Monday, March 24, 2014
Recently I found out that my Blogger blog doesn't show up at all in searches and worse yet there is very little I can do about it. Frustrating, but it does mean that I have to move up if I want to be noticed and with that I have decided to move both my blog and my website to Squarespace. From now on you can find them at www.kimberlynaumann.com. I am also going to put more effort into updating my blog from now on and am coming up with plenty of ideas on new and interesting content. I figure if I'm going to pay for a service I should be putting more effort into it! Please join me for a better blogging experience HERE!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
This was our weather over the weekend. Where is spring you ask? I don't know, you tell me! Today it's warmed up a bit being -12 with a wind chill of-20. Yes, I said warmed up, it's been a long, vile and unbelievably cold winter here on the Island. Winter is the only time I miss BC. PEI winters are quite awful and I really feel that anyone considering moving here should seriously think about enduring an entire winter on the Island before actually moving here, preferably paying the heating bill for a decent sized house so they understand the feeling of being both cold and broke at the same time. I'm not saying I wouldn't have made the move had I known what it was like but I would certainly have given things more thought. Still, I do think it is rather impossible to be 100% prepared for a long distance move to a place you haven't spent considerable time in.
People have been going on about spring being just around the corner but I can't seem to shake Ned Stark's voice in my head saying "winter is coming" as if this has only been just the beginning and very soon I'll see an army of white walkers marching down my street. This is something my husband and I joke about often. Still, winter has had it's lovely moments in the hideaway that is our home. I've kept busy with painting, a considerable amount of baking and enjoying the company of my little minions. Despite my loathing of the winter months I do tend to remain fairly chipper and that I think is a very important part of staying sane through the long cold days. A positive attitude always comes in handy!
HBO's Game of Thrones
Elsa manages to look so charming and sweet in photos, how does she fool us all into thinking she isn't a serious trouble maker? It's that angel face and the munchkin voice. One look and one word is all it takes to completely forget the massive mess she just made after being told not to or the tantrum she just threw when told she couldn't live off of cheese and chocolate. Or maybe it's the excessive hugging!
The dragon is back! Elsa is a professional actor, at least in our house. She is hands down the very best at imitating animal behaviour. Her top roles are dragon, kitty, puppy and the occasional duck.
My favourite boy is enjoying Spring Break and I'm enjoying sleeping in! I also love how much Elsa and Liam play together. Liam's only rule is that they must play what he wants to play and Elsa's only rule is that she must always win, even if there isn't technically a winner in the game they're playing. Liam must remember she is the winner and he is the loser. Thankfully he's fine with that, poor dear.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
"Big Shot" a mixed media abstract painting by Pam Garrison
The above painting has been inspiring me as of late to loosen up my style and brighten up my palette. I purchased "Big Shot" on Etsy a while back after admiring Pam's use of colour for years and wanting a little bit of her creativity hanging on my own wall. When I first saw it, it immediately made me think of a sun flower which in turn made me think of my little boy whose favourite flower is the sunflower and that had me smitten. I am still very happy with my purchase and am looking forward to the day in which my new studio will be finished with renovations and I'll be able to hang "Big Shot" in it's rightful place where I can see it whenever I paint. You can see Pam's blog HERE and her Etsy shop HERE.
Below are the paintings I've been busy with over the last week. All were inspired in one way or another by Pam's lovely abstract work and my little boy's love of sunflowers. All but two are heading to Etsy this evening to be sold for very reasonable prices. In all honesty though, I rarely want to keep so many of my own paintings and I had quite the time forcing myself to let go of these. I decided to keep two and replace those with two other paintings I had intended to keep for myself a while back. Check out my Etsy shop HERE for the following paintings!
Happy - 4 inches x 6 inches in size
Happy - 4 inches x 6 inches in size
She's a keeper!
The other sunflower I'll be hanging onto for now.
Happiness and Joy - both are 4 inches x 6 inches in size
Small Joys - 3.5 inches x 4 inches in size
Mariachi Music - 4 inches x 6 inches in size
Warm Weather Blues - 5 inches x 5 inches in size
Thursday, February 27, 2014
This weeks Illustration Friday theme is "space". I couldn't think of a better image than one of my favourite paintings which went to live in Texas a while back. Of all the paintings I've sold this is one of the one's I will miss the most! He is a 5 inch x 7 inch acrylic painting on wood. My favourite thing about this particular owl would be the colours used and his haunting eyes. This guy is also available as a greeting card in my Etsy shop!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
You can now purchase owl themed greeting card sets rom my Etsy shop! The card sets feature three of my owl paintings entitled "Night Owl", "Maximus" and "Who Who What What?". Measuring approximately 4.25 inches x 5.5 inches in size, they are made of recycled matte paper and come individually wrapped in a cellophane sleeve. They are blank inside. Check them out HERE
Also, I added another original painting to the shop, this time a 5 inch x 5 inch sleepy baby bunny. You can see him HERE