I hate sketching with a pencil. I blame bad art teachers, being a perfectionist (I want it right the first time I do it), and being sensitive to what others think. But give me a paintbrush and oil paint and I jump right in there and sketch away. The thing with oil paint is you can move it around, get it right. Or if not, it's easy to cover up later.
So, back to drawing with a pencil. I'm getting pretty tired of that hang-up. I feel like it's holding me back. What's an artist to do then? I'm so glad you asked! :) I have decided to challenge myself to do 30 sketches in 30 days, starting today! If you're interested in following along, you can find me at: ceciliabramhallart on Instagram and Cecilia Bramhall Art on facebook. Here's the one I did for today. Let me know what you think!
"You can't do that". "It's not done that way". "That's the stupidest thing I've ever seen, heard, (fill in the blank)". "It's not possible..."
We've all heard those words at one time or another in our lives - sometimes it was spoken in a demeaning way, other times it was well-intentioned nevertheless the words were wounding.
I've been asking for a bigger than me dream; a God-sized dream. That means something far beyond what I can even begin to imagine or have the know-how to do. I want my art to reflect those dreams, to push the boundaries of what I know - to dream impossible dreams - fantasy art is one way I express those dreams. I seek to make possible the impossible. To dream big. Go beyond limitations. To use my God-given imagination to push past the mundane.
Will you dare to dream the impossible too?
We're So Ready for Fall
How has your summer been? We're still hot here in Texas. I'm so ready for Fall to get here! I've been busy painting, getting ready for a couple of shows in the Fall.
The first one I'll be at is Comic Con in Tyler, TX, November 2-3. I will have plenty of unicorns plus magical landscapes both in paintings and prints. The second one is The Market: (The Market is a one-day holiday shopping event showcasing local artisans and their handmade, homemade, unique and vintage items. It will be open to the public Saturday, November 23, from 10am-3pm at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, Texas. Admission is $3 per person. (children under 10 are free) Shop Local), Both are at the Harvey Convention Center.
I'm pretty excited about being at these shows. I'll have the opportunity to showcase my "fusion of reality with fantasy" art.
In other news, we are getting settled in after the move, getting boxes unpacked and things put away. I guess when you live somewhere for 26 years, it just takes awhile to go through things, decide what to keep and what to get rid of. I like living in a smaller house though. And I absolutely love my studio! What a great place to have. Finally, a space with good lighting!
If you haven't done so lately, check out our gallery.
Hope you are staying cool or have cooler temperatures to enjoy! I can't wait for Fall!
Until the next time,
The time has come for us to finally move the farm full-time. I'm so very excited as this is where my studio is located - no more dark bedroom to paint in! I'm grateful for that bedroom as I've had smaller spaces or even had to pick everything up from the table so we could eat supper but it's going to be wonderful to have a light-filled, large space dedicated to my art.
So that means, I'm busy purging and packing. So much stuff - where did it all come from? LOL. I'm trying to still paint some each day but some days I feel the need to keep packing. Did I mention I'm excited? I am!! It's a dream come true for my husband and I.
Stay tuned - more on the move will be coming soon along with a studio tour!
Tin Roof Studio - Look at those big windows!
My latest painting in progress!
My newest painting is "Carried", depicting the tender scene of a shepherd carrying a black lamb.
Limited edition Giclee prints of this painting are now available with only 100 made. Each is printed on archival paper for beautiful long lasting prints. Size is 8x10", numbered and signed. This would make a wonderful and special gift!
Recently I went to Asheville, NC to an artist workshop called Mastermind. It is part of the Matt Tommey Mentoring Group -Created to Thrive - I belong to. It was incredible. We got to discuss art, the business of doing art, heard some great speakers - Mark DeJesus (author of Exposing The Rejection Mindset) and Shae Bynes (author of Grace Over Grind). Just wow. And the connections made with other artists who want to thrive was priceless.
One of the things I walked away with was a new direction for my art. I've been wondering for awhile what direction I should take. I feel Fantasy and Whimsical Art is where my passion lies. I've loved unicorns, dragons, and fairies for as long as I can remember. They are rich in symbolism and spark the imagination. Take the unicorn for instance: it symbolizes infinite possibilities, pursuit of dreams, gentleness yet power, purity, overcoming, and hope to name a few.
So, I am changing direction. My paintings will be to capture the magical wonder of creation through the use of fantasy and realism and daring you to dream.
Last weekend I was in Asheville, NC for Gathering of Artisans (GOA). It was incredible. To be with over 200 creatives was so inspiring. I discovered who my tribe is and let me tell you, knowing that is life filling!
I made new artist friends, learned different painting techniques, created a journal for fun, and heard great messages on who God created me to be - an artist. We are not some second rate class but instead vital to the world. We create and reflect beauty to the world. Can you imagine a world with no art? Pretty dull, if you ask me.
So this week, I've been pondering and absorbing all I've learned. I'm excited to press into my art business. My heart is singing with the joy of creating. I can't wait to go back next year!
some of my previous Fall pieces
It finally feels like Fall here in Texas. We've had some really good rains and this week, our first cool front came in, dropping temperatures into the 70's. I know that doesn't sound like much to some of you, but to us after a Summer of 100 degree days, it's heaven!
All of which inspires me to be outside gathering inspiration for my art - I absolutely love Fall and everything about it - the colors, sights, smells and tastes. There's no telling what I'll find to paint; the possibilities seem endless in our mild Autumn weather.
I will be throwing open the windows to the studio to bring the fresh air inside while I'm painting. It's a wonderful time of year for me.
I am also going to be going to Gathering of Artisans tomorrow.. I will be in the beautiful Asheville, NC area. Workshops, worship of our Creator, and meeting other artists...what could be better? I'm really looking forward to it.
Hello and welcome to Cecilia Bramhall Art at the Tin Roof Studio. I am so thrilled you are here. I will be sharing my artwork and thoughts about creating here.
Today I'm in the studio working on a couple of paintings. I am working on a series called "A Father's Love", exploring what that looks like. I finished the first one "Dancing with Daddy" and I'm now working on the second one.
I'm also working on several Christmas projects - a commission for wooden ornaments. The client wanted something to give her family something that honored her dad who was a mailman so I am doing a mailbox with their last names on it. Pretty cool!
On top of that, I've painted several animals with Santa hats and Santa Clauses as well. I'll be sending them to the printers soon to have Christmas cards made so be looking for them in the shop. (Coming soon!)
You can see the images in the header.
Again,I'm so glad you dropped by. Welcome to Cecilia Bramhall Art at the Tin Roof Studio!