poppies at Filoli

poppies at Filoli

Monday, October 6, 2014

Why you should buy original art

A pretty landscape over my blue cupboard
As an artist, I find great pleasure in purchasing and enjoying art that comes right from the hand of a real live person. I can “feel” the work, love, and inspiration that went into that piece of art which is inherently different from any other piece on earth. An artist may produce more than one piece in a theme or collection, but just like flowers on a plant each one is unique. When I refer to “art,” by the way, I’m talking about an originally conceived handmade object. (including but not limited to: painting, sculpture, quilts, art to wear, jewelry, wood sculpture, pottery, fiber art...)

This brings me to the topic I’d like to talk about today which is why YOU should buy original art.

two paintings in my landscape collection
1. Your home is the environment you create to nurture yourself, your family, and friends. Home is your sanctuary. Every item in your home is there either to comfort, inspire, or facilitate the lifestyle you are choosing to live. Original art brings an organic “alive” quality to your home that no print can ever communicate. It’s right from the artist’s easel. Whether you buy it while the paint is still drying, or hundreds of years after it’s painted, you are getting the one and only original with dimension no print can every really copy. 
original art with milkglass collection

2. Your art collection is a reflection of your personal taste. Hanging original art in your home can show your love of the local art scene, your travels, or your simply your own preferences for collecting. Many artists paint the scenes of their homes and travels. I like to collect paintings of pastoral scenes. One room in my home is dedicated to this collection. It is a very soothing place for all who visit. 

Gratuitous cute doggie poses with pretty landscape picture
3. Finally, when you purchase original art, you are supporting people who make art. This may seem like a no-brainer, but let’s explore it a bit. Most of us admire those who create. We listen to music, enjoy dance, watch talented people perform on television. But, original art is the only creative product we can purchase, take home, and enjoy for the rest of our lives (and even pass on to our heirs.) You can personally encourage and support local artists with your purchases in a very personal way that you cannot really connect with other creative folks. 

I am not saying that no one should ever buy a print. That’s just silly. This is simply a plea to expand your mind to the idea that owning original art has its own special value. 
If you don’t put perfectly reproduced silk plants in your garden, why on earth would you hang nothing but reproduced pictures on your walls?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

reject fear

Fear has been on my mind lately. Fear of failure, fear of success... fear. Incredibly creative people are sometimes called, "fearless." This makes sense to me because fear can certainly stop us in our creative tracks if we let the "what ifs" take over our thought processes. That got me thinking, where does all this fear come from? Why do we accept it? One culprit in my life was my religious teaching as a child. I want to take a moment to examine fear and why we tolerate it to the degree that we do.

I hope that this message is helpful and please share it with those you think would benefit from it.
Laura P.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Share in the Happy with LaBelle Mariposa!!

Expanding happiness all around me is ultimately my goal in life! Creating happy art has been a powerful tool for me to use to share my joy. That's why I'm so excited about being able to offer these darling little works of art to my friends and fans so that we can all share happiness! 

I've done a lot of research on this to find stickers and decals that would really do a good job of reproduction my work at a price that everyone can afford. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Joyful living photographs with quotes

I've been putting some of my favorite pictures together with inspirational quotes from people I admire. It's part of the "Joyful Living" part of my commitment to you. At moments we feel our purpose so strongly that it is impossible to believe that a time may come when we can't connect directly to that intense knowing. I like having many reminders around me to help bring me back to my purpose, here. I hope that these images and words work to help you reconnect with your purpose, too. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Stickers and Decals are on their way!

If you’ve been following along here, you know that I’ve been painting on my car and having a great time making it all happy and pretty! Well, what you may not know is that I have ordered some stickers and vinyl decals of some of my favorite images so that you can make your car happy and pretty, too! They are nice reproductions of my work so you can also use them to make your laptop, walls, or just about anything you can stick a sticker to prettier!

I heard back from both companies today, and we’re definitely in business! So, here’s a preview of the designs:

4 inch red hibiscus flower

4 inch yellow and red hibiscus flower

5 inch dove

4 inch "Petunia the anything can happen Pig"

4 inch red eyed frog

5 inch yellow and pink hibiscus flower

4 inch open landed Monarch butterfly

4 inch open flying Monarch butterfly

4 inch Monarch from the side view

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gladys the Art Car gets some new paint!

Gladys, my 1999 Lincoln Town Car, is transforming day by day as I add art work to inspire joy and happiness on our road-ways. Yes, I get some strange looks, many people ask if I put a bunch of stickers on my car, and just today a man shook his head and told me that I must be eccentric.  But, all of this reaction is worth the smiles, thumbs ups, and "I LOVE your car!" comments. 

I use one-shot paints that I get from TCP Global because I've found the best price and they get my order to me pretty quickly! I purchase regular brushes from art supplies stores because I haven't learned how to use the quills and I'm getting the results I want with regular brushes. I use LOTS of turpenoid for my brushes, to remove smudges I get all over myself and the car, etc. To get the fun swirly butterfly on the hood I thinned the paint with thinner that is available from TCP as well. When I'm finished working I clean my brushes with The Master's Brush Cleaner  which has done wonders to help my brushes look brand new after each use. You can find that at Michaels. I'd recommend buying the big tub and using a discount coupon. You can use the very same tub for your acrylic brushes and it saves them, too.

Since I've been working on her more lately, I thought I'd share some pictures here. In many ways, I feel that painting on my car is sorta like adding tattoos to her body. If you are interested in knowing how to paint your own car, feel free to leave questions in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them all!

Inspirational Words on Gladys the Art Car!

More words to uplift and inspire

A long shot of the cherry blossom tree with birds

Detail picture of little blue bird and California Poppies

More detail of the cherry blossom tree with two cute birdies (LOVE these!

my two frogs, Trevor & Yolanda

a pretty monarch on the hood

Embellishment surrounding the passenger front door

Inspirational words and a peek at the hood butterfly

The passenger side California poppies

The trunk with the license plate

Just the tree and LaBelle Mariposa

Another view of the cherry blossom tree

A Raven on the roof

A large swirly butterfly on the hood

the Raven and driver's side California poppies

Saturday, May 3, 2014

My “New” Art direction (aka. Radiant Beings of Light)

I know, what could be more airy fairy, right? I’ve spent a large part of my life in an internal battle between my spiritual intuitive side, and my logical side. I have a very strong pull (almost all the time) toward the spiritual view of this life. But, I am (almost) equally a syndical logical person. I’m sure you can imagine the battle that this brings up in my own mind.

What I’d like to share today is definitely on the spiritual side of life. I’m not sure why we have to separate the two, but somehow… it just seems to work out that way. I’ve felt a common pull that I believe many people experience which is to help other people feel better. While I have followed many paths in an attempt to satisfy this pull, art has been the most satisfying by far.

I’ve painted many paintings which are inspired by religious experience. A painting that came to me during a church service is a large canvas I call “Trinity.” It features the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit on a gentle landscape with swirly colors connecting them all.
"Trinity" original painting by Laura Pallatin 

Another painting I treasure is inspired by Buddha. I heard a story about how he wanted his followers to use a sphere as a symbol of Universal Love.
"The One" original painting by Laura Pallatin

My personal life’s path has included a spiritual program that inspired this painting which I call, “Happy, Joyous, and Free.”
"Happy, Joyous, and Free" original painting by Laura Pallatin

Following the death of my former husband, Joe, I had a very profound experience. I felt Joe’s presence and he shared with me an image of what we look like to him now that he’s not looking through human eyes. He showed me a person who we both know and, as I looked at the person, I could see that they were radiating the most beautiful light. Joe impressed upon me that if I could see everyone that way, and help them to see themselves and others as this absolute beauty and love, we could not be unhappy, angry, resentful, fearful…

After this amazing experience, I tried to show other people what we really look like! The first painting I did I used my son as the model. I used this image to lead a worship group as I want so much to share this experience. But, it just didn’t do it for me. I’ve been thinking about what I could do that would help me communicate this vision. Then, it occurred to me that no one painting is going to communicate what each person looks like.

Energy Portrait by Laura Pallatin
I spent time in mediation and arrived at a method for painting these “Energy Portraits.” Then, I got out my paints, canvases, and brushes and started following my internal guidance and started to paint some amazing images. I realized that I would need to do many images to show as many people as I can exactly what they really look like! The first one that came to mind was so strong that I simply sketched out the outline and put it aside. I KNEW that I wouldn’t be able to work on any others till that first one was sketched out. What followed were three paintings that are strongly inspired by three other amazing people.

Energy Portrait by Laura Pallatin

Energy Portrait by Laura Pallatin

When I realized who the first person was, I went back and finished that one, too.

Energy Portrait by Laura Pallatin

Due to the layers of paint and special varnish treatment, these paintings take several days to complete. I wanted to come up with a way to take this process “on the road.” So, I started creating “Energy Portrait Sketches” using ink and various medias that travel well and can be set with fixative.

Energy Portrait Sketch by Laura Pallatin
This has been an amazing process, to say the least! I think it is really interesting to realize that the portraits don’t seem to vary by whether the person is in body right now, or not.

It is my hope that many people will be touched by my work and begins to realize that who we are, and who we are surrounded by, is truly amazing, loving beings of Light. 

Energy Portrait Sketch by Laura Pallatin

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Collecting beautiful things for ART!

Enamel, plastic, and other brightly colored pins

I have the most wonderful excuse for collecting beautiful (little) things for my "Altared Books." Since my work encompasses so many themes, I am always on the lookout for fun items to bring my imagined scenes to life. Sometimes, I imagine a theme in my mind and then add it to my list. Then, when I'm out cruising for goodies, I check my list to keep that new idea in mind. Often times, though, I find an unusual piece and am moved to create a whole book around that item. I wonder if a viewer even knows what the inspiration was when viewing my work. I hope that everyone brings their own interpretation to the piece. In this way, each person makes the art their own experience. I love it when people tell me a story that they come up with for a book. I feel it gives the art a whole other life. 

Springy collection for an upcoming Easter "Altared Book"

Today, I'm working on a spooky Fall themed book. I'm using a stamp I made, punched birds and leaves, various fabrics, paint, inks, broken pottery bits, as well as many jewelry pieces. 

Sparkly pin collection for books (or maybe a bouquet?)

While I'm in love with this book, I am already looking forward to rounding out the collection of Springy thingies to make a happy little Easter book. I so enjoy bringing home, and sorting through my treasure, that I thought I'd share some of my pretties with you here. 

I hope you enjoy the eye candy as much as I do! 

Laura P.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

sharing "Altared Books" in 2014

It's almost mid-December and I have to admit, I'm getting excited about the new year already! I know I should slow down and enjoy Christmas, but gosh! I'm just so fired up about 2014! I followed my heart artistically and expanded my art to include something I'm calling "Altared Books." I was first inspired by the art of Dia De Los Muertos imagery and wanted to make a tiny world that held an altar tucked within a book. My first few pieces were exclusively "Day of the Dead" related. Then, I created books dedicated to people that I wrote stories about. These darling little worlds can be created to honor anything! Imagination is the only limit. 

It is my intent to offer workshops so that I can share the making of these pieces of assemblage art with others. Each gathering will be very fun! We'll dress up in frilly aprons, don sparkly tiaras, and create completely unique art! Wow, I can't wait! I'll be sharing more information about these plans as I begin to set dates. I've been asked to offer a workshop at "The Old Mortuary Inn" in Dunsmuir, CA.

an "Altared Book" by Laura Pallatin of LaBelle Mariposa dedicated to Frida Khalo

A view of an "Altared Book" featureing hand-painted & sculpted "sugar skulls," many jewelry and religious artifacts, flowers, birds, ribbon, sand dollar doves and many other little bits. 

The cover of an "Altared Book" by Laura Pallatin of LaBelle Mariposa

Inside cover of an "Altared Book" by Laura Pallatin of LaBelle Mariposa

a tiny Christmas scene inside and "Altared Book"

Christmas in an Altared Book

A praying mouse is inside a book dedicated to a fictional cat lover. 

The cover of an Altared Book with a cute locket and secret butterflies inside

The inside of the Altared Book dedicated to fictional "Auntie Bella"