He collected Treasures and Trinkets
Adventuring to places unknown by any other Giant
He was NEVER afraid...of anything
A flask was left in his pocket containing a gold liquid that smelled like The Desert and The Sea
His voice was Low Deep and Honest
His grumbles and mumbles
(used to ward off Answers)
only brought more questions from every child that wondered....
WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO HAVE A GIANT AS AN UNCLE?
Give the Gift of Art this Christmas. Creative, Unique, Thoughtful.Read More
I'm so happy to announce new items available in my shop! I hope that you enjoy the new editions and keep your eyes peeled for many more to come!
I've been experimenting with T-shirts for some time now and have finally dialed it in! More shirts will be available soon, but until then....check out this beauty! A perfect gift.....
As many of you know I have been LOVING my coloring time. Last winter I hosted several incredible Coloring and Wine parties at my favorite little winery in Grants Pass, Oregon (The Crow and Bear). Now you can pop over to my shop and purchase Instant Downloadable Coloring Pages! These downloadable coloring pages are really great. Once you purchase a page you can print as many as you like in case you want to host your own coloring party or if you mess up :)
I am thrilled to announce that the August issue of Color On Magazine has been released! I am one of two featured artist with several of my coloring pages and an artist interview. It's a wonderful magazine that will excite all you coloring enthusiast out there! Go get your copy on Etsy or Amazon. Links are provided on my Facebook Page or search for Color On Magazine.
Customized Tree Families! I have been busy making personalized family tree art! It is truly an honor to create these pieces and even better to see the happy smiles of my customers!
Check out these reviews:
"The amazingly talented Delena made a very personal piece for me with details that are close to my heart. Save your pennies or order one of your own today. Everything was done with care, and I mean everything-even the packaging! My daughters love it! "Families are like branches on a tree-we grow in different directions but our roots are still the same"
"Process was real easy and Delena got everything I asked and the exceeded it. Can't thank her enough we love it" -Ryan Smith
"Beyond anything that we could have wished for!! We will treasure it always!!!" -Courtney Willard
'You and Me in Moonlight' Now available!!!!!
This beauty would make a perfect wedding gift, anniversary present, birthday present....or a just because! Have a special date you want engraved in the trees? No problem! Pop over to my shop!
With Father's Day right around the corner I thought you might need little inspiration for this years gift.
Customize your own tree family!!!
'Tree People' are hand drawn using water color, pen and ink, and oil pen on a Birch Wood Panel. The Birch wood panels are wonderful because they are ready to hang, no framing necessary! I LOVE creating pieces for others. Together we can create the perfect custom Tree people. Family of four, two, three....? Wedding gift or Anniversary?
Add dates, initials, or a special quote to make your gift extra special.
Pricing and Sizes:
Email me and let's get started!
I've been drawing 'tree people' for many many years now. I remember my first tree person. I was sitting in the backseat of a car leaving a hot springs in Ouray, Colorado. We were stuck in traffic and I was soooo sleepy. I looked out the window and there in the trunk of the tree I saw her. She was stretching her arms above her head and had one leg stretched out. Her leaves became her hair and I couldn't take my eyes off her. Was I dreaming? Maybe. I see them everywhere. I love creating these trees with personality and story. I hope you enjoy them too!
Have a wonderful Holiday weekend!
Nick and I have lived in many places and WAY too many to write (or draw). With summer making her debut I've decided to take a trip down memory lane and draw a few of my favorite ways we've lived a unique nomadic life. It hasn't always been easy, but it's always been an adventure!
#1: Tootsie: Van living at it's finest. 1984 custom Volkswagen Westfalia.
#2: Nick built us a custom camper in our off-roading Toyota Hiace. We toured around his homeland of New Zealand. By far my favorite adventure yet.
#3: Though much more ordinary, we lived in an old house in Alameda, Ca. The house was full of several extremely creative people that inspired us to live the life that we love most.
#4: SOoooooo.... we bought a travel trailer! With only the wind directing us we worked, played, and wandered around Ca, Or, Wa, Nv, Ut, Co, Nm.
#5: As summer makes it's debut we are wondering how we will explore nature best this year. We decided that the upgrade from van living to a trailer was a bit too extreme. Our options are slowly popping up and ....well..... I guess we'll just have to sit back and wait to see what the future has in store for two wandering souls.
Such a great turnout at The Crow and Bear Winery! I wish I took more pictures!Read More
I'm super excited to be moving forward with my coloring book. Still waiting to hear back from a publisher, but in the meantime my goal is to perfect each image and get this beauty ready for the shelves. Looks like I've got some coloring to do! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Oil on Canvas
In 2010 I was given four canvases that an artist was throwing away. Two of those four were completed within a few months. I started the third and hit a wall. I started the fourth and hit a wall. The two unfinished paintings were packed up and have traveled with me to eight different homes. Each move I would unpack the paintings, stare, and put them away. I was absolutely intimidated. In 2015 I finished Love (pictured in album titled 'New Works') and I have now finally finished the fourth canvas, Rebirth. It was a difficult process because I wanted to keep the elements that I started 6 years ago, but my growth as an artist pushed me to 'make it better'. I tried to honor both voices and in the end I was overwhelmed with love and gratitude that I have been given this gift. Painting, for me, is so much more than expression. It calms, soothes, enlightens, energizes, and drives me. I learned a new form a patience with this painting and confirmed the saying 'Good things come to those who wait'.
I had a wonderful time painting these two pieces for The Crow and Bear Winery in Grants Pass, Oregon. Commission pieces are a challenge and an honor to do. Stop by The Crow and Bear Winery and find the hidden images in each painting.
This three panel piece was created as a reminder that though we may be in different countries, states, towns, we all belong to the same Mother Earth. Be kind to one another.
'The Bay Imagined'
My family has a long history with San Fransisco and I've been intrigued by the city ever since I first crossed over the old bay bridge. This illustration started with a discarded piece of cardboard that was too beautiful to throw away. With my head in the clouds and my heart in the trees 'The Bay Imagined' was created. I hope you enjoy all the twists and turns.
A group of Grants Pass, Oregon belly dancers decided to have a different type of Holiday Party....with coloring! I was honored to be apart of such a magical event. As my coloring book takes shape it's truly remarkable to watch as each colorist transforms the black and white illustrations. I can't wait to see these pages completed! Contact me at DelenaBritnell@gmail.com if you'd like to have a coloring party with your friends!
'The Gift of Color'
Wine, Friends, and Coloring at 'The Crow and Bear Vineyard'
Thank you to all that came out to The Crow and Bear for a night of coloring! It was a huge success as we had every inch of table space taken up. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty in which all of the colorist chose to bring each piece to life. It was incredible to watch these images transform in a new way. We had men and women 30-70 years of 'agelessness' coloring away into the late hours of the night. My favorite comment of the night came from Lee, "I actually enjoyed this. Since I flunked art in Kindergarten, that's saying a lot!" Thank you to The Crow and Bear Vineyard for providing such a warm welcoming space to us all. And now.....It's time for me to get this book into the hands of the right publisher! Wish me luck!
(To see more pictures of this event please go to the Facebook link)
I've been quiet on social media lately because of an exciting new project! Two Dozen Art Visions for YOU to bring to life with COLOR! I'm thrilled to introduce the first installment of my adult coloring book. As I go through the steps of proposing this creation to publishers I would love your feedback! So, if you're in the Grants Pass area please come join me for Wine and Coloring!
Delena Aseere Britnell
I am proud to introduce a sneak preview of ‘The Gift of Color’, an adult coloring book with two dozen art visions to bring to life. I am in need of vibrant colorist to test run these empowering images, so come relax before the craziness of the Holidays and be a part of the wonderful gift of color. Each image is printed on quality paper and once you color life into your piece it will be ready to be framed and gifted. Please join me at the Crow and Bear Winery’s new event space for Wine, Nibbles, Conversation, and COLOR.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Crow and Bear Winery
5719 Jerome Prairie Rd
Grants Pass, Or 97527
*This is a free event held ‘after hours’. The gate will be closed so please approach slowly, the gate will automatically open TOWARDS you.
What to bring:
A number of limited coloring supplies will be available so you are encouraged to bring your own favorite supplies such as markers and/or colored pencils. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any of your friends who may want to add a splash of color to the group!
Food, Wine, and Dessert:
Complimentary Cheese, Crackers, and most importantly, dessert will be provided, but feel free to bring nibbles to share.
Wine and beer will be available for purchase.
To ensure that there will be plenty of chocolate it would be greatly appreciated if you would RSVP to Delena at: DelenaBritnell@gmail.com
I don't know about you, but everywhere I turn these days I see/hear/read something about Tiny Houses. After spending every cent of our hard earned money paying for rent in the Bay Area my husband, Nick, and I decided that Tiny living seemed like a perfect fit for us. Nick is an incredibly artistic general contractor and has aspirations of building for himself one day. What we need is a plot of land to begin our dream of building our very own tiny home.
For some, coming up with the money for such a dream is the dilemma. Nick and I are faced with a double whammy. One: Money Two:Location.
Money: I won't get into money because it always has a way of showing up and disappearing. Plus I'm a firm believer in manifesting what I need.....
Location: We are two gypsy souls that hate zip codes. Separately, Nick and I have both moved more than the average person. Since marrying, three years ago, we have lived in 16 different homes, two different states, and two different countries. As you can imagine deciding WHERE to find this plot of land has been our biggest challenge. Instead of settling we decided to buy a home on wheels!
Our first stop: Washington
It has now been one month since we began our gypsy quest. It seems that my struggles with TIME, leases, and packing are behind me. I now have more TIME than I need and the world at my fingertips. Don't get me wrong, we have had to overcome many difficulties over this past month....the world doesn't make it easy to live a transient lifestyle. However, today I've finally stopped and breathed. Truly breathed. The sun is shining, I am surrounded by so many different shades of green, and I've begun dreaming.
As I settle into Tiny Living I've had to learn to be patient with myself. Learning how to function in such a tight space with my husband, diligence in putting everything away in specific places, and letting go of my own expectations with my art. My website, etsy shop, and artwork have all been hanging over me like a storm cloud waiting to burst. It's hard for me to ignore this cloud that follows me daily, but today I felt a few drops of rain. Perhaps it will rain soon and the beauty of tiny living is that my umbrella is always right next to me.
Thank you for reading and I hope that you are having an inspirational day too.
The start of an Adventure
The boxes were packed, our tiny apartment empty, and the urge to GO gurgled in my stomach.
The wind began to blow in Alameda, Ca. It had a ferocity that I had never heard.
It pushed through the streets and houses with speed and intensity.
Trees groaned, and several fell, keeping most people inside.
That was probably the smart thing to do, stay inside.
However, for me, the wind was a calling.
The push that I needed to leave the safety of our friends and family.
On a whim
(oh how I love whims)
I grabbed the keys to our Volkswagen Westfailia, Tootsie, and said goodbye to a place that I once called home.
The wind rattled the windows and shoved me out of my lane, but I continued.
I drove through brutal conditions throughout the night.
I was determined to leave the state of California and make my way to the safety of my parents home in Oregon.
It was a long drive and I had many hours to sit and dream.
Inspiration pulled at my heart.
The wind whispered visions of drawings soon to come.
It's quiet now, the Oregon air crisp and damp.
Ill wait here until the wind begins again.....