Friday, April 24, 2009

Owl, and Music To Paint By

If you haven't yet found, and you like music, check it out NOW!  It customizes a radio station for you, using artists and songs you like to find other music you'll like. And it does it well.  I'm ecstatic. Finally, the perfect music to paint by.

This painting, Owl, Take One is available.  It is an original watercolor, unframed, and is app. 5x5".
$35 + $3.50 s/h. (Plus tax, as calculated by PayPal.)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fox Miniature, Redux (Available!)

Since I won't be able to enter the miniatures in the show, due to the move, I'm listing them here.


The fox is the first. Image size is 2.75" x 3.33" Watercolor. Original painting. $135. Unframed.
(If you are interested in prints, send me a message. I can certainly make acid-free prints available.)

Coming Soon...Lots of Changes

Many of you already know, but Danny and Zoe and I are gearing up to move.... again.
This move is driven by the economy and Danny's new job. When things are like they are now, you do what you have to do. So... here we come, Kansas.

This also means no art show for my miniatures, as I don't know what my return address will be, and we're in the midst of packing chaos. We also need to find someone to lease this house.

In brighter news, I'm going to start listing paintings for sale right on this blog, with PayPal. I hope to get the first up tonight. Eventually, I plan to post (almost) daily paintings, but don't count on that to be consistent until we get settled in our new place. But it's coming, I promise.

And I hope you're all enjoying spring! Things are finally getting green and bright.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Sorry I've been so quiet lately, but there's a lot going on. We're hoping Danny will get the job he interviewed for last week, so we won't have to move to Kansas. (Well, I'm hoping, anyway.) We should know by this weekend, and are keeping our fingers crossed. Any good vibes, thoughts, prayers are welcomed. It's a good job, with a good salary, at a good company. I so hope he gets it.

Also, I've been painting the guest room. The prior tenants had painted it dark, camoflauge green, even the ceiling, with neon green trim. It's.... unspeakable, really. The color I'm doing is called porcelain, which is a perfect color for an art studio, which is what it will be if we don't have to move. Finally, an art room. It will be so nice to not have to clean up whatever is in progress every night at dinner time. If you're serious about art, and doing something more than just pen and ink or graphite, the kitchen table will not suffice.

Tonight, I completely 70% of the primer coat. Ceiling, at least, is done, though I'm feeling that in my neck, shoulders, and back. Ouch. I'll finish the primer tomorrow and paint it on Wednesday. (This is one of those jobs that becomes three times as long and involved when you have a 4 year-old who wants to be with you all the time.)

Then we'll move the easels in. (Mine and Zoe's.) The wonderful thing about this room is the double-size north window. Perfect painting light. Perfect.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Miniature Great Horned Owl

Yeah, I know. Another owl. But this one is MUCH smaller.... ;->


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tiger Eye Miniature

Here's the next... I would have finished this yesterday, but unexpected events got in the way, and I spent the entire day out of the house.

Again, very, very small. I worked on this over three days. But in this picture, you can see what Zoe accomplished while I was finishing up details this morning. She's prolific, that girl is.

I have discovered a new art "game" that's good for how I feel about finished work. Last night, I was looking through my art books. (Coffee table type, mostly wildlife art.) All the paintings were spectacular, of course. But then.... I started looking at them as if *I* had painted them, to find what I would have been dissatisfied with if I'd done the work. And I found bits I'd have considered flaws had I been the artist. But when I was looking at it and admiring it as the actual artists work, I never saw the flaws. This is making me feel a bit better about never being completely happy with my paintings. Perhaps no one ever is.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fox Miniature

I've added a penny into the picture, just to show the scale. This is, to date, the smallest painting I've completed. But tomorrow I'm working smaller - 2" x 2.75". It's hard on the eyes, but it's also great to complete a painting in an evening.

(I'l be entering this one into the miniatures show.)