About Me

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Work in Progress

I started two new abstract landscapes. They have been through many iterations. I wish I shot each version so I would see where I started and where I am now but no I did not. So here we are now. Tomorrow could be another story. 

They are acrylic on wood panel - 11x14. I use many layers because the underneath layers begin to show themselves; like they are trying so hard to peek out beneath the top layers. As if they just want to say "Hey! Notice me!". I have seen consistently that my paintings improve  and become much more interesting when there are more layers. 

I also use a lot of water. Sometimes I water the paint down so much that it leaves an odd shaped blob and I walk away - overnight  - and in the morning I see that it has dried into its own individual shape. It doesn't always work. 

Well - enough chatter...here they are. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Martini's

Several years ago I created a series of original art pieces that were cocktail inspired. Two lemon drops (because they were my FAVORITE cocktail at the time) and two martinis. Then they got licensed onto product like textiles, memo boards, stationary and wall decor. And for awhile they were displayed in my home but I always felt they needed a forever home so I am making them available for sale....I think they need a family. 
Cocktails are fun. Art is fun. Why not cocktail art!

They are 12.5x12.5x2 and expertly framed by my husband - the custom framer. Solid wood floater frame. Ready to hang in your home. 

Here they are in my Tuesday Moon Etsy shop....please share....help out a painting. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Beach Time

I get inspired by views of sand and surf and beach umbrellas and striped towels and all the the wonderful elements that go along with a day at the beach. 

So I created these with the intent that they would also be covered in beach umbrellas in the foreground but as I was painting those layers I didn't like it all! So with a damp cloth I was able to wipe it away as if it never existed. 

Then I added more ocean and used very wet acrylic paints so that I had to wait several hours for it to dry which means I really didn't know what it would look like because sometimes colors run or clump together when they are drying. well - in the morning when I looked I was pleased. And decided - with a second opinion - that the works were indeed done. 

They are 11x14 on wood panel. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wine Country

I have designated the first Sunday in February as International Wine Tasting Day. Feel free to join us (Me & Mr. Wine Tasting) in beautiful wine country. I also enjoy good food...in addition to good wine and Healdsburg is a great spot for both. Yesterday we went to The Shed - it's a foodie spot in downtown Healdsburg and it's a visual feast. Cheese, kitchen accessories, table service, coffee, a handful of garden supplies like seeds and gloves...beautiful table linens..chocolate...

So we secured Mr. Happy Puggle - aka McGuyver, on the patio where he got to visit with coffee drinkers and assorted canine patrons and we took a quick trip inside and then came back out with delicious coffee and we sat in the sun. and we got to meet Jax - a terrier mix who's a regular...damn he's cute! 

Here's a few images to remember our most relaxing day. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Download a Day

I add an image a day to my Etsy digital download site - it's had lots of hits and orders have picked up. I have expanded my subjects and recently added travel

I don't spend a lot of time creating each piece but it's very important that it is done well and that it shows well on the site which is why you can see the image three times. Once framed, then on wall clips and then the whole image. 

Each piece is 300dpi at 8x10  - a jpeg and pdf are included. 

Here are some new downloads. I covered travel, atomic ranch and bikes. Only $5.00 per download or buy two and get a third free. 

Enjoy. And please share!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Project 2015 - Feet

I like to take on projects from January 1. I don't typically complete them but I do enjoy the attempt. So this year my project is called 365 Days of Feet. I wanted to take a photo of either the same space or the same item everyday of the year shot from either different time or different light or a new space. It had to be something I have access to everyday; and therein lies the feet. I have access to them everyday. (whew)....  The guidelines are:

  • Each day take a different photo of my feet in hopefully a different place. 
  • and - it cannot be posed or contrived. I will not set up something or wear different shoes for the right place. It's whatever I am wearing at the time and whatever I am doing at the time - spontaneous and a bit impulsive. 

So here goes...my personal collection of 365 Days of my Feet. A few selections right now - I won't bore you with every day. 

Jan 1 - lounging on the first day of the year

Jan 4 - back garden

Jan 11 (Yerba Buena Center for The Arts)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Black and White

I love working in black and white and browsing through black and white images on Pinterest. Without color to distract the art is so honest and pure and at the same time very vulnerable. Here are a few new images I rendered on vellum. First I masked off the actual shapes and then used conte crayon, charcoal and graphite pencil to build the image. 

These are small pieces and are now going to my framer and will show the outside borders which reflect the work that went into them.