Thursday, June 28, 2012

Published pg. 14 in the July/Aug 2012 Somerset Studio!!!

I was so excited to get my copy of Somerset with a feature article by me!!!
I still can't believe it!  My little family is so proud.  I'm feeling really thankful for my husband putting up with my big mess of paint in the dining room.  When I first started painting he was a bit perturbed but he is a huge support now.  Someday I will have a little studio of my own where I can blare my music and paint the day away. 

Here's a few pics of my magazine spread and some paintings I've been working on. 
Wishing you well from Oregon!

PS:  I'm a little closer to my Italy painting class!  Thank you so much to all my sponsors♥

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working on a background
Background mostly done, working on the figure

My Janie cat squeezing herself into an empty box

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Happy Friday?  Oops, I'm a little late. :)  Just popping in to say hi and share a few paintings in the works.  
I was the featured artist on Paint Party Friday this week!  Sending a big Thank you to Kristin and Eva for giving me the opportunity to share my story, you can read the interview HERE.

Pictured below is a painting I'm working on.  She has already been sold!!! 
Now I need to hurry up and finish her.

This red haired lady was inspired by the new pixar movie, Brave.  I love the music on the preview for the film. 
Since painting this piece the hair was just too big for my liking so I covered over it and will begin again.  

This is a little piece I started this week.  I'm trusting in my dream to paint in Italy.  I'm just barely over 40% now.  I still have a long way to go, but I know we can do it!  I'll be adding more prints to my shop soon to help me get there.  
Thank you so much to my sponsors and friends.  I never imagined so many kindred artists would rally to help me make this dream come true.  I'm blessed to have such wonderful friends. 
Thank you for dreaming with me!

Much Love,


Friday, June 15, 2012

PPF: A dog named Rusty, painting, and a Beautiful Graduate!!!

Meet Rusty...I was driving my daughter and her friend home from downtown the other night when we came across this little guy in the middle of the road.  I was so worried he was going to get hit by a car so I pulled into the refuge lane and rescued him.  He seemed relieved and kept trying to lick my face the rest of the way home.  I feel lucky to have been there at just the right time when Rusty needed someone...what are the odds?

It was late when we got home so I figured I would start the search for Rusty's family in the morning.  
Surprisingly, my animals didn't protest too much to having a visitor.  I think the kitty rolled her eyes and I could almost hear her say, whatever...

The next day I took my Lucy and Rusty out for a morning walk.  I could see it would be hard to say goodbye when I found Rusty's family. 

I had posted an ad on Craigslist about a found dog but didn't get a single email so I took Rusty to the vet to see if he had a chip.  Sure enough, he did and the owners were so happy to hear their doggy was ok.  
I waited with Rusty at the vet clinic for his family to take him home.  
Rusty was so excited when they arrived, it was a happy reunion.  I miss the little guy even though our time was brief.  I couldn't help but cry as I drove home.  My daughter teased me about it. 

waiting for Rusty's family

Here's a few paintings I've been working on the last couple of weeks.

starting a background

laying down a landscape

the finished piece sealed with beeswax

i love this painting so much

Last Friday we celebrated the graduation of my daughter from High School!
I'm so incredibly proud of my girl.
She has grown up to be a kind and compassionate young lady.
I couldn't be more proud.  I am blessed to be her mother.
The Graduate and her bestie♥
Sending love from Oregon,

ps:  I'm up to 40% of my goal to get to Italy!!!  If you would like to sponsor me, the information is on my sidebar!  ♥