Art Happenings and Spring is Coming

We hadn’t had much snow until February four weeks ago and then there were three weeks of cold and snow. February gave a punch and then March came and……
Ta Daaaah….spring is coming!
The winds did blow during the storm that dropped 12 inches of snow. We had impressive drifts, ones we hadn’t had for a long while. If you look at the neighbors yard you can see a path that he makes with the snow blower. The have a small dog and he does it so the dog can piddle and run. How nice was that!
Now this is all that is left of that drift, fading away slowly each day. Good riddance, because now we have sprouts coming up. This is very exciting, I just love Spring!

Decided to use this large painting my friend commissioned to take an unprofessional picture of myself. Here I am, and I do love this fun painting.

There is much art happenings to report on. On my home page is my 2021 schedule, it is on the right side. I feel confident that the shows will be a go with the Covid 19 vaccine. I am happy that my husband and I have our first shot scheduled for March 12.

At the Opthalmology Consultants 10186 Dupont Circle, Fort Wayne, there are 12 pieces of my art hanging through the month of April, all always for purchase.

The Fort Wayne Artists Guild is having a members show at the Allen County Library. It is in the Jeffrey Krull Gallery Downtown Fort Wayne. I have two paintings there. It will be up through May 7, 2021. 58 artists are participating so there will be many different mediums to enjoy and purchase.

This last item is very exciting. At Jefferson Point Shopping, 4130 West Jefferson, the Fort Wayne Artists Guild has teamed up with the shopping center, Art Link and Fort Wayne Museum of Art to have an art gallery in one of the open store fronts. It is located across from Marshalls and will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 7. Each month there will be new fresh art to view and purchase and it will be open through August. Each artist will have five pieces and there will be cards and prints available along with other items that the artists offer.

And of course, all the health measures will be in place. Masks, distancing, and hand sanitizer.

I hope that you see a hint of spring at your house. I leave you with a few of my paintings that are hints of spring.

Pink Tulips – Mixed Media on canvas. Prints can be purchased here.
A very early watercolor work that is a good spring depiction.
Harpers Art – The pastels of spring. Prints can be found here.
Love Birds – prints can be found here.
And Then There Were Three – Prints can be found here.
Frida – prints can be found here.
Mom We’re HUNGRY – Prints can be purchased here.

Quilts and A Porch

Back in March and April, when we were hunkered down in our homes I thought it would be nice to put some color on our porch. Each day I would bring out a quilt or quilt top and a piece of my art to decorate the porch with. I hope it made people smile who drove by.
I purchased this top to finish someday. It is a log cabin design and after I bought it I then realized that it had an American Flag in it! I think I was more taken with the houses and had overlooked that element, as unbelievable as that is. The mixed media painting on the door is titled “We are the Same”.
My Mother made this top and the pattern is from a Quiltmaker magazine.
The painting on the door is titled “Under Our Feet”.
This Carolina Lily nine patch will be finished one day too.
The mixed media painting is titled “Pursue the Passion”.
My Mother put this quilt top together after winning these blocks in quilt club.
The mixed media painting is titled “Teal and Blue”.
I made this little quilt from sampler blocks and certain fabrics that were chosen from quilt club.
The mixed media painting is title “Orange Bouquet”.
This quilt is old and old again. It is double sided and made from shirtings and suits from my husbands side of the family.
The mixed media painting is titled “Live Out Loud”.
All the paintings can be found under flowers in my online store.

Original Art – Pink Tulips

I am reintroducing paintings that I haven’t shown in a while and todays mixed media work is Pink Tulips. I created it one late winter day in anticipation of spring. The tulips are layered wallpaper painted over with acrylic paint. behind the flowers is various floral pieces of wallpaper with a white wash. The wallpaper leaves have dash marks made with a permanent ink pen. Some stencils are used along with sponges for interest. The quote is from Lucy Maude Montgomery who is the author of the Anne of Green Gables books. If you would love to add this to your collection please contact me.

Original Art For Sale – Aim for the Moon

I made this painting three years ago and so many people say they love it, but the right person hasn’t come along yet to give it a good home. It took quite a while to make because the wings on many of the birds are strips of wallpaper. All the birds are made with wallpaper but I then painted over areas. The owls are, from top to bottom….Great Horned, Snowy, Barn, Saw-Whet and Burrowing with adolescent. The burrow is made with molding paste and acrylic paint. The size is 18 X 24 gallery wrapped canvas. If you are interested and would like to talk about this painting please contact me.

A wise old owl sat on an oak, the more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that bird?

Taste the Beauty – Original for Sale

Original for sale, “Taste the Beauty”. It measures 24 inches by 36 inches and is on a gallery wrapped canvas, 1 1/2 inches deep, meaning it hangs nicely on the wall with no frame. It depicts renditions of poppies, hollyhocks, coreopsis, purple asters, daylilies, balloon flowers, salvias and dandelion poofs floating through the air. A spiral sun and a Henry David Thoreau quote nicely adds to the painting, “A Taste for the Beautiful is Most Cultivated out of Doors. The texture and colors on this work of art are fabulous. This is an early piece that has always been a favorite of customers and many have purchased reproductions. Please contact me if you are interested in this large mixed media painting.

Mittens, a quilt and art

I was going through my studio closet today and found this little quilt top that I had made three years ago. I have it all marked to quilt. It has a little bit of everything on it. Embroidery, applique and piecing. I doubt if I get to it this year as I will be working hard to get a new inventory ready for the 2018 art shows. I had forgotten how cute it was. I had no pattern for this, it was all trial and error. The words around the edge are: Be Happy, Follow your Heart, Show Kindness, Find Bliss, Love Yourself, Take Care of the Earth, Hugs are Good, Stop and Smell the Flowers, Dance.

My friend, Karla from Kansas City Mo, was making mittens to sell at craft fairs for Christmas. I asked her if she would make me a pair also, and they are so beautiful. The yarn is so soft and the embroidery is fantastic. What a work of art!

I follow an artist who has named her business Soul Whisper Arts, she was offering a bundle of items so I treated myself to them. This is one of her prints that was included. It is precious and is called “up, up and away”.

This painting I finished right before I did the Louisville show in October. I did not have time to scan it and add it to my Etsy shop. Today I did that. It takes a bit of time to do one that is this big. The size is 20 X 40 and it doesn’t fit on my scanner. It has to be scanned in pieces and then the computer magically puts it all together. I wanted to depict Kentucky with the horse farm and the white fences and the tree lined driveway. I also added a Ford Super Duty truck because they would need that to pull the horse trailers and also there were two Ford Factories in Louisville. The title of this painting is “Home” and the quote that I have used is by Laura Ingalls Wilder…HOME is the nicest word there is.  This painting is for sale and also prints can be purchased in my Etsy shop. If you are interested send a message to me.