Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The 120 Artists CoOp Grand Opening

Come join us for the Grand Opening of the 120 Artists CoOp! Currently, there will be 14 local artists displaying and selling their work. Yesterday as I was setting up my space I took a look around and saw some wonderful watercolors, oils (or acrylic, not sure), sparkling etched glass, mosaic and note cards to name a few. I will have pastels, botanicals, other prints and ornaments available for sale. Two potters will also be included and will be demonstrating over the weekend along with a few other artists. Add coffee and goodies to snack on while you take in the beautiful artwork and we hope it will make for an enjoyable experience. The CoOp is located at 120 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH. This weekend we will be open for business Friday, November 26, 10am - 9pm, Saturday, November 27, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, November 28, 1pm - 4pm. Following weeks until Christmas hours are - Thursdays 10am - 6pm, Fridays 10am - 9pm and Saturdays 10am - 6pm. Hope to see some of you there!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall classes come to a close

 During the months of September and October I had the privilege of working with 2 groups of creative young artists in my fall children's drawing classes. Oh how this group pictured above loved to make art! -- and glitter. They are working on an underwater scene where they used glitter paint to embellish the fish.  My older class, who were equally enthusiastic, met on another day and worked in a variety of media including artist grade pencils, pastel and oil pastel and watercolor. Though I will miss my students I will be working on lessons for another round of classes in the spring. I am considering adding a more advanced class to my 1st through 3rd and 4th through 8th classes. This class will concentrate more on technique and larger projects with a focus on drawing for grades 6 and up--not sure on the age limit yet.  As in all of my classes,  I want to teach the basics of art but also want to encourage each student to develop their own unique style. More info after the first of the year.

Monday, September 13, 2010


  ""One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few."    
 I've loved this quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh since I first read it in her little book, Gift of the Sea. So often in our lives and even in our artwork it can be difficult to decide which treasures to choose. There are so many beautiful sunrises, flowers and scenes to paint. There are so many "places to go and people to see". I can't do it all! But as the quote seems to suggest I will live a more content and productive life if I concentrate on the important, the most meaningful, the most beautiful. ~~just a thought to begin the day.

Sketches from my sketchbook
pen & ink with watercolor pencil 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Handpainted ornaments

From time to time I take a break from the pencils and pastels to hand paint ornaments for two local shops.  The ornaments pictured here are on their way to The Victorian House in Millersburg, OH for their gift shop. I also paint ornaments with messages like, "Our First Christmas", "Happy Anniversary", "Baby's First Christmas" and other Christmas sentiments. These are available at 'Tis the Season   , an all year  Christmas shop in Berlin, OH.

Monday, August 16, 2010

lakeside sketches...

We recently spent a week at a friend's cottage by Lake Erie. During our stay I took some time to sketch a few  memories. I find that a page of sketches in my sketchbook can take me back to the time and place much better than an album full of photographs. On this page are, a hibiscus that was blooming at the cottage, an unidentified fish washed up on shore, a sand sculpture sculpted by a man who kept us entertained several days at the beach, some shells and a leaf from a tree that lined the beach path.
     We also experienced some of the most wonderful sunrises while we were there. We took so many photos which should keep me busy painting for a long while...painting one of my favorite places to be...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Sky over Gem Beach

As I prepare for 2 art shows next month and anticipate our Catawba Island vacation on Lake Erie, I've just finished painting another view of Gem Beach. This time with the focus being on the cloud formations from a photo taken from last year's trip to the Lake. Looking forward to days in the sun and water, the sound of the waves and seagulls and relaxation of the week soon to come. Hope to also do some exploring of the area for future paintings.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Clematis 'Nelly Moser'

The more I learn about botanical art, the more I like it. Something about the detail, the color, and the close attention to the small things in the world that so often get overlooked. In 'Nelly Moser', I have added a few leaves and vine along with the flower this time. The plant lives beside our front porch and was just covered in blooms this spring. Looking forward to it's second blooming in the fall.

Clematis 'Nelly Moser' ~ image size 9"x8"
colored pencil on bristol

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Small Wonders

When I want to emphasize the intricacy and design of a small subject, I sometimes draw them with a sepia colored pencil on acid-free cream Mi Tientes paper. There is so much to be seen in these "small wonders". They are framed in locally handcrafted pine frames in sizes 5", 4" and 3" square. Other drawings in the works include pinecones, morel mushrooms, jack-in-the-pulpit and whatever else I might find on the forest floor.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Spring Flowers

The flowers in my gardens were so beautiful this spring I just couldn't resist painting a few. They are each 5"x7" framed in a 10"x12" narrow oak frame with a cream top and green inside mat.

These pieces are also available as giclee reproductions.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dry Season

While with a group on a missions trip to El Salvador I passed this gnarled tree alongside the road. It was during the dry season, but I was struck by the beauty I found there. I thought this tree with its interesting branches in the midst of a hot and rugged environment captured the beauty of the landscape and the people of this mountain community.

This drawing takes on a dual meaning in its title, "Dry Season". We all, at one time or another, experience seasons of drought, be it creatively or spiritually. This is a reminder that these times can expose an inner beauty and strength we would have never found without them.

"Dry Season" ~ 18"x18" sepia colored pencil on cream paper.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sailboats and Hollyhocks ~ 18x24 pastel on sanded paper

Two years ago I went with a good friend to Lakeside Ohio on Lake Erie for the weekend. We were to meet another good friend to celebrate as we all turned "50" that year. It was June and, apparently, hollyhock season. The walk by the lake was covered in color as the hollyhocks and daylilies were in full bloom. There were sailboats sailing in the distance along with a picture perfect sky and lake. All combined in this painting to remind me of the friendship I share with these two amazing women who have been a part of my life for most of my 50 years.

Sanibel Skies

A few months ago, while needing some inspiration for painting, I came across a photo that my good friend Vickie had taken and asked her permission to paint it. I have never been to Sanibel Island, FL but it is on my List of Places to Go. The sunshine, the sea, the shells along the beach, the scent of ocean air. While we were in the midst of the snowiest February I can remember, it just felt right to lose myself in this painting for awhile. I hope it brings you a little warmth as well.

Sanibel Skies ~ 5"x 7" pastel on sanded paper

Monday, February 15, 2010

Miniature Pastel Project

I am forever being inspired by the artists I meet on Facebook. This project is an idea I borrowed from an artist friend, Tennessee artist Paula Ford. I am hoping the small format will allow me to confidently experiment with the medium and help me to become a better painter. By painting small and quickly it forces me to not be obsessed with the details and in turn practice a more impressionistic style. The painting above is another scene from the local Wilderness Center. The first in the series of small 5x7 pastels.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kids' Drawing Classes

I am again offering drawing classes for children. In addition to the class for 4th - 8th grade I have also added a class for children in grades 1 - 3. The classes will be held in Winesburg, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for 6 weeks beginning in mid-February. Limit of 8 students per class.

As you can see from the photos, we had a great time with a fun group of talented kids. If you are interested and would like more information on the classes, please feel free to contact me through my web site.