Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Beach Day
(I had to post this one on a snowy day in New England!)
6-1/8 x 5 inches
acrylic on 1/2" hardboard
$100 includes free shipping in the US
(please contact me for international shipping charges)

Hard to believe that it is 2013 already (or will be in a few hours!)

I took a bit of a break from painting while we traveled with the kids for the holidays. It was wonderful to go home for Christmas (first time in over 20 years!) and spend some down time with my family. But now it is time to gear up and get back to work!

This weekend I spent some time cleaning up from all my holiday shows, and inventorying supplies and unsold paintings. I still need to sit down and write my goals for the New Year - and update my business plan. I accomplished many of my goals for 2012 and hope to continue the momentum into 2013.

To start things off on the right foot, I decided to participate in Leslie Saeta's "Thirty Paintings Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge". Eeekk! I was hesitant because I know I need to complete a few larger pieces this month, but I decided to give it a go anyways. We shall see how long I can keep up!

Anyways, I want to thank you all for sticking with me this year. I truly appreciate all my followers, collectors and friends out there - my most heartfelt thanks to you all. And a sincere wish for a most Happy, Healthy and Peaceful  New Year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Painted Nutcracker Ornaments

Two last ornaments for 2012.....

 each 3 x 2 inches, acrylic on canvas, strung with a ribbon for hanging
available at West Village Provisions 

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. The events of the last few days - including the shooting in Connecticut - have really hit me hard, and everything I try writing just sounds trite.
I am traveling for the holiday, so I think I am going to use that as an excuse to take a little break from blogging until after Christmas. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

In the meanwhile, if you are interested in any of my recent work, you can see what is still available by checking out my DailyPaintworks gallery.

So Happy Holidays to you all....and we will catch up on things after Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Patrol - Small Nutcracker Holiday Painting

Christmas Patrol
3 x 4 inches
acrylic on canvas

Okay - I'm gearing up to get a bunch of holiday stuff ready for the show this weekend! A bunch of ornaments, and a few of these little canvases, too.....The show is the Artisans in the Open show at the Unitarian Church in Newburyport, MA. It is a great show with some amazing artisans and I am thrilled to be a part of it this year for the first time! 2 to 9 on Friday, December 14, 2012 and 10 to 5 on Saturday, December 15, 2012 - hope to see you there!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Holly Ornament - Tiny Acrylic Painting on Canvas SOLD

Ornament #23
3 x 2 inches
acrylic on canvas

I love my holly bushes! And this time of year  they make great decorations (and I add pieces to my wreaths and centerpieces, etc.). Somehow they have survived all our weird weather, and storms and - some years - incredible piles of snow -  and every spring they bounce right back. Just a few years ago  one was broken off almost all the way to the ground and it grew back so quickly it was amazing!

Anyhow, they always seem to show up in a couple of my paintings this time of year.....

This entire grouping of ornaments went to West Village Provisions in West Boxford today - they had completely sold out of all the ones I took last week. So now I guess I had better get to work so I have some more for the show in Newburyport this weekend.....

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tiny Ornament Painting

Ornament #22
3 x 2 inches
acrylic on canvas
black backing, strung with ribbon for hanging

Still plugging away on the ornaments....getting tired of seeing them yet?
They have sold out and are asking for more at West Village Provisions, so I will take this latest group over tomorrow, and hopefully still have a chance to complete more before the show in Newburyport next weekend.....

In my head I am starting to make some goals for the New Year. I am hoping for a little quiet time between Christmas and New Years to actually get them into writing. I find that writing them down makes me feel more accountable - and actually do more towards achieving them. Do you have any goals for 2013?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Painted Ornament - Tiny Nutcracker Painting SOLD

Ornament #21
3 x 2 inches
acrylic on canvas
black backing, strung with ribbon for hanging

Never would I have guessed these little ornaments would be so popular! (Not bad for trying to figure out what to do with the tiny canvases that I got by accident  ;-)

Some of these that I have been working on this week for next weekend's show will instead be going to replenish my display at West Village Provisions. I know, I know - a GOOD problem to have.....

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ornament Painting - Small Holiday Still Life

Ornament #20
3 x 2 inches
acrylic on canvas
black backing, ribbon on top for hanging

These are my new ornaments for this year - the little ones that look like old-fashioned Christmas tree bulbs. Lots of fun to paint! I'd love to find some old, old Christmas ornaments to use for paintings at a reasonable price.....

In the meanwhile, I've sold almost every version of a nutcracker that I have, so I guess it is time to go paint some more!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Steady Gaze - Tiny Nutcracker Holiday Painting SOLD

Steady Gaze
3 x 4 inches
acrylic on canvas

This is another one of those little canvases that are thinner than my normal 3/4" deep canvases. This one is about 3/8" deep - and fits great on one of those tiny little wood easels. I am offering these for a lower price than my normal 3x4's because of the depth - so stock up now to add to your holiday decor! (Or a cute little gift, too  ;-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Another Holiday Ornament Painting

Ornament #19
3x2 inches
acrylic on canvas
black backing, strung with a white ribbon for hanging

Another one ready to go....Crazy day today - delivered two commissions (yay!), lots of kids' stuff to do - can't believe how quickly Christmas is coming up.....

Monday, December 3, 2012

Painted Ornament Painting

Ornament #18
3x2 inches
acrylic on canvas
black backing, strung with a ribbon for hanging

I will probably alternate working on these ornaments with some other mini canvases over the next two weeks for my upcoming show in Newburyport. In the meanwhile, I will make them available here first! (I know people are doing their Christmas shopping now, right?!) Anyways, these are super cute ORIGINAL paintings that look super cute hung on a tree, or mantel, or wherever else you like to decorate. More to come!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tree Trimming - Small Holiday Still Life SOLD

Tree Trimming
3x4 inches
acrylic on canvas

I seem to be getting in the holiday mood a bit, maybe?!

Actually, with all the holiday shows and shops I am in this year, it seems that holiday-themed stuff is in high demand right now. This little piece went to West Village Provisions as part of my display for the Winter Festival which was this weekend.

These little canvases are thinner than my normal 3x4 inch canvases - a little less than 1/2" deep, instead of the normal 3/4" - so I have decided to use some of them for little holiday paintings that can be displayed on mini easels. I plan to paint some more of these, along with a bunch of ornaments for my next holiday show. The ornaments have been selling in local shops about as fast as I can paint them, so I haven't even been posting them on my blog. I will post some this week - available here until my next show, so stay tuned!