Friday, August 19, 2011

Which Would You Choose?

Dig 'em  © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
14 x 18 oil on canvas
 $650.00 + shipping and handling 
I paint from photographs I take. I thought it might be fun for you to see some of the photos I took for this painting. Let me know if there is another photo from this group you would like to see me paint. Really, I really mean it.  I'd love to hear from you.

Here's the one I chose.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Boot Cute Booties

Boot Cute Booties © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8  Oil on Board
 $135.00 + shipping and handling 
"Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose". Charles du Bois

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Little Pinkies © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10  Oil on Canvas
 $170.00 + shipping and handling 

I often get the question, why do you paint shoes?  I'm not a huge shoe fanatic, I don't have dozen and dozens of shoes, I do like pretty shoes,, I then began to ask myself; "why do I paint shoes so often?" The short answer is... God told me to, no I did not get visited by angels, however...
The long answer: I can remember painting my first shoe portrait. When I was done, I thought, "WOW that was fun "and other people's reaction's were, "WOW that is a fun subject".  Then I painted shoes again-yep just as fun as the first time and yep got the same reaction from others. It was as though they could feel my excitement through the painting. Each and every time I paint shoes I get such a kick out of it(no pun intended, well maybe). I feel super enthused, happy and the ideas flow so effortlessly. I heard once that enthusiasm is God's joy running through you. This is why I say it was a message from God. The energy I felt was the signal to me that I was hooked up to source.
I often hear people say I don't know what to paint. I would say stop and ask yourself what have you painted that when you get done you feel excited about it, it was easy, you were in a groove and you can't wait to paint again. What do you paint that makes you feel that way? And if your not an Artist, what is it that you do that when your done you can't wait to do it again.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


About Face © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 24  Oil on Canvas
$405.00 + shipping and handling
You know how sometimes when you finish a painting, you get done and you say, "I like it, I really like it." Well, that's how I feel about these little baby Ugg boot paintings. I like the size. I like the colors. I like the reflections. I named it About Face because it looks like these little booties all just whirled around after the Sargent yelled, yep you guessed it, "About Face". Can you just imagine plump little toddlers all in a row with their boots on standing there looking adorable. How cute would that be?  

Monday, August 1, 2011

What Did You Have for Breakfast?

Boot  Buddies © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 24 Oil on Canvas
$405.00 + shipping 

I had a breakfast of little green frogs this morning. No, that is not a french delicacy, but a powerful time management tool. I was listening to the fabulous Artists Helping Artist show on blog talk radio the other day hosted by the super fabulous Artists and marketing gals, Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry. If you haven't listened, give it a whirl.  Dreama mentioned the strategy for getting things done, known as eating your green frogs first. I used this excellent strategy years ago when I ran my design firm, but have gotten away from it in recent years. Silly me!

Eating green frogs refers to the idea of tackling your biggest, hardest, most important item on your to do list first thing when you start your day.  Doing this is helpful on so many levels. 
A) You get the things done. Yeah!
B) You get the monkey (or frog) off your back so you feel lighter and brighter.
C) Since you feel lighter and brighter you will open up your creative faucet, possibly flushing out any artist block you may be experiencing.
D) You can go to sleep at night feeling good about yourself since you have kept a commitment to yourself.      (How often do you break commitments to yourself? Oh, that is for another post.) 
E) When you rinse and repeat over and over you build your self-empowerment muscle.

You may have heard about this practice before and even used it in the past, but have you tried it lately?
This concept originated from personal development guru Brain Tracy