Big news – last night I was honored by winning an “Award of Excellence” at the Illinois Watercolor Society’s Annual Member Show for my painting “And then I lost it” (shown below)! I am over the moon thrilled about this. My first award since taking up painting again 2 years ago. I walked into the […]
(Pictured above, Tippi’s Daydream, encaustic) About a month ago I took a class at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The instructor’s name was Jeffrey Hirst, he was teaching encaustic painting, what a revelation! Encaustic painting is a method of painting with liquid wax mixed with color, with roots going as bar back as […]
Last month I was commissioned to create a double portrait. My new client wanted to give a very special gift to his partner. This man had lost his mother years ago, and even though his father has since remarried, a family portrait of them still hangs in his father’s house. She was a very special […]
Winter in Chicago, where are you? There’s been so little snow this year I used a photo from last year’s snow to create this painting. After a snow fall I like to walk through the city streets and green spaces and see what catches my eye. There’s almost always something that grabs my interest so […]
The new greeting cards are in! I did four love bird cards in honor of Valentine’s day, seen at left. Also fresh off the press are sets of four spring flowers, four spring birds, four landscapes and four desserts. I’d love to hear your feedback! Cards are on sale now at the Andersonville Galleria and […]
Woot! Thank you to Scott and Ken at the Andersonville Galleria for featuring one of my Valentine’s paintings in the front window display. I’ve just finished 4 new small lovebird paintings in time for the upcoming holiday. New greeting cards will also be available soon. Looking out the window right now with the snow coming […]
Since the first set of 6 has nearly sold out and I’m getting requests for more, I went ahead and created 6 new small canvases of winter birds. I focused on Cardinals and Bluejays. I just need to get the hanging hardware attached on the backsides and then it’s off to the Galleria for hanging. […]
(Pictured above, Red Balloons – original acrylic painting on canvas, 12″ x 12″) Another to add to the moody series – this one more melancholy a bit sad and reminiscent. Dead tree, floating balloons, small red heart. What does it make you think of?
Finished up the second moody blue canvas last night. This one I am calling Ice Storm. Pictured above, Ice Storm – 12×12 canvas, acrylic
Working on some new canvases – kinda moody. Here’s the first one, “Blue Night”, 12×12, acrylic.
In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve started developing a series of small paintings suitable for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The prices are marked to fit into any budget – small original acrylic paintings and mini framed prints starting at $35. Also available of course are sets of assorted greeting cards – sets of […]
It’s been a very long time since I worked in acrylic – however I was at Michaels Crafts the other day and saw some sales going on pre-stretched canvases so I thought I’d give it a try. Luckily, I still have loads of paint left over from the last time I painted in acrylic, which […]
(Pictured above, “Rita’s Back Yard”, watercolor) A lot of painters use a method called “plein air” – which means to bring your paints and paper and set up outside in front of an inspiring view and paint it on the spot. In my travels, I’ve seen this a lot. Florence, Paris, London, San Francisco, New […]
Ok – they’re here! I spent the last two days packaging up all the little cards in singles @$4, 4 packs @ $13 and 8 packs @ $24. On sale now at the Galleria! I also put together some fun little framed birdie prints – stocking stuffers, priced at $35. Great gifts!
I may be in the minority but I love a good snow storm. Since I work from home, it takes away the stress of the situation and allows me to enjoy the beauty of the day. I often will take a long walk through the snow after a blizzard with my camera at the ready. […]
I just finished a commissioned puppy portrait of Maya – a gorgeous Great Dane. My client purchased this painting as a birthday gift for her friend, Maya’s owner. I always like to have a few paintings going at once so I’m not sitting there watching paint dry, so, while I was at it, I also […]
Featured above: “Up early” – watercolor painting inspired by Milly’s garden For every finished painting, there are also a few that are started and then set aside. They’re always in the back of my mind as I am working on other things, waiting for the day I am inspired to finish them up. I finally […]
This week I moved. Took me three days and I’m still not quite done. Arms are noodles, legs are sore, and I’m still washing paint out of my hair (just white wall paint, nothing too exciting.) I am talking of course about my booth at the Andersonville Galleria. In May this year I started renting […]
A couple weeks ago I wrote an in-progress blog post about a new painting, “Shadows and daylilies”. I’ve been working on it on and off since then and I wanted to post another installment. It was inspired by a photo I took outside of Galter Life Center in Chicago. That day the sun was hitting […]
Pictured above, “Rolling”, watercolor, 32″ x 40″ framed. Browsing through Facebook I saw a couple beautiful ocean shots taken by my friend Celia. (I occasionally scroll through Celia’s albums because she’s got an amazing eye. This is not the first painting I did inspired by her photography). I’ve been looking for some subject matter that […]
I’ve started working on a new painting based on a photo I took last week. Even though stopping to take a few photos made me a little late to my class, I think it was worth it. I feel strongly that you have to grab the moments of inspiration when they are presented to you. […]