Show Season is here!!!!

It’s here!!!! Show season that is. Here are my upcoming shows for the next couple months. Please share and come out and see me!!

April 19: Open Garden and Art Show- 4904 Hermitage Dr, Raleigh, NC 9am-4pm

April 26-27: Kings Drive Art Walk by Festival in the Park, Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Charlotte, NC 10am-6pm & 11am-5pm

May 3-4: Sanford Art and Vine Festival, Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, located at 1801 Nash Street, Sanford, N.C. 8am-4pm & 10am-4pm

May 10-11: Lake Norman Fine Arts Festival, Birkdale Village, 16805 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, NC 10am-5pm & 11am-5pm

June 7-8: Ashburn Fine Arts Festival, 20626 East Hampton Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147, 10am-6pm & 11am-5pm

June 14: Art in the Park, Blowing Rock American Legion Grounds, 333 Wallingford Road , Blowing Rock NC 10am-5pm

June 21: Art in the Park, Asheville NC, Pack Square Park 10am-6pm

June 28: Art in the Park, Asheville NC, Pack Square Park 10am-6pm

July 5&6: Festival for the Eno, West Point on the ENO Durham City Park. 10am-6pm & 10am-6pm

July 19: Art in the Park, Blowing Rock American Legion Grounds, 333 Wallingford Road , Blowing Rock NC 10am-5pm

Viking Puffin!

Here are some photos of my newest piece. It is a large 24″x36″ watercolor painting. It is painted over vintage letters and envelops from the 1950′s. These are just iphone photos, but I am really happy with how he came out!

Great Great Opening!

The Evening of Art and Wine was fantastic last night! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported me. It was great to be able to share my art with my home town! I met some great new clients, had some inspiring art conversations and just throughly enjoyed talking with everyone!

It was also a good show in terms of sales!

Time Tinkerers

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Turned Worm

Turned Worm-5"x7" framed in an 8"x10" rustic wood frame with acid free white matting and backing. Watercolor and acrylic over vintage letters and envelops from the 1950's. $160.00

Worm Wood

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Eat Cake

Eat Cake-5"x7" framed in an 8"x10" rustic wood frame with acid free white matting and backing. Watercolor and acrylic over vintage letters and envelops from the 1950's. $160.00

Farmer Jack

Farmer Jack is an 11"x14" watercolor done over vintage letters and envelops from the 1950's. Framed in a brown frame with white matting.$225.00

and many prints, large and small, found new homes! So thanks to everyone who came out and to those who took home pieces. And a big thank you to Robin of Lisa’s Custom Framing for putting on the night. (If anyone needs anything framed go see her!!)

 

 

All framed up!!

I have been busily getting my new paintings together for my art opening on Thursday. I have framed some of my new big pieces in old frames and love how they have come out!

This is Rosewooded Cathedral. I did a lot of work on the frame so I could keep the distressed look of crumbling plaster and curling gold leaf. I stabilized the old gold leaf on the frame and sprayed the whole pieces heavily with acrylic varnish. I love how the gold leaf plays off the gold of leaves creating the rose window!! The matting and backing are acid free and archival quality with UV glass.  $1200.00

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This is Dandy Lions. This is framed in an antique oak frame. When I started working on this frame it was a uniform dark dust color. However after much cleaning, sanding and hand waxing it has gold and reddish hues and a great luster. I love how the frame plays off the dandy lion stem color! The matting and backing are acid free and archival quality with UV glass. $1200.00

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Sir Cecil needed an old frame too! This frame also took a lot of work to clean and stabilize. It has also been sprayed with acrylic varnish to protect the plaster. There are still hints of gold leaf around the edges that play off his top hat. The matting and backing are acid free and archival quality with UV glass.

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Time Tinkerers is framed in an old style but new frame. I really like how the black of the frame pulls out the shadows and numbers on the clocks! The matting and backing are acid free and archival quality with UV glass. $1200.00

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All these new pieces can be seen at my art opening at Lisa’s Frame Shop in Fayetteville NC on March 20th 5:30-7:30.

Alphabet Prints!

I am having a print sale! I am changing the format of my prints just a bit and am having a sale on old stock prints. My 11″x14″ alphabet prints are included in this sale! I am selling 2 for $50 or 3 for $60 or if you are interested in the whole set that can be purchased for $520. This is a huge discount-so if you have been thinking about making a statement with art now is the time! The sale last through the end of March. Each print is 100% cotton paper and is signed and dated.

Courage to Create

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I posted this “blurb” on my facebook page this morning not to be a declaration of insecurity but as an encouragement to all who create.

With out a whole back story a friend of mine recently said the phrase “the courage to create” and it started me thinking about my creation process. Sometimes(or many times) I don’t feel very courageous in my creating. Instead I feel a bit anxious with every new piece I start. I am one of those fear of failure type people, so with every piece I am afraid that it won’t be good enough, won’t measure up to people’s expectations, won’t be what I had hoped. And that is just with pieces I think up. That anxiety and fear grows exponentially with commission pieces. But as many have said courage is not the absence of fear, it’s being afraid and “saddling up anyway.” I have never really thought of my art career as a job in which I confront my fears daily-especially when I look at some of the brave men and women around me. But every day I go into the studio and try to create something out of nothing I am facing one of my biggest fears-failure. So today I am going to create, not fearlessly but with courage.