Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Treat

I sure do hope that the season has been a really treat for all thus far...
and to try and make it all just a little sweeter...
As abig thank you to my customers

I am offering 20% off any painting off my website
December 9th-14th only!

So find something for a loved one...or better yet, yourself!
Hoping you have a Merry Merry!

Now for the nitty grittys:
Email for availibility.
Please mention 20% in your email.
Not to include custom orders.
Shipping fees still apply.
First come, First serve.
more selections at:
Earth Angels Toys

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

House Crawl

Coming up on Nov. 7th is the Double H Ranch house Crawl...Benefits to go to the Hole in The Wall Camp..
Honored was I to asked to display artwork in one of the historic homes....with part of the artwork sale proceeds going to the camp.
The Double H Ranch, located in New York’s Adirondack Park, is a demonstration of the commitment and generosity of philanthropist Charles R. Wood and actor Paul Newman. Since the Ranch officially opened its doors on July 4, 1993, it has served over 17,000 children dealing with life-threatening illnesses from around the world. It was the second “Hole in the Wall Camp” in what has become a worldwide network of not-for-profit recreational and therapeutic experiences for children with serious illness. Named after the gang in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" the family of Hole in the Wall Camps has given over 119,000 children the chance to be a kid again.

Sat, Nov 7, 2009
Partners House Crawl (6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
2 Clement Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NYStroll through 6 beautiful Saratoga homes on historic North Broadway and the surrounding neighborhood. Two of the homes will feature exceptional wines and epicurean delights! At the end of the crawl, we hope you will join us at the now famous After-Party at the Courtney Carriage House. You must be a current Partner Member to attend this event or please purchase a membership now. Print out the form in the right hand column to register, to become a member or for more information. Pre-Registration is recommended. Ticket sales limited to 200. Or to relpy by phone, please call 518-696-5921 ext. 228

Sunday, October 18, 2009

a mighty big thanks

A belated, ginormous thank you to all who came out to the Coutry Living Fair in Ohio!
It was so inspiring meeting you all....I do wish I could thank you all by personally...but, you know who you are!
Especially those who traveled from so far.
It was a memorable weekend of beautiful shiny treasures and beautiful shiny people!

fear not change

So the hardest thing to do is change.
Self , surroundings and daily habits envelop us until we are trapped in our own cyclical carnival ride.....left to expound "stop the world, I wanna get off!".
Another one of my favorite sayings...."when you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.".
I don't know who to credit it's quite profound whoever you are.

Why oh why is it so easy to fall into habits....but so hard to break them?
What we eat, how we dress even our hairdo's....for example the need for the dreaded term "mullet". I think we all know someone that fits that shoe.
I myself, still and will always own a plethora of scrunchies and Palin-like hair clips.

If you were thinking I was going somewhere awe inspiring and life changing with this I'm sorry to disappoint. That's pretty much all I've got.

Thou, what really got me on this mental thread was my studio.
I had been standing in the same stationary spot recklessly dribbling paint for so long that there was a splatter pattern speckling the floor.
Comfortable as I was...I decided I needed to shake things up a bit.....fling myself off the merry-go-round.

So a studio change was in order.
Just a little shifting of material hodge-podge....but still...change is change.
Ok, so I didn't exactly set the world on fire or solve world hunger.
But this was a huge breakthrough for me...
Maybe hard to surmise from the photos...but I created a "sitting" area with a separate work area behind.
Alright, maybe this is as impressive as watching a small child display their mastery of a somersault (for the 100 time) ...
My solo applause with the sound of crickets will have to do.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fall showings

Ok, with the sloth of summer behind me I can get back to regular blogging...
Ah, but first a plethora of shows coming up this month....
So hope some of you get the gyspy spirit and head out to a show near you....
A fun time to meet and greet, hobnob and mingle...and a great excuse to buy a new pair of shoes!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

web show to go!

So this is a new , cool and hip thing Jen over at Earth Angels has going on..
A live web show of fabulous original artwork...

That's right people!
All the excitement of an auction with the cheap thrill of a peep show..!
Pop over to Jen's blog:

at 8pm (NY time) Wednesday July 14th
for an array of goodies from a slew of artists...
Special pricing and new treats available.

Don't miss it, really...
all the cool people are doing it!

Monday, May 11, 2009

thinking inside the box

So I've decided that today is opposite day.
A day where I will appreciate weeds and black flies...
A day where I will not declare "I'm bored" to my husband...(well, I'll try)
A day where I will love pulling ticks off cats...
A day where I won't go in CVS and buy more make up than I know what to do with.
(Really, look in my makeup'd think I was auditioning for Barnum and Bailey....or looking to marry a t.v. evangelist.)

A day where I will think "inside" the box.
That's right.I don't quite know what it is about the intrigue of something in a box.
Ergo the marketing genius of the Happy Meal, Cracker Jax and even those Chinese take out containers.

So, indulge me if I piggy-back on someone elses brilliance ...I am adding my own spin of inside a a
kind of a 3-D visual treat.
So here are some of my new paintings ....some on wood, some on canvas....some with fancy-smanchy vintage trims...some without.

So on opposite day...don't you dare think OUTSIDE the box!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Giddy-Up WWC!

It's Here!
(Well, to us subscribers that is.)
The 3rd Summer Issue of
"Where Women Create"

So jump on the bandwagon and snatch up your own copy.
If you missed the boat for this issues subscription and you are extra nice
you can score a copy through
or email
or at your local Barnes and Noble
oh yes, Did I mention that my studio is featured??!!
As well as a bevy of gawkable, awe inspiring , creative spaces.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

milling about, sewing oats

I've heard it said that if you surround yourself with really good looking people you will appear better looking by association. Hmm, I don't know that I want to hang out with a bunch of Amazonian supermodels. I don't see how that would help my cause...or stature.
Ergo, I will opt for hanging around with really talented people.

One in particular is good friend Stephanie Lloyd.
Mostly known for her antique furniture business and hip, cool cat findings.
She is trying on this new hat of designing these "plain-grain" Market Bags.
Fashioned and hand-sewn from well traveled, antique , European grain sacks...trimmed with vintage horse tack....they are the real deal. These bags tell tall tales and long stories much like Stephanie herself! (it's true, sorry Steph)

I can almost hear J. Petermans voice in my head: (ahem... here I go)

"Envision the calloused hands that wove the coarse linen...knowing that the bags would travel to lands they would never themselves see.
Stenciling almost inappropriately fanciful with more care than calligraphers hand.
Filled with golden nuggets of grain or precious seeds of pearls mined from rich German and French soil....and then off to market and farm.
Beguiling, yet befitting that some cultures considered this currency. As some civilizations were known as rich only by what they grew...."

I was thrilled and honored to get one of the first...beautifully stenciled with farm tools , name of a German town and date of origin....I categorize these as wearable art.
Thanks for your talent Stephanie...with one of these slung on my shoulder, you do in fact, make me look better by association!!!

For now Stephanie is just offering these goodies to the wholesale trade...
If you would like to contact her on terms or availability email
or watch for her upcoming website at

A few more of Stephanie's upholstery designs...

Monday, March 30, 2009

A+ students

Pick your canvas!

the subject matter

Sheryl and her daughters hard at work

Marcella, Amanda and Zoe in a creative state
So, what's better to do on a rainy Sunday morning?
Learn to paint!
And could there be a better setting than Schuyler Pond Home and Garden?
I had a hard time concentrating surrounded by all the frills and finery's.
Somehow, I powered through.
As you can see the first painting class was a raging success!
These gals came ready, willing and certainly able.
Unbelievably, only one of the girls had taken a painting class before.
hmmm, I do feel a bit nervous that these students may have surpassed the teacher!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

have some class

Calling all hidden-artists

A few seats still available for the March 29th painting class...

I will will hold up my right hand , place my left hand on a palette and swear to do my best to instruct!

the details:

Sunday, March 29th 10am-noon
at the bodaciously, bucolic Schuyler Pond Home and Garden
Saratoga Springs , New York

$120/per person
all materials included
as well as a delicious light brunch!

the mission:

to start and complete(fingers crossed) your own floral painting!

Be there or be square!
call or email for further details

Monday, March 9, 2009

California, here I come...

warning: shameless plug

~California won't come to me, so I'm going to California~

Looking forward to meeting all you West-coasters!


Shameless....a word that describes so many things.
first of all, the name of the song that was played for my husbands and my first wedding dance. Doubly shameless as we didn't pick a song and left it up to the band.
Sadly, they were quite astute.
Shameless, also describing the way I decorate.
I don't know what it's called....hmmm...possibly "farmhouse frilly"...or "barnyard baubles"...or "pasture posh"...or my fav "depression era decorums."
Anything discarded, overly loved and worn....imperfect.
My dream house? With morbid curiosity you may inquire...
Imagine an overgrown abandoned farmhouse...swayback barns, crooked weathervanes, tobacco stained wallpaper, bare light bulbs, fanciful furnishings paired with farm wares.

Like diamonds wrapped in grainsacks.

So thanks To Jen for admiring my shameless style.

It's nice to know I'm not alone.......

Thursday, February 12, 2009

highly distressed

The wooden crate next to the wood stove at my Father's hunting camp that holds the firewood always makes me snicker.
Scrawled across the front in chicken scratch penmanship is the phrase...or should I say question: "Would Bocks?"
I can't justly say why I get the biggest kick out of this clever quip.
So, when I set out to aptly name my new distressed paintings on board with a kitschy catch phrase I came up short.
I tried names a plenty..attempting to use the same sly play on words...

Not an easy task.
The sad truth is the best I could come up with was "Bored Paintings".
Not quite the verbal aesthetic I was looking for.
So best to call it what it really is I say.
Paintings on wood.
A tad ho hum and Plain Jane....but a fact nonetheless.
I can't tell you the joy I get finding that perfect piece of wood...
Whether an old door panel, wide piece planking with beaded edging, slatted bee box lids, a chunky fraction of moulding... or just an oddly, misshapen slat of wood with worm holes and rough cut nails.
I love the idea of resuscitating some gem that someone in history had made by hand...
Even down to the simplest piece of wood that was hand-planed.
The icing on the cake for me is the final task of distressing the wood and hand waxing it.
I like to think of these new works as truly one of a kind....each with it's own story.