12Nov

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace Oil Painting by Amy Hillenbrand

 

Amazing Grace © 2014 Amy Hillenbrand
36 x 12 Oil on Canvas
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What a labor of love to create this painting. This was a commission for a friend and what a dream client “he” is. He wanted a piece to put into a niche that was at the top of his really tall stairway. His requests were that is was large enough to be dynamic when you walk into his home, that it have a black background and that it was happy. I mentioned that he was a “he” because when he asked me I said, “you know I don’t do landscapes, right”? and “you know I usually paint florals, right”? He said he was okay with that but it had to be happy. Happy I can do.

So last week he came to pick it up- guess what?  He is happy! I asked him to take a picture of it when he got home and tell me what he thought when he saw it in his spot. He said he LOVED it and is excited about the next one.  Now I’m super happy!

If you or anyone you know is interested in a commission please drop me a note to amy@amyhillenbrand.com

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6Nov

Amy-able

Amy-able Oil Painting by Amy Hillenbrand

Amy-able © 2014 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x8 Oil on cradle board
$160.00

buyThese petite little orange roses caught my eye. There is just something about miniature/baby anything that has a special place in my heart. Human babies, baby kitties, baby puppies, baby bunnies- you get the drift…When it was all finished all I could see were the orange buds all cuddled up next to each other. This led me to the title of amiable, but it need a little extra oomph to the name. So viola` it became “Amy-able” Get it? huh? get it?

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8Oct

I’m No Llama

I'm No Llama Oil Painting by Amy Hillenbrand

I’m No Llama © 2014 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8 Oil on board
$160.00
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Love this crazy redhead Alpaca. Yet another of the Alpaca gang I found on a rainy day in Northern Idaho by the little town of Sandpoint. I have now painted a brunette, a blond and now this silly little redhead. The rain ruined her usual fluffy hair-do into this wet mop, but it made for an interesting painting, don’t you think?

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4Oct

Whatcha Lookin’ At

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Whatcha Lookin’ At © 2014 Amy Hillenbrand
12 x 12 Oil on board
$350.00

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Meet my blonde Alpaca.  She is from the same gang of Alpacas I spied  in the hills outside of Sandpoint, Idaho. Alpacas are grown for their beautiful fur coats, but it was raining that day. This is what is called the wet-do as opposed to hair -do.  I had so much fun painting Mr Pac Man, (go, see him here) that I was psyched to do another one. This time I thought let’s go bigger,  the same process, but bigger. Well, I was in for quite a surprise.  My little blonde girl was very much a challenge.  I even had to step away from the easel the first day- so that she didn’t fly out the window in a moment of frustration.  $%#*$!!!  It was her fur, with the dark tips, that was giving me fits. I’ve painted quite a few critters to date and typically their fur is pretty much the same color from skin to tip. When painting that fur, I can give a quick flip of my brush to get the effect of fur. I had to figure out a whole new way of doing things for this blonde gal.  After all is said and done, it is what I like most about this painting. Oh, and her teeth are pretty cute too.

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21Sep

Pac Man

Rebecca the Alpaca Oil Painting by Amy Hillenbrand

Pac Man © 2014 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8 Oil on board
$160.00buyDoesn’t he make you laugh? I hope so, this is my intent with this light whimsical oil painting. Some of my favorite parts of this portrait are his fabulous 80’s hairdo, the exquisite highlights – his hairdresser added and of his wonderful, kookie, toothy smile.
Here is some background on how it came to be that I am painting portraits of Alpacas. The first of the month, my husband and I went on a refreshing trip to Idaho to visit family near the beautiful northern city of Cour de’ Alane. Refreshing, because is was nice to escape the brutal 100 degree temps of central Texas. My husband and I love exploring. So off we went to visit the little town of Sandpoint, Idaho. Beautiful country with great mountain views and soaring trees. As we drove the hills around the little town of Sandpoint, we came across several Alpaca farms.
Normally the Alpaca coats are fluffy like a poodle who has just been to the groomer, but as luck would have it, it was raining that day. So the usually fluffy glorious fur coats were matted down with the fall rain. There I was standing in the rain taking pictures of my new found critter friends. All the while, my ADD husband shouting “come on – aren’t you done yet, it’s raining”. To make it is even more pleasure-able, big logging trucks came whirling by, spaying me with more water. Oh, the trials and tribulations an artist goes through for their craft. These fuzzy little creatures, from the camel family just stared and stood still as statues as I snapped their pictures. In the end the wet soggy coats make for a more amusing subject. Even more amusing, was when my I showed my husband my photos, he said; “those are great; did you get any more?” Geeeeeeessshh!

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8Aug

True Devotion

True Devotion Oil Painting by Artist Amy Hillenbrand

True Devotion © 2014 Amy Hillenbrand
48 x 36 Oil on Canvas

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I recently finished this commission. Boy, what a tough customer he was. He had a specific place in his new home and a specific subject in mind. I wasn’t to keen on the idea, it wasn’t quite my style. So I suggested x and no he wanted y.

I even painted what I thought would look good in the space in a smaller scale thinking it might sway him when he saw it. He was even able to see previews of it at different steps along the way. Each time he saw a preview, even before he really looked at it, he say nope that’s not it. I would say well, “just wait until it’s finished and then decide”. Sure enough, I finished it and his response was “Nope, that’s not it” . I thought it might get ugly during the process. I thought I might back out of the deal. But it was a big painting 48 x 36 and the customer ( have you guessed this yet) was my Husband.

So out of love, I caved and painted what he desired. I figured that he doesn’t ask for much and he really has never asked me to paint a specific painting for our home. Then I thought everyday when he sees it in our family room he would know that I love him.

So hard to understand the scale of art on the computer so I’ve included so I included the photo of the piece hanging in the room.

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19Dec

Broadcasting Live

Broadcasting Live © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
24 x 24 Oil on Canvas
$1000.00
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I’m always on the lookout for flowers where ever I go,  I was so excited to find these berry red Stargazers.  They had the incredible fragrance of the white Stargazer that you normally see and had this beautiful bright bold red color.  I was pretty tickled that I could literally match the actual colors with my oil paints. I almost titled the painting The Bold and The Beautiful. But my imagination had something else in mind.

When I look at the painting I imagine the flowers are all in a choir broadcasting their voices nice and loud.  But the little guy in the lower right is younger then the others in the bunch.  He’s like the little brother and he has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  He just can’t focus and is busy gawking out the window while the others our practicing diligently for their upcoming concert.  Go with me here…

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1Oct

30 Paintings in 30 Days Summary

It’s done!  30 Paintings in 30 Days, an art challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta. ‘That-there’ is a lot of painting hours, you’all. It was fun to put this collage together. It really gave me a sense of accomplishment. That is one of my favorite feelings in the world….accomplishment. On the other end of the spectrum, not following through on a commitment is one of my least favorite feelings. So Yay!  (I am missing a  few paintings, they didn’t fit in the collage and the designer in me didn’t want to mess up my design). What an interesting adventure it has been. I experimented with different subject matters and that was fun. I also experimented with how I approached the painting process.  My typical process is to mix a few of the main colors of the piece, taking extra time to make sure I have the color just right. I feel this helps speed up my process of painting and I can focus on the strokes. A couple times I thought I would forgo that part of my process.  Not good.  It didn’t work for me so I went back to my old process. Another part of my process is I focus on one area at a time moving from left to right across the canvas. Tried different ways to do this and the same conclusion, I still like the way I was doing it.  I’ve developed my processes over time and I found they work for me. This concentrated painting marathon help solidify that for me. At the start I thought I would write about my interaction with my friendly neighborhood commitment phobic gremlins. They were there indeed. But, I did manage to post most everyday. I did discover that my fear of  commitment is not because I can’t commit, it is because I am so committed when I do commit.  Make sense? So then those little commitment phobic gremlins get all excited because they knew I would stop listening to them and boy does that make them vocal.  Yes they did chatter the entire time, “you tired today, why don’t you stop”, “no one cares if you finish so why do you?”…..on and on they went. Oh, and then they would try reverse psychology….”look at Leslie Saete she’s painting everyday”, “she’s remodeling a beach house” and “she’s teaching classes” and on and on they would go about that. Even yesterday they were fierce, “you don’t feel good. You should take care of yourself and get some rest”.  I really did want to finish and I think the biggest reason was because I didn’t want to let myself down. There is a whole other post I could write about what it does to your sense of well being and self-esteem when you don’t keep promises to yourself. I know there will be some other discoveries after a little time has passed. Those haven’t come into focus yet. Another little surprise benefit to the challenge was interacting with people online.  Painting paintings is a solitary endeavor and even though I enjoy solitude I also enjoy people.  I received such sweet support and so many kind compliments on my blog and on Facebook.  I could really feel them all cheering me on. This interaction made it, oh, so much more fun and it helped me cross the finish line. Thank you all. It made such a huge difference. So I loved the feeling of accomplishment and there are other things in my life that didn’t get done.  One of the reasons I did partake in the challenge was because I wanted to kick start my painting and that it did, but my life got kind of unbalanced.  So my next road of discovery will be to figure how to produce paintings at a regular clip and still keep my life in balance.  I know there is a way. Stay tuned…

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30Sep

Day 29 – 30 Paintings in 30 Days

The Pepper Perspective © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
5 x 7 Oil on board
$100.00
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About the Painting
As you may or may not know, I usually paint flowers or critters and in the past -shoes. This challenge has caused me to branch out into different subjects.   I have to say I enjoyed the exploring of vegetables.  I think this pepper portrait would go fabulously with the corn portrait I did a little while back and then I could throw in the garlic with it.  Whatcha think?
 

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29Sep

Day 28 – 30 Paintings in 30 Days

PoppyLand © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 Oil on board
$170.00
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About the Painting
These are Monet’s Poppies, really.  In June, my Sister took a trip to Paris and went to Monet’s garden at Giverny.  Lucky Girl! She took some wonderful photos of his home and gardens. I based this painting of one of my favorites from her album.  It is always so interesting to think about how Monet planted his garden so that he would have endless subjects to paint. Going to Paris and Giverny is definitely on my bucket list.  
 

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