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Denise Livingston
Denver, CO
Living life to the fullest with my family and through ART!
Interests: Yoga, art journaling, snuggling with my husband, art projects with my son, creating art with new mediums I learn along the way, travel
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I am coming to the realization that I prefer to do abstracts more than realistic painting. I love the freedom of abstracts gives. I love how a painting will intuitively lead me. For instance in this painting, my intention from the get go was to painting something with to do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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I'm so excited for ARTMA this month!! What is ARTMA? It's a magical art event that raises money for pediatric cancer research. Hundreds of artist, nationwide, donate artwork to the event. It's basically a huge party and silent/live art auction!! Live music and catered food add to the cool ambiance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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As many of you know, art journaling was a catalyst to me considering myself an artist. As a way to share what I love and to learn more about the dynamics of our son's school, I decided to teach Art Journaling at Grant middle school for a quarter! It's been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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Having our own gallery party has been something Steve and I have been planning for a couple years now. Up until now, I've put it off sighting different reasons: I don't have enough paintings to show, I'm not ready, blah, blah, blah. Well, I was running out of excuses because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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I have an affinity for the dias de los meuertos celebration. I love the fact that Mexicans celebrate the deceased in a festive, rejoicing way. Thinking of Wiley, Morgan and Parker being part of this big party in the afterlife gives me a feeling of peace and happiness for them.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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Ok, so I've shied away from showing my art at a gallery for two reasons: galleries want 50% commission from your sales and showing at a gallery is a big deal to an artist!! So, I figure, a way to ease into it is to show my art at Stella's,... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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I've been reading up on what wabi-sabi is: it is a Japanese term that means finding beauty in the imperfect and weathered nature. So to apply the wabi-sabi to my art, I wanted to use colors I see in nature and use a certain kind of intuition. While wondering what... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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Playing with acrylic inks in an intuitive way, these crazy looking jellyfish appeared! I am kind of fascinated with these translucent alien beings. They are such interesting creatures. Painting loosely like this is so out of my comfort zone, yet it was very meditative to paint. It's actually my artistic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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I love to etch into a painting to create a story within a painting. It's like unearthing something that wants to come to the surface. This piece represents about choosing to be free of chaos/drama by observing it from your place of serenity. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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Since I love collage so much, I've been reading up on important "collagists" in art history. Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) work caught my eye. He would take everyday ephemara and make them into beautiful collages, a new medium at the time. Schwitters is also credited for his pioneering contribution to installation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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Here is another painting I finished in March called "Evolving". At first glance, it just looks like layers of different colors. There is a story behind this: Red layer represents my earlier life with Wiley, Morgan and Parker. Red had always been my favorite color. Some of the collaged papers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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As the years move away from the last time I saw Morgan, Parker and Wiley, it is harder to imagine what they would look like now if they were alive. What I can do is be aware of their presence in other objects and paint what I feel. Happy Birthday,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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In a Misty Mawn workshop I'm taking, we're asked to describe ourselves in terms of "lines". Along with the poem I created, I also painted this self portrait: I AM A FLOURISH I start out as a frail, and uncertain line. But want to explore being bold! So I vacilate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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At the beginning of February, I planned to design our family's Valentines cards to send out to family and friends. That got me thinking (dangerous, I know). I love to do art projects involving kids. So, why not have kids at Gierma's elementary school make them to give to a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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Our good friend, Reggie, asked me to paint a portrait of his son for his wife's birthday. I was thrilled for the opportunity! The past year, I've been working on my portrait rendering skills and I've been happy with my progress so far. So, I felt confident going into this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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Snow's Clarity Happy New Year, everyone! I can't believe it's been over two months since I last posted! I will have to put that on my goal list for this year - blog at least once a month. One of my other goals is to shoot for completing four paintings... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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A couple years ago, I painted a Frida Dias Des Los Muertos mask. It was sold right away! Missing Frida, I painted another one. Only, this one is more elaborate! She is now for sale in my Etsy shop - just click on my Etsy shop badge off the right... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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Buna is the amharic word for COFFEE! I just finished this painting for Ethiopia Reads' "Ethiopian Odyssey" coming up October 22, here in Denver. Along with other paintings by differents artists, it will be auctioned off to raise money for Ethiopia Reads. The word "jebena" written on the background, is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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As we all know, the holidays creep up on us rather quickly once school starts. So, I wanted to put it out there I'm offering people a very personal and special gift to give-a portrait of a loved one. I love painting in this monochromatic way and it is my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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It feels so good to get back into painting! If I haven't been painting for a while, I feel a bit rusty starting out again. Luckily, it is like riding a bike and I'm back to peddling on my artful journey! I really enjoy painting with just a water soluable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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This past summer, I unintentionally took a break from painting. Perhaps I wanted to be on summer vacation with my boys! I did take an online sketch course, called Sketchbook School. It is headed by a well known sketchbook artist, Danny Gregory. The concept is cool-there are six different artist... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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This was a really fun project I did in Misty's class. I loved using dimensional objects and textured paper in the piece. I look forward to making more iconic paintings! Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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One of my favorite things to paint are abstracts. I don't set out with anything in mind. I just like to see the painting unfold. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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This painting started out as an abstract background. I saw in it, a 3/4 profile that I turned into a self portrait. The splash of color toward the bottom of the painting was already there, so I turned it into a heart pendant. Then the window with Morgan, Parker and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art
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In this painting, I just used a stabilo pencil and titanium white acrylic paint. I love to be able to use just these two things to create such a great range of values. For some reason, Gierma looks older in this painting, like he's 18! For the life of me,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Creative Endeavors in Art