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, December 31, 2011
New Year's Eve - The clock ticks toward the end of another year. I've always loved the process of making lists...not the doing of lists, but the making of lists. I love to imagine how things would be if I actually did the things on those lists. Need to work on that. The first two bullet points are always the same....get out of debt and lose ____ pounds. I need some sub-bullet points of how I plan to make those happen. This year, point 3 is to start creating and posting archival prints on my Etsy site. Sub-bullet is to paint new images weekly and re-list on Etsy at least daily. I'm hopeful that this year I will be adding silk-screened products to the site. You can visit my Etsy store by clicking on the Etsy grid on the right sidebar.
As I reflect on 2011, I'm so amazed at and thankful for the threads of friendship, family, and well being that make up my tapestry of life. I wish you all the same for the new year.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Well here it is...Christmas Eve. Keeping my Christmas preparations very simple has been an interesting development for me. This year I've spent more time appreciating the holiday embellishments displayed by others, i.e the office, the lights on houses, etc. I'm going to try to carry that simplicity into the new year, although a flurry of artistic ideas have been percolating and I'm anxious to put them to paper. Plans include a greater emphasis on my Etsy shop with more bird and animal paintings and completing several large-scale commissioned pieces. Maybe this is just the calm before another artistic storm. I hope your holiday has been filled with the things good memories are made of. Merry Christmas to all.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
On a recent trip to Dakota Art, I spied some brushes with inordinately long handles. I wondered, "who paints with those?". Uh, people doing very large paintings paint with long-handled brushes, that's who.
With the Allied Arts holiday show set-up complete, my energy has turned to finishing the first in a series of commissioned pieces representing the four seasons. I'm quite sure this is the biggest painting I've ever done...two panels totalling 48" wide x 24" tall, like a giant jigsaw puzzle until I would step back a couple of feet. These pine cones were on a huge pine tree in my yard planted by my parents. Beautiful in the snow.
Now that I'm warmed up, the next one will be even bigger!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Many an artisan participating in art shows has probably taken a gamble on a first-year show. This past weekend I participated in one such show. The venue was beautiful, the weather sunny and autumn golden, the products diverse and well made and displayed, but sales overall were a bit lackluster. As I have some past experience with this sort of thing, I decided that I would bring along some interesting props and do as many small paintings as I could. As I tend to be a reclusive studio painter, these paintings are never as polished as my studio paintings, but I enjoy doing them and they stimulate conversation with onlookers.
A couple of jewels for the day were:
1. I finished the above little painting and started another.
2. I had sales enough to cover my show expenses and a lovely buffet lunch was served.
3. I made a possible wholesale contact in another state.
4. I made two possible Art-Startz contacts for the spring.
5. I made a possible show contact for the summer.
6. I got a jump start on my inventory for the next 2 shows.
7. I met and talked with some wonderful people I would not have met if I'd stayed home.
8. The cards that were purchased will fly off into the world with kind words for people I'll probably never meet. Those kind words will make my images look even better.
So, given all that, how could I consider the hours I spent a waste of time. I don't. Thanks to all who made the day such a success.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Well, after several years of pseudo-blogging (many thanks to the faithful few that have found and followed my posts), I'm taking the opportunity to attend a real class on blogging at Whatcom Community College. Dawn Groves is our very capable and animated guide and I'm reminded of the original passion I felt when I started my journey into the blogosphere. There is so much that can be done with a blog....even for the techno-challenged. Community building is something that has been lacking in my blogging. Twitter, affiliate marketing, back links, video, widgets--all so very exciting.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
While most of the U.S. has been suffering a long, hot summer, we here in the Pacific NW have been complaining of our numerous unseasonably gray days....until this past weekend. That's why we live here...for the 2 days in a row of hot weather. Today it's raining....but it's a warm rain.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Chalkboard paint (available in spray or brush-on applications) from Home Depot.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I still have very fond memories of childhood summers. Life seemed to pass in slow motion. Our Whatcom County Library book mobile would park at the top of our driveway every other week and I can still remember the magical feeling I got inside that vehicle. It was so quiet, the sun always seemed to stream down through the little sky light, and there were all those books to chose from. Fast forward several decades...let's just say life is different.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
This is a giclee print on canvas that will be going to market with me tomorrow.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Nothing says “Pacific Northwest” quite like snow falling softly on tulip fields or artisans bundled up in gloves and scarves braving early spring elements to show their wares at the Tulip Festival street fair. This year, I had the good fortune to visit with and purchase from one of my favorite artists, Jennifer Lommers. A former Bellinghamster, Jennifer has relocated to Oregon, but ventures up north from time to time. Check out her web site and blog where she generously shares the details of what it is like to live the artful life.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
How time flies. I never get used to how fast it passes. Time to take stock of what has happened in the past 30-some days since I last posted. Managed to create and ship the above acrylic painting in time to be included in the Northwest Watercolor Society signature members show being held at the Seattle Design Center in May. I'm hoping for some double mileage out of that venue. This painting is a result of numerous influences I've been pondering.....trying to reduce an image to succinct shapes in a large-for-me format. I hope to explore compositions that have an iconic element, that shout from 10 feet away "Hey, I am really into the beach" or whatever. Aside from that, it was therapeutic to set a creative goal, overcome the obstacles without cutting off an ear, and actually creating something I felt I could share.....with a couple days to spare. Yeah me!
I will start the Bellingham Farmers Market next Saturday, April 30. It's under the pavilion, away from the rain, for me this year. Look for me along the wall with the windows.
More creative stuff to write about later...hopefully not a month-from-now later.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I also can be reasonably sure that Art-Startz won't get canceled again on account of icy weather. Twice was enough. I've reserved Sunday April 3 and Sunday April 10 for our next sessions. We will use a watercolor wet-on-dry technique, mixing color on the paper, and try out watercolor pencils and crayons. They're perfect for capturing the tulip fields. Very fun! Ready to paint? I sure am.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I recently have discovered the artwork of British painter, Shirley Trevena. I have purchased her DVD "Breaking the Rules of Watercolour" from Creative Catalyst Productions and have also purchased one of her books "Taking Risks with Watercolour" from Amazon. Mixing paint on the paper rather than on the palette reminds me of the way I used to paint before I began glazing. It's a much more spontaneous approach. A chance to get excited about surprises. A chance to suspend expectations. A chance to throw exactness out the window.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The January session of Art-Startz brought a welcome dash of color to an otherwise gray day. Sadly, snow dictated that we cancel the November and February sessions, but spring is coming. Everyone was asked to bring 3 simple-shaped objects that they would find interesting to paint. I brought a few of my own favorite things as well. Already I think they have seen the positive effect of filling the whole picture plane, varying the size of the shapes and thinking about foreground and backgrounds. So fun.
I am on the edge of a flurry of creativity. Several wholesale card orders, the spring Antique and Craft fair in Lynden where Christa Warren will include my prints in her lovely display from her shop, Surroundings. The Bellingham Farmer's Market is only about 6 weeks away for me and I have also committed to 5 large original paintings! I'm honored to be asked. Biting off more than I can chew? Time will tell. But hey, life is short and anything worth doing is worth overdoing. I think Mae West said that.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Spring is just around the corner. The garden is showing signs of perennial life. It wasn't such a bad winter here in the Pacific NW, thus far at least. Winter is a time to paint new things for the farmer's market season coming up. Life is getting in the way...as usual. A couple of new card images have been accomplished. Art-Startz #4 is coming up here shortly on February 27. I am totally enjoying the time of artful exploration. Can't wait to see what they paint next. I hope they're doing their homework.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I'm intrigued with the idea of applying artwork to the OUTSIDE of a snail-mail envelope. I'm pretty tired of all the window envelopes that fill my mailbox day after day. Maybe my friends would appreciate a creative envelope once in awhile too. It would tie in well with collage using my own artwork. Hmmmm, another tangent.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Happy New Year! December kind of flew right by...like it does every year. With the new year comes renewed energy for projects. It seems like the perfect spot to make a new start on all the goals I didn't accomplish in the past year... or the year before that. This is the Chinese year of the rabbit. I have a feeling this is going to be a great year for the Whimsical Rabbit. I've already concocted several new artistic endeavors to pursue. Never mind that I won't make a dime from them or have no time to carry them out. It's the scheming that fuels my zest for the creative life.