Monday, August 30, 2010

Commission: Yellow Roses (2010), 16 x 20"

This is a commissioned painting I completed back in March. The painting was an anniversary gift and the couple wanted it to feature yellow roses which were their wedding flower. I found the subject of yellow roses to be exceedingly difficult to paint! Yellow is such tricky color to work with, because the shadows so easily turn into a muddy brown color. Several times I had to scrape off a section of this painting because I felt it was turning into a brown rose painting. I'm convinced in the end they look like yellow roses. I also like the perspective of this painting--peering down at a bouquet. It captures all the intricate layering and depth of these beautiful flowers.

In action:

Friday, August 27, 2010

Field of Grass (2010), 8 x 10"


Available as a gicleé print--visit my etsy page.

Partially based on a photo found on by Miss Baker. Original photo found here:
Used under a creative commons license.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Apple Orchard (2010), 8 x 10"

I'm really in to apple trees right now. I love their form and I love the color of both the blossoms and the fruit.


Partially based on a photo by Liz West found on Photo used under a creative commons license. Original photo found here:
Liz West's photostream can be found here:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Apple Tree I and II (2010), 9 x 12" and Fall Foliage (2010), 8 x 10"

Three paintings in two days! I completed another pair of paintings, this time two apple trees (really the same apple tree in two color schemes).
I thought I needed a good fall foliage painting for the next show in September. I had been wanting to paint this particular photo for about a year. I found the original photo on love this photographer's fall foliage pictures: used under a creative commons license. Original photo found here:

All three paintings are SOLD!

Apple Trees I and II are based on a photo by Bobosh_t found on Original photo can be found here:
Used under a creative commons license.

Champaign Downtown Festival of the Arts: Recap

The art festival was last Saturday and I am feeling much less stressed now. Despite some concerns about the weather and the set-up going smoothly, everything turned out great. The weather was perfect--by some miracle the forecast changed from 60% chance of thunderstorms to partly sunny all day! My booth set-up turned out pretty much exactly as I had planned and had a very cool look about it and I am glad to have not spent more money on a fancier set-up. The wire mesh I purchased to hang the paintings on created a very airy space and the paintings looked a little like they were floating in mid-air. The only piece of furniture in the booth was a small folding table which I placed in the middle of the tent. This created a very open, inviting space. I was pleased with this set-up and I think I will keep it the same for the next show. Check out the pictures of my booth below:The most pleasant surprise of the day was that my booth won an honorable mention award! Of the 56 artists at the festival, I was one of eight who was recognized! And, I sold five paintings...can't forget to mention that! All in all it was a huge success. I am now more aware of what sells and what people like, so next time I can be better prepared with more small paintings for sale. I did find, however, that it is the big brightly colored paintings that draw people in to the booth. The giant pink rose and the field of poppies definitely received the most compliments so I will include them in future shows for sure.

NEXT SHOW: Salt Fork River Art Festival at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount, IL. Sept 25 and 26.
Sleepy Creek Vineyards
8254 E 1425 North Road
Fairmount, IL 61841

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Champaign Downtown Festival of the Arts

Come visit my booth at the Champaign Downtown Festival of the Arts next Saturday Aug. 21 from 10am-7pm. I am one of 56 participating artists and my booth will be located on the east side of Neil St. south of Main St. There will also be live music and artist demonstrations! See map below (I'm highlighted in yellow):

Friday, August 13, 2010

Poppy (2010), 5 x 7"

This tiny painting is just the cutest. It is painted on a canvas board and will be sold in a beautiful ornate frame (since there is no way to hang it unless it is framed). It will make its debut at the Champaign Downtown Festival of the Arts on Aug. 21.

Partially based on a photo by Jenny Downing found at
This photo used under a creative commons license. Original photo:


Monday, August 9, 2010

Beach Grass (2010), 8 x 10"

Close-ups:Based on a photo my dad took while at Catalina Island, FL.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Gicleé prints available!

Gicleé prints of select paintings are now available! Gicleé printing is a state-of-the-art reproduction technique featuring archival ink, archival quality watercolor paper, and ultra high-resolution ink jet printing using variable sized droplets. The detail of these prints is fantastic and the image captures the texture of the original painting perfectly! See my etsy site at for listings.


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