We’re Having a Sale!

I have exciting news! If you have been thinking about a custom portrait or pet portrait, NOW IS THE TIME!

From now until the end of September, ALL CUSTOM PORTRAITS AND PET PORTRAITS ARE 20% OFF!!

It is now possible to purchase a custom portrait or pet portrait online from this website, or you can fill out the form on the Commission and Price Information page and I will contact you about your very own custom painting.

How cool is that?

New Items in the Store!

I painted today for the first time in over a month. It was great!

I love making these wood slice ornaments. They are just the right size for a very small painting, don’t take a ton of time, and when I have sold my paintings and crafts at in-person craft shows, they are usually a best seller.

These three new ornaments follow the theme of farm animals. Tonight I painted a cow, pig, and chicken with acrylic paint.

Click on over to my online store and check them out! At only $5, they are a bargain, too!

I have prepared the surface of several more wood slices to try out a pastel technique. I’ll let you know how it works!

Great News!

This morning I got word that my artwork is included in the Early Summer Showcase 2020 by Artsy Shark! They are promoting artists by including one of their paintings and short statement by each artist, along with a link to each artist’s website. Here is the link to the article:  https://bit.ly/EarlySummer2020

Click on the link and check it out! The painting I chose for the showcase was “Thoughtful,” which is a portrait of one of our granddaughters at the beach.

Dog Trouble

I have some advice for my fellow painters. When you finish painting for the day, place your painting where your dog can not reach it.

When I finished painting the other day, I set my painting near the window in my living room, in the same place I have put it every time I have worked on it. I came home today and discovered that one of my dogs, probably Hooch, has pierced the canvas with his claws. He must have seen something outside and jumped up on the windowsill, at exactly the place where my painting was resting next to the wall. You can see the damage in the pictures.

I guess I will be starting over…

This is Hooch (the big brown one laying on top of my husband) on a day that he WASN’T trying to chase something out the window.

My Favorite Art Studio

Lately, I have joined several Facebook groups for artists, and always enjoy it when they show their process for working on a painting. Some artists, especially pastel artist, start at one side of the paper and paint the picture from one side to the other. Others put paint on all parts of the paper, and work on parts all over the picture at once. This is more my method. I like to work on the background at the same time as the rest of the picture so that the colors all work together to make a cohesive painting. I also enjoy seeing pictures of other artists’ studios, and I thought that today I would show you my favorite place to paint. I have a designated room in my house for painting and sewing, but I usually end up painting in the living room. My favorite place to paint though, is on my deck. I love it out there when the weather is nice. Bugs are bad sometimes, so I always light a citronella candle to try to keep them away. Usually it works. The only thing this studio is missing is that it isn’t on the water, like a lake or river. Maybe someday…

The painting I am working on in the picture is one in which I am trying something new. Most of my portraits lately have been either watercolor or pastel. This one is an acrylic one, and I have been using a glazing technique that I haven’t used before with acrylic. Glazing means painting a lot of thin transparent layers to create the finished product. It’s been fun! I am also working on a watercolor commission portrait and it is going well, but I can’t show that one yet!