Monday, October 31, 2011

Back in Business....and Happy Halloween!

Autumn Light
2.5 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Showing this little one again in honor of Halloween (and it is still available here  SOLD!).

I've been out of commission due to a snowstorm on Saturday. (Yes, it is still October!) The weight of the snow on the still-leaf-laden trees was just too much - trees and powerlines down everywhere. We have been without power since Saturday (hence no posting, and very little painting between the cold and the lack of light!) and lost a lot of trees (including one on our garage). However the worst news of all in our household - trick-or-treating was postponed until Friday....I have three very sad little boys in my home.....

Anyways, a Happy Halloween to all - may it be more "treat" than "trick" for you!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Little off the Top - SOLD

A Little off the Top
2.5 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

There's one thing about doing the more involved painting for specific shows...I am missing getting daily paintings done! I am still painting everyday, yet feel like I have little to show for it. These paintings aren't even all that big...just a lot of layers and detail. So I decided to take a short break today and do a quick little painting. A gourd, of course. I thought I'd sneak one more in while I still had the gourd still life set up!

Now back to the still life in progress.....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Morning Chat

Morning Chat
5x7 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

One more for the Wine and Art Reception....I'm getting down to the wire now.....I need to complete at least one more piece this week - that will give me the beginning of next week to get all the framing done.

I don't think I will ever tire of trying to capture the morning light and its shadows - but I don't think I will ever quite capture its magic either  ;-)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

House on the Hill SOLD

House on the Hill
7x5 inches
acrylic on canvas

I'm still undecided on this one.....
This is a landscape from Veasey Memorial Park, the place where the Wine and Art Reception is to be held November 5th. I would really like to complete a landscape from somewhere on the grounds as one of my paintings for the exhibit. I'm not yet sure if is is going to be this one or not......

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nightmare SOLD

Carnival Series
3.5 x 2.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Okay...I am not a clown hater - but this creepy clown (actually part of a GAME!) has been on my mind ever since I saw it! I knew it would show up at least a few times in my paintings. I needed to take a break from the exhibit pieces I have been doing to do a little quick painting. I decided it was time to get that clown out of my brain - so here he is.

Did you know that the fear of clowns is called "Coulrophobia"?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Capturing Light - New Painting

Capturing Light
5x5 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel
available at MiXtMedia Gallery

I know, I know...the work is coming slower these days! This was basically finished last night, but wanted to fix a few little things this morning, so I waited to post it. This is another piece for the Wine and Art Reception at Veasey Park in November. 3 more to go!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shadows on Stripes

Shadows in Stripes
5x5 inches
acrylic on gessobord
available at MiXtMedia Gallery

Back to the tomatoes!

I was playing around with different still life setups - using different objects and backgrounds - when the morning light began to shine through the window, creating wonderful shadows.  I was drawn to the color of the tomatoes against the striped background and the shapes that the strong shadows made.

This one is not currently for sale - I'm considering it for inclusion in the upcoming Art and Wine Event.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fruitful - SOLD!

5x5 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

It was very interesting to go to the fairgrounds today, the day after the Topsfield Fair closed. It was like being on a movie set......tons of people, tons of machines and vehicles...everything being dismantled in a sense of organized chaos. There were entire buildings being moved on forklifts, huge signs being carried away - it felt very surreal! It would have been a great time to take some really interesting pictures! However I was there to pickup the remainder of my paintings, and then to get out of the way of all the busy, busy people.

I was very pleased and excited to find out that I had sold 10 paintings during the run of the fair! Little did I know that sales would be so good at a county fair. Plus I have gotten two emails from people who picked up my card and wanted information on some other work. I glad I pushed myself a little out of my comfort zone to take part in the exhibit. Even working at the fair was a lot more fun than I expected.

This morning 3 of my framed miniatures were sent on their way to an exhibition in West Virginia. Two events down......two to go!

Friday, October 7, 2011


6x4 inches
acrylic on canvas

Still finishing up the canvas edges, but this one is mostly DONE now!

This painting was done mostly from a photo I took at York Wild Kingdom a few weeks ago. I was drawn to the dappled sunlight on the bright blue building and the glimpse of the giant flower parts inside, plus the way the angle of the broom and its shadow play off the lines of the building.

Now off to plan my five pieces for the Veasey Art and Wine reception.....
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

WIP ....and trying to get caught up!

Just a work in progress for today, hopefully it will be done tomorrow - I can't believe how far behind I've gotten here!
I've been swamped this week! Tons of stuff going on with the kids, some rush framing to get done and I also worked at the county fair. Of course I had to start a painting that was going to take a little longer than my normal daily ones too.....

The Fair was a lot of fun! It opened on Friday, and when I took the kids on Sunday, I stopped by the art building to see how the exhibition looked. I couldn't find any of my paintings in the juried exhibit, and only some of my pieces in the art room (where they sell smaller work and prints). I was disappointed - I figured my work hadn't been accepted. I had thought we were supposed to be called to pick up unaccepted work, so I sent an email to the director Sunday night to find out when I should pick up the paintings. Well to my surprise, I found out they were missing because they had sold on opening day! (The missing art room pieces had been sold as well.) So it ended up being a good start to what is lining up to be a really crazy couple of months for me.

In the next few days, I need to frame my miniatures and send them off to West Virginia. I also need to get going on the five pieces I am going to show in a few weeks at a Wine & Art Reception that is at one of the local areas where I llike to paint. And if there wasn't enough going on, I committed to doing a three day artisan fair at a local museum in November. That kind of thing is waaaaaayyyyy out of my comfort zone, but I figured I really need to put myself out there a little more. This is truly going to be an interesting few months. Can't wait to see what December brings!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rolling Gourd - SOLD

Rolling Gourd
3.5 x 2.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

I think I may be addicted to these little gourds! Everytime I go to the local farmstand, I find I NEED to get a few more. They are so cute! And colorful! And fun to paint! Is there a 12-step program for gourd addicts??!

At any rate, I am sure you will be seeing a few more in upcoming paintings - at least until the season is over  ;-)