Showing posts from February, 2016

Why I Pick Favorites


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…

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

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! 

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 bir…