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A little love

March 23rd, 2012 Posted in creating | No Comments »

I just spoke to a man that I met in the fall at the Sebastopol Grange‘s crafts and art show. And Wowie Wow!, he was so inspirational and into my art. I am feeling like a million bucks!  He said,” Your art is charisma, it’s happiness, it’s joy, it’s music to the eye!!”  He told me that it really comes across that I love to make art, in the art itself.  I am thankful for Victor’s enthusiasm and belief in my work.  It is not every day that I get a boost like this and I am savoring the joy it has brought me today. Thank goodness for people who are generous with words.

It has been a tough winter.  With a cold studio, and an accumulation of family items in the garage, I haven’t gotten myself into my winter coat and in my creative space for awhile.  I bought a new canvass though, and it is calling my name tonight.  Now time for tea, so I can make it past bedtime for kiddos!

Donation time-

March 2nd, 2012 Posted in local news, marketing, networking, shows | No Comments »

T’is the season for handouts apparently, and I have come around to being a willing participant.  At first I was flattered, by the “We want you..”, then I was annoyed by the “to donate your art”, then I was hooked by the “to our fabulous…”. So, I am giving away two paintings this week.  One for the Twin Hills/ Apple Blossom  School Benefit Luncheon/Auction  at the French Garden Restaurant, and one for the Imaginists Luck of the Draw evening.  The first one is self explanatory and the Luck of the Draw is kind of exciting!  The guest buys a ticket for 150$ and gets wined and dined with a guest and then they choose your number out of a hat and you get dibs on one of  the pieces of donated art (valued at 300-500$) in order of your draw. FUN!!  The Luncheon should be fun too, but a little nerve racking as people are maybe a bit more reluctant to bid on art at a school event.  But maybe, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I included the photo of the piece you will see if you go to the Imaginists‘ party!  Hope to see you there-

P.S. Their latest play is a Wizard of OZ take off, do you think this painting is fitting??

Oakland Holiday Bazaar!!

December 14th, 2011 Posted in crafty women who inspire, creating, current work, local news, marketing, networking | No Comments »
the goods

All my goodies at the show

I had a good time meeting and greeting just outside of Jack London Square in Oakland last weekend.  It was a chilly day down by the water and the crowd was slim, but I did manage to have a great time anyway.  I was showing my wares with longtime friends from Tennessee, all of whom are outrageously crafty women! Lets do it again soon and get the word out.

Farm Birds

November 14th, 2011 Posted in creating | No Comments »

I thought I would show off this nearly finished painting in honor of the rain coming . Winter in descending and I am tidying up my garden after the fall harvest: tomatoes, chard, figs, raspberries, strawberries, and lots of beautiful roses! Thanks to my farming roots.

Dirt Birds: Mabel and Bert

Getting Dialed in.

November 13th, 2011 Posted in creating | No Comments »

Wow. Technology is getting so awesome!  I am going to sound like a commercial if I say another word.  Lets just say that I hope to be writing more about my art now that I have sorted out some things on my new toy.

Oh! and check out my new paintings.

Helloooo_

September 11th, 2011 Posted in creating | No Comments »

Hi there people, or no people.  I am beginning my school year tomorrow and looking for some sort of threshold to cross over before being swept away in the myriad of things a school teacher will attempt to weave into the already overwhelming school day of a mother of three.  Oh!, and I just have to mention that my children have three different pick up times and are all on separate soccer teams this year!  Yikes!  How did I willingly sign up for this ridiculous circus??

On the bright side I have high hopes of discovering a perfect studio space in which to work up some painting, sanding and crafting this year.  I have done some work this summer that is worthy of showing you. I finished a commission piece for a lovely lady named Mary.  This is a picture of it posing in my garden.  I’ll swap it out with it in its place in the house the next time I visit said lady:)

Beach Birds!, more from the “Looking West” series

May 18th, 2011 Posted in creating, current work, materials, mediums, retailers | 1 Comment »

Beach Birds 2011, Looking West SeriesI have been working on a series of birds the last couple of years and my super favorite so far has been this series of birds kicking it beach side.

While oil paints were my predominant medium during college, it took a bit of scrounging and dusting of cobwebs to put my supplies back in order.  OOh, and I couln’t help but buy a few new, super fabulous colors from my very favorite art store in Santa Rosa, Rileystreet.  That place is really my candy store, and I have expensive tastes in oil pigment!! I do believe it was worth every penny though, such rich color, is delectable to the painting fanatic.

I did a bit of photography out at Salmon Creek with the kiddos running around and lounging and this is one of my finals.  I also invoked the Georges Seurat pointillism piece I think is titled “Sunday Afternoon” which has such a lovely aura of relaxation and joie de vivre, don’t you think?

Goodbye Shiki Monkey:(

March 5th, 2011 Posted in local news, retailers, shows | 1 Comment »

So sad that the coolest shop in town is closing.  I am still sussing out wether this is due to lifestyle change on the part of the owner or the sad state of the economy.  Oh that dreaded word! I have been trying lately not to bring attention to that word at all, like “he who must not be named”.  Yet those who are strong don’t fear the name, they find a way to adapt and move forward. Oh and by the way, she is progressively discounting the items at Shiki Monkey, be sure to get there soon!

I have had a nice run in Julia’s shop, and had many people recognize my work from that venue.  But change can be a very good thing, and I am excited to have all my babies back in my hands for a fresh round of photos, in context.  By this I mean in peoples homes and in places I would place my work. This is going to be loads of fun as I have an invitation from a friend with a super chic house in which to photograph my work!!

Kalidescope!

February 16th, 2011 Posted in networking, shows | No Comments »

So, I have a show on this Friday, the 18th of February, up on McConnell St., across the street from the main entrance of the SRJC.  The gallery, Kalidescope, is at 530 McConnell St., and is painted bright blue with a lovely drip of complimentary orange off the roof line.  The young men who are running this space featuring emerging artists are throwing a party every month to celebrate culture, art and youth, This wine and beer/ DJ  event that lasts until 1am. Come check out the 18 females who bear their hearts desire  at their “Heartbreakers” show, up for 4 weeks only!

Handcar Time

September 21st, 2010 Posted in current work, marketing, networking, retailers, shows | No Comments »

Sweet!! The time for Santa Rosa’s much acclaimed Handcar Regatta has come again and this time I get to enjoy more of the party as I will be traveling lightly and attending with my art cards as a walking vendor. I am super excited to see the rich costuming community in all their glory for the day, as the theme is “old India”. I am also looking forward to a mild weather experience as the 110 degree heat of last year put a damper on some of the festivities.  Last year people were not nearly as interested in perusing the local wares and art scene as getting a cold lemonade. I am hoping my whole family fan club will be in tow as well, to see the spectacular mechanical creations and enjoy the visual candy of a fun spirited community all “playticipating”  in the act of the day!!

Cheers- Hope to see you there in all your glory!!