Saturday, May 21, 2016

Is it Really Spring?

I don’t know about you, but it has been raining around here forever!  I think it was early March when it was surprisingly hot and thought “wow, spring just didn’t happen this year,” only now to realize it’s almost JUNE and only a handful of sunny days for the last six weeks!  Global warming or Gloomy WAAAAH!  In the DC area we are going from 52 / rain to mid-80s sunny next week.  Flip-flop!!!  On the up side, I guess summer is finally coming one way or another. . . .

Okay long lead in, but especially glad to report that “Looking into Summer – Cosmos” is on its way to Maine.  Er, suddenly think I should seriously shut up about cold, rain, and my pitiful spring doldrums!   It's probably still winter there. . . .  Gotta love it.  I especially love a new buyer - head rush knowing my art is finding great places to become a part of someone else's life.  

Looking into Summer – Cosmos
Kennebunkport, Maine
Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Spring Class Finale

Last night of my spring class in Herndon, VA. Simple set up, but working to incorporate a recent week-long workshop with the class style.  So many ways to approach, decide and paint.  Love how the grapes just wanted to pose and allow me to pick which ones to bring to the forefront. Yum!  Hoping to spend the summer incorporating the last several workshops and classes and come up with my “style.”  

Oh yeah, we’ll be moving house, studio and daily life (hopefully soon) 25 miles west towards the Shenandoah mountains and looking forward to less traffic and our new er, somewhat smaller home.  Downsizing definitely has its challenges!  Wonderful studio just waiting for all the details to be worked out.  More to come.

This is a larger piece, but posting it to a DPW auction with fingers-crossed.

11x14 inches - canvas gallery wrapped
click to view / bid / purchase

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time.  Let's just go for it, shall we?


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Looking into Summer - Cosmos

Even though spring has hardly even gotten started around here, cold and dreary of late, I found this beautiful and inspiring photo from Viacheslav (his title).  Always a challenge interpreting his awesomely talented photography, but just had to take a run at it.  Rather happy with the way it turned out, despite having to re-work it a few times.  I love the white flower, saying it’s all about ME!

Looking into Summer - Cosmos
click to zoom / purchase

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,

p.s. Not going to dwell on the Mill Show, but will spend some time this week tweaking prices on Daily Paintworks - so perhaps a more affordable venue (the Mill commission is much higher than via DPW).  One of the workers there suggested that I consider more decorative frames.  Not sure where I picked it up, but have a very strong bias toward low profile frames so that they don’t interfere with the art.  Much is written on this topic and many feel it’s critical to have a very elaborate / complementary frame. Maybe someday, but for now, I trust buyers will fall in love with the art and then find the perfect frame for their style.  One caveat, I have some fabulous frames that I plan to create paintings just for the frame.  Maybe there’s hope for me yet!  

Artists, what's your experience?  Buyers?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Did you know?

That you can create shipping labels for the US postal service with PayPal and save?  Roughly, 10%.  Setting up an account is free.  Try this LINK  to check it out.   

Quick post to mention that the painting below is swimming its way across the Pacific Ocean.  Seems like a great place to go – especially since I recently learned that goldfish bring good luck to their owners!

Go Fish
Kaneohe, Hawaii
Art at the Mill (Millwood, Virginia) is going strong and open through Mother’s Day May 8th!  How about a trip to the country this week -- Route 50 just past the Shenandoah River.  More info HERE.  I stopped by yesterday and there are a lot of wonderful paintings available. 

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This Weekend - Northern Virginia Horse Country

News for the locals – The 89th Shenandoah AppleBlossom Festival is from April 22nd through May 1st in Winchester Virginia. I’m sure this will be an outstanding event, but making mention of it because the Art at the Mill show is close by and that show runs April 23rd through May 8th --- how totally convenient!!! Hmmm…. Looks like she’s plugging the Art at the Mill event again.  For sure.  Below are  the paintings I have hanging at the show.  The prices are the same as on my DPW Gallery (click here).  I hope you get a chance to stop by - there is a ton of art out there!

Blue Graniteware
14" x 18"
Grapes on a Pedestal
12" x 9"

Pair of Pears
11" x 14"

16" x 12"

Lemon Tree
6" x 6"

Happy Hour at Last
14" x 11"

Summer Sunset
10" x 30"

All the paintings include a low profile (most are floating) frame.  

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time - and this is a great time to have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Daffodil Dalliance

First of all, I will unmitigatedly plug the Art at the Mill Spring Show. When I went this weekend to drop off seven paintings, I was stunned by the caliber of the art and the sheer number of pieces available.  I can assure you there’s a ton of wonderful, yet reasonably priced, art to be acquired.  How about planning a beautiful drive / buy from April 23 - May 8, 2016. More info:  

The artist’s reception is May 1st from 4 to 6 pm.  Let me know if you’re planning to attend and I’ll try and get out there.  

Meanwhile, I'v donated the painting below to a special event scheduled on Tuesday April 12th, for the Upperville 53rd Annual Garden Club Daffodil Show and Tea 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. From their website: This American Daffodil Society accredited horticulture competition should be amazing. View hundreds of daffodils of all sizes, colors, and forms, posed and submitted by amateur daffodil growers. Learn about growing and showing these wonderful spring flowers. Apparently they will also be having an art auction to benefit the club.  Sounds like fun!

Daffodils For Yyou
click here to view my gallery

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Early Spring?

Seems we're having an early spring on the east coast – actually it is more like a very short winter and only one spring rain deluge so far.  Hmmmm. . .  There must be a freaky storm lurking around somewhere.  The Cherry Blossom forecast is all over the place this year. 

Delighted that Rainier Cherries sold at the winery.  One of the benefits of using Daily Paintworks is seeing the statistics they gather on each painting.  I’m always amazed how many people take the time to click on an icon to see the full view.  In this case, 152 views and a third of them went on to check out the price. In the end, it was the one who saw it in person that just had to have it.  Insert big happy face here!  Admittedly, I use these stats to help figure out what to put in a show in the first place. So very glad there was a match. 

Working on the upcoming Art at the Mill event.  Varnishing, framing, making labels, etc.  Takes a lot of time.  Fingers-crossed we’ll do well in the show.  Just need one to sell to make it worthwhile.  The drive is over an hour, but it’s a beautiful trip that ends in the Shenandoah mountains.  This was the venue where I sold my very first painting in 2010 which totally freaked me out.  Not sure why, but I went into selling-hibernation for the next few years. Carol Marine’s workshop and DPW helped get me back out there and I’m so glad I did.   I think selling makes you a better, more confident painter and puts a “purpose” into the adventure of being an artist. Perhaps like competition to an athlete - although I don't consider art as a competitive sport.  Guess I'll have to give this a bit more thought.  I'm thrilled when someone chooses to have my art in their life - good karma!

Here’s one more painting for the show.  From a still life setup with a lot of artistic license. Oh, let's not forget my wonderful art club critiqued it and helped make it all that much better. 

16" x 12"
click to view / purchase

Art at the Mill runs from April 23-May 8, 2016.  Details here: (scroll down to “About the Show”).

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. Thanks for reading my blog!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March Already?

Seriously can’t believe it’s been a whole month since my last blog.  Crazy, crazy!   Went to Texas in mid-February to visit Mom (conveniently) during our first realtor open house.  A total blur, but getting into the routine of living and maintaining “pristine” while the house is on the market. So far, so good.  A HUGE part of me loves this minimalist environment, lack of “stuff” and amazing calmness having everything in its place. . . . er, not that I can remember where anything is anymore!

On a separate note, my wonderful art club is still keeping me focused – we have painting challenges and meet ups about once a month.  It is a cherished event so we all make it a priority no matter what else is going on.  This month’s challenge was to paint something abstract.  Luckily I’m still riding the high of Lisa Daria’s workshop and took a stab at painting Viacheslav’s Small Bouquet 2 (see January blog entry - From Russia with Love) in a totally abstract manner.  Lisa picks interesting names, so thought I would try that too.  Here it is.  What do you think?  Should I try this abstract thing some more?

The Club
click here to view /purchase

Other news – So excited that eight of my larger paintings were juried into the Art at the Mill show in Millwood VA!  For the NoVA/DC locals looking for fabulous art at great prices, I encourage you to stop by. Show runs from April 23-May 8, 2016.  Details here: (scroll down to “About the Show”). 

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Challenge Summary

Well I didn't get all the way through the challenge this time, but happy to have accomplished half!  It really is quite exhausting but also so very fulfilling on a number of levels.

Love having new followers as well as continued interest from past ones.  Particularly pleased that “Something Different” is getting bids in the auction and confirming that trying new things is definitely a GOOD thing!  Also picked up a few blog sign ups.  See the submit box over to the right if you’d like to sign up to get an email whenever I blog.  Very exciting.  I’ve managed to carve out a little studio space even if the house is on the market, so hopefully I'll be able to keep going!  Your interest and support is so very, very appreciated – Thank You!

Part of the 30 paintings in 30 days is to post your final collage – always a gee-wiz moment for me.  Did I really do that?

Several of these paintings have new homes – three in Upstate New York, two in the middle of Alabama, one in Central Texas and one in Northern Virginia.  Three other ones are off to the winery gallery for a Valentine’s Day show - that reminds me, the following three paintings sold there at the Christmas Small Gifts show. 

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Something Different

Trying to get jumpstarted to finish out the 30-n-30, but overwhelmed with all the work involved in downsizing and getting our house on the market (we LOVE this house)!  So very emotional, logistical, stressful, and holding our breath for the wonderful part!  Our life has always been – more, bigger, better, but this is a new twist.  Less, smaller, better – er, better – how does that actually happen? Will keep you posted.  

I did manage to get a painting in.  The reference photo carried so much ambiance, intrigue, yet subtle colors I had to give it a go.  Probably didn’t do it justice, but I really wanted to convey the simplicity in an artistic fashion. I love things crisp and clean and hope my interpretation conveys that mood. When an artist decides they are finished, that means they are happy with the end result. Trust me on this.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. The fun part is when life changes things up and you figure out how to make it into a delightful memory.

Here is the reference photo - because it's so fantastic.  If you like it, I encourage you to register (free) at to view great photos and paint from them without concern for copyright issues.  How great is that!

Photo reference PMP Viacheslav, 2 Flowers