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Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Frenzy And Cyber Monday Too!

Today is Black Friday and everyone is supposed to be out grabbing deals in the wee hours of the morning.  Perhaps you are one of the those folks and just now got back in time to read this post.  Whether you are or are not a Friday bargain hunter, I wanted to offer you the chance to save some money on my art this weekend. 
From now through Monday, December 2, I am offering free shipping on all paintings in my Etsy shop and on Buy It Now paintings in my Ebay store.  Grab a cup of coffee, settle down in your favorite spot, and shop the easy way.....

Copyright Mona Vivar, Proud Rooster I, 10 inches by 8 inches, acrylic on canvas
Now available in my Ebay store at Mona Vivar Fine Art 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Watch Birds While I Build My Website

A big part of being an artist that sells art is keeping up with technology.  I ignored computers for a long time after my one and only computer science class in college introduced me to the punch card and computers the size of a room.  Nothing made sense.
Time passed (a lot of time) and suddenly I was using computers in my day to day work life as a lawyer, then a gallery manager, a financial advisor and now as a full time artist.  I use Ebay, Etsy, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest with more skill that I would have guessed possible and am now at the final frontier (for the moment) of building my own website with the help of Big Cartel do-it-yourself website builder.
At the moment I have my own web page at with exactly one piece of art shown.  There is much more to come, so keep your fingers crossed for me.  Meanwhile, here are some birds for your viewing pleasure while I get back to work. 
Copyright Mona Vivar, Great Blue and Turtle Too, 11 inches by 14 inches, acrylic on canvas
Now in my Ebay store at Mona Vivar Fine Art

Copyright Mona Vivar, Sandhill Cranes, 14 inches by 11 inches, acrylic on canvas
Now in my Ebay store at Mona Vivar Fine Art

Friday, November 15, 2013

Why Paint Abstractly Too?

There are many artists who are strictly realistic painters and others who are strictly abstract painters.  Throughout my painting career, I have been predominantly in one camp or the other, but not both at the same time.  Lately, I have found myself following both paths.  I relish the freedom and looseness of abstract expressionism AND the challenge of depicting scenes I find interesting.  So I am doing both.
My work benefits from this unorthodox method of development.  The abstract pieces have better composition and harmony because of my realistic work.  My realistic work has more spontaneity and boldness as a result of my abstract work.   Go figure.
Copyright Mona Vivar, Two, 20" x 16", acrylic on canvas

Copyright Mona Vivar, Showin' Off, 12" x 9", acrylic on paper
Now at Mona Vivar Fine Art on Ebay

Copyright Mona Vivar, Climbing Roses, 12" x 9", acrylic on paper

Copyright Mona Vivar, Disconnect, 14" x 11", acrylic on canvas 

Copyright Mona Vivar, Beauregard Beauty, 12" x 9", acrylic on paper

Friday, November 8, 2013

Artful Birds

Birds are one of my favorite painting subjects.  They have all the elements necessary for visual interest--graceful poses, brilliantly colored feathers, funny feet, bright eyes and the ability to fly.  Everyone from the ancient Egyptians to modern photography buffs have made the effort to immortalize these airborne creatures. 
I keep a pair of binoculars handy by my windows just in case I see bird activity.  I visit places along the coast and woods to see the large wading birds with their elegant long necks and legs.  I can't seem to get enough of birds and their habitats.  I come home to paint my impressions of birds.  It's hard to do them justice.  I keep trying...
Copyright Mona Vivar, Flight, 11inches by 14 inches, acrylic on canvas

    Copyright Mona Vivar, Shore Patrol, 8 inches by 10 inches, acrylic on canvas

Copyright Mona Vivar, Marsh Dance, 30 inches by 40 inches, acrylic on canvas

Friday, November 1, 2013

Applause for Golden Artist Colors

This past week I attended a product demonstration given by Golden Artist Colors company at Alabama Art Supply in Mobile, Alabama.  I use Golden brand paints and consider them my first choice of brand for acrylics.  I wanted to learn best practices for using various mediums and techniques to make sure all my paintings are durable for my customers.  As an artist, I also wanted to keep myself alert for new techniques to better my painting skills.

I was delighted with everything about the demonstration.  Artist, K. D. Tobin, was an excellent speaker for the event.  His painting style and process is very different from mine, but everything he discussed kept my thoughts clicking along on how I could use what was said to enhance my paintings. 
The next morning I eagerly applied texture and shimmery bronze and gold touches to create shore bird paintings.  What a difference those two additions made!   Both paintings have a sculpture-like relief texture that adds atmosphere and mood.  It is nice to see impressionism and abstraction meet.  I will be doing more of this work.

Hats off to Golden Artist Colors, K. D. Tobin and Alabama Art Supply for a fine learning event!   None of them paid me to say this either....

Copyright Mona Vivar, Shore Birds I, 6 inches by 6 inches, acrylic on canvas
Copyright Mona Vivar, Shore Birds II, 6 inches by 6 inches, acrylic on canvas