A Painting in Progress

Over the weekend, I painted a smaller version of a painting that I did a few months back.  It ended up being one of the most popular pieces of my work, so I decided to make another on similar. My friend and art colleague, Hal Yeager, was working the gallery this day and captured some images of my progress.  Here’s the progress start to finish.

Acrylic on canvas 24x30x1.5″  I used Quinacridone Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Mars Black, Titanium White, and Irredescent White heavy body acrylics.  Tools are various and I have included most of them here in the pictures.

Let me know if you have any questions about the process.  I hope you enjoy.




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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Art, Uncategorized


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Abstract Painting Giveaway!

To celebrate my new website, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY of this painting! “Approaching” is an 8x8x1.5″ acrylic on canvas abstract.  It’s reminiscent of a big crystal of amethyst.  It is a great addition to a small wall space or can stand up on its own. Go here to my homepage and locate the giveaway box at the bottom of the page or click the link below.  There are multiple ways to enter, but one is all that’s required. You can enter via Twitter, FB, or Pinterest. Contest ends Feb 28th. Feel free to share the link!

Thanks for entering and supporting my journey as an artist!




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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in Art


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Welcome to My New Website!

On my journey as an abstract painter, I have put together a website.  There you can see many of my paintings, sold or available, information about me and my transition into painting, and how to contact me in regards to purchasing or commissioning a painting. Give it a look!

Find me on social media: Twitter: LifeSkillsLivi, FB Heron Hill Arts, Instagram: oamyers


Gallery 2014 b

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Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Art


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Meaning in Art

A change of pace from my typical Life Skills topics.

This year, I have begun my journey into abstract painting. I run a small art gallery NW Georgia, which I also use as my studio space. Customers come in and out and can see my works in progress. There is a repeat customer that has just started coming in recently. While more interested in bronze sculptures that we have there, he has taken particular interest in my work. Not being a fan of abstract, from what I can gather, he is certainly warming to the idea. While looking at my collection of paintings, he asked me “What’s the meaning?” To which I replied, “It’s all relative.”

The meaning behind a piece of art, like so many other aspects of it, is, I feel, completely situational. It can come from the emotion of the artist at the time of conception or production, from the colors or materials used, from the size of the piece, and alternatively, what the viewer sees in the painting.

My paintings are non representational abstracts. This means that I am not painting a definitive subject. My colors are typically bold and bright and I favor larger canvases. Palette knives are my favorite tools and texture is a must. I use a variety of mediums: acrylic, oil, and mixed. When I have a finished product, I want it to have two things: balance and depth. When someone sees something in my painting, it is merely that- what they see. Admittedly, my emotions come out on occasion in the paintings. They can be seen in the direction of brush or knife, amount of texture, colors used, or especially the title of the painting. As I’m painting, there are always things on my mind and I channel those into my work, ending likely with a title directly related to the thoughts when completed the piece.

Back to the patron at hand. He saw me starting a commissioned painting a couple of weeks ago. He came in over the weekend and saw my progress and seemed much more intrigued. He concentrated on it and ultimately told me how much he enjoyed it and the process of watching it develop.

This morning, I received a message from him stating this:

“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.” John Steinbeck

Your painting has grown, I know you can create and I know that piece communicates.

This was quite a compliment. While I don’t project a meaning or a subject, it is flattering to know that my pieces are communicative and ultimately, that people are enjoying them! Thanks To you, Bill and all my other customers and lovers of my work. As I have heard probably 50 times in the last six months, I have found my niche.

Cheers, Olivia


View from my latest show, November 2014.



“It Matches the Day” 3×4′ Acrylic on Canvas. This is one of my favorites. The purples are so bold, and some of the white iridescent.



“Ruby Red Slippers” 11×14″ Acrylic on Canvas. Birthday present for a friend that is always commenting on my red shoes.


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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Art


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Vinegar in Laundry

towelsIn my experience with three different brands of high efficiency washers over the years, I have found one thing to be true- they don’t clean laundry as well as the old fashioned agitator machines.  This is especially true with bath and kitchen towels- especially wash cloths.  They go in and out of the washer with soap and a little softener, but still come out smelling somewhat musty and sour.  Currently, I’m using a Maytag Neptune washer/dryer and I must say that it is the worst offender of this problem.  It’s gotten to the point that I set the washer for a pre-soak and an extra rinse and add Oxy Clean to the load along with the soap.  Seems a bit extreme, but when the job isn’t getting done, I do what I have to do.  

Last week, I mentioned this to my mother.  She suggested that I add vinegar to the load.  I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before- I love using basic and home remedy type products and ideas.  So, we added a cup of vinegar to the load in the beginning of the cycle and let it wash all the way through.  Let me tell you, I was quite pleased with the outcome.  There was a very faint vinegar scent after the towels were dried, but no musty/stale smell remained.  It’s quite refreshing! For the towels, I kept it on the longer cycle as I mentioned before.  

I have no doubt that this works on other clothes as well.  From my reading and research on it, other people use it to aid in stain removal, brighten whites, remove odors, and as an alternative to fabric softener.  It would provide relief to those with allergies as well, as an alternative to regular softeners.  

Are you using vinegar this way? Let me know how its going for you.  

-Olivia  white_vinegar

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in House


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Missing in Action

The cobwebs are back on my blog. The intentions of writing have been there, but remain only that, intentions. A couple of things have stopped me. I’ve started painting abstracts this year. It has consumed a great deal of my time. In addition to that, I work at an art gallery and much time is devoted there to classes, art camps, and open hours. I’ve had quite a few thoughts over the last few months about topics to cover, but focusing elsewhere has hindered the process.

Maybe I’ll post about my process of learning to paint. Maybe I’ll come up with more life skills to cover. Maybe writing about having too many irons in the fire would be a good place to start.

Until I figure it out… Take care. Thanks again for stopping by.

Cheers, Olivia

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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Life


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Change Direction and Refocus

Many things in my life have been brought to front and center lately as needing some attention. Relationships with friends and family, career, and my well being in general. These different areas are all sitting in front of me in an audience with hands raised and waving in the air. It’s time to call on them.

Just a minute ago, my reminder came in the form of poetry. A friend that has been calling on many life questions of her own lately posted the last lines of


With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

I was inspired to revisit the poem and read it again.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

So many points in this passage allow me to reflect on my own life. Thus far, 2014 has proven to be a dynamic year, full of progress and realization. I see relationships that must change or must be gone from my life, with the promise of new ones to grace me. My direction in general is brought more into focus; clarity is coming in regards to what I should be surrounded by. My purpose in life, while not clear to me in the big picture just yet, is being revealed page by page, allowing me to have experiences, learn, and hone my skills to succeed in this life.

The journey continues.


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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Life


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