Sunday, October 24, 2010

A new etsy shop

I am so thrilled to have my 2nd etsy shop up and running. I have opened this shop for my personalized artwork and Honey Trees. You can see more here at LoveNaturally.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Grassroots Modern

Grassroots Modern is a blog about and a resource for all things mid-century, modern and contemporary. I am thrilled that they have chosen to feature some of my paintings on their fabulous blog! Check it out here.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jimi, meet Dick.

This statue of Jimi Hendrix is in Seattle and is visited by fans from all over the world. Some fans leave cigarette butts in poor Jimi's mouth. Gross.

I've visited the Jimi statue before, but today, I also came to see something else...
(insert drumroll here)
the new Dick Blick art supply store is open!
I was like a kid in a candy store just taking it all in. I was good though... I only spent 36 bucks. I had to leave some stuff there for another visit.

Friday, April 23, 2010

My latest painting - from beginning to end...

My latest painting is called 'Links in Blue and Brown'.

I started by laying on really wet paint, and then used a paper towel to smudge and remove the excess paint.

Then I added a few more colors, and used some dissolve and drip techniques to create a stone-like appearance.

Finally, I added the mod shapes and linked them together with raised white paint. I finished by painting the edges a dark brown and applying a protective varnish.

You can see more original artwork in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Happy Earth Day, earthlings!

Ok, so yeah, have you tried those Chocolate Cheerios? Well, I have and I'm hooked, and now I have lots of cereal boxes in my recycling bin. After consulting with my art guru Chris, about the safest way to use cardboard in a mixed media piece, I have come up with Blue and Brown Blocks. I'll probably do more of these later, but I'm currently out of milk...

Friday, April 2, 2010

I'm in the Etsy Voter!

One of my Honey Trees is featured in the Etsy wedding Voter. You can check it out and cast your vote here. The voting is open until April 8th.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Artisans Gallery Team

I'm thrilled to have been nominated to join the newly formed Artisans Gallery Team on etsy!

About the team: We are a juried team of artisans of distinction, vetted by peers for excellence in design, skill, presentation, integrity, and customer service. Our team will offer buyers an online experience akin to shopping in a gallery by creating a marketplace of high quality, exceptionally skilled artisans. As an international team with volunteer translators, we are a network aligned to promote the goals of the Handmade Revolution, to connect and support each other across language and geographic barriers, and to recognized and encourage professional standards and unique artistic voices.

You can view our team page here on etsy.

This week, we are rolling out the results of our first team challenge: The Artisan Wedding
Each day this week, we will have a new set of handcrafted items perfect for gift-giving or setting the stage for a unique and artistic wedding day.

Here's the schedule:
Monday- Artisan Wedding Gifts under $100

Tuesday- Artisan Wedding Statement Gifts

Wednesday- Artisan Wedding Favors

Thursday- Artisan Wedding Decor and Stationery

Friday- Artisan Bridal Wear

Saturday- Artisan Gifts for the Bridesmaids

Sunday- The Artisan Flower Girl

Visit the Artisans Gallery Team blog to see the entries.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sun and Fun in Fremont

We had such a sunny and warm day here on Saturday, so my hubby, son and I went to Fremont for some lunch and browsing. The hip and funky Fremont neighborhood in Seattle is the self-proclaimed 'Center of the Universe'. It's a tourist destination, sure, but there are also enough locals to keep it from feeling too touristy. There is an assortment of eccentric shops, art galleries, record stores, and always something new to see. There used to be a restaurant that served cereal all day. Last time we were there, the special was Cap'n Crunch. I didn't see that place this time.

We had wonderful gyros at Costas Opa and then walked along the canal and went window shopping. We visited the statue of Lenin, found this weird fry guy (eating his own head?) and had a great time visiting several junk shops.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spring is springing up everywhere!

Come on sunshine!
We've had a few days of continuous sunshine here in the Pacific Northwest and it's beginning to wake up all the tiny buds. Our flowering plum tree is waking up nicely. We have another one of these trees in the backyard and one night last summer I heard a ruckus in the backyard. We live near a wooded greenbelt, so we often get our fair share of critters. Well, sure enough, a family of fat racoons had climbed the tree and were munching away on the hard little plums. I shined a flashlight on them, but they were not deterred. Even my dandy lion housecat Petey tried to frighten them, but it was no use. I see their little footprints every now and then in the flowerbeds, and I bet they are just counting the days until plum season...

Monday, February 1, 2010

I wish I could sing...

This youtube mashes up my two favorites: The Black Keys and Jack Johnson. Wow, that kid can sing!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Storque Feature

What a great day! I woke up this morning to find that my 'Retroforms' painting has been featured in this article in Etsy's blog, The Storque.

If you like mid-century decor, check it out for lots of fabulous finds!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Elemental Layers

Here is my latest work called 'Elemental Layers".

Friday, January 1, 2010

All is quiet on New Year's Day....

And that's just fine with me! It's been a fabulous December, but also very busy! I've been running my legs off with the holiday preparations and travelling and I haven't had much time for my painting. I have so many ideas floating around in my head right now that it's beginning to crowd out the other stuff. Like paying bills and balancing my checkbook. Ahhh, it was nice to escape from reality for a bit, but I guess I better get back on track now. Today we'll probably take the tree down. It's my cat Petey's favorite hangout during the holidays. He loves to gather up all of his toys and put them under the tree. I think its his form of shopping for gifts, but since they are all for him, he's a little self-centered.

My usual New Year's day fare is a big pot of black eyed peas, ham and cornbread. It's a southern tradition and the peas are supposed to bring you luck and prosperity in the coming year. Well, I was a little late buying my peas this year and the grocery store was all out! We're going with red beans instead. I wonder what red beans bring you? (besides gas...) I'm keeping my fingers crossed for luck.

Happy New Year!