When I was a teen I remember seeing a movie titled "Summer Magic". After I finished this painting it reminded me of that summertime magic and warm firefly nights. When I paint, I have a small glimpse of the finished painting through small thumbnail sketches that I start with, but somehow in the middle of my painting it takes on a life of its own and changes direction right in front of me. Sometimes I even find myself a little bit frustrated in the process and I think I should pitch the canvas, but I have learned through experience that if I keep going, I can solve the color or composition issues I encounter and like "magic" it turns out the way it was supposed to be.
June 13, 2014
This painting is available at Dutchlandgalleries.com.
June 6, 2014
Two weeks ago I was at a yard sale and noticed a band-saw for sale, but didn't act on it. After my husband and I left, he asked me if I noticed the saw (he knows that I have been looking for one for a long time). I nodded and he told me that there was a man also shopping that was interested in it and he thought he bought it. As we got into our car, my heart sank as I knew I had missed a good deal. We sat in the car watching in our rear-view mirror to see if the man bought it. He only took a small box to his car, got in and took off. He ended up not buying the saw after all. After he left, we jumped out and went back for it. I think I got a pretty good deal for just 10 bucks. Here is my first project using the saw. A large 18-1/2" Red Poppy sign that I cut and painted. I'd love to do some other painted signs this summer. This sign is available at my etsy shop linked below.
June 3, 2014
One day as I was searching the internet for barns, I came across a picture of a beautiful yellow barn. I thought I would like to visit it someday and take some photos for a painting. A few weeks later, my daughter had a project for photography class to shoot a roll of film. As we hopped in the car, I told her that we would explore some of the country roads nearby to look for some interesting subjects. As we rounded a bend on an unfamiliar road, to my surprise, we found the yellow barn that I admired. I had no clue that it was only a few miles away from us!