Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Design*Sponge Feature

Happy August! It's difficult to believe how fast the summer is going by. Can it be June again, please?

July was a big month for me. My art was included in a list on Design*Sponge called 14 Abstract Painters to Follow on Instagram. It was very exciting, and quite an honor. The blog post is definitely worth checking out - I agree with the writer that all the artists on the list are worth following.
This painting, Game Pieces, acrylic on canvas, 12"x 16"x.75," was the one that was featured in the list. It's recently back home with me today after winning honorable mention at a local art competition. I will be listing it soon in my shop.

This one, March + April, acrylic on canvas, 16"x 20" x.75," is also back from the competition.
July was also a month for diving head-first into oil painting. I just love the texture and lack of color shift. Acrylics will darken as they dry. I have a lot to learn about oils, and so far it's been fascinating.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Over All

The Flying Clubhouse: Over All | Outfit #summerstyle
The Flying Clubhouse: Over All | Outfit #summerstyle
The Flying Clubhouse: Over All | Outfit #summerstyle
The Flying Clubhouse: Over All | Outfit #summerstyle
The Flying Clubhouse: Over All | necklace #timelessdesigns
The Flying Clubhouse: Over All | Outfit #summerstyle
The Flying Clubhouse: Over All | Outfit #summerstyle
The Flying Clubhouse: Over All | Outfit #summerstyle
The Flying Clubhouse: Over All
This denim overall jumper has been one of my closet staples for the last couple months. It came from ASOS. I bought it after I scouring thrift stores, ebay, and etsy. I can almost always find what I'm looking for second-hand - like my boots - but not this time. It's like a pair of jeans - it goes with everything.

My fun necklace came from my friend Emily at Timeless Designs. She makes creative jewelry from upcycled finds. The centerpiece of my necklace was formerly a vintage brooch. I have a fussy thyroid, so chokers usually don't work for me, although I love the look. This necklace is a bit looser than most chokers, and it's also adjustable, with a lovely hook and chain in the back. It's just perfect and I can wear it all day. This isn't a sponsored post - I just love Emily's work (and her prices can't be beat)! You can find Timeless Designs on Facebook and Instagram.

boots: thrifted
pinafore: asos
blouse: little shop in cozumel
bag: crazygoodbananas on etsy

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Around the Clubhouse | July 2017

So this summer I've been mostly painting, but here's one photo to prove I still like cute clothes. (Everything in my outfit here is actually second-hand, thanks to ebay and local thrift stores)! The next photo is a little Christmas cactus I recently repotted. My dad gave the plant to me - he really knows how to propagate house plants, and these were some cuttings from a larger plant. Let's hope I can keep it alive, because I really like this little cutie.

Next are some pics of my works in progress - I've been learning to use oil and cold wax medium. It's been more challenging than I expected, but great fun to work with. The next photo is an oil painting in progress, and the last photo is a picture of my acrylic palette - because I will always love acrylics no matter how much I experiment with oils.

Hope you are having a great July! This summer finds us in a transitional period. Things are great, but a little chaotic. When things settle down a bit I hope to dedicate more time to this blog. I still manage to update daily on Instagram @annafranklinart.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Recent Paintings | June, 2017

The Flying Clubhouse: Recent Paintings | June, 2017
The Flying Clubhouse: Recent Paintings | June, 2017
The Flying Clubhouse: Recent Paintings | June, 2017
The Flying Clubhouse: Recent Paintings | June, 2017
The Flying Clubhouse: Recent Paintings | June, 2017
The Flying Clubhouse: Recent Paintings | June, 2017
The Flying Clubhouse: Recent Paintings | June, 2017
All through the spring I've been working on a series of paintings that I call the Nostalgia Series. They're all characterized by thick layers of paint, palette knife work, and pastel colors.

The four paintings in the first five photos are available in my shop now. The last two photos show works in progress. I'm probably finished painting them, but they are oil over an acrylic base, and oil takes a long time to dry. The ability to step back, observe my work, and then scrape off paint is something I find satisfying about oil paint. Acrylics dry too fast to scrape off - at least after a few seconds, but the fast drying time is great for creating many layers. I love painting with both.

I debate with myself over what size canvas to work with. During the process, 12" x 12" inch canvases are very satisfying to paint, but when I step back and look at them on the wall, they seem to be the size of a postage stamp. A painting that's large enough to make a splash in a room is my preference in the end. The piece in the last photo is 16" x 16," which is big enough to brighten up a an average-sized room - I think. It features a good amount of yellow ochre - straight from the tube - which is my favorite yellow.

Anyway, these are some recent paintings and thoughts on the process. I hope your June is going well!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Downtown Summertime

The Flying Clubhouse: Downtown Summertime #outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Downtown Summertime #outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Downtown Summertime #outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Downtown Summertime #outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Downtown Summertime #outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Downtown Summertime #outfit
Wow! An outfit! It's been awhile. Steven captured these photos shortly before heading to a festival downtown. A good fashion blogger would get photos at the scene, I suppose, but I prefer to focus on having fun and leaving the heavy camera at home. Plus, I like the backdrop of trees. 

Nothing in this outfit is new. I bought this shirt a for our road trip in 2015. It's a good summer vacation top - and it's actually still available. The leopard boots and cutoffs are newish addition from the local thrift store. Both are extremely comfortable. 

boots // shorts // bag: second-hand
shirt: novica
necklace: vintage
hat: target (old)