Sunday, December 25, 2011

Jingle, Jangle, Jingle

Merry Christmas to all. Wishing you a year filled with peace, blissful connections and inspired creating! 
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tennis, Hennyone?

This is Henny. Looks like he'd be a fun playmate. This painting is part of my One Hundred Hands project. Hands...paws...whatever. I couldn't resist this one! You can read more about this project and see the image of Henny that I worked from by visiting One Hundred Hands.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Artist's Touch

Roger of Rock Garden Pottery sent an image for my ongoing One Hundred Hands project. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to paint it. It was a blast to paint all that slippery wet clay! If you would like to see Roger's beautiful finished pieces, please click on his link above.To see the image I worked from and read more about One Hundred Hands, click here.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Moon Over St. Esprit

This is our oceanfront land on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. I've done this subject before but in a different format and medium. It was fun to try it in oils in the square format. Isn't St. Esprit a beautiful name? Funny sounds like it would be elegantly French (Es-pree), but the locals call it St. Es-prit (rhymes with desperate.) Ha!  Either way, it's a miraculously beautiful place.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", SOLD

Thursday, December 8, 2011

2011 Open House Reception

I'm delighted to be able to share with you this year's STUDIO OPEN HOUSE held here on Saturday December 3, 2011. The preparations actually began a year ago as I painted all year with this event and others in mind.

The flurry of activity got underway in earnest about a month ago when I began preparing over 230 paintings for display. The first step was spraying with a light coat of workable varnish to protect them a bit and even out the surface. Our deck is a prefect place to safely do this job in batches.

Once the varnish was dry I brought the paintings in to sort.

Then began the process of backing them for frame-less hanging...again, a small batch at a time.

In order to have a cohesive show that made sense, I planned to sort and display paintings by loose categories such as florals, pears, birds, portraits, feet (ha!), etc. 

This sight was a gratifying  one and a bit overwhelming, too!

But I had my trusty assistant (our son, Lucas) and his tools and gadgets to help me, so all was well (and FUN!)

We hung...

and hung...

and hung until all 230 paintings were up on every wall of our home.

Next it was time to do the little 'extras' I love to do each year. The free gift tags for guests to help themselves...

and packs of gift cards in both floral and winter varieties.

The house was clean, the artwork hung, the refreshments set out, the candles lit, the music playing...and the guests arrived (my favorite part!)

It was a happy and festive crowd.

The Ferg Girls included. (Our daughters Sadie and Molly)

We pondered art...

we pondered life (and light.)

 Guests were able to see where I stand (and dance) to create each painting...

with two brand new pieces still wet on the easel.

Each year I give away a painting. It's always a time of anticipation and a wonderful chance for me to give just a little something back to the people who support, encourage and follow my art all year long.

And the winner is...

Glenice Williams! The same lady who won last year's painting give-away! What are the chances?

As the afternoon wound down...

the refreshments and the crowd dwindled...

 but the celebration of a wonderful day (and life) of art and friends was only beginning. To be continued...

With BIG love and gratitude to all who shared this day with means more than you know.

Thanks to Heather Alvarez and Sadie Ferguson for all the fun photos.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I Miss Your Kiss

More kisses. More chocolate love. And some appropriate music. (To continue looking at the art while you listen, right click on the colored word 'music' and go to Open Link in New Tab.)
Oil on panel, 6" x 6" SOLD

Monday, December 5, 2011


Some more treats from my recent open house reception. I had a blast painting these. What a charge I get from trying to paint illusion...shiny metal from matte opaque paint!
And what better inspiration?
I'll post Open House photos as soon as I get them! We had a grand time...please stay tuned.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 ( with free display easel) + shipping
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Let It Flow, Let It Flow, Let It Flow!

I recently purchased refreshments for my open house (it's tomorrow!). This wine was among them and of course I had to paint the bottles first. I began with a black gessoed panel and sort of carved the bottles out of the dark background with my paint. It was a blast to do. Though I ended up covering nearly all of the black gesso, I didn't use any black paint...just created my own with some of the colors in my palette including pthalo blue, alizarin crimson and burnt umber.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"