Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two Miniatures: Field of Poppies II, and Bluebell Forest III

I completed two 4 x 6 inch miniature paintings today. This super-small size is new for me and I find it charming!
Both paintings are SOLD!

Bluebell Forest III is based on a photo by Herry Lawford found on Original photo found here:
Used under a creative commons license.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Salt Fork River Art Festival: Recap

I had a booth at the Salt Fork River Art Festival this past weekend. This time it was a two day event. Saturday turned out to be a perfect fall day--sunny and cool. I sold four paintings Saturday! Sunday was quite chilly and fewer people came out to see the art, however I sold one additional painting. I've still had no success selling my giclee prints, which is a bit disappointing. I think people really want to have something to take home with them instead of having to bother with placing an order. For future events I will probably just sell whatever prints I have instead of trying to take orders.
Olive came Sunday and we kept each other warm!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Commission: Bear, the yellow lab (2010), 16 x 20"

Yesterday I finished work on a commission--a portrait of a yellow Labrador. This painting was fun to work on since I don't frequently paint animals. I tackled this subject a little differently than I do my landscapes. I spent a large amount of time graphing and sketching this painting. Since this is a portrait and not just a painting of a random dog, it was important to get the proportions as close to the original photo as possible. I was especially careful to match the colors of the fur. The most tedious part of this painting turned out to be the bed of impatients behind the dog. It took a long time to place all the little flowers and leaves (and mix like ten different shades of green paint) in a way that looks natural.

Interested in commissioning a pet portrait of your own? Contact me with any ideas at

Monday, September 20, 2010

Article Feature

One of my paintings is featured in an article about autumn on the blog
The article can be found here:

Thanks to LindaGJ for including my painting!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Salt Fork River Art Festival at Sleepy Creek Vineyards

I'm getting ready for my next art festival! I have eight new paintings to show (they're all posted on the blog). It will take place at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount, IL, about a half hour drive from Urbana. Here are the dates and times:

Sept. 25, Saturday

Sept. 26, Sunday

Sleepy Creek Vineyards
8254 E 1425 North Road
Fairmount, IL 61841
(here are some directions)

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Facebook page!

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Pink Rose II (2010), 9 x 12"

Based on how popular my other pink rose painting was at the Downtown Festival of the Arts, I decided to paint another smaller (i.e. more affordable) pink rose. Seems as though roses are becoming somewhat of a specialty for me. They are not my favorite subject to paint, but I love how 3-dimensional they look on the canvas. My rose paintings are some of my best, I think.

I also think it is interesting to compare this recent painting with my very first rose painting. My technique has developed quite a bit; the petals are now more distinct--the whole image is more "in focus"-- and the brush strokes better convey depth in the painting.


This painting is based on a photo found on and used under a Creative Commons Licence ( The photographer audreyjm529 has an entire album of amazing rose photos here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


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