Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catching Up and Fused Glass!

Second Project- playing with reactive glass
Sushi Plate and Bowl

I realized this past week that I haven't been keeping my website updated.  This has been one LOOOONNNGGG winter!  I haven't painted as much as usual, or as much as I'd like to, but I have been taking some glass fusing classes, which I LOVE!!!  I'm so obsessed and totally ready to buy a kiln; however, my husband thinks we need to clean out the garage first, or something silly like that...whatever!

During my first class at Carolina Stained Glass in Durham, NC, we learned some basics.  Cutting, kiln temps, different ways to paint on fused glass, etc.  Below are some projects from the class.


First project- full fused (flower) and tack fused

I had seen some similar colors used with silver foil that created a cool reaction.
 We're not allowed to use silver because it contaminates the kiln,
so I played with some dicrotic glass (the silvery blue) to create a similar look

Jimmy Fallon's late night show set background was the inspiration for this pattern!

Loved doing this basketweave!  It was a little more advanced than what
 we were doing in class, but they let me do it anyway!  :o)

Playing with some leftover glass

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Painted for the Girls!

I painted these bottle lamps and glass block lamps for 4 of my nieces for Christmas this year.  I love how fun and colorful they came out!  I hadn't painted on the glass block before, but really enjoyed it- a little easier than the curved surface of the bottles!  :o)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Reflections Gallery at Wake Med Cary Hospital

Happy New Year!  

Thank you to my friends, family, fans, and clients for all your continued support over the past year!  I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2014 and wish everyone a year full of blessings and hope!

2 of my paintings, "Chief" and "Tropical Cottage"were recently juried in to the Reflections Gallery at Wake Med Cary Hospital.  Made possible through a partnership with Cary Visual Art and a donation by the friends and family of Sandy Lappin, the Reflections Gallery features approximately 10 artists that rotate on a quarterly basis.

My showing will run from January 3rd through April 1st.  The gallery is open to visitors and patients. 

                                  "Chief"                                             "Tropical Cottage"

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Anniversary Commission

Here's my other commission that was really for a late December anniversary~  This was for my step sister as a first anniversary gift for her son and wife.  They were married in Napa Valley last year overlooking a beautiful vineyard.  I loved how this picture captured a sweet moment in this picturesque setting!  
Happy anniversary Jacob and Elona!

16" x 12"
acrylic on canvas

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Commission

What a crazy last few months it's been!  Swim Team, holidays, new church launch...NOT much painting!  I did have a few commissions and worked on some wine bottle lamps and other "craftsy" things.  This is the first commission for Christmas for a returning client/friend.  She had it painted for her brother.  I thought this was so sweet how his cat and dog sit watch from the deck!  

8" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Western Wake Artists Studio Tour

I've been "feverishly" getting ready for the Western Wake Artists Studio Tour this coming weekend!  This is the tour's 5th year and I'm so excited to be a part of it this year!  This year November 8th through 10th, professional artists in Western Wake County will open their studios to the public for a self guided tour.
Times are:
Friday, November 8th  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 9th   10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 10th  1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Download a pdf of our brochure and/or map at:

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halle (Wedding Gift Commission)

Here's another lovely commission I finished recently.  It's the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, NC.  A friend (and returning customer) had this painted as a wedding gift- it's where the couple was married.  I love how it turned out- I hope they do too! 

10" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Beach Cottage (Commission)

You'd never know that I've actually been back to painting because I've been so slack about posting!  Too many irons in the fire of late~  This is a cottage in the Outer Banks that I painted for a customer.  I'd actually painted a picture of HER before I knew who she was!  Their house is on the street we stay on during vacation, and she'd been one of my "stalk-a-razzi" victims~  :o)  A mutual friend ended up buying that painting and giving it to her for her birthday.  How funny is that???  Small world- I hope thy love it!

12" x 16"
acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gearing Up!

I finally finished painting my downstairs (including ALL the trim- ugh!)...yay!  (No, I haven't painted my cabinets yet and I believe that won't happen until next year, maybe!)   I feel like I've been living in chaos all summer long with everything out of place!  It's almost all put away and now I'll start back painting and gearing up for the Western Wake Artists Studio Tour in November.  Cary Living Magazine published a nice article on our upcoming tour.  Here's the link to the article:

Save the date!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Wedding Commission

I've been taking the summer "off" while I work on some projects around the house and realized the other day that I never posted my last painting before the break! This was a commissioned piece for a friend who's son got married this past spring~ It was a wedding gift. I hope they enjoy it!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Afternoon Surf

One more done! I think the photo I used was from the same vacation trip to the Outer Banks as "Best Friends" and "Oh Happiness!"~ I started the painting some time last year. He had some goggles in his hand and was actually going out to look at a shipwreck, not going out to surf, but I took artistic license and removed them~ :o)

16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Handsome Bear

So here's a little re-cap:  In January, I posted about a bunch of unfinished paintings around my studio and my goal to finish them...Well, I am WELL on my way!  I started this painting 2 1/2 years ago and has been in the corner ever since.  The photo I used was from a friend in high school that I reconnected with on Facebook.  This is her horse, and yes, he has a brown and a blue eye!  I just loved how the light was hitting his face~

16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Best Friends

I finally finished another "unfinished" painting that I started last summer (I think?).  We took this photo while on vacation in the OBX.  I know, hard to believe right???  "Stalk-a-razzi" strikes again- lol!  It was a gorgeous day and they were so cute playing together.

14" x 11"
acrylic on canvas

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Garden Path

This was from a photo I took at Fearrington Village last summer.  It's the walkway that goes alongside the building where Dovecote and the cafe are.  The lighting was so pretty!

8" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tropical Cottage

I worked off and on for a few months on this painting, but started getting frustrated when I felt my style was getting a little "tight'.  I got a little help from above and now I can't stop painting!  :o)

20" x 30"
acrylic on canvas

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Porch Time

I painted this yesterday afternoon after finishing another piece~ I wanted to just keep painting!!!  This will be heading to the Cary Gallery of Artists when I change out my work tomorrow.

10" x 8"
acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Buoys "re-do"

I actually painted this 2 years ago, but it's always bothered me because it seemed too dark...  Well, I was inspired to do something about it today!  I lightened up the background and brightened the buoys.  I don't even have the original photo anymore, so I was just "winging it".  I am MUCH happier with it now!  (scroll down to see the original)

8" x 10"


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Gannon and Colton II

This past weekend we headed home for a surprise 40th birthday party for my sister-in-law.  (Today's her actual birthday!)  She was sooo surprised!  It was a quick trip, but well worth it- her Mom and best friend from High School did an AMAZING job with the party and keeping it a secret.  

I decided a few weeks ago to paint this for her of her 2 boys from a couple of summers ago.  I'd had it in my "to paint" file for a while, and the time seemed just right~  ;o)

Happy Birthday Nancy Pillow Moore!!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Little White Cottage

I've been wanting to paint some more houses lately, and the "beachier" the better.  We've been having some amazing spring weather and having the windows open in my studio just gets me going.  (I also found a cool "beach waves" app for my i-pad, so when I can't be at the beach, I can bring the beach to me! )

16" x 12"
acrylic on canvas

Friday, March 22, 2013

Abstract Ikat

I started playing with patterns back in December of last year.  I really like the Ikat pattern and worked on this for quite a while (there must be like 20 layers of paint!).  I thought it was finished for a while, but it seemed like it was missing something.  I figured it out and here's the finished product!  It's always a refreshing challenge to paint outside my "creative comfort zone"~

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fused Glass Class!

A few weeks ago I took a Fused Glass class with artist Jean Cheely at the Cary Arts Center.  I've wanted to work with fused glass for a LONG time and I was just itching to get in there!  I really enjoyed releasing some new "creative energy" and was quite pleased with my projects (for the most part).  Can't wait to take some more classes- I've been stalking the internet for updated class schedules 'round here!  :o)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Brown Beltie

Remember my New Year's Resolutions?  Well, here's the painting that was unfinished on my easel!  Finally done and I just love her!  We took this photo either last spring or summer at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC.  We go there a lot and just tootle around~ :o)  I hadn't seen the brown beltie (Calloway) before and she was kind enough to be in great light for me to get some good shots of her.  

24" x 24"
acrylic on deep canvas

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Baby Chickadee

Here's one of the babies I painted from my photo session mentioned in my previous post.  He was sort-of fluffed up- they almost seemed bigger than their parents!

6" x 6"
acrylic on deep canvas

Monday, February 18, 2013

Out on a Limb

One of my favorite places to be when the weather is nice is on my front porch.  I love to read, paint, relax, etc., as soon as the weather permits!  Since I've started painting, I've become very observant of my surroundings, especially nature.  Every spring we'll have several nests pop up and I love to watch the "parents" build, prepare for, and then take care of their babies.  Sometimes I'm blessed with seeing those babies actually leaving their nests!  I usually run get my camera and follow them all around until I have a million photos.  It's really quite amazing to see it happen!
We had some baby chickadees one year in our cherry tree and it was really hard to get some decent photos of them because of all the branches and leaves. I ended up with a few good one's and decided recently to actually paint some.  I think this might have been mom or dad watching out as they fluttered around.  I love watching the chickadees because they're just so stinkin' cute!
6" x 6"
acrylic on deep canvas

Thursday, January 31, 2013


In the studio with my newest muse Isabel and a painting I'm "resolving" to finish this year!

I always have great thoughts in my head that I'd like to write about, but it never comes out as creative or "poignant" as I'd like...I guess that's why I enjoy reading posts and blogs from those who get it right!   Especially artists who write these great summaries about their paintings and inspiration~ I always think, "well, I have that much to say too!", and then it only comes out in a brief statement.  (btw- I had a really hard time with written reports in school too!)  It's all in my head, I just can't get it out.  Maybe that's why I paint, or is it just a side effect of ADD???

I've been obsessed lately with Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.  I feel like I'm working my way through her recipes like others work their way through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"!  (HUGE shout out for her Pot Roast recipe~ it ROCKS!)  She's very inspiring and talented in many ways other than cooking and she has a "realness" that's very refreshing.  ANYWAY, the reason I mention her (other than my obsession-ha!), is she posted about resolutions in early January.  It was basically making your resolutions based on the letters of RESOLUTION.  I tried to do this too, but couldn't make my resolutions "fit".  Here are some of the things I'd like to do, or at least be better at:

  • stay in touch with friends better
  • try some new painting techniques/workshops/classes
  • focus on my painting and not get distracted by too many other "projects"!
  • be present
  • read more- stay focused long enough to
  • be active- I've become very sedentary!
  • listen for God's voice- I tend to spend most of my time talking to Him and not enough time "being still"
  • eat healthier
  • finish unfinished paintings!
  • plan and follow through!  the planning part is easy, the follow through is NOT my forte'...
  • write more about my artwork- at least try to be interesting~
  • paint kitchen cabinets (yep, you read correctly!)

That's it for now~ it'll be great if I can remember half of those!  Good luck with your resolutions this year and just remember that it's OK if they don't work out; it's just good to have goals!  

Enjoy 2013!!!


PS- as a side note, I started writing this post about 3 weeks ago and just couldn't finish it until today, the 31st...ha!  I haven't even posted a few new paintings yet because I was determined to get this done in January!!!  And look, I made it!  There is hope for me yet~  :o)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Commission

Another special Christmas gift for a returning customer!  It was such a great photo of a sweet moment in time...I'm so happy with how this painting came out!  I hope it was a great surprise~
Merry Christmas Leslie and Matt!

"A Day with Davis"

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Merry Christmas Ya'll!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Keeper's House

For the last 10 years or so we've been spending our Thanksgiving's with family in the Outer Banks in NC.  One year the house was in Duck and we spent some time exploring the sites in the northern towns such as The Whalehead Club and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.  There was a beautiful late afternoon light on the Keeper's House that we captured in a photo- I tried to capture that in the painting.  
8" x 10"
acrylic on canvas
(framed $145) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Birthday George!

We had a fabulous time this past weekend celebrating my father-in-laws's 80th birthday with family and friends!  (His actual birthday was yesterday)
Happy Birthday George!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Taylor House Inn- Commission

This was a special order from a returning customer for a wedding gift.  The Taylor House Inn was the venue for the wedding- what a beautiful setting and such a special, personal gift!  
8" x 10"
acrylic on canvas