Monday, August 31, 2009

Henry and Betty


Henry and Betty are a couple of my newest pieces. Each one is 5x7 on 140 lb. watercolor paper. Now if only I could stop with these silly black circles...they've ended up on everything lately!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

I'm a winner...literally

So how lucky am I? Last week a little package arrived with this lovely original work of art, Alice with Tulips by uber-talented artist Stacey Merrill. It is even more beautiful in person. And get this...she gave it away in one of her blog giveaways! And lucky name was drawn! Woohoo!!!

My hubby was even impressed and got bonus points with me for being able to identify the various media used in the interests must FINALLY be rubbing off on him a little :)

Check out Stacey's work here in her etsy shop.

And if you haven't visited her wonderful ArtSnark's Artifacts blog, be sure to stop by. She offers weekly giveaways, introduces you to amazing artists through their respective studios, and lots LOTS more...oh and my very favorite feature...Random Thoughts Tuesday.


Friday, August 21, 2009

Recent work and the Visual Fringe

Here are some shots of the Visual Fringe opening at the beginning of August. It was a wonderful experience, and was the first time my work has ever been hung in (gasp) public. Luckily a very talented stencil artist and co-worker talked me into participating in the show and kept on me until I finally consented.

Here's Pete and his lovely wife Annette standing next to three of his pieces in the show.

The opening was fabulous...I got to stand around sipping free champagne and talk to people about my art. And people were interested! Both of my pieces sold during the opening and are up through the end of the month. It was such a great experience that I may have to do it again sometime :)

The two pieces with the sold stickers in the middle are mine.

Here they are close up.

After my successful debut on the local scene, I finally found a little motivation to create some new pieces. Here's what I've done thus far.

"Love" ACEO 2.5"x3.5"

"Little Ladies" 8x10

"Headed West 2" 5x7. This one is similar to a piece that sold during the Fringe and is a gift for my father-in-law (I hope he doesn't read this).

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The most adorable custom illustration...ever!

I recently won one of the best blog giveaways ever. It was for a custom illustration done by none other than Marisa of Elegant Snobbery. I've admired her work (and that of her daughter) for several years, so when I saw the giveaway I just couldn't pass it up.

Per my request, Marisa did an illustration of a little blonde-haired girl (my little Ella) holding her pink stuffed pony. When the package arrived last week, I was positively elated. The illustration is just so perfect...I'll always treasure it! Oh and Ella loved it too! Thank you so much Marissa!

If you're not familiar with Marisa's work, be sure to check out her blog, Elegant Bloggery and her etsy shops, Elegant Snobbery and Elegant Paperie. You'll be glad you did!


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Back from Disney

We'll we're back from our family vacation to Disney World. We all had a great time, but it is soooo nice to be home and away from the Florida humidity! Instead of doing a recap of the trip, I put together my personal list of Disney tips. Enjoy!

1) Four days at Disney is one day too many for a 2 and 4 year old (okay and their parents too).

2) A cheap spritzing fan from Walmart will keep a 2 & 4 year old entertained for hours, just be sure you don't buy cheap batteries and keep said fan blade out of the mouths of two year olds.

3) Eva (2 yrs old) hates sand and getting dirty, so the beach probably wasn't a very good choice, especially if you have to drive more than an hour to get there.

4) Buy a double's cheaper than renting one at Disney for 4 days.

5) If you are going to eat at one of the Disney parks, order one of their $5 kids meals...even if you're 30.

6) Even if you are trying to stay away from the high-priced souveniers, buy the kids some mouse ears...the photos alone are priceless.

7) Enjoy the Magic Kingdom in the Fall, Winter or Spring or sometime when the weather is cooler than 97 degrees with 100% humidity...especially if you'll end up carrying around a little one who is too hot to walk (or ride in a stroller).

8) Stand in line and get the autograph of a guy dressed in head-to-toe green never know when you'll see a sight like that again.

9) Let your two year old drive the race cars...even if it gives you whiplash.

10) And much as you hate riding on the Jungle Cruise, some captains tell really funny jokes, so go ahead and ride it 3 times to make your two year old happy.