Month: September 2011

Change

Life is always changing. I feel like a phoenix rising from the ashes…
Ready to embark on a new adventure.
Almost a year ago I made a pretty big move. I thought a lot about me would change but it really has not. I did some much needed healing, formed a few new healthy habits that I aim to keep and solidified who I really am and what I want out of life. Or at least what I want to feel like. I’m truly open for change because I know I always have a permanent home in Minnesota that I actually dream of being able to live a sustainable life at some day, as well as family and friends that love me for me. There is always room to grow and change and even if everything we work so hard at attaining is wiped away, we can rebuild. Re-invent ourselves. If we stayed the same our whole lives we might as well not be alive at all.

Abstract Oil Painting

Oil painting is something I have dreamed of doing for many years. I am so thankful I can dig into it now. It feels as though a lot of my other art is CRAFT but painting is definitely real ART. Painting is a challenge – especially oil painting – because it is harder to deal with the paint and chemicals than one would think. I just dug in and taught myself…. figured it out by DOING (and getting paint all over!). It will a be a never-ending process of learning how the paint moves and “see” more clearly what I want my paintings to look like and get my brushes and knives to make it come to life. I’m starting with abstract paintings and will move on to more visualized paintings some day.

This painting I finished last night. I started it a couple weeks ago by painting the canvas black. Then I cut masking tape into thin strips and stuck them on… painted.. and peeled them up when I was done. It was so FUN to see the painting change even after I was done pushing the paint around. I found out that I am very good at making BROWN! And that a dark maroon red mixed with manganese blue instantly looks black. My favorite part of this painting is where the orange has some blue on it. What’s your favorite part?
Abstract Oil Painting

Abstract Oil Painting Abstract Oil Painting

This painting actually is on its 3rd transformation. The first photo is the first rendition, the 2nd one can be seen in the corner of the photo at the bottom of this post because I didn’t actually take a photo of it by itself – I didn’t like it enough at that stage! – but that was good because it motivated me to make it what you see here in the 2nd photo. Much more abstract and wild. I can’t say that is is finished yet but I am going to wait for it to be mostly dry to add more and finally sign it.
Oil Painting     Abstract Oil Painting

The small square one here is the only one that is complete. Although I have not signed it yet either. I’m thinking I should sign my paintings with my Z rather than my given name. More “Me”.
Oil Painting

Art Advertising on Etsy – September 2011

I wrote this up and posted it on the forum of an Etsy team that I just joined called Indie Designers. I like it so I decided to cross-post it here to my own blog.

Hello! 😉 My name is Ginger and I make LOTS of different kinds of art… I can never really stick to just one medium or I would get burnt out on it. Whenever I sell at local art shows I see that each person likes something different so a variety really is the way to go! I have all of what I make in my one etsy shop. Here are some of the different kinds of things I love to make…

*Wool Sculptures* Something I got into just a year ago and really enjoy. I do the best with free-form art .. I get the material in my hands and it just magically transforms into something by the end!
Snowman & Alexander the Owl

*Photography* A long time passion of mine. I’ve got lots of print-worthy photos, only some listed on Etsy so far. I shoot all of my own product photography and have done it for other people and companies too. I’ve done portrait sessions with families and even a couple weddings. I have a Canon DSLR camera that goes with me everywhere.
Butterfly Print & Sunflower Print

*Hand-cut Vintage Hollow Books* Everyone has a different idea of what should be kept in a hollow book! I love making them — especially hunting out cool, vintage hard cover books at thrift/antique stores and garage sales and doing the finishing touches of adding decorative paper and paint.
Vintage Secret Stash Box Hollow Book – Orchestration & Vintage Secret Stash Box Hollow Book – Pet Sematary by Stephen King

*Copper sculptures* My brother got me started in the shop working with a mapp gas torch back in 2003. My favorite thing to make are roses! I do make other kinds of incense burners, fishermen decorations, orchid pots, flower pot decorations like butterflies, dragonflies, mayflies.. etc.
Copper Metal Rose Sculpture & Copper Metal Rose Bud Incense Cone Holder

*Fresh Incense* Aromatherapy is a wonderful thing. I have some repeat customers that swear by my scents and that makes me very happy. I get to burn it in my studio all the time too. I’m low on supplies for now but will be re-doing my incense line this fall/winter.
Sap & Moss Incense Sticks

*Cold Process Soap* My aunt who is also a multi-medium artist taught me how to make homemade soap this winter! I will forever keep making it because the thought of going back to store-bought soap is terrifying!
Oatmeal, Bees Wax & Orange Soap & Blackberry Sage Soap

I make the ONLY “vampire bite” wool scarves on Etsy! (So far.. I guess..) Which I am going to be making a lot more of because people really seem to like them. I make other scarves out of wool and sometimes silk, too.
Vampire Bite Handmade Wool Scarf

Thank you so much for inviting me to this team and taking the time to look over my creations. I really love Etsy and all of the wonderful fellow artists and art lovers that I have come in contact with!
XOXO – Ginger // virtualdistortion.etsy.com