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.