Painting the Edges?

I’m torn about painting the edges of the canvas or not.  Is there a ‘rule’ or is it just personal preference?  I’ve been doing a little of both – when I finish a painting sometimes I’m just ‘done’ and don’t go back to edging until much later which isn’t good because the paint doesn’t always match.  If I remember sometimes I’ve edged right as I’m finishing the painting so the paint does match.  At this point I’m not sure if I”m going to frame or not so I’m torn.

Is it unprofessional to leave the splatters of paint that may have gone over the edge?

What are your thoughts?

Paint the edges or no?

Shattered

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This was a fun technique using a credit card to make the squiggly shapes.  These are the same colors that I used in “Out of the Mist” which I love and is hanging over the fireplace.  Hmm…maybe put the two together….

Painting Over Graffiti

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Started this one a few weeks ago and didn’t like some of it so I cut out some square shapes and covered the areas I didn’t like and left the bits that I did like.  Kind of looks like it’s in the middle of being painted over…

Snow Day in Raleigh

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Similar to the rest of the US, we’ve experienced an usually cold and snowy winter here so the locals tell me. They aren’t prepared to handle an inch never mind the 6 or so we got on top of ice last Wednesday and Thursday. The roads were a mess – slushy and icy – with patches of black ice. Cars spun out of control all over the highways and local roads.

This painting actually started out as a spring flower arrangement! I’ll get there.

Puppy in the house

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Have a new puppy and after being up all week at all hours of the night and picking up after puppy accidents, I was inspired with those colors this morning (while it was still dark out).  As the sun came up and my mood shifted, I did another painting that was happier and brighter.  I went back to the puppy painting and decided to add the red which I love.  Both still unnamed although the second one reminds me of poppies.  Pic came out blurry – it looked better on my phone!

Back in the Studio…Finally

Finally settled into the new job and home. Got the studio set up yesterday and needed to paint SOMETHING this morning! It’s not one of my best and I may paint over it but it got me going again. It was wonderful seeing all my paintings again. Smelling the acrylic and matte medium. Mixing up my colors and feeling excited, confident and hesitant all at the same time. So happy to be back at it! I also joined Danny Gregory’s Sketchbook Klas which I’m super excited about!

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Back to Reality

Well, after 5 months of unemployment, I’m starting a new job at the beginning of the year!  I’m very happy to be getting back to work but will miss the time that I’ve had with my husband.  We would definitely be great candidates for the shuttle mission!  :-)

We will be moving to the Raleigh, North Carolina area and are already packing things up to bring down to the storage facility in MA where all of our things will be brought down once we find a new place to live.

Unfortunately, I had to pack up my paints and other painting materials yesterday and am already going through withdrawals.  I have been so lucky during this time to have discovered that I have a love and talent for abstract painting.  I plan to continue painting and have wild ideas of displaying my art in a gallery in NC somewhere :-)

I also have an embryo of an idea to bring abstract painting into the corporate world!  I’ll be working on a training program that I believe I can weave in an abstract painting class to help people open up their creative side – many of us in the corporate world are focused on the analytical, left side of the brain and the benefits I see from tapping into the right side of the brain are endless :-)

I will continue to post in 2014 and sharing my work but it will be a while between moving, getting settled and starting the new job.

Thanks to all of you who have decided to follow me or liked some of my paintings.  It’s encouraged me more than you can know!

All the best and have a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Sandra