Wednesday, December 29, 2010

12 Days of Art Supplies

This is the crazy and wonderful Rita singing my version of the 12 Days of Christmas. It goes like this:
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me;
12 Conte Crayons
11 Sable Brushes
10 Colored Pencils
9 Pigma Ink Pens
8 Kneaded Erasers
7 Watercolors
6 Graphite Pencils
5 Golden Paints
4 Blending Stumps
3 Palette Knives
2 Pan Pastels
And a Strathmore Visual Journal

I always thought the twelve days of Christmas led up to Christmas but it actually starts on Christmas night and goes to the beginning of Epiphany which is the morning of January 6th. Epiphany is the climax of the advent/Christmas season and the 12 days of Christmas. I like it that the twelve days of Christmas starts with the birth of Jesus and goes on to usher in a New Year too.

I did get a Strathmore Visual Journal, mixed media, for Christmas. I am loving the paper, it erases cleanly (hey some of them don't) and is holding up well to all the paint, glues, markings and tools I'm using on it. I will be posting a lot of art from my new journal this coming year. Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Salvador Dali in commercials

This totally cracks me up. I didn't know Salvador Dali actually did commercials. The alka-seltzer is my favorite one.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

What have they done?

I did this piece about the horrors of Genetic Engineering (GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms) and what it is doing to our health, the health of our animals, our environment and our food supply. If you eat prepackaged foods, you have been consuming GMOs without even knowing it. That's right, it's not even on the label. PLEASE go to these two websites Non-GMO Project and Responsible Technology to educate yourself on what is happening.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Non GMO Project

October is Non-GMO month and 10-10-10 is Non-GMO day. When European consumers said no to GMOs, the food companies kicked them out. Now is the time for consumers in America to say no. No to the dangerous GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that are already in our food supply.

To learn more about the health dangers of GMOs and what you can do to help end the genetic engineering of our food supply, visit: Responsible Technology and to learn how to choose healthier non-GMO brands visit: Non GMO Shopping Guide

The above info was taken from the "Healing Our World" magazine from the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. The above image and text are mine.

This little kid is cute and totally serious about his mission. Now somebody give him a chair so he can sit on his hands!
Here is an 11 year olds point of view

Sketchbook Project 2011 Cover

This is the cover of my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2011. I love the brown kraft paper look so I kept it as my background color. I would tell you the theme I chose but it's kinda obvious!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Done! Well, maybe...

Here's the halfway done girl I posted below. I like her enough but will make some small changes in a day or two. I always come back and "touch up" things here and there. Does anybody else do that? I just can't seem to say it's done already!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Halfway Done

I'm about halfway done with this one. Don't know yet who she will be or what she wants to say, in other words- I don't know what to do with her yet! On 12x12 canvas.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Social Butterfly

I did this 12x12 canvas in Sharon Tomlinson's Faces in Technicolor class. She gives wonderful and very helpful critiques, here is part of her critique on this one (used with permission and because childhood memories always pull at my heart strings).

" I like the movement and she is caught in a whirly wind (not sure how to spell) but it is a memory from my childhood when we could look out across the field and see the dust and debris blowing and caught up in a whirl like a mini tornado. We always ran toward it. Well anyway, last week when I was at the hospital with dh there was an area at the front entrance to the hospital that caught the draft and I saw this several times. I wanted to step into it but there were crepe myrtle blooms swirling in it as well as a other dust and debris and I thought I shouldn't. A good painting should evoke something in the viewer even though it may not necessarily be what the artist intended. So, your painting brought back to me a distant memory along with a more recent one where the crepe myrtle blooms were swirling instead of corn husk and cotton plant leaves. .....even her hair is caught in the swirl."

You can visit Sharon's blog here and where her classes are held here.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Done - Final Layer!

I kinda lost track of how many layers. Let's see what all I used: Acrylic paint, water soluble oil pastels, stencils, ocean jasper stones, turquoise stones, charcoal pencil, ink, cheese cloth and fibers. Here you go, Mom!

Here's some close-ups:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fourth Layer

When in doubt, paint a flower. I think my stems got a little wonky tho. Still needs more layers!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Third Layer

This is the third layer. Don't quite know where I'm going with it yet but I know it needs lots more layers!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Second Layer

This is the second layer in the painting for my mom. I did a gel transfer of one of her favorite Scriptures and I stenciled using an old plastic doily that had belonged to her mom. Not liking the transfer so I might remove it.

Friday, August 6, 2010

First Layer

This painting will go to my mom for her new place. It will be the first time she has ever lived alone so I wanted to make something special just for her. Her favorite color is blue so I started the first layer with that. It is a 36x36 canvas, a nice above the sofa size.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunflower Girl

A work in progress. This is painted on my mothers old dresser mirror. The mirror broke so I salvaged the frame. It will eventually include birds, my dog and whatever else I think of. The white part is the outside of the frame, I think I will journal on that and add some cool scroll-y things.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bonny's Birthday

My little girls birthday is today, she is two years old, officially ending her puppy years. Here she is with one of her birthday presents. She got to snack on apples all day long that I dehydrated for her and she got raw egg mixed in with her regular food. Egg-y is her favorite!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Almost done with my first angel painting. I added in fibers, gold leaf, and iridescent details in the wings. And a close-up to see more detail...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Albert Bloch - Winter in the Dead Wood

Albert Bloch
American, 1882-1961

Winter in the Dead Wood, 1934-1938
Oil on Canvas

After returning to the United States from Germany in 1922, Albert Bloch became the head professor of drawing and painting at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He painted Winter in the Dead Wood early in his 25 year tenure there. Rendered with a stark palette, this bleak winter landscape suggests haunting desolation and Bloch's own pessimistic world view. The scene depicted within its thick, encrusted surface evokes not only bitter cold, but also memory and loss. Bloch titled the painting after a poem by the Austrian poet Karl Kraus (1874-1936) written in protest of World War I. Lacking explicit references to war, the painting may, nonetheless, reflect obliquely Bloch's horror at the rise of Hitler as well as the despondent mood of Depression-era America.

The original work can be viewed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Photo by me, text references by the museum.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, David with the Head of Goliath

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called II Guercino
Italian (Bolognese), 1591-1666

David with the Head of Goliath, ca.1618

This David and Goliath is an early work by Guercino painted in fresco, a technique in which paint is applied to fresh plaster which, as it dries, bonds with the pigment. A good portion of the tree on the right, however, has been painted on top of the dry plaster, using pigments bound with glue or egg. Fresco painting was normally used for large scale, architectural decorations rather than individual, smaller scale works such as this. It is possible that Guercino did this painting as an exercise in mastering the fresco technique. It depicts the Biblical story of David, who against all odds, killed the Philistine giant Goliath and beheaded  him with the giant's own sword.

The original work can be viewed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Photo by me, text references by the museum.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bernado Strozzi, Saint Cecilia

 Bernado Strozzi
1581/82 to 1644

Saint Cecilia, 1620-1625

The classical columns allude to Saint Cecilia's aristorcratic Roman family who secretly practiced Christianity. Her martyrdom is symbolized by the palm frond in her right hand. Cecilia is flanked by an organ and a violin, her attributes as the patron saint of music.

This work can be seen at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Photo by me, text references from the museum.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Vincent van Gogh, Olive Orchard

Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853-1890

Olive Orchard, 1889
Oil on canvas

This is a late work by van Gogh created at a time when his style was at its most agitated and expressive. It is one of a series of olive orchards painted while the artist was a patient at the asylum at Saint Remy de Provence, where he had committed himself after a series of mental breakdowns.
Van Gogh refers to the painting in a letter of July 1889 as an orchard of olive trees with gray leaves, "their violet shadows laying on the sunny sand". These shadows admirably convey the scorching heat of the Provencal sun, and the repetitive, rectangular brush strokes establish curving patterns of energy that heighten the emotional effect.

This work can be seen at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Photo by me, text references taken from the museum.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Paul Raphael Meltsner, Paul, Marcella and Van Gogh

Paul Raphael Meltsner
American, 1905-1966

Paul, Marcella and Van Gogh ca. 1937
Oil on canvas

This self-portrait by New Yorker Paul Meltsner features not only likenesses of his stately model, Marcella, and charming wirehaired terrier, Van Gogh, but also a view of one of the artist's industrial scenes, which brought him considerable fame in the 1930's. Holding a hammer instead of a typical brush and palette, Meltsner expresses identification with workers like the one included in the painting behind him. The composition's smooth and volumetric forms, which appear like products of an assembly line, tie Meltsner more subtly to proletarianism, a celebration of workers' culture that attracted many American artists throughout the period. Meltsner's style translated easily and successfully into the widely accessible medium of printmaking, a pursuit that further strengthened his affiliation with 1930s proletarianism.

Original work can be seen at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Photo taken by me, references taken from the museum.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Stuart Davis, Hotel de France

Stuart Davis
American, 1892-1964

Hotel de France, 1928
Oil on canvas

Hotel de France is the first painting Stuart Davis completed during a 14 month stay in Paris beginning in 1928. The bright palette, jaunty composition and picturesque street scene convey the American artist's delight in the city's unique sites, particularly in the area of Montparnasse, where he settled. Vertically oriented, the composition calls attention to the white hotel facade, red pissotiere (public urinal), green advertising kiosk and black lamppost. Signs of the influence of French Cubism are evident in the interplay between two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional space as well as in the inclusion of prominent textured forms. The visual rhythms of Davis' work approximate the syncopation of American jazz, which enjoyed international popularity for its rebellious and youthful spirit.

This work is part of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Resurrection Day

 Resurrected Jesus and Mary Magdalene, early 1900s Bible Card illustration, publisher unknown.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thomas Hart Benton

 Thomas Hart Benton
American, 1889-1939

Persephone, 1938-1939
Tempera with oil glazes on canvas, mounted on panel

Benton’s Persephone appears as a sunbathing farm girl. Hades is shown as a lustful, aging farmer with a rickety cart for his chariot. His facial features appear similar to Benton’s own, although he used a local model.

Note: It is rumored to be Benton and his wife in this painting.

This painting is displayed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Scream

April Fools! I feel kinda bad desecrating the work of Edvard Munch like this, but what the heck.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My billboard design, Raytown, Missouri on 350 Hwy

 I was honored to have my work chosen by the public for the contest. These photos are the Kansas City locations which were up thru November 2008. This one was on 350 Hwy in Raytown, MO. You can see all the billboards here and read about my billboard here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

My billboard design, Kansas City, Independence Avenue

I was honored to have my work chosen by the public for the contest. These photos are the Kansas City locations which were up thru November 2008. This one was on Independence Avenue. You can see all the billboards here and read about my billboard here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My billboard design, Kansas City, at Broadway and 39th

I was honored to have my work chosen by the public for the contest. These photos are the Kansas City locations which were up thru November 2008. This one was at Broadway and 39th. You can see all the billboards here and read about my billboard here.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Missouri Billboard Contest Winner

 I am both excited and honored that my billboard art work won the art the vote billboard contest. Over 10,000 votes were cast and 28 talented artists entered, you can see their work and mine here. My work will start appearing on billboards through out the state of Missouri September 5th. You can read more about my billboard art here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vast Tundra

Abstract series #6. Last one in the series but I'll be doing more- mainly as a background.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Abstract series #5. This one if my favorite.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Of the Earth

Abstract Series #4. I see two dogs in this one. No, I haven't been drinking.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Above and Below

Abstract Earth Series #3. These are hard to photograph- they all look a little blurry.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Crimson Tumult

Part of an abstract series of 6. Trying to get earthy qualities through hue and texture. Like what you might see if you slice open a rock.

Friday, March 5, 2010


One of my abstract pieces. There's something so "freeing" about doing an abstract- no pressure, no structure, you can do anything you want, use any materials you want, and it's all good.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fisher Woman Fountain

This is my favorite fountain in Kansas City, located downtown on Main St. It has a big bottom part to it but I elected to crop it out to make a better photo.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Vincent VanGogh

Of course everyone knows VanGogh but I found out a lot more about his life after watching "Lust for Life" on TV last night. Kirk Douglas did such a great job of playing Vincent, he made you think he really was him. VanGogh considered "The Potato Eaters" his best work.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Whole Foods Market artist gallery

Had to hang at 7:30 am which meant getting up at 6:00 am, I so don't do early. Anyways, it was worth it. Here is my work at Whole Foods Market. Not a good angle but you can see Organic Girl pretty good. A big shout out to Whole Foods Market at 91st and Metcalf , OP, KS, for inviting me to show my work in their gallery space.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Kansas City Fountain

This fountain was in an odd location- just inside of a parking garage. I couldn't get a good angle on it (because the garage was in the way!) so I took the best shot I could and then replaced the background with one of my own in Photoshop. I call her "Lady in Bronze".

Friday, February 12, 2010

Just a start...

This is only the beginning, the background for what's to come. I hope I get it done in time. I am making it specially for my art display at Whole Foods Market. It will have a girl with a fruit basket and good words like- organic, local and eat raw. Or maybe I will do something different, who knows.

If you are in the Kansas City area, stop by Whole Foods at 91st and Metcalf and take a look. My art will be there from 2-18 thru 3-31.While you're there get some of their Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad and a bottle of Kombucha and you're good to go.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


This is a fountain in Kansas City. I honestly don't know how all the marigolds got in there. Perhaps people were using it for a wishing well and the marigolds were more abundant than coins. I fished out as many marigolds as I could, threw them all in at once and started shooting wildly before they moved swiftly away.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kansas City Sunset

My love of photography has taken a back seat to my art lately, and that's ok. Sometimes it's the other way around. I really need a break from this cold blistery winter so I thought I would post some of my photos during the warmer months here in my hometown of Kansas City. Oh Spring, where the heck are you?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

More Funky Girly Bookmarks

I love purple. She looks good in it too. This one is fabric, acrylic paint, a clay face and yarn hair. As always, I do my bookmarks on mat board.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Funky Girly Bookmarks

Another Funky Girly Bookmark. In this one, I used all fabric (no paper) except I painted the shoes. Her face is made from clay and her hair is yarn that I braided. I also painted a background on the mat board.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Funky Girly Bookmarks

I will post a few of these bookmarks over the next couple of days. They are fun to do and make fab gifts. The face is dimensional, made from clay, and her head peeks out over your book when closed. I cut them from mat board- free hand with a mat board cutter. On this one I used fabric, paint and yarn. Plenty of room to write a message on the back too.