Friday, July 31, 2009

NOW Showing - Coupeville, WA!

I'm traveling North to the quaint waterfront town of Coupeville, WA for their 46th annual Arts celebration: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, Aug 1-2
WHERE: Coupveille, WA

If you haven't been to this festival before, I would highly recommend it! Driving from I-5 and turning toward the coast in Mount Vernon, you will travel a beautiful road over the historic deception pass bridge (be SURE to plan to stop here and hike about for a bit and photograph the bridge). Once in Coupeville, you will be treated to a lovely little downtown right on the waterfront with a dock that allows you to walk out over the water. Don't forget to stop at the ice cream shop for a scoop or two too!

I will be showcasing several NEW paintings at the show, including this colorful pair - available NOW (as shown) at my local online Giclee printshop - IMAGEKIND:

Buy my art at ImageKind.com.

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yes, it's true - I'm finally getting a NEW look!

I've been using a profile picture on my artist bio (and blog, facebook, etsy, etc..) from 2004 which was very meaningful to me, yet getting rather outdated! I often had people in my booth holding up my bio to me and asking if I'm the artist. YES, it's me - I am the artist! The picture came from a very pivotal point in my life when I finally started painting again after thinking I would be in the computer business for the rest of my life. Ugh. (Being a nature girl, life behind a desk working on computers was definitely not for me! I am very greatful to the people who DO enjoy this life, however!) The picture came from a happy moment (my first trip to Hawaii with my family) and gave me happy memories every time I looked at it. And yet... NEW happy memories are being made every day. So, it is time to embrace my new life with a new profile picture (short hair and all!) I do, however, reserve the right to edit it further! I hope you enjoy - and look for this little Sonoma Valley painting coming soon to my next show in Coupeville WA this weekend (more on that later)!

Stay cool out there! (It's a sweltering 100+ in Corvallis, OR right now)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Coming to Bellevue, WA: Growing in Yellow ORIGINAL Art

"Growing in Yellow"
16 x 20 inch
Acrylic on Canvas

After a fun, hot, and successful show in Salem, Oregon (THANK YOU Salem!) I'm off to Bellevue, WA with NEW ART for the show - I hope to see you there!

6th Street Fair
Bellevue, WA
Friday, July 24: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, July 25: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, July 26: 10 am - 6 pm

For FINE ART Giclee Prints of "Growing in Yellow"
Find my art on IMAGEKIND.com

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Salem Art Fair & Festival: A Great Place to find ORIGINAL Fine Art!

This show is a great event for seeing (and buying) Original Art! See this NEW painting by me and more - I hope to see you there this weekend!

WHEN: July 17 - 19, 2009
WHERE: Bush's Pasture Park - Salem, Oregon

from I-5: Take Exit 253
Go West approx. 2.6 miles on Mission Street
Bush's Pasture Park will be on your left

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A New Storefront: Fine Art Prints for Sale!

I am happy to announce a beautiful NEW storefront for purchasing my Fine Art Giclee Prints!


These high quality prints are available as stretched canvas, on paper, or as matted and framed artwork - in a variety of sizes and ready to hang! Look for my whimsical birds, floral abstracts, landscapes, coffee cups and MORE in a user friendly storefront to make your art purchase fast and fun. Imagekind.com has been my printer of choice for the last 4 years and has provided me excellent customer service and quality. All purchases are GUARANTEED too!

START browsing some of my most loved collections:







What is a Giclee Print, and how does it differ from my usual print process?

Giclee is a French word meaning "fine spray". The term is used generically in art reproduction as a very high quality ink jet print. The ink is archival and highly pigmented, typically lasting more than 100 years. For more information on the history of the Giclee print, check out Wikepedia's explanation HERE.

My Giclee prints are produced in the U.S.A. I use a Somerset Velvet fine art paper (my paper of choice for my art), other paper options are available though.

At shows I typically offer mostly laser prints size 8 x 10 and smaller. My laser prints are still a great economical way to purchase and collect my art. I print them on a graphics quality color laser printer (Xerox Phaser) and have complete color control as they are printed at my studio. They are long lasting, vibrant, and colorfast due to the heat set process of laser printers.

Do you offer Limited Edition prints?

As most of my collectors know, the majority of my reproductions are "Open Edition" (meaning, they are not numbered). Due to my propensity to paint often, I always have new images to offer, and rarely offer my older images for more than a couple years. Hence, my "open editions" are still rather limited in numbers. I find I would rather spend my time creating anew than keeping track of numbers.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Re-Making of a Painting: an Ocean Landscape goes Modern Birds

I often warn people - "If you love it, buy it. It may not be there later." What they may not realize is this is true whether I sell the painting or not. If a painting hangs around me long enough I start to see new directions in which to take it, or something I missed earlier starts to irritate me and it must go. The great thing about being a painter is I can easily make this happen. While many times my changes are not drastic, I will completely re-make a painting from time to time. My latest painting to be reborn is my break of day painting showcasing a flock of six birds sitting peacefully on a couple wires strung across a deep turquoise and green sky. I made use of my recently learned IMAGE TRANSFER technique to create the little parakeet flock, adding more texture this time by spreading the gel medium over the entire painting after applying the birds to the surface of the painting. I finished it off with a gloss varnish. I love the complex layers in this piece combined with the limited color palette and simple subject matter. This painting would not be possible, however, without my first painting...

... which ended up falling a bit flat for me. After having the painting with me for a few months, I decided the colors did not work well together and the composition was too predictable (I actually liked an earlier version better and may try to paint another version of that later). I felt my only way to break free of the piece was to completely change it.

The result: "Six in Waiting, Break of Day". I hope you enjoy.

Fine Art Quality Giclee Reproductions of this piece
unframed, framed, on canvas & paper
Available on Imagekind!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sharing a Sunny Perch - a tale of two Birds original art!

"Sharing a Sunny Perch"
Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 24 x 1.5 inch

I love watching the birds come and go about their daily lives! They are precious little creatures and I count myself very lucky that part of my life is devoted to sketching and painting them. I do not work from photographs, but from my sketches or memory to help preserve some of their whimsical nature- I hope you enjoy this pair painted at the Edmonds Arts Festival in WA! (and for those of you who watched my demo - YES, there were 3 birds originally. What can I say, apparently three's a crowd!)

... and remember - SHIPPING within the U.S. is always FREE when purchasing original art from my blog!

Fine Art Quality Giclee Reproductions of this piece
unframed, framed, on canvas & paper
Available on Imagekind!

Monday, July 6, 2009

A California Adventure - from the rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley to the giants of the Redwood Forest

I love traveling - even when it involves 8 hour car rides (with a 4 hour cave exploration detour in the middle). I enjoy seeing the landscapes that go by and imagining them in my paintings. I don't always sketch out the images right away, but I slowly file away the colors and shapes in my mind to bring back to my artwork later. Such is the case with my latest trip through California. I am always amazed at how big that state is, and the differences between the northern and southern landscapes. I especially enjoyed seeing the golden rolling hills mixed with vineyards tucked into the valleys while passing through Sonoma. I also was mesmerized by the wind farms across the horizon while coming into San Francisco (I'm not sure yet how to make that into a painting). Look for these images to make appearances in my paintings over the coming weeks and months... at least until my next traveling adventure!

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