Monday, April 14, 2014

Urban Angels


I've been having some rough days that transform into some rough weeks and now they have been some rough months.  I used to be pretty healthy when I was younger. But suddenly that has changed. My father used to be really healthy. Now that has changed too.  And it's hard to accept. Specially if you are used to be fine and your dad used to be fine and now you're both sick and not only with one thing but many diseases at a time. Awful.  And not only that but other stuff that happened that in other time may not be very significant but when you put all together and add some more problems in just a week, you have a breakdown.


The amazing thing is, help sometimes comes from people you never expected to care about you. And the people you expected to at least ask how are you doing don't even bother.  So I'll concentrate on the first ones. The ones who took 1 minute of their time and ask how I was doing, sent me a word of encouragement, a virtual hug or even took the time to chat with me and helped me go through it. Those to me, are angels. 
 

And those angels gave me the strength to get out of that dark place and get to work again. Go outside. Buy an ice cream. Enjoy it. Life is beautiful.  Thank you my angels. Small things really change lives.

 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Still under the bunny bug: Two new mini paintings!


I've been working a lot on commissioned pieces lately and I managed to squeeze 2 little paintings of my own there.  I love doing commissions but I also love the freedom to put whatever I want on my canvases, so I take a little bit of time to do some paintings of my own. These two are the results.
I love bunnies and they have a very personal meaning to me, so I can't let the season pass without put them everywhere. I already made dolls and now it was the paint turn.

My weekend was half scary and half exciting. First my daughter was so sick we had to take her to the E.R.  She's as if she wasn't seek at all now (amazing how children heal!). That was the scary part.  The exciting one is that I went back to my pottery classes!!!  Yay for that!, they make me happy (and very frustrated too), but mostly happy.  I'll show you my pieces when there's one worth showing.

Meanwhile, lets keep making rabbits!

They're both available here.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Bunny Bug


This is the current state of my studio. I've got the bunny bug.

 It all started with her. My daughter have been having nightmares and trouble falling asleep and I made this little doll for her to keep her company at night. Then I realized something. She needed ears. Bunny ears, that is.
 

 So I took out my fabric, my sewing machine and sewing supplies and got to work.


 I made one and I got hoked.
I gave her little skinny arms and attached them with buttons so she could move the arms.

 Then I made more.

This process is very addictive. All the textures, the fabrics, the colors, the buttons just call for a never ending process and an infinite array of possibility.

 I got to finish one. It was 2:00 am in the morning. The others went to sleep quietly. I stayed a bit admiring her.

She's so pretty. But alone. I'll have to finish the others soon. Rabbits multiply quickly and she doesn't like being alone. Once I finished them they will be for adoption. I'll show you more pics soon!

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Originals from my sketchbook.

New Originals!

I created a few new originals from drawings from my sketchbook.

Lately I have been sharing my creative process on my Facebook Fan page. Showing you how a simple drawing from my sketchbook turns into a full painting bit by bit. I had not painted an some time now and I found the process both intimidating and refreshing. After taking a painting break, I always feel a bit uneasy when I am confronted with a blank panel and this time I wanted to show you what I go trough when I fix on an idea. If you visit my Fan page, you will see the progress of some of the paintings on this post. 
I did not fix on a theme, I just let the ideas flow trough my hands and dictate what they wanted to become on the wood panels. I think these have a free flowing quality to them, and the backgrounds are not as complex as before. If you like them, you can purchase your favorite from my online Shop: http://shop.danitaart.com Take a look and let me know what you think of them on a personal message on Facebook or at danita@danitaart.com
https://www.etsy.com/listing/183766921/

Message In A Bottle

Original Mixed Media Painting

10x10 Inches On Wood - Get it on my Etsy Shop!

Every time I embark on a new adventure I feel like I am throwing a message in a bottle into the sea. My hopes and dreams are written in that piece of paper and I let them travel into the wide and open seas of life. 

I hope they make it safe to their destinations, maybe a cute mermaid will read the message in the meantime and she will ask the fates to make everything I am hoping for to come true. 

 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/183757868/choo-choo-an-original-whimsical-mixed

Choo Choo

Original Mixed Media Painting

8x10 Inches On Wood - Get it on my Etsy Shop!

This one is inspired by my son's love for trains. He loves to play with his wood trains and I love to see him create entire worlds on the floor.

And here the little girl is taking a trip on a train, with all her worldly possessions on one car, and her house on the other.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/183766317/

Letting Go

Original Mixed Media Painting

8x8 Inches On Wood - Get it on my Etsy Shop!

Letting Go is something very hard for me. I am reminding myself about that on this painting, letting the girl watch the birds in her hands hatch and then fly away to go on with their own lives. 

She is sorrowful to see them fly away, but happy at the same time because she touched their lives and they touched hers, and the tales of how they met and loved will live forever.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/183765785/

My House

Original Mixed Media Painting

6x8 Inches On Wood - Get it on my Etsy Shop!

Houses are appearing on my art lately, and there's a very good reason for that, you will see in in time.

For now, I am siting pretty with my house on my hands, a cozy and beautiful home that I like to be in.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New art. From sketch to finished piece.


I'm feeling better and I began painting again. Or maybe it's because I paint than I'm feeling better.


Sometimes it starts with a sketch in a piece of paper. An idea circles in my mind and I find a way to put it on paper. 

Sometimes, it goes straight to the canvas. Sometimes it evolves.

 
Paint is added. Layers and layers cover the canvas.


Suddenly, it's not longer paint on a canvas. It takes shape, it becomes alive.


Little details make the difference.



And it's ready to go to the world.




Saturday, March 15, 2014

The heart sale.



Last couple of weeks have been hard. First my little one got sick, then my daughter and then me. And when I got sick something strange happened and I ended up in the Emergency Room.  I get sudden palpitations almost out of nowhere and get shortness of breath. And they come they go. And they can last days without appearing or being frequent. And I had them the night before and the morning I had to go to the E.R. but not while being the whole day there. Took blood samples. Nothing. Then the doctor ordered a Holter Monitor for 24 hours and I'm waiting for the results. I have no idea what can be wrong.  I hope it's nothing. We'll see.

The other side of this is that the bills are already coming (you know how that goes). So I'm having a sale to raise funds to pay for my medical bills. If you want to help and get your favorite prints for a discounted price, now is the time!

Get 30% off any Print! (mounted and unmounted).
Just use coupon PRINT30 during checkout at my Etsy shop.

And thank you for your support!


 


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Latest work

"Embroidery Kitty" 8x8 inches on wood. For sale here.


I haven't been painting much this year, and I'm feeling a change in my paintings. Maybe it's just a phase, maybe it's here to stay.  Can you tell? My backgrounds are getting less busy and with darker colors. Maybe it's just the winter, but I'm using more saturated colors than usual. I'm liking the figures to take a center stage and not getting lost.  
What do you think?