Friday, September 19, 2014

A note...

Well I must say on one hand I am missing painting everyday & sharing with everyone! However, feeling overwhelmed with lots of stuff happening (classes, commissions, festivals, fairs & to add on top of that a full time job, family, friends.... There is no time left it seems. I know my goal currently is to make my passion for art my full time fun job & I WILL! I am enjoying seeing all the posts of those who are participating in the 30 Day Challenge! Cheers friends & fellow artiststs...happy painting & creating!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

West Quoddy Head Light, Oil on Canvas

One of my most favorite vacations was in Downeast Maine. We stayed in Machiasport at a little cottage on the coast. It was perfect! We would take day trips from our cottage and visit Eastport, Campobello Island and Lubec. I finally got to paint a painting of the red and white West Quoddy Head Light. This is a 18" x 18" oil on deep stretched canvas. I am gearing up for the Freeport Fall Festival in Freeport, ME. on October 4th & 5th.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Arica Pillsbury ~ Arica's Art: "THREESOME" - Day 6 of 30 Day Challenge -SOLD!!!!!

 SOLD! Happy to have an excited customer in South Dakota!

Arica Pillsbury ~ Arica's Art: "THREESOME" - Day 6 of 30 Day Challenge: These cute little Chickadees are my favorite to watch. They are so little, with a big personality! I used to stand as still as possible unde...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Michelle" 18" x 24" commissioned Watercolor

I was commissioned to paint pink roses. I was sent a photo but the reference photo  only included a few pink roses & mostly greenery. Upon visiting the customers space & gathering information about personal feelings & style this is what I came up with for a watercolor for Michelle's office space. I am honored to have been able to be free to create an original to fit a space & personality  as well as interpret what she wanted. I love how this turned out! It makes me happy to know I have a happy customer! Thank you Michelle!

"Sailing Christmas Cove", South Bristol, ME Oil on Canvas 12" x 16"

Having a beautiful summer here in Maine. Spent a day driving the coast & managed to get a few photos to use as reference to paint! This is an oil on 12" x 16" canvas.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Popping in to say HI!

I feel as though time gets away from me and have a hard time keeping up with blogging, Facebook, emails, website, Etsy, etc and trying to find time to paint...... I haven't even had time to give the support I want to to my fellow artist friends! Know that I love to be connected to all of you and enjoy your posts and all your hard work and creativity! Keep on making the world a happy colorful place! CHEERS!! ~ Arica

Friday, January 31, 2014

January 2014 30 Day Painting Challenge Collage

Bittersweet....the January 2014 painting challenge is over. I actually need to catch up on some neglected duties. Thank you to Leslie for organizing! Thank you to all those who have followed my journey! So glad I have made new friends along the way! Cheers to a healthy, fun, prosperous year!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Arica's Art Adventure - Day 30 of 30

My final painting for this 30 Day Challenge is the painting I had the pleasure of teaching to a group of 10 ladies! I took them on Arica's Art  Adventure ~ A Colorful Journey! It's a NO EXPERIENCE required class of painting, eating & sipping on a favorite beverage! The rule is you must be positive & just go with it! I love having those that have never painted before create a masterpiece! It makes my heart smile to see the smiles at the end of the lesson because they are super proud of themselves! Here are a few photos from last night! We use acrylic paint for purposes of drying and ease of beginners covering up something if they don't like it. 

This was the sample I used to teach.




This was in progress showing them how to paint the flowers - Loosely!

A few pictures of students & their work in progress & their drinks :)



And voila....after a couple of hours we have masterpieces!!!

THANK YOU ladies for joining me! I love being your teacher! Cheers until the next class!!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"BLUEBIRD" - Day 29 of 30

This cute little Bluebird I was chasing around my sisters house in the pouring rain! Finally got a good photo. He looks irritated but yet so cute! Original Watercolor painted by me. Painted on 300lbCP watercolor paper. Image area is 3" x 4 1/2". To purchase click here: Arica's Art - ETSY SHOP







My photo reference...




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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"DEER at DUSK" - Day 28 of 30

Oh my goodness! I am so busy this week (every week).  This was inspired by the deer I saw recently at a friends home. Every evening between 15-20 Deer (minimum) come out at dusk to eat & play. A few were getting quite frisky. It was fun to watch. This is my Pen, Ink & watercolor interpretation of what I witnessed. Painted on 300lbCP Watercolor paper.  They are such beautiful animals. To purchase click here: Arica's Art - ETSY SHOP





This was a photo I took, I used it for reference but changed it up to my liking....








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Sunday, January 26, 2014

"RICHARD" - Day 27 of 30

Meet Richard the Rooster. This was painted from a photo I took of my sisters Rooster. Actually it's my brother in laws rooster. He just has to make sure there is a "man" taking care of the "ladies". 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas. Painted by me. Having fun with loose style acrylic painting. Keeping paint wet & layering colors, not getting to OCD with painting each feather etc.. I also wanted to make his tail feathers taller and him a little rounder.
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My reference photo....



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"3 SPRING BIRCHES" - Day 26 of 30

TREES, TREES, TREES..... I can't get enough of painting trees especially birches. This is a 5" x 7" acrylic on panel. I like to just dab the paint here & there & layer colors. Impressionist style. To purchase click here: Arica's Art - ETSY SHOP





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Saturday, January 25, 2014

"DIBS" - Day 25 of 30

I named this painting DIBS because it is my seat at the beach! I have DIBS on it :) This is an original acrylic painting painted by me. Don't you just want to go sit under that pretty pink umbrella, stick your toes in the sand, drink in hand and relax? I know I am ready! Especially because the winter in Maine is so harsh and long. This is an 8" x 8" acrylic painted on a heavy duty gallery wrapped canvas.

The water has a little more teal green in the original, the photo didn't pick it up well. Looks more tropical....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

"MOOMUSE #11934" - Day 24 of 30

So I think Cows are the cutest! I grew up on a mini farm and miss it. I totally respect our farmers that work so hard to put food on our tables. We often forget when we go to the grocery store that the carton in the refrigerator comes from a special place! Along with those bricks of cheese, containers of cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt,beef tenderloins...so on & so forth! I got the inspiration for this painting from my friend Jenni. This is the link to her farm on Facebook  Flood Brothers Farm, Clinton Maine 

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This is an acrylic painting on a 9" x 12" canvas painted by me...& it was so much fun! Loose & free style with lots of heavy body acrylic paint. I only used black & white.

And this was my fun reference photo courtesy of FLOOD FARMS   her # is 11934. They have over 3,900 dairy cows! That's a WOW!






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"ROSE 1" -Day 23 of 30


Every Rose has it's thorn except this one... The thorn is in my side saying "what are you going to paint?". My problem is I have a trouble not doing paintings with lots of detail.  I have to throw in a quick painting ...this 30 Day Challenge is not a stressful as the first time I participated but oh my...I can see how fellow artists have a "block" ..the pressure at times is overwhelming (especially when a full time job other than art is involved) & my personality won't let me skip a day - even though I know it's ok to do so. It is however winding down, I made it this far & will continue & finish. This is my Rose, one of my favorite flowers (I think I say that with every flower).  Painted on 300lb Watercolor paper. Image area 3" x 4" (approx) can fit a 5" x 7" mat.








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