painting of the day: Fry Stand by Shawn Huckins

180B - Fry Stand


acrylic on canvas mounted on MDF

49 x 40 in (124 x 102 cm)
I was first introduced to Shawn Huckins after seeing the Paint Chip Series, featured on The Jealous Curator (great art blog). 

The Paint Chip Series features several large canvases painted to resemble various color swatches you'd pick up at Home Depot or Sherwin Williams before covering your living room in "Pacific Sea Teal." Each "chip" also incorporates some mundane image drawn from the everyday—a Walmart employee pushing shopping carts across a "Sweet Corn" landscape; cars sinking into a "Honey Beige" flood. 

More from the paint chip series....
380B - Brown Paper Bag,
Artists with Huge Egos
380B - Brown Paper Bag,

Artists with Huge Egos
acrylic + latex on canvas mounted on MDF
49 x 40 in (124 x 102 cm)
460F - Self Portrait I + II with Flannel Shirt
460F - Self Portrait I + II with Flannel Shirt
acrylic on canvas mounted on MDF
49 x 40 in (124 x 102 cm)

New 4" x 4"s

I finished a series of small paintings last month for my open studio -- 4" x 4" mini canvas paintings. Super cute! Here are the girls.....
 Party Dresses
Drama Queen
 Beer Can Rollers
Sunday Afternoon
Saturday Afternoon

Which is your favorite?

eclectic style

Eclectic style is the great equalizer. It reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. It invites you to fill a space  with objects you love and unique finds that strike your fancy. Simply put, it's you, curated. Try to redecorate a room using your favorite objects -- pillows, lamps, art, etc. Avoid symmetry.

I began this inspiration board with my painting "woodsy girl" and worked around her. The painting of the seated woman is mine too.

a special commission

A good friend's mother asked me a year ago to paint her 10 grandchildren. The commission was to be painted on three 24" x 24" size canvases, a triptych.  The idea was clever and creative. She sent me photos of the kids taken at a rodeo in Beaver Creek, Colorado, where they have a home. I liked it because they were posed looking at the rodeo (just the back views of the children.) 

Here are the paintings..... she loved them and I honestly think they turned out great.
The paintings were a surprise to the family and presented Christmas morning.......
My job can be so rewarding.

open studio - sunday, march 17th

Locals welcome! I'm hosting an open studio on St. Patty's Day! Come see new paintings, framed prints, flip through matted prints and cool jewelry pieces. I love the open studio concept. It gives me creative license to try out new ideas.

Stay for a pint of green beer, maybe some guitar playing and a fire in the pit! One lucky raffle winner will leave with a 11" x 14" print! 

Be sure to bring a friend!
*all set up for credit card purchases.

painting of the day and DIY in one - "Untitled" by Keith Haring

Today's painting of the day is "untitled"(this title happens when artist is so prolific and couldn't possibly to come up with something clever and/or image speaks for itself) by Keith Haring. 

Here's the DIY: I cut up my Keith Haring calendar to make some fast art. I am so glad the cover was the same image as february. I had a small painting, I was bored with, in a frame with a mat. It is okay to recycle art. I took the frame apart and in this case I did have to cut the mat opening a little larger. Put it back together and I have instant Valentine art.

More about this artist below-
Keith Haring was born May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 1978, and began using the city as his canvas, making chalk drawings in subway stations. With its thriving underground art scene, New York seemed to be the perfect fit for the young artist. In 1982, he had his first New York one-man show at the Shafrazi Gallery. A critical success, he soon became one of most popular artists of the time. He died on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications.

My Etsy Valentine

Here are a few fun finds on etsy for valentines day- gimme, gimme!
I actually have this print. Bought it at the Crafty Bastards show in DC last year. L-O-V-E, LOVE IT! The husband, of the husband and wife team, of strawberryluna said it is one of his favorites. SOLD
Sweet heart bowls by ross lab

Want to buy one of these totally awesome pieces by Pure Essentia. Very boho chic!

shut up and kiss me. Lemonade lip balm
I have these because I made them. I opened up an etsy site, an eclectic girl, to sell cool stuff like these adorable pillows. I think they have a Jonathan Adler vibe.

Painting of the Day- "Baby Ghoul" by Nicky Hoberman

I have liked British artist, Nicky Hoberman for many years.  The facial expressions of the children are somber and serious which makes them so cool. I am also a big fan of minimal backgrounds.
Think Pink
secret fairies
Nicky Hoberman's style is a mixture of photorealism and caricature, illogical figures contrasted against even and flat backgrounds interpreted only through their clothes, expressions, and poses. She is perhaps most famous for her effective investigation of the concepts of isolation, identity, and individuality through her art. 

atomic kitten
The last paintings, secret fairies and atomic kitten were the first I saw and when I began to admire her work. Super talented!