Memories, dreams and hopes: the holiday art show

Memories, dreams and hopes create the mental environment I reside in. Although, I’ve been always strongly attached to the reality, the only way to exist for me as an artist is to use my past experience, add some future dreams  and hope for the best since absolutely nothing is for sure or granted.

The year has made a loop and we have arrived at Christmas time again. For somebody whose main income comes from art and creative projects, this time is very important. I wish I had prepared everything earlier and ahead of December, but every day has only 24 hours. When painting, the day simply disappears, hours turn into minutes, honestly, and late afternoon twilight reminds it’s evening.

Such art show and sale pretty much indicate how I am going to be up to the end of March. Good show with good sales means some free classes for my students or better fees, new brushes, new paints, more colors, more tools and also more blank canvasses to paint on. Oh, I am consuming large amounts of paints! Gift certificates for art classes have been good thing to have all previous years, let’s see how much demand for them is this year. I have sold only a few so far.

It’s also important that people realize these sales are mutually beneficial: buying from a local artist allows this artist shopping the neighborhood in return. No income: no shopping. So, I’m really putting big hopes into this event, and I also worked hard and many hours not only on the direct sales pieces of art and crafts, but on my decorations. Well, I have lost the entire box with indoor and outdoor lights. No idea who has taken that box away, but I’m still trying to find it. The only string I have at the moment cannot provide enough light for the entrance. Pictures were taken during twilight, when the darkness sets in, hardly anything is visible. It’s easy to decorate when plenty of materials and all kinds of things are available, it’s fairly tricky when that’s not the case. My decorations are done only employing my imagination and using and recycling materials which I had from previous years. I added some greens for freshness from my backyard. I think that’s the key: figure out how to replace what one doesn’t have with what’s available.

I tried, but the entire scene would not fit into one picture. Camera also pushes back the middle ground, so, I dare to say, it looked actually much nicer in reality!

I have added new images to Fine Art America site also: it’s amazing how good some images look on pillows they are now offering in addition to all kinds of prints and cards: metal prints, acrylic prints, framed prints, posters and simply prints. Almost forgot the phone cases, millions of those. All of this stuff is quite inexpensive, so I’d love people stop by at that site, too.

Sunset creek: original

Printed art products: prints of all sizes and lots of other things

I’m feeling a bit tired tonight, it’s been a very busy day and week, and I hope this results in some kind of good holidays and New Year since I’d love nothing more than simply paint: not in rush, not particular size, not particular scene, but something I really love. Paint and feel undisturbed by any routine duties and problems. Some artists have that, but it’s like a dream for me yet because in order to paint subjects which really make sense to me requires much higher sales and much higher income.

Well, I’m working on it.


We all come from our past and we all are going to our future. The small while in between is our present where memories and dreams meet. That is also a short, sparkling moment when the art is born.

Our creative potential is huge and very often neglected. Get some inspiration, give somebody a gift of art or time for creation of it!

Well, nice news: somebody just bought a pack of 10 greeting cards!

I hope they enjoy these cards!

39 Replies to “Memories, dreams and hopes: the holiday art show”

    1. Thanks Diane for your kind words! I hope so, too, because there were years when many people got gift certificates, and believe or not, some students are still coming to these classes once they started on the gift certificate. Some of them paint very well, they could do it on their own, but they told they just loved the company and the subjects, and painting steps as I am always offering some interesting or new solution.

        1. It’s definitely helpful to see everything and to try everything in reality. It’s also important how we are applying the paint: we paint not only with brush, but also with pressure on it, with direction of brushstroke, with type of brushstroke. We sometimes need our brush to fly over the canvas, and sometimes we need just gentle touch or short rubbing motions.

        2. Can I ask you a question… I need to buy a brush for fine lines and so far every one I’ve bought is not fine enough …even a rigger that I bought. Hope you don’t mind me asking…. Maybe the quality I buy is what is the problem…. Diane

        3. That’s a theme for an entire class! LOL I suppose, painting fine lines is also about technique. I don’t even have a rigger brush. Since I’m also doing watercolors, I’m using fairly small synthetic watercolor brushes for that. Just test the tip, it needs to be like a point. I’m also sometimes using simply number 6 brush with very good tip, however, they wear down quickly with acrylic. Have a look at our classes pictures! There are such structures which allow to lift a painting just like watercolor painting in an angle of 30 degrees, so that it is not standing straight up. Some students use their table easels, but with small paintings (I assume 16 x 20 inches still small), it is much much easier to work when they are placed like that on a small slope. We are doing everything with large and quite large brushes. When it comes to fine lines, it is great the surface surrounding that area is dry. Rest your wrist on canvas (not too heavily) and then move just the part with fingers which are holding the brush. The wrist doesn’t move, only brush moves. That ensures for lots of control, and also gives freedom to the movement. Secondly, we have to use not that thick acrylic paint when putting in fine lines. It has to flow, that means we have to dilute it more. Finally swipe of the excess paint frequently on a paper towel because large accumulations will cause spots. We are practicing fine lines both in acrylic and in watercolor classes. My way of painting them allows doing this easily and without any struggles. Try on some other test piece and then put them on painting, only fine lines for a while. If you’re resting your wrist, your hand does not get tired, and it works perfectly! I hope this helps!

        4. Well, just get some small size synthetic watercolor brushes. If the tip feels sharp, it will work. Dilute paint with some other brush or tool, and relax your arm and try resting the wrist and moving brush with elegant beautiful small scale strokes. This should result in nice tiny lines after some practice since it’s real easy!

    1. I wish too some of my fellow bloggers lived closer! I am thinking not about giving online classes because experience shows people who are not already artists rarely get anything out of that, but some step paintings. So far haven’t gotten to this. Oh well, time will show!

    1. Thanks Monica for your kind words! It doesn’t take much to have a good art show, just a few clients here and there, just some interest in handcrafted and hand-made art. I have no problems with the artistic side, and I wish you also a chance to create more beautiful paintings and have a nice, peaceful and blessed season as we move into 2015!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment! I was satisfied with the look. However, it’s a commercial zone, so I have just other businesses around. I think people who walk along the street like this set up. I still did not find my outdoor and indoor lights, they’ve just disappeared. So, I will have no lights this season, but more decorations! I’m working on gift wrapping, should look great when it’s done! Have a great day and I hope your projects have come out nicely, too!

      1. Well, it looks beautiful, lights or no lights, Inese! So fun for me to see! Beautiful work and I can see that yes, it is indeed a lot of ‘work!’ Happy Holidays!

    1. Thanks Miranda! If you like the internet image, you’d definitely love the original because there’s no way to get into picture the real thing. Image, that’s fine, but the real painting looks better because first of all size matters, too. I appreciate your kind comment very much!

  1. Just stopping by to wish you a merry Christmas and happy new year….I love the cards with the cardinal for Christmas, but they’re beautiful any time of year…I’m sure my friends will like receiving them…(I’m one of those old fashioned people who still writes notes and letters by hand!)

    All best wishes for 2015!

    1. Thanks so much Cynthia! Is that you who bought the pack of cards? I’m handwriting cards and letters, too! As you know, I’m even painting them! Well, I am very grateful if you decided to get these cards, I very much appreciate any interest in my art! Merry Christmas and all the best wishes to you, to! Have a wonderful 2015!

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