Saturday, December 5, 2015

Your Art as Your Voice and Your Mirror

New post on Muddy Colors today - Your Art as Your Voice and Your Mirror. If you get a chance, have a read and let me know what you think. There are several questions there for anyone who'd like to take a retrospective/introspective type quiz (for your own personal use). Hope you find it useful.

Here's the link: MuddyColors - Your Art as Your Voice and Your Mirror

Friday, November 27, 2015

new painting - Ava

Ava, oil on gessoed masonite, 5x7"
New painting - Ava, oil on gessoed masonite, 5x7".  Posted on EveryDayOriginal.com this morning.
Ava dreams of taking flight amidst the winds of change.

(this painting is sold)
detail of Ava, oil on gessoed masonite

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

One Fantastic Week

 Yesterday, I was a guest on the One Fantastic Week podcast, and it's now posted on their site.
If you'd like to have a look/listen, you can watch the recording here:
http://www.onefantasticweek.com/one-fantastic-week-ep-99-vanessa-lemen/
It was a great discussion.  Thanks to hosts Pete Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Muddy Colors post - The Power of Art

the Rothko room at Tate Modern
Posted a new article up on the Muddy Colors blog - The Power of Art.
A bit about Mark Rothko, Simon Schama's The Power of Art, and contemplation inspired by feeling crammed, cluttered, and tired. Ha.
If you get a chance, have a read and let me know your thoughts.
Here's the link:
Muddy Colors - The Power of Art

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sirens

Sirens, oil on board, 22x28"
This is one of my paintings that I showed at IlluxCon.  Sirens, oil on board, 22x28".
I worked on it up until the day I shipped it to the show, which always requires extra special care in the packing to ship, but it made it there safely and all was okay.
Also, it sold there too.  woot!
I sold two others, which I'll post soon as well.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

another sketch in the kells sketchbook - find the marvel

...another sketch in my book of kells sketchbook - acrylic, some graphite, and some sanding and scraping.  The words on the left page are from the text on the book page showing through (with a small tweak). It reads "find the marvel". (9x6")

Monday, October 19, 2015

a couple new small paintings

acrylic on book page, 6.5x10.5" (sold)
 Here are a couple new small acrylic paintings - "Bloom" and "Hana Twins" - painted on book pages.  Both will be available at IlluxCon this week, along with many other paintings!
(Both have now been sold on EveryDayOriginal)

acrylic on book page, 8x10.5" (sold)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

a face in ink wash

ink wash on yupo paper
..Another one for Inktober - more sketching, mark-making and experimenting - making faces with ink washes on yupo paper.  12x16"

Muddy Colors post - The Importance of Getting Out

I recently posted another article on Muddy Colors (and I forgot to post about it here).  Here is the link to go have a look at it there in the MC blog: The Importance of Getting Out

Saturday, October 3, 2015

another sketch in the kells sketchbook - doubt and ingenuity

acrylic on book pages, 6x9"
...another one with multiple faces! - a painting sketch in my book of kells sketchbook - acrylic on book pages. The words on the left page are from the text on the book page showing through. It reads “with any doubt that appears, the more combinations of ingenuity”. (9x6”)

Friday, October 2, 2015

ink wash faces

faces - ink wash, 10x12"
Some ink wash faces for Inktober.
10x12" on yupo paper

There are a bunch of faces here, and possibly even some I haven't seen yet! - haha.. How many faces can you find??

(this ink wash drawing is sold)

Monday, September 28, 2015

new painting - Soku

Soku, oil on board, 4x4"
new painting - Soku - oil on board, 4x4"
Soku is a guardian who dwells in the Big Sky.

Posted on EveryDayOriginal.com
(this painting is sold)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

new painting - The Harvest Whisperer

The Harvest Whisperer - oil on board, 9x12"
The Harvest Whisperer, 9x12", oil on board - recent painting I did for an upcoming show called Descent at Marcas Gallery.  Opening reception is October 3rd 2015, 8-11pm, and the show runs til November 1st.  Painting is available through the gallery.

(this painting is sold)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Muddy Colors post - A Spontaneous and Responsive Process



 New post (my first!) on Muddy Colors today

A Spontaneous and Responsive Process
(click above to go to the Muddy Colors blog)

It's an addition/explanation to my short video I posted yesterday, with a bit about how spontaneity and being in tune pretty much go hand in hand, just as art and life do. Check it out when you get a chance. Thanks!

Friday, September 11, 2015

a video progression of Veno

video
Here is a short video of the progression of my painting, Veno, with an excerpt from an Alan Watts lecture that I thought seemed quite fitting.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

new painting - Riinu



New painting - Riinu - 5x7", acrylic on book page
Riinu conjures the Autumn spirit of transformation and inner preparation in the process of renewal.
Posted and available on EveryDayOriginal.com

(this painting is sold)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

new painting - Sivara

..new painting - Sivara, oil on canvas, 10x10"

This was painted for the Perfect 10 show at La Bodega Gallery in San Diego, CA.
Reception is Saturday August 8th, 2015, and the show runs til August 18th.

(this painting sold at the Every Day Original booth at IlluxCon Oct 2015)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

new painting - Volta

Volta - New painting posted and available on EveryDayOriginal.com. Mixed media (acrylic and oil) on wood, 7" round.
(this painting is sold)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Another sketch in my book of kells sketchbook - believe beyond what appears to be..

Another sketch in the book of kells sketchbook.  Acrylic, graphite, spatula, sanding, scraping, painting, drawing.. 2 pages = 6x9".  The words on the left page are from the book page showing through from underneath.  They read: "Doubt differs from heaviness...believe beyond what appears to be".

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Another sketch in my book of kells sketchbook - heralded by an echo

Here is another 2-page sketch in my book of kells sketchbook.  Acrylic, graphite, spatula, and a lot of sanding on this one.  The words on the left page are from text showing through on the book page underneath.  It reads "heralded by an echo" ..(6x9")

Monday, July 6, 2015

another sketch in my book of kells sketchbook - bodies with wings..

...another sketch in my book of kells sketchbook - acrylic on book pages, and some sanding, scraping, and spatula too. The words on the left page are from the text on the book page showing through. It reads “the bodies with wings changed into humans”. (9x6”)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

a couple of recent paintings on EveryDayOriginal.com

Kara, oil on board
Kara - 6x16″ framed (art is 3.75x13.5″)
Kara is love in the ether.  She lifts us up and protects us when we need it…
graphite and oil on board
(this painting is sold)


Sylvia, oil on board
Sylvia - 5x7"
Inspired by the wind in the trees, the colors of the sky and the light through the branches.
oil on board
(this painting is sold)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ruya - new painting

Ruya - oil on board, 11x14"
New painting - Ruya - oil on board, 11x14". She's off to a good new home, but I have to admit it's tough to see her go.  There was quite a bit of magic going on when I was painting her...

(this painting is sold)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Eva - small 5x7 painting

Posted this painting - Eva - on EveryDayOriginal.com a couple of days ago.  5x7" mixed media (oil over layers of acrylic and glazes) on board.

(this painting is sold)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Live Painting - in the booth at WonderCon


A couple weeks ago, we (Rev Art Academy), had a booth at WonderCon.  I did this painting on the Saturday of the con in the booth.
It was a fun convention, smaller scale than ComicCon.  We met some new people, saw good friends, a lot of cool stuff and awesome cosplay.. and had fun painting.  All around good time.

(this painting is sold)

Friday, April 10, 2015

another sketch in my book of kells sketchbook - fully colored merge...

acrylic and graphite on book pages - 9x6"
...another sketch in my book of kells sketchbook - acrylic, some graphite, and some sanding, scraping, and spatula too. The words on the left page are from the text on the book page showing through. It reads “intimately and simultaneously fall into a fully coloured merge”. (9x6”)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lenora - small 4x4" painting

Lenora - mixed media (acrylic, then oil) on board, 4x4"
Posted this very small painting (4x4") - Lenora - on EveryDayOriginal.com. Happy to say that it sold that same morning. There is a lot of build-up of layers of texture in acrylic and thick layers of glazes in between each texture layer. The face/top layer is in oil. It's fun to see in person because the layering creates a neat depth that is otherwise very difficult to photograph.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

faces in the trees - another sketch in the book of kells sketchbook

..another painting sketch in the book of Kells sketchbook. There are lots of faces in the trees... 6x9" acrylic and ballpoint pen on book pages.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Face of Venus

Face of Venus, oil/mixed media on board, 11x14"
 ..recently finished this painting - Face of Venus - mixed media (oil on acrylic/collage), 11x14". The painting will be included in an all women art exhibition titled Venus at La Bodega Gallery. The opening is this Saturday March 7th, and the show runs til March 17th - See the flier for more info about the show and reception.

this painting is sold

Friday, February 27, 2015

new painting - Helen - oil on board

Helen, oil on board
 ..new painting - Helen, oil on board, 6x16"
This painting is small and really long/tall/skinny.  I included a detail of the head area to show the looseness of the painting - the fun stuff!  :)  The painting is available on EveryDayOriginal.com .  -this painting is sold-
Helen, oil on board - detail on left, full painting on right

Thursday, February 26, 2015

another sketch in my book of Kells sketchbook

acrylic sketch in my book of Kells sketchbook
..another sketch in my book of Kells sketchbook. I started the sketch on the right side first, and the look of how the crows are shaped around the head reminded me a bit of Klimt's “Mermaids” painting.. so the left side was added later as sort of an homage to that painting. This is acrylic, with a little bit of graphite – and some sanding and scraping too. The words on the left page are from the text on the book page showing through, which reads “the head appears in various guises”. (9x6”)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

a couple new sketches from the book of Kells sketchbook

 here are a couple new acrylic sketches in the book of Kells sketchbook.  Both are acrylic and a bit of graphite, 4x6" on book page.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Palette Knife Painting Demo

oil on canvas, 11x14"
A palette knife portrait painting demo in oil, at the studio. ..always super fun to do palette knife painting!