Purple Nos. 2-7

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Purple Nos.2-7 abstract paintings by Leslie Joy
Purple Nos.2-7
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

Working in Series

Ok, so here you have it—the remaining pieces in the purple series! These six round out the series of seven.

Lately, I have been creating work in series. Series work lends to the development of a signature style and a cohesive body of work. The art police will tell you that it is important for artists to create a cohesive body of work!

While I am one to follow the rules (most of the time), my series work is not a result of following the guidelines established by the art police. Frankly, I’m still exploring my style, so the work I create may or may not be accumulating into a cohesive body of work at this time.

However, I do find this rule helpful when working with the smaller canvases, especially the minis. Here are a few reasons why I work in series work for smaller canvases:

  1. Smaller art packs a greater visual punch when grouped together in a vignette. See the image below for an example. A few pieces from blue series have been displayed as a gallery of wall art. Pretty neat, huh?
  2. Creating one mini canvas in a particular color palette is not enough to thoroughly explore the colors. I usually want to play with the colors and the technique of pouring the colors on the palette…again…and again…and again. And so I do! You’ve seen the outcome of this repetition. Naturally, I end up with a series that looks similar in color and style. This is a great thing because now there is ample work to create the lovely vignettes.
  3. Practice makes perfect–at least that’s the way the saying goes. I’m not striving for perfection (what would that be anyway?), but the practice helps me define and refine my techniques and color combinations. If I’m lucky, I’ll have fun, create some beautiful work, and make a few mistakes that, hopefully, turn into new techniques, images, and color combos (otherwise, the mistakes become duds—tossed aside to be painted over later—and that’s ok, too!).

For all these reasons, the series will continue. I hope you enjoy them.

These are Purple Nos.2-7. Enjoy!

Purple Nos.2-7 abstract paintings by Leslie Joy
Purple Nos.2-7
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

 

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Purple No.1

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Purple No.1, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Purple No.1
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

 

To Do or Not to Do?

I’m a list person. I’ll jot down a to-do list for anything: groceries, potential titles for artwork (whether the art is created or not), mundane day-to-day activities, what to pack for a trip, work tasks, etc.

The best part is when I can “kill” a task. You know, put a strike through it when it’s done. A to-do list filled with kill marks describes a productive day in my book.

But some days I just have to not do the “to do’s.” Some days I just have to create.

Today was one of those days, even though time in the studio was not on the to-do list.

I have a jewelry project in progress. Today, I completed a partial assembly of 34 pieces. (Woohoo!)

Then I photographed four minis that have been sitting around for a while. (Ok, they were on the mental to-do list. Just killed it! Ha!)

Then I created 12 more minis. (Yikes! I couldn’t help myself. They’re so darn cute! Besides, that’s more eye candy for you, eventually.)

I guarantee, there was nothing on the to-do list that compared to what I accomplished today!

So, sometimes it’s best not “to do,” wouldn’t you say?

Did you kill any tasks on your to-do list today? Or did you choose not to do, instead?

 

As promised, this is the first in the purple series. All sides are completely painted, yet totally different.

This is Purple No.1. Enjoy!

Purple No.1, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Purple No.1
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

 

Blue No.8

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Blue No.8, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.8
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

What Do You Want?

Listen to this blog post…

Read this blog post instead…

One of my favorite movies is The Notebook with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. It’s an epic love story, one of my all-time favorites (Love Jones right behind), and it makes me cry every time I watch it.

One of my favorite scenes is near the end where “the boy is about to lose the girl” for a second time. I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen the movie; but, as she’s about to leave, he asks her with deep felt love and vexation (what a combo, right?),What do you want?” He asks this question several times, each time with more frustration because she is reluctant speak her heart’s desire. Every time I see that scene, I feel his irritation. And I feel like he is talking to me! Not about love, but about life in general.

 

What Do You Want?

Sometimes the simplest question can be the hardest to answer because we either believe that we don’t know the answer or we fear our answer may hurt someone else. The latter may be a tough situation to navigate, but at least you have the answer figured out. The former can be trickier because our wants and dreams can be difficult to identify or articulate.

Most of the time we live from a space of doing things because we have to, not because we want to—and the accumulated stress of the “have-to’s” can steal our joy, drain our energy, and squash our dreams. Before we know it, our joy has turned to sadness or apathy, our energy has been depleted, and our dreams have become distant memories—or maybe there was never enough space to discover a dream to begin with.

 

My Short List

I’ve been contemplating my wants/dreams lately—my short list is below.

They are the same as they have been for several years now. Tiny glimpses of them show up every now and then. You see, knowing is only half the battle. Once you know, you have to focus. And that, too, can be a challenge.

Wants/Desires/Dreams

1-To create, create, create— art and/or writing

I have been engaged in the creative process on and off for many years. In recent years I have felt the urge to share and build something around my art—hence, the newsletter, this blog (thanks to all who have subscribed—J), the YouTube videos, the shop, the print shop, and the 30 in 30 challenges (have you noticed I’m not participating in this year’s Sept 30 in 30?). I am far from where I see myself with regards to this desire and I’m constantly questioning myself when it comes to the details. What do I really want to create, build, design, share?—and how will I do these things—what are the best tools (programs/materials) to use?—how can I do it better—what’s the end game—will other people enjoy what I’m doing?????

As you can see, the answer to that basic question is never-ending and ever-evolving. And I think that’s ok. The more important thing is to stay in the question, at least that way I stay in the game to some extent.

2-To live a healthier lifestyle

I have stared down the glass of a green smoothie, gobbled down a bowl of salad (when I really wanted pizza), and stepped on a scale only to see the dial move in the wrong direction despite my efforts. I have been through this process many times and, though I have prevailed for short periods of time, I (like some of you, perhaps) am still working on this one. Did you have your green smoothie today? I did. 🙂

3-To find the love of my life

Just as I’m writing this, I realize that “find” is the wrong word. “Find” suggests that something is lost. Let’s try “attract” instead. Yes, attract the love of my life.

Well, what else can I say here? We all want love, right? I haven’t been working on this dream in recent years. In fact, it was removed from the list completely, but it’s still a part of who I am. I can’t deny that. At some point, perhaps, I’ll be ready to focus on that dream again. For now, this one is still on pause. I’m working on me instead. Feel me?

So, that’s a little about what I want and where I am with respect to those dreams. Clearly, I don’t have it all figured out, but I remain in the question…

“What do you want?”

 

Dream a Little Dream

So, what do you want? What do you really want when it comes to career, health, love, or whatever?

Do you know?

If not, take some time to discover. Have a conversation…with you.

 

Farewell to Blue

And in the meantime, enjoy this little blue beauty. Out of all of my blue series posts on Instagram, this one got the most likes. It’s the last in the blue series for now. I have a few more blue ones waiting in the wings, but they’re not quite ready for display. Next up….some Purple love…get ready!

I hope you enjoyed the Blue Series. If you did, let me know. Send a comment.

If you like this post, please like and share. Gracias!

This is Blue No.8. Enjoy!

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Blue No.8
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″
Mini Canvas Collection - Blue Series by Leslie Joy
Mini Canvas Collection
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″
Blue Series

Blue No.7

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Blue No.7, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.7
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

A little blue inspiration for you.

Soon I’ll be sharing other wonderful colors in the mini canvas collection. Stay tuned!

This is Blue No.7. Enjoy!

Blue No.7, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.7
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

Blue No.4

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Blue No.4, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.4
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

 

I hope you are enjoying the Blue series.

I have a few more of these for you. In the meantime, let me know how you like the Blue series so far.

Likes, shares, comments, and questions are welcomed. 🙂

And many thanks to those of you who have liked, shared, and commented!

This is Blue No.4. Enjoy!

Blue No.4, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.4
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

Blue No.2

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Blue No.2, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.2
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

I’m excited about these new pieces. Some I like more than others. This happens to be one of my favorites. I hope you like it, too.

This is Blue No.2. Enjoy!

Blue No.2, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.2
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

Blue No.1

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Blue No.1, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.1
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

I’m working on a new collection of 4″ x 4″ minis.

The first series in this collection highlights the color blue, accented with white and gold.

This is Blue No.1. Be sure to scroll down to see the collage.

Enjoy!

Blue No.1, abstract painting by Leslie Joy
Blue No.1
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

Purple Flames

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Purple Flames by Leslie Joy
Purple Flames
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

I plan on creating more of these 4″x 4″ minis. I think they’re so cute! Plus, they fit in the least likely of places—uh, on top of my printer, for instance.

Let me know what you think of the 4″ x 4″ minis.

This is Purple Flames. Enjoy.

Purple Flames abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Purple Flames
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

Infinite Possibilties

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Infinite Possibilities abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Infinite Possibilities
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

Until now, most of my paintings have been on canvas panels. Panels require framing. Regular canvases, however, do not require framing.

So, I’ve been playing around with regular canvases–more specifically, mini gallery-wrapped canvases.

The term “gallery-wrapped” means the stretched canvas is tailored to the back of the canvas frame, leaving the sides of the canvas free of unsightly hardware (i.e., staples!). This finishing technique results in a more professional look and serves two functions:

  1. It leaves the sides unblemished and available for paint. Now, the artist has options which include extending the image beyond the front of the canvas, painting the sides with complementary colors, or leaving the sides with a crisp, clean white finish.
  2. It allows the canvas to be hung without a frame, whether the sides are painted or not. This is the most important function, in my opinion.

For this piece, I used a 4″ x 4″ x 1.5″ mini gallery-wrapped canvas. The 4″ x 4″ mini canvas is the perfect decor accent for a shelf, desk, cubicle, or side table. Plus, it’s so darn cute! When grouped on a wall in a nest of 3 or more, these mini canvases make a unique, striking gallery of wall art.

Below is Infinite Possibilities. No framing required since it’s gallery-wrapped! All sides are painted. Check out the collage below for a closer look.

I have a companion to this one that I will post tomorrow.

Enjoy!

Infinite Possibilities, abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Infinite Possibilities
4″ x 4″ x 1.5″

Morning Madness

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Morning Madness, 7" x 5" abstract acrylic painting by Leslie Joy
Morning Madness
7″ x 5″

Colorful, flirty madness. Do you feel it?

This is Morning Madness. Enjoy!

Morning Madness, abstract painting by Leslie Joy
Morning Madness
12 1/2″ x 10 1/2″, framed

Origins

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Origins, abstract painting by Leslie Joy
Origins
7″ x 5″

I thought I had already posted this one, but apparently not!

It’s a great companion piece to Pursuit of Perfection.

This is Origins. Enjoy!

Origins, abstract painting by Leslie Joy
Origins
12 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

The Other Side of Darkness

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The Other Side of Darkness, abstract painting by Leslie Joy
The Other Side of Darkness
5″ x 7″

This is The Other Side of Darkness. Enjoy!

The Other Side of Darkness by Leslie Joy
The Other Side of Darkness
10 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, framed

Pursuit of Perfection

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Pursuit of Perfection, abstract painting by Leslie Joy
Pursuit of Perfection
7″x 5″

Forget pursuing perfection. It can stop you in your tracks, stall you for the long or short-term, plunge you into the depths of analysis paralysis, and sink your boat before you even set sail.

Instead, just go with your best for now and tweak along the way!

This is Pursuit of Perfection Enjoy!

Pursuit of Perfection, abstract painting by Leslie Joy
Pursuit of Perfection
12 1/2″ x 10 1/2″, framed