A New Love For Acrylics

The past few months have been wonderful, churning out lots of work almost every day! I recently got a part time job at a paint and sip bar in Concord, New Hampshire. For those of you who may not know what that is: A paint and sip bar is where you go to drink wine and an instructor teaches you how to paint a relatively simple piece within a two to three hour class. Its very fun to get people excited about art and finding their inner artists. We only use acrylic paint which is something that I had to get used to because I was not very familiar with the medium when I started. We use acrylic because it dries very fast, its inexpensive, and you can paint right over spots you may have messed up a bit on. I have been working there now for about three months and I am loving it. Not only do I love entertaining people but I have found a new love for the acrylic medium. Oils will always hold a special place in my heart but the one thing that bothered me about it was how long it takes for each layer to dry. When I walk away from a piece for that long, I start to loose the momentum behind it and it never quite comes out how I planned. With acrylics, I am able to finish a piece within a matter of hours, not weeks. This way I can create much more work in a short period of time, allowing me to stock up on a solid body of work.

A veggie set of the mini paintings that I created for a commission!

With this new love of acrylics I’ve been making what I like to call, “Mini Paintings”. These are 4″X 4″ paintings with a 1.5″ profile. They are lovely little pieces for a desktop or even tucked in a bookcase. I gravitated towards these mini paintings because they are easy to finish quickly but also economically priced. People have really taken to this new medium and they love the mini paintings.

I am very happy to say that I have been receiving commissions for my work non-stop for about a month now. With the holiday season coming up people are stoked to buy locally, handmade gifts. When you buy handmade items from an artist you are not only getting a one of a kind product but you are also supporting that artist’s dream. It really is a special gift you are giving to that artist; a gift of allowing them to make a living doing what they love.

I am extremely grateful for all the people who have show interest in my work and I am so excited to see what is coming next! Please email me or give me a call if you are interested in my work and would like to buy one of my pieces or order a custom commission piece. You can check out examples of my work on the Portfolio page on this website.

Well, that is all for this update folks. Thanks for reading and toodle-loo.

~Dani S.