Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Samhain! Whichever you observe. 

And here I am on Halloween with the December Holidays on my brain!

I've been busy finishing up things for the Holiday Festival of the Arts, and don't have photos of paintings in progress.  However I am able to share a couple of the not-quite-finished canvas ornaments awaiting their hanging bits...

2x2 Canvas Map Bird Ornament

3x3 Canvas Hope Heart Ornament

3x3 Canvas Peace Star Ornament


Linking with Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin, and 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Winner! And a peek at What's in My Studio

The lucky winner of this 5x7 print (matted to 8x10) is Christine! Congratulations, Christine!  Check out "Christine's Blog".
Echinacea Trio 5x7 Print

Two weeks until we set up for the Holiday Show, and I'm in crunch time. Putting on final details of unfinished work and figuring out silly things like the best way to put the price tags on the ornaments. 
Ah, gotta love deadline stress. Helps you know you're alive. 

Tiny Canvases getting their final touches - WIP

Some of the 2x2 beeswax nature ornaments - ready to price

Sharing with What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday and Artist Studio Day

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Autumn Trees

Have you entered my blog Giveaway?  
Friday Oct 25 12:00PM Pacific Time is the official cut off.  
Two ways to enter:
1) Be a follower of my blog and comment on the giveaway post
2) Like my Facebook page.

Working away getting things ready for the Holiday Festival of the Arts. Set up is just under 3 weeks away. EEK!  :)

One of the pieces I've been working on is this abstract painting. This combines the gesso-watercolor technique with acrylic paint. I haven't decided if it's finished...  we'll see.  :)
Autumn Trees - 6 x 8 mixed media

In other news, I've just listed some autumn themed photo greeting cards in my Etsy shop.  Here's a preview:
Autumn Photo Greeting Cards 5x7

Hope your week is going well! Happy Friday!

Linking with Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin, and 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What's in my Studio...

Have you entered my Blog Giveaway yet? Enter by noon Pacific Time Friday Oct 25th for a chance to win an art print! 

One of my mentors just shared his notes taken during a luncheon with John Maxwell:

"The secret to growth is in your daily agenda. What you do daily is your life.

There is a tendency to think of big changes that you will do someday. You need to break it down into a daily routine – like a diet. Someone says they want to lose 30 pounds. Then the question is, “What are you doing today to lose a half a pound?” You are not going to lose 30 pounds in one day. If you are not doing something today to help you lose half a pound, you are not going to get to the 30 pounds!

This is how successful people think: Everyday I do things that compound my success."

And what's in my studio today? A bunch of half a pound bits of work that shortly will be the 30 pounds...
Bits of beeswax nature ornaments in progress

Sharing with Artist Studio Day and What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Just Ducky!

Still time to enter the Giveaway, click here.

From my archives... an Artist Trading Card watercolor painting I created of a Mama Duck and her baby. I came across it while cleaning up and storing digital files and it made me smile. An aside... I really really really wanna take a water color class. Perhaps in the spring.

Still working like a crazy thing on filling my booth at the Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts. We start set up in less than a month... EEK! :)

I don't seem to get as much done early on as I wish. I've done a lot of planning and getting materials and getting started, but getting to the finalizing of all the "inventory" so it's ready to price is another thing. I have so many things nearly finished....
Add into that keeping my two Etsy shops stocked for the holidays, and sheesh! Anyone have advice on setting a yearly work schedule for the holiday season, and how to stick to it? LOL!

On another note, I'm gathering with out of town artist friends for the weekend starting Friday afternoon, and am SO EXCITED! They always inspire me and get my creative juices flowing.

Hope your weekend goes well!

Linking with Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin, and 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What's in my Studio

Have you entered my Blog Giveaway?

I've been working and making a mess... so much to do, so little time left to get ready for the holiday show.
Bits and pieces in progress

Small nature ornaments

I'm looking forward to this weekend when I'll be gathering a few artist friends that I met online at and we're meeting here in Bellingham! I don't have to travel this time. Yay! They are a great group of folks and I'm quite excited! Such positive energy is generated  when one gathers with artist friends to create and share, don't you think?

Hope you're having a great week!

Sharing with Artist Studio Day and What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Autumn Rose Hips

An Autumn Treasure - rose hips from the wild roses growing out back. 

FYI: The spiky thing on the left is a giant horsetail... the rose hips are at my eye level and I'm 5 feet tall.  Those suckers are taller than I am. :)

Happy Sunday! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Work in Progress and a Giveaway!

I'm celebrating a couple of personal bests this month, and so I decided to host a give away! 

All you need to do to enter is:
1) Be a follower of my blog, and leave a comment on this post 
2) Like my Facebook page and comment there that you wish to be in the drawing. 

Doing both gives you two chances to win! Remember to leave a way for me to contact you. Winner will be announced October 25th. 

A peek at one of the several pieces I have in various stages of completion... 
Unnamed work in progress... more detail work to be done. 

Oh, yes! What am I giving away? The winner will receive a 5 x 7 print of my painting "Echinacea Trio", which will be matted to fit an 8 x 10 frame. 
Echinacea Trio Print - available in my Shop

Thanks for stopping by! 

Linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin, and Artist Studio Day. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What's in My Studio This Week

Busy working at the computer, setting up formats for cards and getting them printed. I've also creates a few prints of my artwork, which are headed for the Holiday Arts Festival and my Etsy Shop. 

I have worked on more gesso watercolor pieces... they are a lot of fun, actually. These are two of the several I have in process.

I'm also prepping to host a small art gathering here in Bellingham Oct 18-20. Some of my favorite artist friends met at are coming to "visit" and we'll have a couple of days just to play art. I can't wait!

Happy Hump Day!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A flower of a different hue

Still busy with creating for the Holiday Art Shows and feeling like there's not enough hours in the day. Of course the days ARE getting shorter. Anyone else in a hibernation adjustment? 

Another Gesso and Watercolor painting, although I haven't decided if it's totally finished. I think a bit more highlighting might be good, but I'm afraid I'll muck it up. Ha! 
Echinacea Stem 3 x 4

Here it is with tweaked saturation... I kinda like this. 

And a tweaked Hue... eek! 

This one is not so scary... 

It's a bit relaxing to play with photo editing... :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What's in my Studio...

A mess! I have too many projects in the works, and so many ideas I haven't yet put into place. Working like crazy getting ready for the Holiday Shows and not enough time to get photographs of what is completed.  :)

Lots of small canvas and prep work for paintings

The close work section with good lighting - very messy right now! 

At least the watercolor table isn't quite as messy...  :)
Gesso Watercolor works in progress

What are you all working on this week? 

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