Year End Sale on Original Paper Works

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WHAT? ORIGINAL ART FOR UNDER $60? WHO DOES THAT?

OH YEAH ME. That's right folks, I'm making room for the new year by clearing out the studio in one swoop. Fifty five works for $55 each. Stuff ranges from 9x12 to 18x24, most on paper, most are botanicals, most never seen before, most would retail regularly for $150-$300 and up. I just feel like clearing the decks and giving an opportunity for a bargain. You guys have been so good to me and the least I can do it lower the gate to get in the clubhouse!

CLUBHOUSE RULES: Link will be posted on my site Friday December 29, 11am Eastern, and when it's gone it's gone. What doesn't sell by the end of the weekend will get sliced up, repurpose, or gesso'd over. THIS IS A TAKE NO PRISONERS STYLE SALE. Come and get it! 

 

 

Gift Bags Gone WIld

 

Remember that time when you had nothing else to do two weeks before Christmas and spent hours lovingly painting gift wrap for your friends and family? No?

Hmmm….well, remember that time you freaked out because you were leaving town and instead of doing your work you went into a manic surge of creative energy and stayed up half the night painting gift bags for friends and family?

WELL I DO.

These are not for sale. I'm just showing them here as a means of displaying my particular breed of crazy in hopes that it might make you feel better about yours. Mary Christmas!

 

 

A Gooey Kind of Hope

My childhood neighbors had a dog named Huey Lewis, because it was the 80s and that is what you did. Then Huey got hit by a car and the next day they bought a dog and named him Gooey, which rhymed, I guess, but it was a weird name for a dog who was not at all gooey. Frankly, it was unfortunate. He was dry and dandruffy and little snowflakes would fall from his neck if you scratched behind his ears too hard. His eyes dripped, his tail crooked to one side, and a protruding underbite made him look mad at all times, which was too bad because Gooey was anything but angry. He was sweet and simple. A perpetual enthusiast. His greatest joy was to lay in the sun. One day Gooey went to the vet and the diagnosis was something bad enough or expensive enough that his family took him to the pound. They gave up. They didn't have it in them to have him put down, but they let him be someone else's problem. I can't tell you what happened next, but the legend is that less than hour after getting to that pound, Gooey jumped that fence and ran home. Five miles. The family let him stay one more night and took him back in the morning. Again. And Gooey ran home. Again. Only this time the family wasn't home so their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Anthony, walked over to Gooey sitting on the driveway, ripped the pound tag off his neck, and before the day was out, she renamed him Harold and fed him steak dinner. And that was that. And he stayed there living happily for years, healthy, dandruffy, and spoiled rotten. Sometimes I'd ride my bike by Mrs. Anthony's yard and I'd see Harold laying in the sun, belly up, all snaggletoothed and drippy eyed, rubbing his joy in the faces of the family who gave up on him just when he needed them most. And it was wonderful.

"A Gooey Kind of Hope" 8x10, acrylic on canvas (SOLD)

Swish Swipe Holiday Ornaments

All year long I save the 'remains of the day' paint left on each palette and use it to swipe little abstracts on Christmas ornaments. Then one cold day in November, I sat down and made formal compositions using enough gold leaf to choke Scrooge McDuck. These ornaments to sell but folks keep messaging me for DIY tips. It appears the heart wants what it wants!

If you are going to make them, allow me to share some tips I wished I knew before starting. These are EASY but there are some tricks for success.

  1. Paint quality. These are made w Golden fluid acrylic because that is what's left from my paintings, but any good quality artists acrylic will stick to glass. However, if you use craft paint, the Martha Stewart multipurpose by Plaid line will work on glass or plastic too. Avoid the cheaperish craft paints because they will eventually split and crackle without a substrate to grip.
  2. Thick paint will be more prone to chipping off. So keep it thin or thin it out (pouring medium or acrylic extender or airbrush medium - be wary of water). And avoid layering too thick.
  3. Before you start painting, wipe the ornament with rubbing alcohol. Anything between surface and paint will tamper with adherence. Even the newest glass bulbs will have some factory dust, and plastic goods often have a sort of oily film (very slight - helps with non-sticking in the packaging process).
  4. Whatever ribbon or twine you use as a topper, get something that does not fray. I started these a year ago with black and white ribbon (looked super cute!) but with the passage of time the fibers relaxed and looked messy. You want these looking sharp for years to come, be selective with your topper!
  5. It's fun to leave gaps of exposed glass you can see stuff inside the ornament too - twinkly confetti, pompoms, sequins, etc.
  6. Have fun! Merry Christmas!

The Kindness of Trees

It's been a rough week. Sometimes, even as an adult, the world seems like scary and uncertain place. It is in these moments that I try to remind myself that there is never a time to stop doing good. Even the smallest gesture of kindness can ripple through the world in unknown ways. 
 

"Even if I knew the world would go to pieces tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree today."
-Martin Luther