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Abstract Art: A new challenge

Hi all! How's life? I'm a little giddy right now because I just finished another piece of art. This time, it was a LARGE (for me) piece of abstract art. The client (a dear friend) had a very specific color palette and she wanted it to feel very organic - no strong linear elements or sign of anything recognizable. Eeek!

You guys know my work...it's detailed, mostly realistic and nothing even close to abstract. I hesitated when she asked me to do this project but agreed thinking it might be a fun challenge. She insisted that there was no rush. No deadline. That helped my nerves...somewhat.

Within the next couple of weeks, I ordered a large easel and gathered some supplies. Before you knew it, I had taken over our living room, setting up in the bay window to take advantage of the light.

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Sitting face to face with this large canvas I felt serious doubt. I didn't know what the heck I was doing!? Pushing past the fear, I proceeded to get my paints on the palette. Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 2.08.44 PM

Almost mechanically, I began applying color slowly with control and then, as my logical mind excused itself from the room, my whole body relaxed. An art trance. Peaceful and serene, I trusted my hand.

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My hubby sneaked into the room and snapped this pic of me with his phone. I hardly noticed him. :)

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This was just one of the stages this painting went thru. It actually looks nothing like this now. I will share a pic of the finished piece next week after it is installed above my friend's mantle.  She loves the finished piece and has already commissioned me to do another one! I couldn't be more thrilled and humbled. Looks like I found a sweet patron for my passion. My fingers itch to begin the next project!

My lessons from all this -

1. Don't be afraid to try something new.

2. Don't let fear prevent you from growing.

3. Go outside the box and revel in the freedom.

****and most importantly****

4.  Trust your gifts.

Try something new soon and feel the thrill of stretching beyond your own limits.

xo,

Ivy

I heart Canvas

Just discovered a new home design store named Canvas, that opened in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Their goods are stunning. Simple, modern and timeless. Here's the big plus - their items are sustainable, ethically sourced and many are created by artisans in developing countries.  Canvas' founder, Andrew Corrie, sits on the Aid to Artisans Board  - an amazing non-profit organization leading a handmade revolution, while supporting artists and strengthening communities around the world! You gotta love that.

Check out the eye candy...

I need this chair. Seriously, I do.

So beautiful, right? And good for the planet! It's a win-win!

Have a fabulous Friday.

xo,

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