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Hello!!! Happy Monday!
This weekend was really really nice, despite feeling a little short. It was nice AND super productive. I bought a sweet vintage camera (Kodak Brownie Starflex) and magically acquired an old Canon film camera complete with 3 sweet lenses, a flash, and a super cool vintage camera strap!
canon film camera(thank you, Mr. Cohn!)

As I was shopping around for more vintage cameras (I’m looking for a Imperial Mark XII Flash Camera in teal) i paused to count how many I have. Twenty. Twenty cameras. I think I need help… they make pills for this, right? Now I just need to find a cool way to display them. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment– I would LOVE to hear them!!!!

In between shopping and acquiring vintage cameras, I added six 8″x8″ oil paintings to my etsy shop.
8x8 original fine art oil painting

8x8 Original Oil Paintings from Creativeapples
I am so in love with these paintings. I hope that they find a good home (I need the space for all the new paintings I am working on!)
Stop by my etsy shop and check them out!

Oh it’s been so long since I’ve had a big shop update! I’m pleased to announce several brand new products in my etsy store!

I am soooo excited to introduce you to prints of my latest coffee paintings. They look amazing.  When I got the prints back from the lab, I was astounded to see the level of detail– you can totally see the texture of the canvas and the strokes of paint. Simply Amazing.  (don’t they look fabulous framed and grouped together?)

Coffee Love- Original Oil Painting Prints by Creativeapples

Close up of Coffee Love Painting(look at the texture! **swoon!**) Really, these prints are amazing!

Top Row: Coffee Love 01 and Coffee Love 04

Bottom Row: Coffee Love 02 and Coffee Love 03

These prints  are a reproduction of my original oil paintings.

Images measures 8×8 inches (20.32 cm x 20.32 cm) with a white border for easy framing.

The prints are professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper which provides excellent resistance to light fade. They would look amazing grouped together in a frame on your walls, desk, or shelf.

Prints are signed and dated.

They are also available in 5″x5″ or 6″x6″. Please email/contact me if you are interested!

I also listed new prints of my photos– two of my favorite shots from when I was in Oregon:

Tree of Life 8x10 Fine Art Print and Cannon Beach 8x10 Fine Art Print
Tree of Life – 8×10 Fine Art Print (click to see a larger image)

Cannon Beach- 8×10 Fine Art Print (click to see a larger image)

These prints are also professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper. They can also me made into into greeting cards, 4″x6″, 5″x7″, 8″x10″, 11″x14″ prints and larger! Please contact me and I will be happy to customize your order to provide you what you need!

The last new arrival in my shop is a cupcake greeting card set:

Cupcake Greeting Card or Invitation Set- Make a Wish
Cupcake Greeting Card or Invitation Set (5)- Make a Wish

This set of cupcake greeting cards would be perfect for birthday party invitations, or just to have on hand when the unexpected (or forgotten!) birthday pops up. This set also makes a great hostess gift, or teacher gift too! You will receive:
•Five vertical 4.5″ x 6.25″ photo greeting cards featuring an original photo of a fun and brightly colored cupcake with a lit candle that’s ready to be wished upon! The card also comes with a matching white envelope. You’ll receive five of the same card.
•Photos are 4×6, professionally printed on acid-free archival photo-paper.
•The photos are adhered to sturdy white cardstock.
•Cards are blank on the inside, ready for your personal message.
•Each card is individually wrapped in its own clear bag.

Hello! Happy Monday!
Downtown Chicago

Thompson Center, Downtown Chicago
This weekend was pretty quiet, but good.  I went downtown with my mom on Friday. We had a nice time, and got some business taken care of. It was a good adventure! I’m not sure when the last time mom was on a Chicago bus… maybe 30 years ago? She remembered when the bus far was .75 and we had those big inefficient green CTA buses (with no air conditoning!) Ah, the good ole days…

image via Gaper’s Block

Saturday’s highlight was cleaning out my clothes closet. I got rid of 3 LARGE trash bags of clothes/shoes that don’t fit or that I haven’t worn in 5-10 years. My closet is beautiful now! (though I still need a dresser…) However, now that my closet is nearly empty, its time to fill it up again, right? Exhausted, I spent the rest of the evening working on my friend’s super secret gift!

Sunday’s highlight was painting! YES! that’s right– you read correctly– I painted! My intention was just to experiment with enhancing some clouds, and it turned out really good.  Two hours later, I nearly reworked the whole canvas and it looks sooooo much better now. I only have a little bit left to work on and then it will be finished (finally!!)  Here’s the canvas I worked on (Here’s the before shot…)

CreativeApples PaintingUpdates pics to come!!

Hope you had a great weekend!

035/365, originally uploaded by rottnapples.

happy saturday people!

my big plans for the day? Breakfast with my mom and grandma, working on a publicity postcard for the James Downing Theatre’s next show (coming up in March) “The Fantasticks“, working on my coffee paintings (all 5 of them), and dinner with my friend! (i don’t know about you, but i’m pretty stoked…)

I’m totally in love with this painting! I assure you– it looks waaaay better in person! (I’ll probably add it to my etsy shop after I stop staring and get better photos of it!)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Original Oil Painting

It’s almost finished! I’m putting the final touches and painting the edges now. I should be finished with it this weekend! (I’m so in love with this painting!) Can I tell you how happy I am to be painting again? I’ve painted more this year than in the past 5 years put together. I love it.

There are still more paintings I’m working on (and a few commissioned pieces I have yet to start–no, John, I haven’t forgotten about your painting!!) I’m starting to run out of room to hang them… I was thinking of having/hosting an open house or “trunk show” sort of thing and having everyone I know come by and buy stuff right off my walls (if they were so inclined.) How fun would that be! I think I’ll do it next spring. This will give me time to 1.)make MORE and 2.)do some major cleaning. Or, maybe I can find someone’s garage to “rent” and throw a little backyard bbq as well… hmmmm… still need to plan that. If you have some ideas, I’d LOVE to hear them!!!

(start saving your pennies people!!! *smile*)

I’m finally finished with this painting!

this is how it started:
Dahlia Painting
Step 2: blocking in colors (it spent years in this stage!)
dahlia painting
Step 3: Nearly complete!
dahlia painting
I am *so* in love with this painting– it turned out far better than I would have imagined! (I’m running out of wall space!)

Happy Friday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend! Actually, I can’t complain. I had a pretty good week. I got to play in the makeshift photo studio at work for a couple of days. That was cool!! (now I want some of those professional light sets– man, they are waaaaaaay better than the little desk lamps we use at home!)  I’m hoping that they like the shots so that I’ll get to photograph more often. Right now, we’re trying to photograph little odds and ends for the web– stuff that’s not cost effective to send to a real studio, but we still need an image for. Bring it on I say. Bring it on!!!!

As promised, here is my new painting!

You can find this for sale in my Art Fire and etsy store!
(I am digging the whole coffee series. I’ve got one more in the works!)

Happy Friday! I’m pretty glad it’s finally Friday. I get to hang out with my grandma again! Shhhh… don’t tell her– Its supposed to be a surprise. Boy, will she be surprised (and pissed!) that I’ll be there again! (hee hee!) She totally has some sort of plan, (probably to stand on a chair and clean something?) and she was nosy about what time mom was getting up, and leaving for work, and quite adamant about making sure I would be going to work… she definitely has something up her sleeve! Ah, she’s so cute!

So, today I added one of my newest paintings in my Art Fire and Etsy shops.  I just **LOVE** this painting so much!

cuppa joe- 12x12 original oil painting

cuppa joe- 12x12 original oil painting

Cuppa Joe
Oil Painting on canvas
(30.48cm x 30.48cm)

This is an original oil painting on stretched canvas. The sides are painted red so its ready to hang with or without a frame.

You can find it in my Art Fire shop

It’s also available in my etsy shop

Next week, I will be adding my blue coffee cup painting!!!
Thanks everyone! Hope you have a great weekend!

All the negative qualities are overy exaggerated now.

Happy Monday! This weeks Macro Monday theme is New Year Resolution. This year, my resolution is to paint more. It’s something that I LOVE to do, yet spend so little time doing it (isn’t that sad?) I can’t tell you how happy and narcissistic it makes me feel when I look at my walls, and they are filled with paintings!

I also want to grow my etsy “hobby” and turn it into a “business” (ideally, and this is just a whimsical dream– I would like to be able to be able to make a happy, viable living from this “hobby”) I want to be able to add my paintings and drawings to my shop, in addition to adding alot more large photographic prints. I will be looking into spending alot more time marketing myself (which is my LEAST favorite thing to do in the world) and am considering placing ads on different strategic sites (which I’ve not yet found.) I am also going to submit my cards/prints to the Renegade store in Chicago. (this, by the way, was a resolution from that year that was a major FAIL.)
So now that I’ve made my deepest, darkest resolution public, I may need some gentle reminders and nudges– feel free to email/twitter/and or comment here and hold me accountable!!!
Have a great day!!!

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