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

Surtex 2015: Tammie Bennett

Tammie and I met last year at Surtex, it was her first time. She has a fun and whimsical style, you can read more on her website here. She will be there again this year, pop and say HELLO for me at her booth #532. Best of luck Tammie, hope to see you next year!!

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.

HAND LETTERING DAY 4 – Jeremiah 29:11

The gallery opening night was so amazing, thank you to everyone who was able to make it. I will be posting some pictures once I have them. It was such a busy night I didn’t have time to take any so I have a good friend that did.

Lots going on this week, just finished creating a new fabric collection for Riley Blake. Working on a surface pattern project and of course some painting in between.

HAND LETTERING DAY 3 – Be You

Here is my hand lettering for today, I wanted to do something with free brush strokes, this feels more like me.

What does it mean to BE YOU?

I think about this all the time, more with my art than anything else. I find the less I think about what I’m doing and let it flow naturally, the better my work. Sometimes, I’m not in that zone, so I have to step back and think about relaxing and letting my voice flow thru my work.

Last night we started hanging my art show, I had about 12 artist friends giving their time and helping me. I was so blessed by their giving hearts to take time out of their day to help me. Let me tell you, hanging a show is not easy, we are working on it again tonight. I will post some pictures hopefully tomorrow of the process.

Have a great Wednesday and BE YOU, everyone else is taken!!

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.

Hand Lettering Day 1

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I’m going to start posting hand lettering, inspired by the amazing Lisa Congdon and her 365 Days of hand lettering  project I won’t be doing it everyday, because I don’t have time, but I will be doing 2-3 times a week. My lettering will be inspirational quotes, mostly scripture. Hope you enjoy. I will also be adding these to my print shop soon.

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.