Happy Hippo

copyhippppThis sweet little hippo is a favorite of mine.  I was looking back at some of my art journal sketches, came across the hippo and just had to post.  I’ve been working on my Faces of Montana series.  Completed five paintings for my art reception on April 26th.  It is an exciting time in my art journey.  Just stopping by today to say hello and hope your day is wonderful!

Faces of Montana Series

copysappingtonThis sweet little fellow will warm your heart!  Introducing Sappington, one of my paintings from the new Faces of Montana series.  I have completed four original art pieces thus far for this new series.  Layered with papers, painted again, layered with the sketch of the little donkey, then layered with recycled raffle tickets and finally finished with paints and highlights for the eye, nose, etc.  It truly is a lengthy process but I love it!!  It’s what I do and my passion.  The layering compliments my need for texture in my art.  Sappington will be available in print form.  This is the first time I’ve had prints made of any of my artwork…kind of a huge step for me!

Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by my blog!!

Miniature Show

Creating in the studio, preparing for a Miniature Show on Saturday at one of the little galleries that sells my art.  I’ve made several items but these mini framed hearts are a favorite!  Each is a different shaped heart with expressions of words.

If you are local please stop at Bailiwick on Grand to see the lovely Miniature Show.  There are several very talented artists displayed. It will be fun!

Saturday, April 5th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.copyminiframed

Pigs and Birds Can Fly!

This is a favorite piece completed last week.  Animals are a wonderful subject that I love to paint.  I painted several birds over the last few years but until now, only one little piggy.  That needed to change as I love pigs and this piece was so fun to merge both!  I knew I needed special words for this and If Pigs Could Fly was easy as it is so popular but the second set of words came to me in the middle of the night!  I know, crazy, huh!!  Enjoy your day and soar your way to new heights!copypig

Mini Coffee Time

Working on some mini art pieces for a miniature art show at Bailiwick on Grand in April.  It will be a fun spring event and I am hoping to finish several small pieces.  These three are 4×4 on ceramic tiles with a jute hanger.  Created with a layer of recycled papers, acrylics, ink and pen.  Very fun pieces to create.

Enjoy your day and a cup of your favorite coffee or tea!!

Thank you for visiting my blog…I do appreciate it!DSCN1729

Wishful Bird

This 11 x 14 original mixed-media piece is for sale at Salvage Designs.  Just finished it yesterday and ventured over to the shop for a visit today.  My sister was here and I wanted to introduce her to the gals at Salvage Designs.  She will be coming to spend a few days in April with me while I do my Mixed-media Workshop at Salvage Designs.   Wishful Birds created with layers of recycled papers, ribbon, acrylics, pen and a funky little bird charm on the upper left corner of the painting.

Don’t forget “Spring Forward” everyone!!

Have a great weekend…hoping spring is here soon.copyjarbird

Mini Wooden Tags

I’ve been working on some mini wood tags that will be for sale at an event the end of March.  It is nice to create something outside of painting on canvas.  These are quite small.  They would be nice as a small gift  or even used as a sweet little gift tag on a special package.  I’ve coated them with a layer of art varnish.  I like the shine it gives them as well as a nice protective coating.

Happy Sunday & thanks for visiting…comments are always welcome!FSCN1664

Raven 2

Raven 2 finished this afternoon.  This piece I placed two coats of a gloss varnish.  Once in a great while I do enjoy having that glossy finish on my art, depends on the subject.  This piece has several layers of recycled materials including sheet music and used postage stamps.  The photo is a bit dark, I had to take the photo without a flash in a darker setting because of the glossy finish.  This is number five of my bird series.  Enjoying this series, birds are a favorite subject, probably obvious!  I’ve worked steadily the last several days as our weather is forcing me to stay indoors.  Weekend weather is not promising for getting out so more time in the studio!  Thankful I have my art or I just might have a major case of cabin fever!

Thank Goodness It’s Friday!

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Raven

This is the process for creating the Raven painting.  This particular background I had finished last week, allowing some drying time and inspiration!  The raven is an important subject, not just to me but also my sister and my two daughters.  My father loved birds.  He especially enjoyed the raven or crow and felt there was a spiritual connection to him with these birds.  When he passed away,

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suddenly we began experiencing encounters with ravens, really unusual behavior for these birds.  It still happens.  It is comforting but occasionally annoying as it feels like he is lecturing!  And it may just be our way of feeling like he is watching over us, kind of nice!  This painting will be heading out the door next week for sale but in the meantime, I’m going to sit back and enjoy it!