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SunRaeAlore~ Original Works by Elaina Erola

Eureka, California On Etsy since 2009

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SunRaeAlore~ Original Works by Elaina Erola

Eureka, California | 35 Sales

Announcement    Thank you so much for visiting my shop. Here you will find all my paintings and prints available for sale as well as a few handmade pairs of earrings now and then. Please favorite my items and my shop and feel free to share away! All your support is appreciated.
All prints are available in different sizes.

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Last updated on Sep 24, 2016

Thank you so much for visiting my shop. Here you will find all my paintings and prints available for sale as well as a few handmade pairs of earrings now and then. Please favorite my items and my shop and feel free to share away! All your support is appreciated.
All prints are available in different sizes.

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About sunraealore

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On Etsy since 2009

How I became an Artist

I started painting at a very young age. My Aunt was an incredibly talented artist and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was 10 years older than I and she used to love to paint Disney characters on her bedroom wall. She had an incredible eye for reproduction and I admired her more than anyone in the world. When she graduated high school, she applied to the Art Institute in San Francisco and I saw her paint with oils for the first time. Then, during one of my visits with her, She gave me a blank canvas and some paints to work with. I was probably nine or ten and the time but that was the moment everything changed.
My mother bought me a starter set of paints and I quickly discovered the stationary store that we frequented sold oil paints and brushes. I started by imitating. I would find pictures in library books that I like and experiment with angles, color schemes, fantasy objects, and optical illusions. In high school I started drawing models in magazines trying to familiarize myself with the human form. I started winning awards for my portraits in my very small local art shows and I started taking drawing classes at the local community college. I also started painting landscapes from different places that I traveled, still working in oils.
The thing about oils is they require a little bit of space. The paint is very sticky and doesn't wash off of things easily, you need rags and thinners, an easel, and the more solutions you have to dilute the paints the better your effects. You need a large open, aerated space because the fumes are toxic, you need things to protect the floors because if you drop your brushes or cups the oils can sink right through and ruin everything. Your canvases are generally large because the medium doesn't lend itself well to detailed fine spaces.
When I went away to college, i was sharing a bedroom with my boyfriend and barely had room for clothes, let alone a studio. After a year without doing any kind of art I grabbed a 5 by 7 pad of paper and a small tray of water colors and started painting. I've been painting ever since. Every once in awhile I return to oils but i just don't have the same love for it as I do with Watercolor. I love being able to control the intensity of the color, I love being able to draw out my pictures on paper before I start. Drawing out the picture on canvas or panel or even canvas paper doesn't allow me the same amount of detail that I command from my pictures. Even with fine mechanical pencils, the graphite doesn't sit on the paper the same way.
My work has grown into finer and finer detail over the years giving me the opportunity to really present a feeling and presence that most watercolors will wash over in an abstract way. Being able to dominate something a medium that was made for impressionism is one of the things that i feel sets my work apart.
As far my subjects, I sill go after just about anything that pleases my eye. Portraits are incredibly hard for me but i do them occasionally. Also my father was a boat builder so drawing structure, as well as working in design and with angles is something that comes pretty naturally to me. I usually pick landscapes of pictures that i have taken personal in either of my two homes, in Washington or California. Creative licence is definitely my favorite thing about this part of the process because the photos never accurately represent what it is that i see when I take them.
If you look carefully, almost everyone one of my painting represents the full color wheel. Brilliance and color are the goals in my paintings, usually the kind of vivid colors that are not normally achievable in real life so there's an element of fantasy as well. I am constantly adding new works to the shop for all occasions so please check back regularly.
Besides my paintings I will also be adding the beaded earrings that I have recently started making. These individually made Native Hand crafts are a very old tradition and have been made by my Native American tribe as well as others through out the country for many many generations. They do take a long time to make and they are very popular so you may not always see them but they do show up every now and again.
Thanks for reading my story and as always thank you for supporting the artists!

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    Artist, Long Distance Runner, Blackfeet Indian, Aspiring Lawyer.

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Last updated on Jan 18, 2018
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