Friday, October 31, 2008


This lovely lady is a gourd, painted in acrylic and iridescent paints. I have made other holiday decorations with gourds and have a stockpile of dried gourds just waiting to be re-invented as something artsy.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Drum Majorette

Who wouldn't want to be the baton twirler in her flashy skirt and white boots?
Seems like in the 50's they wore crowns too. I had forgotten that. But a tiara is the best accessory. Little did I know that one day I would live in O-H-I-O and if I had kept practicing I might have marched in the Ohio State Band.
But for one Halloween night I had my glittery baton and headed out with the clown to collect nickels and candy bars.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Alabama Cow

This was painted from the photo provided by Karin Jurick on her weekly challenge blog
This cow was photographed in Alabama. I chose to make it early morning. The painting is done in acrylic on canvas board and is 16x20"
Those of you who know me I am only recently acquainted with cows. We went to the Ohio State Fair this past summer and I actually touched a cow (very bone-y) They are huge animals - having only seen them from the car window before this year I was shocked by their size and girth.
Here's a collage of cows I have met:

And this great sign was part of a display in the cowbarn at the fair. "Show Girls" - a great title for another cow painting someday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Party Like Its 1954

Don't you love this gal? Why did we ever stop wearing flowers in our hair? I think she's doing the hula. Or maybe its Rosemary Cooney on the radio. This is a collage, 5x7" Take a dance break:

Sunday, October 19, 2008


This started out as something else and then, as so often happens Juliette evolved and made herself known. ACEO.


Have you seen this? Really clever drawing:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Ideas!

I found these mini canvas and easel sets and knew I just had to paint some. This canvas is 2.5 x 2.5" and sits on its own little wooden easel. I think these will make great Christmas gifts.

My other exciting news is I discovered Karen Jurick's webblog with its weekly artist challenge:

This week she posted a photo of the NY Stock Exchange and I gave it a try:

My Painting is 8 x 8"

I've listed this on ebay... just type my name into the ebay search field on the right or just go to:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Chambersburg PA Art Show

"Early Spring" "Seaside Surf"

I'm happy to say that I have two pieces accepted into the Miniature Art 2008 Exhibition at the Council for the Ars of Chambersburg Pa.

The opening recption is November 6th from 4-7 pm, 159 South Main St, Chambersburg, Pa.

Let me know if you're going!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Steel Mill

The structures that comprise a steel mill are fantastic in size and shape. From the road it appears an endless series of connection metal tubes, blocks,cylinders, tanks, smokestacks and catwalks. How it all works is a mystery. Our mills are old and rusty. At night they shoot hot flames into the sky and we know that they're producing and the local economy is good - at least for now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Now Appearing @ Park Place!

I am so excited to tell you that I am now showing my work at Park Place in Peninsula.
Park Place is run by the non-profit Friends of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and their profits go to support the park.
It's a beautiful space filled with lovely, natural, woodsy type gift items. I've brought lots of matted and framed ACEOs and small format work. We're looking forward to a great holiday season in the Park. Stop by - its on Rt 303, across from Fishers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Flamingo Zoo Studies

Here are some of my photo refs for the flamingo paintings. They were taken at the Cleveland Zoo last May

Monday, October 13, 2008

Big Birds

I've been working large this week. These ladies ( hmmm, I think of flamingos as female - must be all the pink) are on a 36x36" gallery wrapped canvas.
They are fun to paint with their lush colors and strange postures. On my last visit to the Cleveland Zoo I took lots of Flamingo photos. I'll get some posted here.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Autumn in the Valley

It was a fantastic day in the National Park. I forgot that there was a marathon being run today and the MD Garage was closed for art - it was used as a first aid station. The art show will be re-hung this week for the final few weeks of the season. The section of the towpath that we intended to ride was also closed so we changed our route, making sure we could still finish up at Fishers!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

ACEOS October Days

Here are three ACEOs I did while in an October frame of mind.
And here's a bit of news....I will be selling my work in the National Park all year round!
There's a great new store run by Friends of the Cuyahoga National Park in Peninsula. The space is just beautiful and I'm really excited to be included among their artists. I'll have more details next week.

Monday, October 6, 2008

In the Pink

Here are two aceos that I painted this weekend with the same palette. The first is from a photo reference I had of Vancouver B.C. The second from pictures I took last spring at the Cleveland Zoo. Both aceos are offered on ebay. I was so taken with the flamingos that I painted a huge, 36 x 36" painting of flamingos for an upcoming show.

October inthe Valley

We've been having beautiful weather in the Cuyahoga Valley these past few weeks. The Crooked River Gang, a co-op of local artists, brought a whole new collection of paintings to the MD Garage last Tuesday and the new show was hung this weekend. The theme was "Autumn Splendor" - here are two of my entries. The first is 11 x 14, "The Red Tree" and the other is an 8 X10" acrylic called 'Kendall Lake". The Md Garage is open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 4:00 through the end of the month.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Gathering of Haunts

The opening reception on October 4th for the "Spooky" art show was very well attended. There were many artists from the school of art at the University of Akron participating in the show and they brought a fresh creative addition to the show.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My Left Foot

Not the movie but the appendage. Its slowing me down right now. Enough that I went to a doctor who told me there is a lot of inflammation around the second metatarsal and steroids and RICE are the treatments of choice. I also have to tape the toe! Avoiding surgery is the ultimate goal. So, I will do as I am told. I'll start the steroid regime tomorrow and ice it 3x a day. No treadmill. Elevate. Tape the tootsie.

I am at work and will definitely go to the art opening Friday night. (See previous post) All this sitting around will give me time to sketch more. Look what Paris Bordon did in 1530

His highlights are where it hurts! Maybe he suffered the same thing?