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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rabbits in Dresses ~

Two portraits of my beloved Rabbit-girls...
Hi Friends!!!
I'm painting again!!!

I've picked up my paints and brushes, dusted off my easels,
and even went shopping for new paint colors!!!

I haven't painted anything in a while,
and I guess the warmer temps this past weekend
just stirred up sleeping creativity for me!!
I have long loved to bring little 'characters' to life..kind of animorphic, but still sweet...
I'm inspired by vintage Easter cards, Valentines and the like...
some of the animorphs (and veggie-morphs too!)
are a bit scary, so I like to leave that 'look' out of my work...
I'm learning new techniques for shading & for painting flowers and fur,
and am really studying the Old Masters' way of painting silks, satins & velvets...
I'm hoping to get better, but for now, I'm enjoying the process and the results!
do any of you dabble in paint?

I prefer Acrylics, as they dry so quickly....
I do love Oils, though,
and I've painted with them but a loooong time ago...
I love the smell of the turpentine & linseed oil
& the textured look oils add to a painting!!!!...

come to think of it, I think I'll try to locate a local teacher
who can take me under their wing...
(If they'll have me!!)
I also am in the design stages of turning my under-used
upstairs bedroom/home-office
into a litte studio for me...
...it has fantastic natural light, is roomy and open too...
I do most of my sewing in the shop's office,
but that's just become too small for me with all of the
different mediums that I work in and my supplies...
plus, I feel that an office should be an office.
not interveining or competing with your 'creative space'...
I'll take before & after pics to share with you all once I figure out how I'd like it!!
on another note, I wanted to thank you all for your sweet emails
(and orders!)
regarding my newest patterns...
Kris at www.spruceridgestudios.com has just finished adapting
a couple more of my doodles into patterns for all of the rug hookers out there, so keep an eye on her website to purchase them from her...
Well kind Folks,
...now I'm heading back to the farmhouse,
to finish work on a couple more paintings...
I'm hoping that you'll enjoy the rest of today
& live it to it's creative fullest!!

~ Lori ~


Constance said...

Oh !! Lori,
The paintings are just beautiful.I love your blog and I am just amazed at your many talents. It's always a pleasure to vist your blog. I've just started my own blog, I hope you will visit it sometime. Thank you for the lovely, spirited bunnies. I feel like I logged on and spring just poured into my house. I do paint when time allows but nothing so warm and lovely as those sweet bunnies. My blog spot is http://mysticwoodprimitives.blogspot.com/ but please remember I'm completely new at blogging.

janeu729 said...

These Rabbit girls are just precious! Your energy and talent are truly motivating!!

Katy said...

Hi Lori!!! Yes! I paint!!! LOL...I actually posted a pic of a painting I did...(I posted it a few days ago). I love your paintings! They are beautiful!!!!! :)

I also like acrylics but my mom bought me oils to try...she says they are great...I feel like they are such a pain to clean..LOL! :)

basketsnprims said...

Your talent is just amazing. It's so wonderful that you are planning a studio. I always think if we work in a pretty, soothing space our creative juices flow better. You have inspired me to clean up my craft room. Just love your paintings. I can't wait to see more. Someday I would love to visit your shop.

Julie's Keepsakes said...

I used to love to paint. I was really into stimpling. I have quite a few drawings done in that fashion. I won a couple awards as a youngster too. I really want to get them all framed, but my mom has my favorite one, which is pussywillows drawn in crayon only, but she won't give it up.

I think your studio idea is perfect. I wished I had an extra room in my house to whatever I wanted to it. Right now, my craft area is shared by my 3 dogs and our office. It's a fairly large room, but I'd like my own private space, you know.

Your bunnies are so cute, btw.

Pots 'n Prims said...

Love the paintings Lori!
I swear, you & I are so much alike!! A gazillion different art forms & always going!! My first *love* is sketching/charcoals/pastels, then painting! By "profession" I'm a potter & shopkeeper..who also sews primitive folk art, punchneedle, rugh hooking...ohh & I have my own line of soy candles, soaps, etc...I'm THINKING of tinkering into this whole altered art stuff...goodness! LoL I know you can imagine my workroom (it most likely looks like yours! hehe). But, oh what a fun life, huh? Oh & did I mention, my two college degrees are in computer sciences? My thought was to do something practical...good idea I guess, but doesn't work for an artist soul!
Have a wonderful eve painting!

connie said...

No I don't paint..I always wanted to be able to draw and paint but that just isn't my talent so I enjoy it through people that have the artistic talent..Loved looking through your picture trail..I didn't realize you had designed so many cross stitch pieces..I loved looking at your home also..I like your style.Connie

Cinlyn said...

oh girl...wish I could paint...tried it, I just don't have the hand for it! Look forward to seeing your new room!

Lisa said...

I love the paintings and I think the rabbits would make great cross stitch charts. (not so subtle hint) ;)

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