Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You might be an artist if #3

Not My Monkeys
Most evenings, my Beloved Husband "reads" to me from his Bible. Well, we listen together, and read from his Bible app, technically! He says that reading and listening at the same time helps him focus on the meaning of what he is reading. But there are times for me when it is really tough to stay still and listen, because suddenly I have a picture in my head, or maybe a feeling that I need to get my sketch book or paints. And it doesn't seem to matter what the particular sentence is about. Sometimes just a group of words sends my mind off into color and shape instead of words. 

Not My Monkeys
Painted in 2016

$600.00 plus $40.00 shipping and handling
40" x 30"
Painted with artist quality heavy-body acrylic paint on 1.5” deep gallery wrapped canvas, painted edges

You might be an artist if you are suddenly distracted by a sentence - any sentence - and feel like you HAVE to

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

You might be an artist if #2

You might be an artist if you change your clothes when you either a.) go anywhere outside the studio, because they are paint covered, or b.) find that they match! I know this cannot be a universal case for artists, but I so often read or hear that "every piece of clothing I have has paint on it". And I often find that my art friends have the most colorful and unusual outfits. 

"Your clothes should be the least interesting thing about you," an artist once said. (I just did a quick google search, and found the saying is from a clothing designer who designs for professional corporate settings. The artist must have 'borrowed' that saying.) Some of the artists I most admire dress in only black, or only black and white. I am sure that even for those of us who usually have a bit of paint on our clothes, or who work in the studio by ourselves most days, the simplicity of a good "work uniform" could be very helpful!

Monday, January 15, 2018

You might be an artist if #1

Penny for Your Thoughts
"You might be an artist if... " Last November, amidst the busyness and flurry of Thanksgiving, I had an idea that I wanted to use for my blog posts, but I knew that I couldn't keep up with posting them then. Today, I am going to start to write several posts about "you might be an artist if..." and I will tie some of them with paintings done in past years.  I think this could be fun!

Penny For Your Thoughts,
painted in 2016

$375.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
22" x 28"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame

You might be an artist if you are caught by the color in a gray sky! The other night, my Beloved Husband and I were driving to an appointment, and my attention was definitely more on looking out the window than it was on him (I am sorry to say). I drew a breath and said, "LOOK at the color in that sky!" to which he teasingly replied, "There is no color in that sky. It is just gray clouds." Oh, he knows how to get me going! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Quiet 1.2

Quiet 1.2
When I was working on my 'progressive painting', I really enjoyed the freedom and direction I experienced. One of the things that makes acrylic my favorite medium is that it is quick, and easy to fix mistakes. I love that I can paint over almost anything and fix or change it. And that flexibility was even more pronounced with the progressive painting than it is normally. The painting changed very quickly, and changed drastically

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Happy New Year! I hope you have had the opportunity to celebrate during this holiday season, and I hope you feel loved. You are loved, of course, and I hope you know it - and know the One Who loves you more than you can imagine!

This morning I painted for the first time in quite a while, and boy, was it good to return to the studio! I absolutely love the time with my family, and having my adult kids here in our house has been fabulous, AND it is great to be in the studio. 

Updated. Watch for post.
11" x 14"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame

These last few days, my introverted character has been stretched and exercised by not very much alone time - especially compared to my normal routine. While I think it is healthy and helpful, it is also sometimes exhausting. Funny, though, I have not slept as much as I usually do! So I have spent some time this morning looking into introversion.

Monday, January 1, 2018

For Unto Us

For Unto Us
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you have already seen this painting that I finished in mid-December. As I have done in other years, I have taken much of December to prepare for and spend time with family, and also to rethink and give a fresh start to my art pursuits. So I have actually been in the studio some, but you won't see the results right away, necessarily! (Keep an eye open for February, though. I plan to do a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge starting then.)

$175.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling
12" x 12"
Painted with artist quality heavy-body acrylic paint on 1.5” deep gallery wrapped canvas,  sides are painted in a shimmery gray/black micaceous iron oxide

This painting is a reworking of an older painting, and I love the way it expresses my thoughts of the season of Advent. I feel like the anticipation and joy came through in the shapes and colors, and it was joyful to work on it, too. 

For this work, I would like to leave you with an ancient carol that I love.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Current exhibit and holiday season updates

Gold II, sold 
Wow. It has certainly been a while since I have done my regular blogging! To all of the new subscribers to my newsletter who are seeing this for the first time, I have to say, don't give up on me yet! I am planning to be posting very regularly again in January. 

I have had a full and blessed "art year". I have had the privilege of being in several art groups, in several exhibits and competitions, part of a film about artists, and teacher for a couple of classes this year. I hope that through all of these things, I continue to grow, both artistically and personally. 

Gold II is one of the paintings currently on display at my exhibit in The Gallery in Warsaw, IN. This exhibit is called My Favorite Things and contains several of my favorite paintings, (see below) as well as paintings which are favorites of my family and friends. I wonder whether YOUR favorite is there!