Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring Is Here!

It has been a very long, very wet Winter in Oregon, and I am so excited about Spring!  I've been cleaning, not only our home, my studio and our yard, but my Artwork, too.  Not so much cleaning in the typical sense, but opening up for change, and growth.  One way I am working toward growth is I am taking a class taught by Juliette Crane, called Bliss.  I love Juliette's loose, colorful style, and think it's a perfect way to remember how to play with Art.  I just happen to have a massive amount of Art Supplies, that have never been touched, and I am having a great time experimenting.  Here are two Journal Sketches I've created in the past two days.  If you would like to have fun, too, check out Juliette's class...you will have fun!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nibblefest Time!

This month the Nibblefest Theme is, "Clouds".  My entry has clouds, a Pit Bull named Cloud, and trees. 
 
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I want to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!!!  I am a real romantic, and I love Valentine's Day.  I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend, too! 
Here is a painting I created of our sweet, beloved Oppee.  She represents Valentine's Day to me.  Sweet, lovable and loving...She is missed, so much

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

POPPY The Westie Painting

The name, "Poppy" came to me while painting this little guy.  Poppy is a West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, as they are commonly called.  He is now in my Etsy shop!  It's been a while since I've had new paintings for my shop, so I'm excited.  LOL!  I'm working on three more small paintings, so stay tuned!

                                                         "POPPY"  3" x 3" on wood

Friday, January 31, 2014

GO SEAHAWKS!!!

Super Bowl Sunday is approaching fast, and I am so excited.  I don't usually have a favorite team, but this year is special because my nephew is playing for the Seahawks!  We are so excited for him, and the rest of the family, and team, of course.  So....GO SEAHAWKS!!!!  Good Luck #67!!!  And, I hope everyone has a great time watching the game, no matter who you are cheering for!  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nibblefest Time

The theme for Nibblefest this month is BLUE, and my entry is a blue Westie.  There are a lot of great paintings...so be sure to check them out!  Nibblefest ends on the 27th. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

First Painting in 2014

I hope 2014 is a great year for all of you!  It's been busy at our house, and that is why I'm late wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  I wish you all Health, Happiness and prosperity!





The snow, and my love for cats inspired my first painting in 2014!  "Gray Cats In The Snow"

Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Studio

WOW!  It's been a while since I've been here.  We've had a couple of family members going through some health issues, helped move two of our daughters, and I have moved my studio to a space that is a little bigger!  The snow and ice have slowed us down, a bit...like most everyone else.  I am so happy that it's starting to warm up!!!  We are now looking forward to the Holidays, and fun with family and friends!  Here are a few photos of the new studio, snow, and my GusGus...he's ready for Christmas!
Still some work to do...but, it's close!

Everything has a place!

Still have to get paintings on the wall...

All ready for Christmas!

And, it's still here a week later!

GusGus loves looking out this window
New Studio View!  No blank wall!!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Go SEAHAWKS!!!

We had a great weekend!  Our nephew plays for the Seattle Seahawks, and we had the chance to watch him play in person this weekend.  The weather was great, the game was great, and it was wonderful to spend the weekend with family.  Fun times!!!
Gorgeous Autumn day

We could feel the heat from where we were sitting...

Not sure where all the guys went...lol 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Everyone!!!  I hope you all have an amazing day!  I plan to go Trick or Treating with my adorable grand kids...so, it's going to be a fun evening!!!

I have a new painting that I just listed in my Etsy shop, too. "PUPPY LOVE" I went back to my old style for this one.  I love attempting to show the love between our pets and us.  I, also, love this palette...olive green, burnt sienna, burnt umber, titanium white, payne's gray, yellow ochre, gold ochre, and light cad. red.  This painting was fun, and I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

OWLS for October Nibblefest


Owls...this month's theme for the Nibblefest Auction/contest.  There are a lot of very cool owls created by the Nibblefest Artists.  Be sure to check them out.  Here is the Link NIBBLEFEST

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Free Shipping at Society6



Hi!  I haven't posted about it yet, but I've opened a Society6 Shop, and I have had fun filling it.  Still have a lot more to do, but I'm thinking they are going to be a great company to work with.  I have a link to share for Free Shipping until October 13th.  I've just ordered two bags, to see if they look as great as they do in the photos.  I like the way they look on their page!  Very cute.  Cute Pillows, too.  Another Artist has been ordering their pillow covers, and says that they are beautiful.  Here's the link if you would like to start Christmas Shopping, or are in need of tote bags, prints, or pillows! FREESHIPPING

Friday, September 20, 2013

NIBBLEFEST TIME!!!

The theme for the month of September is, Birthday/Anniversary.  It's, actually, Nibblefest's 10th Anniversary!!!  I was thinking about what I should paint, and this image came to me.  I think I had my two, Yorkie Granddogs on my mind.  The title of my painting is, "It's My Birthday!".  If you would like to see the entries for this month...click on the Nibblefest banner on the right side of this page.  Thank you!  Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hello! It's been a while!

Hi!  I hope everyone has been enjoying a beautiful Autumn!  I know I have!  GusGus and I have been walking a lot.  It's just so gorgeous, right now.  I've, also, been busy painting, and working on wood block prints.  Today I decided to hang a couple in my kitchen.  We've been in our house for 20 years now, and it's time I start decorating!  LOL! Have a great weekend, and be on the look-out for Nibblefest!  It starts tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NIBBLEFEST TIME!

The theme this month is Sci-Fi/Aliens.  "Frenchie" the French Bulldog from another planet...is my entry.  Click NIBBLEFEST , to view the auction, and click the banner to see fun paintings by all the Nibblefest Artists. 

I can't believe summer is almost over!  We have been very busy with Weddings, friends visiting, and family birthday parties!  It's been fun!  I am, however, looking forward to my favorite time of year...Autumn, and catching up on work, and the house.  Today was the first day that it felt like Fall...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Shelf Sitting Prints on wood

Several years ago I bought some Plinth Blocks.  I didn't really pay attention to what they were, but thought they would be cool to paint on.  Yesterday I found them in my studio, and decided that they would be great for small prints on wood.  Instead of hanging them; I think they look great sitting on a shelf, or window ledge.  Here is my first..."Madeline".  I think they would look great in groups, so now I'm busy planning!  I like having things sitting in my kitchen window at the Holidays...so....I need to get busy!



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stretched Canvas Print

I forgot to mention my Limited Time Promotion, and tomorrow is the last day for this promotion.  I'm featuring "Bird".  It's for an 8X10, stretched canvas print.  I  have been working on my Fine Art America Shop, and it is fun.  I could spend a lot of time just seeing what different paintings/prints look like in the different frames.  It's so much fun!  I hope everyone has an amazing day!  Click HERE to see promotion.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Nibblefest Time! Bird Theme

I made it!  I wanted to have my painting listed on the first day of Nibblefest...and I just listed it!  Now I'm going to watch the second Sherlock Holmes...haven't see the first one, but I think it won't matter.  Be sure to check out all of the Artists' artwork on Nibblefest...this month's theme is Birds.  Click HERE to go to my auction.  I have a link on my page for the other artists' work.  Thanks!!!
"Forest Nymph and Baby Buzzard"
Mixed Media on wood
8"X8"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

En Plein Air

My sister, granddaughter, and I had a great day!  We headed out, early this morning, for gorgeous McDowell Creek Park, and we were the first people to arrive!  Not for long, however, because it's a pretty busy little park.  There were picnic tables by the river, so we set up, and started painting right away.   My sister is just learning how to paint, and she did a great job!  My granddaughter has been painting with me for some time now, so she finished three paintings.  I decided to give watercolor a try because it's easier to travel with, and I've wanted to learn how to paint with watercolor.  I think I started to get the hang of it, and it was fun. I'll be doing more of it, hopefully, at the beach soon!  We all think it would be fun to paint the ocean, and eat clam chowder!

McDowell Creek Park

                                            
Ready to start painting
Gorgeous!
 
My Sister
 

The Process

I didn't think about posting a little about how the paper paintings come together.  (Or, collage, mixed media)  Here is a link to my Facebook Art page that shows a few "Work In Progress photos". 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"Bird" New Mixed Media Painting

Hi!  I hope everyone is having a great summer!  It's been a busy one for us.  I've been trying to paint everyday, but it doesn't always happen.  I did finish a new mixed media piece on wood...I'm calling it "Bird".  I used my new favorite medium...paper.  It's now listed on eBay.  If I get the chance tomorrow, I will have some fun photos, and paintings to share.  My two granddaughters, and my sister and I, are going to give painting outdoors a go.  Packing a lunch, lots of paint, and we are all very excited!!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Sale in my Etsy Shop this week!

I am having a summer sale in my Etsy Shop this week!  Save 20 % off by using coupon Code SUMMERSALE20 at check out.  I've been thinking about starting my Christmas Shopping, and decided a Christmas in July sale would be good. :-)
Link to my Etsy Shop Click Here
 
 

Monday, July 1, 2013

New Mixed Media Painting

I had a lot of fun creating this piece.  I love working with paper.  I hope you enjoy it, too!
                                                         
                                                  For Sale on Etsy Click Here


Saturday, June 22, 2013

NIBBLEFEST Time!

It's that time of month again!  Nibblefest!  Actually, it started on the 20th, but I'm a little late with my Entry.... "Queen Of My Heart".   The auctions all start at $0.99, and will end on the 27th.  Go check them out...the link is above, or on the right side of my blog.  Have a great rest of your weekend!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Featured Artist on EBSQ ART

Today is my husband's birthday, but I got the first surprise, and a very nice surprise.  I'm the Featured Artist on EBSQ ART!  It's a great site for Artists, and I'm honored to be on their front page.  If you would like to take a look at the site, here is the link... EBSQART  There are a lot of very talented Artists on this site, so if you have the time...take a look around.  Now, I'm off to bake, and get the Birthday Party ready!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Unconditional Love

Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all treated each other as our pets treat us?  They have so much "Unconditional Love" for us.  They are so forgiving, and always so happy to see us.  I think we can learn a lot from our furry friends.  My new, mixed media painting is about the "Unconditional Love" our pets give to us.  I, once again, have used torn pages from my trusty, old, French Novel.  I'm still deciding if I should add color, or just leave it black and white.  Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Something a little different...

I've come across some artists recently that are so inspiring.  Their artwork is so open and honest.  Being vulnerable, like that, is so difficult...for me.  I was raised to be private.  Not a good thing for an artist...lol.  Well, I'm not getting any younger, so I guess I'd better start exploring, and see where my art goes.  It's just so hard to share unhappy paintings...but, here it is...  "It Is".  (It Is Personal) 
The saddness came about from a FB post...of the most horrific photo of abused dogs.  There are no words

Friday, May 31, 2013

Pineapple Ginger and Coconut

I am having so much fun making healthy smoothies with my new blender!  Then I got to thinking...I have quite a few pretty glasses, so I'll share those, too.  We'll see if Rudy wants to be included...he loves the camera more than GusGus or Rory, but that's not saying much.  I did catch him with the Pineapple/Ginger/Coconut smoothie...
The Waterford Crystal goblet is a wedding gift from my Grandmother. 
 
                            I cut fresh pineapple into chunks...and popped them into the freezer.  A few days later I added; about a 1" piece of fresh ginger, and coconut water...blended it all up...and it is great!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cheers!

I bought a blender about a month ago to make smoothies...healthy smoothies.  Today I finally made one, and it is delicious!  While I was taking a photo to share...I noticed that there was a reflection of the sky on the glass table, pretty cool, and then I noticed our Rudy...he wanted to be in the picture too!

Green Smoothie: 1 pear, 1" piece fresh ginger, 2" piece cucumber, 2 cups fresh spinach, lemon juice and coconut water to blend.  Very filling, and tasty!

Monday, May 27, 2013

ETSY SHOP SALE

I'm having a Sale in my ETSY SHOP today.  25% off all items in my Shop...  Use the coupon code REMEMBER25 to receive the discount when you check out.  The sale will go through May 29th...in case someone had the opportunity to go camping this weekend!  You can click on REMEMBER25 to start shopping!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend with family and friends.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Literary Tree II featured in EBSQ's Friday Five!

What a nice surprise!  "Literary Tree II" is one of Five paintings being featured by EBSQ today!  Check it out... EBSQ FRIDAY FIVE

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Clown Fish and Literary Tree II

I absolutely loved snorkeling!  Swimming with colorful fish in beautiful blue, warm water was amazing.  The fish were inspiring, as were paintings on a restaurant (The Fish Hopper) wall, in Kona, by Artist Shelly Maudsley White .  I'd never really considered painting fish, but my trip to Hawaii inspired just that, and here is my first fish.  A tiger clown fish, painted on wood.  

 
I, also, have a painting, "Literary Tree II" that I am sharing today.  I finished it a few weeks ago.  I used lots of torn paper, from that old French Novel that I've been using, and matte medium, to form the tree. Both paintings will be in my Etsy Shop later today.