't stop!  It's so fun -- I'm hooked!  This style combines my signature abstract drips and skyscapes with a new element: my spin on a modern gilded look with a nod to the Art Deco/Art Nouveau eras.

Hope you like them :)  Prints and a few originals coming soon to the shop ~*

In other news, I've been catching up on New Girl and I've noticed a ton of amazing abstract paintings in almost all of the scenes.  Not sure if these are a new addition, or if I've just never noticed them before.  For example -- check out this lovely piece behind Winston: 

Got me thinking....how can I get my paintings featured on New Girl? Now I'm fanatically checking out all the art in the various scenes.  It's fascinating!…

Problem Solving: From Lab to Art Studio

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Happy New Year, everyone!  Pheeeeew, what a busy holiday season!  It was a blast (so many cookies, so little time), but I'm ready to get back into a normal routine.  I've honestly been go-go-go since we moved back to Minneapolis, so it's nice to finally take a breather.  Time to reflect on my artistic accomplishments of this past year in an effort to set some new goals for 2016.


Last year at this time, I was just beginning my artistic journey.  No website, no blog, no networking, no workshops, a lame Instagram account of mainly cat pics (no offense Cider), and nothing to really show for my paintings except for a failed attempt at selling custom painted cellphone cases (if you bought one -- thank you!! Your support meant a lot...then along came Society6 and..yeah.  Everyone is making them now).  Thoughts of winning a local art contest, selling my work and wedding art pieces, participating in a live painting art auction for charity, or having a solo art exhibit weren't on…