Welcome to my art blog.

This is where you'll find some of the things I'm trying to accomplish... a little of this and that. Paintings, photography, collage and sewing...every artful endeavor helps me keep my sanity in this mixed up world.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Goldfish Dreams" - Something Different

They say that necessity is the mother of invention and I have the necessity to "recycle" about .... a million... frame samples in some artful way. The moldings are so beautiful, how could I let them be tossed into the trash when my favorite local framing shop closed their doors. I got my dad to cut points on pine boards to fit these moldings and let my imagination run wild while repeating the words.."Fun-funky-folk-art". Ten done, 990 to go.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Summer's end

Oh my gosh! Will you look at the date! How is it the middle of September already. I really do have a good excuse for not posting anything since June. Let's see....

I have completed my 7th season as a vendor at the Bellingham Farmers' Market. Once again, it was 4 months of meeting wonderful people and getting to talk about my favorite subject in the whole world...ART!

In April, at the urging of a good friend, I entered a pastel into the Northwest Pastel Society's International Show. As I am somewhat of a novice when it comes to soft pastels, I was surprised and very pleased to be accepted into the show with the second attempt at "Pear with Mini-Blinds." (I will post the image when I have a web-sized jpg available. The jpg I have is HUGE.) The entries had to be very large (by my standards, 22" x 33" is big), so all around this was a challenge for me. Imagine my even greater surprise when my painting was selected to receive the Northwest Pastel Society's Award of Excellence, a generous monetary award and a year's subscription to The Pastel Journal. My subscription had just expired. How timely. Like my friend said, you will miss 100% of the shots you don't take... and she was right. Thank you, Trish.

I recently completed the illustrations for a charming little book by Joan VanWykhouse entitled "Jillian and the Elusive Queen." It is a tale of a young girl named Jillian who is concerned that the Queen may be in trouble, or else why was everyone be saying "God save the Queen" ? I'm looking very much forward to receiving a hardbound copy of my own. The book will be available on Amazon.com by Christmas time, I believe.