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Now there are “group rates” for art purchases!!  Since some art collectors prefer buying paintings in groups, there are now special rates for purchasing groups.  Or, if you prefer to pick and choose, there is the shopping cart.

I know, I know.. the shopping cart buttons are a little “loud”.  There will eventually be pretty buttons more suited to the site.  Really.

On a more personal note…

Some readers may recall my recent post regarding a foot injury (It was in the “old” blog, which has since malfunctioned and has been temporarily discontinued.  If you didn’t see it, don’t worry, my feelings aren’t hurt…much.). 

The ER diagnosis was “fractured tarsal/fractured metatarsal”, but luckily it was not so bad after all.  In fact, the physician who was kind enough to look at the xrays did not see any clear break (Phew! I thought it was my eyes!).  However, it was enough of an injury to keep me off my feet for a couple of weeks, and my toes are still bruised after almost a month.  But I’ll be as good as new before long.

Meanwhile, I’ve finished some more paintings, which will be posted on soulbearing.com in a week or 2– I’m finishing a few more so I can post them all at once.  Some are smaller paintings which will be $150 or less!!

coming soon: more stuff :-)


It was a lovely surprise to have one of my new posters picked as one of “Today’s Best” (or yesterday’s, if you are in a part of the world where it is already March 21) on zazzle.com:
  
  
Flowers are one of my favorite photography subjects because of the colors, shapes, and sculptural qualities.
  
With the ease of digital photography, one of the biggest challenges in floral photography today is creating an image that is unusual.  Most types of flowers have been painted, sketched, or photographed from every possible angle in all sorts of settings. 
 
In this image, the perspective, lighting, and focus create a sense of motion, which is unusual in a floral still life.  The lily seems to burst open, pouring light, creating a glowing splash against the dark background.  Normally, the glowing “hot spots” of bright white would be a technical no-no in photography, as would the slight blur at the edges of some petals.  But, here, the rules have been bent effectively, giving more “life” to this floral still life.
  
Of my lily photos, this is one of my favorites, and I am glad it is a favorite of zazzle.com too.  If you’d like to see all of my images offered on zazzle.com, visit the soulbearing store on zazzle.
  
There are also more new posters, for under $25!  Including some very cool abstract prints, like these:
  
  
    
coming soon: more original art for sale

When I began offering merchandise on zazzle.com about a year ago, I thought customers were likely only purchasing items printed with their own images, but I decided to post a few things anyway.  It didn’t cost anything, it was easy to set up, and at the very least it would be another forum in which to display some of my work.  Any publicity is good publicity; free publicity is fabulous.

Of course, I did order a couple of things first.  After all, if I’m adding my name to something, I want to make sure it’s good.  Plus, I needed an unusual gift for a family member anyway.  The folks at Zazzle do great work.  They’re fast, the quality is excellent, and when they made a minor mistake, they were quick to correct it.  (When a company handles such a large volume of transactions per day, there is bound to be the occassional error.)

I do not know what percentage of Zazzle’s customers are buying products with their own images, but I do know that many people also purchase the designs of artists and designers who offer items on Zazzle– when they can find the images.

With nearly 40 billion (yes, billion) products being offered on Zazzle, making sure people find a particular store or product is a challenge.  It helps to have the right category names & descriptions, product names & descriptions, and tags.

Since I’m not really so tech savvy, it took me some time to realize the importance of tags.  If the tags are good, more people will find it.  It’s that simple.

But adding tags manually is a chore; I think it could be made easier.  So, here is one of my Zazzle wishes:  When images are uploaded or edited, along with the areas to add the name and description for each image, include an area to add tags for each image.  This way, whenever a product is created with that image, the tags will be automatically pre-filled the same way titles and descriptions are.  (I’d also like to be able to pick categories for images the same way!) 

Also, it would be nice to have tags for store categories.  For example, one of my store sections is for floral images.  It would be simpler if I could select tags like “flowers, floral, floral photography” to be automatically added to all items in that category.

Call it laziness, but it would be a time saver, and time is money.  I have more ideas, but I am out of time for now.

You can support the artist (that’s me) by visiting http://soulbearing.com, where you can purchase original paintings and find links to customized merchandise on zazzle.

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coming soon: more new stuff


The new shopping cart has been added to the art for sale pages!!  Purchase items with secure checkout using credit card or PayPal.  Patrons now have the option to use the “Buy It Now” button to purchase just one item, or the “Add to Cart” button to purchase multiple items. 

An error caused an issue with some of the text on the contact page; it has been resolved and the page is functioning properly again.

Due to recurring issues with the embedded blog at soulbearing.com, the original blog will most likely be deleted soon.  Some of the more popular posts have been re-posted here, and this blog will eventually (hopefully) be integrated with the soulbearing site.  For now, the newest entries will be listed on the artist’s blog page using a feed, and the original blog will still be viewable (temporarily).

New art has been added, too!!

Silver Beach by S.Lynnette

Silver Beach by S.Lynnette, Acrylic Painting on Linen Canvas

Private Plane by S.Lynnette

Private Plane by S.Lynnette, Acrylic Abstract Painting on Linen Canvas

coming soon: more new art!!

Among my designs currently offered, there is a section titled “Kaleidoscopes“.

I first made this type of image as an assignment in a beginners photography class years ago.  I still like making them from time to time because the resulting images are almost always a surprise.  It begins with an image like this one, for example:

One Cold Morning Mousepad

One Cold Morning Mousepad

In this case, the upper right corner was chosen since it contained so many interesting lines.  Then apply (as necessary) some creative cropping, color enhancement, duplicating, and flipping.  The end result looks very different from the original image:

Sunrise Creation Mousepad

Sunrise Creation Mousepad

And, multiple images can be obtained from the same original image.  Tree branches often are excellent subjects for this technique.  I chose this photo because of the interesting lines and contrast:

Trees in the Snow Mousepad

Trees in the Snow Mousepad

By duplicating it 3 times, then flipping the original and duplicates multiple ways, I obtained multiple images:

Winter Lace Mousepad

Winter Lace Mousepad

Frozen Symmetry Mousepad

Frozen Symmetry Mousepad

 Winter Symmetry Mousepad

Winter Symmetry Mousepad

They all look fabulous on the coffee mugs and other merchandise too, by the way:

Winter Lace Coffee Mug

Winter Lace Coffee Mug 

All of these images were created with minimal manipulation of the original image.  With the various effects and filters in most image editing software, the final images can be manipulated farther and farther away from the original.  However, the point for me (at least this time) is not to entirely get away from the original object, but to reveal this sort of other aspect of it. 

If you like my work, these and more images are available on all sorts of merchandise here.  (You can even add your own designs and images.) 

Coming soon: An art sale and more original paintings for sale!!

(Originally posted by S.Lynnette on soulbearing.com, January 20, 2011 at 06:43 AM EST)


The short answer is “neither is better or worse; they’re just different”.  For a longer more biased answer, along with some tips for beginning acrylic painters, read on. :) 

While some artists insist on using traditional oil paints, there have also been many very well-known artists who have worked with acrylics.  If you don’t believe me, “google” it!  Personally, I prefer working with acrylics for several reasons.  

Once upon a time, acrylic paint was used almost exclusively for commercial painting, and because of this it was specifically formulated to have a short drying time and low cost.  Over the years, it has evolved, and now several manufacturers are making fine art quality acrylics in a wide range of pigments and consistencies, with slower drying time than the commercial-use acrylics– and a higher price. 

Since acrylics are still relatively new on the art scene (only 50-60 years), it’s hard to say what acrylic paintings will look like in another 200 years.  But, so far most acrylic fine art paintings seem to endure without the cracking seen in many oil paintings of comparable age, they maintain color as well or even better, and acrylic paints seem to be more versatile than oils.  They come in smooth body, heavy body, extra heavy body.  You can thin them, thicken them, pour them, brush them, embed objects, use texturizers, etc. etc. etc.  And, wet acrylic paint cleans up with soap and water, which means no need for turpentine! 

Many oil painters complain that acrylics dry too fast, but this is one of the qualities I like most.  A thick coat of oil paint can take many weeks to thoroughly dry, while the same work in acrylic is dry within hours or even minutes.  If acrylics dry too fast for you, my initial advice is “paint faster”.  However, there are steps you can take to slow the drying process. 

For starters, you can make your own palette using a shallow plastic container, a damp cloth, and a sheet of wax paper.  Place the damp cloth in the bottom of the container, with the wax paper on top of the cloth, and put your paint on top of the wax paper.  This can keep paint useable for many hours.  And, if the container also has a lid, this can keep acrylic paint useable for days, as long as you keep the cloth damp (only damp, not dripping — too much water on the cloth will make paint runny!).  You can also buy special pallettes for acrylics at most art supply stores. 

To keep paint wet on the canvas surface for “wet on wet” painting techniques, you can add water.  However, this can make paint too thin, cause drips, and it causes the paint to have a matte finish when it dries.  Plus, even with water added, acrylics still dry fast.  An alternative is to use blending mediums, or even a combination of water and blending medium.  Liquitex makes a product called “Slow-Dri Blending Medium” which works well.  It comes in liquid and in gel form, so you can slow drying time and increase transparency without changing the consistency of your paint.  You will still have to work faster than when working with oils, but the drying retardant can buy you some time for “wet on wet” techniques.  

Whether you use oils or acrylics, the key to mastery is practice, practice, practice.  Practice and mastery are what will eventually create great works of art, regardless of the medium chosen.  

For examples of some of my acrylic paintings, visit the art for sale page.  Good luck, and happy painting!

(Originally posted by S.Lynnette on soulbearing.com, January 13, 2011 at 10:40 PM EST)


It is often easy to see how the large scale things we do can impact the future.  For example, when a museum or library is built, there is an amount of certainty that its influence will outlive its builders.  But what about the smaller things?  Do acts done on a seemingly significantly smaller scale make a difference to future generations? (If a butterfly flaps its wings here, does it really cause a tidal wave there…)

As I was in my own little world pondering this and other random things, I realized I was staring at one of my canna photos, and I began thinking of how cheerful the bright yellow color is.  They’re not just any cannas; these have a little history.

 Yellow Canna Flower Poster

Yellow Canna Flower Poster by S.Lynnette  

My great grandmother loved gardening so much that she kept 2 gardens– one for vegetables, and another for flowers.  More than 50 years ago, she planted cannas.  They’re usually better suited to warmer, more tropical climates, but for whatever reason they survived the cold Virginia winters to bloom every summer.  Not only that, but they thrived well enough to eventually transplant some, and the transplants still survive.

All these years later, she is gone, as are her gardens and even the old house.  But as a result of her simple act of planting a few flower bulbs, the cannas (and her spider lilies too!) are here to enjoy more than 50 years later.  And– thanks to the world wide web, digital photography, and zazzle.com– many more can enjoy photos and prints featuring some of her flowers.

Yellow Canna by S.Lynnette

Yellow Canna by S.Lynnette  (More canna and other floral pictures are available on a wide range of products here.)

So if you ever wonder (as I sometimes do) if the smaller things we cultivate today could be brightening someone else’s day 50 years from now, the answer is yes.  Yes, they canna! (I just couldn’t resist the cheesy pun.)  :-)

(Originally posted by S.Lynnette on soulbearing.com,  January 02, 2011 at 02:31 PM EST)


I enjoy photographing floral still lifes, rural scenery, and so on; I’m sure it shows in the quantity of these types of images in my collection.  I also enjoy painting and illustration, particularly abstracts.  This combination of interests eventually led to the question:  Can a photograph do what a painting does? (If you’re not an artsy type and don’t get it, read on anyway.  No, I’m not really going to explain, but there are important insights and links to buy stuff so I can keep painting.)

Digital photography and image editing software have made it incredibly easy for artists and amateurs alike to create attractive pictures; as evidence of this, there are literally billions of nice looking images on the internet. 

But, as an artist who prefers painting abstracts, making pretty photos can sometimes become mundane.  My solution for this has been to seek unusual angles, unusual subjects, macros, and other techniques which result in images that appear more abstract.

It started a few years ago with a photographic tribute to Jackson Pollock’s artwork.  Viewers stared curiously at the tangles of light and dark, wondering what was the inspiration for choosing to photograph these particular things, then grinned at the moment of realization that it wasn’t really about the things (It rarely really is.).

This led to more images done in tribute to other abstract painters, like images inspired by Rothko’s glowing squares:

Minimalist Skylight by S.Lynnette

Minimalist Skylight by S.Lynnette (This image is available on a variety of products.)

Heavenly Light in the Loft by S.Lynnette

Heavenly Light in the Loft by S.Lynnette  (This image is available on a variety of products.)

Or, more recently, more images reminiscent of the abstract expressionists like Pollock:

Trees in the Snow

Trees in the Snow by S.Lynnette  (This one is available in large prints on canvas! and a variety of other products.)

Of course, I haven’t given up the floral and rural photography.  I do still like pretty pictures:

2011 Floral Calendar

2011 Floral Calendar by S.Lynnette (Nature and Rural Calendars and other products are also available.)

And some images are even available on jewelry now:

Owl Necklace by S.Lynnette

Owl Necklace by S.Lynnette

So if you see the abstract art and photography, and think to yourself “What on earth is that?”, don’t panic.  I still haven’t completely given up making pretty pictures.  If you’d like to see more, you can shop for merchandise printed with my images, or better yet, shop for original art.

(Originally posted by S.Lynnette on soulbearing.com, December 29, 2010 at 06:00 PM EST)


Since the current blog at soulbearing.com periodically vanishes for no apparent reason (maintenance? gremlins?), I’m on WordPress now… that’s slynnette.wordpress.com if you want to add it to your faves. This will hopefully be more stable, plus WordPress offers subscriptions and email notifications for new posts. So sign up for that!

Readers can still access the latest blog posts via the “artist’s blog” page at soulbearing.com, and can also now receive updates through twitter.

Some new paintings and drawings have been added to the “art for sale” pages at soulbearing.com and there is more on the way, so have a look and support a painter.

coming soon: updates and new art

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