Do You Like Flowers

My newest painting, just completed yesterday and it is now uploaded in the Here’s My hART Store. An overall red and green scheme with fun flowers. Wallpaper, acrylic ink, a little blue a little white and it turned into a vibrant painting. This can be purchased in three different sizes.

I have also made categories in the Store for easier searching. Just hover over the words “Here’s My hART Store” and they will just drop down. Much easier to find what you are looking for.

Unconditional Love

Last year I painted this mixed media picture of a cat with all different designs and colors, because cats come that way. This cat is lying in the grass and batting at a feather. There is a monarch butterfly and a bird, all the things that cats like to chase. It is titled “Cat Love” and the inspiration was about all the cats I have had in my life. My first cat I remember…Tutor…when I was very young….to the six cats we have now. Yes….six. My sister Linda bought the original but so many look at the print and sing the words, or other cat lovers just go awwww, because they understand and feel it.

Pavel….came to our porch one cold March day. Hungry with an infected bite on his back. He is named after a Detroit Red Wings hockey player,

Here are the other five, (from bottom left) Pookey, Sophie, Lily, Mama and Miggy. Each one has a story. They were all interested in this new toy and see that sock? Lily is always dragging them out and doing her special sock meow. We find them all over the house.

When I was at the Louisville show, October 2017, a customer asked when I was going to do a picture for dog lovers. So this is the dog I used for the painting to complement the “Cat Love”. Her name is Mackie and she is in our cousins family. She is a Labradoodle and I love this picture with her nose so close to the camera. I bet she was interested in some snacky snack.

I also used her on a postcard to benefit Artlink here in Fort Wayne. Artists donate a handmade postcard that patrons can buy for their fundraiser.

Very early stages of the painting. It is on a 10 X 10 stretched canvas. I am using pieces of textured wallpaper and attaching them with gel medium.

The elements that I want to include have been added to be painted. Texture has been added through stenciling and paints. The nose and eyes have been painted in.

The completed painting, “Unconditional Love”. No matter who you are, your dog loves you. This dog has adoring eyes, a squirrel to chase, a leash to go for a walk with, a spiffy red, white and black ball to play catch with. Along with all this she is thinking about dog treats. Dogs are your companion, they need to be treated kindly and we need to take care of the animals. This is why I decided to donate $5.00 to the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control for every print that I sell of this painting. I am only making 2000, so they are a special limited edition group. Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control have many good programs in place to take care of the strays and animals relinquished to them. Just recently they treated a dog with a bullet wound, many animals get adopted through retail rescue, they have a community cat program that spay and neuter cats and then put them back in the area they were found and make sure they have shelters and food. This way the cat population gets under control. These are just a few programs and I am sure there are many more. I do know that they will always need food and veterinary care. So if you would like to help, a print can be ordered in my Etsy shop. If you would like to see the other programs that are going on at FWACC click here. I know they take volunteers too.


Last 2016 Art Fair


Yesterday, December 4th, I returned with my helper Theresa from from Columbus Ohio after participating in Winterfair. It was a huge event and there were so many wonderful artists, 497 they tell us. I was in awe of the diversity and felt honored that I was included. I always meet wonderful customers and artists. When the fellow artists find out that it is my first year of art fair participation they are very helpful and a wealth of knowledge. This was my last show for 2016 and it has always been a learning experience. I feel that I am wiser when I start 2017 and I will post on my website which shows I will be in next year. I have been applying so it is just around the corner. Theresa and I had a good time, good food, good hotel, just had to drive back in the first snow of the season with HUGE flakes.  Now to plan for Christmas….decorating, wrapping, baking.


I wanted to share with you my latest painting that I finished and how it progressed. I started out putting in the different colors that I wanted to use. Cool for the background and warm for the flowers. It is on a large 36 X 36 canvas. Visually I wanted large flowers just like being close up looking in. I placed the flowers using some of the shapes and vacant areas.


I also decided I wanted more of the turquoise, teal and light blue colors and just some green. Some of the areas were painted over with the said colors.


The finished product, made it’s debut at Winterfair as my showcase piece. There were many smiling comments about “It’s a Bold and Colorful World”. Customers bought a few print and you can purchase one also on my Etsy shop. It would make a perfect Christmas gift. Thanks for stopping by.