Monday, February 28, 2011

Prints and Other News

Well this is what I have been working on today. I'm planning another trip to the gallery tomorrow and I wanted to bring some new prints along. I purchased a swanky new printer a few months ago and I'm actually able to make my own Giclee prints now. The printer is great but it's still a hassle getting the images just right. Although it still beats troubling someone else to do it for me.
I'm afraid that I may not be posting too many new paintings over the next few weeks. I'm nearing the end of my current college classes so I have final projects and exams coming up. I'm also getting married in June so I'm beginning to make plans for that. I don't want to lose momentum with my paintings, but there is only so much time in the day. :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011


"Fuchsia" 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, Watercolor Painting
I couldn't resist painting another mini today. I just love Fuchsia flowers and I don't know why it took me this long to finally paint one. It was fun and I think I'll try a bigger one next time.
This mini painting is available in my Etsy shop if you're interested.
Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Website

"Blue Bells" 12 by 16, Watercolor Painting
Private Collection

I finally got my website set up! I have been working on it for a couple days and I'm quite happy with the way that it has turned out. There are a few things that I'd still like to add, but it's pretty much done. If you'd like to see a portfolio of my work I suggest you check out my website. My website address is:


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Red Rose

"Red Rose" 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, Watercolor Painting

Here is my first watercolor ACEO for Etsy. All the others I've done were delivered to the gallery this past weekend. Now I'm working on some for my website. I think it's important to have a range of pieces (and different prices) available for people to choose from.

This little paintings are highly collectible and affordable original pieces of art. "Red Rose" was completed on 140lb watercolor paper. This mini painting is listed for $20. I also have acid free white mat boards available for them. They're 8 by 10 with an opening of 2 1/2 by 3 1/2. These fit very easily in an 8 by 10 frame.

Have a lovely day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hiding Spot

"Hiding Spot" 5 by 7, Pastel Painting

This kitty was so much fun to paint. I have to thank Nancy Rose again for allowing me to use her photo as a reference. I'm not sure I did the photo justice, but it was fun trying. :)

This painting was completed on pastelbord with mostly pastel pencils. It is available in my Etsy shop for $50 and free shipping.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


The above painting, "An Apple A Day" is an 8 by 10 pastel painting. I had originally painted it for a window piece for the gallery. I delivered some new work yesterday and brought this one home. It's now available in my Etsy shop for purchase. I also relisted "Shell On The Shore," "Summer Pond," and "Summer Cherries."
Here is a photo of two of the little watercolor paintings that I framed and hung in the gallery. I really like the way these look framed like this.

I spent the day at the gallery yesterday and I am feeling very inspired. Now that my hand is healed I'm looking forward to spending more time in the studio painting.

I hope you had a nice weekend.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Open Tulip & 200th Post

"Open Tulip" 8 by 10, Watercolor Painting

Ah, it feels so good to be painting again! I was worried that my hand wouldn't heal properly and that I would need surgery. It's not 100% healed, but I am able to write and paint so I am happy. :) And this is my 200th post! Blogging has been a great way for me to share my art with everyone and to receive feedback as well.

I actually started this painting before I hurt my hand and it was difficult to get back to it after almost 2 weeks. I usually like to finish a piece within a day or two so this was a bit of a struggle to get back into, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I originally began this painting thinking that it would end up in the gallery. I'm not sure quite yet. Have to see how it will look framed. I used all Winsor and Newton paints on 140lb cold press paper.

Have a nice afternoon!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bunny Sketch

My hand is feeling much better and I thought I would try painting today. I did work on a painting that I started before I injured my hand, today. Then this afternoon I decided to do a little sketching. I bought this super cute children's book called "Quiet Bunny's Spring Colors" and the bunny in it is just adorable so I decided to try drawing it. I haven't sat down to draw anything in years. I don't consider the drawings I do for my paintings real "drawings" because it's really just an outline.
I have some confidence in my ability to draw/paint animals in realism for my fine art work, but creating a animal character for a children's book is more difficult for me. This is why I need to draw a lot more and just play around.
I've decided to put together an illustration portfolio, or at least to begin planning it. I will need a good 8 -15 illustrations showcasing what I can do. Because I don't draw all that much, I think I will need to spend quite a bit of time on this. I plan to give myself several months to do this because it's not something that I want to rush and I will continue to work on other projects also.
I hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Creative Endeavor - Writing

Since I hurt my hand and have not been able to paint, I've been thinking about something that I've always been interested in, writing. I have always been a reader and I used to write stories all the time when I was a kid, just for fun. As I got older I began to write poetry. I tried to dig out some of my old poems and stories but only found a couple. I wanted to share them with you but the poem is about love and is kind of personal, and the story I wrote when I was in elementary school. It's called, "The Haunted House." It was terribly written but it brought back the love I had for story telling.

I actually have to thank the person who told me that my artwork has no emotion because their comment is what got me thinking. I was admiring an illustration done by an artist I really respect and I had an intense emotional response to it. I began thinking how I wished my work could have that kind of impact on others. When I go into the studio in the morning I think, "What will I paint today?" It's more about creating a pretty picture than anything, but I still consider it an emotional outpouring because I love it.

Anyway, I was thinking first about illustration and then I began thinking about writing. I think as creative beings we're always trying to find new ways to express ourselves. I picked up some reference material on illustrating children's books a few years ago because it was an interest of mine but never looked at it. I've let the fear of failure keep me from trying many things. I've decided that I have to at least try it because I will never forgive myself if I don't.

There are so many reasons why I am interested in writing and illustrating children's books. First, I don't think children read enough today with all the video games and other electronic means of entertainment. Secondly, I think children can learn a great deal of life lessons from books. I so enjoyed books as a child and I love the thought of creating something that a child can enjoy and learn from at the same time.

Initially I had decided not to share this idea with anyone, except for close family who I knew would be supportive, but then I thought that I had to share it with everyone else because I'm just so excited about it. I know I probably do enough considering I have quilting, photography, decorative painting and fine art, but I'm not going to hold back because I'm already involved in so many other things. I've let people make me feel bad for having so many interests and I realized that that isn't right. People can be great at many things, I've seen it, and that's what gives me encouragement.

I in no way intend on quitting painting, I just plan to work some writing and illustrating in there too. I will certainly share my work with you as I go along. I have so many ideas and I can hardly wait to get started!

I hope you have a great weekend, and happy early Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hand Injury

I just want to let you all know that I injured my hand the other day and I probably won't be putting out a painting for a couple weeks. I won't bother to tell you what happened because it's one of those stupid injuries. The good news is that I didn't break anything, and if everything goes well it will heal on it's own and I will not need surgery. I'm having a very difficult time spending my time on the couch instead of in my studio. I think I'm already experiencing painting withdrawals. :) Anyway, I didn't want you all to think that I fell off the face of the earth. I'll be back soon, I hope!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Be Kind

I usually like to reserve my blog posts for positivity and I don’t usually complain but I feel a need to vent a little today. I have been overwhelmed lately by negative comments on my artwork. I’ve been receiving impolite comments on my painting style, which is realism, as well as people suggesting that I do not put any emotion into my art. I really feel a need to address these comments and to remind people of the old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Regarding my painting style, I am learning that you cannot choose your style, just like you cannot choose the style of your handwriting. You can force yourself to paint a certain way for a while, but eventually you will fall into something naturally. I never thought that I would be a realistic painter but the more that I paint the more that that’s what I’m leaning toward, and I’m learning to just except it and embrace it. People have suggested to me that realism is “taking the easy way out” and that it’s not an artistic expression at all, it’s simply copying. I say of course it’s an artistic expression. Something that I’ve noticed is that the people who make such comments paint very loosely and I’d like to see them try to paint realistically. It’s not easy and I enjoy the challenge to trying to paint something exactly the way I see it. How can you criticize someone for painting what they see? There are many artists whose work I don’t particularly like, but I still respect them and their passion for what they do.

Regarding my work showing no emotion, I think that has been among the most hurtful comments that I have gotten. I believe that all art is an emotional outpouring. A need to express ourselves and the way we view the world in a creative way. All art is emotional. You may not see how painting a still life of peppers, for example, is an emotional outpouring, but it is. Just because you may not have an emotional reaction to a piece or art doesn’t mean that it didn’t come from an emotional place for the artist. I paint what I love, what brings me joy and what I find unique.

Art is very personal. When you criticize someone’s work, you’re criticizing them. You don’t have to like my work, but really if you don’t have anything kind to say, please don’t say anything at all. Most of you have been so kind and supportive and I thank you very much for that.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Magnolia Blossom

"Magnolia Blossom" 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, Watercolor Painting

Today's painting is this little magnolia blossom. Those shadows just drew me in. I'm a little disappointed because these mini paintings don't seem to be scanning very well. They look so much better in person. In fact that's something to always keep in mind with art that you see online; it will always look better in person.

This little magnolia painting is reserved for the gallery.

I hope you have a nice weekend!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Calla Lily

"Calla Lily" 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, Watercolor Painting

I'm having way too much fun with these little watercolor paintings. The scanner doesn't seem to be doing the best job at obtaining a good image of the painting though. It's so much cuter in person. I can't want to get these framed. I have these white 8 by 10 mat boards with a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 opening and these little paintings look so nice with them. I've always liked the look of a bigger mat with a small painting.

Anyway, this calla lily was a joy to paint. I have never painted a white flower before, so the shadows made me a bit nervous. However, took out some of my "cobalt's" and mixed just the right colors. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out and I will definitely be painting a calla lily in a larger size in the future.

This little painting will be available at the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Periwinkle Poppy

"Periwinkle Poppy" 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, Watercolor Painting

Another little mini watercolor painting today. If you've been following my blog you may recognize this because I did it in pastel a few months ago. I think I like the watercolor better.

I'm having so much fun with this little mini paintings that I think I'll start doing some for Etsy. This little one will be going to the gallery in a few weeks.

A calla lily is next on my list. :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Red & White Tulip

"Red & White Tulip" 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, Watercolor Painting
This little mini painting is part of a small series that I'm doing for the gallery. I plan to do 4 or 5 of these along with 4 or 5 larger pieces. I've actually never painted this small before so it was a bit of a challenge, but it was fun! I have some 8 x 10 mat boards cut to 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, so I thought doing some mini's and framing them would be a cute idea. Plus, painting smaller means having to charge less and I think it's important to have a range for people to choose from.
I have so many different projects that I need to start working on. I have these new pieces I need to work on for the gallery, we're having a "For The Birds" event at the gallery next month and I need to paint a few pieces for that, Randy Higbee is having another 6 x 6 inch show and I'd like to submit a few pieces, plus painting challenge pieces for the month. Yikes! I better get busy!
A little side note, Paula Ford posted an interview that she did with me on her blog yesterday. If you're interested, click here to read it. Thanks Paula! :)