Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Well Armed, Part Deux

© 2013 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 4" x 6"
(translates to a $24 reserve bid....)

Last week, I told a little sob story about how my arm was in bad shape for a few months.  I ended by telling you that I started painting daily.

Sometimes I finish a piece in one session, but usually I work on it again sometime within the week. If I am having trouble with something, that is ok - I put it away and paint something else.

The guidelines I told you about last week helped me just paint. Since I was relaxed and having fun, some of these paintings turned out quite nice. Better than nice, really. Many of them are great little paintings. Some of them even seemed ready to share.

So I started a new blog for them, After a few weeks of successfully posting dailies there, I joined a site called Daily Paintworks and offered them for auction.

Then I realized "AHHHHH! What about all the folks who have been following me here and on facebook who might want them? Shouldn't they get first crack at them? And why make them join a whole new website like Daily Paintworks?!"

So I thought up a new plan, just for you:

From now on, before I post a painting on Daily Paintworks, I will post it on my facebook page

For the next month or so, it will be available for auction for 24 hours with a reserve price of $1 per square inch (that is 20% of my normal price for a painting). You all bid in the comment section and the winning bidder will be determined at the end of the 24 hour period.

$1 minimum increments for bidding are required. Anything less than a dollar will be considered a non-bid.

That winning bidder will need to email me with their email address so I can send a pay pal invoice (or discuss other payment options) and their shipping address. If they don’t within three days, the next highest bidder will be contacted and on down the line. 

Note that domestic shipping is $7. If I see you often and can just hand you your painting (you know who you are) we can wave the shipping fee.

All of these paintings are unframed.

If no one buys it on facebook that day, it will go to Daily Paintworks with a higher price tag.

The Brushworks blog is a little ahead of us, so you can go there and see a preview of what is available. We will catch up by mixing existing paintings with brand new ones for a little while.

Any questions? 
Ask here in the comment section below; or
Ask in the facebook comment section; or

Ready?....We will start on Monday, June 3 at 8 am.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Well Armed, Part I

© 2013 Hannah Phelps

oil on canvas, 6" x 9"

Many of you know that my right arm stopped working correctly just before Christmas. I still don’t know why - all any expert could come up with was “overuse injury."

To which I maturely roll my eyes and say, "whatever." As a right-handed artist, I am going to continue to use and over-use as necessary. 

But maybe not at first.

After a few months away from painting, blogging, printmaking, and other activities I enjoy but aren’t art related, I am feeling better. My right hand is no longer numb and my elbow rarely hurts. My shoulder still hurts sometimes. I am trying to be careful. I don't always know what that means.

For instance, there was a period during recovery when I knew I could a start working again, but I was a little scared. What if I relapse? What if I discover that I can’t make art without re-injury or pain? 

I avoided my easel and carving tools and a possibly painful answer. Plus, there was this monster of a question:

What if I have lost all my skills and only produce junk?

I admit that I let these fears control me for a few weeks and I’m not really ashamed of that.

But eventually, I had to climb back on the horse, jump into the pool, take the first swing....

Stop talking about it and pick up a brush, dip it into paint and swipe it at some canvas. Just to see what would happen.

So I did. And it was bad. Really, really bad. And I stepped away again for just a bit.

When I returned a second time, I set some boundaries: 

Paint small.

Work for an hour at most and then stop for a while.

When I feel tired, just put the brushes down and leave the studio - there is no need to clean up right away.

If I want to paint more later, do it.

Armed with these rules, good things started to happen. After a few bad little paintings, I started creating some good ones.....

That is enough reading for now. Enjoy this little seascape for a few days and I will tell you the rest of the story later!



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Painting to Print

 Energy Channel 2
© 2013 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 12" x 6"

Almost all of my prints are from paintings. Usually unfinished paintings. 

I do this is because I know that I made decisions about shapes, compositions and color relationships that will make a print successful. 

The way that I paint makes it a good medium for working stuff out. If something isn't right, I can wipe it out or paint over it. I smoosh the paint around and let it mix with surrounding colors and the underlayers. 

For my most recent print, I cropped the composition of a plein air piece. I drew a large version of that sliver in charcoal and fell in love with the drawing. I immediately transferred it to a block and started carving and printed a layer. 

Then I got stuck. I didn't know what to do next. The little painting was a great inspiration, but it lacked some crucial info.

So I painted the scene again. And again. And I copied the whole original tiny painting too.

Here is one of the little paintings. 

Now mixing colors and carving shapes should go a little easier. 

This painting is available! For more information about how to get it, contact me by clicking here.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Small Paintings From Big Paintings

© 2013 Hannah Phelps

Printmaking is going slowly. I did put another layer on the larger print, but since I added just a little white, I don't think a photo will be too exciting.

The paper for the jumbled mess I showed you last week is here and that will be done soon.

In the meantime, I am painting and painting. This is very good. My arm is doing great and I am having a lot of fun. 

I am kind of on a kick now - I am taking plein air paintings that I always loved but never really finished and painting from them. In the photo above, the older painting is the larger one on the left and the new one (brand new, juicy and wet!) is the small square on the right. 

As you can see, I cropped just a piece out of the bigger painting as the composition for the smaller one. 

I posted the new one on Daily Paintworks. And it is for sale.... 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What's Going On Here?

© Hannah Phelps

This is a mystery photo for you - the third step in a fun process. Step 4 is coming soon...

I am impatiently waiting for some supplies to arrive before I can go on with this. I'll share when I can!