Updates!

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It’s been a while since I posted here – I’ve been busy with many different things. I am so happy to announce that my art is now officially up and ready for sale at the Livermore Art Association Gallery! For info on location and hours, click here. I am so happy to be part of this group of talented local artists!

Additionally, I have been busy painting mini canvases – Here’s a sampling of them. I will be selling at the Diamond Light’s Artisan Market in Oakland on December 16th. Here’s info on location and hours – here 

If you’re in the area, please check it out. Both sites have some amazing artists and unique holiday gifts!

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Buy from your friendly local artists

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The countdown to ArtWalk is less than a week. In 6 days, I will share a booth with my super talented studio mate, Carol Faber-Peake at Livermore’s annual ArtWalk. I’ve been busy making new paintings, figuring out what items to bring, contemplating the booth experience and figuring out the fees for the various items.

All this got me thinking, “Why buy art?” Yes, there’s a personal motivation behind that question; I’d love to quit my day job and just focus on doing art. For this to be realized, I’d need to have others buy my art, plain and simple. I know that one day, I will reach my goal and luckily, I am enjoying my art journey. I love the time I spend in my studio and love noodling around. I could go on and on about why I do art, but my question was “why should we buy art?”

The two questions are linked in may ways. Artists tend to brush, sketch, draw, and pour their heart and soul into their work. There’s really no better feeling than seeing a painting come out in the way you wanted it to go. I can vouch for feeling elated after a successful day in the studio. Owning a piece is also owning that good feeling!

Here’s some other good reasons to buy original art:

  • Paintings are unique, one of a kind experiences, versus mass market prints. One of my neighbors had the same print in their living room that we had in our bathroom. I took ours down shortly after I discovered this. My hope is to create a unique home experience. I slowly started getting rid of my mass market items and replaced them with original art.
  • Original art gives you the opportunity to have a deeper discussion with others about the piece and what drew you to that work. 
  • An original work of art reflects, enhances and sometimes even magnifies the personality of the individual who owns it.
  • Investment possibilities – while there are no guarantees, original artwork often retains its value or will increase its value over time.

Why do you buy art?

Working on my mini canvases

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I spent a few hours in the studio this weekend working on these ArtAments. The left one is my tribute to Foothill Falcons Marching Band. The center one is a bit of nostalgia for those old bulb stringed lights. The right one is another snowman wearing their Marching Don’s spirit ware. I like his carefree expression. What’s got you feeling happy or joyous these days?

Holiday gifts

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This ArtAment will be available for sale at Livermore ArtWalk – October 14. These cute mini canvases with original artwork are the perfect addition to your holiday decor. My favorite complementary colors are the purple and gold combo. It’s the most vibrant (in my opinion). I’ll keep you all posted on the different ArtAments that will be available for sale.

New items!

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For ArtWalk, I wanted to have artwork for sale that is affordable and original. I am happy to announce my Artaments! These are 3″ x 3″ acrylic canvases painted and priced with love! They make the perfect gift (to self and others) and will add some whimsy to your holiday decor!

My first one is an homage to the Marching Dons (Amador Valley High School). I am so proud to be part of this music community and cannot wait to see the full show this year. I am over the moon that the school colors are purple and gold – my favorite color combo! What a happy coincidence.

Banner is complete!

I ended up adding a pink button to finish up the banner and I am happy with this color. I loved getting the different color suggestions! It will be up on some outdoor banner holder in Downtown Livermore. I’m looking forward to seeing up and seeing what the other artists did on their banners.

Mine will be up for on-line auction soon and I will supply the link once it’s available. There’s also a chance to bid on it at the ArtWalk in October. The proceeds will go to Livermore Arts.

whistle while you work in progress

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Was in a very warm art studio this morning. The little window unit could not keep up with these 113 degree days. I plugged away. It’s amazing how time goes by so effortlessly for me while I am painting, unlike a day in my office which seems to drag on and on.

I have decided to add one more button below the yellow one. What color do you suggest? Let me know in the comment section!

Work in progress

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I am in the homestretch on this banner! Overall, I am happy with its progress. The light blue button was not working for me so I decided to work on that one today. I thought that I was adding an iridescent white to the party, but I actually added Interference Green. I am so pleased with this result. Yay, a happy mistake – my favorite! I have to finish up the neon orange and teal blue buttons and then decide if I need to add one more small one in the bottom left side (maybe a gray/silver colored one?).

Artwork in Progress

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I am painting one of the banners that will be auctioned off at the Livermore ArtWalk. Each color of the rainbow will be represented plus the addition of a neon orange color. I am on an orange kick, so I will see how that looks. This is the largest canvas that I’ve ever worked on. It’s fun so far!

Hope everyone is having a joyful Sunday!