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Upside Art Gallery had its best year in 2021! More sold Art and many commissioned pieces! Many of you were updating your home offices and wanted Original Art! I am so thankful for you all who contacted me with your interest and support in my work! Thank you!
It has been awhile since I have written my Art Blog. I’ve been asked to bring it back, so here I am! I have many new paintings that I have completed since my last Art Blog, so I will post a few of them here so you can check them out. You can see all of my work, available and sold, @upsideartgallery.com.
This year my Website had an update! We made it a bit easier to find the genre/style of Art that you are interested in looking for or to purchase from the site. We decided to group them into Collections.
We have Water and Landscape, Cityscape, Florals and Abstract and Pop Art. I have also added a section of my Featured Pieces of which are not only my newer pieces, but also work done in the last few years that are still available. I have been asked to repost or show what pieces are still available of which I do on Facebook and Instagram. So if you are interested, I can also do that here.
I have also been asked to do smaller canvases and some Pop Art more contemporary pieces.This way my work can be available for a wider range of people. I did a series of small ‘Bar Art’ for those to hang in their Bourbon Bars, which seems to be all the rage these days! I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of painting smaller, but it was also freeing! And there will be more. These are still available and on my website! @upsideartgallery.com
I have a couple of commissioned pieces I am working on now and have plans for more cityscapes and florals in the near future!
Check these Pieces out below and even more on my website Upside Art Gallery!!
Thank you for your interest in my work!!
Hello and Welcome back to Upside Art Gallery’s Blog!
The Art continues with more flowers! Poppie’s have been a big hit with everyone this year as well as Hydrangeas. I love painting all flower’s, both abstract and representational. I have tried a few different flowers this year as well, and many of you were thrilled with Lilies and Roses!
I experimented recently with a bright abstract piece. Mountains and a sunrise over a body of water. My inspiration was a piece that I had done a long time ago. Unfortunately, with improper storing and many, many moves, it is damaged but I cannot bring myself to get rid of it! It still has value in inspiring me to recreate another abstract landscape! And there may be a series of them coming up!
I love abstract painting. I also love representational painting and the detail of it. I recently finished a commissioned piece for a client who was in Greece and took many photos. What a beautiful place! He wanted me to paint a little yellow fishing boat which was anchored close to shore in the most beautiful and clear water I have ever seen! He happens to be a very good photographer and I was working from one of his photos. The detail in the water was labor intensive but it thrilled me to paint every last one of them! The yellow boat contrasted so beautifully with the blue green water, I truly loved painting it! He is very happy with it and it is hanging in his office!
My passion and energy for painting is on fire these days! I am inspired by nearly everything around me and I paint every day! Sometimes my ideas do not pan out and that is okay, as there are no failures; I am just learning what does not work for me!
Thanks for taking the time to check in with me!
I am attaching a few of my latest pieces here so you can check them out. Also, to see all of my latest work, go to upsideartgallery.com
Hi Everyone! Thank you for stopping by today to read my Art Blog!
This summer has been very busy and I am remiss in keeping up with my Blog, but not with my work. I have had four commissioned pieces this summer, worked on new styles and continued with my love of painting flowers.
I did step away from floral’s for a short time and completed a couple of cityscapes and seascapes. I also completed two commissioned pieces in a new genre, Pop Art! A challenge but worth it! There will be more! A few more florals, completed and sold. I am currently working on a series of Poppy pieces with a different perspective! Stay tuned!
Thanks for taking the time reading my Blog and your interest in my art! I am grateful for the messages of encouragement and ideas!
I am attaching a few of the pieces I have completed this summer. If you want to check out all the latest, go to my website Upside Art Gallery www.upsideartgallery.com
Thank you, Gina
Hello Everyone! Thanks for stopping by! It has been awhile! I have been very busy painting flowers! It was a huge surprise to me that I love painting florals! On large canvases mostly! So today’s blog is about the floral series.
It all started last summer with priming my own canvas and tacking it to a wall.The subject, Peonies, being one of my favorite flowers, came to mind! How to compose this piece was next. I wanted the flowers to be in a garden, random and large, with lots of greenery and leaves in the background. The flowers would pop off the page, facing in different directions. The large blossoms were pink, some lighter and some a bit deeper. I loved painting the layers of petals with all of the shadows and highlights! This piece sold before it was signed! I stretched the canvas on its frame, and so it began! The floral series!
Next up, an even larger canvas, white Hydrangeas! This piece also sold very quickly and I felt so inspired to continue on the floral journey! I had so many of you message me to please continue, and so I did. Thank you all for cheering me on! Since then I have completed 5 more florals,one commissioned floral, a couple of landscape pieces and even a few dog portraits!
It was a busy fall and winter at Upside Art Gallery! I am very lucky and thank you all!
Here are a few that I completed and sold. Some are available to purchase. As always, hop over to my website to get complete details on any of these paintings!
Hi everyone! I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Today’s Blog is how Tumbling Skies came about and why I chose another floral landscape piece!
After selling the florals quite quickly, many of you asked me to do more floral paintings and specifically, Hydrangeas. I decided to do this piece with a different perspective. I started with underpainting this canvas and then added some cloud definition. I wanted a Lyrical sky and a harmonious color palette to create a soothing feeling.
The Hydrangeas are large, bold and fill up the foreground demanding the viewer to look at them first! As you get closer to them, you see purple and blue petals as well as green and off white. Just beyond the hedge of these blossoms, your eyes look out to discover rolling hills and a peaceful field of greens with golden drops of light from the sun filtering through the clouds. Swirling clouds dance in a blue sky casting their shadow and light below.
I am very happy with this painting and I hope you are too! Thank you for your input and interest in my work!
Hi Everyone! I hope you are all staying healthy and happy!
I have been very busy painting and “Practice Painting.” Practice Painting is an exercise I do to loosen up and try new styles and mediums. It helps me personally, to get better and broaden my scope in art. I enjoy painting mostly everything except portraits, but maybe one day, I will give that a try. It is always good to challenge myself to keep my art fresh!
With that said, I have sold the two large Floral Paintings I have done in September and October! I practiced different types of flowers and mediums over the summer. Would they be abstract or representational? Still Life or in a garden setting? I am happy to say, so many of you messaged me with interest and suggestions! I loved it! I decided to paint them more freeform style with a nod to representational art. There will be more flowers to come on large and medium canvases so please stay tuned!
This piece, Heavenly Hilltop, is an impressionistic piece with lots of light, color and movement. A colorful palette, which always excites me! A path takes you up the hill and around the trees, and then disappears into the clouds. The trees are full of color and light and the sky is big with clouds filtering the sun. The green grasses and foreground flowers are full of movement and light, and the light dappled path brings the viewer around this piece to discover what it might mean to them!
This piece is available for purchase and will be on my website soon.
Thank you for checking in with me today!
Today's Art Blog is about another floral painting! Thanks for checking in with me!
I have come to discover that I absolutely love to paint flowers! On larger canvases and larger blossoms. This piece is of white and and Limelight Hydrangeas hanging out in their garden on a breezy day!
I started with raw canvas and then primed it and cut it to the size I wanted. Then, I just tacked it up onto a wall in my basement and began. I decided that I wanted this to be a large floral which will get a lot of attention! I started this one vertically and when I turned it to work on the background, I was surprised by how the perspective worked very well. When I heard from a few of you who follow my work on Instagram and Facebook saying it worked really well horizontally, I made the change. But I think it can be hung either way!
I toned the canvas in greens and yellows, pulling out some background hints of leaves, stems and branches. Hits of grasses and flower buds. I then started with the larger blossoms and I nestled them up against each other and leaves and stems as I went along.I painted with gold and green to shadow the blossoms. Stepping back often to keep the perspective, this piece just continued to unfold with more hydrangeas in different stages of blooms! The background is highs and lows of shading and shadowing. Some leaves and stems are large and present in the foreground, others are blurred and meandering. I kept the color pallet soft and harmonious.
I am very happy with this piece! I have not put this canvas on its frame yet. With so much interest in this piece when it sells the shipping cost being shipped on a frame would be a lot. I thought I would just roll it and ship in a tube.
Thank you all for your suggestions and opinions! I love hearing from you during the process of painting! Please check in soon for my next painting!
Back to blogging! Pink Peonies are the subject of my latest canvas today.
My love of this flower, the Peony, goes back many years. My mother loved them and I always remember them in our garden. They were so big, fluffy and smelled so pretty! So, I have wanted to paint a large canvas filled with them exploding over the frame! I started with stretching and priming my own canvas! While it has been a long time since stretching my own canvases, it was fun to do but also a lot more work than I remember!
I painted the background pink and a bit of green for depth. I chose the larger flowers to start with and then painted bulbs and leaves tucked in and out, giving the composition of this painting a free form effect, as if in a natural garden setting. Some flowers facing up, out, and even sideways with their leaves and stems surrounding them. Some in full bloom, a couple of bulbs just starting out and others just unfurling!
Thank you for checking in with me today! I hope you love the Pink Peonies as much as I loved painting it!
Hello everyone! Once again, I have been away from my Blog for more than a couple of weeks. It has been a very busy time. I have been painting every free moment I have! Which is a good thing!
I just can't seem to get enough of the Irish Countryside and sky. My trip there was over a year ago but I feel like I was just there! It doesn't hurt to have a cousin who lives there giving me inspiration photos every so often!
This time, my canvas is the west coast of Ireland on the sea. The vast sky, landscape, cottages and rock walls that meander all around the countryside, are quite the sight to take in! I did have a few reference photos to work from.
I started painting the sky and wanted it to reflect in the water, as my reference photo showed. I loved the perspective of that! The cottage, which is white, is very close to the water. I imagine it is a fishing cottage, and in the evening, all the boats return and are piled up on the shore and rocks. I painted the rocks and some of them jutting out into the water, mossy and weathered.
The stone walls were a process, as I wanted them to disappear into the tall grasses beyond the house. The sheep were added after the rock walls were established. Sheep are everywhere in that part of Ireland!
Thank you for reading and keeping up with my inconsistant Blogging!
Hi Everyone, Thanks for reading today! I was sent an inspiration photo about a month ago and I did use it to create this latest painting! Let me know what you think!
The subject of this blog is Sturminster Newton Mill, a one-thousand year old mill located outside of London, England. It has sat on the banks of the river Stour since 1016! In April the mill resumed production to supply flour to local shops during the pandemic. I was very intrigued by its history as well as how picturesque the Mill and land are!
I started with sketching the scene; the old mill and bridge with the waterfall. I did some research and saw different angles of the mill to make sure I was representing the mill correctly but took artistic liberties with the surroundings. I did not want to duplicate the photo, but I did want the viewer to know it was the Sturminster Newton Mill!
A clear blue sky sets the scene. A light source is streaming in from the right, but not flooding the scene with brightness. The river water ripples from the waterfall and a hint of the Mill’s reflection floats along the foreground. Fauna and flora surround the banks of the river. I chose to paint the Mill in the light, not in the shadows of the background trees, I wanted it to look as old as it is, but also, to look like a working Mill again!
I truly enjoyed painting this piece and was so happy to learn all about it’s history too! I hope you do as well!
Thank you so much!