Jul 24, 2017

In-between Storms

In-between Storms, 9 x 28", watercolor/acrylic on heavyweight paper

$340


*detail*  In-between Storms, 9x28", watercolor on heavyweight paper

Just another waves-for-days painting inspired by those Washington Coast storms I've been lucky enough to witness in person.  There is simply nothing like that organized chaos and energy...it is awesome and a reminder of a much bigger world than my own.  

Thank you for visiting! 

R

Jul 16, 2017

Where The Answers Are

Where The Answers Are,  20 x 27 1/2", soft pastel on archival paper

$740

Jul 9, 2017

The Healing Time

The Healing Time, 7x21", watercolor on paper


$200


detail view


I seem to have settled on using Fabriano cold press 300lb paper, although I still have a sheet of their soft press that I want to try.  Fabriano, unlike Arches, does not use animal gelatin in their paper production ("sizing")...and the vegetarian in me likes that very much.

Jul 3, 2017

watercolor

Ocean Shores study, 6x6", watercolor on 140lb soft press paper

I've been experimenting with watercolor lately.  There is so much to learn...but I'm enjoying re-programming myself to paint light to dark (instead of dark to light in acrylic and oil), the immediacy of the paint being grabbed by the paper and water, and the rolling of the dice as I let a section dry.  Stay tuned...

Apr 28, 2017

Tipping Point

Tipping Point, 12x36", oil on canvas

**available**

please email renay@renayshaffer.com for purchasing details

Apr 27, 2017

like a particular phrase in a paragraph

detail approx 6x6", Tipping Point, 12x36", oil on canvas


Every once in awhile, if I'm lucky, there's a small section in a painting that just sort of does it for me. Floats my boat, so to speak, even though I often don't even know why.  I tend to go back to it for encouragement and focus on it when I need to ignore or let go of something elsewhere in the piece.  I'm not sure if other artists do this too or if it's just a quirk of mine...though I suspect I'm not alone.

Jul 25, 2016

The Season of Unrest (No. 1)

The Season of Unrest (No. 1), 22x28", oil on canvas


Been working on this piece with another to follow, as well as some commissions, so my smaller paintings remain on the to-do list for the time being...

Jul 6, 2016

Knows all our Secrets and Never Tells

Knows all our Secrets and Never Tells, 6x6", oil on canvas on wood panel


The deeper one gets into organic food and organic gardening, the more an entire previously unknown arena opens up about the oneness of the earth and all her systems.  Concepts that used to sound "woo woo" start to make more and more sense, as well as the shedding of preconceived assumptions and especially a humbling of spirit.  Biodynamic farmers and most who use the word Permaculture have been working with these concepts for decades, even centuries (and reaping the benefit), but in our modern times most of us lost touch with ideas such as the lunar calendar and its effect on crops...heck, we barely acknowledge its effect on tides let alone plants or ourselves.  What if we take a moment to remember/consider the moon as part of our ecosystem, our living breathing planet, our living breathing selves, the living moving ocean, the living breathing winds and trees, the seasons?

Biodynamic farmers recognize the fact that when the moon is full, the sap in the plants comes up, they are more receptive to receiving water, tendency for mold is higher, and seedlings germinate faster.  The gravitational force of the full moon literally pulls the life up out of the earth and into the plant, and when it wanes the earth starts to inhale again and the energy goes back into root systems, strengthening the plant and grounding it quite literally.  This beautiful rhythm is just one more sound in the chorus of Creation that has been drowned out by industry, but I think the tide is turning.

Have a beautiful day,

-R
     

Jul 3, 2016

Edge of Creation, Edge of Extinction

Edge of Creation, Edge of Extinction, 6x6", oil on canvas on wood panel

Joanne Knobel of Knobel Honey in Australia kindly gave me permission to use her beautiful photo of one of her sweet bees as the reference for this painting.  I loved painting this little lady, and the significance of her standing on the edge of the honeycomb - broken or building? - representing how bees too are on the edge of survival, battling mites, bacteria, emf and countless other hazards, especially pesticides.  I'm happy to highlight ethical beekeepers, whose role in the food system is integral and should be applauded with every pollinated fruit and vegetable we raise to our mouths.  Thank you Jo!  xo


Jun 26, 2016

Bee on a wild rose, study

Bee on a wild rose, study, 6x6", oil on canvas on wood panel



Jun 24, 2016

WIP, Bee on a wild rose (study)

wip, 6x6", oil on canvas on panel

Coming along...I didn't have much time to put in yesterday but it is always a good feeling when the background starts to get laid in and the focal point begins to pop.  My main goal now is to simplify and soften as I work my way out.  It feels sort of funny to call this a study, since I've put more time and patience in than what I normally would term a "study"...but really, I've "studied" this more deeply because of the extra time and meditation.  I'm always up for a play on words though!

Thank you for following along!

-R

Jun 22, 2016

day 2 WIP, Bee on a wild rose (study)

wip, 6x6", oil on canvas panel

Taking my time with this one and enjoying the process.  Blending can be as therapeutic as chopping vegetables, at least in my opinion.  :-)

Jun 21, 2016

work in progress (Bee on a wild rose, study)

wip, 6x6", oil on canvas panel

Getting to know this little guy.  My brother took this photo of this sweet little bee, after it had taken a 15 minute nap on my husband's shoulder during which time we thought there must be something wrong with it.  We carefully maneuvered him onto a wild rose bush, when all of a sudden he came to and went right back to work buzzing around gathering pollen.  In hindsight it felt pretty special that he felt safe enough to rest on hub's shoulder and let us get so close.  If this one turns out like I'm hoping it will, I'll likely paint it again, much larger.

Jun 18, 2016

Farmers' Market Cherries

Farmers' Market Cherries, 5x7", acrylic on canvas on hardwood

Jun 12, 2016

Jun 2, 2016

Solitude

Solitude, 6x6", oil on canvas on wood panel



I've always found it interesting how solitude is such a different experience for each person you meet.  Some people fear it; it means loneliness, boredom, or vulnerability.  For others it can mean space and breathing room and rejuvenation or contemplation without distraction.  Artists are notoriously introverted, which is in many ways our downfall as the last thing we want to do is actually talk about or promote our artwork - especially to people we don't even know, eek!  I'm certainly one of those people and have always struggled with sharing my work.  The internet is a wonderful thing for us introverts, whether we are writers or painters or sculptors etc...because we can just put it out there and then close that computer tab and pretend we didn't just do such a crazy thing and get back into our room with our tools and our paint (or whatever it is we use to create).

In the rest of life, I'm actually glad for this part of my personality and think of it as an advantage.  None of us can escape periods of alone-ness or solitude at times, and for that I'm lucky that even as a child it seemed like a precious gift: time to think, to imagine, to plan, to daydream, to recuperate or heal, to recalibrate.  

Diane Hoeptner wrote a really neat ebook on the topic of introversion as an artist and ways to work with yourself, not against yourself.  I highly recommend it. 

May your day be peaceful with some time to daydream!

-Renay

May 30, 2016

May 29, 2016

Crab's eye view - St. Thomas, USVI

Crab's Eye View - St. Thomas USVI, 16x20", acrylic  on canvas

private collection

May 27, 2016

w.i.p.

wip, 6x6", oil on Ampersand textured gessobord

Leaving this attempt be, and taking away what I learned from it.  Sounds like life eh?!  I think I'll try this in acrylic and on a smoother board, as well as getting rid of those grid lines before I start.  This was with Gamblin oils - they are like butter and just beautiful in their rich pigment, but due to my tendency to paint thin, I realized they don't cover as well as the water-soluble oils I've been using.  I also didn't do a burnt umber wash to start which I normally do, as I wanted to see how the texture of this gessobord picked up the paint (and...ahem...I just wanted to GET ON WITH IT).  Perhaps that didn't help the grid line situation.  At any rate, I'm happy with the composition and looking forward to the next attempt!  Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

May 26, 2016

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie, 6x6", oil on canvas on hardwood panel



May 24, 2016

May 18, 2016

Grow (reaching for the light)

Grow (reaching for the light), oil on canvas on wood panel, 6x6"




May 16, 2016

Natural Medicine

Natural Medicine, oil on canvas on wood panel, 6x6"