Rock Out Erie causing an avalanche!

Painting for fun is relaxation for me. So when I find I need to unwind and let my creativity flow freely without the constraints of a project- art is where I turn. (yes, I do other things as well)

I like to doodle and think and create. 

Enter Rock Out Erie- the local viral phenom that has everybody painting and looking and hiding Rocks! It is a pay it forward make you feel good social event the area has needed for some time. Everyone can take part and have fun. Young and old, skilled and newbies, it doesn't really matter.

I thought I would do a few as a way to share my art and perhaps make more people aware of who I am and what I do. 

SO... I started with these:

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These were found right away! So I painted more: 

People were starting to really get into finding these, what a blast! So... I made more

Geckos, lizards, newts whatever you choose to call them, I just have fun with them!

Geckos, lizards, newts whatever you choose to call them, I just have fun with them!

So by now, people were asking about more clues where to find them- I helped a little. And thought how about something else to paint? So.....

The Flamingoes were an even bigger hit!

The Flamingoes were an even bigger hit!

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And here we are with the latest installment. I will try to leave you some clues

Can't wait to get your hands on one of these? Who will be able to find them?

Can't wait to get your hands on one of these? Who will be able to find them?

Clue Mania- Good Luck and please support local artists like me! I will be hiding these over the next couple days starting Monday July 24th. 

1. Gobble Gobble

2. it is Pleasant here

3. Back to School Old Style

4. Watchful Eye over the Lake

5. Reading is Fundamental

6. A healthy jar

7. That's Sweet

8.Stevie Nicks song

9. You know there will be one here, naturally!

10. Where the old slide used to be

 

 

Easing into Summer

Summer is so brief in our neck of the woods you just don't want to waste a moment. Anticipating all the traditional family goings on and adding a few more (and sadly, probably not having everyone present when they used to be such a fixture) So to me , I am reminded that on this memorial day weekend, of the countless men and women that fought and insured that we can indeed enjoy our summers - and all seasons. Without their commitment it would be all moot. 

Poppies have long been known to commemorate the fallen. I love to paint them:

poppies in progress- watercolor on canvas

poppies in progress- watercolor on canvas

close up detail

close up detail

Don't let summer slip on by, savor every last morsel!

Usable Art

Very hard at work in the studio this week as I am preparing a selection of items that I would refer to as usable art. Not all people feel the immediate need to appropriate an original piece of art but still very much appreciate it. So coming up with items that can be useful in some way, and yet reflect my artistic style, well, that's what I am after. Not trying to reinvent the wheel but sometimes opening people up to the idea they can own something artful and unique albeit a "something that gives a functional purpose". In my mind, this gives a person permission to start exploring my art and who knows, somewhere down the line they might just be eventual buyers of my originals. 

Here is an example of what I mean: 

Here we have the common coffee or tea mug that has now become a way for someone to appreciate my artwork every time they take a sip. Check the link to my etsy shop below

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrianPayneArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

Ahh fresh canvas!

There is something really appealing about that fresh space, blank canvas, or new sheet of paper. Aside from the traditional staring at that blank page and becoming paralyzed, beyond there is that sense of adventure, that anything IS possible. I CAN, I WILL!  because I MUST! So join me with a new page turned onto this crisp virgin web site and along the way as it becomes worn, filled in, coffee stained and comfortable, perhaps we can become acquaintances that speak the universal language of art. Peace!