The Bee’s Knees

So do bees have knees?

When I painted this painting, I questioned that over and over in my mind. If they do, they sure are cute ones! A little while back, I created this painting that I titled “The Buzz”:  

Daisies have long been my favorite flower. They find their way in my paintings from time to time, but the inspiration behind this piece was another artist’s work I had found on eBay. Actually, I tried to purchase it for myself and was outbid at the last second. If it were to do over, I’d put a larger bid in there now! 🙂

A good deal of time passed and even though I could no longer see it or see even who created it, I longed to get it out of my soul and onto canvas in a style of my own. I so wish I could remember and if you happen to know, please leave a comment. I know the original one was in oil and was more of an impressionist style, if that helps. I could have had more or less bees and/or flowers, too. 

When I painted my version, it turned out to be very popular on my Facebook page, so I thought I’d go ahead and offer some art print in a limited quantity in the shop here.

Okay, so I had a little fun with creating the listing for the shop, too. I played around with a virtual room to see what the print would look like framed in there. That was so much fun to do!

I’m planning to offer more digital downloads of some of my popular pieces as well. They are so affordable for any budget and it would let more people enjoy the piece. Sharing the joy so to speak. 

xoxo

Rhonda

 

BFFs

I met my best friend in 1984. It was Freshman year of high school and she moved in down the road from me. I lived out in the country and there were only 7 houses on my entire road, so this was significant. We are still best friends to this day. In fact, I sent her a text about my new BFF series of paintings I’ll be doing and she loved the idea.

This one is called “Night Dreaming” and reminds me of all the times we were outside by the light of the moon during heartbreaks and new crushes, sharing secrets of the boys we liked…

Night Dreaming

I’ll be offering this as a print in my etsy shop here

Catching Up and Introduction to Owlabaster…

It takes a while to recover when you buy a new house that is in need of work. At least it does for me. I feel settled in now and I’m loving my new house. I’ve posted lots of pictures of the progress over the past several months. More has been completed but for now, I need a small thing to complete the remaining rooms so I’ll show those over time as the finishing touches come to pass.

In the meantime, I didn’t want to abandon the blog…especially since I have done better about posting since I’ve moved. So, I decided to show you something new I’ve been working on for my shop (one of my shops, anyway). Since we’re talking about my shop, I admit that I have too many different things in it. I have Christmas ornaments, Rustic wedding decor, Shabby/Cottage Chic wedding decor, burlap garden flags and of course Tennessee Vols creations. I hope I’m not confusing customers when they come to my shop with the various types of offerings I have. While they are categorized, I can’t help but feel it may be too many things in one place which complicates the shopping experience. Having repeat customers or referred customers makes me continue the way things are, though, as building a new shop for these items overwhelms me.

One great thing is that I do have my owls separated into a shop all their own. The Owl Barn was opened back in 2009 and I’ve neglected it mostly. I periodically would go list a few things. Some of it would sell and I just wouldn’t list anything else for a long time. Then I thought I needed everything in one place and would list owl items in my other shop. Anyway, it may appear I’ve not had clear thoughts as the best way to do this. Here’s the issue, though…getting people to either shop can be time consuming, so marketing/promoting one shop was really all I could manage. Oh to have an easier way of driving traffic when you are beginning to build something when you are the lone person who is every facet of your business.

I’ve resolved now that I’m going to give my owl shop a lot more focus. Owls are something I love and have been fascinated with since I was little and first saw my Grandparents’ painted ceramic owl with eyes so big that they were mesmerizing. I want that to be where I’m going to enjoy myself. In honor of my new enlightenment, I created this new painting recently and have it listed in The Owl Barn. You can see it by clicking here.  I have him available in 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10:

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I find him intelligent and snazzy. Truth be known, he’s a direct inspiration from my love of The Big Bang Theory. When I posted him on Facebook, one of my childhood friends saw the painting and immediately came up with a great name. Owlabaster Nerdly II. (Thank you Steven Richardson for the most awesomely fitting name!)

Although there are only 4 items in The Owl Barn at the time of this blog post, please check back. Lord willing, it will grow very soon! I create things for it when I have all my orders at a good stopping place for timely completion and shipping.

This post is kind of a rambling one, I guess I had a lot to say without much direction as to how to say it. Maybe It works though. I’m not even going to proofread it, I’m trying this new fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants thing. Let the fun begin! 🙂

xoxoxo,

Rhonda