Exploring Simplicity, the foundational piece from the Simplicity Series
I am going to share some of my favorite pieces and the stories behind them! These are the ones I really, really loved creating, and that have struck a cord with you guys. I thought you might enjoy learning a little bit more about what went into the making of each piece.
Creating art that has significance, history and story is a lot of fun and makes the art so much more meaningful. Some pieces take an hour to come together and others will take five weeks - each one is it's own entity and takes coaxing to come to life.
Since you have invited the art into your home (which really makes my day!!!) I thought I'd share a little bit more about them.
This is a fun and story filled kind of blog post, where I’m digging deep into my life, art, experiences and all that goes into creating a piece of art that is special enough to get to hang on your wall. If you’ve ever bought a piece of art from me and want to know where it came from, you'll want to read on!
The Spanish Barb from Montana
Have you seen this piece? Freedom is a sweet, little, bay 3-year-old Spanish Barb and Rocky Mountain Horse cross whom I met on a trip to Montana a few years ago.
She is a FEISTY girl and the first time I learned what being a 'mare' really means in the horse world - I knew the term, but this was the first one of her kind I ever worked with.
She and I had a grand old time riding around Santa Barbara and through the Paradise Valley of Montana. She is a little stunner with a ton of personality and attitude. This little girl now lives in California, and continues to be the source of inspiration for pieces of art. I just love how she turned out in simple black and white's. If you like her, you can pick up your copy of her, here.
Some of you have seen this piece, but did you know how it came to be? To make a long story shorter, I painted it one night when I was having a hard time. I was in one of those places we have all been where I couldn’t quite see the light. So, I picked up the paintbrush and remember thinking “I need to paint my way out of this.” And as I painted, the energy began to shift and I felt how the action of my hands brought calm to my mind and heart.
Have you ever been there? What is your tool you use to shift into a positive state of mind?
This is one of my favorite paintings yet, and I am still torn about whether or not to put it up for sale (probably won't - it's just too special to me). Prints are available! Enjoy. I hope you always find your light in the dark.
I created this piece one of the very first times I fell for someone, (what feels like an eternity ago ;), to show all the love we can feel when truly connected to someone.
Per my family's request, the original isn't for sale. My Dad saw it and immediately said "YOU MAY NOT SELL THAT ONE", I guess he saw something special in it too :)
And so, I have made beautiful, archival-quality prints available here for you to love and have in your home ever since.
This piece was born out of a challenge I set for myself one night. I challenged myself to honestly paint a set of horses with as very few lines as possible. I wanted to see if I could do it... little did I know that this piece would go on to become the foundational piece to an entire series. A series that would sell out in less that 48 hours. What a wild ride!
I had no idea this simple style would be so popular.... I just wanted to try something new and "explore simplicity." How many lines do you count in the piece above total?
Your response and support of my work, especially in reaction to this series, really really warms my heart and helped me grow a lot! You can find prints of this piece here.
I loooved creating this piece. Figuring out how to give a sense of speed and movement with as few lines as possible is always my jam. Less is more, they say? I wholeheartedly agree.
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