Last Monday was a pretty busy morning and I had to use a tiny bit of space in my home 😉. *All these pieces will be available at @artpalmbeachfair (Jan.16-20. West Palm Beach, FLORIDA) at booth 430 with @mjlabergegallery.
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Je monte le chauffage au max dans mon atelier et je me rappelle toutes ces vues d’océan et cette nature visitée afin de vous créer des œuvres qui sauront vous inspirer vous aussi! ✨ *toutes les œuvres sur cette photo sont déjà vendues.
Before I got into my super colorful art phase, I have my black and white phase. These darker pieces are very symbolic for me. The black background symbolizes the time in my life I was in a bad place with my autoimmune diseases. I felt alone. Without horses my world just just this dark emptiness. So I painted these guys 😁!! Their grey coats symbolize freedom to me. My freedom from my body I felt was trapped in and the freedom I feel when riding. I longed to get on my white unicorn pony and feel his three beat canter. I replayed it in my head over and over, usually in slow motion so I could savor the feeling. But going back to this painting, I also see a bit of hope in their eyes. My hope to one day ride again and maybe even show (hence the show horse on the left)! Three years after painting these two pieces, I competed on my unicorn I like to call Mr. Pony Cakes 🍰 ! Now these paintings emanate strength and courage to me ❤️ 2018 was a wonderful year for me and though I’m not riding right now due to a little flare, I still like wearing my riding boots, even in my art photo shoots 😜 If you see something different in these paintings than I see, tell what they mean to you down in the comments! What symbolism do YOU see? .
Photography by @polaisdrawing
Close up of a biggie I’m working on....
I know it’s going to change. I was trying so hard to follow a composition of a mini painting I’d done, and it was stealing all the joy from the process for me. It felt tight and closed and lifeless. Then my friend - who will be receiving the painting - told me not to follow the little painting. Just follow my intuition. When she said it, it literally felt like she removed clamps from my shoulders and lifted an anvil from my chest.
It was a weird and curious reaction for me to observe. I’ve never been so alert to what NOT following my intuitive flow meant to my process.
Here’s to learning what’s important to us as artists and humans in this world. 🥂
Nearly done with Quigley - I just need to add a few details and a little more contrast. Wish you could see all the colors it takes to make a white dog look white! http://commission.dinakowalcreative.com
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Sketch approvals are a great way to be sure the artist and the client are on the same page. The pose, the layout, the background can be visualized and finalized before painting begins 😊
In the early 1990s, as I was winding up a few years of therapy, my wonderful therapist asked to see some of Jerry’s paintings. She’d heard me describe them and said she had a neighbor who was looking for some original art, so I brought her a selection of images (way pre-internet). It was, it turned out, a ruse. She wanted to consider them for herself, and ended up commissioning this — Ruby on the Ocean —for her dining room.
At the time, his studio was a section of our living/dining room, in the #nycapartment we shared with our two little kids and beagle, Jake. 20 years later, I visited her and the painting was still beautiful, perfect in her space 💜 #thatwasthenthisisnow#contemporarypainting#artcollectors#contemporaryart#interiordesign#homedecor#abstractart#abstractlandscape#commissionedart
Well this is for my most patient customer. Long time in coming. And this will teach me not to say, “oh yeah I can make that” quite so quickly. LOL. But at the end of the day... I did finish it. I am quite satisfied with it. Learned a lot. Always working to improve my skill. Will be proud for this baby to live with its new mama! #stainedglass#whewitsdone#sold#commissionedart#clearglass#glassart