Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thank you all for supporting me over the YEARS! It's been nearly three years since graduating college, and I can't believe how far I've come from that scared, lost girl entering the real world.  There's most certainly a few moments, of "Oh my gosh, what the heck am I doing?" but then I remind myself "Oh right, following my dreams" :)

Thank you all for letting me chase this crazy dream!

All paintings listed in my shop are 30% off when you use the code THANKSGIVING30 at checkout.  The sale will run through this weekend, until Sunday at Midnight.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

under [ wraps ]

Monday, August 19, 2013

I know it's been a bit mum around here this past month.  Believe me, it's been killing me not to share more of the latest happenings, but I didn't want to say anything before it was an absolute done deal.  But if you follow me on instagram you may have seen some hints...

Today, I'm excited to say I can finally share a VERY exciting collaboration with the incredibly talented Stephanie Bradshaw and her wonderful team.  Stephanie is an event and interior designer (and has pretty much the coolest job ever!) in Baltimore.  If I wasn't a painter I would totally want her life.

Social media is once again an amazing thing, as I found her through instagram earlier this summer.    When I discovered that she was just 90 min drive away I could barely contain my excitement.  I sell most of my work online these days, so it's a rare thing now to have face-to-face interactions with any of my clients or colleagues.  SO refreshing to actually be able to meet Stephanie (and her adorbs pup Brooks) in her beautiful studio in the Clipper Hill neighborhood of Hampden.

This past month I've been diligently working (and playfully experimenting with gold leaf, EEK!) to create a custom collection of 5 pieces for the Stephanie Bradshaw SHOP.  My work is along side two other super talented artists, K.M. Scotto and Dani Wagner.  I love that all of our work is so different, yet complimentary with a continuing thread of gold accents and graphic qualities.  My work is a bit quieter and subtle in comparison, but I think it'll fit into Stephanie's collection wonderfully.

To purchase any of these pieces, visit the SB Shop here.


Glad to have this project well underway so I can take a breath and then return my attention back to my own shop inventory.  It's been dwindling, but then again that's a good problem to have :)  Hope to be refreshing with a few new pieces within the next month or two.

Also, my commission queue now has two openings for this month!  E-mail me to get your custom painted started.


the [ gold ] lining

Friday, July 12, 2013

experimenting with gold leaf and gold oil paint for an exciting new collaboration.

Any tips for working with gold lead?  It's a tricky little fellow.  I'm using PVA for sizing, and then layering over with a latex sculpting medium for additional texture and oil paint.  I haven't let myself go this abstract, like ever, so it's been quite the liberating experience.

I'm a new believer - when in doubt, just add gold!

a [ community ]

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

as my time here at the cottage winds down, I've realized a couple things about myself --

I like "me" time.  It's been ten days of pretty much complete isolation, minus a few visits with my Mr. and my mom, and I am surprisingly still sane (I think ;) Being alone doesn't bother me, as I have, for the first time, even enjoyed several meals out on the town by myself - there is a certain therapeutic quality to be able to sit in silence and just savor every bite.

Similarly, I cherish my alone time in my studio.  Just me and a canvas, such heaven.

Yet, these past ten days I have also realized that I am so desperately seeking a local community of artists.  Prior to moving back to my hometown in January, I was working at an art gallery, surrounded by artists and like-minded people. While I covet the opportunity to paint full-time, it's been a lonely progression as I emptily search for that same sense of culture and inspiration within Hagerstown.

I am probably one of the most competitive people you'll ever meet -- just come see me at our "friendly" kickball games ;)  And when it comes to art, I really do need a certain competition with other artists to continue to push me.  Not in a - "I'm a better artist than you", but in a "oh, wait, you've spent everyday in the studio this week?! I really need to step up my game!"sort of way.  That drive is one of the things that got me through the rigorous demands of my senior year of art school- I don't think I appreciated sharing a community studio space with 6 other incredibly talented artist/students nearly as much as I should have. 

But now that I am seemingly so very alone, I am seeking to strengthen a culture and community of artists within this town.  A real live group to meet and chat and push one another.  Not to mention that I do have an extra room in the studio I would LOVE to share with a fellow artist -- to help keep me accountable in the studio and challenge me.

It's rare times like these, I do wish I was closer to the city, any city.  But nevertheless, here I am, and hopeful for what Hagerstown could one day become.  And in the meantime, I will continue to hold on to the community of amazing artists and blogs I have found online.

So to sum up all this rambling... if you happen to be an artist in the Hagerstown/Frederick/DC area that would be interested in getting together to for a quasi-support group for artists, and/or in search of studio space, e-mail me! amaryllistruth [at]

For those not local, what artists in the blog-o-sphere keep you motivated and inspired?

[ disconnect ] + get away

Monday, June 17, 2013

I'm taking a mini-getaway to disconnect and refresh.  For the next two weeks, I'll be living in a quaint cottage on an apple orchard in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. (its nice having friends in cool places, especially when they ask you to house sit ;)

there's no internet in the cottage... I'm currently typing this in a grocery store, the only wi-fi "cafe" in the area except for McDonalds.  I'm looking forward to taking a break from the constant chatter of wedding planning and TMZ (to be fair I tried getting on TMZ already, but it's blocked here for "questionable content", gotta love the bible belt :) guess I'll have to wait to find out the name of Kimye's baby...

I will have my phone with me, with limited access to my e-mail.  I'll do my best to return any e-mails on a relatively timely basis.  My shop is still open, with many new paintings listed. Although I'm away from my studio, I have brought my watercolors and sketchpads with me as I constantly seek inspiration within this new landscape.  Any orders placed while I'm away, will be shipped when I return - July 1st.  If it is urgent, please contact me and I can see what I can work out.

A life update: Mark and I may have found our new home.  I'm so excited I can barely stand it... this past year we have put many things on pause, as Mark completes an apprenticeship on a grassfed livestock farm here in Virginia.  It's where he needs to be, to prepare us for the future... but it's just that - preparation.  I'm ready to stop planning, and get started.  And finally being able to envision us in a home, being able to tangibly see our future, is almost more than I can take.  Just six more months until Mark is back, and we can move forward.

But with that said, for the next two weeks, I hope to just be present.  To not continually look to the future, and instead be more aware of the now.  Be appreciative that I can drop everything and runaway for two weeks - something that I will probably never be able to do again. 

Make the most of each day, and explore.

[ in the studio ] a little bokeh-ness

Monday, June 10, 2013

it was a rainy, dreary day in the studio.  they are always my favorite.

continuing to branch out, and re-examine the influence of photography within my work.   
bokeh is the element in photographs when the lens renders out-of-focus points of light to create that beautiful blurred effect. 

I'll be listing these in the shop once I come up with titles... any suggestions?

in the meantime, e-mail me directly at amaryllistruth [ at ] if interested :)
(both 12" x 12", oil on canvas)
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