Monday, December 12, 2016

The Abundant Artist Instagram Challenge

Today for the #TAAIGChallenge, I wanted to share my favorite Instagram sites.   I'm following @homeonfernhill because you can't have art without  a great place to hang it.  I love her rich colors and delicious textures.  I follow because her florals remind me to keep my florals fresh and loose.  And then there is @sasha.borisovich.  Wow. Fractured images and reflections to die for!  You should definitely check them out.

I am a newbie to Instagram, so I can't wait to discover more favorites and to understand all this hashtag jargon. 
What are your favorite Instagram accounts?"

Thursday, December 8, 2016


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Why in the world does inspiration have to hit you in the middle of the night?  3:15 a.m. and the creative juices are flowin!  So excited! Entire new direction for my 30 paintings in 30 days and I think you're gonna love it.  So many people comment how my art makes them smile and I must have so much joy in my studio.  Bam! 3:15 a.m. and the images are dancing around in my head so I finally have to get up and scribble the ideas down. 

30 Paintings in 30 days will have critters and joy!  You're gonna love it!  Stay tune!  Don't miss a single post: Hit the "Follow" button!

Might as well brew a cup of coffee, I'll have to sleep tomorrow!  :o)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Featured Artist-Appleton Monthly

Excited to find the Appleton Monthly distribution on the shelves today and my Featured Artist article: Telling Stories Through Color.  They do not have an electronic version, so you can pick up a copy at Fox Valley area stores or read the article here:

 A big "thank you" to Courtney Cerniglia for stopping at my art booth in July, getting to know me a bit and for her lovely writing!

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Year Interaction

It is my goal in 2017 to give my followers a little more insight into my personal life as it pertains to my artwork.  I am hoping to learn how to create some videos for you and to give you a little more insight on my processes. 

I insanely signed up for the 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge again.  I have a new grandbaby due soon, so I maybe painting ahead of time in order to keep up and I'll need to bring my paints along and squeeze in some art while the angel baby and mama sleep.

Leslie Saeta (our hostess for this challenge) suggests selecting a theme.  I have decided to make my theme the 2017 Color Trends.  This means, a palette of desert toned neutrals: Terra Cotta, Saffron and cork.  Botanicals are still trending, so Emerald and Guacamole greens with a plant theme.  Also, there is a Nordic influence in 2017; minimalistic, cool colors like Icelantic Blue and warm grays.   I hope to capture these trends with the 30 in 30 challenge.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Upcycle, Day 30

Well I certainly did not do 30 paintings this month, but hopefully I forced myself to paint a little more often.  "Life" has been getting in the way of my creativity, but hey, ya gotta live it!  Here's another piece that I "upcycled". This was originally painted on the street at our local Farmer's Market and has been hanging at Studio3 since that time.  I recently brought it home and added some of my ink squiggles.  Better.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's Fruity! Day 29, 30 in 30

This is another one that I reused a canvas, so it's go some nice texture from the previous paint giving it some depth. 

"Fruit Bowl"

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Floral Spray, Day 28, 30 in 30

Got a few paintings finished tonight that I will be plopping here in my blog as time permits.  Some were repainted canvases as this one and some were started previously and tweaked to finish. 
I call this one "Floral Spray" as it is a "spray" of flowers flowing from the vase with lots of splatters and drips.  Super fun!

"Floral Spray"
18 x 24
Acrylic on Canvas

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Wishing You Were Here, Day 26, 30 in 30

Is it a seascape....?  Is it a Winter scene...?  You decide.  I have entitled it, "Wishing You Were Here."
"Wishing You Were Here"
24 x 12 x 1
Acrylic on Canvas

Friday, September 23, 2016

Floral Workshop, Day 23, 30 in 30

Although the class was small, we had a great time in my "Loosey Goosey Floral" workshop last night.  The paint was spattering, dripping and flying! My favorite way to paint!  We had wine and snacks in a great venue.  My thanks to Sandi at La Belle Maison in Menasha for being our host.  And thank you to my students for your laughter and encouragement!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Itty Bitty Art-XMas Cow, Day 22, 30 in 30

Preparing for my next art fair, which is close to Christmas, I painted some "Itty Bitties" last night and will post them this week.  I will be teaching a floral art class tonight, so painting tonight will be florals. 
Here is the first "Itty Bitty".  These are on adorable 2"x 2" canvases.  I plan on making these into tiny ornaments.

"IB XMas Cow"

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bus Stop-Day 21, 30 in 30

Season's will be changing and so will your décor.  Painted a little snow scene.

"Bus Stop"
11x14 Acrylic on Canvas

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Snowman Friends, Day 19, 30 in 30

Ahhh, time to paint.  Just a little "ditty" for the upcoming winter.

"Snowman Friends"
Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Winter Landscape-Day 15, 30 in 30

After taking the dog to the vet, taking him for a walk and cutting the grass, it was finally time for me to head to the studio.  Wanted to create, but needed a simple scene that I could punch out quickly. This is what came to mind.  I think it would be a nice bright spot for someone's winter décor.

"Winter Sunrise"

Cardinal again! Day 14

Since this is all I've had time to paint/post, another failed cardinal.  Watch for updates when I have time to rework these.  I want them chunkier and with a little more personality.  For now here's one I had painted ahead of time knowing my time in the studio was going to be very limited this week.  Keep on painting!  Even the duds keep your creative juices flowing. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

More Cardinals, Day 13

Here is another little Cardinal painting I did quickly for Day 13.  It's a busy week for me.  The Oshkosh Fine Arts Association starts up again with our first meeting tomorrow, Wednesday is "Art for Tarts", and Thursday I will be setting up a exhibit of my work at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.  Good thing I painted up these cardinals ahead of time to fill up some of my 30 day paintings!

Cardinal Love
Acrylic on Canvas

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Drive by Farm View-Day 12, 30 in 30

Packers won their game season opener today so with a happy heart, I headed into my studio after the game.  This is the image that came to me as I "abstracted" away.  It was hard to get a good picture of this with my smart phone because it's so large, but I am happy with this one.  Spontaneous and loose!  Just my style.

"Drive-by View"
48x36 Acrylic on Canvas

Cardinal attempts-Day 11

I thought with some limited time to paint this week, that I'd punch out a few cardinals for my November Art Fair.  I am not happy with them.  I failed to capture the whimsy that gives my "critters" their fun.  I thought I will post them anyway so that we can all see that every painting is not a success, but we keep painting anyway as it keeps the creative juices flowing.  They won't all be winners.

Cardinal IV
Acrylic on Canvas

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Shadowing Bob Burridge-Day 9, 30 in 30

One of my favorite artists is Bob Burridge.  I can't get enough of his loose, colorful style of painting.  One of the things he teaches is "Negative painting", where you put in the background first and then paint around your objects to create the final piece.  This is my Bob Burridge inspired forest scene.  His are much better, but he's has much more practice!  lol

"Forest Thru the Trees"
Acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Chinese Lanterns-Day 8, 30 in 30

Keeping in mind the upcoming fall season, I painted a vase of Chinese Lanterns in a loose drippy format.  I like how it turned out.  Loose and free painting is definitely my therapy.

"Chinese Lanterns"
Acrylic on Canvas
Available $175.00

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chicken Art! Day 7, 30 Paintings in 30 Days

If you follow my art, you know I love to paint "critters".  I paint cows and pigs and little birdies and I have been getting requests to paint chickens, so I did! I hope you like "Keep on Cluckin".

Keep on Cluckin
Acrylic on 24 x 24 canvas

Monday, September 5, 2016

Poinsettia Pizzaz!

Thinking of my next show in November, while I paint, so this is for the holidays.
Day 6 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days
I was out of town this last weekend, so I'm behind already! 

Acrylic on canvas.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Day 2-Leanin In Reworked

Leanin In Reworked

You know how it goes.  You keep critiquing a piece and something just isn't right.  Such was the case with "Leanin In", so reworked it tonight.  I did not like the yellow smack dab in the center of the arrangement.  This is better.
Acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wow, cannot believe it's been 8 months since I posted on my blog.  Nothing like the 30 paintings in 30 days to get me back at it.  I've been busy building my little art business.  You can check out my paintings on my website:

So Sept. 1 marks the first painting in 30.  No way I'll keep up with all of them, but I'll sure give it the old college try!

Here is day 1!
"Leanin In"
Acrylic on 24x24x.875 Canvas


Sunday, January 31, 2016

30 Day Collage

The 30 Paintings in 30 Days is always a challenge.  Out of 30, I think I managed about 25.  One thing I learned along the way is I love to paint spontaneously.  No plan. My best paintings this month started out with abstract backgrounds and evolved into a finished piece.  They were loose and full of energy and just felt right for my style, so my two favorites from this 30 day journey turned out to be "Wildflowers"
"Coffee Break"
Here is my "30" Day collage, made up of a few of the 30 Day selection.  We'll probably see you back in September if I am insane enough to do this all again!  (smile).

Friday, January 29, 2016

Itty Bitty Wisconsin-30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 30

We're almost at the end.  Here's another Itty Bitty I quickly painted with a Swiss Cheese shoutout to my native Wisconsin.
"Itty Bitty Wisconsin"
Acrylic on 2"x2" canvas with easel

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Itty Bitty Kisses-30 Paintings in 30 Days-Day 29

Another Itty Bitty for a quick painting item.
"IB Kisses-Blk"
Acrylic on 2"x2" canvas
Price includes Easel
Price: $8.00

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Itty Bitty Pig-Day 28-30 Paintings in 30 Days

I'm still working on a commissioned piece, so only had time for some Itty Bitties.
Please enjoy "Itty Bitty Pig"!

"Itty Bitty Pig"
Acrylic on 2"x2" Canvas
Includes Easel for $8.00

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

First Spaghetti-Day 27-30 Paintings in 30 Days

Had a little fun tonight with this one, titled "First Spaghetti"
"First Spaghetti"
Acrylic on 12x12 canvas

Monday, January 25, 2016

Watchful Eye, Cow and Calf, Day 26, 30 paintings in 30 days

Here is another whimsical cow painting, this time a cow and calf for Day 26.

"Watchful Eye"
Acrylic on 20x20 canvas

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Spring Time-Day 25-30 Paintings in 30 Days

Well, my show was a bust and completely not worth my time.  Live and learn!  So back to the studio.  Decided to paint something in spring colors. I'll have to take a new shot of this in better lighting, but got one posted anyway!
Spring Vase
Acrylic on 20x20 Canvas

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sketching-Day 21

I'm working on a commission, so just had a little "sketching" time tonight.  Small idea of a larger piece I want to do.

Acrylic on paper

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Coffee Break-Day 20 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge

I went for something pretty funky this go around.  Imagine this big, bold statement above your Breakfast Nook!

"Coffee Break" Acrylic on 36x36 Canvas

Monday, January 18, 2016

Wildflowers-Day 18-30 Paintings in 30 Days

Well, I missed a few days.  I'm getting ready for a three day show and just decided rather than stress about it-I wouldn't!  lol  The point is to paint, when you can and enjoy the ride.  So after the weekend, I'm ready for the show and found some time to paint again.  I'm pretty happy with this one.  It's big and loose and exactly how I love to paint.  I hope you enjoy it too.

"Wildflowers" Acrylic on 36x36 canvas $450

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Animals and Art-Day 14

It's Day 14 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days.  Our local Humane Society here in Oshkosh is having an Animals and Art event, so I have painted an image of one of the Dogs that is looking for a Family.  Meet "Go-Go".

Acrylic on Canvas 11x14

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Chef with Attitude-Day 13

Another of my Chef Series.  I think I need to narrow her eyebrows a bit, but at least I painted!  lol

Monday, January 11, 2016

Birdies III-Day 12 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

One more Birdie painting for the Birdie Series.

Birdies III, Acrylic on 8x20 Canvas

More Birdies-Day 11-30 Paintings in 30 Days

My Publisher likes the birdies, so a "series" is born.  Here is the second "Birdies". Tired from being on the road, so no title yet.

Birdies II 8x20 Acrylic on Canvas

Sunday, January 10, 2016

You say Tomato-I Say Toe-Ma-Toe Day 10 in the 30 Day Challenge

So far, even though I've been out of town, I've managed to keep up with the challenge.  Here is the offering for day 10
You Say Tomato.. Acrylic on Canvas 8x20 $55.00

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Help me with a Title- Day 9-30 Paintings in 30 Days

Happy Saturday!  I've been home with my daughter this week and have had the luxury of sleeping in for 3 straight days now.  Nothin' better!  I brought some canvases along with me so I have still been able to keep up with my 30 day painting challenge.  I'm having trouble coming up with a title for this one.  Maybe you can help!  Please comment and we'll work on it together.  Enjoy!
Yellow Birdies 8x20 Acrylic on Canvas $55