Tuesday, July 24, 2012


 Let's call this series, "On the Easel"!

First I painted this Lilac painting. I love this palette. Love the purples, blues and greens. I have loved this palette since I was little. 

Do you know I remember these colors on a sofa slipcover when I was a little girl. I remember noticing it and loving it. I was probably only FIVE!

I am going to submit this to a juried art show. Since they accept two submissions, I had to come up with something else too.

After the Lilacs lose their blooms, I look forward to the purple and blues of the summer hydrangea!
So, that seemed a perfect companion! 

Before I could even think of a painting, I had to do some warm-ups!
A talented artist Amy Guglielmo (Amy is so talented: http://www.touchtheart.com/) painted lady sap buckets and gave me a few buckets, so these were the warm-ups!

How cute are these?

 I love these Summer Ladies!

oh, and there was this little warm up project also..... I just had to paint this tote!
If you want to see it BEFORE, you will have to go to FLYING PIG BOOKSTORE facebook page 
(I forgot to take a before pic ; )

Oh and I painted this GARDEN! Which I also love!  Wheww, It has been a busy 4 days!  

Oh, and for the non-artists reader-folk. One painting took.... 18 different brushes! No one tells you that! And while I paint, I admit, each brush I pick up I say to myself, "oh this is my favorite brush." Which cracked me up when I realized I have 18 favorites! : )

I am going to finish the work on the easel tomorrow (Wednesday) and then get the cupboard I painted out of the garage and into the house! I will take a picture when it is all settled in : )

What have you been up to?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday projects ~~~

Gorgeous day today, perfect weather for .... PAINTING!!
Here is the Craigslist cupboard BEFORE:

... and this is right now, the DURING..

stay tuned for the AFTER!
: )

edited to add:

almost there ~~~~~~~~

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Double Launch

Fall is going to be super awesomely busy!

I feel incredibly blessed to be a full time artist. It is not always easy, always messy, and worth all the struggle. Oh yes..... Even the struggle parts.

SO MANY STRUGGLE PARTS!! Not just financial, but on an intuitive level, trusting my instincts, silencing my inner critic and following my heart.

Keep moving is a good way to silence any inner critic!

Planning for an art show! Here is a peeK ~~~~

Planning is almost complete, dates are being chosen, for..............

2 day studio workshops on trusting your intuition! 
More info to follow if you are in the area.

Of course SCHOOL VISITS! are be planned and ready to roll!


updating interior spaces by adapting your own meaningful furnishings to something new and fresh! 

Illustration portfolio is being updated with YuMmY NeW Art!

Whew!! No wonder I need naps!

Please, share in the comments what you are planning for the Fall!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

My advice to the creative you, the momma you, the papa you,  the hard-working you is to find a place that gives your soul a view. Recharge, Refresh. Laugh. Write. Draw.

I finished this revision of my middle grade novel! **insert happy dancing**
I am going to put it aside for a few weeks, then reread it.

After a few tweaks, this is the version that is going to be submitted!!
**more dancing**


Friday, July 6, 2012

Salad in a jar ~ the process..

I went to Agway and bought mason Ball Jars, they were 12.99 for a dozen. They are bigger than they look here, 1 Quart each (with wide mouth openings).

Instead of putting veggies from the store into the frig door to rot, I washed and cut everything up:

The bottom level of the jar is the dressing, which is great because you can measure the amount you want since that is where the calories are!

I put hard veggies, carrots, celery toward the bottom by the dressing then pile everything up.
These jars have caesar dressing, carrots, celery, cucumber, mushroom, grilled chicken, tomato and lettuce.
Croutons have to go in when you eat them, if you want them or they will get soft.

I really pack the lettuce. Now I just put the lids on and put them in the frig. The cold in the frig seals them even tighter! When you are ready to eat, you just turn your jar upside down and shake so the dressing can be distributed. We eat right out of the jar, but you can pour it into a bowl.

I made 12 jars on a Monday and by Thursday my (4) sons (probably only 3 of them) ate 11 jars of salad and we no longer have a veggie drawer in the frig. full of veggies going bad!!!
Everything in the jar, even cut tomatoes are still fresh after 7 days!!!

If it is as easy to eat as a cookie ~ we can eat a salad!

Our family is all grown-ish and everyone is coming and going and when they stop by they are always looking for food, and I am trying to lose weight, get healthy and stronger and I just love having these all lined up in the frig ready to go.. nothing is mushy, nothing being wasted. 

Now I have to go revise the last chapters of my middle grade novel. You go make some salads. You will thank me later!