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Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Architecture, Blog, Painting | 24 comments

My Happy Sheds.

My Happy Sheds.

Today I’m excited to share what I did to my sheds. I painted flowers on them! They don’t look sad anymore. The larger one will have to go eventually, because it’s not in good shape. But I’m happy to look at it now. The smaller one has a little broken corner on the left side of the roof. I didn’t try to fix it because I discovered that some little mouse uses it as a door to get inside the shed. I washed that shed with water before I painted it, and a tiny mouse came out all wet and confused. He didn’t understand what was going on. I felt really sorry for him. He was so so so cute with his tiny round eyes. There is so much to do in the area around our house. It has great potential for turning into something beautiful and special. But it will take time. Right now I’m focusing on enjoying the process. Here’s a closeup of the painted door. It’s a tree that produces different...

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Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 0 comments

Alice Wellinger’s Art.

Alice Wellinger’s Art.

* Alice Wellinger is a very talented artist and illustrator based in Lustenau, Austria.  Her work is surreal, ironic, and it deals with the troubles of daily life and childhood memories. I invite you to visit the artist’s website to see more of her paintings. You can also like her Facebook page for updates. Images © Alice...

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Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 16 comments

A Portrait of my Daughter.

A Portrait of my Daughter.

* Here is a portrait that I painted inspired by my daughter Natalie. She’s turning 12 this year. What an important age! It was around that age that I experienced the things that impacted me the most in my childhood. Some were very negative and some very positive. This is the age where you start building your character and opinions about everything. I’m loving seeing Natalie grow up and get closer to being a teenager. One of the first things that I did when Natalie was born was to read ‘Staying Connected to your Teenager‘ by Michael Riera. It’s never too early (or too late) to learn the ABC of how to have a strong relationship with your teenager. I decided back then that I was going to make of that complicated phase a positive one, and I stick to that idea today. The bottom line of what the book that I mentioned above taught me applies to any phase of life. No matter what age we are, the things that we...

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Mixed Media, Painting | 15 comments

I Made a Box for my New House.

I Made a Box for my New House.

* After reading the number 1 book on organization (highly recommended!), I decided that every single thing in our new house will have a designated place. Not just any place, but one that makes life easier on the daily basis. To accomplish this, I’m building some special boxes to contain things. This box in particular is for my skin products and it will be located in my bathroom, on a nice piece of furniture with a marble top. I can’t wait for you (and me!) to see this box in its final destination. We’re getting ready for our move on March 1st. Time is flying fast and the construction is going as planned. Our contractor and his crew of brave men have been working really hard regardless of the weather. If I had to rate them in stars I would give them 100 stars! That’s how amazing they have been. To make this box I first built the “bones” using acid-free foam board. I glued the pieces together using this acid-free glue. Then...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in About, Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 0 comments

Still Life Paintings by Helen Simmonds.

Still Life Paintings by Helen Simmonds.

* Helen Simmonds is a wonderful artist from the UK. She has been painting full-time since 2001. Her paintings vary in size from small, usually about 8″ by 10″, to larger works up to 35″ by 44″. She paints from life using natural light only.  Her original pieces can be found at Jonathan Cooper Gallery,  Beaux Arts Bath. Images © Helen...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 0 comments

Michela Sorrentino’s Paintings.

Michela Sorrentino’s Paintings.

* Michela Sorrentino is a wonderful artist based in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. She works mostly in oil, cold wax and mixed media. Sorrentino’s background both in graphic and textile design have greatly influenced her work. Repeating patterns, typography and mark making draws the viewer in as well as giving depth and patina to her paintings. Sorrentino’s love of and experience of colour and the use of interesting combinations of colour are visible throughout her work. Images © Michela...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 0 comments

Still Life Paintings by Cathy Cullis.

Still Life Paintings by Cathy Cullis.

* Cathy Cullis is a super talented mixed media artist based in London, United Kingdom. She is also a published poet. I have been following and admiring her art for years. Cathy’s pieces, which include not only paintings but embroideries, sculptures, drawings, etc., are collected by people from all over the world. I invite you to visit the artist’s blog, Flickr portfolio and shop to see more of her creations. Images © Cathy...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Illustration, Painting | 3 comments

Watercolors by Natalie Wargin.

Watercolors by Natalie Wargin.

  Natalie Wargin is an artist and graphic designer with a degree in design from the University of Illinois. Wargin had a small graphic design firm in Chicago, but In 2008 she left the big city for the rural Hudson Valley. Now she paints watercolors and creates beautiful paper mache pieces, which have been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers. Images © Natalie Wargin ↓ Natalie’s watercolors  began as a journal of her surroundings in the Hudson River Valley. These paintings depict the plants and animals that the artist sees while hiking and exploring, or while simply looking out her window. I invite you to visit the artist’s website and blog to see more of her work. You can also visit her shop to purchase original watercolors, prints, paper mache pieces, and...

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 4 comments

Paintings by Mary O’Malley.

Paintings by Mary O’Malley.

* Mary O’Malley is an artist and illustrator living near the ocean just north of Boston. She draws and paints beautiful flowers, insects, birds and other things in intricate tangles resembling bouquets and chandeliers. I invite you to visit the artist’s Website and blog to see more of her work.  Her original art is available here and you can find prints here. You can also like her Facebook page for updates. Images © Mary...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 0 comments

The Art of Tiffany Bozic.

The Art of Tiffany Bozic.

* Tiffany Bozic Tiffany Bozic has spent the majority of her life living with and observing the intricacies of nature. Her work has the traditional air of tightly rendered nature illustrations but with a highly emotional range of surreal metaphorical themes. In her paintings and sketches she presents her vision of life’s struggles and triumphs that are largely autobiographical. Her wide array of subjects are inspired both from her extensive travels to wild places, and the research specimens at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA. Over the years, Bozic has developed a complex process of masking and staining so the natural grain can collaborate with each composition using multiple layers of watered down acrylic paint on maple panels of wood. She has had several solo exhibitions featuring her large-scale paintings and installations. Her work has also been included in numerous group shows across the country, and spoken at international events. She was also the first ‘Artist in Residency’ whereby she collaborated with the California Academy of Sciences,...

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Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 0 comments

Jamie Brunson’s Paintings.

Jamie Brunson’s Paintings.

* I am in love with Jamie Brunson‘s paintings. And I loved reading the artist’s statement on her website: “I practice Kundalini meditation, a traditional Indian form based on rhythmic, cyclical breathing. During meditation, practitioners often enter an altered perceptual state that has specific physical and visual qualities. The sensations in Kundalini are ones of opening or expanding—as if the boundaries between oneself and the external world were dissolving into an interconnected, energetic field. For many artists, studio practice produces that same sense of total identification with the materials, the moment and the process.” “In this body of work I’ve translated those perceptual states into formal visual language, using the physical qualities of paint to mimic sensory phenomena like blurring, vibration, a sense of spatial depth, dispersion, and radiance. In developing compositions, I sometimes use aerial maps, images of cellular or neural networks, and mathematical diagrams as visual references because of their related structures.” Images © Jamie...

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