Saturday, March 30, 2013

New ETSY Store is finally open!!!

At last, my new ETSY store is open!!  I've had a shop on ETSY since 2008 and had sold fused glass, prints and a few painting on it, but I'm afraid to admit that I've totally neglected it these past couple of years and after a lot of debate with myself, I've decide to let the old shop go entirely.  This new store will be 100% original paintings, and nothing else.

Over the past couple of years I've gone back and forth whether or not to pursue galleries; limit my showings and sales to my local studio in Sacramento, CA; do art shows; or push the on-line venues like I had done somewhat successfully in the past.  After my Master's Painting Class with Tesia Blackburn, I decided to open the store.  It's time to move some inventory and make room for new art!

I have a lot of paintings and I paint often.  Since I don't anticipate that I'll stop painting anytime in the near future, (and I want to continue walking around my house and studio), I need to lovingly send a few of my babies off to good homes.

I'm not sure how or even if this is going to work, but if you're the least bit inclined to check it out, you can click here and give me your comments.  I welcome your discerning eye and suggestions!!  And if you decide you love something enough to purchase it through my ETSY shop just send me a message stating you are one of my blog readers and you'll get FREE SHIPPING!!!  (I will credit the full amount back to you via PayPal).  This offer is good for all blog followers for any and all work posted on my ETSY site through June 1st, 2013 (my birthday!).

Thank you for all of your support, my faithful and supportive blog readers -- I appreciate it :-)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

For the Love of Jazz - and other things

"For the Love of Jazz"
20" x 20"
Acrylic on canvas

Just got back from an intense 4-day Master's Painting workshop with the awesome Tesia Blackburn aka "The Acrylic Diva."  The workshop was at Hunter's Point in South San Francisco, and there were only 4 of us in the juried class.  All of the students were tremendously talented and it was an honor to be part of this creative and inspiring group of artistic energy.

I began with a series in neutral colors and was planning on sticking with this theme throughout the workshop until Tesia opened a box of historical colors from Golden Paints.  When I saw the "Smelt Blue Hue" and the "Cobalt Purple," I was drooling and having serious color withdrawals.  So when Michele (one of the artists at the workshop) offered me a palette of newly mixed paints that she was finished with, I went to town and created "For the Love of Jazz."  To be honest - I don't really like jazz.....but I see a trombone player with his sweetheart cast in a bright light on the stage behind the piano.  Yes, it is late and this usually non-objective abstract artist is very tired and needs to get some sleep.  But does anyone else see what I see??  Am I even close???

Saturday, March 9, 2013

It's Showtime at ArtHouse Gallery!

Here's a photo of one of the walls for the "Shades of Gray" show opening tonight at ArtHouse
 Gallery in Sacramento.  My two paintings are on this wall - "Misty Morn"
 to the left and "Building Dreams" on the right.  This is a collection of art from all
of the artists who have studios at the ArtHouse - 18 artists in all and let me
tell you, there is some incredible work being shown.  If you're in the Sacramento
 area, check out the show - ArtHouse is upstairs at 1021 R Street.
The show will be up until Tuesday, April 9th.  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Misty Morn - Acrylic Painting for New Show

"Misty Morn"
Acrylic on canvas
24" x 48"

Here's one of two offerings for the new "Shades of Gray" show at ArtHouse Gallery.   For "Misty Morn" I painted a red gesso undercoat then added texture before laying down the paint.  I tried to make a rather gloomy scene into a less threatening one by adding a bird to it.  If you've ever watched the show Portlandia, check out the scene where they make everything better by adding a bird to it.  It's hysterical!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Apparently my last post titled "Shades of Gray" sparked a spamming frenzy among the twisted and perverted  mindset......please be advised my blog is now, always has been and will continue to be a family-friendly site that caters to creative minds and souls.  All XXX-rated comments have been deleted and unfortunately, from now on all of the comments will need to be approved before posting.

My apologies to anyone who had the misfortune to read some of the comments on my last post, and I pray if you did read them, that you did not open the links attached to them.

Here's another study of black & white painting with shades of gray.....this one will be known as "Get a Life" and is dedicated to blog spammers far and near.

"Shades of Gray - 4"
6" x 4" acrylic on paper

Sunday, March 3, 2013

New Show Coming Up - "Shades of Gray"

March brings a new show to ArtHouse Gallery - "Shades of Gray" (not named after the popular books)
Here are three studies I made in preparation for two paintings to go in the new show.   

These studies are 6" x 4" postcards on 140 lb. watercolor paper, with acrylic paints, markers, graphite, and charcoal.  

Working with blacks, whites and grays bring back memories of Design 14 in college.
The first half-semester we worked mainly with black, white, shapes and lines - and I HATED it.
I wanted color - and lots of it.  And this urge remains to this day.

This show is a discipline lesson for me, but one I'm actually enjoying this time.  A good friend of mine
 recently told me "Value does all the work - color gets all the credit."  So true!

My canvases are prepped with white gesso, and the black and white acrylics are calling my name.
It will be fun to see what abstract expressions come out of this afternoon's painting session!