Monday, March 30, 2009

Mona Lisa Smile

Carson (6) imitating the Mona Lisa smile

Over Spring Break I took the kids to the latest OSMI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) exhibit - "Da Vinci, the Genius". What a great exhibit! While the latest information and images of the Mona Lisa were interesting, we actually enjoyed the replicas of his many inventions the most. They were amazing! I would highly recommend renting the audio guide as well, and getting the most of this exhibit. I'm planning to go back (sans kids) and take it more slowly and discover even more. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Preparations Continue...

I think I've finished the largest of the pieces to hang at the Frame Up Studios for the Fremont Art Walk. Until it's hanging at the show, I don't make any guaranties I won't make more changes! Everything's fair game in my studio. Check it out!

"The Transformation of Winter to Spring"
Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas
36 x 48 inches

(See the start of this piece in the blog post below).

Monday, March 23, 2009

Fremont Artwalk SHOW OPENING April 3

Join me Friday April 3, 6-9 pm at the Frame-Up Studio in Seattle's Fremont district! This Seattle neighborhood is famous for it's creativity and free spirit and their artwalks are sure to please! I will be showcasing some of my latest large original paintings, filled with my usual whimsy and even more abstracted fun at the April artwalk. Here's a glimpse of the painting I'm working on this week to bring to the show: 36 in x 48 in - full of vivid color to liven up any room. I hope to see you there!

(Show runs thru April 28)

For MORE upcoming show information -> check out my google calendar!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Little Bumblebee

Last summer I was at the Fresh Paint Festival in Everett, WA and, as usual, had a booth set-up on the dock by the waterfront. (Here's a lesson for all newbies to this show!) As I was taking a Credit Card for payment on an item, it slipped out of my hands and went right between the cracks of the dock - NOOOOOO! (NEWBIES - BRING a RUG to put under your work area - I know I will!) Now, the good news was that the tide wasn't in all the way. The bad news - I couldn't find a way to get under the dock. Thankfully, my VERY NICE customer leaped the fence herself and jumped under the dock and by some miracle (the underside of the dock is basically a hill full of large jagged rocks) actually found her credit card. I asked her for her address to send her a special "thank you". Since she had asked for miniature art (specifically any bumble bees), I am happy to say this sweet little bumble bee is now in the mail on it's way to offer my gratitude. I know, I know, it's been about 7 months since this happened, and I'm a little slow with my thank you, but there you go. I've been a little behind in everything I do this year since our move to Oregon this Fall. I'm hoping to get caught up on my todo list by NEXT winter!

I hope you enjoy (and she enjoys!) this sweet little bee.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Saturday Market time!

Yes, Spring is in the air... and your local artisan and food markets are waking up from their winter sleep!

This year I will be joining in the FUN at the Eugene, Oregon SATURDAY MARKET on weekends when I'm not out of town for other shows! The Eugene market is a fabulous one, and I'm excited to join in their fun - if you're in the area and haven't been, I would highly recommend it! They open up at 10:00 a.m. every Saturday starting April 4. LOOK FOR ME on April 18! I'll have several new little original paintings and prints & cards too! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thank you McMinnville!

I had a great time at the McMinnville Food & Wine Classic last weekend! I hope you had a chance to stop by my booth and try some of the many fabulous wines at the show. A special thanks to winemakers Viento and Cliff Creek for making great wines and their support of the arts! Check them out!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Bicycles are Back!

I'm working on more Bicycle art as Spring approaches and I get antsy to ride everywhere! Here is the latest piece I'm working on - hoping to turn the thought into a larger painting. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, March 9, 2009


For my 2009 Show Season (I'm planning on about 20 shows, and possibly a few outdoor market Saturdays) I will be showcasing one or 2 pieces on my blog that will be on SALE at the show!

First up at the McMinnville, OR Show - Food & Wine Classic, this weekend:

a framed ORIGINAL painting, "The Painted Valley No 3", 12x12 in. - Show Special Price: $120.00

AND a framed reproduction (one of my most popular olive flower images), "One Red Posie", 8x10 in. - Show Special Price: $35.00

Friday, March 6, 2009

Living the Dream... Almost.

"Ready to Ride" available on ETSY!

When my husband and I were trying to figure out where we wanted to spend the next 15 years and raise our kids, we drove around much of Oregon trying to find the right town. Once we settled on Corvallis we spent several vacations getting to know our newly adopted home before we moved there. We would sit in a yummy local coffee shop downtown (New Morning Bakery) enjoying our sweet treat and coffee dreamily contemplating what life would be like once we moved here and the coffee shop would be a regular stop.

Yesterday I lived the dream (although different local downtown coffee shop - the Beanery). After dropping kids off at school I enjoyed spending my morning at the coffee shop drawing this little bicycle that sat outside my window (one of the things we LOVE about this town - it's bicycle crazy!)

The only problem now - NO ROOM! When we moved here we had to quickly find a place to live before school started for the kids and ended up in a little apartment. Since we were still getting to know the town I didn't want to commit to studio space right away as I wasn't sure how long it would be before we bought a house (and maybe have an in-house studio). I've since decided that I would love to have a downtown studio and it would be best for my sanity (and my family's) to have the studio separate from my home. So... as I am still cramped and trying to paint and prepare for shows, I'm happily looking for STUDIO space! Check out my current working environment - frames leaning on the walls, paintings hanging or on easels everywhere, mat & card supplies lining every wall, a desk full of papers and art, and paths - literally little paths - to get through it all. (You can see why it was so nice to do some drawing at the coffee shop.) So yes, I'm living the dream in our new hometown - knowing my dream will soon be perfected! Hopefully I'll be posting beautiful pics of my roomy studio space soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My latest painting...

"Growing in Blue"
30 x 40 inches

Another fun and whimsical painting from my "Growing in the Valley" series - I hope you enjoy my latest piece - layered with texture, vivid color, and lively organic shapes. Find this painting, and MORE new art at the Food & Wine Classic next weekend - see you there!

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