Sunday, September 14, 2014

1st Annual EUP Book Festival

This coming Saturday look for me at the first annual Eastern Upper Peninsula Book Festival in Sault Ste. Marie, MI! Over twenty Michigan authors will be there, reading from and promoting their books. I will be there offering my services as an illustrator. 
If you can come we would love to see you! It's sure to be a good time for book lovers! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Studio Space!

My husband recently returned to college and so we moved back to Sault Michigan. (He attended LSSU for his first degree.) This, of course, meant giving up my studio space in Petoskey. I was bummed, figuring I would again be working from the dining room table. However, when we arrived in the Sault, a friend told me to check with one of the local shop owners as he might have an available space above his shop. 
I did and this is the GORGEOUS space he showed me, I can not explain how much I love this great new space. It. Is. Phenomenal. 
So anyway, for the past few days I have been moving all of my artsy stuff in and setting up shop which is why I haven't been painting. The space is HUGE and all of my things look dwarfed with it's high ceilings and large windows.
 It's going to be a wonderful space to create! 
Thanks Les! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

M-119 Minis

Finished a few M-119 mini paintings for Northgoods in Petoskey
The leaf colors aren't quite to this level yet, but I have noticed some leaves changing! Hard to believe it's already fall. When did that happen?

Have A Great Weekend! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Minis for Northgoods

Apologies for my absence here! August was a crazy month for me and with so much  going on I let a few things slip away. Now that several things have fallen in to place I will be posting more regularly again. 

The above paintings are minis (2.5"x 3.5")  and are destined for Northgoods in Petoskey. They are a continuation of my series "100 Tiny Views Of Lake Michigan" which has been very well received. Thank you to those who have purchased them! They go fast! 

Also, I am teaching a set of beginners classes here in the Sault beginning on the 15th. There are a few spaces open if anyone else would like to join. Contact me at (248) 977-0732 and we'll get you all signed up! 
To find out the rest of the information on this set of classes and others I'll be teaching please click on the "Workshops and Classes" tab at the top of the page. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Clocktower

"Summer Clock-tower"
7"x5" Original Watercolor and Pen 
Available at Northgoods in Petoskey 

Down on the bay front in Petoskey there is a tall red clock-tower. I have now painted this in every season. Thinking about doing them up as a card pack...

Look for me this Friday as part of downtown Petoskey's "Petoskey Rocks!" event. I will be set up and demonstrating painting from 6-9pm somewhere in town. Other artists will be out too! Stop by and see what they're up to! 

Also! On Saturday I'll be in Kalkaska taking place in an Art Fair! Come check it out! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Watercolor Classes and Workshops

I've finally begun to solidify my fall schedule! I will be teaching several classes and workshops, some in the U.P. and some in lower Michigan.
 If you've ever wanted to dabble in watercolor this is a great opportunity! I supply all the materials for my classes so there in no commitment if you discover that it's not for you. If you find that you do love watercolors however, you will walk away with the knowledge to begin!
Beginners Workshops are 2-3 hours and one day long. 
Beginners Classes are 4 days of 2-3 hours. 
Check out the "Classes and Workshops" tab at the top of the screen to see a schedule! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Night At The Grand

"Night At The Grand"
5"x7" Original Watercolor and Pen on Paper

The third in my series of the Grand Hotel. 
This one was a lot of fun to paint. I haven't done very many night scenes before as I find them difficult to execute correctly in watercolor. I feel like I need to blend to get from where the light is hitting as it fades into darkness. It's hard to do over large areas, working quickly, trying to control the paint. But I digress. 

In the night sky I used a salt technique to give the impression of stars and to add a little texture to the painting. It's a tricky technique as you never quite know what it will do but in this instance I think it worked great. 

I also found it hard to take an accurate photo of this and so the color is a touch off. The sky is actually darker than it appears as is some of the foliage. 
I hope you enjoy it! 

Have A Great Weekend!