Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Painting "WildFlowers" Featured on Vida Products

My newest abstracted floral is pastel on paper that has been layered with ink, charcoal and pastel ground. Various layers have had a rubbing alcohol wash painted over them to give more of a watercolor look. I thought this painting would make a good design for my Vida Voices Collection.

If you like the look you can order by clicking on the link below each item. I will be ordering one of each of these and they will be available for sale at my studio during our 40 West Studios First Friday in November.

As always the painting can be purchased at the link in the caption of the original painting.

Hope you enjoy!

8 x 8" pastel on paper
Original Painting

80% Cashmere, 20% Silk
Machine washable

Wildflowers Sheer Wrap
100% Polyester
Machine washable

Wildflowers Modern Tee
100% Polyester
Machine Washable

Wildflowers 12" Square Silk Scarf
 100% Natural Charmeuse Silk,
Machine Washable

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Project on Vida

I received an invitation to Vida Voices to become a designer for their apparel. (Not to get too excited...tons of artists have been invited. I have even found some of my friends with shops on Vida.)

Always willing to explore, I thought what the heck, doesn't cost anything to upload my images and design several types of scarves, sheer wraps and tops. I even have a men's silk pocket square. The collection is all based on my abstract art.  Below I have shown the original art and the piece that was designed from the art.

Who or what is Vida? Vida's Story  
My feelings about the world and my art resonated with their story.

Until August 15th I am able to offer (through Vida) a discount to my friends. (You are all my friends.)

Enjoy 15% towards your purchase using code Welcome15-0808
Enjoy $50 off your purchase of $250+ using code Welcome50-0808
To see my entire collection of designs, click here
Original Painting

"Seaside" Cashmere/Silk Scarf

Original Painting

Shop at Vida
"Serenity" Cashmere/Silk Scarf

Monday, August 8, 2016

An Award from Daily Paintworks

8 x 8"' pastel on pane
Woke up to the wonderful news that one of my pastels, an abstract to boot, has won 3rd place in the Daily Paintworks monthly contest. The judge this month was none other than Carol Marine, the famous daily painter. She and her husband are the founders of the website.

A little prize money doesn't hurt either!

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Big Move

"Lime and Pink"
2.5 x 3.5" oil painting
on miniature canvas panel
Click here to bid in auction
The time came in May to begin thinking about selling the house. In June I listed it with a real estate agent. She got the MLS listing all ready and turned it live on a Friday morning at 10:00am. By noon I had a wonderful offer, more than I was asking-I took the offer. The end of July I closed on the sale. I had actually found a lovely apartment in a walkable neighborhood the end of June. It was a little risky to sign a lease before the closing, but I would have been crushed if I lost the apartment.

So, getting 2500 sq feet of accumulated "fluff" down to necessary "stuff" for a 628 sq ft apartment was most challenging and emotional. My sister came from Omaha to help, she kept me moving. When I got bogged down in the sentimentality of my stuff, she would say "go ahead and cry, but keep sorting." I couldn't have done it without her. My son was the muscle, but not good at sorting into piles. Only I could really do that. Most of my furniture and good things went to the Salvation Army. They came in for free and moved it all out. Then smaller things went to the local thrift store, and the junk hauler took the rest. Then I had professional move out cleaners come in. When it was all done I cried my eyes out and then I breathed a sigh of relief.

Just as soon as I signed my closing documents I took off for Tacoma for a week for the annual Colored Pencil Society of America convention. I was exhausted, did my tasks for the convention, but I slept a good deal of the time.

Just this last Wednesday was the most normal day I've had in many months. (And that's a long story, and it doesn't merit reliving it here.)

When I start off painting again, I usually have to paint something small, and the subject is usually a lemon, lime or cherry. I could paint those in my sleep by now. But after a month of not painting, the brush feels a little unsteady in your hand and you second-guess every brushstroke you put down.

Today is the first day back painting. I managed to live through it!! And now my mantra is "I choose to live a joyful life." It's been dark for too long.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Back at Daily Paintworks

"Mini Lemon"
2.5 x 3.5"
Oil on canvas panel
 Bid on this painting here

I have always loved the Daily Paintworks community, but when my husband was battling lung cancer I had to let my account go. I just wasn't painting.

Now I have my art studio and there is LOTS of painting going on, I re-established my account. It's an inspiration to paint as much as I can.

I love painting these little mini paintings. Makes me feel really productive. 

I use high quality mini canvases from SharksArtCanvas on ebay. They craft the best mini canvases I have found.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

If Only I Could

If only I could.....I would do a lot of things.

"If Only I Could"
5 x 5" oil over collage material and matte medium
Click here to purchase

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


5 x 5" oil over acrylic and collage material

This is how I feel, adrift. So many changes happening all at once. All I can do is take a leap of faith and walk through it.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

While on Vacation

"Walk About"
5 x 5" oil on Gessobord panel

5 x 5" oil on panel over acrylic for texture

"Me and my Shadow"
5 x 5" oil on Gessobord panel

Just returned from an extended trip to visit family and then a meet-up in Chadron State Park in western Nebraska. We rented a cabin with no internet service. I have a very teensy data plan so the phone was only for emergencies for seven days. Refreshing..just spent time talking and playing alphabet games. My 87 year old mother was one of my cabin mates. She was a trooper. So was her 8 year old boxer, Cami. My youngest sister joined us. My brother and his family tent camped up around the bend. I was glad we had the cabin. It got a little chilly most nights.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

40 West Arts District Article

"Cross Over"
4 x 4" oil painting on a 5 x 5" Gessobord panel

The fascination with abstract continues!

As some of you may know my studio is in a 16-artist studio complex within the 40 West Arts District.
Colorado has 12 state-certified arts district. An online magazine called Confluence-Denver is writing a series of articles highlighting each of the districts. 40 West Arts District is up first with a few paragraphs devoted to our 40 West Studios complex. The reporter came to our March First Friday open house and we struck up a nice conversation which appears near the end of the article.

I'm so thrilled, the reporter captured the spirit of our arts district and has some lovely things to say about my art.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Purples and Turquoise

5 x 5" oil over acrylic on Gessobord panel
Click here to purchase

"Healing" on mini easel
suggested display
I've been having fun playing with texture and color.  On this experiment I used white acrylic paint to spread around on a Gessobord panel. Once the acrylic was dry I started applying oil paint sparingly with a brush and then used my fingers (with surgical gloves) to move the paint around and work it into the valleys caused by the acrylic texture.

Before I left the studio today I applied white acrylic to a cradle board panel with a wood surface. I can't wait to start applying oils and working it into the subtle color changes to see the acrylic texture pattern emerge.