Final : As it Turns: Oil on Panel

This is the final piece. May build up some more layers, but this is pretty much done. I was inspired by one of Thomas Moran’s paintings. The landscape is made up. I wanted to see what I could come up with on my own.

I am also preparing my last pieces for an exhibition next week so will take a break for a few weeks for the holidays. Like my page on FB @vanessawithunart and I will be doing a few giveaways. If you have a page on social media, let me know in the comments and I will follow.

This is another painting I did a few months ago. I had put it away and noticed it again. Never trash your art right away as you may find inspiration in it in the future. 🙂

Moonlight Waters: 16 x 12 in Canvas

Check out my website for inquiries


Journal 1: Random thoughts and work in progress…

Journal 1: Random Thoughts through the Course of my Artistic Journey

I decided to start journaling my thoughts once a week or so in order to relate what I am feeling. I must first mention that I speak as someone who is still emerging in the arts. I have been pursuing the arts seriously for about a year and so I am still growing. I felt the need to share some of the thoughts I have been having and some of the personal things that I am experiencing. I decided to break them up into numbered paragraphs so that I do not sound like I am rambling too much.

Thought 1:

I have been noticing an increase in posts on social media, Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, claiming that if you read a certain book your art sales will increase, and so on. Many artists have a hard time with marketing, which is understandable. As a new artist, this sounds appealing. Most of these books will tell you what most people already know, which is that one needs to be honest, dedicated, and be willing to put yourself out there. These are not things that anyone does not know. The interesting thing about these people selling books is that they are making money off of people buying them and not necessarily their own artwork. I decided to think deeper about the type of artist I want to be and what I did not want to do. I think it is everyone’s right to do what they want to do and I have no problem with people educating others. I just would hate for someone to buy into the whole idea that there is some magic formula for selling art or being an artist. I read somewhere that Van Gogh only sold 2 paintings out of 2000. In the age of capitalism, I believe that what is good is not always what is popular. Although I would love to sell more art, I am more concerned with enjoying what I do. It is easy to get swept into the mindset that one is as good as one sells. That Is not true at all!


Thought 2: I think honesty is the most important thing when pursuing the arts. It is okay to try new things and experiment, but I think that the goal is to come up with your own voice. I feel that my art is constantly changing and that I am still at the stage where I am experimenting, and I am absolutely okay with that.

Thought 3: As someone who has been diagnosed with Anxiety, I am constantly worried about everything I do. Personal family issues make its way into my mind as I paint. I learned how to use these struggles to empower my art. Instead of trying to shun them away, I use these concepts and explore ways to put them to use. I find that my art is about exploration and the search for symbols, mainly because I am in search of something unseen. Landscapes have been my main choice because I am attracted to the connection between humans and nature. However, I find myself exploring these same concepts in still-life and in portraits. I don’t ever see myself focusing solely on portraits or figures.

This is a painting I am currently working on. I am trying to take things slow so that I don’t overwork the foreground. I really like using loose and swirly brushstrokes and adding a bit of texture.

A Turn

A Turn: 24″ x 18″ Linen Panel

Acrylic Mini Paintings

Mini Paintings

I decided to do a few smaller paintings, 5 x 7-inch, for practice. I am really happy with the turnout. The bottom painting on the right is influenced by Monet’s use of brush strokes and color. I tend to paint very tightly, but I am enjoying the process of loosening up. There is a more airy quality to it than the others. The great thing about painting small is that they can be used as references for a larger painting. They also make great gifts. I plan on doing a few more of these before doing something larger.


Plein Air Painting & Mini Paintings!

I’ve been making an attempt to paint outside more often.

Yesterday, I decided to do some Plein Air work at a nearby park( Tom Triplett Park). I had my 2 year old son with me, so it was not an easy thing to get done. I managed to pick a spot by my car. I love how the sunlight was showing through the colorful fall foliage. I also added lots of texture to give it some variety.

Here are some flowers I painted outside yesterday as well. I love my new Sienna box.

I also had these 5 x 7 inch mini paintings framed. Love them both! I really like the idea of painting small. Would love to see if anyone else likes painting small!




All paintings are available! Send me a message @