Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Back to oils for the love of family!

Punctatum  24" x 36" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
A few months ago, my husband's cousin wrote and asked if I could do a painting for his wife.  She wanted a painting of Punctatum (aka wild azalea) for their foyer.  She preferred oil and wanted it to be a generous size, 24" x 36".  I've worked in a few different mediums, primarily watercolor and acrylic and have played around in oils a bit as well but it's not exactly my comfort zone.  

However... this is about the sweetest couple you could ever meet and I'd try about anything for them!  So I did it!

Although the blooms have a fragile appearance, she wanted some pop.  I studied a few photos and decided to feature one full bloom against a dark background.  I am my harshest critic so I continue to pick it apart but overall, I'm pleased. It actually motivated me to try some others in oils in the future.

NOW... I want to do this same subject using brilliant watercolors and see how that turns out!  That way, they can take their pick!

Until next time!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Watercolor... meet Abstract!

I've always found the creation of abstract work relaxing.  In the last year I've grown to love watercolor as a medium so it just made sense to finally put the two together!  This is the second in a series I'm working on.    The first is hanging in my office until it sells.

                  Not the greatest photo but hopefully you get the idea.  

What a difference a mat makes!

Thanks for stopping by!


Merry Christmas Friends!  

May you be blessed this Christmas season!

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!

                                        Hugs all around!

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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!