Monday, November 29, 2010

The Holiday Season in now upon us...

The Holiday Season in now upon us.....And with it comes all the hectics chaos!  But I am happy to say that it's all good craziness in my world!  Not that I have any of my holiday shopping done... but I have gotten some great news this week!

I am honored to have received 1st prize for guest artist in the Fall 2010 online Exhibition at the Perez Fine Art Galleries for my painting titled, 'Gettin' Steamed'.
And also this week, I found out that my entry into the Susan Kathleen Black foundation Art of The Blossom II has been accepted!  This show will start at the Naples Museum of Art and travel to several museums throughout the spring and summer.  I feel so honored to have my painting, 'Change of Season', accepted!  
And last, but not least, I have been painting several pieces for the small works show at the Brandt-Roberts Gallery in Columbus, OH this December.  I promise to post some later this week!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lifesavers painting done!

This is the Lifesaver painting on which I have been working... finally done!  My husband really likes this one so I think it might hang in his office for a while.  I have to say, it's so nice to be able to hang my paintings somewhere instead of having them stack up in my studio!  There are a couple paintings that I think I might have a hard time getting back if I asked. :)  It makes me happy that they like them!
36" x 60"

Monday, November 8, 2010

"The Gangs all Here" and "Three of Us" ready to be shipped to Charleston, SC!

I finished my two Mason jar paintings and readied them to be shipped to the Wells Gallery in Charleston, SC last week. And now this week I'm back in the studio working on a large Lifesaver painting!  I will post pics soon!

The Gangs All Here
36" x 48"

Three of Us
48" x 36"


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Catching up.. Jadite 2 and The Rebel

I was in Vegas last week with my husband for a business trip.. and this week am getting ready and decorating for Halloween but wanted to post a couple of paintings that I have recently completed.. I really loved painting the jadite bowls.. but am taking a break from them and have started two smaller mason jar paintings that I hope to have done by the end of the week!  And... speaking of Jadite bowls.. I am so happy to hear from the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento that one of my paintings (That's Life) in the still life show there has sold.  Thanks to Elliott, Michelle, and Cynthia for the beautiful show you have put together!  Please take a minute to follow the link.. there are some amazing artists and wonderful works in the show!

Jadite 2 48" x 60"

The Rebel 48" x 48"

Friday, October 1, 2010

Two Openings at once!

"White rabbit, white rabbit"!  My mom has always said that first thing on the first day of every month for luck.. and today there are two events upon which I'd like to bestow that luck!  The first is the opening of the Invitational Still Life Group Show at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, CA.  There are some wonderful artists in the group and I am honored to have been invited to participate!   Below are my contributions to the show...

That's Life 48" x 48"

Red Marble 24" x 24"

And the second event is the opening of the new gallery in Columbus, The Brandt Roberts Gallery.  I am looking forward to a long and happy relationship with them!  Good luck to both galleries!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 6, 2010

"Shells of our Former Selves" and "Return for Deposit" paintings are headed south!

I'm so thrilled to hear that the Wells Gallery has sold "Up Front and Slightly Off Center" and has asked for more work. My friends Vicky and Dave, who were here visiting their new grandchild, were kind enough to take these paintings home to South Carolina with them, to be delivered to the Well Gallery this week! I will miss them and am wishing them safe travels!

Return for Deposit 16" x 20"

Shells of Our Former Selves 24" x 48"

Monday, August 30, 2010

"That's Life!" new bowl of cherries painting

Now that the kids are back in school things are starting to settling into routine, albeit with all three in fall sports, a slightly hectic one. I was able to finish a new painting and have started on another along the same lines. A few weeks ago cherries came into season, and I bought them several times , each time thinking that I love the color and feeling like I wanted to paint them, but I have seen them painted so much and by very talented artists that I worried about duplicating or falling short of their talent. I tried to come up with a way to make them my own, so I put them into one of my jadite bowls and blew the whole thing up to 48" x 48". Titled, "That's Life", this painting is headed to the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, CA.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's been too long! New paintings, "Bouncing Balls" and "Life"

Sorry.. again.. for the lack of posts here! I promise I have been painting! Summer is a crazy time, but school starts tomorrow for the kids and I will have a bit more of a schedule, albeit a hectic one! I'm thrilled to tell you that I have had a painting, Michael's Marble, accepted into the National Art Encounter 2010 in Naples, FL! I won't be able to go to the opening, but I will be well represented by my great friends, Mary and Jon!

Also this past week I had my first official gallery visit by a new gallery that will be representing me. The Brandt Roberts Gallery will be opening on Oct 1, on High St. in Columbus with the grand opening on Oct. 29! We had a great time and I am looking forward to a long and successful relationship with them.

I am posting a painting that I sent to the Wells Gallery last week.. (along with "Meeting of the Minds" and "Up Front".)

Titled, "Bouncing Balls"..
36" x 60"

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Two new paintings! Gettin' Steamed and Meeting of the Minds

I've been keeping very busy here.. getting back on track after the big move! I think I have figured out where most things go in the studio and am trying to get organized.. (as organized as I can be... my skills leave a bit to be desired) Just today I received my new shipment of art panels and I will be painting again through the weekend!
I am posting two larger scale paintings of the mason jars.. (I have to sneak one in here and there between the smaller still life paintings for the show in Oct.) These paintings are very different from one another but I like them both. Gettin' Steamed is really bold and strong and Meeting of the Minds is very soft and quiet.. I really want to keep Meeting of the Minds for above the bed but I paint to tell a story and I already know it so I will share it with others.
Have a great weekend!

Gettin' Steamed 40" x 50"

Meeting of the Minds 36" x 60"

Friday, July 16, 2010

Studio and Last Man Standing pics

Better late than never!! Here are two pics of the new studio... one from the inside out and the other from the outside in! I love it!! I am still settling in but painting every day too!

I am also posting a painting that I finished last month and never got to post.. with all the moving and chaos. Title "Last Man Standing" (40" x 50"), it is a painting of stacking wooden dolls/toys, these from the 50's, that are called Bill Dings... get it? Buildings?? Even though I never had them as a child, I love them and play with these guys all the time in the studio. They are still made today, but now they look more like clowns and are kinda creepy. I like the round old goofy guys like these!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New studio, New Painting!

Sorry to have been away so long! So much going on.. all good!.. and never enough time to get to everything! For the past few weeks we have slowly made the move into my new AMAZING studio (pics soon) and just last night got the Internet hooked up there so I'm back in business! I still have a lot to move (books!!), but it will all wait until the weather cools down and my back is feeling better!!

My first painting in the new studio was of our bed.. something I walk past all day, but something about it on this particular day struck me and I snapped a picture. I titled it "the Invitation" because it looked so inviting to just crawl back in bed.

36" x 48"

I will be busy for a while painting for a still life group show in October at Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, CA. I am thrilled to be a part of it and am excited to get to work!

Another still life show is in the works for 2011 in Columbus so I will be painting the summer away! I promise studio pictures soon!

Friday, June 4, 2010

"Peony" and "Michael's Marble" paintings

I have been working on 3 paintings and have finished 2... the 3rd one will have to wait until we get back from the beach... AND I get moved into my AMAZING new studio!! (pictures soon) I have been watching the new studio be built right outside the window of my current studio.. and wouldn't you know it.. it will be done the day we leave for vacation!! But I will be back soon enough.. recharged and ready to move in!! In the meantime... I am posting these two paintings... I have been playing a bit with the mediums... and have found that I really like a heavier one with more stand oil.. I am painting just a bit more in layers and like that too.. but am struggling with how much brush stroke to leave... I still want a bit more I think.. it's all learning!!

"Michael's Marble" 40" x 50"

"Peony" 36" x 48"

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wells Gallery Chalreston, SC

Wow! What a whirlwind the last couple weeks have been!!
The show at Kathryn Gallery on Friday was wonderful! It seems that the people who like my work are kindred spirits and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them! Thanks so much to all who came out.. it was so nice to see you! Also found a new restaurant that I can't wait to try next time we are in Columbus... Deepwood Restaurant on High St!
On Sunday my husband and I packed up the van and headed to Charleston, SC to deliver paintings to the beautiful Wells Gallery on Meeting St! I feel so blessed to be a part of their gallery and was so warmed by their wonderful southern hospitality. It was a short trip but we had the best time and look forward to going back!
The only down spot was that work on the new studio is at a standstill until next week when the windows come in... but not much we can do about it...
On a side note.. please know that I am constantly encouraged, thrilled and humbled by your comments.. sometimes I don't get back to them in a timely manner and I apologize.. please know that they are greatly appreciated!!
So now it is back to the grind!!
...some of the new pieces from the show and at Wells Gallery... I have uploaded all of them to my website... or feel free to email ( ) for more info!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Steppin' Out painting, Elliott Fouts Gallery

I am sorry for not posting more paintings lately! I promise I have been painting like a crazy woman!

I will be able to post a lot of what I've been working on after the show in Columbus on May 14, at the Kathryn Gallery!

I am thrilled to now be a part of the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, CA! I sent five paintings out last week and have heard that one has sold already.. SO exciting to be out there!

And later this month my husband and I will be driving to Charleston, SC to deliver paintings to a new gallery there... more on that later!

Just so you know I've been working.. This is a painting of my sons tux shoes he had for prom last week... they were SO shiny I just couldn't help but paint them!

36" x 48"
Steppin' Out

Friday, April 30, 2010

Two person show at Kathryn Gallery

I am very pleased to announce that I will be part of a two person show, with the talented Ron Johnson, at Kathryn Gallery in Columbus, OH on May 14!

I have been painting like mad and will unveil several new paintings! Hope to see you all there!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Butler Mid-Year Show- The Good Shoes

I'm excited to say that I have had a painting accepted into the Butler Institute of American Art Mid-year show!

The piece is called "The Good Shoes" and I painted it after watching a documentary on the Titanic and other ship wrecks... long after the bodies and bones are gone, the shoes remain exactly where they were, almost as a grave marker. That really hit a chord with me and I painted this the next day..

"The Good Shoes"
24" x 48"

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cats portrait titled Whispers

I really wanted to work on a portrait this week and work on blending and layering skin tones... This is a painting I did of my oldest daughter... she turns 20 on Sunday and this will be her first birthday we haven't celebrated together! :( I am so proud of the woman she has become but miss my little girl at the same time..

Titled, "Whispers"

36" x 48"

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Tee Bird

I started this painting last week when I started the bowls... With the glazing process you can only work for so long and then you need to let it dry. This is my daughters tee bird. I got it for her when she was two or so.. she is almost 20! .. and it has been in storage ever since she grew out of it. The 1st pic is of Cat and my mom waiting curbside for the parade.. the second is the painting I did this week... I love that car.. but I really love those two girls and this is one of my favorite pictures of them!!

The Tee Bird
48" x 60"

Friday, March 26, 2010

"Jadite" oil painting

I have been intrigued by the term 'glazing' in reference to painting lately. It is layers of paint thinned with medium to produce a luminescence... (at least that is my take on it.. just from reading about it) It requires a lot patience.. something I usually lack and therein lay the excitement for me! I have been thinking that i really need to slow down a bit and think a little more and this allowed me to do just that! This is a very different process from what I am used to doing, but my mother had just brought over these bowls of mine that she had at her house. I evidently had gotten them several years ago and planned to eBay them and never got that far.. then we moved.. she took them.. and to make a long story short.. there were these beautiful jadite bowls just begging to be painted! So this is my version of glazing.. not sure if it is a textbook example.. but it was fun to paint tighter and to slow down for once....

18" x 24"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"B".. neon letter painting

The letter 'B' for my ABC's of NYC...

16 X 16"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Three Generations of Coke

I went back to glass this week, which somehow I find much easier to paint on a large scale than solid objects.... I felt like my last painting was so tight and heavy...
Anyway.. several months ago I went to a local auction that had all kinds of old glass bottles.. and I bought a few old wooden cases of them... these three were among them.. three versions of the Coke/ Coca Cola logo..
I titled it, "Three Generations"
36" x 60"

Monday, March 15, 2010

Wow... Sorry to have been gone so long! I have been working on a new large piece that has taken so much longer than I thought. I really struggled to be loose and got a little tight on it in the middle of painting but felt the turn come this week! Phew! I may have a few tweaks this week after I live with it for a few days.. but this is it for now! Back to painting glass!!

Croquet 36" x 60"

Friday, February 19, 2010

"The Escape" and "Bird" paintings

It's been a very busy week! We went to NYC to visit our oldest daughter, Cat last weekend... and had an awesome time...always too short! But we did wander around Chelsea and saw LOTS of art.. always interesting and educational... there is so much to learn... and with every stroke of paint I do learn more and more about not only who I am and want to be as an artist, but who I am as a person.. some days I feel like a kids again.. with the whole world in front of me! It's all good... how lucky I am to do what I do!

I had started painting "The Escape" before we left last week and finished it this week... as I was painting I felt like something had been in the jar and was being called to escape by the bright light of the window.. I don't know.. maybe too many paint fumes??.. maybe cabin fever.. :)
hence the name, "The Escape"...48" x 48"

Also this week Jill Polsby revealed her thank-you to Karin Jurick for her portrait painting challenge on her blog, Different Strokes from Different Folks. 118 versions of Karin were painted by 118 artists and Jill had them made into a book for Karin. It turned out beautifully!

Painting Karin's portrait made me really want to play with portraits a bit more... and while my style is usually a bit looser, I wanted to paint this portrait a bit tighter and more layered.. it was a fun lesson and I hope to do a few more soon!

"Bird" 12" x 12"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ready For Company painting

We've been pretty house bound this week with all the snow.. so I had time to finish my latest painting for the On the Shelf series...

Titled, ' Ready for Company' 48" x 48"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Strength in Numbers", new glass painting

Today I finished painting a piece I started last week.. I needed some blue skies.. so I revisited some of the bottles I bought last summer. I had taken a slew of reference photos when I got them and really liked the sky that day.
Titled "Strength in Numbers"

24" x 48"

Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Later.. That Same Night.." new painting for 'On the Shelf" series..

I finished my latest painting for the 'On the Shelf' series this weekend. Again, the series deals with the abundant, excess and often obsolete items mostly found in thrift stores. This was a pile of old silver toned kitchen items. I really liked the warm and cool play of colors and the crazy way they were piled up. It made me feel like there was a story I had missed somehow.... that I was coming in on the tail end of it.... hence the title, "Later.. That Same Night".

48" 60"

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Charley Parker's Lines and Colors

A huge thanks to Charley Parker for his very kind article about my paintings! He maintains a wonderful sight called 'Lines and Colors" about art and artists, creativity and things he finds visually interesting! Check it out and spend some time there!

Monday, January 18, 2010


This is the second painting for my new series, on the shelf, titled, "Seltzer". These seltzer bottles were sitting on top on an old oak buffet with the mirror behind. I love the fuzzy reflection of the pictures on the opposite wall and the red writing on the two bottles.
I learned a lot on the last painting and it made this one much easier. I painted in layers and made sure the background was completed before moving on to the foreground... it was a tough lesson learned when painting the fans cages!!

48" x 48"

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Series, On the Shelf, painting, "Feeling Caged in and Left Out"

I started a new series this week that I have had in mind for a while.. I titled it, On the Shelf. It is about the multiple items available at thrift stores and auctions. I have gone to auctions and antique and thrift stores forever and I love them. But in the last few years I have been amazed that often people didn't have just one or two of any item, but several... or boxes full... or shelves full! So much excess and often obsolete stuff!! What will become of it all? So last month I dragged my husband to one of my favorite stores and took hundreds of pictures of these treasures. He was just glad I didn't buy anything, as I certainly have plenty of my own "treasures"!
My first painting is titled, 'Feeling Caged In and Left Out'.

36" x 60"

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Preserving Memories" oil painting

This painting is a commission from a woman who had seen my work and it reminded her of her mother canning every fall when she was young and she now cans her own salsa every year. I too have fond memories of my parents canning a lot of the produce from our farm. As a kid you have no concept of how much work goes into every jar, but as an adult I am so grateful to have been raised by parents who cared enough to work that hard to keep us all eating home grown produce all year. I was excited to get started on this painting and am very pleased with the outcome!

I titled it, "Preserving Memories"

48" x 60"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Art show... up through January 26

Thanks to all who braved the weather on Friday to come to the artist reception for the show in Mount Vernon! We got there a little early and I was able to get a few pictures.. I was so pleased with the way the show was hung...
Lori Wilkes, the gallery director, did a fabulous job!! It was a wonderful evening and it was great to meet many new friends and share ideas with some other artists.
It is a new gallery in the downtown area of Mount Vernon, OH.. owned and operated by Mount Vernon Nazarene University.... A really GREAT space!
The show will hang through January 26, 2010.