Sunday, May 29, 2016

Art & Wine Walk

I've started working on some art for this coming "Art & Wine Walk", here in downtown Blue Springs, this coming Saturday.  Mainly, I'll be selling prints and original watercolor paintings, as well as some new acrylic/mixed media art, and some cards and other goodies!  I hadn't planned on doing this, since a couple of the shops downtown are selling my newer art and other handmade items.  But, then, I just decided to bite the bullet and get busy!

This is one of the pieces that I've done this week

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Inklings' Coffee Shoppe

Inklings' Coffee Shoppe is now open in downtown Blue Springs.  They are open until 2:30pm each day, and serve not only coffee and tea, but muffins, lunch specials and gelato!  

Below are some photos I took today.

My artwork is hung in a corner of the front room.

More beautiful artwork - the owner is making a little gallery for local artists!

Just a sweet little place!  I hope if you are anywhere in the area, you will come check it out!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bird #4

Today I finished the 4th and final bird painting.  I'm still not sure about them, but we'll see when the coffee shop opens.  In the meantime, I'm wanting to do another series that is light and bright.  Just haven't come up with an idea yet.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bird #3

I am so far out of my comfort zone with these dark (both literally & figuratively) paintings.  But, they are stretching me, and I'm having fun with them.  I also think that the customers in the bookstore just might like them -- at least I hope so!  One more in this series, and then I'm going to try another little series.  Stay tuned!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bird #2

Here is my second "Bird" painting.  Once again, I used lots of layers of texture and paint.  Here in downtown Blue Springs, there is a bookstore called "Inklings".  The owner is putting in a new coffee shop in the lower level, and will have lots of gallery walls available for local artists.  She has agreed to let me hang some when she opens in late March or early April.  The art will also be for sale.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Birds

Do you, like me, watch a lot of art videos?  I watched a painting video on YouTube last night, and it really inspired me to make a new piece of art.  So, using techniques from that video and some techniques from Donna Downey, I came up with this.

It's painted on a piece of wood - and has layers of texture, as well as layers of color.  It is sort of somber, but it reminded me of the movie, "The Birds".  I'll be making another piece soon, that might not be so dark, but I want them to be in a series, so I'll see.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


WOW!  I can't believe that it's been so long since my last post!  But, I've finally found something to post about. 
I just started Donna Downey's workshop:  10x10x10x10 .  The idea is to paint 10-10x10 canvases in 10 days, using the same color palette and subject.  It's all about working in a series.  This is something I've always wanted more info on, so here I go!  I'm using 12" x 12" canvases, since that's all I can find right now.
You know, I love collage - and I've wanted to master abstracts for a long time now.  Donna provides 10 videos showing how she goes about painting them, and it's very informative.  It's just not as easy as she makes it look!  LOL  But, it's good - it's making me learn new techniques, and that's always a plus.
So, this is my #1
If nothing else, it will make me post more in my blog!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Talk

I decided that I wanted a piece of artwork that I saw in Pier One -- except it was too large for the place I wanted to put it.  So, I kind of copied it, in a size that would work.  I usually don't try to do this, and I would list the artist's name, but I can't find it on the photo that I took.  Oh well, it's not going on sale, and it's for my private use, so I hope my apology will be enough.  And, of course, it really isn't exactly  like the original.

I started with collaging, of course!  I love the way it always adds texture and shadows.

Then, I added white, ecru and blue paint to distress the collage.

Next, I worked on the Mama and Baby Birds.

And, played with it some more, and added distress ink around the
edges.  I think it worked out fine!  Now I need to hang it!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Artist Appreciation Month

I received a wonderful email the other day, from Marietta Gregg - she is the Marketing Director at Patience Brewster (and also Patience's daughter).  She made some very nice comments about my artwork, and asked me to blog about the artist(s) that have inspired me, since this is Artist Appreciation Month - which I did not know!

So, in order to do that, I have to go back to the beginning, which was about 8 years ago this fall.  I was retired, and really wanted to learn to paint.  I had done some things on my own, and with videos, but really needed some one-on-one instruction, so I headed to my local art supply store.  There, I found Carlynne Hershberger!  She and her friend, Kelli Money-Huff, offered a weekly workshop, for artists of all mediums.  I was in Heaven!

Below are just two of the many paintings that Carlynne helped me with, back when I was working in oil.  Later, she and Kelli helped me transition into watercolor, and later, she gave me a private class on acrylics!  I have always admired her work, and even though I no longer live in Florida, I follow her on Facebook to see what she is up to!  

I hope you will go to her blog, or her Etsy shop and see what this incredible artist (and friend) is involved with.  Carlynne, I thank you for sharing your amazing talent with me!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I started this piece almost a year ago -- I couldn't seem to finish it!  Today, I was looking in stores for some art to put in my newly painted kitchen (I was actually going to buy something!).  But, nothing worked - either it wasn't the right size or the right colors.

So, I knew that I had this in the studio, but just wasn't ever in the mood to work on it.  So, out it came, and I made myself do it.  Now, it hangs in my kitchen, and I like it!