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January 12, 2012

i came to a decision recently, i don’t remember exactly when, but in the last year or so. i made the decision to stop selling prints of paintings that i used any sort of scrapbooking papers and fabrics in my art. i came to this decision because most likely these papers were copyrighted. i feel really good about that decision because it has forced me to become more creative and keep my integrity as an artist. before i made this decision i still had some prints in stores that needed to be rotated out. and one of my best sellers was the following painting. i had removed it from etsy a while ago. but it had been selling like hotcakes at a call to life here in town. so i knew that i needed to come up with a different version of this painting for future sales. the message is still the same, but the style is completely different. the difference in the two paintings really shows my growth as an artist. some of you might enjoy the original painting more, but the new one shows much more creativity i believe. with the same message i think the new one is just as good, if not better.

mixed media hope again

original hope again

mixed media painting hope again

new "hope again"

mixed media painting bird

close up of bird

i hope you can see my skills improving in these two paintings. the funny part is the original is a copy of another painting that i revamped. who knows maybe a few years from now there will be another hope again painting with even more growth. we will see. but i wanted to leave you with a picture of the original original. probably most likely one of the very first paintings i created. amazing to see how much my work has transformed.

mixed media painting

hope again orignal original

p.s. what’s up with me putting brown all over the color in this painting? i mean hello??? that is so not me!!! i guess i have changed a lot since those beginning days.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2012 5:15 pm

    Love the clearer, bright colors of new “hope again”. Either way the message is awesome!

    • January 12, 2012 5:41 pm

      thanks! i love the new hope again the best too. i appreciate your comment. it is the message that is the most important part of the painting.

  2. January 12, 2012 11:58 pm

    Love your new reworked paintings – they have a definite growth to them and stand out with the colours and message and your own style.

  3. Elizabeth permalink
    January 13, 2012 5:34 am

    I was looking to purchase a copy of the original print just a few days ago…glad I didn’t find it because your re-do is so much more vibrant. Will have to order it for my “other artists work” wall.

  4. ann dickey permalink
    January 13, 2012 7:18 am

    i so enjoyed this blog entry… what a treat to see how your style has evolved! as a newbie to playing with art~ i assume that everything a REAL artist creates is a finished product.
    so nice to see the history of a painting, or an idea. and the BROWN~ i am SURE you were just about to add some bright cheveron stripes… but ran out of paint?? ha.

  5. January 13, 2012 6:51 pm

    Some of my best work is made from “re-dos”! I love the progression, love your story and how you are using art to heal not only yourself, but others. About to meet you in the HSHB e class, but just wanted to say I love your work!

  6. January 14, 2012 3:52 am

    Just started following you, I really enjoy your work, it’s beautiful!

  7. Catalina permalink
    January 14, 2012 7:24 pm

    i love the brown. i love bright colors AND this “brown” feels cozy, more natural, inviting and not ‘in my face’. thanks for sharing.
    my friend deborah, who is taking your ecourse, shared your site with me and i have been following it for a couple of months.

    • January 16, 2012 11:46 am

      welcome catalina! thanks for stopping by. i don’t think that the brown is bad, it’s just not me. i think that is the whole point of this post. you have to find your style and aesthetic and what you start out liking, you might not enjoy a few years from now. my artwork is filled with color because that is just who i am. but you have to find your own personal style. also i think your art at different stages will appeal to different audiences. and that is good because it indicates growth and change.

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