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The flowers in this painting represent our dreams, shown in their full color and glory. The flowers (dreams) are dancing around through the turbulence and beauty that we call life.
Here’s wishing that our biggest, boldest, most colorful dreams come true!
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What do middle-school soccer and ‘Threshold of Miracles’ have in common?
Inspiration is everywhere!
The inspiration for this painting was a big bush of white roses planted at a local middle school. The roses were brilliantly lit in the afternoon sun. I noticed them during the half-time break from my son’s soccer game, and couldn’t resist snapping a bunch of photos.
Using my computer, I tried a few combinations of photos until one stood out as the best design. Then I set to work in my studio to make this painting.
This painting is called ‘Threshold of Miracles’. It symbolizes all the amazing things we can do with our lives (and the miracles we can create) when we keep our eyes open.
Wishing you lots of sunshine and miracles in your life!
A couple of years ago, I set about creating a brand new art website (the site you’re on right now). I learned lots, had fun, and am happy with the result. But it took waaaaaaaaay longer than expected.
So that others could learn from my experience, I wrote an article about lessons learned called “Build Your Own Website in 10 Minutes (Not)“. The article is posted on Alyson Stanfield’s art marketing blog, artbizcoach.com blog. Read the article here.
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Do you have any experience with building your own website? If so, we’d love to hear from you – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello art lovers!
You’re invited to my Open Studio solo exhibition. Please join me at my home gallery/studio in Saratoga, California.
Dates: May 19-20, 2018, 11 am – 5 pm
Location: 20830 Boyce Lane, Saratoga, CA 95070
Come visit and say hello! Enjoy browsing through my home gallery and studio, while enjoying nibbles and drinks. Bring your friends and family.
More than twenty new abstract nature paintings will be on display and for purchase – forests, fields, flowers, nests, landscapes and more. Smaller paintings, prints and notecards are also available for purchase.
Plus you’ll see some brand new experimental work that is only available in my studio.
Studio tours will be offered throughout the day.
Seeing art in person is the absolute best way to experience it. Please take this opportunity to visit!
While parents enjoy the art exhibit and studio tour, children’s art projects will be available to keep the young ones busy. Adults can try their hand at painting by picking up a brush and dabbing some oil paints on a community-created abstract masterpiece.
This exhibit is part of Silicon Valley Open Studios; during this same weekend, you can enjoy visiting studios of many other Silicon Valley artists.
Add it to your calendar today. See you then!
P.S. btw, if you’d like a sneak peek at this year’s work before the event, email me at holly@hollyvanhart and let’s make a date.
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Do you believe in fate? Or in creating your own future? Or a bit of both?
“Actions are the seeds of fate. Deeds grow into destiny.” – Harry Truman. Seems he was ‘a bit of both’ kind of guy.
This new painting was inspired by the idea of creating our own destiny . . .
Interested in seeing this painting in person, or purchasing?
Email email@example.com or call 650 646 5590.
Do you like to dream big?
I do! As a die-hard optimist, my art (and life) are inspired by the idea of limitless possibilities.
In ‘How Dreams Are Made’, the flowers represent the colorful opportunities in our lives . . . exciting and bountiful opportunities swirling all around us.
The visual inspiration came during a walk in Saratoga on a windy day. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught some gorgeous yellow flowers getting tossed around by the wind. A quick snap of the camera gave me a photo reference to work with.
Back in the studio, I quickly got to work. I wanted the painting to have a breezy look and lots of movement, like Field of Dreams.
This painting was fun, but it did not come easy! There were many points when I wondered whether it would succeed.
For some strange reason, a lot of my best work comes after those sinking moments of doubt. I think the uncertainty frees me up to make bold decisions.
Speaking of which . . . bold decisions are exactly what we need to chase big dreams. Let’s go for it!!
btw, you might also be interested in this article How do you know when a painting is done? One of the hardest decisions in making a painting is knowing when to stop!
Here’s the story of the inspiration and making of the painting Summer Sparkle –
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