Truly Original Art by Kelly Shoemaker News The latest news from Truly Original Art by Kelly Shoemaker. en-us Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:20:42 CDT Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:20:42 CDT "Could There be Something Missing?" <div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7121/18342534_1044563719013079_2762552311756678769_n.jpg" width="600" height="252" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This photo shows the progression of one of my recent paintings titled "Could There be Something Missing?" This is a 24x48 oil painting on canvas. The image to the far right is the finished piece. This happens to be a self portrait. I started out this piece contemplating areas in which &nbsp;I could be lacking. Do I lack compassion? Knowledge? The ability to see things from another perspective? </div><div>It could also be taken more literally. As an artist, I often struggle with knowing when a painting is finished. Does it say enough without being overly busy? </div><div>Also, I find irony in the fact that I first included the arm in this painting, but I didn't like the look of it, so I painted it out. I missed it after it was gone. It felt like there was in fact "something missing," so I painted it back in again; The whole process of which goes nicely with the title! If you notice, I also started this piece with only one leg, but ended up with two. The piece seemed to lack balance without it. (No pun intended!)</div><div>So, I suppose this painting is primarily about self contemplation, taking a step back and seeing your own flaws, using your knowledge of those flaws to make improvements as you move forward. But, as I often do with my paintings, it also explores irony and literal meaning as well.</div><div> I hope you enjoy this painting. It is currently for sale at:</div><div><a href="">&nbsp;</a></div> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:30:30 CDT Carnival Tricks, Series <div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7121/IMG_20170504_121344_kindlephoto_61580993.jpg" width="600" height="312" border="3" align="left" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This is my latest little series, "Carnival Tricks." &nbsp;It is just a fun series, experimenting with new painting techniques and figure distortions. The first piece I call "Backbend." The second is "Handwalker aka &nbsp;Moonrise." And the third is "Up and Over." I guess it was time for a break from heavy meanings in my work! I am enjoying this process, starting with a bright single color underpainting, and then working out the figure in a darker but complimentary overpainting. The contortions of the figures here were both fun and challenging!</div><div>You will soon be able to find this series at <a href="">;</a></div> Thu, 04 May 2017 11:59:07 CDT "Uptight" and "Fitting In" <div>In these two paintings, I am exploring themes of feeling uncomfortable in one's own skin. I think we are all familiar with these feelings, so, considering the titles, these two pieces are pretty self-explanatory. This first piece, in yellow, is titled "Uptight" it is 10 inches square, oil on canvas board.</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7121/IMG_20170327_151519_kindlephoto_271395128.jpg" width="300" height="293" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The second piece, in pink, is titled "Fitting In" and is also oil on canvas board, 10 inches square.&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7121/IMG_20170318_220415.jpg" width="300" height="225" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I tried something a little different than my usual technique with these two pieces, and I love the results. I started with a really bright single color underpainting, then used more neutral tones in the overpainting, but allowed the underpainting to show through, and provide the majority of the color in the piece. I enjoyed this process, and the result, I think, is great.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These two pieces will soon be available for sale at <a href=""></a>. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:14:44 CDT Battle Scars <img width="221" height="500" align="left" alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7121/IMG_20170312_210816_kindlephoto_92984610.jpg" /><div>This painting is titled "Battle Scars" it is 10x 20 inches, oil on stretched canvas. I revisited a familiar theme in this piece, which was depicting inner trauma in a physical way. &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>What if our inner scars showed up on the outside? How would we look? If we could see the trials a person had been through, would we be kinder to one another?</div><div> </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When I paint with these ideas in mind, I always try to show a bright side as well. She is scarred, but she's still standing, still moving forward, and striving toward a yellow happiness in the near future.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This piece will soon be listed for sale at <a href=""></a>, along with more than 100 other paintings.</div><div>Thanks for reading, be sure to check out my other work, and feel free to contact me with questions or comments.&nbsp;</div> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:04:59 CDT Parceled Out <img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7121/IMG_20170221_201830_kindlephoto_42539746.jpg" width="200" height="545" align="left" alt="" /><div>&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7121/IMG_20170223_202324_kindlephoto_33063538.jpg" width="200" height="562" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;This is a painting titled "Parceled Out" it is 8x20 inches, oil on canvas. What I had in mind while working on this piece was the fact that so many of us are so busy in our lives. We are over-committed, usually to all worthy causes, but maybe we feel we are headed in too many directions to give our full attention or effort in each area of our lives. We have children, spouses, schools, careers, extended family, friends, community work, our own health and well-being, so many areas of our lives needing our attention. I do find the colors in this painting particularly soothing, in contrast to the disturbing figure in the painting. Maybe the un-cluttered background &nbsp;in those peaceful colors represents that moment of quiet we occasionally find to collect our thoughts and gather courage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another thing I wanted to talk about with this painting was the progression of a painting. You may have noticed the two pictures I included. The first was about half way through the process, and at that point I was thinking, "This is a solid idea, but it doesn't look very good. Oh well, if this one doesn't turn out, I can maybe try another." But, after adding the color, highlights, shadows, and details, I am really happy with this painting. A wonderful painter friend of mine, <a href="">Sarah Creason&nbsp;</a>, once reassured me that a painting can look pretty awful right up to the point when it is finished, and those final brushstrokes can make all the difference. She was so right. </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This sounds to me like an inspirational message for life as well. Keep in mind as we are running around, trying to keep all those commitments we make, that the end goal is in sight, and it's probably worth the effort.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This painting, and many more are available for sale at <a href="">;</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:38:31 CST