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.