Tuesday, August 23, 2016

But It's Still Summer!

"Winter Sunlight"
8" x 10"
(watercolor on aquabord)
starting bid:  $100

Click here to bid or buy now.

Why Winter?  Well, because I'm working on my annual calendar and Christmas cards so I can have them printed in time for my Open House in October.  I didn't have a very good image for December, so I adapted a reference photo I had taken a few years ago of this lovely, little porch in Spring . . . made a few changes and voila!  

(what this painting could look like when framed)

While this is going to be the image for December 2017, I think it looks more like February or even March . . . with a rather faded wreath that has yet to have been taken down.  That's pretty how I roll. I won't tell you how long my decorations are usually up for!  :)

Have a great day!  I'll be back with a few more finished commissions soon.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Switching It Up

12' x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

I've been stealing away some time here and there to continue working on this 12" x 12" of lovely little outbuilding I encountered on Cape Cod a couple years ago.  I began this painting in May and put it on hold to work on commissions.  

Here are some progress shots . . . it's always fun to see how a painting gets "built."  

Thanks for popping by . . . . have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's Movie Night!

"Movie Night"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

And here's number 4!  I hope that my clients like their new paintings.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Who's Jumping on that Bed?

"Jumping on the Bed"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

Those crazy kids are at it again!  Jumping on the bed .... oooh they're naughty!  #3 in my series.  I'm so grateful for my clients!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It's In The Mail

"Mailing a Letter"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

The second of four in my commissioned family series.  Hope you are having a lovely week!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Little Peoplepalooza

"Family of Four"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

I'm done with one of my commissions -- the four Little People paintings.  "Family of Four" is the first in the series.  I'm excited to share the rest of them with you!

Thank you for checking in.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lists, Lists, and more Lists - Cleaning Up.

Lesle Saeta is cleaning up and reorganizing the physical space in her studio and has invited other artists to join her, re-organizing their studios.  For me, my physical space is working well these days, however I've been wicked dragging my feet on a big "clean-up" task that's needed attention for a long time now:  my mailing lists.

A few months ago my intern started consolidating information.  She did a great job in-putting information from lots of scraps of paper, onto a new spreadsheet.  The only thing left was for me to cross-reference a few other big lists I had which I finally did on Monday.  

Even after all Abbie's hard work, the cross-referencing took me all day.  It will be so nice to have one place where all my contacts are and where I can record new ones.  It was getting mighty confusing! My plan now is to finally get a new newsletter out and get back on track with some of my 2016 marketing plans.  There is always so much to do, but I really do find it invigorating.

In addition to mailing list troubles, I had some earlier systems of recording artwork and collectors which worked at the time but as time has gone by if I need to refer back for information it's way too difficult.  I think I now have a system in place that fixes all that and so my next "clean-up" will be to start back-recording old sales information into my new system.  I'm lucky that in addition to painting, I do love to organize!  

If you have some tips and methods that help you out, please share them in the comments.  I'd love to hear what helps you stay organized.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekend Progress

My husband's uncle celebrated his 70th birthday over the weekend so we took a ride up to New Hampshire, to join family at Dan's cousin's lake house on Saturday.  What a great day!  The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious and the company even better.  

I was able to sneak in a little painting time and made bit more progress on my commission.  So now all four paintings are well on their way.  

Happy Monday, I hope you all have a great start to your week!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Late Night Progress

I'm really having fun painting all the bright colors on this commissioned series.  Have a great weekend and thank you for tuning into my blog!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday - "Parlor Afternoon"

"Parlor Afternoon"
19" x 11" (image size)
(watercolor on paper)
Click here to purchase.

I still really like this painting but it is need of a forever home.  It was completed in February of 2014 and is from a photograph I took at my friend's house.  It was a peaceful afternoon with beautiful sunlight that filled the room.  The rich tones of the wood floor and chair were fun to paint.  And I'm always happy to render the folds in fabric.

If you are interested in purchasing this painting -- it comes matted in a slight off-white mat - about 2 inches wide, and finished with a lovely wooden frame like the image shown.  This painting is on paper so it is matted and framed under glass.  A payment plan is available for this painting, just contact me for the terms.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

This is going to be a short post as I have been busy working on commissions and am actually headed to bed.  Oh how good it will feel to crawl under the covers!  

These are some 8" x 8" cradled aquabord panels in various stages.  It's fun to to work on multiple paintings at once.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Notecards

(clockwise from top left:  "Pristine,"
"Old-Fashioned Hydrangea," "E-Z" and "Coke Bottles")

I just ordered some new cards along with replenishing stock in some of my older designs.  I always order from catprint.com as I love their quality and customer service.

You can purchase my notecards and other prints and small gift items at my online store on storenvy.  I hope to be updating my store with more of my "Little People" cards this week.

"Little Yellow House"
5.5" x 4.25" notecard

I'm not sure if I ever shared my "Little Yellow House" notecard with you.  I think it's a lovely card for a housewarming.

5.25" x 5.25" notecard

Each notecard is blank inside.
(bottom image: "Sue's Crock")

Although I do have some of my "Coloring Peace" coloring books in stock, I don't have them listed in my online store as you can purchase them here at amazon.com for $8.99 each.

"Coke Bottles"
5.25" x 5.25" notecard

Thanks for dropping by!  I'm painting away on my commissions.  I can't wait to share them with you.  Happy Painting!