Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer of Demos

I had been doing the usual watercolor flower demos this summer-there are so many to choose from!- but thought a street scene would be fun.  Imagine Gallery, who carries my art, had some of their artists do some demonstrations in front of the store during Sidewalk sale days.  It's super fun to talk to people while you're painting. I used to be a little shy about it but got over that in a hurry when I realized people love to watch and tell  stories about their art interests or maybe want to learn to paint too. It's a happy thing to discuss. :) It's also a great way to get out there in front of people and show your art.
The list of demos this year include a Brusho demo for an art guild, watercolor for a Seymour Library artist series, Skaneateles Sidewalk Sales, and Polo for Preemies.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lavender Festival 2016

Another great year (the 9th) at the Lavender Festival! Simply the most satisfying, gratifying experience one could hope for.  I was one of the first vendors at this venue years ago as a new artist. In the beginning I had a few notecards in plastic baggies, and some framed paintings with a borrowed tent and metal grid racks.   There were only about 6-8 artist booths, 2 port-a-potties, and somebody cooking hotdogs.  It has grown exponentially every year, and this year we had probably 5000 visitors, 25 artists, several professional food vendors, demonstrations all day and more potties! This year I brought all sizes of original paintings, prints and notecards. People come from everywhere to enjoy the farm, pick lavender, and shop.  I have grown so much personally as an artist and have developed a following from this show more than any other. Maybe because it's local, maybe the small size has let people find me; whatever the reason it has let me paint with freedom and have learned to work really hard to prepare a nice show with lots of choices and price points so people can have a piece of art for themselves or a gift. It's a dream come true for me!

I had a great location-the first booth!

On the left is a true friend-she helped me both days, all day!
                              My hubby to the rescue-I had forgotten a few things to decorate my tent!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lavender Festival

Here are some samples of original art and notecards that will be available at the locally famous and fabulous Lavender Festival July 9-10.  We've all been working really hard to get ready and praying for kind weather that weekend.  Hope to see you!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Outdoor Studio

What a heavenly spring day to work outdoors!  I needed to work on some Brusho pine trees for a demo I'm doing for an art guild this week. There are plenty of models to work from in the yard. Birds chirping, warm sun, glorious greens for inspiration, and even visits from the hummingbird made for a lovely morning to paint.  It was all play with no pressure to do a finished painting. I think the more hours you play the easier it is to make inspired paintings.  It doesn't look like my dog (Romeo) cares too much about the whole deal-he's just waiting for playtime with him. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spring birds

The goldfinches are back and they are voracious eaters!  I have about 5 feeders and they eat out of every one. This little girl bird had such a soft and gentle look about her, contrasting with the very bright yellow males.  I used Daniel Smith Hansa yellow, green gold, quinacridone gold and indigo for the bird.  It looked pretty bland without any background so I got out the Brusho. I covered her up and wet the area behind her,  sprinkled with Turquoise and squirted just a little bit.  It's always a bit of a gamble to see what happens but that makes it exciting!  Staying safe all the time is boring and you don't grow much as an artist.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

AAUW Art Contest Winner

Exciting news!  My "Foxy Impression" image was voted as a winner in the AAUW art contest. This is the second year I've won and I'm thrilled!  The American Association of University Women holds this contest to promote women artists and gain recognition in their field.  Members vote for their favorite images and the top six were picked from a large field of entries.  The quality was especially good this year and I'm honored to have this image selected. "Foxy" has been very popular this year as I've sold many prints.  Teenagers really like him a lot-maybe because he looks sneaky? :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Getting ready for our 5th holiday shop!  It's always like a party or shopping with friends.
Come visit if you can!