A Different Look – A New Display

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Projects | 2 comments

DSC00674 This old suitcase was a goldish tan fabric with leather trim.  The inside was really beat up, but the outside was in good shape, so I decided to try giving it a facelift.  I thought it would be a great display piece for my stationary sales.

First I painted it with gesso, then added some swipes of acrylic paint using a credit card.

DSC03683Then I decided to go with a little farmhouse theme. I used colored paper, vintage stationary, waterproof pens, newsprint, and sheet music.

I applied it all with Mod Podge.  When all the paper was applied to my liking, I went back and drew details with my waterproof, black pen. (more…)

Art – Parked 2014

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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This was the first year for the art show at Art Park, Lewiston, NY, just outside of Niagara Falls.  Over fifty artists gathered to show their wares out of the trunk of their cars.

This was a first for me and another member of the Creative Hands Community, Cindy Dalton.  We were the pioneers  scouting out this show. Maybe next year the whole bunch of us will go.

“How are we going to arrange things?”

“It’s getting windy.” (more…)

Ingsbjorg Smith – Scottish Mixed Media Artists

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Exploring New Artists | 0 comments

Ingsbjorg Smith is a Scottish born artist.  This piece, at Bell Fine Arts Gallery, was one of my favorites.  She uses an interesting technique of mixed media.  Wouldn’t you love to take some classes with Ms Smith?  I would.

“She is inspired by the landscape and wildlife surrounding her home in Tain. Her work has been described as “stunning collage landscapes of birds and animals, beautifully evocative, tactile and thoroughly magical. They have a sense of place and time that is beyond their subject, and a spirit that renders them magnetic”.”

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Equipo Sur

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Exploring New Artists | 0 comments

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These paintings are signed Equipo Sur – which means Southern Team.  The name represents the combined mastery of two artists who share a love of Realism.  Justo Navas, and Jose’ Antonio Abeger Blanco.  Navas was born in Madrid, Spain, and Abeger Blanco was born in Quito, Ecuador.


London Artists – Rob Van Hoek

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Exploring New Artists | 0 comments

The highlight of my trip was walking into a local art gallery in Winchester.  I was hunting for the current “masters” and happily found a few at Bell Fine Art Gallery.

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I asked the store clerk if I could photograph the pictures to show to my art community, happily she agreed.

Rob Van Hoek is a Dutch landscape painter with a wonderfully unique, contemporary expression.  These pictures unfortunately do not capture the rich tones and texture of his paintings.

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“You have to paint everyday . . .”

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Exploring New Artists | 0 comments

arches at sonnenbergBeautiful Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua, NY, hosted the 2014 Finger Lakes Plein Air Completion exhibit.  The lush grounds of Sonnenberg Mansion is a winning canvas all by itself.  Working artists dotted the grounds.  People gathered to watch them working.  It was exciting to see true masters in the process of creating. The pictures below are from the atrium exhibit which was a two-hour start to finish

competition.  It was amazing to see what these experts could produce in just two hours.  I was in awe.


CHC Emerge Conference

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

chc emerge 4“I’ve never tried anything like this before,” she said. Three hours later she held up her mixed media piece and the class listened as she shared what had inspired her.

One woman broke into tears as she shared her art-story, “it’s been three years since my husband died, and . . . it’s been so hard.” The women in the class gathered around, enveloping her with hugs and encouragement. It was an unplanned moment of healing.
Each woman used the SAME supplies, the SAME silhouette of a woman (drawn by one of our members, Cindy Dalton), and every piece turned out completely different. It was amazing to see, and the enthusiasm of the group was very apparent.