ad·ven·ture adˈven(t)SHər,ədˈven(t)SHər/ noun
An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. verb
Engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.
It's Thursday and that means BLOG POST in my studio :)
Gallery exhibiting is a new adventure for me in 2016. I love to challenge myself with new techniques and new adventures in art. It has been fun to meet other artists. I always get a bit nervous right before the show is about to open but that too is part of the fun!
Tonight is the private showing for the ART270 "Figures Exhibit". I have 3 pieces and I am excited to see my work on display with all the other artists! It is so interesting to see everyone's different styles. If it's anything like the FACES exhibit, the gallery will be PACKED.
"In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision."
I have 3 original mixed media paintings on exhibit at Art270 Gallery
and the private showing is tonight!
I'm excited and a bit nervous.
I'm Alicia Hayes and my fairy name is
Here's what my "fairy-self" is like:
I bring good fortune. Ilive where bracken and curling ferns grow. Ican only be seen when the seeker holds a four-leafed clover. I wear leafy bracken-greenand have multi-coloured wings like a butterfly.
What to know your own fairy name?
YES, I thought so. :)
The name generator that I used can be found here: Fairy Name Generator.
This original mixed media on canvas measures 16"x20".
Her name is "MAJUBREE".
This original name is a combination of all 3 of my daughters' names.
♥ Love to mix in little hidden meanings where I can. ♥
She is a woodland fairy and is all about romance. As with allfairies, she is a bit mischievous as well. She LOVES to play hide and seek with the butterflies.
If you have read my other posts, you know that I usually start out with a rough idea in my head and then the painting just takes on a personality of its own.
Sometimes, the face that comes through is still likable, but not at all what I had in mind. This happened while creating my woodland fairy. I knew I wanted to use warm colors and that she would have mainly brown hair. LOOK who appeared first.... she looks like a FLAPPER Girl with a 1920s hair style. NOT the carefree, romantic, fairy I was imagining.
I will probably use this hairstyle in the future, but this just wasn't going to work for my free spirited Woodland Fairy. For Majubree, I also soften up her mouth a little bit... This "flapper girl" looked a little too serious. :)
I added my handwriting to her wings using a white gel pen and then went CRAZY on her hair! Eyes and Hair are my favorite parts to paint.
Finished! I really love how she turned out. I will keep you posted on the gallery. I love to read your comments and if you have a question, please feel free to use the contact me button! Have a great evening, ~Alicia
"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."
Listen to the Silence
Happy 2016! What new projects, goals, dreams, etc. will you be working towards this year?
I love the new year, it's a Fresh Start....
Time to get more organized, time to try new things and definitely time to be grateful for the blessings in my life.
The first new experience for me in 2016 is to display my art in a local gallery!
I am so excited to be included in the "FACE OFF" exhibition at the Art270 Gallery.
I created 3 new 16" x 20" originals for the exhibit: TANZEE, MAJUBREE & MADAME MYSTICAL.
The first piece I started was TANZEE. I wanted to try a new look and stick with a simple palette of Turquoise, Peony Pink and Dioxazine Purple. Although I have worked with a 16"x20" canvas previously,
I usually work with 12" x 12" or smaller. I really enjoyed working in this larger space, maybe an even larger canvas is in my near future!
My daughter named this piece TANZEE, until then she was just called the blue girl. When I finished this girl I really wanted to find a name that had meaning that could be appreciated. I did what anyone would do, I searched Google :)
I did a search with the words blue purple gem / crystal and Tanzanite appeared. I read the description of the stone and then the meaning and it was exactly what I was hoping to find.
"This stone activates several chakras from the heart to the crown and is used to link the mind with the heart."
This piece came out of my hands so freely and quickly. I worked the background as usual and then used charcoal to simply sketch in the basic shape of her face. I was like a mad scientist with mixing and adding water and more mixing to get the right color for what area I was working on.
It was so fun :)
TANZEE 16" x 20" Original on Canvas
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I appreciate your comments and social media shares! Have a creative and inspired day. ~Alicia
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Imagine / Hope / Wonder
I don't know why, but I have always loved dragonflies!
They are beautiful, delicate, colorful and they will
inspire many mixed media painting ideas.
The symbolism for the dragonfly is commonly defined as:
○Change and transformation
○Joy, lightness of being
○Symbol of the realm of emotions, invitation to dive deeper into your feeling
○Being on the lookout for illusions and deceits, whether are external or personal
○Connection with nature’s spirits, fairies realms
I created my Dragonfly painting above using the following mixed media art supplies: acrylic paints, inks, tissue paper, colored pencils, etc. I cut the wings out of vintage paper, adhered the paper to my canvas with matte gel and then painted over the top. The ridges on the wings and body were created with light modeling paste. Layer upon layer of color and depth to create the texture I was desiring.
"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous." ~ Albert Einstein
The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change.
It's been a long time since I've posted any updates!
A lot has happened... 18th birthday celebration, high school graduation, new driver, summer vacations, dorm room, 21st birthday celebration, etc., etc., etc.! My new studio is almost ready and I have realized that I am an "organized hoarder". Recognizing a problem is the first step in change right?
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe
The next Challenge/Call Out for Somerset Studio is Gothic Art.
Here are the details and some inspiration!
Gothic Wickedly captivating and with a far-reaching catalogue of classic and modern interpretations, examples of gothic fashion, literature, and film never fail to pique one's interest — especially during Halloween. Intrigue and romantic nuances categorize this theme and conjure up a frightful phantasmagoria intermixed with strange beauty, for instance traditional literary creatures of the horror/science-fiction genres such as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Dracula, the Necronomicon, and Dorian Gray, and the unusual anti-heroines like Morticia and Wednesday Addams, Theda Bara, and characters from Tim Burton films. Inspiration may come from exploring themes of terror-stricken mystery, facing one's doppelganger, or delving into the supernatural world. If unknown forces have you so compelled to create gothic-inspired art, we invite you to submit your pieces for potential inclusion in our September/October 2015 issue. Whether your inspiration comes form the Romantic/Victorian Gothic eras of Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lord Byron, or contemporary "goth" subgenres, inclusive of dark color palettes, ghostly elegance, and cultural holdovers from the late 1800s, allow your most magnificent creations to be summoned from the other side! Absolute Deadline: April 15, 2015.
"TRAPPED" is an original I did previously, but it has already sold. In this piece I referenced many of Poe's works. Usually I paint whimsical and soulful; it is fun to go a little dark and gothic and it fits well into my favorite holiday, Halloween!
I don't know if I will be able to finish a new gothic piece before the deadline because of other commitments and deadlines I have, but if at all possible, count me in!
She was so fun to paint, but not in my usual way of creating. I didn't sketch any ideas for her before jumping in to painting. I was in my studio late one evening, freely quickly painting the background with no real intentions of working on a subject. The feel of the background was a bit like tropical island trees with a bit of grunge. I actually had some more free time so I decided to sketch the rough shape of her face and neck using a charcoal pencil.
Many people can't start a project unless they are able to finish it within a specific amount of time, usually the same day/night. I have really never been that way, I leave my projects all over my studio and work on them when I have time and when it feels right. With Pirate Girl... I could not stop. I finished her that evening! Well, almost 100% finished. She was finished, but I hadn't found words for her yet.
What was my Inner Pirate trying to say?
I asked friends and family what she seemed to be saying.... I looked through my saved quotes (I love quotes)... I just couldn't decide on something. All of the suggestions and quotes I found seemed close but not quite right. For a couple days, Pirate Girl sat in different places around my home so I could make sure she was really finished and also to hopefully figure out what was she saying to me.
I love the quote I finally found fromLouisa May Alcott. It spoke to me and seemed right for this Pirate Girl.
SO exciting! My artist's copy of Somerset Studio, March/April 2015 arrived yesterday. All I can say is WOW. The photography department at Stampington Co. really captures the details of the piece. I want to give a "thank you" shout out for choosing my BLACK, WHITE, BRIGHT YELLOW pieces for the With One Palette feature.
We have a tradition of having "family movie night" every (or pretty close to every) Sunday. One of my favorite movies we've watched is "Letters to Juliet", starring Amanda Seyfried...remember I have 3 daughters ♥ It's a romantic comedy set in Italy. I enjoyed the story, but the settings were absolutely beautiful!
Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto. ~Eat well, laugh often, love much.~
Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog! I enjoy reading your comments and if you have a suggestion for a future post that I use, I will send you a free thank you gift. ~Alicia
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. ~ Vincent Van Gogh
The Gift of Love - "il dono d'amore"
I am so excited to learn that my "il dono d'amore" set will be featured as the "With One Palette" in Somerset Studio Magazine, March 2015!
I loved creating these pieces because it was different from anything else I have done. I've mentioned this before, but I always.. always have more than 1 piece that I'm working on at the same time. This allows time for layers to dry and also keeps the creative process "fresh". So the idea of a series that coordinates, is always appealing to me. The sides of the flower say, "Friends, Family, Love, Laughter"
♥ AMORE / LOVE ♥
Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes. Written ... it is just a word ... like any other word, made up of simple letters. But, like a smile, it will bring a flood of emotions to anyone that reads it, hears it, or speaks it.
When determining my palette for this series, I knew I wanted to use 2 base colors with a POP of a third color. Originally, I had considered brown and ivory with a pop of turquoise, black and white with a pop of bright pink, and a few others. I finally chose this black and white with the pop of bright sunshine yellow. I haven't quite decided why yet, but these colors remind me of Italy.
I love to read your comments! Have a happy day, Alicia♥
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each week I will pick one of my original pieces and discuss the inspiration behind it! So check back each week and don't forget to sign up for my newsletter.
This week I am discussing the inspiration behind my original, "What Lies Within". I LOVE this piece and I am so happy that the new owner loves it too. ♥
I began to sketch What Lies Within while sitting outside on my driveway on a beautiful sunny day. It was Fall so the cement of the driveway was a bit chilly but the sun was warm on my legs. I call these perfect days for sweatshirts and shorts! I wanted to try a different type of face, and was just working on lips and eyes. I loved this girls eyes so I decided to paint her. I worked with my prismacolor pencils on the paper and got her face shaded and the eye and lip color based in.
Next, the messy and really fun part! The background :) I seriously LOVE working on backgrounds. Sometimes, I just work on backgrounds to try out new colors and then just have them partially ready for a new upcoming piece.
I like to work on wood because it is strong and allows for A LOT of layers. I love mixed media because if I make a mistake, instead of scraping it off, often times I just layer over it and let some of my "mistake" show through. I call these happy accidents.
It was Autumn and I already like to work with warm colors, so I picked about 3-4 base colors to start with: an antique gold, wine, burnt umber, hippo gray. Worked the background with paints, inks, tissues, vintage papers, etc. etc. I kind of feel like a mad scientist sometimes when working on my background... little snippets of paper and tissue is flying about and splatters of paint are getting all over my table. So much FUN!
Here's a sample of my "Little Red Riding Hood" background in the works.....
After adding my "What Lies Within" girl to the background, I was missing something special...
WHAT was she trying to say?
I brought my unfinished piece upstairs and just left her somewhere that I would walk by and see her often. Then I searched Emerson quotes online and found this amazing one and it just felt right. I wrote it on a piece of vintage paper from a story book and attached it using matte medium. FINISHED!
Thanks for stopping over and I would love to read your comments! ~Alicia♥
O! For a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention. ~ William Shakespeare
A good friend suggested that I pick one of my original paintings each week and talk about the inspiration behind it. Great idea! Thanks Stephanie of Trinkets4Her ♥ For this Monday's blog post, I'll talk about my newest piece, FIRE FAIRY. This Fairy is the 3 in my EARTH, WIND, FIRE, WATER series.
I love to work on a series for a few reasons: first, when I work on a couple of different pieces at once it allows the many different layers time to dry and second, it helps keep the painting "fresh". If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I posted a sneak peek of this fairy's face last week.
Where does inspiration come from?
Inspiration can come from many directions: my family, nature, a children's book, even a television show or movie! Often times I get inspiration from finding a quote for "my day" and then just move on from there. I usually have at least one sketch book tucked inside my purse, sometimes for sketching doodles and other times for writing inspirational words or quotes. You never know when you will stumble onto something amazing!
When I sketched each of the Fairies in my series, I did them all in the same evening. I wanted them to look similar but different and show individual personalities. I added notes regarding hair and eye color and possible colors for the background.... these color notes often change by the time I'm painting, but I still like to add them to give my self some direction. The photo below is the initial preview and she just didn't feel "right". I knew that I wanted her to have amazing hair.. so that got bigger and bigger! And her boots, although I liked the worn brown Steve Madden Freebird look... they just didn't POP like I felt like they should. If you have ready any of my bio, you know I LOVE boots ♥
Earth, Wind, Fire Fairy... Water is next!
Thanks for stopping over and I would love to read your comments! ~Alicia♥
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive that is you-er than YOU! ~Dr. Seuss
I absolutely LOVE this Dr. Seuss quote! This is the idea & feeling behind much of the art I create. The photo above is titled "FearLess."
To me, creating art is all about being brave. You need to be brave to stand up to your inner critic and move forward past any self doubt that's been piling up inside of you. Artists often reveal a part of their soul or something emotional they are going through now or in the past. Even more brave is when you take the leap and share your art with the world. It's scary & exciting all at the same time!
I have sold many of my handcrafted items online, at boutiques and in retail shops. I even taught painting classes for several years. When I listed my 1st original for sale on Etsy, I had been painting pieces for myself, friends and family and everyone was having a great response and I was having a BLAST! Selling art felt very different than any of those other adventures... This felt "real" and much more scary. I guess selling my paintings feels "bigger" because they are so close to my heart.
I was creating my "Littlest Witch Series" and I listed "Little Red" one evening in my brand new Etsy shop, ALICIAARTSHOP.
I didn't tell anyone that I had just listed a painting for sale! Throughout the night I had many thoughts going through my head... "What was I thinking? What if Little Red wasn't even good enough?" on and on and on .... Late (really late) that evening, I decided to take the listing on etsy down until I was an "ARTIST."
The next morning, I woke up ready to take her down quickly (before I admitted to anyone what I had done). Oh happy day, she had SOLD! I can't even relate how much that 1st sale meant to me. I LOVE all of my customers and appreciate each and every sale, but this 1st one ... the one where my inner critic was really LOUD... pushed me forward in the right direction!
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. ~Mother Teresa
I am so excited and have a happy heart today. My original EARTH FAIRY made it all the way to her new home safely. I am always a bit nervous until I have receive confirmation that ... The package arrived safely and that my customer is happy.
This is the awesome, wonderful, warm and fuzzy feedback I received today:
"This original piece is stunning. The picture does not do it justice. I am a huge fan of Alicia's and have many of her prints, they do not compare to an original piece of hers. I am a happy and proud owner of this gorgeous, creative and comforting art piece. Thank you Alicia!! Keep creating"
~ ♥ ~ Thank you very much Stephanie, I am so happy you love her! ~Alicia