Thursday, January 3, 2019

My new toy!

When my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas I said "A wood burning kit." His response: "You don't need another hobby." Well, maybe not, but why ask what I want then? So I did not expect to get one. The first present I opened where pieces of wood. I thought they were coasters. Ok, eh, thanks. Later I unwrapped the wood burning kit, aha! So I've been playing with this new toy, trying out the different attachments and just testing a little of what you can do with it. I literally burned through the pieces of wood I got very quickly. Just playing, freehand, drawing from a couple of photos. I like the sketchy look. I also tried to incorporate the imperfections in the wood in a couple of them. Now to find some more wood to practice on!


 
 I added the name to hide a burn accident :)



Wednesday, December 26, 2018

In the Cascades

First of all, I still have a handful of bird calendars left, check it out here if you would like one! This lady is included in the calendar. I love this one!


I finished another painting from our trip west, this one Washington State, "In the Cascades" (16x20, wood panel). For this one I used a sketch I had made on site. I am finding that I don't really like to paint from pictures, even though I sometimes use them, and obviously had to in my bird series.


I enjoyed doing this one. The sketch is below, so you can see I just took the basic idea, and went from there. 

This was the actual spot. The painting could have gone different ways. When we were there I really liked the yellow flowers growing between the rocks along the raging river, so that is what I made sure to put in the painting. I loved the time we spent there, and the hike we took!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Poppies and interview

There goes my intention to keep up with this blog! It's already been a month since last post. Time flies!
I've been painting quite a bit. I am currently working on some paintings of our trip out west last summer. There were so many beautiful spots that I would have loved to sit down and paint. Because of time constrains I could not, but I did do a lot of sketching and took tons of pictures. So with the help of these I can still make some paintings.

This is one of them. We saw these California Poppies on San  Juan Island in Washington. We stood there watching this view for a while. I loved seeing these orange beauties!


In other news; I am honored to be Spotlight Artist at Daily Paintworks! That means I am giving away a painting to one lucky winner, and there is a interview on the website. Check out the painting, how to win, and the interview here!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bird calendar

I put a calendar from a selection of my bird paintings! I like how it came out.



Here is the video to see all pages.

And if you are interested in having one, or maybe gift one to a bird lover, here is the purchase information.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Boot Camp and shows

Two weeks ago I took part in a professional development program organized by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. The program is called NYSC/NYFA Artists as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. In the three days topics covered were strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. We learned so much through presentations, group work, and discussions. We were lucky to have an awesome supportive group and awesome presenters. This Boot Camp really got us thinking in all the ways we could grow. We bounced ideas off each other and bonded as a group and I feel like I made a lot of new friends! If you get a chance to take this program in the future or something similar in your state, do it!

In other news, here is my latest newsletter with upcoming shows and events:

Craft Fair at the Enfield Valley Grange, Enfield, NY

Saturday, November 17, 9AM-3PM


Craft Fair at the Ithaca First Assembly Church

197 Bostwick Road, Ithaca, NY

Saturday, December 1, 9AM-3PM

I will be there with small paintings, cards, and eco-printed silk scarfs.​ 


​I also have work in the following shows:

State of the Art Gallery's Juried Show, Ithaca, NY

 December 5-30; Opening Reception December 7, 5-8PM

Annual Group Exhibit, School of Music and Arts, Ithaca, NY

December 7-January 25; Opening Reception December 7, 5-8PM
Hope to see you there!




Saturday, November 3, 2018

Gratitude


This painting was accepted into the Annual Group Exhibit of the Community School of Music and Art, December 7 through January 25.

I painted this with the help of a facebook photo posted by my friend Kung of her trip west. I was immediately struck by this scene of her standing up there looking into this immense space. In the caption she wrote about her feeling of awe and gratitude: 

"This is the moment that I couldn't explain. I stood still and looked around and all of a sudden my heart was so full. Tears ran down my cheeks. I realized how my heart is full with emotions when I am surrounded by all this natural beauty. This moment made me appreciate how grateful I am to have the opportunity to see this very beautiful place."

I recognize the feeling of the heart overflowing with happiness and gratitude, and I hope you will too!