why are Mondays so HARD?!

Hello friends!

I have come to realize that most Mondays are just about the same.  Even if you spent the entire day Sunday in preparation for the week, Mondays still suck the life out of you.  You could clean the entire house, do all the laundry, grocery shopping and meal prep and expect to wake up rejuvenated.  Excited.  Prepared.  And then you sit in front of your monitor in the mid morning with a cup of coffee and immediately fade into the distance.  You sit and stare at the latest edit to your freelance project and have to do and redo everything you touch.  

Mondays are horrible.  

We know it.  

Let's move on.  

It has been eons since I've been here.  Which is exactly what I said last time I blogged.  Which was exactly ONE YEAR ago.  So here we are.  Like we're on an awkward third date, still trying to make conversation.  I been working on a few new exciting things, so how about I share them with you.  

Remember those canvases that I repurposed?  WELL.  They have finally been used.  Much more successfully in my opinion.  The originals were old art school pieces that left something to be desired.   The re-gessoed canvases sat in my studio for over a year, waiting for inspiration to strike.  Because of the heavy order volume on Belly Bean, I had very little free time to actually work on what I wanted to do.  I had a weird period working with new materials that didn't last very long.  Not a big fan of the art board.  Maybe it's something I need more experience with, but the way I use my materials just didn't work.  That's why we experiment, right?  

Okay, so the new pieces.  I decided to stick with one pop of color.  I've come to realize it may just be my style.  Who knows.   Here is the first piece:  

Girl with Umbrella, 24"x30" Acrylic on Canvas.  Copyright 2015. 

"Santa" brought me a new Liquitex Paint Marker that I have been drooling over for months.  This was my first crack at using it.  It is a little rudimentary but hey it was my attempt.  I liked this composition but I wanted my next piece to be more dramatic.  I gessoed my other canvas grey and had been wanting to do something yellow.  Thinking of a yellow object stopped me up a bit but one night I was drawing dancers for anatomy practice and was again inspired.  And here she is:

Anatomy of a Dancer I, 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas, Copyrighted 2015

I obviously have more control of the marker now in my second round, and I had so much fun making this from beginning to end, I decided to do a series.  Which then created this:

Anatomy of a Dancer II, 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas. Copyrighted 2015.


That's all the new stuff I have right now.  You can buy the Girl with the Umbrella here and the Anatomy of a Dancer II here.  (Anatomy of a Dancer I has been sold already)

Peace, love & Strawberries, kids.