The Perfect Spot

I love to go to garage sales, flea markets and resale stores like Goodwill and St. Vincent. I’m always looking for good deals and unusual finds. When I find something awesome my husband usually asks “but where will you put it?” That isn’t always an easy question to answer. If truth be told I sometimes ask myself that question but I won’t admit that.

As an artist I’m always looking for good picture frames. Sometimes the frame and picture is so perfect that I buy it with the intention of painting over the picture. It’s the perfect example of recycling. So this last picture/frame combination that I bought I had an excellent idea for a painting.

Turned out this was no canvas board I was painting on. Holy cow was this hard to paint on!! The paint wouldn’t move and seemed to be absorb to quickly into the surface. Fortunately I was determined.

I showed my husband my finished product. He loved it. I told him I know exactly where this painting needs to go. I know the space that needs a splash of color. We need this in our dining room!!!

Artscape 2022 – Eagle River

I’m pleased to post that for a second year one of my paintings will be on display in Eagle River, Wisconsin as part of their Artscape Program. What I like about this program is how easy it is to participate. I had to send a high quality digital photo of my painting or photograph to the coordinator. She then seeks sponsors who pay to have that image put onto a banner. That banner will hang on Main Street for the summer and will be auctioned off at a later date. All proceeds go to the community.

I love the concept of artists and photographers helping to make a community beautiful. We always need some beauty in our lives. People are dealing with some hard issues. The pandemic has not been easy for any of us. I am thankful that I’ve had a release in painting. While I paint I don’t have to think about all that saddens and worries me at the moment. I can take my brush, pick a color, and get lost for a couple of hours. I found my happy place.

Waiting For Spring

In Wisconsin the weather changes daily. This week is a good example. It was 60 degrees on Wednesday and on Thursday we got over an inch of snow. Crazy right? People were wearing shorts and flip flops then expected to put their winter parkas back on. I’ve notice that for some, once the shorts come out they don’t go back in the drawer. If it is at least 40 degrees it’s time for shorts until Thanksgiving!!!

Not me. I’ve always been more cold blooded. I recall it snowing on my birthday which is in the middle of May. That was kind of a bummer. The unpredictability of weather here does get frustrating at times, but you get use to it. Let me point out that “getting use to it” does not apply to driving in it. Every first snowfall people still forget how to drive. Let me just say this…”we do not use our cruise control when it is snowing – never!” I know some won’t remember.

Anyway I had to stop thinking snow and start thinking spring. My absolute favorite time of year. So these adorable baby ducks caught my eye. I told myself they will be my next painting. The original photo was taken by #stillwaterranchmontana a company I follow on Instagram. They gave me permission to paint from their photos. ❤️❤️❤️

These baby ducks are a cross between Kahki Campbell and Blue Swedish. All I know is they are adorable with the cutest web feet that are black with orange tinted flesh between the toes. ❤️

So spring is coming I’m sure of it even though right now it is snowing. 😎

“Waiting for Spring“
12x12x1.5 acrylic – $100