It has been a while…

I have not been posting here on my blog much. I have been busy and have been active on instagram.   (Feel free to follow me there)  I am still trying to figure out which venue is best suited to me. Here’s a few paintings that I have worked on lately:

 

As I see these all together, the common thread is how much I enjoy the various subjects. From that quirky Centennial Bulb to my nail polish addiction, it brings me joy to work on these paintings.

I will be making some prints from these paintings. Do you have a favorite painting from these? Let me know which one in the comment here or on Facebook.

Rock those glasses!

I’m taking a portrait class (Drawing Faces – Make Art that Sells) and I am totally having fun. I am focusing on my favorite “four eyes.”

During elementary school, I was fairly obsessed by Elton John. His music spoke to me. It was always entertaining to see what outfits he was wearing.  I still listen to a Spotify playlist of my favorite Elton John songs, mostly from this period.

During High School, I started my next obsessions – David Bowie and Elvis Costello, both of which still melt my heart, some 30-plus years later. I can say that I do not think more than a week goes by without me listening to their music. It is still so fresh and enjoyable and I am so stoked when my daughter admits to liking their songs.

So here’s my first drawing faces subjects – Elton and Elvis who definitely rocked those glasses! (I’m sure that I will include a Bowie in this class soon enough!)

Do you have a favorite Elton, Elvis or Bowie song or memory?

 

My first free giveaway!!

 

I am doing a giveaway! I’m trying something new, so bear with me!! I have this lovely notebook with my Avocado Love painting on it. The original painting recently sold and I hope that it’s adding some whimsy to its new home!! I’m happy to offer this notebook in a free giveaway. Just leave me your name and email in the comment section or fill it out here Here

I will select a random winner on Sunday Feb 18. I will also not share your email information with others.

Thanks!!

Valentine’s Day Sale/event

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Valentine Boutique at LAA Gallery –

  • Cookies and Coffee Party – Saturday, February 10 at 11:30 AM – 4 PM
  • Extended Shopping Hours:. Open Monday and Tuesday, February 12 & 13, (11:30 to 4:00)

2155 Third Street, Livermore, California, 94550. Phone 925 449-9927

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.