Musings and Pictures

I have come to a conclusion that I will just do one blog post per week. Blog posts take a while to put together, getting all the pictures that I have taken from different devices downloaded and sized to fit the web. I am taking pressure off myself, (totally self imposed anyway) to schedule just one on Sunday or Monday. I will catch you up on my musings of the week then.

These three canvases are going to be prepped soon with gesso. I have sketched the “Big Ideas” down and are ready to implement them onto canvas. Having the blank canvases there gets me itching to pick up a brush, they are the catalyst to get the move on.



I took a quick picture of the WIP or work in progress. This is a 10 X 10 canvas and I wanted to get a couple of smaller paintings done for the Rural Artist Studio Tour. My studio is at the southern end of the county and these artists are in the northern part of the county, but the Fort Wayne Artists Guild is going to participate with a pop up gallery which is exciting. The Rural Artist Studio Tour takes place on May 4, 2019. Below is the map of the studio tour. I will be working the tent from 2 pm to 4 pm.

This painting is going to be titled Bugs and Blooms.
I hope you take the time to go to the working studios. The FWAG will have the pop up tent and then there will be artists painting too. Please support your local artists and buy some original art and see where it is made.
The other painting will be 12 X 16 and these two pictures from our vacation in Maine will be the inspiration for it, plus others. This was July of 2017 and I am recalling that may be the international space station that was visible along with the crescent moon.
I was up very early one morning, 3:30 and was able to catch this magnificent sunrise. My painting may be titled, Sunrise on Frenchman Bay. Those colors!!


If you follow me on Facebook you will see that I was in Novi Michigan last weekend at the Great Lakes Art Fair. There are so many positive things to say about this show. It is inside, the booth spaces are large, electricity is not and additional cost, we artists can drive our vehicles in to unload, but the attendance was so poor that it just didn’t cover expenses. First warm weekends in a cold climate just kills an indoor show. People want to be outside.

This car I was behind when going back to my hotel. The front end of the mattress kept lifting up as they were driving down the road. It was tied down with string not rope. Have you ever gotten behind someone like this? I kept picturing it flying off, slam banging into my car, windshield breaking, scratches and dents. They turned off and I hope that they made it to their destination safely.

These bloomed while I was gone last weekend during the warmth, little daffodils are so sweet. I planted 60 various bulbs last fall and I am seeing things start to make their way through the mulch

We save up to have a landscaper come and clean up our beds, trim back bushes, lay new mulch. They get it all done at once and it stays nice for many months. I planted two new trees last fall and I am happy to say that they are budding out. We have had a lot of precipitation and it should be a good spring.

We are doing some renovations in the lower level. Some new flooring, painting, moving things around. Kevin is getting Sams old bedroom, Tom is making Kevin’s old room his exercise area. The guest room gets a facelift along with the hallway.

I am going to stain trim pieces for the bedrooms. The flooring will be installed on the 22nd and 23rd. It will be great when it is done.



I tried to participate On Instagram….March meet the maker. It was supposed to go all the way through March. I am terrible and I cannot keep it up. I think I did four or five days. I was a good thought.

We have had some interesting water fowl come to the pond recently. They are some kind of diving ducks. I wondered if these were some kind of Mergansers. If you know please make a comment.
Then we had some swans stop by for a moment or two. This was a first that I had seen.
There they were flying away.
This rolly polly sky is neat too, taken a day ago.

Till next Sunday or Monday. Have a good week!

Wild Garden

My newest painting completed this last week just in time for the Great Lakes Art Fair. This mixed media painting has a fat junco bird along with orange and red poppies. Some of the poppies are painted and some made with wallpaper. This is a fun and colorful painting that also makes a beautiful print. It is now up in my store and be sure to use the coupon code of 35off2019 to receive 35% off of your order.
All the info that you need to know about the Great Lakes Art Fair if you are up that way. It is north of Detroit and in the nice city of Novi Michigan. This is my first show of the season and so far it looks like a pretty nice weekend the weather says. Looking forward to it for sure. It is time to get out there again after the winter.

Found something informative on the Allen County Public Library Website…..Yes true….the whole website is informative. They have an area artists link. So I submitted mine also! Here is the link.

Lastly I will have another art fair to add to my show schedule. I will be at the Round the Fountain Art Fair in Lafayette, IN. It is on the courthouse square. When Tom and I were first married we lived in that area and I worked across the street of the courthouse at Lafayette Bank and Trust. It was only a mere 38 years ago. It will be nice to go back and see it. The show is May 25th.

Art Show Review

So much has happened in the last two weeks that I need to catch you up. On March 3rd and 4th my sister Linda and I drove to South Bend and set up the mini gallery to participate in the For the Love of Art Fair.

It was a very nice venue with many large rolling carts for the artists to use. It was an easy set up and tear down. I am not one that just has to rush to get out of there as fast as I can. We can usually count on 1 1/2 hours for everything up to shutting the door of the Transit Connect.
Shireen Kline is the promoter of this show and that woman works her rear end off. She keeps in touch via emails and personal phone calls. She also promotes the heck out of this show, with billboards, television commercials, social media, promotional cards that she will send to the artists to give to their customers. Television stations came out for some live shots. She was there the whole time for set up and when it was time for tear down she she was right in there helping everyone. It seemed as if she was tireless.

We stayed at the Doubletree hotel which was attached to the Century Center via a walkway, very convenient for the tired artist. We could also keep our vehicle parked in the garage all day long. It was a great hotel, the beds were comfy, we received the usual choc chip walnut check in cookie that Doubletree is known for. We were a bit concerned about the other residents on our floor, they were young hockey players with a lot of energy. Lots of running and congregating outside of our door and someone also threw up. The hotel was right there cleaning up the mess and when the time came to go to sleep all was quiet on the floor, they did really well. Shireen had worked it out with the hotel at having artist pricing for our room which was very much appreciated.

Our room was on the St. Joseph river side and the city really utilizes the river. That is a walkway with a stage area which could accommodate many activities. It was impressive. Being a chilly day in the 30’s we did not venture down there though.

This is what that same area looks like at night. The rapids are lit up and changing colors all the time. The bridge down the river also has color changing lights and there are two sculptures on each side of the river that change colors. It was enjoyable to watch.

A shot of my booth head on. The pipe and drapes were already set up for the other booths behind and beside. The area was exactly 10 X 10 with no extra room so I was not able to put my drapes up with no extra room but it worked out fine. I would have preferred a little more room so that storage behind the tent could be used but Shireen had curtained off a corner of the expo hall so that the artists could store their items, which was pretty convenient also. 

Right side of my booth. Another new option I have added to my booth this year are the lights though the lighting in the expo center was very good. I did like having the lights shine on the paintings and they were very easy to hook up. Shireen moved the art show to the South Bend area this year because the venue was nicer and the Elkhart area did not embrace the show. Though there were attendees never did I see large crowds in the aisles which I would have been exciting. My view is that this area was hit hard in the economic turn down of 2008 and they are being very cautious about spending their hard earned dollars and understandably so. I loved talking to the wonderful people that made their way into my gallery, that is always the fun part.

My next indoor art fair will be April 7,8 and 9th in Novi, Michigan. They have already sent me 50 of these cards to give away. I have not been to this venue before and it will be a new adventure. If you are in the area, stop on by and say hi and possibly pick up some happy art for your home.