Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider. (Waldo Emerson)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Help out a fellow artist? Vote for me. Thank you!

Hi Bloggers! 

I have a quick favor to ask. If you have a few seconds will you please do me a favor and click on this link that I have posted here and vote for me? I am trying to get some free art lessons that would really come in handy for the next year. I am trying to because a full time artist and I really need to brush up on my perspective skills and my skills at drawing portraits. This class could really help me with that and I will be able to build up my confidence and technique in order to become a full time artist. Thank you so much for your support! 


Again, I want to say thank you! 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Most Recent Paintings and Pointless Ramblings

Hi Everyone! I know that it has been a very long time since I have blogged. Over a year I think. A lot has gone on since that time. I have left a job and gained another. This one that I have today keeps me extra busy. It has nothing to do with art but I have learned a lot of new things that I didn't imagine I would ever know. Well anyways. Enough of all that stuff. Let me show you the work that I have been doing these days.
This is Mikey.. Unfortunately I can't seem to find a finished photo of the painting. I know I have one somewhere. This painting was a commission for a nice man in Texas. The size is 26x30 something. I can't remember. Which is ridiculous of me to forget because another one that I am going to show you, The Elk, is the same size. 

I will show you a couple of the photos. The one on the left was the closest to finished but you can't see the bottom of the painting. So I added the one to the right to show you what it basically looked like down in that corner. I am kicking myself because I can't find the finished photo. There was a little more detail on the dirt such as rocks and walnuts that had fallen. I am really sorry. When and if I ever find it, I will add it right away. 

This painting is 24x16. Oil on Canvas. I finished it right after I finished Mikey. It is of the Lower Falls in Yellowstone. My family and I went there last summer and it was so pretty that I had to bring it home with me! It now hangs in my husband's office. 

This rabbit, 24x16 oil on canvas, I started to work on last November and wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with her. She started off way different because I was in such a hurry to finish but when I looked at her she made me feel like I didn't try hard enough. I don't like that feeling. So I added some grass and some babies. I am happier with it now. This too, will hang in my husband's office. 

And last but not least, here is my major project that I started and finally finished. The Elk. It is the same size as Mikey, 26x30 something, oil on canvas and when dry will be hanging on my husband's wall at work. He is literally my biggest fan! 

Actually he says he is going to sell them for me for millions of dollars. What a sweet guy! 

Now that I am looking at it, I remember that I forgot to take off the marks I left at the top with charcoal. They are from when I was trying to decide how to do those pine needles. I "really" struggled with the pine needles. I have a lot of photos of the process that I went through and I will post them shortly and you will see how crazy it was for me. Even though he is so pretty, I am so glad to be finished. I really want to move on and do something else. 

I was kinda thinking that I might make a video of a painting in progress. 

If you want to keep up with me you can also go to facebook and see me there. I am there way more than I should be! I try to share interesting things that people might like on there. It is really hard to know what people appreciate reading about and what they don't.
Hope to see you there! My Facebook Art Page

- Frankie 

PS, come back in a week and I will have posted my paintings in progress for these paintings. Actually I can't with Mikey because those pictures are on my phone that broke! WAHHH.. Why? I really don't like digital pictures. I liked it better when I had a camera and had to get the film developed. I actually have all of those pictures still! 

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Getting Started AGAIN

I decided today that I am going to get back on track and make some more art. Since this decision I have been so happy. All day I feel like I have been skipping around and smiling and just enjoying myself completely.  I came down into my space where I paint, the basement now, and started to map out a couple. I live in Montana now and so I wanted to work on something from here. We went to Yellowstone last year and saw some of the prettiest water falls and some of the stinkiest bison ever! So I decided I would make that my starting place...   

The room here is a mess.. I know. I have lived in this house for only a couple months but I really have not been able to make it my own due to lack of time spent in it. I will for sure keep you updated. I think these two are going to make me so mad, so tired, so overwhelmed and ever so happy! 

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Really needing to get back to painting!

I want to say that I feel awful for not coming in here and posting on my blog, but to be honest I really don't. What makes me feel awful is what I posted about the last time I was here! My grandparents' portraits. You know I am STILL not done! That is what makes me feel awful. It has been such a weight on my shoulders. I do have some updates for you! I guess that is a good thing. Working all the time now really takes a lot of my time. I am wanting to change that. I really want to get back to my art work and be a full time artist. I think it would be wonderful! I really think that this time I can pull it off..  

The flowers in my grandmothers hair need to be worked. They are "supposed" to be apple blossoms. She is from Michigan! :) I was trying to be thoughtful. Also there are many things on here that need working. I thought I could put an arch over their heads but I don't know how well that is working out as you can see I left it out because ... its not what I see in my mind. 

It seems so simple so why can't I just finish it?? Its been a year! Usually it only takes me a couple days or even two or so weeks! This is getting out of control. 

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Portrait of My Gparents

I am taking a break from my painting and thought now would be a perfect time to share some of what I am doing.   For about three months now I have been working on a portrait of my grandparents. I am not a strong portrait painter so its been a little difficult for me. The subject doesn't really help either. It will be in the spot light of my whole family and trust me, we have a very big family! Lots of people watching. And of course the one that I really care what she thinks of it is my grandmother. My grandfather passed away in 2001 and I miss him so much. I miss her so much too. I take advantage of the fact that she is still here. I can't go and see her as much as I want to. It has been three years now and I know my heart can not take missing her anymore. I am making a trip out this summer to give her this painting. 

I don't want to give too much of the painting away so I will just put pieces in here for my family who is watching! I want to surprise everyone when I get there. One day I am going to paint another portrait of them but at a very large scale. This painting is only 24 x 16. 

The photo of the ear is my grandfathers. I just wanted to show off some of the skin tone. I am proud of the colors that I have come up with. I had a really hard time figuring out what colors to use at first. I worked on an old man painting and the flesh tones came out perfect! However, I couldn't repeat it. Then I was going through some old notes and saw it! I actually wrote down each color and put a little color swatch on the paper next to it. So here it is. I restarted it all. This is the third painting and I like it. I am keeping it. 

Here is a photo of all three next to one another just to give you an idea of my struggles. You can see that the painting to the far left is the one I am keeping. Her arm in this photo was long and it has been fixed. 

I have cried over this! I don't know if some people can relate to how important art can be to an artist or even to an art lover. 

It is like the a song that you love to hear over and over. Well at least it is for me.

This photo of my grandma's hair is where I am right now. I am not sure how to clean up the sides of her scalp but I will figure it out.  I will do their glasses and things the very last. So I will keep you updated! :) Thanks for tuning in.    

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

How Creative Are You?

Today me and my children were watching Brain Games. One particular part of the show they talked about how we as adults lose our creativity. By proving this, they took a simple picture of a red circle and two rectangles and gave the participant 5 seconds to come up with as many ideas that they could think of that reminded them of the picture. Most of them only came up with one. That includes myself.  Then they invited some children to look at the photo and give their ideas. The children came up with up to 3 - 5 ideas in those 5 seconds.

I really thought that I was creative! But this showed me that I tried way too hard. I tried to think of rational things. The children just let go and said any random thing they could think of and some of the best ideas came from them.

One girl said, French fries and Ketchup among other things. Sushi even.

After this test, the adults were give a different picture to try to come up with ideas for. But this time after seeing all the things the kids came up with, they were encouraged to "think" like a kid again! Or to bring out their inner child.

This time around however, the adults relaxed and so many ideas came through in their 5 seconds. 

I really wanted to share this idea with you and maybe you can test yourself. See what you come up with too! Are you as creative as you think you are? 

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Friday, December 20, 2013

I love my art because I love my art.

When I first started my art fan page on facebook and even this blog I couldn’t wait to see how many likes or followers I received and how fast I could get them. I had seen others and their Fanpages and blogs. They had hundreds and thousands of followers and likes. I knew that I was going to get them too! It didn’t really work out that way. I only have 66 followers on my blog and under 200 on my Fan page. I have had the blog for a couple of years and the fan page for maybe one.

After a while I would come on line and feel like I practically had to beg for people to like or follow for lack of interaction or recognition. Follow for a follow? Like me for a like? It seemed like that was the way that it should be. That is how everyone else was doing it and it worked for them! Right? Easy enough. So I did it. Nothing really came of it. I couldn’t even get those! It made me feel like I was no one again. My person wasn’t important or ‘good enough’ for the world again. I really did think that social networking would make me for once feel like a star! In reality it only made me feel like no was interested in again. Actually it made me feel worse. I was in cyber space where there are millions of people. But I still could not grab their attention.

Then I realized that it is just like before all over again. I am stripping myself of my person and trying to be something I am not once again. I am putting up with other peoples junk so that I can be noticed.  Like for a like. What if I don’t like what you are doing? Follow for a follow? Maybe the blog bores me because we do not share the same issues. I still have to pretend like I do just so that they will pretend that they are interested in me? Clearly they are not by the fact that they never even once liked my posts or read my blog entries. They never comment or even type hi onto to my wall.

I have to ask myself, is it worth it? This time I will not take years to figure this out. This time I am going to stop it now.

I am not a business trying to sell my product. I refuse to believe that anymore or hear that from other people. I am a human who creates art work. I am a human who paints for her sanity. I love my art work. It makes me who I am. It keeps me where I need to be. Not anyone else. It makes me a devoted mother and wife and a thoughtful person. I am also fully aware that it is a gift from God. So why do I need to worry about the amount of ‘likes’ or ‘followers’ that I have? I shouldn’t.

I am going to decide that I don’t. I also know that it is going to be easier said than done but I am going to still try. It’s my life and no one else’s. I have to be the one to maintain it. Not anyone else. I have been fighting for a long time to win the approval of Frankie to allow the internet to set me back again. I have come too far.

No more likes for a like. No more follows for a follow.

This may sound like I am over thinking things but I do think that all the social interacting on the internet has really done a number on us all in many more ways than this. 

This has happen before - How social networking makes you feel
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