Thursday, February 5, 2015

What, Where, When...have you been??

Maybe the question is "where have I been?" !
Can I claim technical difficulties?
Yes, that's it.

So now that I am back on Blogger I am doing some shameful promotion!
And the real question is: "Have you been to Schuyler Pond?"
It's a beautiful venue...especially for the sweetest day of the year. So please drag your sweetie or grab a friend and swing by on Valentine's Day!
It's a day to love thyself!
I'll be on hand with fresh paintings as well as these other gals:
Katie Camarro of Sundaes Best Hot Fudge
Beth Cuningham of Artifacts
Melody Elizabeth and Marie Pendley with their repurposed jewelry and accessories.
also, Jo-Ann Simone with her natural essential oils.
Hope to see you there!
Schuyler Pond
Rte 29
Saratoga, NY
Saturday February 14th 10am-5pm for more info and directions

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

picture this!

Exciting News!
Book signings added..
"Come ye all collectors of stuff and we shall share our glorious pain of desire for too many things!"~Mary Randolph Carter

For those of you unfamiliar with Carter, she is an icon and Creative Director for Ralph Lauren...and a woman who knows exactly who she is, and what she likes!
Carter is also an author of many books such as...
"American Junk","A Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign Of A Misspent Life" and "For The Love Of Old" as well as other delightful, inspiring reads.

Her newest book is released May 6, 2014 and features the homes and collections of people who just love "stuff"...and who embody the philosophy that 
~if it has a place in your heart, it has a place in your home~

Carter also collaborated with her son (also) Carter (an accomplished photographer with Ralph Lauren) on this body of work.
My home/farmette/studio is featured among the pages...24 to be exact!
I was one lucky ducky to get a sneak peek and can honestly attest that this is one book you will want~need in your collection!

Save the Dates
Hunter Bee, Millerton NY May 31st 4-6pm
(I'll be attending)

Langley Ordinaire, Langley VA June 14th

The Hudson Mercantile, Hudson NY June 21st
(I'll be attending)

also at 
 Anthropologie stores
Richmond, VA May 17th
Philadelphia, PA May 21st

Stay tuned for more dates and venues...or feel free to email me at 
or check my site 
Or hop on over to or to pre-order 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

More Class!

April is proving to be a classy month!
Luckily my schedule has freed up a tad and I am able to add 2 more painting classes for awesome April.
Ah Spring!
I can't promise there won't be mud on your shoes and rain showers, but I can promise you'll paint some pretty paintings.
Below are some pictures from some of the last classes 
(sorry, I don't have pictures of everyone, I was a little slow on the draw... ) :  )
There was soooo much talent from even those who had never painted before.
Don't you want to buy them all??!!

So the details are:

Saturday April 12th 11am-? floral painting class
Saturday April 26th 11am-? chair painting class (this was a really fun one)

$105 non-refundable prepaid per class/per person
*materials included*

(each class runs approx 2 hours give or take)
refreshments served.

Limited seating, so please email me at:
or phone me at :

Thank you Vicky for the photo!

Monday, March 10, 2014

going cuckcoo

cuckoo marans
 It's been a long, arduous winter.
I think we can all attest to that!
Enough to make anyone go just a little cuckcoo.
In fact, I am taking it one step further.
Cuckoo Maran.
I've had an itch that I've needed to itch of a new batch of Spring chicks.
It's been 3 years since I've added to my flock!
Numbers have dwindled and it's time to add some new peeps to the brood.
Half the fun is picking out new breeds and high on my list are the Cuckoo Marans!
Cuckoo Marans are listed under the rare breed heading, prized for their dark brown eggs...the darkest brown there is, chocolate brown in fact.
OK, truth be told, they had me at chocolate.
Forget golden eggs, my mitts just can't wait to hold a chocolate one!
So, as Spring comes into my life, so will the newbies.
I can hardly stand it!

Monday, December 2, 2013

the gift of class

I think it's fair to say we all know someone in our lives that could use a little class...(maybe even ourselves).
And sometimes there is just no subtle way to lay it on them.
So why not in a gift?
The gift of class.
The gift of a painting class that is!
Give it or keep it for yourself...

Here goes:

Painting classes to be held at my barn studio here in upstate New York.
If you know where Albany is you're not too far off.
Once a month in the new year starting in January.
I will attempt to get a painting each time out of you, feed you snacks and I even promise to turn up the heat.

 Dates as follows:
Saturday January 11th 11am-?
Saturday February 8th 11am-?
Saturday March 8th 11am-?

Each class approx. 2 hours or until you have had just about enough.

January let's do a pretty floral painting.
February how bout a still life of sorts...maybe a funky chair or something cool.
and March I'm thinking a landscape, as by then we will need to be thinking greener, warmer thoughts!

So getting down to business...
Each class is $105 and includes your canvas, paint and munchies. Just bring your wonderful, classless self.
Triple up and the deal gets sweeter.
$300 gets you all 3 classes!

So book now to hold your cute, farm chair my studio is "cozy" and only room for a handful of the willing or unwilling.
Being as classes are small there's lots of one on one to get your brushes flowing properly!
You can even play 20 questions with me and I promise not to go bonkers.
And not to worry, there will be not knuckle rapping with rulers...this class is for anyone with or without any prior experience.
Loosey Goosey.

So give it, keep it whatever your heart desires.
One thing you'll be able to say is that you have class!

contact me to lock in your seat:

*in the event of a snow date we will try for Sundays following the dates...or an agreed upon snow date*

Classes must be pre-paid to hold your seat
and are non-refundable.
visa,m/c,amex or paypal.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

texas y'all

"It's Texas girl, bleach it blonde and make it big!"

I don't know about that. I abandoned boxed perms and aquanet years ago...but I do appreciate that Texas likes anything grand!
So off to Round top I go.

Myself and two sisters are headed to the lonestar state.
The three of us make up the trio
A kinship of art of fashion.
I busy myself with the painting end of things while sisters Melody Elizabeth and Marie Pendley create marvelous jewelry and accessories.
I mean stunningly marvelous stuff, stuff that you will steal from your best friend and never return.
Stuff that will dazzle strangers into asking "where did you get that??!"

Catch us at:
The Arbor Antiques Field
Tent B
Sept. 25-Oct 5th.
Round Top, Texas
and get it while it's hot.

jennifer lanne

jennifer lanne

Melody, Me and Marie

Lipstick Queen 36x48

*b*ringing in the sheaves

The other day I had the tune of  "*B*ringing in the Sheaves" stuck in my head. Where did this little ditty come from I thought to myself? And what are sheaves and why in the world would I want to ring them in?
Had a good giggle when I finally realized where it came from. Going way back into the memory banks folks...
If you grew up in the 80's and were a big fan of good old wholesome, godfearing t.v. you may remember.
And to the googling cheaters out there you will find more than one entry (I know this as I am a googling cheater myself).
Spoiler alert:
Little House on the Prairie...
Yup, big fan.
Grew up on it..
(It wasn't until years later when Dr. Quinn came along that my Saturday nights felt fulfilled.)
So I fell into the googling abyss of finding out it may be "bringing" not "ringing" and other useless facts.
Also to learn that it was this spiritual time of harvest and greens and joyfulness.
I can get on board with that.

So in honor of sheaves I dedicated photos in this post of all things green and lovely.
Painted or grown

my hodge podge studio doors

nothing like looking down the length of a fence

love this cabbage rose...from a vintage pillow

looking out the barn loft door

the chicken gallery

the fern garden

this is in a friend's barn...oh that green chippy door!

Too late in the season for these babies to ripen esp. with frost looks like fried green tomatoes tonight!