Thursday, November 6, 2014

I've Moved


Announcement! My blog has a new home!  I have a new bright and shiny website with the blog built right into it. The move of my website corresponded to the move of my home and studio.  I'm a little fascinated with that.  I think the universe was letting me know it was time for a fresh start for my home and my art.

Please hop on over to my new blog for my latest paintings.  Please subscribe while your there. Click one of the links below to see my blog's new home.  Seeing you over there will make me really happy.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Broadcasting Live


Broadcasting Live © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
24 x 24 Oil on Canvas
$1000.00
I'm always on the lookout for flowers where ever I go,  I was so excited to find these berry red Stargazers.  They had the incredible fragrance of the white Stargazer that you normally see and had this beautiful bright bold red color.  I was pretty tickled that I could literally match the actual colors with my oil paints. I almost titled the painting The Bold and The Beautiful. But my imagination had something else in mind.

When I look at the painting I imagine the flowers are all in a choir broadcasting their voices nice and loud.  But the little guy in the lower right is younger then the others in the bunch.  He's like the little brother and he has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  He just can't focus and is busy gawking out the window while the others our practicing diligently for their upcoming concert.  Go with me here...











Tuesday, October 1, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days Summary


It's done!  30 Paintings in 30 Days, an art challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta. 'That-there' is a lot of painting hours, you'all. It was fun to put this collage together. It really gave me a sense of accomplishment. That is one of my favorite feelings in the world….accomplishment. On the other end of the spectrum, not following through on a commitment is one of my least favorite feelings. So Yay!  (I am missing a  few paintings, they didn't fit in the collage and the designer in me didn't want to mess up my design).

What an interesting adventure it has been. I experimented with different subject matters and that was fun. I also experimented with how I approached the painting process.  My typical process is to mix a few of the main colors of the piece, taking extra time to make sure I have the color just right. I feel this helps speed up my process of painting and I can focus on the strokes. A couple times I thought I would forgo that part of my process.  Not good.  It didn't work for me so I went back to my old process. Another part of my process is I focus on one area at a time moving from left to right across the canvas. Tried different ways to do this and the same conclusion, I still like the way I was doing it.  I've developed my processes over time and I found they work for me. This concentrated painting marathon help solidify that for me.

At the start I thought I would write about my interaction with my friendly neighborhood commitment phobic gremlins. They were there indeed. But, I did manage to post most everyday. I did discover that my fear of  commitment is not because I can't commit, it is because I am so committed when I do commit.  Make sense? So then those little commitment phobic gremlins get all excited because they knew I would stop listening to them and boy does that make them vocal.  Yes they did chatter the entire time, "you tired today, why don't you stop", "no one cares if you finish so why do you?"…..on and on they went. Oh, and then they would try reverse psychology…."look at Leslie Saete she's painting everyday", "she's remodeling a beach house" and "she's teaching classes" and on and on they would go about that. Even yesterday they were fierce, "you don't feel good. You should take care of yourself and get some rest".  I really did want to finish and I think the biggest reason was because I didn't want to let myself down. There is a whole other post I could write about what it does to your sense of well being and self-esteem when you don't keep promises to yourself. I know there will be some other discoveries after a little time has passed. Those haven't come into focus yet.

Another little surprise benefit to the challenge was interacting with people online.  Painting paintings is a solitary endeavor and even though I enjoy solitude I also enjoy people.  I received such sweet support and so many kind compliments on my blog and on Facebook.  I could really feel them all cheering me on. This interaction made it, oh, so much more fun and it helped me cross the finish line. Thank you all. It made such a huge difference.

So I loved the feeling of accomplishment and there are other things in my life that didn't get done.  One of the reasons I did partake in the challenge was because I wanted to kick start my painting and that it did, but my life got kind of unbalanced.  So my next road of discovery will be to figure how to produce paintings at a regular clip and still keep my life in balance.  I know there is a way. Stay tuned...






Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 30 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Dainty © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8 Oil on board
$135.00

It's the very last day of the challenge, Woohoo!  Someone asked me yesterday how do you come up with all your ideas.  Good question.  That feels like a challenge with-in the challenge.  I wanted to paint something really dynamic for the last day, but my little noggin was a little tired.  So a simple bud vase with some tiny-weeny flowers was the pick of the day.  It was interesting learning about myself during this process, gosh at my age you would think I would know everything about me all ready.  I'm going to sleep on that and follow up with what it was like working with my commitment phobic gremlins next time.  Because like I said, my noggin hurts.



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


The Pepper Perspective © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
5 x 7 Oil on board
$100.00

About the Painting
As you may or may not know, I usually paint flowers or critters and in the past -shoes. This challenge has caused me to branch out into different subjects.   I have to say I enjoyed the exploring of vegetables.  I think this pepper portrait would go fabulously with the corn portrait I did a little while back and then I could throw in the garlic with it.  Whatcha think?













Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day 28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

PoppyLand © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 Oil on board
$170.00

About the Painting
These are Monet's Poppies, really.  In June, my Sister took a trip to Paris and went to Monet's garden at Giverny.  Lucky Girl! She took some wonderful photos of his home and gardens. I based this painting of one of my favorites from her album.  It is always so interesting to think about how Monet planted his garden so that he would have endless subjects to paint. Going to Paris and Giverny is definitely on my bucket list.  







Friday, September 27, 2013

Day 27 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

In the Pink © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 Oil on board
$170.00


About the Painting
Well, the Snap Dragons are back. I think part of the reason I fell in love with these at the store is the wonderful association these flowers have for me.  I can still remember when my Mom told me their magical name - the Snap Dragon.  As a girl I had a very active imagination filled with fairies and brownies. So when I heard the name Snap Dragon, I immediately saw a magical dragon come alive in the pretty little flower.  And then, when my Mom showed me how if you pinched the flowers it looked like they were opening their mouths.  Great name, great memory, but I have to admit today as I was painting the flowers I really wondered why I choose such a challenging flower to paint. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.  No, I am glutton free!











Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day 26 - 30 Painting in 30 Days


Snap Dragon Du Jour © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
11 x 14 Oil on board
$350.00

About the Painting
I spied these Snap Dragons at my local grocery store and just had to buy them. Just thought they were fabulous. Then when I got home I spied this wonderful antique dish sitting on my shelf in the kitchen and Viola'.  As a warning, I will let you know you will see these dragons again.
I'm going to cut this short today because my Honey is taking me out for a birthday dinner.











Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Day 25 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Bag-onias © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 Oil on board
$170.00

About the Painting
It's day 25, nearly 85% of the way there, wahoo!  This painting of begonias in a bag come out my flowers I have growing in pots on my patio.  Even though it's 'hotter then Hades' and drier than the Sahara right now in Texas, these tough little flowers are still going strong even into the fall.  See below a shot of my painting assistant striking a pose with the Begonias.  What a little ham.





Monday, September 23, 2013

Day 23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Perfect Duo © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
6 x 6 Oil on board
$100.00

About the Painting
When I think of fall, I think of the gorgeous weather I had while growing up in Wisconsin at this time of year.  I think of the cool temps and  beautiful  fall colors. One can only dream…….cool temps don't really happen much in Texas.  With that said, this morning's temperature was really quite beautiful for Texas. So, out I went for my morning stroll. As I was walking, I was thinking what will I paint for my next 30 in 30.  I want to paint something that isn't quite as complex as the ear of corn that I just completed.  Then I happened upon these cute little acorns. (No they didn't drop on my head.) Ask a question- get an answer. Neat how that happens. 



Sunday, September 22, 2013

Day 22 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


A-maiz-ing © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10 Oil on board
$170.00

About the Painting
I have to say this was not a wise choice for the 30 Day Painting Challenge, what was I thinking?  I could have worked on those kernels forever.  I finally had to say stop, put down the brush.  I'm done already. Hence no posting yesterday.  I'm not going to get down on myself for that because even though I didn't post; I was painting.  That counts, right? RIGHT! 











Friday, September 20, 2013

Day 20 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Single Stem © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10 Oil on board
$170.00


About the Painting
I love how flowers are such a work of art.  After I stare at the delicate face of a flower for many many hours, I am really amazed at the creativity of the Creator. They are so beautiful, so unique, so interesting and they smell pretty, too. Just image the third day of creation and God wanted to decorate our earth with beautiful living things. One moment rock and dirt and the next moment lush green foliage with the accent of yellow, orange, red and pink and purple.  Could you have come up with flowers if flowers had never existed.  It's hard to image our earth without these ornaments.

Gremlin Report
It's been several days since I given a report and I bet you're really wondering how it's going.  LOL
Well it's been interesting.  There have been several days when I'm just seriously tired.  Believe it or not it is tiring to be so focused so many days in a row.  My husband really gives me a hard time when I say that, but it is true, for me anyway.  Sooo... yesterday I was tired and when it was time to paint  I felt like was a little girl and my Mother was telling me to go clean my room.  Today was a new day and that feeling was gone, thank goodness.
(Why a Gremlin report?, I am tracking how my commitment phobic gremlins behave or mis-behave during this 30 day painting challenge.)








Thursday, September 19, 2013

Day 19 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


For Garlic's Sake © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
6 x 6 Oil on board
$100.00

About the Painting
I painted this one and I thought it would look so good in someone's kitchen along with another painting I did last year called Purple Pungence.  How's that for a subtle hint?   Or I could be less subtle and say "buy this along with it's mate Purple Pungence".  











Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day 18 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Out of the Blue © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
6 x 6 Oil on board
$100.00


About the Painting

I love these little Sunflowers that grow on the side of the road near my house. After I plucked them, I was scratching  my head of what to put with them to make a nice composition. It's funny how when something is right in front of your nose and you never see it. This little blue vase sits in my studio and is usually filled with some of my paint brushes.  It felt like a little gift when I finally saw it. I thought great, the blue would set the yellow off really nice and it would be easy to paint. NOT!  I was right that it set off the yellow though. One out of two isn't bad.  









Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dat 17 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


New Yorkie  © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 Oil on board
$170.00


About the Painting
You know those days when the painting just flys off the brush, the mixing of the colors is easy and you're in the flow?  Well, I was not with this painting. It was a struggle the whole time, ugh.  If I wasn't doing 30 paintings in 30 days challenge I would have stopped and picked it up another day.  You know how you should wait a day between using weights to let your muscles recover, that's how I feel.  But I made the commitment and I'm on day 17 for Pete's sake so I just couldn't quit.  I carried on, it's not my favorite painting though :(









Monday, September 16, 2013

Day 16 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Charlie the Boxer  © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 Oil on board
$170.00

About the Painting
Can you say puppy dog eyes?  I often get asked what I like painting the most.  I really think it has to be critters. It's almost like they talk to me while I paint them.  I sometimes think who wants a painting of a dog or a cat, I then I think when I'm buying birthday cards or get well cards I am attracted to the animal cards first. I'm mean who can resist that little expression and those eyes.  Can you?



                                                                                                                                         









Sunday, September 15, 2013

Day 15 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Lobo  © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
14 x 11 Oil on board
NFS

About the Painting
This handsome fella's name is Lobo.  He belongs to my good friends who live in a converted church and are huge animal lovers.  Lobo is the lone dog living with seven kitties (I think that is the number). Brave dog!  I was kind of intimidated to paint this because of his tongue, just wasn't sure I could get it to look right.  Now that I finished I think it is one of my favorite parts of this painting.  


                                                                                                                                   

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Day 14 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Blond Chick  © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8 Oil on board
$135.00

About the Painting
This is the pal of the chicken I painted last time.  They hang out at Señor Buddy's. Señor Buddy's is a corner convenience store in southwest Austin which happens to have drinks, great food, live music, gasoline and two friendly chickens to greet you. Isn't that a riot?  The little blond chick would feel so left out if I didn't paint her.  So today is her day.  When I asked her why the blond chicken crossed the road-she quickly retorted, "To go shopping of course!" Silly question.



                                                                                                                                         







Thursday, September 12, 2013

Day 12 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days



Who You Callin' Chicken  © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8 Oil on board
$135.00
I had lots of fun with this one.  Who knew chickens were so fun to paint!  Why is it when I look at chickens I just want to laugh. Do you? But when you look close (as I did for several hours) they really are quite beautiful.  The colors of their feathers are quite fantastic. You find such outstanding color combinations in nature. Someone sure knew what they were doing.


Gremlin report

(Why a Gremlin report?, I am tracking how my commitment phobic gremlins behave or mis-behave during this 30 day painting challenge.)


Okay the rascals are getting restless.  They really feel like they are squirming around.  They almost sound like little kids in the back of the car asking relentlessly "are we there yet? are we there yet? when will be there?  I 'm tired, can we stop?"  So I decided to do to them what my Mother used to do me when I was getting impatient; I distracted them. I tackled a very different subject today.  It was kind of fascinating; they did settle down.  But I think I all ready hear them complaining about tomorrow. I may need to find a different solution.  Hmmmm...