Yippee! 10 AM: ABSTRACT HARBOR COLLECTION

Yippee! The new collection is here. The site goes live at 10 am edt. I sure hope this works…having faith in technology here….and in my ability to use technology correctly, which is probably why I’m a little nervous.

Here’s a preview. Click on the image to link to my little SHOP.

Abstract Harbor Collection © Pamela Wingard

Abstract Harbor Collection
© Pamela Wingard

TOMORROW….NEW COASTAL ABSTRACTS.

IMG_6113Tomorrow I FINALLY release my Abstract Harbor Collection. I wrote about this series in a previous BLOG POST and am happy to say that it is finished and will be up in my SHOP tomorrow morning at 10 am.  If you want a little preview of these new paintings take a look HERE.

If all goes well, and I think (hope) it will, my little shop will be live for newsletter subscribers and blog readers and then available to the public.

I’ve had a great time painting this series of abstracts and I really love them because it’s the first series I’ve done, the are inspired by the coast, and they’re mostly various shades of blue. I might just have to keep one or two just because they make me happy.

The collection includes a variety of sizes, from little 8 x 8s to larger 20 x 24s. They are all painted on gallery wrapped canvas with sides painted either black or white. They are wired and ready to hang….or will be by tomorrow morning.:)

 

Just a peek…

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Do you think it’s better to name paintings after a place or based upon other criteria, such as ‘Morning Light’ or ‘My Boat’?

An artist friend said she likes to name her paintings like OPI nail polishes. You know..Starter Wife, Vamp, Hottie, and I’m Not Really a Waitress. No kidding. I looked them up on the internet.

The paintings in my last series were named Folly Day, Kiawah Day, Edisto Day…even my three left-brained family members told me those names were boring. I guess by the time I get to the naming part I’m ready to move on. Look for more interesting names on my paintings in the future. They’ve shamed me into spending more time on making them more meaningful. It could be fun.

Say you found a painting you fell in love with named Hilton Head Day, but you’ve never been there. Would you lose interest? Does it matter you have no personal connection to the place? Does it need to touch your heart? For me, I guess it does. What do you think?

As much as I like to paint…

…honestly, I’d rather be AT the beach than PAINT it. Which is exactly where I’ve been instead of painting, and I hope you have been too!

That means I’ve had lots of inspiration for this coastal abstract series. It also means that it won’t be finished until late summer, rather than in July as I had planned.

I’m rested, relaxed, and have no excuses…15 new paintings that I’m really loving. All that fresh air and salt water therapy is just pouring on the canvas. I can’t wait to show you!

There’s this place..

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There’s this special place. This coastal town I’ve been visiting every year for over 15 years. The first summer I went there my younger son was just over a year old and my older son was about to start Kindergarten. It’s a long drive by yourself with two small kids. Six hours. There are many closer beaches. But my friend Kim invited me and my two boys to stay at her parent’s house with her three kids. Thank you, Pat & Bud.

So, I packed up my beach toys, the stroller, diapers, sunscreen, along with a bunch of other necessary ‘stuff.’I stuck a CD in the player and drove. The first four and half hours were fine. By hour five I was shoving Skittles in my toddler’s mouth to keep him from screaming while the five-year-old slept.  (Don’t judge – I never would have done that with my first).

We made it there. And we LOVED it. And we went back. Every year.

Kim and I happily made sandwiches and dragged all five kids to the beach along with the wagon full of beach toys. At the end of each day, we made kiddie food for dinner, put the babies to bed, and broke out the wine and crab cakes. And tuna, and crab legs, and clams, and shrimp too.

We spent a couple of days on the beach. On the third we packed up our coolers and our sandwiches and went to this cute little coastal town. It became a routine. Every year.

Those days we always took a trip on the pirate ship, complete with eye patches and plastic swords from the General Store. Ice cream. Swimming in the sound. Lots of laughing…and arguing (the kids, not us)…and laughing.

The kids are now teenagers and they still show up. Whoever can get there between summer sports and part-time jobs. Now they drive jet skis and we have to share our seafood – and next year most likely our Coronas too.

Nowadays we shop, take the ferry over to the sound to swim. Sometimes we sit on a restaurant dock and enjoy the view of the Intracoastal, eating fried okra, pimento cheese and maybe drinking a ‘pain killer.’

We talk for hours, dream, plan, laugh, cry, and keep each other inspired.

So, the little town. It’s sophisticated. Great shops. Excellent restaurants, breathtaking water views. Boat rides.

This place is special. It’s become such a part of us. Its beauty is quaint, yet sophisticated, quiet, yet bustling.

This new series is inspired by that special place.

Love. Friendship. Family, Growing older. Growing up. Lots of changes, yet the beauty of the sound, the sea, the Caribbean blue water stays the same.

Do you have a place like that?  Someplace that has your heart? I have a few, but this one? This one is special.

 

The next series. A special place.

 

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PW-Abstract-Bay-3I’m working on a new series of coastal abstracts. They’ll be in my shop mid-summer.

I hope to base the palette and style on a painting  I love.

These images are the direction I’m headed.  They’re looser and more abstract than I usually paint and I had so much fun with them. I like the palette and the lines added in pastel. So I’m hoping to create a whole series using similar colors or maybe even more pale greens and blues. We’ll see.

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Look for the story behind them in an upcoming post. It starts with this special vacation spot. The resulting abstract series will look nothing like this picture, yet be inspired by the beauty there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Downloadable Print of ‘Abstract Bay’

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‘Abstract Bay’

 

I’ve spent some time the last few weeks cleaning up my website, online shop, and working on the ‘business’ side of my art business. The goal is to get a lot of the computer work done so that I can spend a lot more time PAINTING this summer.

We’ll see how that goes…years ago I used to be a project manager for an HR/Payroll company. I converted new customers over to our system, installed and customized their software. I wasn’t a programmer, but I can manipulate a template and am one of those people who actually spend (waste) time color coding my Outlook calendar. I can spend all day organizing, making lists, and tweaking my website navigation. Ok, sometimes that’s good…however…it’s an easy way to get distracted too.

Today, that distraction was learning to create a DOWNLOADABLE PRINT and make it available when you subscribe to my newsletter. I did it once before but had forgotten exactly how I did it, so I had to re-learn the process. It’s not that hard, it was actually kind of fun, but wasn’t what exactly what I was planning on doing today….

Anyway, if you go the menu bar at the top of the page and sign up for my (almost) weekly newsletter, you’ll receive a FREE downloadable print of ‘Abstract Bay.’  You’ll receive blog updates, news from my studio and my new art collections.

The image prints nicely on your home computer (I tried it) and you can either mat it or trim to fit into a standard 8 x 10 frame. Kinda cool, huh?

Now let me know if this doesn’t actually work…

Here’s the link to sign up.

Pottery Barn

I will be at Pottery Barn in South Park mall on Saturday from 12-4 with some new small paintings. The amazingly talented group there made this table look beautiful in a few swift motions, took a couple of gorgeous photos, and are gift wrapping my art for Mother’s Day! 

A day at the beach…

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“Kiawah Day” 8 x 8 x 1.5 Mixed Media on Canvas © 2016 Pam Wingard