Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gethsemane... I decided to put this up for direct sale right here on my blog.

If you are not familiar with Gethsemane.....It is (to sum it up) the story of when Christ went into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before his persecution.  It is one of my favorite stories in the bible.  I don't want to say too much because I think we are all meant to take what we need from the story. 

$450 including shipping and insurance. 
Painting measures 16" x 20", Acrylic on Canvas. 
Painting arrives signed on the back and includes a certificate of authenticity.  Painted on gallery wrapped canvas and the sides are painted black so you can hang it as is.  Sealed in a high quality varnish. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Prayer Box is up for auction.....

My prayer box is listed on ebay now.  To visit the auction you can click here.  To find out how I made this, you can scroll down to my earlier post.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Prayer for Us .... Auction ends tonight.

Angels are the guardians of hope and wonder, the keepers of magic and dreams. Wherever there is love, an angel is flying by. Your guardian angel knows you inside and out, and loves you just the way you are. Angels keep it simple and always travel light. Remember to leave space in your relationships so the angels have room to play. Your guardian angel helps you find a place when you feel there is no place to go. Whenever you feel lonely, a special angel drops in for tea. Angels are with you every step of the way and help you soar with amazing grace. After all, we are angels in training; all we have to do is spread our wings and fly! -- Author Unknown

18 x 18 Acrylic on Canvas To view auction click here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Painting Inside The Box....Prayer Box

 A little while ago I bought a beautifully painted cigar box from one of my favorite artists, Terra Sheridan.  I will show you mostly how I did this box but I also used some other techniques on my box that I learned from her. You should most definitely go visit her blog.

When I was a little girl my mother had a tryptych that hung on the kitchen wall.  It opened and closed and she told me people use it to pray.  I decided to combine these two ideas and Voila here is my prayer box.  This is made from a wooden cigar box.  Almost any fine tobacco store will sell their old cigar boxes.  The wooden ones are usually about $5, so you don't have to take up cigar smoking!  I lightly sanded the box.  If I were going to paint straight onto the outside I would have sanded more heavily or even used a stripper because the outside of the box has a varnish but since I was going to be collaging papers onto the box I only lightly sanded the box. 
I have some unstretched canvas that a friend gave me.  I painted this painting of Mary onto the canvas and then mounted it inside the box using Soft Gel Medium.
For the rest of the box I used decorative papers and paint.  I wrote out with a permanent marker what the angel said to Mary, "Rejoice, O highly favored daughter.  The Lord is with you Blessed are you among women."  I used many layers of different papers and lots of Golden's Soft Gel Medium to mount and seal them.
After all the collaging and maneuvering, the clasp on the box wouldn't snap shut.  So I added a loop and a tassle.  I added that little bead just to make the clasp a little more fun.
After all the medium and paint dried, I varnished the whole box with Liquitex varnish for acrylics.  The box stands on it own and can be displayed open or closed.  I like the idea of the painting inside as now it has its own little display/frame.

Below is the beautiful box from Terra that I won on ebay. I think she has some up for auction now! You can find them by going to her blog.

Monday, November 15, 2010

For all my art friends...this is the dealio.....Prints and Cards

Websites for Photographers

For all my art friends...this is the dealio.....I stumbled upon this site Fine Art America. I saw another artist was selling her art through there. You upload a picture of your piece and they tell you how big they can go in print size with the pixels you have. They charge a flat fee for the cards, giclees, prints and framed prints and then you set the mark up. After that you are out of the loop. They do the printing, shipping, customer service etc. The money goes into your paypal account and you are paid once a month. I figured it can't hurt and maybe some people can buy some prints and cards that they can afford and I can receive some residual income to support myself as I focus on painting and creating new pieces. You retain all your rights to your art throughout. You can sign up for free but I think you may be limited to 25 images with the free account. If you upgrade, you can upload an unlimited amount of images, you get thrown into the google feeds and you can throw your ticket into the ring for Disney Licensing. I upgraded. I have been on it for a few weeks now and upload images when I get a chance. All my sales have been through people I have already engaged with through facebook, blogging or ebay but I have gotten a lot of hits from all over the world. This is what I have learned so far. Love Carrie

Friday, November 5, 2010

Ten artists collaborate to raise money for homeless veterans.

Well our traveling painting started on its journey today.  Ten artists around the USA will be contributing.  Proceeds of the sale will go to Veteran's Leadership Council Cares a 501 C 3 dedicated to helping our veterans get back on their feet.

Contributing artists:
Lori Gilroy , Maria De Leon, Charlotte Phillips, Joji Todd, Cathy Gillette, Elaina Allen-Velando, Lisa Scherer, Leslie Rubio, JoanRudloff, and ME!
I am so happy to be doing this with my artist friends from all over.  Can't wait to see what we all bring to the panel!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Art For Your Heart

Well I won two giveaways ....yep TWO!!! The karma must be good these days! Glad all that inner work is paying off! I got to choose which magnet I wanted from this super woman and artist. I chose Om Shanti because it was the phrase I was least familiar with. Om Shanti....means something akin to eternal peace. So O...m Shanti my friends and to check out this amazing artist you can go to her blog
                                                                Art For Your Heart