Friday, August 13, 2010

Sold an original watercolor, working on my mermaid + summer patio garden pics

So its august, and my birthday is this Sunday! I am turning 23.
and so far... I started off my birth week with some awesome surprises/presents such as:
I sold an original watercolor painting of mine via our etsy shop the other day!
See it here:
Bathing in Babylon
"Bathing in Babylon"
original watercolor painting by Chelsea Rose

....Yes! she has found a good home and is going to New York, in fact.
It is always such an uplifting and exciting thing to sell original work- very inspiring. My heart goes out to those who support the arts!
I was pretty surprised that this watercolor sold in our etsy shop seeing that i tend to do better selling inexpensive prints on etsy and have been reluctant to put much of my original painting work up. However, this proves there are certainly interested art collectors on etsy willing to pay an artist a fair sum for original art. Perhaps i will be putting more of my watercolor and my acrylic paintings on etsy for sale in the near future!
.....seeing that this watercolor has sold also seems to have made me itch to play with watercolor( its been too long!) so i hope i can manage to play with some this weekend even though its supposed to be retardedly hot.

I got another birthday present in the form of a body painting paid commission. A fellow flickr photographer came to me, asking for my body painting services for his planned maternity shoot which he is doing for his portfolio. I happily agreed and i am excited to see how it all comes together since the theme is very "earth mother."

Here are two super quick sketches i made to show him my floral ideas for the body painting( i wanted them to look very different from my current women's study body painting series.) :
front details
back details.
The photographer said he loved these roughed out ideas- which i will be painting with earth tones of green, brown and reds. The shoot has been set for the 17th. It will be exciting to see how the project comes together. and yes of course i will have Danny with me and he will surely take some photos of the body painting process so i can share in an update entry.

In other news I have been doing some more work on my "work in progress" mermaid acrylic painting:
Mermaid-work in progress
( sorry for the horrible photo- was taken at night in very low and yellow lighting.)
So far i have added a lot more side fins to help fill up space and add more flow and detail. However the painting was striking me as being horribly flat so i started adding bubbles in hopes of concocting some much needed depth. I am still far from finished. I have everything sort of roughed out and now i have to go back in and fine tune. I intend to add more layers of bubble also. And eventually i will have to paint the hands- which i am sure i will avoid till the very end :P

On a personal note i have come to terms with my addiction to hats. And while i am comforted by the truth that there are certainly worse addictions to be had...its still a shame!
My newest addition to my ever growing collection:
Summer gaze
I found this one in downtown Portland at the skidmore fountain market which we cruised before heading over to the artful Saturday Market. It is purple and green/my favorite color harmony and It was $15 and is made of hemp. It works as a less dramatic sun barrier then my other sun hat which Danny has likened to a sombrero.

While this summer has been a relatively mild one- the sun has still been out in force and so my patio garden in flourishing:
One summer evening
the wild flowers were the first to come up and thus are most mature. However my morning glory vines have sprouted and quickly matured. They are now happily climbing the lattice and the iron work of the patio. Its a shame i took this photo in the evening because by then the 6 big morning glory trumpet flowers had gone to rest so they are not pictured here. But in this photo you can see some of my chamomile- which i just recently harvested a few flower heads to dry and make tea from.
summer patio garden
The basil isn't seen here but its doing well and has gone through its first clippings-Chile sprouts are is still maturing and our fuscia hanging plant is producing all sorts of blooms and attracting hummingbirds to our windows. However my cilantro went to seed before i could even use it for tacos or something!
summer says hello
our little growing space may be small but i am thankful for it! I love hanging out on the patio on these long summer evenings with Danny and sushi cat. Summer is full with life right now. In fact just the other day Danny went outside and came back in with a huge pot full of freshly picked wild black berries from the big bushes around our neighborhood- they are everywhere and laden with fruit. Yum Yum.
As much as i am enjoying summer I am eagerly awaiting fall which i think is my fave season over here in Portland Oregon. The trees turn such psychedelic shades of orange, yellow and pink! And it starts to get a lil chilly so i get to dress in lots of layers, snug beanies and scarfs. yes! I cant wait.

So thats it for now i believe!
I wont be doing anything extra for my birthday this year- just hoping to be able to honor, remember and realize all the love and fine points of this super odd world and existence on it.

Much love to all,
-Chelsea Rose


  1. I am so happy for you! Selling original pieces for what they are worth is an amazing feeling. I love the details of the piece you are currently working on. How do you know when you are finished? I ask because it looks complete to me... when do you know does it come from years of experience?

  2. happy birthday, dear chelsea rose. hope it was a good one for you. congrats on selling the painting, too!

    i find it amusing that you are so enamoured of your morning glory plant. here in new zealand it is a nasty weed which grows out of control and smothers other plants! it does have very pretty flowers though.

  3. The Rich Ant- thank you! Very glad you enjoy the details on the mermaid painting- still trying to add more. I guess you could say i will know when it is "finished" when it accurately represents the painting i have already finished in my mind. This "work in progress" photo doesn’t show how rough the back ground and bubbles are- or how much work is needed on the flesh tone/shading but i think its more apparent in person.
    I think most the time when art is finished- you’ll feel it in your gut.

    Ann Marie- Birthday was relaxing and sweet- thank you for your wishes!
    And yes- i fell in love with morning glories in the dusty/smelly/decaying alley ways of my hometown Venice Beach California. The flowers would grow anywhere- even in the darkest ugliest/inhabitable parts of the city and thus i felt they were in some sense "healing" to the neighborhood. Also the first time as a young kid that i saw a fae was inside the trumpet flower of a morning glory. Plus- i love the elegant spirally vines and the way the flowers look just before blooming-like purple cocoons. In the Edo period in Japan morning glories were especially loved and manicured.
    and yes...i LOVE that they are a wildflower with such a huger for life they claim entire structures and gardens for their own! :)
    my first and only tattoo thus far is on my right calve- an Art Nouveau block print of a morning glory i found in a dover art book! :P
    I often wish I was small enough to live inside one of those purple trumpet flowers.

  4. I enjoy your art. Don't suppose you have a collection in a book I could buy.

    I especially love the Mother Goddess theme.