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How to Make an Artist Smile?

I just finished another vinyl record painting for my show next month at the Sierra Club here in Albuquerque. I made a shortened time lapse video for it, started about half way through. Once again, the music is an original composition by my husband, Aaron M. Lewis. I have 3 more to finish by the end of July. The new records won’t be available for purchase until the show, but you can see more of my record paintings on my WEBSITE.

I am gearing up for a Summer Art Clearance Sale this week. I’m putting up special pages on my website for the sale and there is only one way you can get that special link. Go to my website, www.PaulaManningLewis.com, and sign up on my email list. The sale will run through the rest of the Summer, but sign up now! There will be original paintings, prints, coloring books, art pillows and dolls. I’m clearing out the studio to make room for new work. I don’t have enough storage space to keep everything. Everything on sale will be 50% off!

This past Saturday was the reception for my mural painting at Sandy and Jeff’s house. Not a lot of people showed up, but one couple has told me they want a mural at their house too. That was just enough to make me smile! Hoping to get started on that one after I get everything done for the August show. Once it cools off a little! Stay tuned for more on that! 🙂

Finishing Up a Few Things

Before and current photos of "Believe in Love", 16 x 16" oil on canvas

Before and current photos of “Go with the Flow”, 16 x 16″ oil on canvas

Still working on “finishing” up a few paintings that I thought were done. Due to a recent critique, I decided to rework or actually, work more on a few of the paintings in my portfolio. The one I’m working on today (“Go with the Flow”) really needed it, I was never really sure it was done. It wasn’t. I’m putting another layer into the background, basically hundreds of little circles. I used to put much more detail into my backgrounds, I think I may return to some of that. I enjoy painting them, all that little detail work is a GREAT meditation!

Before and current photos of "Believe in Love", 16 x 16" oil on canvas

Before and current photos of “Believe in Love”, 16 x 16″ oil on canvas

The other painting I worked on last Friday (“Believe in Love”). This one needed all over shading/blending work. It was originally painted during a live music show at a local brewery, so it never really had that “finished” look. I’ve always loved the idea, but I think it’s better with an extra hour or two. I’m still not sure if it’s completely complete yet. What do you think? I do believe I will be revisiting this theme of heart flower petals in the near future.

One of my goals for the current year is to get back to blogging at least twice a week. After blogging for over 12 years, it can be difficult to come up with new, exciting ideas for blog posts. Do you have any suggestions? Is there an idea for a series of blogs that you wouldn’t mind sharing with me? I like to blog in series, makes it easier to come up with new material for some reason. Is there something about the life of an artist that you are curious about? I am going to keep with the theme of “the life of a New Mexican artist”, but there are a lot of places I can go with that. I want to blog about things that are of interest to YOU, my readers! How to videos? Video blogs? More painting time lapses? Photos of my travels? Please feel free to suggest, I’m all ears! 🙂

Reworking my Portfolio

Before and after I reworked "Generous, Kind, Hearts, Shine", 18 x 18" original oil painting

Before and after I reworked “Generous, Kind, Hearts, Shine”, 18 x 18″ original oil painting

It is so good to be back in the studio after the holidays! I do what I love and love what I do, so it can be difficult to take time off. Honestly, I have to force myself. My biggest hope for the world is that everyone could do what they love for a living!

Last month I received a critique on my art portfolio from a gallery owner that I have always admired. She is an artist too, which in my eyes means she is twice as qualified to give a critique. At first, I was a little hurt, which I guess is normal. I have never had a completely honest critique of my work. I don’t have an art degree, I am a mostly self-taught artist. Honest feedback is one of the things I feel I really missed out on with an art degree.

Once I got over the initial shock of getting an honest critique, I started thinking about what she said and realized she was absolutely right about most of what she had to say. The other 20% was personal opinion and things I will never change because they are what my art style is about.

This week being my first full week back in the studio, I’ve started working on one of the paintings that needed improvement. I’m sharing the before and after with you here to get some more feedback! 😉 I’m amazed at the difference a couple of hours made! What do YOU think? Thank you in advance for any and all comments, they are very welcome.

 

Title Suggestions?

Untitled (for now), 16 x 16" oil on canvas, FINISHED!

Untitled (for now), 16 x 16″ oil on canvas, FINISHED!

Another painting finished! With each new painting, it gets more difficult to come up with titles. I don’t like to leave paintings untitled, so I’m open to any and all suggestions!

I’ve finally figured out a set up for making videos of my paintings. I’m hoping to post some painting videos VERY soon! Still tweaking the set up to make sure I get the best angle while I paint. Not easy considering I move around quite a bit when I paint. I plan to post a video for my next painting, stay tuned!

My 2015 Bio/Artist statement

One of my least favorite tasks when it’s time to revamp my site and shop is to write a new Biography/Artist Statement. I’ve written plenty of them over the years, but it never gets easier to write about myself in third person! I just finished the first draft of my new Bio and I am going to share it with you all here for one BIG reason. Can I ask you all a favor? Will you PLEASE read over this bio and give me some feedback? Not all nicey nice feedback, but REAL no holds barred feedback. Please, let me know what you think? Is the grammar correct? Do any of the sentences sound redundant? Is there a better way to say what I’m saying? Be honest! Thank you in advance for your help and without further ado, here it is!

Paula Manning-Lewis has been a professional artist since the young age of 21. Paula first decided to pursue a career as an artist because she wanted to be able to stay home with her kids. Now that her three sons are grown, she has more time to devote to her favorite past time.

Being creative is her passion. Whether she’s painting on canvas, vinyl records, or recycling old beat up guitars, making drawings for her next coloring book, creating designs for fine art needlepoint or creating functional pieces in fabric on a sewing machine, she lives to be creative. Art is her purpose, spreading love, joy and peace is her goal and living her dream of making a living with her art is nonnegotiable. Art isn’t only something she does it is a spiritual expression from the deepest part of her soul. The art Paula creates is inspired by her Divine Source through daily meditation. Her connection to Spirit is highly important to her process. She is constantly aware of her intuition and enjoys trying out new forms of creative expression.

In addition to her visual and functional art, Paula is a singer in the group, Sunlight, with her husband, Aaron Lewis. Together, they also own Chroma Studios, an Albuquerque business and community where musicians and artists rent private studio spaces in a professional working environment. One of their biggest joys in this business is to encourage and mentor other artists and musicians to follow their dreams.