Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Pool Of Blue - Original Madonna Icon in Frame with Swarovski Crystals by Wendy Ryan

Finally, I have time to post my new work! We've had the house upside down for the week while we have new windows installed. I was able to paint, but with my office turned upside down and the computers unplugged it was mayhem! But with three days of destruction and construction behind us, we're on the home stretch now. Hubby set up office again last night, so I've stolen a few minutes to post a new piece. I've called this icon "The Pool of Blue" from a poem by Sara Teasdale.

"I am the pool of blue
That worships the vivid sky;
My hopes were heaven-high,
They are all fulfilled in you."

~ Sara Teasdale

Using mixed media technique, I've created an original folk Madonna Icon. She glows in her deep blue robe, encircled by her halo of red roses. Starting with a plain wooden frame, I’ve created the look of burnished copper, embellished with textured Celtic braids and clay Rustic crosses. The original icon sparkles with real Swarovski crystals.

Artist: Wendy Ryan
Title: The Pool of Blue
Medium: Mixed Media
Size: 6.5 X 8.5"
17 X 22 cm
Date: 2007

Any of my pieces can be purchased directly from me. So if you see something that you like just drop me a note! I'm busy building inventory for my "Bricks and Mortar" wholesale customers and upcoming shows so I'm never far from my paints...even in this crazy construction zone!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Universal Passage - A Painting For Yesterday

"Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives."

~ A. Sachs

Artist: Wendy Ryan
Title: Universal Passage
Medium: Mixed
Size: 6.5 x .8.5 in
16 X 21 cm
Date: 2007

I actually finished this painting yesterday, but fatigue hit before I could post it here last night.

This piece is Frida "Retablo Style". I've created a Mexican inspired Retablo style frame for this homage to Frida and the Day of the Dead using texture medium and small clay skulls overlaid with metallic tarnished faux bronze. The rustic cross is embellished with a sparkling Swarovski Crystal. Your painting arrives ready to hang.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Painting For Today: Romantic Folk Girl Roses Moon

“See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.”

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Artist: Wendy Ryan
Title: Move In Silence
Medium: Acrylic on Wood
Size: 8 X 10 x 3/4 in
20 X 26 x 2 cm
Date: 2007

If you've ever been in a garden late at night, you'll remember the magic in the moonlight on the roses...a simple moment transformed into a mystical experience, if you let the magic touch you...

And thanks so much for dropping by!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Long Over Due Painting For Today - Sharing A Whisper

Sharing A Whisper

Title: Sharing A Whisper
Medium: Acrylic on Wooden Block
Size: Size: 5 X 7 x 3/4 in
13 x 18 x 2 cm
Date: 2007

Where have I been? Gosh, I hope someone out there is wondering! The last few weeks have rushed by me, as usual, never enough time or energy to accomplish everything that I want or intend to do. There can't be many tasks less attractive to an artist than shipping...but I've got one ahead of me this weekend...TAXES!!! Yep, the deadline approaches and it's time to actually admit that last year was a challenging one. Hmm...let's just see, new computer, camera and oh yeah, can't forget we got a roof the week before Christmas too! So far I've surveyed my piles of receipts and concluded it costs a heck of a lot to make a little bit of money!

By the way, this little painting is part of a small collection that's soon on it's way to:

Little Cricket Gift Gallery
Maple Ridge
(604) 476-1234

I don't think the gallery has a website, but if you're in Maple Ridge BC, drop in to see some wonderful original art.
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