Charlotte Beaux Arts Show

Beaux ArtsShow

‘Sea Breeze’ © 2017 Pamela Wingard 

What I like most about artists is most of them love to get together to talk about art, materials, inspiration, or struggles with the canvas. 2017 has already brought me the opportunity to collaborate with other artists to sell my work. I’ve met the warmest, most genuine people, whether art lovers or artists, designers, or art buyers.  My latest collaboration is taking place for the second time this year with a talented group of artists. I’m honored to be included. If you are local, please stop by the Charlotte Beaux Arts Show to sip and shop.

My new ‘Beach Days’ collection will be available. Look for a few sneak peeks on Instagram @barefootstudios.

 

 

The internet killed my sketchbook.

Do you have a daily sketching habit? Or carry a sketchbook with you? I used to, back in high school. Well, I didn’t carry one with me, but I sketched all the time. Fast-forward a few years (ok, many years), marriage, house, babies, teenagers, iPad, iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TripAdvisor, Yelp,Netflix, Hulu. Need I say more? Sad, right? Well, just the technology part, the rest I’m thankful for every day.

I quit daily sketching, but I own tons of blank sketchbooks in various sizes and papers because I always think I will use them again, and like art supplies and planners they are fun to buy.

I used to design and sell invitations and stationery products.  This little company was born of my inner ‘back-to-school’ dorky love of school supplies, markers, paper, and any cool organizational tool. If you ever had a Mead Trapper Keeper or owned at least one, or dare I say two of the Classic, Compact, or Monarch Franklin planners, you are ‘my people.’

This love for paper and planning feeds into an annual planning/goal setting session, on paper of course. One of my 2017 goals is to keep a sketchbook again. I considered sharing it on Instagram each day because that’s kind of trendy and creates accountability, but it was too much pressure. So I’m keeping most of to myself for now.

I want to paint a collection of churches or colleges. That involves remembering how to draw. I’m trying to make it part of my daily routine. No eraser. Done in ink. Five, ten minutes or so. Still in my loose style, nothing too tight. Here’s what’s in  my sketchbook today… be gentle, I’m a little rusty.

 

Old school…

I have a new collection releasing soon. February.

Well, that’s my plan. After New Year’s,  I mapped out a general idea of what I might want to paint. I had this vague idea in my mind about my first collection. I made a Pinterest inspiration board, I tried Polyvore. I wrote the story behind the collection. But when I began to paint, the idea fell flat. I couldn’t remember what was in my head, or how I wanted the paintings to look when I was finished.

So I went old-school. I sat on the floor with my sketchbook, a stack of magazines, Washi tape, a glue stick, and a pair of scissors. I cut out images I liked and taped them in my sketchbook. This vision in my head of color schemes, rooms, and ideas came to life. Well, to the page.

Then I printed my Pinterest boards and cut them out and pasted them on the pages, so I could see them in a different way.

Working with my hands was much more calming than pulling my ideas together digitally. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Pinterest. I use it for both inspiration and planning, and the images above are straight from their site.

But I needed the pure tactile act of cutting and pasting. Physically. The rough texture of the sketchbook, the smoothness of the magazines. The sound of the scissors.

Is this something only a maker understands?

Or maybe we all do? That’s why we cook, sew, knit, rearrange furniture, read a real newspaper, or purge our closets in January.

Here’s the result. The color scheme is soft, with lots of green, and a touch of pale yellow, and grey. We’ll see if what shows up on my website in February looks similar. I can’t promise it will, but I had to start somewhere.

Experimenting

'California Love' © 2016 Pamela Wingard

‘California Love’
© 2016 Pamela Wingard

I’ve hoped to spend some time experimenting with some new mediums. I bought these really saturated watercolor type inks and a new pad of Arches watercolor paper. I want to play a little. I also want to paint some churches. Back in September, I went on a trip with my mom. One of our tours included a beautiful drive through a small coastal community. I took pictures of the pretty little churches as we drove through each community. I’d like to paint them, but I need some time and space to experiment with actually creating the style that is in my head.

In the meantime, I’m grateful to be working on a really large commission and some art for licensing that I need to finish soon.

Thanks & Happy Holidays

Thanks so much for taking the time to either subscribe or follow my blog in 2016. My hope in 2017 is to have more in-depth information about each collection as well as a few updates on design and licensed products.

As a thank you to subscribers, please use coupon code THANKS16 in my Etsy shop for 20 percent off through the end of January.

I received a request this week for more print offerings, so  I’ve also uploaded some new work to my Fine Art America site.  It’s a fun way to see art on a variety of products as well as various sized canvas prints. ‘Feeling Peaceful’ was just uploaded there today.

I wish for you a peaceful, joyous holiday.

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‘Feeling Peaceful’  ©Pamela Wingard

New Art Collection. Pink: Subtle Strength

'Belief'

‘Belief’

This new collection  will be released on Monday, November 28.

However, a  selection of these paintings are now available in my Etsy shop to blog and newsletter subscribers on Small Business Saturday.  Use the coupon code FRIENDS16 for a 20 percent discount available until December 1. Here’s the link to the entire NEW COLLECTION.

Thanks for taking the time to be a part of this little community.

It’s unusual for me as they are an eclectic mix of coastal art, florals, and a couple of abstracts. Each piece is very different, maybe not as cohesive as they ‘should’ be for a collection but I like that about them. Some of the pieces are being sold in stores, some online. However, they are all small, and all a little pink.

This is the last of my ‘mini series’ for a few months. After the first of the year, I plan on spending some time ‘painting big’ and exploring some possible new collections.

Here’s the story behind the series:

You may know that I’ve never been much of a pink person. I’m more of a faded blue jeans and white t-shirt kind of girl. No pink bows, no ruffles, rarely anything  shiny, glittery, or lacy.

Then I had boys.

Two boys. Lots of blue. And now FOUR nephews (although I do finally have a cute little niece who doesn’t wear much blue).

I love them with all my heart. But still. Blue painted walls. Navy bedspreads. Grey t-shirts.  Khaki shorts, football jerseys, baseball uniforms.

Blue. Grey. Khaki.  In our house, a little college football garnet. Now a little orange. But never pink.

So a not-so-girly girl starts to wear pink. Bright pink ear buds so no one in my house will ‘borrow’ them. Pale pink ‘champagne glitter’ phone case. Fuchsia iPad cover. Pink running shoes. Blush flats.

And a lot of pink paint. Rose. Salmon. Coral. On canvas.

This series is not about bubblegum pink. Not about that in-your-face ‘it’s a girl’ pink…not that there is anything wrong with that. It’s just not my world.

This is about the subtle use of just a bit of pink. About being feminine and a little girly. About a quiet strength. About being strong without being rough. Yes, ‘girl power’ is great. But I live in a house of boys and they are loud, dirty and sometimes  smelly, but they can also be kind, and thoughtful, and sweet. So, as a ‘boy mom’ I don’t feel the need to feel more empowered than them, or stronger than them, or more entitled than them.  I just want to quietly go about being a girl. A woman. A creative. I like fresh flowers and old silver, and pretty china. I like pretty. And that doesn’t make me weak.

So, yes, now I love pink.