Friday, February 21, 2014

TGIF and Paint Party Friday!

TGIF!
As I sit and sip my coffee, I realize that February is quickly coming to a close.
The Iowa blizzard of last night is already puddles on the pavement.  
Another year has passed me by...
and another one is about to begin.  
I have a birthday tomorrow, and this one crept up on me so quietly
that I almost forgot about it altogether!
What do I plan on doing?
I believe I'll paint.
Paint the day away!
xoxo
On a separate note...
my son just turned 20 and is living in LA.
He's chasing his dream, living in the land of fun and sun, 
and singing his little heart out.  
I really miss him. I'm so proud of him.  
I wipe away a tiny tear as he sings one of my all-time favorites. 
Here's a little something to brighten up your Friday.


As always... today I'm linking up with the lovely painters 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Paint Party Friday Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day art lovers!  Hope you enjoy this
digital art...  created from one of my own original
painted backgrounds, photographed papers and flowers, 
and a vintage photo of my mom. 
 Feel free to share with your 
own special Valentine or 
on social media.
 Be sure and check out more fabulous art today...
I'm linking up to Paint Party Friday...
so enjoy!
 xoxo
Commission requests warmly welcomed!

Copyright protected...
artist Renee Mak
&
Fuss It Up! Designs

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Throw Back Thursday~ Magical Color


For today's #tbt I'd like to go back to the Summer of 2012.  It was a
bright, sunny day and this little poetic phrase came to me.  The pictures
are from a previous project and seemed to fit just right!
"...their houses were tucked neatly
beneath the brightest colored flowers...
allowing only shimmering light to pass through...
and dazzle their days with 
magical color..."

The days were long and my studio was a place of bright colors and endless inspiration.
Currently, it's been a long, cold winter...
but this reminds me that Summer will come again soon.

You can see the original post here...
it's short and sweet!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

All you need is...

Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  Do you have your cards
signed, mailed and sealed with a kiss?  I sure hope so...
but if not, here are some noteworthy quotes
all about love to get you inspired!
"Keep love in your heart.  A live without it is like a 
sunless garden when the flowers are dead."
"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and a 
man cannot live without love."
"Being deeply loved gives you strength, while
loving deeply gives you courage."
Lao Tzu
"If I speak in the tongues of men and angels
but have not love,
I am just a noisy gong or
clanging cymbal."
I Cor. 13:1

And we all know and love the way
the Beatles said it...
"ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE...
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED."
XOXO
P.S... I had so much fun creating these "LOVE" prints!  Click on this link
and check out how print & PATTERN inspired me to create these today.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

FREE Valentine Hearts Download!


 In honor of Saint Valentine and my own love of 
hearts, I've created this free downloadable sheet of Valentines!
 It's based on my original acrylic painting, "Mercy"and can be printed out
and used with any Valentine craft you can think of!

This download includes two sheets of usable art, including the 
"xoxo" circle below and a fun bookmark.

Download PDF here

The obvious thing to do is make cards.  But it would
also be cute to create banners, cupcake toppers or even lunch
box love notes!
Below are 5 links I found on Pinterest 
to fabulous websites just filled
with more fun ideas to celebrate this Valentine's Day!
1.  Brit+Co.

Happy Creating and enjoy this season of love!
xoxo

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Two Years Ago

Happy Thursday Bloggers!  About this time  two years ago
I had just begun my painting adventure with artist  Flora Bowley 
and her Bloom True Workshop.  
I absolutely love the experience I had and still
use it for inspiration today! 
If you have a chance to take this workshop
or get her book,
(available in my Awesome Books bookshop to the right--->)
I highly recommend it. 
Now, in the tradition of #throwbackthursday, 
here is my post from the second week of 
the Bloom True Workshop (originally posted 2/11/12)...
 with the addition of my finished paintings!

I had a fabulous paint day in the studio today!
 I began my second assignment (first lesson here)
in the Bloom True Workshop by
Flora Bowley and love what happened.
The colors really pop!  The lesson was about getting to
know my tools... the brushes... and whatever else I use
to apply paint!
I used cool colors over the warm colors . . .
and simply made different marks with paint!
And here's the finished painting which is available
for purchase here (towards the bottom)...
My how it blossomed!

For my second painting, I used the marks that reminded
me of roses (from the first lesson) and just went with that!

I had fun using a foam brush . . .
and contrasting colors!
It will be really fun to see how these paintings end up after 5 weeks!
Fortunately we can see how it ended up right here!
(Also available for purchase)
Isn't it interesting what lies behind a painting!
Happy Thursday and happy painting....
xoxo

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