Monday, March 20, 2017

I'm back and I'm painting to jazz!

Whew!  It's been a while!  I've been a busy lady over the last couple of years.  I won't bore you with the details of my life.  Suffice to say, I have not had much opportunity to blog about anything.  I did, however, find time to paint!  From small pieces to HUGE pieces.  Let's start with those!  They are part of my Jazz series.  Why Jazz?  Well... I saw the movie La La Land and got the jazz bug so all of these were painted to jazz music.  You'll may even notice a rhythm in some of them.  The title of first in the series, "Venice al Jazz" means "Paint to Jazz."  And that I did!

"Venice al Jazz"
Original Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
48" x 48"
"Jazz Mist"
Original Acrylic on
Gallery Wrapped Canvas
48" x 48"

"Jazz Tree"
 Original Acrylic on
Gallery Wrapped Canvas
48" x 48"


"Jazz Garden"
Original Acrylic on
Gallery Wrapped Canvas
36" x 36"
I'll be moving into a new home next month and will have a huge studio area.  Expect more new art soon.  Until then, I'll try to catch up and share some of the work I've been doing since I was on here last!  I hope you enjoy it.  If so, please share it with friends and family!  I've opened an Etsy Shop and would love to have you visit! 

Until next time!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Fancy Nancy Vanity for A Fancy Little Girl

Have you heard of Fancy Nancy?  A friend of mine has a granddaughter ~ Fancy Claire!  Actually just Claire but when she is sporting piggy tales, stripes, polka dots,  Batman leggings and a sassy attitude - She IS Fancy Claire! 

Claire's grandmother is a dear friend and she asked me to paint a vanity set to go in Claire's new "big girl" room.  She mentioned that she really liked McKenzie Childs' pieces and thought that something along that line with a little Fancy Nancy infused would be perfect.  So whatdaya think??

I have always wanted to paint a piece like this - full of color and pattern and lots of whimsy. 

Here are some other shots... starting with the "before" pics!

and some "after" details.

I almost picked another fabric for the seat.  My friend, Maria, picked this and insisted that I use it.  She was right.  It  is perfectly unexpected and with the tutu .... ooo la la!  It's Fancy Nancy!

So there you have it!  The Fancy Nancy, McKenzie Childs inspired vanity for Fancy Claire! I can't wait to hear how she likes it.  

Dang!  I need a granddaughter! Well... not yet boys!  Let's graduate from college and get married first???!

Thanks for stopping by my blog friends!  Let me know where you are visiting from and "follow" me as I pick up the pace and use all this creative energy on something.  

Give thanks in all things.  And pass along a smile to someone who needs one today!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mission Chair Makeover

My husband is setting up his new office and wanted to have a little different feel than the traditional office furniture.  He's an avid fly fisherman, loves to golf, hike, camp... anything outdoors!  So when we spotted these chairs at a local shop we looked at each other and said "Why not?"  Who says office chairs have to be stuffy?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Loving Black & Tan!

I've always heard people talk about drinking a "Black and Tan" and was never interested in trying one.  But I saw a buffet painted using black on a portion of the piece and the rest left the natural wood.  I loved it!  And I just happened to have a piece that was a perfect candidate for a "Black and Tan" transformation.

This is a very old piece but has been well cared for throughout the years.  The finish inside the drawers was not done as well so I painted the drawer sides and inside the the black paint.   I posted it on my FaceBook page and got tons of comments.  I ended up selling it because I didn't really have a good place to put it when we moved.  I just wanted to share in the event that it gave someone else an idea.  

Wishing you all the best!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Landscape Buffet

I had the urge to change it up and do something really different.  So here you go!  

\ I found this buffet at a local thrift store.  It was missing a handle and I could not find find one like it anywhere! 

Once I got it home it didn't take long to realize that this was the piece to have a little fun with.  I liked the "frames" and decided they made this the perfect piece for my experiment.

My initial vision was an abstract that would give the impression of a horizon... sky blues at the top gradually transitioning to greens at the bottom.  However... I've been taking an oil painting class and we had just completed a landscape scene of Cades Cove (in the Smokey Mountains National Park) and I decided to overlay that scene.  

I chose crystal knobs to replace the original (and missing) brass pulls and knobs.  Hopefully they didn't take away from the painting.  Evidently not... it sold pretty quickly!  I wish I knew who purchased it so I could see where they used it  and what the overall room looked like.  I'm picturing a white room with contemporary accents.  Looks nice!  :-)

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I bought this late 1800's dresser from a friend.  The veneer on the top was in terrible shape and he had tried to take it off.  It was a mess but I finally managed to get it off and then patched the rough spots in the dressers top. 
I found information on creating a crackle finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Basically, you put put the paint on a little thick and then immediately heat it up with a hairdryer. The hot air dries it quickly and it cracks in a very natural and random pattern.  You have to work in small sections,

I tried a variety of knobs but decided to use the original knobs.

For fun, I painted the drawer sides with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint "Florence" and then used Modge Podge to line each drawer with pieces from "The Ladies Floral Cabinet" magazine dated 1876.  I found a large stack of these in Vermont and they are so much fun to read!


 Here's the final product!  It sold quickly and I hope the buyers enjoy it.  It was a fun piece to work on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

August Projects

Continuing with my six month catch up.  
Here are the projects from August!

BEFORE.... This is a 1930's vanity that was in terrible shape.  It's the first piece of furniture that I had to strip before I could paint.

AFTER - This piece went to Then & Again Home Marketplace and is sold.

BEFORE - This Ethan Allen Piece was a thrift store find. 

AFTER - I've stored the hutch.  I like using just the base right now. This was a keeper.


AFTER - ASCP Old Ochre with a French Linen Wash.  This piece was painted for  Metal  & Petals in Hendersonville, TN.

BEFORE A great Lane Cedar Chest found at Goodwill.  It was a little pricey but I was in on a 20% off day so it was reasonable.

AFTER I debated painting the hardware.  This piece is sold.
Occassionally I pull out the small brushes!  This was an old flatware box that I  hand painted.   It was a gift to a family member.

This set was a done on a whim.  A friend had a can of ASCP Old Violet  so I used that for the chairs and chargers and vase and put that with a drop leaf table I painted French Linen.  I made a runner out of the fabric that used for the chairs so everything is tied together.  

We meet my husband's brothers and families in Bryson City each fall for a Labor Day camping weekend.  I found this little table at a local thrift shop and just happened to have some paints with me.  (go figure...) 

This was the result.