THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE

This_Beautiful_Life_Lesley_GraingerTHIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE  |  16X20 original on paper  |  SOLD HERE

HELLO! Yes I’m still here! I know it’s been such a long time and I should have shared more but it’s been a crazy busy time for me and my family. I opened my online shop in early January and I’ve been focusing on that quite a bit. We’ve also been busy with my daughter graduating High School. There was so much going on, I had to juggle a lot of stuff. She graduated June 19th and then we surprised her with a ticket to England for a month with her best friend. We have a lot of family in England so thankfully they have places to stay.

So I wanted to share a long overdue update of my business. In 2010 I started licensing my children’s art on multiple products. I love creating art for kids! I was blessed with some wonderful opportunities and connected with some fantastic people.

‘Behind the scenes’ I was painting abstract for my personal enjoyment. Something just for me that I wasn’t selling or sharing. Painting is a spiritual thing for me, helps me to really look deep into myself and push my creativity and intuition. The more I painted the more I felt the need to share my work. So I began sharing on social media and over time realized this is what I truly love doing. So I took a leap of faith and launched my online shop selling original art. Since it opened in January, I’ve been so blessed with people liking and purchasing my original work. I will continue to create children’s art, surface pattern and illustration because I love that too. But somehow I needed to be able to do ‘all of it’. In the beginning I thought I had to choose between one or the other, but that’s the amazing thing about being an artist, having the ability to create whatever the imagination has to offer!

I have a lot of great things happening that I will share more about later. I will be teaching an abstract painting class in September at the Saddleback Ex Creatis Art Studio. Details to follow soon.

I do a lot more updates on my Instagram, you can follow me HERE. 

LAGUNA DREAMS

This is my favorite spot in Laguna Beach, it has such fantastic waves there’s no swimming allowed. The day I took this picture was cold and windy, well as cold as California gets, 60 degrees!! The beach always inspires me, I’m doing an abstract series on water. I’ve posted a few on my INSTAGRAM. If you follow me on IG, I’m doing a special every friday, #lovemyabstractart. I think everyone have should have original art, so every friday I sell an original at a low price. Only available on IG, look for it tomorrow. Here is the one from last week…

LAGUNA DREAMS – 11×14 on paper

Hello again!

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Wow it’s been a while since I posted on my blog. Sorry about that! Just been busy with stuff. Surtex is just around the corner, I’m seeing lots of posts for people that are going. I will miss it but it’s kind of a relief because then I can focus on the other things I have going on. If you are going to Surtex and would like me to post your ad on my blog, send it to me and I will be happy to post. lesley@lesleygrainger.com

So what’s been going on with me… So much, first of all my daughter is graduating high school. I really can’t believe it! It’s gone way too fast. She’s going to community college and then transferring, to be honest it’s the smart way to do it these days. I could give you 50 reasons why! She wants to go into the medical field. Who knew! We made an offer on a house, it’s a short sale and taking way too long. It’s also a fixer, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’ll be posting pictures of the re-model, if we get it. I’ve been working a lot on my shop, that was a learning process, but I’m really glad I did it. I love having my own little shop. Lots of other little things going on but that would make my post way too long. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m doing a print GIVEAWAY. Announcing the winner tomorrow so go enter HERE. I’m also doing 20% off originals in my shop, use the code: sold at checkout. Have a great day!

Painting Everyday

I paint everyday, whether it’s brush strokes and colors in my sketchbook or painting on canvas. It’s my absolute passion and makes me feel happy, I never get tired of painting. It’s important to keep the flow and working those art muscles. I find my sketchbook is the most free because I’m not thinking too much, I just let it happen from my soul. Painting relaxes me, it takes me to a place that gives me peace and calms my mind and thoughts. It’s like everything that was swirling in my head before just goes away in that moment I begin to paint. Don’t you just want to go paint something now :)

Saddleback Art Exhibition

My art exhibition at Saddleback Church was so amazing, I wanted to share pictures of the installation but I didn’t have time to actually get any shots. The whole process took three night with lot of awesome people from Ex Creatis volunteering their time. The first few pictures are of the final day of installation from my sweet friend Karen who thankfully did get some shots.

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This is the opening night, it was so amazing to see everyone enjoying my work. I got some wonderful feedback and questions.

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Thank you to the EX CREATIS Team

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This is Jason Leith, he helped me organize the whole show. He is an amazing artist with a huge heart for the Lord. He uses his artistic talents to help the homeless, you can read more about him on his website SACRED STREETS.

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My Husband Iain, my daughter Lily and my son Ethan with me at the show.

Thank you to Karen Shattler Photography for the photographs. Karen’s Facebook Page.

BIG SPRING SALE

March is my birthday month and I appreciate my followers so much I wanted to celebrate by doing a BIG spring SALE. The sale starts March 1st and finishes March 31st.

Being An Artist

One of the most interesting things about being an artist is that you can create anything you want to. I started with licensing my art on children’s products now I’m selling original art in my online shop and licensing it with great companies. It’s such an exciting and rewarding career. I literally never stop thinking about what I want to create and there is not enough hours in the day. There are so many options for being an artist these days for people starting out. From Interior Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, Web Design, Painting, Licensing, Fashion Design, Illustrator, the list goes on. When I decided to become a full time artist I never knew where it would take me or even how I was going to do it. I just knew that is was what I was suppose to do. Everyone’s journey is different and unique, there is no exact way to go about it, just follow your heart and it will flow from there. It’s never too late to start, I finished my art degree in my late 20’s and didn’t really start my career until my 30’s.

The above painting is a recent one, sold in my shop. Click on the image to view more details.

Saddleback Church Art Exhibition

Saddleback Exhibition

Excited to share with you my first art exhibition. This has been on my to do list of for a long time and it’s finally happening! I’ve been preparing for this for the last couple of years. I have been going to Saddleback Church for 16 years, they recently opened an art gallery in the main worship center. It’s so beautiful, I feel so very blessed and thankful to have such an awesome church that embraces Art.

You can find the show information here. It is presented by Ex Creatis Arts Initiative. I will be exhibiting a series of abstract paintings that I hope will bring joy to your senses and speak deep into your soul through the language of color.

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Ex Creatis is a community-focused arts initiative within Saddleback Church. This is a center for artists to come together and serve, using our individual creative talents to speak as a collective group and spark imagination, connection, and illumination. The regular happenings in Ex Creatis include Thursday night Studio Collective, art exhibitions and installations, and community engagement through art.

I will post pictures of the show in March.

 

The English Room

 

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A great big THANK YOU to Holly Hollingsworth Phillips at The English Room for the lovely post about my work. So excited to be featured on her amazing blog. You can read the feature HERE.

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a residential interior designer and co-owner of The English Room, which is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Holly’s style is elegant, eclectic and colorful. She has completed homes all over the east coast that have ranged from the super modern to very traditional while keeping it true to her style. She loves overseeing the design process from beginning to end. The best part is when your clients really trust you and set you free to do what you do best. Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work. According to Holly, “Color makes people happy!” She loves the mixing the tradition of the past with the modern style of the future.

Reflecting 2014

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End of a the year is a great time to reflect and look back at what we’ve accomplished, but also look forward to what dreams and plans are ahead. 2014 was a year of growth and growing pains. I’m thankful for what I’ve learned and accomplished but now I’m looking to what lies ahead and the plans I have to 2015. I’m excited to plan my goals for the next year. I love this verse, it will be at the top of my ‘to do’ list for 2015 “God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

Share a dream or plan you have for 2015? One of mine is to have my first art exhibition, that will be in March. Very excited about that, I will share more later.

Happy New Year blog friends, I wish you much joy and happiness for 2015, I hope all your wildest dreams come true!!

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Flying Faith

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Hi Everyone!! It’s been a while!! So happy to be posting again.

So I’ve been very busy building my new website and shop with a whole new look. I’ve been thinking and praying for a long time on where I want to be with my business. So I took a huge step of faith and decided to launch my own online shop selling what I love. In the past, you’ve mostly seen my children’s art but I have been painting abstracts for years, so I decided to offer them. ‘Flying Faith’ is first painting I did for the shop, and there’s a little story behind it…

I’ve been licensing my artwork for 5+ years but wanted to start sharing my abstracts because I truly love to paint. The painting was the first one for my shop so I called it ‘Step of Faith’. I paint in my garage because it has great light, I painted the first couple of layers and then let them dry, I returned to the garage and there was a hummingbird hovering right in front of the painting. I thought it was symbolic confirmation, so I changed the name to ‘Flying Faith’. This piece is a reflection of what happens when we step out in faith and the things we imagined comes into fruition. Just wanted to share that with you.

My shop will be launching very soon, like next week I hope. Just have to finalize everything. Have a happy Friday!!

Under Construction

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My website and blog are being re-done. I can’t wait to share it with you. Should be ready in just a few weeks!

News

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Recently I’ve been busy with a project I have been working on and planning for months. It is something I have wanted to do for years and now I’m stepping out in faith to open my own online shop. I have an etsy shop but this will replace that with lots more goodies. I will tell you more about it soon. But here is a sneak peak to what will be coming. Have a great week!