I hope everyone is having an amazing Saturday. I’m spending the day at beautiful winery with my closest friends soaking up this Virginia fall weather. This time of year is my favorite!!
This beauty, Charlotte, is still available for purchase. Isn’t she darling?
IGNORANCE IS BLISS “People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed”…Meet Bliss - a new hamsa portrait character from the Empath Series. She’s the perfect match for daydreamers in the pursuit of internal peace <3
Empathy Series, 2018. 22” x 30”. Acrylic, oil bars, paper on mixed media board
Get it here >> @nerissaballandart (link in bio)
this is Mowgli he’s my friend🦎he has cold blood but don’t worry he’s really nice. His spikes aren’t actually sharp, his genetic makeup attempts to make him look scary so he can be protected from predators 🦅 Sometimes he sleeps in my bed 😴. His scientific name is Pogona from the Agamidae fam 🍃🐉 His favourite food is the dandelions I pick for him, he also likes kale and berries 🍇🌼🍓We differ in that he doesn’t like swimming but it’s good for his skin and hydration to soak in the water sometimes💦 I can’t leave socks on the floor because he will try to ingest them though he’s not interested in other clothing items👅. He likes to hang on me when I’m in the sun ☀️and he changes colour depending on his temperature and what he’s eating🍏. Did you know mood rings don’t change colour based on your mood? 🌈 it’s actually just your body temp. Scandalous. I admire Mowgli’s zen head 💫 I think he must meditate a lot but sometimes he gets angry and because we don’t speak the same language he shows me he’s not happy by puffing out his beard that has morphed into a jet black shade 🖤🖤 he opens his mouth and hisses at me like his lungs are crackling with fire 🔥✨ He’s not often mad, he mostly likes warm hugs and running around when he’s not being lazy. One time he was watching me blink and he tried to catch my eyelashes with his tongue, he’s such a silly I love him a lot thanks for reading about him
Thanks to all of you that came out tonight! I had a blast I’m exhausted! This piece has the foundation of the the pages from the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. The hamsa portrait visually explores the expression one may have when facing fears. The book speaks to Living a creative life free from fear. And as always the sides are wrapped with the hamsa prayer. Be your best self! I’ve never painted live before and I was completely uncomfortable doing it. My goal was to step outside my comfort zone to create! #nerissaballandart#livepainting#whotel#wfortlauderdalehotel
Nearly half way into my challenge “18 Days of an Artist Hei” and I didn’t have too look far. In fact, I might have even overlooked this artist who has been inspiring me for years! I have the fortune of knowing her personally and she is responsible for inspiring me to do this challenge. Sarah Detweiler has beautifully controlled watercolor techniques combined with her skilled embroidery that adds another level of dimension to her surreal environments and female figures. Check her out! Thank you for always sharing your process, mentorship, and feedback! #artistinspiration#18daysofanartisthei#artistshonoringartists#sd_artifacts