Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Cure for Overwhelm

Rain Rain Go Away © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
6 x 6  oil on board
$100.00 + shipping

I can't help it, I'm thinking ahead to my goals for next year. I know, I know it's not even Christmas yet, but... 
I have to say, even just thinking about my goals gets my undies in a wad (translation: stressed)   Yesterday, I stumbled upon this famous quote, coincidence? I think not. I pass it on to you. Sometimes you have to hear these things over and over until they stick.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step", Lao Tzu

Friday, December 2, 2011

How to Get Un-Stuck

Besties © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8 oil on board
$135.00 + shipping 

As I was walking around Greenwich Village window shopping with one of my 'Besties', I saw these cute little fabric friends sitting on a little couch made out of a french newspaper. If fabric mice could talk I think they would saying "Ah, ain't life grand?" 
Are you not where you want to be; not doing what you want to do; are you busy doing but not doing the things that would make a difference in getting to where you want to go?  So you are stuck, so what now?

Have you ever watched the show What Not to Wear? Well if not, I'll give you a brief synopsis. Stacy and Clinton take a person who is stuck in a clothes time-warp or has a total ineptness for how to dress themselves, give them a few tips and rules and send them out shopping. More times then not, the shopping experience leaves the person feeling very uncomfortable which then leads to some other emotions like frustration, anger or sometimes even sadness. They want to dress better and feel better about themselves but, leaving their known world and entering into the unknown is scary and uncomfortable and then they get stuck. On the episode I saw the other day, Stacy London says to the latest participant " You know you have to go through some discomfort to get to comfortable"
So here's the good part - passing through the uncomfortable part doesn't take long and usually it's actually not that uncomfortable. So the next time you are in stuck mode, focus on what would be more comfortable for you ie: your goal.  Then acknowledge that there will be some type of discomfort and quickly pass through it. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

What Makes a Good Painitng?

Snugly Cuddly and Warm © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
6 x 6 oil on board
$100.00 + shipping
Aren't these adorable little baby moccasin slippers? I really love how these turned out.  A little background info on these: my sister and cousin and I were all flying through a store to find something (not shoes) and out of the corner of my eye I saw these cute little slippers.  We quickly found a blue towel in the home-goods section of the store and propped them up for their photo shoot.  My sister and I worked on the photo shoot as my cousin stood guard for us, in case a store employee got their feathers ruffled. 
I often wonder what makes a good painting: the subject, the colors, the composition, the reference photo, the brush strokes? or is it the joy you have in your heart when you are painting it? hmmmm, what do you think?


Monday, November 14, 2011

Juried Show

Saddled and Well Worn © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
6 x 6 oil on board

I'm so excited to announce (can you hear me squealing?) my above painting was juried into the annual   "6 Inch Squared" exhibition at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA. The show is December 3 - 23.  Okay, bye for now. I am going to go and do my happy dance.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Take My Little Sneaks on a Hop

Little Sneaks © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10 oil on canvas- $170.00

"For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin-real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember time waits for no one."   by Souza

Every now and again I have to reminded of this quote by Souza above. Especially when I get caught up in the thoughts and feelings around the idea I will be happy when I'm selling more art or  when I get my art on-line or when I have 10,000 followers or when I etc etc etc.   You know what I mean Jelly-Bean?

On a different note: join me and some of my fellow artist friends on a  BLOG HOP. This is a group of artists that were brought together by an e-course called Flying Lessons from Artist, Author, & Possibilitarian Kelly Rae Roberts . Please hop on by the below blogs and leave a comment to let the artist know you stopped by.  This is an talented group of artists. You will see all types of art from jewelry to mixed media. Have fun hopping...

Amaranthine Violet:
Beatriz Peñas B.:
Beth Cougler Blom:
Carmen Patti:
Carol Bray:
Christina Fajardo:
Cindy Jones Lantier:
Connie Rawlins :
Dana Brock:
Deborah Velásquez :
Elissa Brown:
Hillary Courson:
Jacquie Williamson:
Jane Paynting:
Janet Forrest:
Jennifer DeVille:
Jill Lambert :
Julie Hamilton:
Kanchan Mahon:
Karen Claverie:
Kari DeSaulnier:
Kathleen Conard :
Kathleen McKinnon:
Kathy May:
Kelley Miller:
Kelly Corso:
Kelly Hoernig:
Kim Hyer:
Kris Lanae Binsfeld:
Lenore Angela:
Linda Barutha:
Lisa Michele Products:
Liza Zeni Baker:
Lynn Richards:
Lori Leissner:
Lori Moon:
Mary Cottingham:
Mary Sterk:
Megan Schmitt:
Melanie Douthit:
Michelle Dwyer:
Michelle Reynolds:
Rachél Payne (Rae):
Rain Hannah:
Rhiannon Connelly:
Ruth-Mary Smith:
Sherry Richert Belul:
Shirley Ann:
Stacey Chadwick
Susan M. Walls-Beverly:
Teresa Cash-Czech:
Tina Carlborg:
Tonya Love:
Ursula Smith:
Zulma Cadena:
Mary Cottingham
Special Thanks to Michelle Reynolds for the use of her artwork(! For more info on classes by Kelly Rae Roberts visit or check out her new Hello Soul. Hello Business. Thanks for hopping with us!

Friday, October 28, 2011

I've Got the Blues

I've Got the Blues © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
14 x 18 oil on canvas
$650.00 + shipping 

I am quite drawn to painting these rubber boots lately. Could it be because we having the worst drought in Texas since 1895. (I think that is when they started keeping records)  Maybe we could all get together, put on our rubber boots and do a rain dance. Are you game?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Monet's Blues

Monet's Blues © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
  24 x 12 Oil on board
$615.00 + shipping 
I stumbled across these blue rubber boots doing something I love to do. I love looking at decorated show homes. I snapped this picture in the mud room of the $2.8 million house. As I was painting this, I got a little worried about not having any complimentary colors in it. I had this terrible little voice saying well you should use this color and you should use that color.  Yes, I know I shouldn't should on myself and I almost succumb to my own evil "should" voice, but then... Then I had this wonderful thought pass through my mind.
Recently I took a little trip to New York city and I was doing something else I love to do. I was gazing at all the wonderful impressionist paintings at the Metropolitian Muesum of Art. As I was viewing one of Monet's water lilly paintings it occured to me it was all done in blues and violets. So I thought, well Monet did it and it looks pretty mavelous; I think I will give it a whirl too.  So here you go -Monet's Blues, I think it turned out pretty good.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Drop the Chalupa

Ginger Goes Boating  © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8  oil on board

Meet Ginger. Ginger is a cute little Chihuahua who lives next door to my sister, on a canal, in the sunshine state of Florida. She is the beloved little dog of Jack and Andy. My sister snapped this pic of Ginger as she not-so-patiently paces on top of the boat while she waits for Jack and Andy to board the boat and fire up the motor. She loves to stand at the stem of the boat as they cruise slowly through the canals on the way to the gulf. She stands proudly, knowing all neighborhood dogs are completely jealous of her. Yes, all the other canal dogs would love to wear a little life preserver and feel the air blowing through their fur. She is tiny, but she is bigger than life. I dare you not to smile!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Where does Strength Come From?

Cool Dude Shoes  © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8  oil on board
 $135.00 + shipping and handling 
"A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is the journey where she will become strong."
Wow this makes you think, doesn't it?  This message popped up on Facebook yesterday and I can't get it out of my mind. It was posted by the mixed media artist Terry Parvan.  
By the way; about a year ago a man sent me an email asking why I never painted men's shoes, couldn't get that out of my mind either. So here is my first pair of men's shoes. Don't want anyone to feel left out. Oh, and the above quote can be applied to men to, don't want to leave you out on that either.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Crayons, Shoes & Shopping

General Patents  © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
12 x 12 oil on board
 $305.00 + shipping and handling
I saw these lovely slingbacks in a store recently.  The stores were buzzing with back-to-school shoppers. It reminded me of when I was a kid and how much I loved going back-to-school shopping. My Mom made most of my clothes, so what we shopped for was new school shoes and my new box of Crayola crayons. Hmmm, shoes and art supplies, that's a kick!

I would get one new pair of shoes in the beginning of each school year. I soooooo loved that. Many times we would be visiting my Mom's home town of New Ulm, Minnesota. We would go shopping in the little downtown of this adorable German city where everyone knew my Grandpa. Grandpa Tony, as we called him, because we couldn't pronounce Steinbach, owned a shoe repair shop. So every shoe store we'd go in, they would say, "Oh, your Tony's Grand-daughter. We love your Grandpa."  It was always such a wonderful experience and a wonderful memory.
 Downtown New Ulm, Minnesota