Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This is one of the paintings I did at the Donna Zagotta workshop. I will be writing more about that in the near future. I have caught a nasty virus and have been coughing for more than 2 weeks, so I haven't felt much like painting, catching up with my notes from the workshop, or writing in my blog. I'm feeling better though, and that's the good news. This is mixed media with watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. The image itself is 4 1/2 by 5 inches. I mounted it (after varnish) on black board, and matted it in a black mat. Overall size is 9x12, and it will fit into any frame of that size (which is standard). Looks very cool! I've missed my on line art friends and will be checking into what everyone is up to!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I'm Ok

I saw this man in Detroit recently. He looked a little down trodden, but seemed to have a slight spring in his step. I don't know if he was homeless, but it's possible. A situation that can happen to anyone. I imagined, though, (and hoped) that he was heading to a family dinner or to meet a friend. I also imagined (and hoped) that he might have good thoughts going on, and would say "I'm OK".

Friday, March 10, 2017

Art work enlarged!

I just received 2 more canvasses with my artwork printed on them, and I'm very happy! I thought you might like a look. The first one was a little 6x6 oil, and the second one was an 8x10 oil. They are both now 24 x20. I'm trying to learn more about resolutions, sizing, etc. Printerpix.com is who I used and I love this new fun adventure. It gives us more impact in our home, but also gives an option to buyers who want bigger art for their money. I'm heading out for the weekend with my daughter for our annual trip. Can't wait. A cold couple days by the lake. Yay! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017


I painted from this photo a while ago, and decided to do it again. But this time, I went outside my comfort zone and used a palette knife. I haven't done that in a while, and it was fun. By the time I ended up, though, it was sort of half and half. It's oil, very textured, and 16x20 inches. It is available on http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/663256

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sea of Love

Another imaginary scene from another life I guess! I love making these blocks/shapes of color. It's very relaxing to me. And I found myself singing  "Sea of Love" while painting, so the title was easy! Such a great song.
 I am really looking forward to the Donna Zagotta workshop at the end of the month. (http://donnazagotta.com/blog/)  She is one of my favorite artists, and I'm looking forward to getting back to watercolors and learning her unique technique of watercolor and white gouache. 
(Plus a little birdie told me she is a very nice person!)
More to come on that! But before that happens, our yearly trip to Saugatuk is coming up! My daughter, Meg, and I go every single year during St Patrick's day time. It is so special and we both look forward to it starting at Christmas. We love the dog parade there, where all the dogs are dressed in costumes.There is not one face in the crowd that doesn't have a smile while watching. A very fun March is coming up, and I am so incredibly grateful!
This is available on :http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/662203

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"Good Dog" and Birch Trees

One of the things we do ("assignments") in class is to do a Birch Tree painting. I feel it's a great exercise because of the many things we talk about while doing it and after. Things like texture (using various "tools"), values, colors (warm, cool, etc) atmospheric perspective, composition, and more. It still amazes me that some of these people have never even held a paintbrush! These are some of the results of our project. I am so in awe of how they just go right at it- especially since a blank canvas can be so intimidating. It's a great group because we all help each other and everyone supports each other. Lots of talent here, and I have a feeling they will keep painting. 
Now as far as "Good Boy", that is my Birch Tree painting! I tried and tried, and couldn't stand what I was creating in those trees. Just wasn't making me happy. So.......one mark became a shoulder, then a figure, then a dog, and soon there was no evidence of a single tree. So that's a lesson in itself. If it just isn't happening  for you, just make marks and see what it starts to look like. One of  the students said yesterday as she worked on her painting, "This painting is telling me what it needs". I love that!  
"Good Dog" is sold

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Back Me Up

It's still hard not to give it a number! The challenge was great, but I love a little slower pace, too. I am lucky to be doing 2 commission pieces now, and I'm taking my time on the first one. I never knew that a Texas Longhorn is called a Watusi. But I do now, and he's mostly finished. The other will be a lot of fun, because it's a dog! Several months ago I took an art journey with my good buddies and fellow artists, Kristen Dukat, Gloria E.Moses, and Marianne Von Rohr. During a painting day, I started this one. I forgot about it until a few days ago. So I finished it and I'm very happy with it.
I love the stained glass looking colors. It's oil, 10x8, and I'm going to try to figure out how I did that, so I can try to do it again. Wish me luck!
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Good Buddies" and The bird grew!

I wanted to experiment to see how large I could have one of those companies do my artwork on canvas. So I took my little guy, "I'll Start Again" (day 1 of the challenge), waited for a sale, and sent the image off to, in this case, Printerpix. I was thrilled! It is a teeny, tiny bit blurry, but I need to learn a little more about resizing ,etc. It is a way I can have larger art work in my home, and/or offer larger art to people for a fraction of the price, and still have it as "sort of" original!. I think this was $60.00. Just a fun thing to experiment with. I also have a large angel above my fireplace, complete with a wide, beautiful, Salvation Army frame that I got for $20.00! Maybe I'll show that next time, since I'm sure not making art every day for a while!
And I started a painting with my class on Monday. Just an imaginary still life. They did great! It was to show starting a painting using thumbnails, and concentrating on values and big shapes first. I finished mine at home, and I can't wait to see theirs on Monday. I am so lucky to be able to have so many repeat students, and new ones combined at every class. They're awesome because we're all there to share, to learn, and to laugh. Takes your mind off everything for a few hours! Anyways, here's my imaginary still life! 10x8 and available on:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 30 in 30 Challenge Collage

The final collage! Thanks to everyone for support, laughter, and creativity in this challenge! I am so lucky to be part of such a wonderful community of artists. Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

That Man's Off Leash!!

#29 of the challenge. This dog has seen it all before, during the course of a work day. A person off leash. He usually carries a person treat with him, like maybe some Twizzlers or Nerds, or even a Mike and Ike to keep everyone calm. But it's still sort of nerve wracking for the poor mailman!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Simple Pleasures

#27 of the challenge. A little house. Somewhat rickety, and in need of repair. But as I painted this imaginary place, I was reminded of how I look at a house.......it's what's inside that counts.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Should I Get My Hair Wet?

#26 of the challenge. This poor girl just had her hair done with a blow dry. Then this happens. A pesky little duck making faces and teasing. This may not be a monumental decision for you or me, but for this dog, it could be the difference between a smooth and planned out day, or total chaos. Guess she'll have to weigh the risks vs. the benefits.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

You Two Rascals

#24 of the challenge. Just a few pals hanging around. The red one is the more mature, and is prepared to discipline the little ones if need be. Or maybe it's me that needs the discipline now......6 more to go, and I'm attaching human qualities to flowers,boats, dogs, etc. Why not? They have feelings, too!:)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

If I Fell

#23 of the challenge.  I have gotten my second wind! This painting is 12x9 and has deep painted sides, so no framing. My favorite band has always been the Beatles (Paul was going to ask me to marry him once, but ......well.......didn't). Anyways, the title came from one of their songs, which is a beautiful one. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

One Fine Day

#22 of the challenge. I had a little bit of a difficult time getting the photo to show the value contrasts in the flowers, but I think some of it is evident. I wanted to paint poppies today! This is 10 by 10 and has wide 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped edges. I am happy to paint the sides whatever is requested: from a dark rich color, to the same colors extended around from the image. To be hung without a frame.Free shipping for challenge month!

Big Dreams

#21 of the challenge. This is a little boat with big dreams. We all should think that way!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bloom Where You're Planted

#19 of the challenge. This was fun because I just kept painting layers on layers. Negative space painting, positive space painting, and another dab here and there. Carefree and fun. That's what #19 is to me. I love all the greens and that's why I had to stop. I was afraid I'd cover them up.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Struggling Actor

#18 of the challenge. I had it in my head that I really wanted to paint a dog that was waiting on tables while working towards an acting gig. I just knew it was coming...good or bad. Why, you ask?
I'll get back to you on that! Definitely having fun.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Texting My Grandpa

#17 of the challenge. I saw this man texting, and I imagined (hoped) that it was a good and happy exchange, like maybe with his Grand kids telling him they loved him. But what do I know? Maybe he was texting to check on his investments. Or to make a reservation. Or to learn results from a medical test. Thank God for our imaginations.....! PS I was terrified of this angle, but I am happy with it. I just tried to follow the values.

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's My Party

#16 of the challenge.  This is a pretty thickly painted 10x10 oil painting. It has 1 1/2 inch gallery edge sides painted a rich dark color, so it doesn't need a frame.