Facebook Hiatus

Well, I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I’m not on Facebook anymore.  For years now I’ve debated deactivating my account, but a few weeks ago I actually did it….and it feels GREAT!  Now I know for marketing purposes social media is supposed to be good and if I could have kept my “Logan Berard Art” page activated while still deleting my personal account, I probably would have.  That wasn’t an option.  So, this sounds so stupid, but I feel like a better person now.  Facebook made me lazy.  You see, I’m an introvert, which is not an excuse.  I could stay “in touch” with friends and family without having to really do anything.  And because I knew all their business I never called them or visited or emailed.  When I deleted my account I promised myself that I would make an effort to connect more with the important people in my life and so far so good.  I’ve made play-dates with people I haven’t spoken to in months.  I’ve chatted with my best friend from college who moved away a couple of years ago.  When I think about someone I text them or call them.  All in all, I’m proud of myself and it feels good to actually stay in touch with people.  So if you want to stay in touch with me just email me.  I’ll email you back…and we’ll actually have a conversation.  :)

Fred the Great Dane

I just absolutely love this painting.  I was so worried when I found out this dog was a harlequin.  There are three things about painting pet portraits that are just so hard…brindled fur, harlequin fur, and tabby cats…all for the same reason.  It is SO hard to do shadows and define spots and stripes at the same time.  They’re all dark so sometimes they just don’t come out right.  This was my second attempt at painting Fred (sshhh don’t tell his mom).  The first one, well, it was just off.  I couldn’t get his left eye to look right because of the spots/shadow thingy so I ended up painting an eye patch over it because I got so frustrated.  That canvas is still sitting in my studio….it will probably be painted over.  The second attempt came out WAY better.  I figured I’d have to paint it the same way I paint cats.  See, normally I use a big brush and then gradually make it down to my tiny brush to add details.  For some reason for cats that doesn’t work. Their fur doesn’t show shadows like other animals so you have to kind of shade and add detail at the same time.  Anyway, once I got that technique down, Fred was good to go.

Patrick the Pig – 18″x24″ Pig Painting on Canvas

So I finally finished this painting.  I had sketched it out weeks ago, but, for multiple reasons (baby, cramped studio, endless laundry), never got around to actually painting it.  Now that it’s done someone needs to buy it since my house is OVERFLOWING with my artwork.  My paintings are colorful and cheery, but UGH, I’m tired of looking at them!  haha!

 

 

Petunia the Cow

Who doesn’t love a giant orange cow?

Petunia

30″x40″ Acrylic painting on canvas

 

Great-Grandma’s House in Mississippi

Flossy

Someone’s going to have a good Christmas!

This is one of the few Christmas orders I got this year.  Isn’t he fun?  I love painting boxers…I think it’s their droopy jowls.

 

Back from maternity leave…

After being on maternity leave for the last 2 months, my Etsy shop is now open again. Hooray!

Originally, I was not going to accept commissions until January 2014, but our little girl is so good and I’m itching to paint again. So if you’d like to have a pet portrait or Random Dwelling commissioned for a Christmas gift, I will be accepting them from November 1st – 15th. All custom orders placed during this time will be shipped by December 1st. If you would like a custom piece that does not have to be done by Christmas just email me@lbpaintings.com and we can work something out.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoganBerard

Lafayette Public Library Art Show October 23rd – January 7th

Well, I successfully hung my first art show post-baby at the Lafayette Public Library Galerie Lafayette.  I have to say, it wasn’t that bad thanks to my wonderful husband who actually did all the work.  My paintings will be on display until January 7th.  Stop by for art walk on November 9th and December 14th.

Since I haven’t really been able to paint lately these are the ONLY animal portraits I have right now.  They are not listed in my Etsy shop, but if you are interested in one, please email me (me@lbpaintings.com) and we can try to work something out.

 

*Apologies for the not-so-great photos.  The lighting was horrible and baby was hungry.  I rushed.  :/

ProjectNursery.com Project of the Month Finalist for August!

Hey Guys! Guess what? Georgia’s nursery is one of the six project of the month finalists for August! The best part…one of their favorite things in the room is my painting! Second best part…we could win a $50 gift card! So please go to the Project Nursery blog and vote for Georgia’s Vintage Modern Nursery!