Thursday, May 29, 2014

Secret Garden

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and ink on wood panel | sold




No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth...and yes, I've been crazy-busy! Starting with my Studio Sale both online and in San Diego. Then I participated in the always eventful ArtWalk-- again in San Diego. Followed up with graduations, visitors and just a tad of travel. Sheesh! It feels good to be back in the studio, cleaning up all the mad-clutter and getting ready for a summer of slinging paint. Can't wait!




In the meantime, I painted these little gems right before ArtWalk. They are a bit different for me and they sure got a lot of love at ArtWalk! They are collage on wood with paint and ink on top. Each one is a 2" deep cradled wood panel.



Here's the whole gang. They look really fun all together hanging in my studio!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hurricane Eye

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | sold

When I was a kid I spent hours drawing just eyes. I think you can tell the whole story through the eyes—the window to the soul. 

I know the people in my paintings are a bit….ahem, quirky, but I strive to make the eyes relate-able and very human. The eyes tell the story.

Check out my newly updated website to see more of my paintings. And lots of googly eyes!
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tiny Dancer

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | click here to bid
 
 
So a few weeks ago when I posted a page from my sketchbook (below) and asked for input on which sketch to paint, this one got the most votes. 

I ended up painting five out of the six sketches but this one was certainly the big winner. It’s pretty different from the others; I rarely paint legs and feet—maybe that’s it? Or perhaps it’s the interaction between these two odd little people. Or maybe the ears? Who knows! 

For those of you who cast your vote for this painting, I hope it is everything you imagined it might be. Funny feet and all!
 
 
my sketchbook

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Poetry In Motion

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | click here to bid
 
You had the power all along my dear. –Glinda, the Good Witch
 
 
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Mothership

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | sold



Feeling a bit like The Floating Mothership lately…Offspring #1 is off on his latest adventure in China and Myanmar. Never one to stay put for too long, Zac’s new business card says “Student + Educator in Training. Global Citizen.” 

Child #2 just spent spring break in Portland and says she’ll probably live there one day. In a pink house with a dog and a garden. 

Sigh…here’s what I’ve learned: they always spin back in my direction eventually. In the meantime, Zac and Cam, spread those wings. But don’t forget to orbit back to the Mothership now and again.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Barnyard Thug

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | sold

I've had a busy couple of months and, although you haven't seen much of me or my work on this blog lately, I have been working on some new and exciting projects. 
Fun products with my art on them; like throw pillows, tote bags and wall clocks. Plus I am going to make the paintings from the Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories series available as individual art prints with the stories included on the print--so excited to share these! Stay tuned...

In the meantime, my book, Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories is available as an e-book. Pretty cool!
 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories. The Book! The Movie!


Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories by Brenda York  

Finally...my book is  finished! I think it took longer to put the book together than it took to paint all 60+ Big Little Paintings. 

The book is now available on Blurb. (Yay!) And the movie--that's right, the movie of yours truly talking (and giggling just a little too much) about the paintings and their stories is now showing on You Tube. 

So go get your popcorn. It's sure to be a blockbuster. Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fine-Feathered Love

 6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping


Can't believe that Friday is Valentine's Day. Or, as my son calls it, Singles Awareness Day...

Check out my online gallery for more paintings like this. Enjoy!



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day Couples

 Whisper | Controlled Substance | Au Fait
12x12" each | acrylic, collage and charcoal on canvas | $450 each | $1200 for all three


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These three Couples belong together so I'm offering a special pricing in time for Valentine's Day. I love the way they look hanging together in my studio...love is in the air!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

As The Crow Flies

 6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping


Pesky birds and zany botanicals are a couple of my favorite things to paint. They come right after pesky people and zany beasties, of course. There's a hidden heart in this one in case you need a one-of-a-kind token of love for your Valentine.

Check out my online gallery for more paintings like this. Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Neck Of The Woods

 6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

SOLD

Number 14. Landscape-check. Texture-check. Home, structures, forest-check, check and check! Having fun-CHECK! By the way, I have hidden hearts in these landscape paintings. For your Valentine, of course.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Earthly Delights

 6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping


OK, time for a reality check. It's looking more like a 20 in 30 day challenge right now. And I'm OK with that. Really. 

These little "points of departure" have really triggered my excitement to do some BIG-A** paintings--they've been a great way to explore new themes, techniques and materials. But I've been focused on small pieces for a year and now it's time to go big! I'll be painting for a fall show and some new pieces for my galleries--stay tuned. In the meantime, I've got a few more of these little guys up my sleeve.

I did this painting along with three others on the same day (I should get extra credit, right?) Anyway, I really like the way they all look together. Here they are in my studio getting some last minute "love".





Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bird In Hand

 6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping


A tad bit behind on my 30 in 30 Day Challenge, oh well! I gave myself permission to be horizontal on the sofa most of yesterday and today trying to not get the cold that is trying like hell to take up residence in my lungs and sinuses. Luckily, this piece was painted before my nose started pretending it was a faucet...I hope you enjoy! Ok, back to the sofa for me...



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Here Kitty, Kitty

 6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

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Number 11. Working the list: beasties-check. Texture-check. And white...well, a teeny check. I think I need to revise my list.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Home Bodies

6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic and collage on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

 
Day 10. Oops! I'm a little behind...somedays life just gets in the way. More to come...

Would you like to see all my available Daily Paintings? Hop on over to my DPW Gallery. And enjoy!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Flight Delay

6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

 
Day 9. OK, this painting feels more like the direction I want to be going. I think it is the random and loose treatment of the color application. Kinda like coloring outside the lines...I also am really liking the red line work. Of course, I like almost anything red. As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Good Times Charlie

 65/8 x4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping


Day 8: from my R&D list:
hats-check!
beasties-check!
new directions-check, check, check!

Loving your suggestions and input. Keep 'em coming!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tea And Sympathy

 4 5/8 x 6 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

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Loose paint + expressive line = Day 7. Can you tell I'm having fun?


 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gaspar Was Bubble Struck

4 5/8 x 6 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

 
Ok, day six=fun with lines and loose paint that allows the under painting colors to show through. Can't wait to turn some of these in to big-a** paintings! 
 
 
To see all of my available Daily Paintings hop on over to my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lost. And Found.

6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

 
Another day...another painting. Day 5= new color palette. Loving those greens and oranges together!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Moon Dance

 6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

sold
 
Day four of my 30 paintings in 30 days. Here's a partial list of some of the things I'm exploring during this month--they are pretty random but all ideas that have been floating around in my mind but I never seem to have the time to actually give them a whirl. That's why I'm loving this challenge--it's like permission to play. Enjoy and please let me know your thoughts on my new directions!

The R&D list as of today:
-landscapes
-cityscapes, structures
-home
-beasties
-white
-texture
-hats
-forest




Saturday, January 4, 2014

Percy Answers The Call Of The Wild

 4 5/8 x 6 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

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On my long list of experiments for my 30 Days of R&D are both my interpretation of landscapes and whimsical beasties. Check. And check. Lots more where this came from...


Friday, January 3, 2014

Moonchild Gets An Earful

 4 5/8 x 6 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

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Day two of my "30 in 30" challenge (30 paintings in 30 days). Trying out all kinds of new ideas that I've been wanting to work on for a long time. Like I said yesterday--these paintings are my "30 Points Of Departure". New beginnings for a New Year! Would love to hear your thoughts!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sprouts And Shoots

 4 5/8 x 6 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping




Greetings and Happy 2014! I always look forward to a fresh start and this year I have so many new ideas to experiment with that I was very happy to commit to do a “30 in 30” (30 paintings in 30 days) challenge with about 400 other artists for the month of January. Artist, Leslie Saeta hosts this challenge on her blog and I thought it might be a good kick in the pants to start off the New Year.



Here’s my plan: I am using this challenge as 30 days of experimentation; 30 days of R&D. All the ideas and concepts, all the new materials, new subjects and styles that I’ve wanted to try out but haven’t had time to play with are coming off the back burner and onto my easel.



Each day in January I will post a new piece—all acrylic on paper, with a white mat and backing in a poly sleeve (like in the photo below). The image size is approx. 4 5/8 x 6 5/8” and the mat is 8x10”. They will be priced at $125 with free US shipping.

 8x10" white archival mat



Most of all, I hope that you will leave feedback in the comments—I really appreciate hearing from my followers and collectors. Your feedback will help me decide which pieces will become large paintings in the upcoming months.



I’m considering these paintings as “30 Points of Departure”—a place to begin in 2014. Thanks for coming along with me!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

My Gift To You

On The Twelfth Day of Christmas...

Cat Lady print | 8x10"

Crapshoot print | 8x10"

My gift to you is a free print for signing up to receive my studio updates and news.




These are so new that I haven’t even posted them online yet! I’m very excited to share a couple of my favorites from the BIG LITTLE PAINTINGS | SHORT LITTLE STORIES series with my wonderful blog readers and feisty Facebook friends.



To get one of these prints for free, just sign up to receive my studio newsletter and updates on my website. After you sign up I will email a pdf of one of these prints (let me know if you have a preference). And then all you do is print it out on a heavy card stock paper. Frame it or tape it to the wall or leave it out with the cookies for Santa. 
I hope it will bring you a little whimsy and a lot of joy! Merry, merry from me to you!