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Friday, February 26, 2010

Some finished candlesticks

I have been busy painting these wooden candlesticks. I will have them available at Artfest. I was hoping to make a few more but they are tedious to paint, and I have run out of steam. I finished spraying them with archival gloss finishing spray this week.
I am also still busy with learning some Photoshop Element tricks. I was able to make this collage in Photoshop (1st photograph) last night, I really like the way I can change the size of the photos and move them around in the frame. If you know of any photoshop tricks you think I would like to explore send me a note, I love learning new things!

A re-do

A re-do

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Getting ready for Artfest

I am starting to think of Artfest and all the work I have to do before the big event. My very supportive boyfriend and I cut the torsos this weekend. It is exciting to see all of them all at once. I even bought a new Craftsman saber saw for the event! I decided to get an early start on the sawing since it was a nice warm sunny day in Seattle.

sample torso for Artfest class "Every Persons Story"

Monday, February 22, 2010


As they were driving down the familiar road in their neighborhood, she noticed the beautiful spring blossoms on the tree lined street. Some blossoms were white on trees and others were a beautiful dark pink. "How can you tell which ones are cherry blossoms she asked"? Her sweet boyfriend who sat next to her in the car said "the cherry trees have horizontal lines on their trunks".

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sketchbook project opening tonite!

The sketchbook project opens tonite in Brooklyn NY. My sketchbook will be there among 100's of fabulous other ones by so many talented artists! I so wish I could see all the wonderful books in person. If you happen to go to any of these shows please take lots of photos for me and let me know how it is! Ok? Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Exquisite corpse, another one

I ran out of 4 x 4 canvases but I was able to complete another one. I think if I had three more canvases my series would be complete. To read more about Exquiste corpse go here. This is the idea that was my inspiration for these little canvases.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Artful Blogging

I am so thrilled and excited to be a part of this amazing publication! Thank you Christen and the folks at Artful Blogging. This issue has so many wonderful artists and inspirational blogs represented. Beautiful eye candy filled with nature, flowers, illustrations, and fabulous dialogue. If you don't have your own blog yet, this quarterly magazine will give you great inspiration to start one. Pick up a copy, you'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Sometimes I document my progress on my paintings. I wish I had done that with this painting. She started out with just a straight body and was holding a little tree in her hand. Then I painted a bathing suit bottom on her,,, then it didn't seem right to be holding a tree,,,so I thought of a lollipop instead. From there I decided she needed a bathing suit top,,,,and some water around her to show she is at the beach with her inner tube. (Sort of an evil faced inner tube, don't ya think?):) I never know where my paintings will take me, they sort of evolve on their own.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Remember my post from Friday? Here is my painting all finished, I was able to work on it today before the Superbowl started today. This piece is 8 x 10, and is on canvas board, available in my shop.

Remember to give hugs freely!

Friday, February 5, 2010


As I mentioned in my previous posts, I am learning to use my Wacom Bamboo tablet. Yay! It even came with Photoshop elements 7! How cool is that! If you know Photoshop elements 7, please let me know so I can torment you with stupid questions!

Have a nice weekend!

Work in progress

So, after painting some more candlesticks, I needed a change of pace and started this painting. I sort of like the unfinished look, hmmm, I wonder where this painting will take me. I never have a pre-formed thought of what I will paint when I get started. I have a general idea, but then I let the painting come through me and speak for itself. More to come later.

And here are some more...

I finished a couple more this week. I really like how they are turning out. The difficult part for me is that they are tedious to paint. So,, for now I will change gears and make another painting.