Friday, April 11, 2014

Thanks to my donors! I have exceeded my goal!

Wow! I exceeded the goal for my Hatchfund Project in under 24 hours! Thanks to the very generous donations made by lifelong friends, family, new clients and even a few that I haven't seen in years,  my project made $3425. This means that all of my materials for the Tohono Chul show will be paid for, and I will have  the funds to take a trip to the Sonoran Desert for research and inspiration! This project will be taking up a lot of my time during the months of May, June, and July. So I will refrain from doing any shows during this period. Unless for some reason I am able to create more than I expect, at a faster rate. 
This month, however, I am attending the Verde Valley Bird and Nature Festival. This begins on the 24th of April and runs that weekend through Sunday. If you are a Phoenix client, or someone who lives in the Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott areas, I sure hope that you can pop over and see me! I haven't done this show before and look forward to it. 
I will have my new product, 9 bird Aprons, available, along with a brand new product. Prints of my bird heads, matted, ready for framing. I will also have minis, original artworks ranging from $65-$275 (very affordable!)
Here is a sneak peak...

 Meanwhile, I plan to be creating new pieces for the WEEMS show that is coming in November. I will only post my pieces for the Tohono Chul show here, so be sure and check back to take a peak at what I am doing for my Hatchfund Project!

Lastly, I created another piece for the Home on the Range Gift Shop at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. 

So if you are planning to dine there, look for it. I call it "Jack's Snack". 
Happy Spring and thanks for checking out my blog! See you next time!

Monday, March 24, 2014

NEW! Hatchfund Project Launch!

As of March 24th I have launched my new Hatchfund Project. I have been asked by the Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, Arizona to show 24 pieces of work in the Welcome Gallery from August - November 2014. There will an open artist reception on August 15th beginning at 5:30 PM. The title of the body of work is Celebrate Our Sonoran Desert Wildlife.
I will be mixing my two styles of work of this show, layered, textured abstracts with birds/or animals, and my more representational, yet stylized pieces of birds and other critters of the Sonoran Desert, sometimes shown in their native habitats. 
All Donations are Tax Deductible

I am very excited about the project and hope that you can help me out! I thank all of you out there who can donate to the project. I have set aside some fun, colorful, and birdy perks so please go to MY PROJECT to learn more!

Thank you!!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Almost ready for San Diego Bird Festival

I have been busting my butt getting ready for this year's San Diego Bird Festival. Making minis like crazy both for orders and for the show, and painting, painting, painting like a mad woman. I am really looking forward to this festival. I am the featured artist this year and my work with be on the t-shirt. I had Cafe Press make a not so slick version of this complete with slogan and wore it to the festival last year. The gal in charge liked it so much, she wanted to make it this year's shirt!

Because I am the featured artist the festival is kind enough to give me a room and a booth! Pretty Sweet!

Here are some other pieces I will have available at the show…

After the show I plan to take an assemblage class in Palm Desert. That will be the icing on the cake! I am very much looking forward to this festival. The woman I will be taking this class with is an outstanding artist and I really respect her as an artist and her work. She has a special talent. 

For those of you in Southern California, please come to the Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, on Mission Bay  and see me at the festival!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Still working on Pieces for San Diego Festival, however….

… I always have time to squeeze in some other pieces for me. I have been getting back to the oils lately, and working on loose abstract pieces, with birds and trees. Much of my current work, is really a process and not for anyone to see, just experiments and lots of mistakes. 
I have been playing with layering color and texture in abstract work in addition to working in oil.

An art teacher once told me that if you are not making crappy work, you are not learning. So the painted-over pieces bring a smile to my face….I actually enjoy painting over old mistakes, as the pentimento effect adds a great deal to the new work!

Lately, I have become much more particular about what goes out there to be seen. I sometimes have to sit with pieces  for a good while, before I decide if they are good enough to be viewed by others. Could it be that I am maturing as an artist? If that is true, I am a late, late bloomer!

I enjoy working in abstract so much, I have to watch it and make sure I don't overdo. It is very easy to get lost in the fun of creating, and just turn the piece into mud. These loose pieces are so freeing for me. I do get rather tired of working on the tight dual bird series that I have been working on for the past two years. 
Perhaps I can transition to those sloppier, more relaxed paintings to show at the festivals….

See you in San Diego!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Some new pieces for the New Year

Happy 2014!!

At the end of the year I was busy working on a commission for a friend
The birds of Southeast Arizona measures 40" long and turned out quite nicely, I thought.

But now it's a new year and I am preparing for an upcoming bird festival in San Deigo, CA. It starts Feb. 26-March 2nd. I am looking forward to it, but have just a few small paintings to take, so I need to get busy!
Meanwhile, during the week in between Christmas and New Year's, I went to Southeast Arizona with the hubby and worked on some new pieces, while he worked. 

All of these paintings are available for purchase on Etsy. 

I am working on creating stronger contrasts in my pieces. I think that these three examples show progress in that area. I always strive to do better. 
In addition to preparing for the festival, I am working on another grant. It would allow me to create a series of paintings that are larger and more marketable in galleries. 
Stay tuned for my upcoming works. 

Healthy and Prosperous New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

Well it is almost a new year!! I have lots of new ideas for projects that I am looking forward to starting as soon as I am back in the studio. I am spending this New Year's Eve in Sierra Vista, AZ with my husband, who is leading a bird tour. New Years Eve dinner will be held at Cafe Roka, in Bisbee, AZ.
I will have to post my end of the year pieces later, as I have not yet photographed them.  Stayed tuned for more images to come...
I wish all of you a wonderful, healthy and profitable New Year!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

It's that time of year again...
Turkey Day

My hubby and I will be at the Casa de San Pedro for Thanksgiving, and I will show my work there on the 29th Friday.
Come see me at 8933 S. Yell Road Hereford, AZ
and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the hacienda style inn on the San Pedro River, and browse my artwork. I will have items for sale from $20 and up, and all of my newest pieces to view.

Call 520-366-1300 for more info.

I hope to see you there!
Happy Thanksgiving!