Another Amazon giveaway! Enter for a chance to win this art pendant:
Entry Deadline: Mar 2, 2017 11:59 PM PST
Entry Deadline: Mar 2, 2017 11:59 PM PST
Do you have a painter in your life and you need the perfect artist gifts for an upcoming birthday? Maybe you’re madly in love with a painter and you need something unique and special to give them for Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner? (hint: Husband of mine, you’d better be reading this.) Perhaps you were thinking of buying them art supplies and you aren’t sure what they need or already have, but you still want something that would suit them and their passion?
Look no further! I have FIVE fantastic artist gifts for you to chose from that are all personally approved by me: A painter, who would totally appreciate and love any or all of these awesome artist gifts. Best part? They all fall under $30 and most of them include free Prime Shipping which, if you don’t have Prime already, you may want to consider the free trial. If you know me personally, you’re probably aware that I’m a huge of fan of the program because of how frequently I’m ordering art supplies and it’s saved me huge amounts in shipping expenses over the years. The free two day shipping is so sweet for a working artist who often needs specialty supplies fast. If you’re anything like me you’ll, try Amazon Prime and never look back.
I know what you’re thinking… socks? Really! Socks, yes! Everyone needs and uses them. I love that these artsy socks are woven and what better way to display some of the world’s most famous famous paintings than on your feet? The links above are for women’s sizes. A set in men’s sizes with slightly different designs can be found here.
Simple and on point. This shirt makes a great gift for guys that are truly dedicated to their craft. It’s also a fantastic tee that wives can conveniently borrow when needing a nice, comfy sleep shirt. Not that I would ever do such a thing. Would I, honey?
Mildly witty, just like me. This fully adjustable unisex smock is perfect for keeping those inevitable paint splatters from destroying that new shirt you just bought. A serious investment for any painter who needs to protect special clothing worn to paint in, like that incredibly time-consuming sweater that grandma just spent half a year knitting for you. Protect yourself, seriously.
Much like master artist, Johannes Vermeer utilized fanciful technology like the camera obscura, so too will your gift-receiving artist utilize and adore this fantastic piece of equipment. You might want to check and see if your gift recipient already has one of these new ‘light pads’ but chances are, they don’t and they will LOVE you for getting this for them (I certainly would, Dearest of husbands). Most artists who are serious about their craft utilize tools like this to help them improve their drawing skills on a regular basis. With this super thin LED light box, transferring images from photo to sketch becomes a breeze.
Last but not least, my final top gift is this super unique ‘Paint Pouring’ lamp by LumiSource, available in 6 different colors. It was actually my cousin (also an artist) who posted this on Facebook a few days ago and I absolutely fell in love. Whatever your artistic craft, almost every creator I know always needs more light in their working area. Painters like me who often create during the wee, dark hours of the early morning would certainly appreciate this gift. Such a great way to brighten up a creative space by adding this fun lamp!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of gift ideas for artists and painters. If you happen to be an art lover yourself, be sure to take a look at my art shop before you leave and leave me a comment below if you have any favorites!
Hello friends, I have a free giveaway!
I just wanted to post a quick update to share with you this free giveaway I am offering through Amazon for a copy of my book: Step by Step Acrylic Painting Workshop: Winter Branches (Kindle Edition).
The contest is hosted by Amazon and the details are as follows:
I, Carly Landry have paid for the prize, sales tax, and shipping. Entry requires an Amazon.com account. Amazon will ship the prize to the winner. The winner’s name may be made public. An Amazon account with Twitter account to tweet a message are required to enter. Must be 18 or older.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 1 winner will be randomly selected after the giveaway ends. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.
This giveaway started January 8, 2017 10:13 AM PST and ends January 15, 2017 11:59 PM PST.
Thank you all and best of luck to all who enter!
One down, and only hundreds more to go! Coincidentally, this is also my very first painting of 2017.
In my previous blog post, I shared how I plan to challenge myself to daily painting in 30 minute intervals Monday through Friday as part of my New Year’s goals for 2017. This piece was done using Liquitex acrylic inks and paints on 9″ x 12″ stretched canvas.
I love the challenge of daily painting, it’s been like a breath of fresh air.
Here are the technical details of this piece:
Title — #260
Painting Dimensions — 9″(W) X 12″(H)
Support — Painting is created on .75″ deep gallery wrapped artist canvas.
Medium — Professional grade Liquitex acrylic paint & archival acrylic inks.
Artist Signature — Initialed by Carly Landry on the front lower right and signature on the back of the painting
Date — January 2017. Date and title are handwritten by the artist on the back of this painting
Certification — Signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity is included with this painting
As always, thanks for viewing and looking forward to sharing my next painting with you!
It seems some people associate New Year’s resolutions with broken promises-to-self, certain failure, or perhaps they just dislike setting goals all together. Either way, I tend to enjoy setting New Year resolutions and it’s something I do just before each year comes to a close. While I understand it’s all too easy to become disappointed when goals are not achieved, I don’t think the problem lies with the act of setting New Year’s resolutions but rather the kinds of resolutions some choose to set. Rather than choosing a fun or easy goal, many seem to set overly lofty goals which end up far too difficult to obtain, leading to certain disappointment. In my experience, setting small, fun and easily attainable resolutions at the start of each year helps renew my focus and often re-inspires me. I suppose this is because I’m all about living a fun and enjoyable life, so normally the goals I set aren’t too wild or structured and they are genuinely things that I look forward to.
All that said, this year I do actually have what I consider to be a few big ones. Three of them, in fact!
So yep, this is my big one. I’m challenging myself to paint daily Monday through Friday only (don’t mess with my weekends) for about 30 minutes each day, all year long. If it ends up a bit less, or more (most likely) so be it. Now, this might not seem like a ‘big’ one to most, considering this is already my day job but it is big to me because I’ve added a twist: I must complete a painting each day. So that means, I’m going to have very limited time per painting which should force me to create some very interesting, fun and loose work this year.
For several years I’ve had a heavy focus on large or highly detailed pieces like you can see evidence of in my summer painting, Barn Home. I’m really looking forward to this change of routine and hopefully this will shake things up a bit for me creatively. That said, I know it’s definitely going to be a challenge because I’m often a very detail-oriented painter who tends to get lost in those fine brush strokes and large canvases. Challenge, accepted. Wish me luck on this!
I’m keeping this particular resolution fairly open in the sense that, as long as I write significantly more this year than last year, I’ll have achieved this goal. Ideally, this would mean I have completed writing, polishing and publishing book two of my painting tutorial book series in addition to much more blogging and vlogging on My YouTube Channel. I’d also like to have both books in paperback form this year, as well as significant progress on other manuscripts I’m currently drafting.
In late 2015 and 2016, I focused heavily on local projects, commissioned paintings, painting instruction, creating a fresh body of work and participating in art shows. While that was all very fun and rewarding, unfortunately my writing was put on hold far longer than I would have liked. This year, I’m really looking forward to more writing, blogging and video creation. I’ve even started a secondary blog where I’d like to write about things that are less painting related than the topics covered here on my main blog. I intend for it to be a sort of ‘catch all’ for my thoughts and interests and it’s called Artfully Amused.
This is another rather lofty one, so again I’m keeping it loose. As an artist and creator (of oh-so-many things) my biggest challenge is time management for the numerous projects I have going at any given time. One might think it’s easy to just ‘block in’ a time frame to complete an artistic project because that works extremely well for most all tasks. Yet art, in nearly any form, just doesn’t seem to work well or flow properly when it’s being contained, at least for me.
So, my rather broad goal is just to do a bit better in this department than I did last year. Simply not getting overly absorbed in any single creative project so that I might make more time for other tasks this year. Whether I am painting, writing, sculpting, dancing or even making simple crafts, the project always seems to take it’s own course which is surprisingly unexpected and near impossible to fit into any type of calculated regime or time slot. I believe this is part of what makes art so special; the way art should be made and I don’t intend to change that aspect of letting my work evolve and flow organically. Thus, I’m not going to attempt to pencil out a schedule but rather try and catch myself before I get too absorbed and lose focus on the bigger picture of what I’d like to achieve in 2017.
As for the best way for me to manage creative time, I feel the hardest part of achieving this goal might be having to say no to other people. Custom works or requested classes and projects (no matter how much I love doing them) requires that I stop working on any long-term creative piece for a time. This often leads to my losing momentum and steam for the current work which ultimately lands on a shelf or folder somewhere in my studio until said inspiration decides to re-visit. After 15 years as a working artist, I know that I work best when I can complete an entire project while that initial creative ‘spark’ is still burning brightly. As much as it is hard for me to say no, this year I intend to do it as often as needed and hopefully without feeling any guilt over doing so.
So that’s it for my three big New Year’s resolutions for 2017! I’m feeling pretty confident that these are attainable for me with a touch of extra focus and determination. I’m especially excited to see what creations come through my daily paintings and even more excited to offer them in my art store for others who might enjoy them. To anyone out there with New Year’s goals for 2017, I wish you nothing but success in achieving all that you desire; Let’s do it together. If you have any of your own resolutions or goals for this year, I would love to hear them!
Have a very happy and blessed New Year, my friends!
Though I’ve been quite busy the last few months with local projects, I’ve managed to complete a new painting:
Being raised on a farm as a child, I have a certain fondness for painting scenes and structures one might find on a long afternoon drive through the country during fall months – in my own vibrant style of course. Being born and raised in Arizona and having (still) never traveled to any locations with true changing seasons, I’ve been left to my imagination for what these awesome seasonal shifts must look like in person. And yes, this is why I paint autumn scenes so often! As magical as I’m sure a life-long desert dweller like myself can expect such scenes to be, I don’t think I would be willing to trade the beauty of them for our wonderfully warm winters here in Arizona.
Back to the Barn. I’d been wanting to paint a barn for quite some time now because I’ve had loads of sketches of different barns piling up in my sketchbooks and notepads just begging to be brought to life but I was waiting for the perfect one. Finally, just a few weeks ago this fun image sprang to life on my sketch pad (a digital one this time) and I couldn’t wait to get started. Within a few weeks, the quirky digital sketch eventually became my latest acrylic painting. Loads of layers over many days of building color until I finally found myself smiling and saying, “It is done!”
I really hope you enjoy this fun and unique piece – it was such a great experience for me to paint it. Perhaps, you can even feel the cool autumn breeze or imagine the warmth of the hearth waiting just inside this charming barn house as you view it. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.
“Barn Home” is an acrylic painting on 16″ x 20″ gallery wrapped, stretched canvas. It features 1.75″ wide edges which are painted black. This painting includes a signed and dated certificate of authenticity and will be packaged to gallery/museum standards with archival materials. Hanging wire has been attached to the back of the painting for easy display and the painting surface been sealed with archival matte varnish. For anyone interested, I’ve added a few step-by-step photo’s of the painting process for this work in an album on my Facebook Art Page. Although it’s only just becoming summer here in the United States, I hope you enjoy this warm and inviting scene surrounded by bright autumn foliage and rolling wheat fields.
For purchase information and more photos, come see the listing on my site!
Thank you for viewing!
As an artist, my fans mean the world to me and I’d be nowhere without you all! Each and every painting and print purchase, share and “like” allow me to continue creating more artwork and teaching others how to do the same. Because of this, I want to pay it forward and allow everyone to have a chance to win their own unique, hand-signed piece of artwork directly from me, the artist! Be sure to enter and tell your friends about this giveaway too. THANK YOU so much for your support of my artwork!
Oh, and don’t forget to check my Facebook page frequently for more giveaways, deals and surprises – VIP collectors on my mailing list will hear about these in advance.
When you enter any of my free giveaways through the Rafflecopter App, by providing your email address you will also be added to my exclusive VIP collectors mailing list.
Here are some of the technical details for my May 2016 free giveaway (now ended):
**FREE GIVEAWAY DETAILS**
Likes and shares on my Facebook Art page are appreciated but not required to participate. You will find the free giveaway links pinned to the top of my page here: https://www.facebook.com/CarlyLandryArt/
This month, I am giving away one free signed 8″ x 10″ print of my popular painting, “Acceptance” which can also be found here in my Shop
For your free chance to win, all you have to do is enter through my automatic raffle app with a valid email address. Super easy!
A winner will be randomly selected through the raffle app and announced on my Facebook Page and the winner will also be contacted by me via email when the giveaway ends May 31st, 2016. Thanks for playing and by doing so, agreeing to the important terms and conditions below:
Terms & Conditions of the Giveaway:
* No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway
* The product that is being given away is outlined in the post above. No alternatives are offered and the giveaway item can not be exchanged for cash or any other goods or services
* There will only be one winner selected
* The winner will be drawn randomly by the Rafflecopter app random generator
* Odds of winning are based on the number of entries
* The closing date is May 31st, 2016
* Only one entry is allowed per person
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* Only age 18 or older may enter from any country
* If you win the free giveaway you will be contacted via the e-mail address that you use to enter the giveaway and also tagged or contacted through social media. Winner will be contacted and announced on this post within 5 days of the closing date of the giveaway. You will have 15 days to respond. If we do not hear from you within that time then another winner will be randomly drawn.
So I keep getting asked: Where have your set of six “Moon Phase prints” gone? Now they can be purchased right here in my shop either individually or as a set with three size options available A very sweet deal!
Each of these beautiful open edition fine art prints has been professionally created from one of my own original paintings from my Moon Phases set, originally painted in 2011. There is a small white border around the image area of the print, for matting purposes. They are printed using archival inks and papers, created to stand the test of time and provide a superior quality image and viewing experience (copyright watermarks will not be shown on the prints your purchase). Each of these prints comes in the most popular standard frame sizes for super-easy mounting and framing. They truly look amazing in person!
This set of six moon phase prints has been, by far my most popular selling set of open edition prints. In the near future, I will have limited edition canvas prints available for this set on Amazon.com as well. The original paintings have been sold many moons ago to a lovely art collector who purchased the entire set. I’m really excited to be able to offer my past paintings as prints in my shop because they offer a great alternative to those who missed out on owning the originals. These moon phases also look quite amazing on redbubble products to – check them out on journals and notebooks, stickers, postcards, shirts and scarves, phone cases too! Be sure to check out my other art items available in my store!
Thanks for watching and be sure to contact me if you have any questions.
When using painters tape in an acrylic painting, how do you get a perfect, bleed-free, crisp line? Here is how I do it:
First, put down your tape in desired area:
Next, apply one layer of Liquitex acrylic matte medium along the tape line where you plan to paint. Allow it to COMPLETELY dry:
Once matte medium is dry, apply your acrylic paint (being careful not to paint beyond the tape). Finally, remove the tape BEFORE your paint has completely dried and reveal your perfect, crisp line:
This is especially useful when you use thin washes or liquid acrylics that would otherwise seep under the tape because the matte medium creates a barrier.
Let me know if you try this, I’d love to see your results!
It’s a real treat when collectors send me a photograph of paintings or prints they’ve collected on display in their home or office. I just love seeing how they have chosen to display the artwork on their walls. It’s great to see the unique arrangements they create to hang a set of prints or a painting of mine. Today, I would like to share with you a few of these images that have really brightened my days:
These two blue beauties I painted in 2013 are shown hanging together in their Denver, Colorado collector’s home. I’m loving how she has these two complimentary pieces on display together in the same room, from what I can tell in the pictures. She also owns another piece of mine, from 2012 titled “Blinded”, but unfortunately I don’t have a photo of that one to share at this time. Knowing this collector as well as I do, I can guarantee these paintings are cherished.
It’s funny to me how often I stop and wonder about where so many of my past paintings currently are today. Not many collectors share that information with me, but as a creator I can’t help but be curious about them all. Especially my early works. Who get’s to see them? Where are they displayed? Have they been resold or passed down to a new generation?
The next two images were shared with me by a collector who purchased some of my prints to display in her office. The first photo if from my set of “Moon Phases” prints. Just gorgeous how she has arranged them – I love it.
In the second image, she has made another fabulous arrangement with my prints, “Rising Moon”, “Pleasant Countenance” and “Suddenly Sullen”. Again, just fabulous and I love seeing them hanging in their new ‘home’. In addition to being a collector of my work, this particular individual is also an artist and creates some amazing jewelry and other fine items. I own one of her bracelets, which I absolutely adore and I highly recommend giving her Etsy shop a visit to view her magical, handmade offerings.
Although I have more collector photo’s to share, I will save those for another time. For all of the artists and creators out there: Do any of you feel the same way about your creations, once they have sold or gone off to a new home? Do you ever find yourself wondering where they are…. how they are doing? If so, leave a reply down below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!