My small screen mini doc debut with Touchvision...

Warning: You might need tissues (according to the folks on Facebook who watched it already). I am humbled and grateful to have had my work and message captured so beautifully by Enero J. Ray and Chad Fedler of Touchvision. This was edited down from a 40 minute interview with me as well as a visit from my client Claire and her pups Medi and Tula. We also took a field trip over to the new Urban Pooch Canine Training Center to get some footage of the new mural I designed. What a gift to have this tribute to my pups Izzy and Alice who were such an integral part of growing my art business and inspiring me to get involved with addressing the Homeless Pet situation so prevalent in our society.touchvisionlt

Day 2 with the sketchbook video:

Monday…day two, experimenting with video capture! Sorry, I’m having trouble centering this, and clearly the video I took of actually writing that lovely quote by Tyler Knott Gregson didn’t work out…foiled again!

On Sunday, I had the extraordinary experience of paddling on the lake without another soul in site, in the pouring rain. It was magical and a little crazy. Don’t worry, there was no lightening, Mom!

I rigged up this tripod (rock/candle/brick from my old house) for my phone/camera (which I took the photo with, so you can’t see it!) Unfortunately the 12 minutes of sketching I did were cropped too small. Trial by error…that’s my method!1466162_10152181755402172_7371916114437183701_n


My first sketchbook video!

My phone is magic – I’m excited to share this new video I just made! There’s a definite learning curve, but I’m committed to figuring in out. Stay tuned for more…

A Paper Pup!

paperpup!Look what I made! I’ve been wanting to try this with one of my dogs since seeing something similar done with holiday deer, on Pinterest, a month or so back. I created this guy very quickly on my way out the other night. The next morning I found it collapsed, so I bent the legs and suddenly had feet…even better (: I love working with cardboard and this idea has huge potential for my work…stay tuned!

PS…check out the other cool images of ‘Cardboard Art‘ I’ve found on Pinterest.

2013 Fields Project Part 4: Process

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Part 4 from the Fields Project:  PROCESS
Unlike my plein air compatriots, I work via sketches and photographs. Mostly driving around the first few days of the residency and then setting up my outdoor studio at Castle Rock State Park. This year, I only spent a short time up there due to weather and ticks. I spent two afternoons painting in one of the enormous storage sheds at the Bocker Farm…me and the morning doves, they didn’t really appreciate my prescence but they graciously spared my artwork their droppings!




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No, this cow was not this tall, but I couldn’t resist making this comical rendition.
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My work was more abstract than usual, this year. I was fascinated by the patterns of the driveways at the farms and the simple shapes of things.
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Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair

painting the birdbath…part 2: glorious color!

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Here's the color portion of this story…spent a week deliberating if I should have 3 different color schemes/tiers and in the end stuck with it. In the past I would have done a coordinating border like the black and white bones I did in the 'Suite Chicago Dogs' set….but since this is one single piece and that was 4 separate pieces opted to try something different. It might look a little odd here, but wait until you see it with the black outlines painted in….stay tuned!

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Actually going home to finish it tonight as I have to deliver to the autobody show in Westmont that is doing the clear coating…wish me luck!

Sketchbook Project 2011…

Picture 32I just signed up for the Sketchbook Project 2011. Guess which theme I chose? Big surprise: 'It's raining dogs & cats'. You can participate too..just follow the links. Thanks to Kathy Weller for the reminder.

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Studies for new paintings…

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Art imitating life…

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After 10 days of feeling not at all myself…I'm angry and done with feeling sick, so today I started some new paintings. The image above is really just about my nose and head and the expansive congestion and wanting to fly away from it, but still feeling grounded (not in a good way). My friends this week, scads of kleenex and hot beverages…sorry to be negative but glad that at least it has inspired some new imagery…even if it is on cardboard!

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New batch of paintings…

Picture 6Just varnished 6 new paintings, here's a little peek…. I'll be posting all of them for sale in my Etsy Shop very soon!