Monday, July 23, 2012


In case you didn't know, I am dreaming to go to Italy for a painting class with Misty Mawn.  
Many friends have rallied to help make it a reality.  So far I have 50% of the funds to make it happen!
  I decided to have an online art sale to make it to the finish line by the end of August.   
I will have several originals available and a few pieces by my talented friend Judy Wise.♥

I had planned to have the auction on August 2nd(my birthday), but it turns out I have to work so the auction will be August 3rd.  I had originally thought about having the auction on ebay but I may just have it right here on my blog to bypass ebay fees.  

I had a lovely conversation with my friend Jennifer Valentine this morning.  We've been online friends for awhile now and it was such a treat to chat on the phone and hear her sweet voice.  She makes the most amazing jewelry!
A couple of years ago she made a custom keepsake for me after the passing of my grandmother.
You can read about it Here.  Jennifer is having a raffle HERE to help me get closer to Italy.  Each 5.00 dollar donation enters your name to win a gorgeous necklace or a pair of earrings!

She has been dreaming right along with me and I am so thankful for her♥ 

August is just around the corner so I wanted to pop in and share a few of the offerings that will be available in my upcoming auction!!!   

There is more to come soon! 

7x10 on watercolor paper by Jenny Lee Wentworth

12x16 on heavy paper by Jenny Lee Wentworth

11x14 on watercolor paper by Jenny Lee Wentworth

11x14 on watercolor paper by Jenny Lee Wentworth

11x14 on watercolor paper by Jenny Lee Wentworth

11x14 on watercolor paper by Jenny Lee Wentworth
11x14 on watercolor paper by Jenny Lee Wentworth

13x16 framed ready to hang by Judy Wise

12x30 on canvas ready to hang by Judy Wise

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Evolution of a painting...

It's been a busy week but I managed to start a new painting!  I had a basic idea in mind and went about trying to paint it out.  A little way into the work it just wasn't what I had envisioned.  It pained me to cover over her beautiful face, so I took a photo to remember her and started again.  Little by little it is starting to look the way I imagined it.  I'll post pictures when she's finished. 

Here are some pictures of the journey so far...

Hope you enjoyed seeing the process!  It's always so hard to go back to work on Monday when I'm feeling a creative frenzy coming on.  

Wishing you a happy week!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Thank you Sasha Hynds...

Happy Friday to you!!!
I have a few special artist friends to spotlight in the coming weeks.  They have been my online friends, online class buddies, and kindred spirits.  In addition, they have been my biggest supporters in my dream to paint in Italy with Misty Mawn.  I hope to meet them all in person one day.  

Today I'd like you to meet Sasha Hynds.  Sasha is an Ontario based artist, wife, mother, and friend.
Although we have not had the pleasure of meeting in person it is plain to see that she is incredibly kind and shares a passion for the arts.  Much of her work contains beautiful serene women.  You definitely have a peaceful feeling when viewing her portraits.  Pictured below are just a few of her pieces.  

I asked Sasha if there was anything in particular she wanted to share with you today.  
This was her reply:

"I believe that if, at the end of it all according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out"
- Roger Ebert 

That is how I try to live, listen to my heart and do what makes me happy. And contributing to your dream makes me very happy. I know you will be in Italy with Misty, looking forward to seeing all the art you create in Italy.

♥ Sasha

To learn more about Sasha, visit her website HERE

Thank you for your kindness and for sharing my dream Sasha.  

Love Your Friend,