Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Antique Finds - "Did you hear that?"

Can't believe I found this pair of RCA dog statues. They were way in the back of the warehouse in stall #60, behind an article of clothing that was covered with feather boa's.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Painting a day - Antique Finds

This old phone is the first item I found yesterday while rummaging through the vast amounts of old junk at my neighborhood "Antique" store. If you are interested in purchasing this painting please click on the link:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Painting a Day - Prada Sandles

I'm beginning my "Painting a day" series with things that I find at the antique store around the corner from my studio. I like it because it's a large warehouse that houses around 60 stalls of junk, oops, fine antiques. It's a scavengers dream! Yes, Katie, there is a difference between a scavenger and a hoarder! I'm so excited to explore the isles and isles of precious items. We'll see what I come up with for tomorrow's post. Meanwhile, I am posting a painting of my favorite things ... Shoes!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Is this a painting blog???

Okay, I got a little carried away with the photos of Montana and Manhattan. I don't get out much. Here's my daily post for July 27th.

Friends and Family - NYC

Photos of Angie and me around Manhattan with her family and friends, which are now my family and friends. If you are a native New Yorker you might recognize Angie's Mom Fonda. She's an institution in the New York fashion industry.

Cool Stuff - NYC

Animals wait around The Big Apple

More Interesting Characters

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Interesting Characters - NYC

Scenes from New York

Thanks to my friend Angie, I was able to travel to Manhattan for five days of "ART". We must have walked 100 miles checking out every art gallery in Chelsea and Soho. Our mission was to find galleries that carried similar art to ours in hopes that they will represent us in the near future.

The results of our "gallery recon", was not unlike the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Some galleries were too snotty, some, too weird, and some were just right.

Did we find one that might rep us? That’s the question with no answer … yet.

Below are a few scenes from New York. Enjoy.

Participants in the Montana Getaway

          Lisa, Rachel, Donna
                                          Rachel and Lisa
                                          Lisa and Deb
                                                       Donna and Rachel

More Montana Sketches

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Montana Paint Out

Last week I had the opportunity to stay and paint at Rachel’s beautiful ranch in Montana.  Not only did the property have the most amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges (Gallatin’s, Crazies, Absaroka’s), but the FOOD … well, Chez Panisse has got nothin’ on the Wizard. Rachel, said Wizard, made the most beautiful, tasty food, including a loaf of bread the likes of which I’ve only seen and tasted in France. (I’ll post a photo soon.) Thanks Rachel!

Back to the scenery: Every angle and view was a subject waiting to be captured on canvas. It felt as if I couldn’t paint fast enough to capture all the beauty. There was a plethora of old barns, trucks and rusted farm equipment that seemed to scream for attention.

My quandary was what to paint first? So I came up with a plan. If it was dawn or dusk: What scene or structure had the best light? If it was in the middle of the day: Where was the shade? Whew, it was warm at times, but that didn’t seem to bother the Gardener’s, Rachel (Wizard) or Lisa (Wizards sister & my BFF), or the other resident artist, Donna, from Portland, OR, whom I liked very much.

The week was filled with painting, gardening, relaxation, kombuca, fantastic-ly fresh food, hiking, hobos, and great company! The mantra for the 1st annual paint out in Montana was: “Take your clothes off if you want some champagne!” Good times, Good times.