Recent Paper Pieces

It’s been a while since I’ve put out a collection of abstract art on paper under $500. I released 4 of these to my mailing list every Monday in October. I called them Magical Mondays because who doesn’t want some of this magic in your inbox every week? Mondays are crazy enough. Let’s make them amazing! These bad boys sold super fast. I’m so grateful for such supportive collectors! A few of them are left- snatch yours before they are gone! Also- pop your name on the mailing list below so you don’t miss out on the next amazing offer I dream up!

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Don’t miss the next Magical Monday-ness or whatever new goodness I dream up !

Memphis Abstract Art + Marketing Workshop with Hillary Butler

Art Biz Ladies, this one is for you!! Per your requests, I’ve been working on a special new workshop this year combining level 2 art techniques and a Marketing session!! Check out all the details below. Questions? Email me! hillary@hillarybutler.com

Abstract 201   |   Level 2  | Limited to 15 

Saturday October 20, 2018   9am-3 pm

This is a day workshop for practicing artists looking to connect with each other and learn the art of building a rock solid process that keeps your work consistent and takes your art and your business to the next level.

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Basically I just created the workshop that I wanted to attend but could never find. Yep. I did- and I'm so excited about this!

Morning: Hands on Process Building Session 9am-12pm

We'll open up with a cocktail mingle and have a morning where we  get our hands messy making some art walking through process and experimenting with new ideas. I talk to so many practicing artists who feel stuck and ask where I get my ideas, how do they keep their work original, and keep fresh ideas coming? Well, sweat it no more! I've pulled together some great exercises and materials for a morning of digging deeper into the steps that it takes to build a process that works for you; a place where new concepts flow and lead to the next great idea. It's not complicated, but there really is an art to your artistic process! 

 

Afternoon: Heart to Heart Table Talk about Marketing 12 pm - 3 pm

Lunch will be catered in and we'll spend 12-3 pm having a cozy heart- to- heart table talk where we'll focus on Marketing and Sales. I'll be answering pre-submitted questions so I can give attendees tailored answers that speak to your specific needs! Marketing is my jam, y'all. I eat this stuff for breakfast and am excited to share all the juicy tidbits I've learned over the years. This will be a day where everyone feels loved on and connected and leaves with a deeper vision for their practice and the confidence to market a more successful art business.
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Class includes:

Cocktail mingle
All art supplies-
Take home swag bag
Lunch

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COST $400

FAQ time!

I love hearing your questions! These are the most popular workshop questions. Are any of these your questions?

I hear this question so much:
"What do I paint next?"


"I look at my canvas and panic a little as to what to paint next." That was me back in the day. I used to stare at a blank canvas and get a little sweaty. I was so worried that my work would never be consistent. I bounced around from idea to idea depending on which new artist was inspiring me that day. I knew I had the skills, but my work lacked that edge it needed to have that trademark "Hillary Butler" look. It took me years to finally get to the place I saw myself when I first set out to paint professionally.

At the Abstract 201 Workshop, we're digging down into our process- that golden child that keeps those ideas consistently FLOWING! We'll be getting messy, we'll be moving, we'll be exploring new ideas and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones. It will be a guided playzone- a place to experiment and collaborate with fellow artists. No one has to buy these pieces, no one has to see them. You don't have to post them on Insta (unless you really want to!). It's hard to give ourselves the time we need to stop our studio time (aka paycheck making time, amiright??) and explore new ideas. This workshop serves to play and discover that deep work that's inside of you that maybe you've been a little afraid to explore on your own.

Why in person workshops?
Why don't you offer this online?


Great question. 2 reasons.
#1
There was a girl I went to art school with named Stacy who always showed up with a project 1,000 x's better than mine. No matter how hard I worked, hers was always mic drop amazing. It made me a little mad, but mainly it made me want to KICK HER BUTT with my next project. Being physically next to her pushed me. I could see her process and could ask her questions and learn some techniques from her. That's why I want us all in the same room. Because of Stacy. I want us to collaborate, to grow together, to walk away with a new friend that we can text and ask, what does this piece need? 

#2

My number one goal at Abstract 201 Workshop is for you to feel seen, heard, and loved on. Our work as creatives can be so isolating and the community aspect of in person workshops is one of the most beautiful parts! It brings me so much joy to see attendees exchanging number, sharing resources, asking each other questions and realizing that at the end of the day, we're all working through the same things. I want to see your face and give you a hug and hear how your business is doing- you can't do that through a screen like you can in person.

How did you "make it?"
I get asked my story a lot.  Spoiler alert: It's not an overnight success story. I'll be sharing at the Abstract 201 Workshop how an art major turned English major turned English teacher turned admin assistant turned graphic designer turned into a professional artist.

What is the best "channel" (path to customers) you use to bring in customers? Is it your website,  Instagram and/or other social medias?
I'm happy to say that it's all of them! Instagram has been my best performing social media channel and this year I've been focusing on SEO (thank you Shanna for pointing out how important SEO is!) to drive more people to my site through Google searches and building my mailing list so I can speak directly to customers.

We'll be breaking all of these down at the Abstract 201 Workshop and getting into the nitty gritty of the most effective ways of getting your work in front of the right people!

Memphis Abstract Art 101 Workshop with Hillary Butler


I have some workshops coming up around the corner!! Abstract 101 is really popular and fills up really fast. As of today, we only have 4 spots left. Come join us!! Scroll down for FAQ’s!!

Questions? Email me hillary@hillarybutler.com

Abstract 101    |    Level 1   

Saturday October 6, 2018 9 am- 12 pm  |     Limited to 12
Morning Workshop for those looking to learn the foundations of Abstract Art- beginner level.

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Ever see an abstract art piece on Pinterest and think," I could totally do that!" only to end up with a huge mess on your kitchen table? You aren't alone! Abstract art is harder than it looks and I'm here to guide you through painting your own original composition and  each attendee will leave class with their own 12"x 12" painting.  This is a beginner level class; no painting experience is required. Grab a friend or come on your own and join us
 for a really fun workshop and beautiful event that you'll be talking about for months to come!

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Class includes:

Cocktail mingle
All art supplies-
 Art starter kit swag bag
Snacks and beverages

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COST: $225


While we paint, we can discuss any burning questions you have about the art world!

FAQ’s

I hear this question so much:
"What do I paint next?"


"I look at my canvas and panic a little as to what to paint next." That was me back in the day. I used to stare at a blank canvas and get a little sweaty. I was so worried that my work would never be consistent. I bounced around from idea to idea depending on which new artist was inspiring me that day. I knew I had the skills, but my work lacked that edge it needed to have that trademark "Hillary Butler" look. It took me years to finally get to the place I saw myself when I first set out to paint professionally.

At the Abstract 101 Workshop, we're figuring out how to create a painting from scratch. No more looking at other artist's work or Pinterest or random Google searches and to figure out what to paint today. Learn the basic building blocks that it takes to create a beautiful piece of art that is original to you!

We'll be getting messy and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones. It will be a guided playzone- a place to experiment and collaborate with fellow artists. No one has to buy these pieces, no one has to see them. You don't have to post them on Insta unless you really want to!


I don't have any painting experience. Can I still come?
Yes! This is a beginner level class. No experience needed to join in!

I've had painting experience, but I want to learn how to paint an Abstract style. Is this for me?
Yes! Experienced painters of all levels, come learn abstract skills,  I’ve had so many different levels of attendees come and learn so much. 

Is this free paint time or will you be showing us what to do?

The Abstract 101 Workshop is packed with lots of instruction and hands on learning on the go. As I teach, I guide attendees through the exercises. Each exercise builds on the last one to help you create an original composition from scratch. I lead you through and walk around and help everyone. I don’t leave anyone hanging!  
 


Why in person workshops?
Why don't you offer this online?


Great question. 2 reasons.
#1
There was a girl I went to art school with named Stacy who always showed up with a project 1,000 x's better than mine. No matter how hard I worked, hers was always mic drop amazing. It made me a little mad, but mainly it made me want to KICK HER BUTT with my next project. Being physically next to her pushed me. I could see her process and could ask her questions and learn some techniques from her. That's why I want us all in the same room. Because of Stacy. I want us to collaborate, to grow together, to walk away with a new friend that we can text and ask, what does this piece need? 

#2

My number one goal at Abstract 201 Workshop is for you to feel seen, heard, and loved on. Our work as creatives can be so isolating and the community aspect of in person workshops is one of the most beautiful parts! It brings me so much joy to see attendees exchanging number, sharing resources, asking each other questions and realizing that at the end of the day, we're all working through the same things. I want to see your face and give you a hug and hear how your business is doing. Y'all hear me talking about sitting around a table together and this is what we get to do! You can't share a beautiful converations and cocktail mingles online. It's just best done in person!

How many seats are left?
Only 4!! One of these has your name on it!

"Monochromatic" Collection Release July 24!!!!!

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I N T R O D U C I N G   T H E
"M O N O C H R O M A T I C" 
C O L L E C T I O N
SERIES RELEASE JULY 24!


I'm excited to release this new Collection! It's been in the works for a while- baby #2 put a little pause on this series - it's so great to finally be releasing these beauties!


The inspiration for these pieces was a "monochromatic" palette of sorts. The quote marks are added for the literalists in the room. I've had a lot of sweet folks remind me that these are not, indeed monochromatic. For this gal, they sure are! It was definitely a challenge to stick to one main color and use some little tiny pops to make that color sing!! I wanted to focus in on a single color and let that hue sing with a supporting cast of colorful characters. You'll see fabulous chunks of texture and layers galore in this new series. There's a lot of layered love in each piece and  I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

 

Make sure you pop your name on the mailing list for early access to the new work!

 

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Abstract Art Series: Monochromatic, Playing with Lots of Color!

    This new series has been a while in the making for those following along. I started this series the beginning of this year, but I was huge pregnant at the time and the last month I just, honestly, ran out of steam. The first pregnancy was so easy, but this one was harder and I wrapped up commission projects and took it easy the last 2 weeks. I'm so glad I did, because I was growing a big guy! The past two months have both flown by and creaked along- two kids feels like this crazy time warp. It has felt really good to gradually start getting back in the studio this month at my own pace and getting back in the creative groove. As much as I enjoyed the wonderful break from the glorious grind, it's nice to feel like myself again, except a little guy is swinging beside me while the other one is at childcare.   I'm excited to share this new piece from the series, "Pinkaliciousness." This is the study. I'm pretty sure this one will end up as a 36" x 36" abstract painting on paper. I can't wait to get started on it! It's been so fun to play with so much color and focus on one color as the dominant hue for each painting.  Hot pink paintings are my secret love- I hope to paint several for this collection. Stay tuned- make sure you're on the mailing list to know when the series first drops so you can snag your favorite piece!   

 

This new series has been a while in the making for those following along. I started this series the beginning of this year, but I was huge pregnant at the time and the last month I just, honestly, ran out of steam. The first pregnancy was so easy, but this one was harder and I wrapped up commission projects and took it easy the last 2 weeks. I'm so glad I did, because I was growing a big guy! The past two months have both flown by and creaked along- two kids feels like this crazy time warp. It has felt really good to gradually start getting back in the studio this month at my own pace and getting back in the creative groove. As much as I enjoyed the wonderful break from the glorious grind, it's nice to feel like myself again, except a little guy is swinging beside me while the other one is at childcare. 

I'm excited to share this new piece from the series, "Pinkaliciousness." This is the study. I'm pretty sure this one will end up as a 36" x 36" abstract painting on paper. I can't wait to get started on it! It's been so fun to play with so much color and focus on one color as the dominant hue for each painting.  Hot pink paintings are my secret love- I hope to paint several for this collection. Stay tuned- make sure you're on the mailing list to know when the series first drops so you can snag your favorite piece!

 

Commission

Here's a recent commission I finished up for a sweet friend and client. It's huuuuuuge! I love it when I get to work big. This one is 48" x 48" and is going on a gorgeous huge tall wall! Large abstract paintings are really great ways to make a room come together and add that pop of yum to a space!! 

The May/ June commission list is filling up. Shoot me an email to talk ideas and get on the list!

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Spring Phone Wallpaper Digital Download !

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How is it March already??? 2018 is flying by! I wanted to give y'all a fun happy - a little sneak peek from my new Spring collection while we're waiting on Spring to get its butt here! This is Jungle Juice, a tangy orange beauty that will soon be released later this month! Until then, enjoy this lil' digital download for your phone wallpaper!

Download here

Large Scale Collection Fall 2017

This collection is all about bold, color and huge statement making artwork. I wanted to go big or go home with this collection and I think I nailed it! All of these pieces are oil on paper and are ready to be framed! I'm excited to share the Fall 2017 Large Scale Collection with you! Collection available for purchase through my website.

 

 "Champagne and Wine" 48" x 48" Oil on Paper   

"Champagne and Wine" 48" x 48" Oil on Paper

 

 "Dance with the Dinsoars" 36" x 36" Oil on paper

"Dance with the Dinsoars" 36" x 36" Oil on paper

 "Ellen Would Approve" 30" x 30" oil on paper   

"Ellen Would Approve" 30" x 30" oil on paper

 

 "Ladybird" 30" x 30" Oil on Paper   

"Ladybird" 30" x 30" Oil on Paper

 

 "Radishes in the Garden" 36" x 36" oil on paper  The really fun part is that I mocked these up in the vision that I have for them framed. Check it out! Image inspiration sources included website post.   

"Radishes in the Garden" 36" x 36" oil on paper

The really fun part is that I mocked these up in the vision that I have for them framed. Check it out! Image inspiration sources included website post.

 

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Framing Artwork on Paper

The new paper series is almost here! The collection releases THIS WEEK on Thursday July 27 !!

I get a lot of questions about how to frame works on paper and I've put together an idea board for you for you to see how I envision these pieces framed! Framing is a really big deal. It can increase the value of a piece by how well the framing sets a piece off and shows off its beauty!

So... on to the beautiful inspiration images! I mocked up how several pieces from the new collection would look like in some favorite frames and spaces to give you some inspiration on how to frame them up!

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This is one killer example of how I see these new big pieces framed! I'm just dying over the lucite box that I envision framing out this beauty, "Build a Ladder to the Stars" 48" x48" oil on paper.  Image Inspiration source:
 

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I love, love, love this huge white frame/ mat combo to set off this paper piece. "Magic in Me" 22" x 22" oil on paper is set off by a gigantic mat and I just can't get enough of this! Inspiration source

 

 I mean, have you ever seen a more perfect pairing? This frame lets the piece look like it's floating on the wall and making it a true statement piece. This would be a great example of when those clear spacers would come in. You'd mount the piece to the back glass and place clear spacers around the art to keepit from pressing on the glass. The piece featured is "Climb on Every Rung" 48" x 48" oil on paper.   Inspiration source    

I mean, have you ever seen a more perfect pairing? This frame lets the piece look like it's floating on the wall and making it a true statement piece. This would be a great example of when those clear spacers would come in. You'd mount the piece to the back glass and place clear spacers around the art to keepit from pressing on the glass. The piece featured is "Climb on Every Rung" 48" x 48" oil on paper.  Inspiration source

 

Another really great example of a thin frame with a huge ole mat to set off the artwork!  Inspiration source

 

 I'm really picky about a gallery wall. I think that they can be so lovely if done well. I suggest that it be symetrically lined up like this wall, that the frames be the same size, and that it have a singular color scheme or black and white photographs. See how this arrangement turns several smaller pieces into one large piece of work? The works featured are from the "Little Peter Rabbit had a Fly Upon His Tail" mini collection 6" x 8" oil on paper.      

I'm really picky about a gallery wall. I think that they can be so lovely if done well. I suggest that it be symetrically lined up like this wall, that the frames be the same size, and that it have a singular color scheme or black and white photographs. See how this arrangement turns several smaller pieces into one large piece of work? The works featured are from the "Little Peter Rabbit had a Fly Upon His Tail" mini collection 6" x 8" oil on paper.

 

 

 I just love how a series of 3 vertical framed pieces perfectly fills the empty space of this nook and makes the room look taller by pulling your eye upwards. So, So perfect! Pieces Featured here from the "Got he Magic in Me" mini collection 8"x 8" oil on paper pieces.   Inspiration source

I just love how a series of 3 vertical framed pieces perfectly fills the empty space of this nook and makes the room look taller by pulling your eye upwards. So, So perfect! Pieces Featured here from the "Got he Magic in Me" mini collection 8"x 8" oil on paper pieces.  Inspiration source

 Can I get an Amen for this collection? I love how these frames from  West Elm  would set off this "Green Tea is All the Rage"  6"x 6" pieces collection.     A few instructional framing notes:  One super, super important detail to remember when framing- you don't want the glass to come into direct contact with your artwork. Ever tried to pull an old photo out of a frame only to find it stuck to the glass? That's because over time, the temperature cools and warms and adheres your artwork to the glass, even watercolor on paper. A really easy way around this is matting. Pop in a big white mat in a skinny frame, and you have a super hot piece that will last a really long time! It's a super popular trend right now to frame work between lucite. It looks sooooooo good, but make sure you or your framer puts  spacers  between the glass and your work or add a matto your piece and then sandwich it in the lucite. If the artwork has a lot of texture, you may need a double mat to keep the glass/ lucite from squishing those delicious paint chunks.   Where to find lucite frames:  If you can use a local framer to frame out your paper piece like the top lucite box frame, I would go that direction. Memphis people, I use  Garner Framing . Chris Garner is a master and he's all set up to frame with these lucite boxes. If you don't have a local framer to use,  Simply Framed  is a great option for these!  Other frames:  I really like  West Elm  and  CB2  for skinny frames, especially square frames. Unfortunately, the larger frames are hard to find online. For those, I'd go the  Simply Framed  route or use a local framer.  I also have a lovely  Pinterest Board  with more framing inspiration.  Happy framing, folks!!! And feel free to  shoot me an email  if you have any questions framing your HB paper pieces!

Can I get an Amen for this collection? I love how these frames from West Elm would set off this "Green Tea is All the Rage"  6"x 6" pieces collection.

 

A few instructional framing notes:

One super, super important detail to remember when framing- you don't want the glass to come into direct contact with your artwork. Ever tried to pull an old photo out of a frame only to find it stuck to the glass? That's because over time, the temperature cools and warms and adheres your artwork to the glass, even watercolor on paper. A really easy way around this is matting. Pop in a big white mat in a skinny frame, and you have a super hot piece that will last a really long time! It's a super popular trend right now to frame work between lucite. It looks sooooooo good, but make sure you or your framer puts spacers between the glass and your work or add a matto your piece and then sandwich it in the lucite. If the artwork has a lot of texture, you may need a double mat to keep the glass/ lucite from squishing those delicious paint chunks. 

Where to find lucite frames:

If you can use a local framer to frame out your paper piece like the top lucite box frame, I would go that direction. Memphis people, I use Garner Framing. Chris Garner is a master and he's all set up to frame with these lucite boxes. If you don't have a local framer to use, Simply Framed is a great option for these!

Other frames:

I really like West Elm and CB2 for skinny frames, especially square frames. Unfortunately, the larger frames are hard to find online. For those, I'd go the Simply Framed route or use a local framer.

I also have a lovely Pinterest Board with more framing inspiration.

Happy framing, folks!!! And feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions framing your HB paper pieces!

Abstract 101 Workshops

 One of my absolute favorite parts of my job is teaching workshops. I get so much joy from connecting people to their inner creative and empowering them to create their own original work. Remember when you were a kid and you sat on the floor and drew for hours? I like to bring back that childlike wonder and joy as often as possible and it's something we majorly tap into at the workshop. Why paint if you're not having any fun???? I love watching anxieties over "messing up" their piece melt away as we crank up the music and just play and explore all the different possibilities a blank canvas can hold.    

One of my absolute favorite parts of my job is teaching workshops. I get so much joy from connecting people to their inner creative and empowering them to create their own original work. Remember when you were a kid and you sat on the floor and drew for hours? I like to bring back that childlike wonder and joy as often as possible and it's something we majorly tap into at the workshop. Why paint if you're not having any fun???? I love watching anxieties over "messing up" their piece melt away as we crank up the music and just play and explore all the different possibilities a blank canvas can hold.


 

       I love hearing from former attendees when they email me with the most amazing line: This is my 'what if' painting!" and show me a new piece they've done that's way different from their norm. it's a brave piece because it came from a place inside of them that they were a little scared to explore and I couldn't be happier to hear those words and see those paintings. I adore the workshops that I teach- we ask hard questions- we explore new ideas- we shut down fear and tap into curiosity.    

 

 

I love hearing from former attendees when they email me with the most amazing line: This is my 'what if' painting!" and show me a new piece they've done that's way different from their norm. it's a brave piece because it came from a place inside of them that they were a little scared to explore and I couldn't be happier to hear those words and see those paintings. I adore the workshops that I teach- we ask hard questions- we explore new ideas- we shut down fear and tap into curiosity.


 

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    Hands spread across the table extending friendship, encouragement, supplies, new life. This picture perfectly captures the atmosphere I love creating at a workshop. One of my favorite scenes is watching new friendships form and golden nuggets of helpful hints and tricks shared among attendees. The nature of an artist's work can be isolating and we need each other to push us to do better work and to keep going on the hard days. I set each attendees supplies up like a dinner place setting- it makes me a little giddy to do so because it's really like gathering friends for an art dinner. It brings me so much joy to bring people to the table, connect them to each other and paint together. Come join a new community of art friends!!!  

 

Hands spread across the table extending friendship, encouragement, supplies, new life. This picture perfectly captures the atmosphere I love creating at a workshop. One of my favorite scenes is watching new friendships form and golden nuggets of helpful hints and tricks shared among attendees. The nature of an artist's work can be isolating and we need each other to push us to do better work and to keep going on the hard days. I set each attendees supplies up like a dinner place setting- it makes me a little giddy to do so because it's really like gathering friends for an art dinner. It brings me so much joy to bring people to the table, connect them to each other and paint together. Come join a new community of art friends!!!
 

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Together we'll walk through the process of creating your own original abstract painting with acrylic paints and canvas and each attendee will leave class with their own 12"x 12" painting! We'll walk through color palettes, spacial arrangement, and painting techniques. This is a beginner level class; no painting experience is required. Grab a friend or come on your own and join us for a really fun morning together!

Class includes:

Cocktail mingle

3 full hrs of instruction, paint time, & one on one guidance.

All art supplies- you'll leave with an awesome art starter kit swag bag!

12 x 12 canvas for your artwork

Snacks and Beverages

 

Spaces are limited to keep classes intimate and allow for lots of one on one instruction. Click through to the Workshop page on my site for upcoming dates and to join the mailing list. Classes are in Memphis, TN at Falling Into Place Shop.  June 10 is the last date for 2017 101 Classes, but a level 2 class is in the works for October 2017.  Classes fill up FAST- make sure you're on the list to find out the minute a new class launches!

 

 

"White Spaces" Spring Collection 2017

    This latest collection has been one of my favorite to date! For this series, I wanted to play with concentrating the color and moving in larger spaces of white, hence the "White Space" collection title. I've been contemplating a lot lately the big changes that happen within during the white spaces- the times of seeming nothing, the times where life doesn't make sense- it seems to be going nowhere, but all the while, inside of us and all around us, change is happening. Slowly, but it's happening. If only we have eyes to see it. Works available for sale through  my online gallery .

 

This latest collection has been one of my favorite to date! For this series, I wanted to play with concentrating the color and moving in larger spaces of white, hence the "White Space" collection title. I've been contemplating a lot lately the big changes that happen within during the white spaces- the times of seeming nothing, the times where life doesn't make sense- it seems to be going nowhere, but all the while, inside of us and all around us, change is happening. Slowly, but it's happening. If only we have eyes to see it. Works available for sale through my online gallery.

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New Blues, Spring 2016

I've released a new series of blues for spring!! It's a new color palette and a new concept for me to make myself stay with one dominant color for a whole series instead of painting the rainbow. Don't worry, I'm already working on other palettes for other series. I haven't mono-chromed this studio just yet :). Cedar approves of all of these pieces