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Using Rusty Junk to Create a Cross

Posted by: rustiqueart

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Restless & Stressed

Nope it's not a new soap opera, it was how I felt today.

Chocolate didn't even help...although I gave it a good shot and put a good dent in the Ghiradelli milk chocolate chip stash.

I couldn't concentrate on work

no focus. no productivity.

It finally dawned on me what was wrong.

I needed to create something

I needed some studio time

I write a lot in my job...emails, articles and social networking (you feel sorry for me don't you)

I do love my job and I get to work from home and my boss is amazing

all of what I do is creating in a sense.

but sometimes...

I just need to touch some metal. some rust. some wire and make something out of junk.

so I did.

Awhile back I found some great rusty junk at an old rail yard.

like this pile of...rusty noodles :)

and some railroad spikes and some other funky looking things. I was in hog heaven. I brought them home and they've been patiently waiting for their turn on my workbench.

Today I grabbed a few of those rusty items and a metal heart pendant from some old jewelry I had dismantled

I love this metal pendant. It looks "old world" and it has hearts on it. The black stone could be anything, not sure. I have another one too. I've wanted to use them for a long time but just never found anything that I wanted to pair it up with.

Until today.

I went a little off of my usual path of design

no beads. no wire cross.

just some found objects that needed a place to call home

it's simple and minimal and kind of quirky.

Oh I know it won't be to everyone's liking

but that's okay, I don't design pieces based on what other people will like

I just go with what moves me to create...

what I call that "divine" inspiration.

It did calm my restless spirit and I was able to sit and work

with focus and at peace

until I was forced to go to the grocery store in the rain

the injustice of it all.

you know

if you look at it long enough, it will begin to grow on you.

I will list it tomorrow in my Etsy shop and if it never sells

then that just means it's meant to stay here with me.

peace. love. rust.













Constant Improvement

Posted by: RaspberryDoodles

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Every artist strives for constant improvement.  Our aim is for each picture to be better than the one before, to learn something new from each project and to make people happy with the finished result.


Not always.  Some projects are a dream, some are a battle but if we learn something from each one then nothing is wasted.

Some artists fill journals and sketchbooks with studies and sketches or mini paintings.  I just launch into a project and see what happens.  Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't.

My work has evolved so much since I started sharing it with everyone.   I used to work mainly in abstract - exploring texture and colours.  Then I booked a last minute exhibition with too little finished work to show so I set myself a challenge to produce 30 pieces of art in 30 days. ...I did it and.....sfomewhere in there I discovered that I loved drawing animals.

I have not stopped since.

Today I was going to take some drawings to be mounted and framed and came across some of my old drawings in my portfolio.  I realised how far I have come since those first images.

That was then

This is now

That was then

This is now

My work has become much finer and more refined in the past 3 years.  I have learned that practice leads to improvement, I have learned how to blend colours better and create more depth and texture in my drawings.  I have learned that simple things like good pencils and a decent sharpener make all the difference to any work.  I have learned what every one of my pencils do and how to make that work for me.  I have learned and improved but there is still plenty room for improvement.

The drawings take a lot longer to complete but I think that it is worth it.  I am glad I kept the old work, it is good to compare and see the progress and improvement I have made.  I would love to hear your comments or your experiences so please share :)

Reading Into Tomorrow

Posted by: Paul A Reeves

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Paul A Reeves

Reading Into Tomorrow - Oil on canvas.

I was experimenting with painting using only very few colours and using colour to express mood. I had this painting in mind to reflect on the issue of the energy crisis in the future. How much are we dependent on electrical technology for communication and entertainment. Try going just one day without using anything electrical whatsoever. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Where would you be without your iphone, or your Kindle, or you computer? I have to admit, I’m not sure I’d like it myself.



The character in the painting is a self portrait. I’ve often used myself for many of my paintings, even if the characters are physically different, I still find myself an inexpensive and readily available model when I need such reference. I do enjoy using and painting other people when I get the opportunity.


Here I am while I was working on, Reading Into Tomorrow.


Prints of Reading Into Tomorrow, can be seen and purchased here, along with many others. Paul Reeves Art

And here. Paul Reeves Art




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