It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. In a matter of months I no longer work for the place I’ve been for the past 18 years. My husband got a new job and they keep changing his schedule. My nights, days and weekends are all a blur now.
I’m trying to get a handle on things and add some structure back to my life. I don’t mind some chaos, but these last few months have really done a number on my mental state. The good part is that I have much more time to concentrate on my art. I was able to do a painting for my husband for Christmas that I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now. He loves it! I’m pretty happy with it, too.
Dive Deep with Me. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.
I’m really loosening up my style, and the orders for custom works are still coming in. I also launched my own website — which was WAY overdue. It still has a long way to go until I’m satisfied, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Blue Owl with Heart. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.
Happy New Year! And please, if you like my work, share with friends and family, Like my Facebook page or follow me on Pinterest.
OK, I’m going to go “there” — the holidays. Yes, I said the h-word before Halloween. But I have good reason. It’s personal… as in personal gifts.
If you know an artist and want to give something really special (and special does not necessarily = expensive) this season, whether it be for a birthday, anniversary, wedding, new baby gift, the big Holiday or other occasion, check in with them. They can probably come up with something custom within your budget if you give them a little notice.
And how awesome would it be to give a uniquely crafted art gift to someone you love?
First Whale of Spring – crappy phone pic. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.
Feeling whimsical… finished up a few pieces this week, both 8×8″ acrylics on wood panels. The Humpback Whale is already spoken for, but I’ll be putting the horse in my Etsy shop sometime this weekend (have to get good photos). Enjoy!
Humpback Whale © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original acrylic painting on 8×8″wood panel
Prince Charming © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original horse acrylic painting on 8×8″wood panel
Two more from early this month… also 8×8″ acrylics on wood panels.
Ewe and Blue Skies © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original sheep acrylic painting on 8×8″wood panel
I Heart You © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original octopus acrylic painting on 8×8″wood panel
In case you haven’t noticed, I have had a recurring theme in my artwork lately. The peace sign, most well known from the peace and love era in the 60s has been making its way into quite a few of my paintings. Why?
Peaceful Signs © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original whale and peace sign acrylic painting on canvas
I think my subconscious is getting fed up with the way we are treating the earth, with the ongoing terrorist “war” which has been going on since before my son was born, with the hateful way a lot of people treat each other in social media and everyday life. We need more love and peace… it’s that simple.
Blue Owl with Peace Sign Sunglasses. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.
We need to love our planet and care for her, as well as each other. Maybe I’m hoping that by hanging a reminder in their home with my art, a person will remember that each day and be a little more cognizant of their actions, slowly helping to make the world a better place.
What themes are making it into your art?
Peace & Dove IV © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original dove and peace sign acrylic painting on canvas
Peace & Dove III © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original dove and peace sign acrylic painting on canvas
Peace & Dove II © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original dove and peace sign acrylic painting on canvas
Peace of the Sea © 2014 Aprille Lipton – original turtle and peace sign acrylic painting on canvas