Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Collaboration with VIDA

I'm thrilled to announce that I was asked to collaborate with VIDA. They are a new kind of fashion ecommerce company that connects artists like me all over the world with producers to bring our work to life. My designs will be used to make high-end unique products such as beautiful lightweight scarves, chic geometric cut tops, and much more in a socially conscious way. They have ethical standards for the makers of these original products. Plus, the best part is that for every product sold, VIDA provides the gift of literacy to the manufacturing factory employees so that they have the opportunity to learn to read, write, and do basic math. Therefore, I am honored to be able to have the opportunity to work with this amazing sustainable organization.

Below is my favorite item from the collection.

I hope you like this new design. I have been exploring with color and abstract art so I thought this geometric pattern would look great on this beautifully designed top. I also made sure to use soothing calming colors such as mint green, lavender, and sky blue.

Make sure to visit my collection at: http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/andrea-realpe
I will also be adding more designs so stay tuned! ;)

Have a great night my lovelies!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

En Plein Air Painting

Painting with nature; where I belong.
 Plein air derived from a french phrase, en plein air, which means, "in the open air." It's used to describe the act of painting outside. On Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to paint with nature at Sydney Yates Flatwoods. I didn't have to wonder very far to find the perfect painting spot.  I painted the North Branch Chicago River. This serene spot is close to the North Branch Trail and the Caldwell Woods Picnic Grove.
This experience was not like any other; I felt a mixture of fear and excitement. In the studio, paintings are much more predetermined, but painting outdoors was much more liberating. Rather than focusing on the detail and filling my artwork with symbolic features, I abandoned the extensive planning and focused on capturing the beautiful scene in front of me. Not having to expect a masterpiece allowed me to be myself out there. Painting outdoors also made me unintentionally paint the effects of the sunlight. I felt like the impressionistic painters from the late 1800's out there.

Painting in the field can be very unpredictable too. While setting up, I realized I forgot my palette back at home. I had to get creative, so I used a piece of aluminum foil from my sandwich and wrapped it around a piece of wood that I found lying around. It worked fairly well since I only used a limited palette (fewer colors). I also had my pup, Sofi next to me. She got tangled up around my easel a few times. Nonetheless, she was such a patient puppy. I  had a few spectators gather up behind us and compliment my work. They said "my painting was very good". I thought that I would get shy about painting in from of others, but to my surprise, I focused entirely on the painting. Children were especially excited about seeing someone paint, they jumped for joy as they told their parents about my painting. This brought many smiles to my face.
Overall I have to say that I truly enjoyed this experience to the max. I plan on making a series of plein air paintings, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cherry Blossom Branch Commission

Hi Friends! I was given the opportunity to create one of my favorite flowers; cherry blossoms! I have made many paintings of cherry blossoms in the past. A few years back, I created a large painting of a cherry blossom branch. At the time I though it was huge, but this time the commission is size 48 x 118 inches. The paper size was about the same length as the room in my apartment, so I had to roll up the ends of the painting. It was certainly a challenge that I welcomed with open arms. Plus it was a full body experience. 

I started with one long brush stroke.

I slowly added branch arms. 

The blossoms were next. 

Followed by the spongy pink background.

I then added the Japanese Kanji Symbols which stand for Andrea Love.
I made my own stamp out of wine cork.

Here is my pup, Sofi. She loves posing in front of my paintings.:D

I hope you enjoyed my process as much as I enjoyed creating it.
If you are interested in your own painting please email me at andrea@andrearealpe.com