Altered Art Brushes

I have a recent growing interest in altered art. In particular altered paintbrushes. I've used brushes in my work a few times, and I've always felt that used paintbrushes have an unseemly and sad ending in their lives. It's an attachment that I feel to a particular brush that wears just how I like, or applies … Continue reading Altered Art Brushes

Art For Arts Sake…

I'm not a big fan of the expression Art For Arts Sake, let me explain why. Because it implies that there is no real art being created any longer. Art is progressive in its very nature. But, when the recreations of past generations of study are copied for the purpose of selling to the masses art … Continue reading Art For Arts Sake…

What Do You See?

In today's world technology moves so quickly that most of us struggle to keep up with its infinite boundaries. I will argue that the connection between the artist, their canvas and media of choice is irreplaceable. I am not dismissive of the benefits and productivity that technology affords an artist. The challenge of manipulating a … Continue reading What Do You See?

Who’s Ready To Color…?

  Guess what's ready  just in time for Holidays?! The weather is cooling down and the days are shorter, but that doesn't mean you can't find some creative and fun ways to distract yourself. Pick up a copy of my newest coloring book, DOGS RULE & CATS DO TOO A hand drawn collection of unique … Continue reading Who’s Ready To Color…?

The next event coming up is really BIG and exciting news for me! Barnes and Noble of Johnson City, TN is hosting an AUTHOR EVENT for Abstract Expressions Coloring Books on October 10, 2015 from 1-3pm. I plan to incorporate a coloring book party station to make the event even more fun! I am really excited for … Continue reading

Books, Faeries and Mushroom…

Where to start....Since I've last blogged, I've finalized the printing for AE Volume Two, crazy amounts of doodling, and dealing with a nasty, bad gallbladder. I usually don't discuss a lot of personal things here, but I just want to go on record as saying that the gallbladder thing...F----ING SUCKS!!!Abstract Expressions Coloring Books are doing … Continue reading Books, Faeries and Mushroom…

Life is like a box of crayons…

I have news! No, the coloring book is not finished, BUT, I just sent it to the printer. To add to my excitement, a friend emailed me a link of a story about a #countrymusic performer #MirandaLambert who has recently discovered the benefits of, and begun to use #coloring as #meditation and #relaxation from her stressful schedule. … Continue reading Life is like a box of crayons…

Evolution of Substance….

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I am painting a violin for a fundraising Gala for Symphony of the Mountains. The piece is finished and making its way to one of the organization members. I have never painted an instrument before and I knew there would be unique challenges to creating a design which would … Continue reading Evolution of Substance….

18 x 24 inch canvasuntitled....maybe Uncontrolled?mixed mediaby Valerie DowdySometimes I feel overwhelmed with the chaos of life and the art I create can be basically....art vomit. (an uncontrolled stream or flow)What do I mean? Every day we have struggles and conflicts. It is life. But from time to time that swirling, maelstrom seems uncontainable. Finding its … Continue reading