Activities & Events, Art & Creativity, Uncategorized

Large Abstract – Into a Land Flowing With Milk and Honey

Recently, I enjoyed working on one of the largest paintings I’ve ever attempted, and it’s an abstract, nonetheless. As much as I like working more abstractly, it exercises a different set of muscles that I have yet to really develop. The process still feels a little foreign and uncertain to me, but maybe that’s what also makes it exciting.

When I started work on this piece, I had a very vague idea of what direction this would take. It began one way, then took various twists and turns along the journey of process. Here’s what things looked like towards the beginning (my little helper, as pictured, is fascinated by brushes!):

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My son, Asa, was having some fun in the studio.

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Whipped yogurt is one of my favorite snacks. Don’t forget the baby monitor.

There were several features I began with that ultimately were edited out, including the long stream of dark paint drips on the right (see first post image). I just kept building upon the texture and continued to add subtle color variations into the background. Metal stencils, honeycomb pattern, gold leafing…it all kind of converged for the final effects:

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Applying gold leafing to a few honeycombs.

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I couldn’t really capture a good photo of the whole painting that did it justice. But if you’re local to San Luis Obispo, you should come see it on display for Open Studios Art Tour, 2016. The tour is two weekends in October, 8-9 and 15-16 from 10am to 5pm. Come by studios #73 and #85. Joining me at my home studio will be the incredibly talented encaustic artist, Maura Fox. We hope to see you there!

 

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Activities & Events, Art & Creativity, Works in Progress

Before & After: Two Paintings

Lately, I’ve enjoyed the process of just painting with acrylics. Last year I did a lot of mixed media, using multiple materials and photographs in my work. But I’ve shifted more into using an underpainting/overpainting method with acrylics and have loved the results.

BEFORE: If you look at the  painting below, I start out with the underpainting, adding lots of color and picking out some of my main points of interest. At this stage I block in a very general sense of my subject matter, focusing on deep hues and shadows.

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AFTER: Notice that in the later stages, I begin to better define my subject matter by going back with a lighter color, allowing areas of the underpainting to show through and highlight with whites.

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Two Little Swallows: Acrylic on wood panel // 8 x 8 x 1.5 (in)

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Peacock Feathers: Acrylic on wood panel // 8 x 8 x 1.5 (in)

Two Little Swallows will be displayed at Art Central in San Luis Obispo for the Month of October. Peacock Feathers will be displayed in a series of small paintings (along with several other larger works) at Open Studios Art Tour, October 11th/12th & 18th/19th from 10am to 5pm at our home! Please contact me (holly@hollybeals.com) if you have any questions about the event.

~Holly

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Activities & Events, Travel

E.T. Phone Home

During our trip to Australia last month, we spent some time at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in Sydney. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved wax museums. When I was little, my family took a trip to Victoria, Canada, and guess what I remember most about that trip? That’s right, the wax museum! Maybe it’s just because people are so interesting. And it’s fun to take ridiculous photos with wax statues. So, without further adieu, here are some of the “gems” from our afternoon at Madame Tussaud’s…

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My smarty pants and Albert.

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Tell me about it, Oprah!

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Hmm…I’m feeling a bit underdressed for the occasion.

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Block that ball, shorty, Yao Ming’s got nothing on you!

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Nothing but net.

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David forgot his v-neck sweater at home.

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Good thing nothing like this happened in real life! Oh, but wait, it did…

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You rock those spandex, Olivia Newton John!

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Holly & Holly having breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Get out of that shower, Psycho!

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Is there a draft in here?

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David, what’s the deal, it’s not like we don’t own nail clippers…

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Who’s your new friend, honey?

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Kickin’ it with Jackie Chan

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Hate it when this happens, don’t you, Dundee?

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Hey, Nicole, check out my poser face.

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Hey Bruce, I got your back, don’t worry about it.

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Fabulous Evening at Linnaea’s

Oh, what a delight! Once I finally got the yummy snack table set up, right around 6:30ish (yes I was running a bit behind, as usual, something I’m trying to change!), there was a steady flow of both familiar and new faces at Linnaea’s up until 9pm. I just loved it.  Hearing people’s stories is one of my favorite things, and I got to hear several last night, as well as answer many excellent questions in regards to the creative process involved in my work. Such good questions, folks! Thanks so much to those who came by, what a blessing you are. And if you didn’t make it by and wanted to (you’re a blessing too), don’t worry, the art will be up for the rest of the month. I’m completely grateful to Marianne for giving me the opportunity to display on the walls of Linnaea’s.

Oh, and there’s a fun little post about the show on the Art After Dark blog, if you’d like to check it out 🙂

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February – Art After Dark

I was fortunate enough to hang my work at the studio of Drew Davis for February’s Art After Dark! We had a great time…friends, family, food and fabulous artwork, of course. I just wanted to share a few photos from the event. And thank you to those who came out for this, it was so great to see you!

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Inside the studio of Drew Davis & some pieces from his “heartfelt” series

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It was so great to see you, ladies!

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Hope you had some fun with your art assignment, Rachel, thanks for coming by!

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Don’t forget to check out Drew’s work, here.

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Fun sign out in front of the studio

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Activities & Events, Around the Home, Art & Creativity, Uncategorized

Pieces from the Past 10 Days

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Some of the fun items that were available at the Stitch Market

I’ve been a little MIA when it comes to blogging lately. I got a bit wrapped up in doing two different shows/fairs back to back. First it was the Central Coast Craft Fair, then it was the Stitch Market.

The Stitch Market was a great time, my favorite part of the whole experience was probably meeting the other vendors, sharing stories, swapping advice, gaining encouragement and so much more. It can be a real help to learn from others who are on a similar creative path.

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My booth at the Stitch Market

While I was hanging out at my booth, Ashley brought me this wonderful menu board we ordered from The Sign Cafe, Isn’t it fantastic? I was so excited to bring it home and hang it up in our kitchen. It adds quite a bit of pizazz to the wall. If you want a menu board of your own, I know Ashley would love to make one for you!

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The Menu Board made by The Sign Cafe, we love it!

David came down with that nasty cold that’s been going around during all the craft fair craziness, so immediately following the Stitch Market, guess who came down with it next? That’s right. David left for a week long business trip and I ate lots of chicken soup, drank plenty of orange juice and hot tea, slept and watched Christmas TV programing. I think I really needed the rest! I was very grateful for the recovery time. In the midst of my recovering, I was able to pull a few Christmas decorations together…

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Some Christmas Decorations at our house

And then I refinished our coffee table again. I had put some metal strips on it, which looked kind of cool, but they were getting a bit beat up with water ring stains and such. So I stained some old fence planks we had using a weathered gray stain and sealant in one…

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I refinished our coffee table using some old fence posts from our yard!

Lastly, yesterday I did a mini photoshoot with our friends, the Burgers. They were wanting some photos of baby Julia, who was born on November 1st, as well as some possible Christmas card photos. Here are just a few from the shoot:

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How precious is that headband?

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Sweetness

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Baby and Daddy

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Baby and Mommy

Aren’t they such a cute family? Well, it’s great to feel healthy again and I look forward to doing some new paintings in the upcoming months. We’re also still trying to sell our house, because we found a really great one to buy. So we’re hopeful and trying to remain positive! It’s definitely requiring some patience of us…and trust that everything will work out in the end.

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Makers to Be Looking For This Weekend

The Holiday Stitch Market starts tomorrow! And to quote Kasey Rosecrans, “This ain’t your Grandma’s craft fair.”
With 22 local vendors, you’re bound to find the perfect, handmade gift for everyone on your list. In no particular order, I just wanted to highlight a few of the handmade businesses at the market so you can get a preview of their creations:
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And these are just a few of the fabulous things you’ll find! We hope to see you there:
Grace Church
1350 Osos St, San Luis Obispo, California 50109-7721

Thursday Dec. 5th 4 pm to 10 pm
Friday Dec. 6th 10 am to 3pm
Saturday Dec. 7th 10 am to 3pm

Here is a full list of all the vendors who will be at the market this weekend:
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