Art Pippin

Seaside Painting

The painting below 'Sea Seaside' 36"x 36" was inspired by my 13 years living in San Diego. I do miss living by the beach and having the luxury to drive fifteen to jump in the ocean. I crave a good beach day when it's hot and humid here in the midwest. I still have beach towels in my car despite the fact I have lived  in St. Louis for five years. 

This painting has found a happy home at Ortho Touch Therapy and hangs in one of their treatments rooms. It thrills me to know my painting is part of a healing environment where people can relax and heal themselves.

Pink is the Color

I am overflowing these days with creative energy. It's a wonderful feeling and one I wish came my way more often. 

I can contribute this burst of energy from a fun class I took withwhich was Daring Adventures in Abstract Painting. It was a five week course that explored color, abstraction, layering, and mark making. The key word was play. And play I did.

Below are some of the paintings I completed in the class. 

Orange Surprise - 18"x24"

Orange Surprise - 18"x24"

Up close Orange Surprise

Up close 'Clouds'

More Pink themed paintings. Seems to be the color of the moment. 

Surrend - 18"x24"

Cotton Candy - 28"x22" -  All the colors one can eat in cotton candy.

Up close Cotton Candy

Painting flowers was one of the lessons, which was my favorite lesson. Currently painting a whole series of flower paintings that will be available in April. 

Myrtle 12"x16" - Named after my Grandma who wore these colors. 

In progress stayed tuned for the final piece. 

Enjoying the process of these paintings, and look forward to share more.

 

Results of 16 before '16 Challenge

Happy New Year! I am relieved the holidays are over, and I can re-enter my life feeling revived and refreshed from my time spent in Colorado. 

Want to share my results from the 16 before '16 challenge that was inspired by the creative marketing guru Lisa Jacobs 16. I am please with what I achieved, and felt I had a strong finish for 2015.

1. Finish Lisa Jacobs's Your Best Year 2016: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner. 
In progress. I am half way through this book, and have enjoyed the challenged to plan out my 2016. 

2. Figure out what to do with the painting below. 
Made a couple of brush marks, but it's far from done. I hope to complete it this month while I enrolled e-course Daring Adventures in ABSTRACT Painting. 

3. Organize my first art sale via my Etsy shop.
 Done: This task wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Learned what to           differently next time. 

4. Design holiday card for this year.
    Done. I designed my favorite holiday card yet. It was fun playing with the snowflake     design

5.  Get professional photographs of my paintings via ArtSquare. 
Done: Appointment scheduled this Sunday the 10th. Ten photographs of mine will be professionally photographed. I am super jazzed about seeing the results! 6.

6. Finish the rug in the picture below. 
Done. Love the rug and so does my dog Jake. 

7. Run at least 20 miles a week.
This happened only one week. Most weeks it was more like 12-15 miles. Gone are the days when I could crank out 25 miles.

8. Be okay with myself if I don't run 20 miles a week.
Done. I was completely okay with not achieving the 20 miles on a weekly basis, which is huge for me. 

9. Yoga twice a week.
Done. Got into the habit of practicing yoga twice a week, and sometimes I had to do my own practice. 

10. Create Xmas budget and stick to it. Created a digital download to help me track my expenses. 
 Done. This year my family gave stocking stuffers, which we all agreed was more fun than drawing names. I gave small fun useful items and homemade peach jam from our peach tree.

HolidayGiftList-ArtPippin.jpeg

11. Make Bukharan Plov for husbandman. I made this ridiculously delicious dish last year when he was out of the country for three months. It's a bit time consuming but well worth the effort. 
Done. This was an amazing feast, and we shared the meal with some dear friends of ours. 

12. Wake up at 6am at least five days a week. 
Done. I am now getting up five days a week at 5.30. Feeling very productive and good about myself by noon.

13.  Don't say yes to every X-mas party and event this year. 
Done. Self care was my mantra this past holiday season. I got plenty of sleep every night and cut back on the sweets. I felt clear headed and focused all holiday season.

14. Eat cheese only one day a week.
Done. Yay for me! This was a hard one, as my husband and I love cheese. I only ate cheese one day a week expect for christmas through new year's.

15.  Create photo book of our camping and hiking trip last year through Scotland. 
I plan to make this for our 5th anniversary this June. I really wanted to complete this, but I got busy with holiday tasks. 

16.  Finish watercolor series. Started a fun watercolor series in August, and would like to add at least two more to this series.

Imaginary Flowers

Imaginary Flowers

This is almost done. I am submitting this series to Minted art challenge. Deadline is the 12th.

Pat on the back to me for completing most of my tasks. Now back to finishing the watercolor series and finishing up Your Best Year 2016: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner by Lisa Jacobs. 

Light :: Happiness :: Reflection

Today is winter solstice which marks the shortest day of year and the first day of winter. To me it means spring is not that far away. It's a day when I start to savor more of the daylight as we move into the coldest time of winter. This is a time of year when I reflect and think about the good in my life, and give myself permission to be a homebody. I go into hibernation mode and spend most nights reading by the fire with my husband and dog. I call it the good life. 

This time of year I am also more aware of the possibility for peace, love, happiness, and gratitude. I feel my heart has a chance to open more and connect to others happiness and light. 

Below is the Holiday postcard I designed this year and the photo on the back is me with my husband and sweet dog Jake. The photo was taken on our summer trip to my home state Colorado. 

I share my holiday wish with you and may you all be surrounded by love and warmth!

16 Before '16

I was inspired by the creative marketing guru Lisa Jacobs 16 Before 2016: A Goal-Setting Challenge, and below are 16 goals I would like to achieve by 2016. 

1. Finish Lisa Jacobs's Your Best Year 2016: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner. This book is chalk full of helpful information, tips, and worksheets. It's going to require me to make a pot of tea, sit by a cozy fire, and fill out the worksheets. I am looking forward to this task.

2. Figure out what to do with the painting below. I am a bit stuck and want the piece come together as I envision it in my mind. 

Work in progress. 

Work in progress. 

3. Organize my first art sale via my Etsy shop.

4. Design holiday card for this year.

5.  Get professional photographs of my paintings via ArtSquare. 

6.  Finish the rug in the picture below. This project is taking longer than I expected, but at least I am watching good movies in the evening while braiding the fabric. 

7. Run at least 20 miles a week.

8. Be okay with myself if I don't run 20 miles a week.

9. Yoga twice a week.

10. Create Xmas budget and stick to it.

11. Make Bukharan Plov for husbandman. I made this ridiculously delicious dish last year when he was out of the country for three months. It's a bit time consuming but well worth the effort. 

12. Wake up at 6am at least five days a week. Right now I wake up between 6.30-7.00, and feel better myself on days when I wake up at 6am.

13.  Don't say yes to every X-mas party and event this year. I learned my lesson the hard way two years ago around the holidays, when I overloaded my schedule and had two anxiety attacks. In order to avoid these attacks I have to take it easy, especially around the holidays.

14. Eat cheese only one day a week. I love the stuff, and noticed when I cut back on dairy I feel better. Cheese and coffee and my vice, and I am willing to tapper back on one.

15.  Create photo book of our camping and hiking trip last year through Scotland. Scotland is one of the most scenic countries I have traveled through, and yet I don't have a photo book of our trip. It was a fantastic trip where we hiked over 120 miles through the country. I would hike those miles all over again in a heart beat!

16.  Finish watercolor series. Started a fun watercolor series in August, and would like to add at least two more to this series. 

I encourage you all to  join this 16 before '16 challenge. I think it's gonna help me have a strong finish to 2015!

New Watercolor Series

I recently dusted off my watercolor supplies, and started to create fun paintings with them. I forgotten how unforgiving watercolor is. Once the paint is on - that's it. It's a one time shot with these guys. For years watercolor is all I painted in, and got comfortable in the medium. Watercolor is especially nice because it does not stain clothes, as most of my clothing has acrylic paint or ink stain!

Here is a sneak peek of my watercolor paintings. A whole series will be for sale soon in my Etsy shop. So keep a look out!

'Surprise Flower' - Watercolor 8'x8'

'Surprise Flower' - Watercolor 8'x8'

'Choir Flower' - Watercolor   8'x8'

'Choir Flower' - Watercolor 8'x8'

Projects from Summer School with Rachel Taylor

Summer is just about over and wanted to share my projects from Summer Design School with Rachel Taylor. The first project listed the theme was  classic fonts and your own hand-drawn fonts used in a quote. I had to stick to a specific set color swatches, and prefer when someone else picks the color the theme. I used the quote "Now is the Right Time" by Lotus Sutra, which is one of my favorite quotes that I have posted on my desk. It keep me motivated to start projects AND to complete them. 

Next project the theme was Deep Summer Psychedelic and was to inspired by summer, oceans and the sea. Which was easy for me as I lived by the ocean for 15 years. The green pattern was my favorite and plan to order some fabric via spoon flower. Maybe make some pillows? 

Deep Summer Board Pattern Pippin Pippin Schupbach