Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two successful shows and a few new craft items.

It was a busy weekend.  On Friday evening I showed my art at  "Sass in the City" in downtown Three Rivers and on Sunday I took part in the Corey Lake Orchard Show.  Both events were well attended.  I made lots of contacts that may lead to more shows in the future and also sold some of my art. The local newspaper covered the show on Sunday and a photo showing my display and me interacting with a customer was on the front page along with the article.  I don't have that photo to show you but do have a photo that I took myself  at each of the shows.  The first is Sass in the City and the second is Corey Lake Orchard.

I talked to many people at both shows and I was surprised to find out some of them knew who I was because they had seen my art in places it has shown in the area and remembered my style.  Also some of them owned paintings done by me that they bought at these places.  I realized that after being in MI for less than two years my name and art is gaining recognition!

In the last week before these shows I finished a few craft items.  I did two boxes and a domino train station.  Here are photos of these items.

I will be taking a break from painting for a few weeks.  I have two trips planned.  The first to NC to visit our son Mark and wife Leslie and also see our grandson Michael who will be visiting at the same time.  I'll be home for a week then another trip to the UP.  We have never been to upper Michigan and are looking forward to seeing more of our new home state.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Five more slate paintings

I finished 5 more paintings on slate.  In my last post I mentioned that I might dig out some old Amish patterns that I did in the past to paint on the slate.  After thinking about it I changed my mind.  I have been in a fruit and flower painting mood.  I drew some new patterns featuring both fruit and flowers and painted them on 3 of the slates.  I did my "Peek-a-boo Kitty" on another one and butterflies on the other one.  Here are my newest slate paintings.

The two shows I am doing are on August 4 and 6.  I will be showing the slate and mostly smaller items at these shows.  I have a few more craft items that I will be working on before the shows.  Once the shows are over I am going to paint some larger canvas paintings.

The Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center is in the process of  moving to a new location.  They will be in a temporary gallery for a few months until the new gallery is renovated.  I thought I will show a few large canvas paintings that I did in the past in the temporary place and paint some new large ones for the grand opening of the new place.  Also, I am scheduled to have my own show at the COA for the months of September and October.

 I have a couple of trips that will be happening in the month of August. One is to NC and the other is to the UP of Michigan.  By the time I get back the summer will be over and it will be fall!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Five slate paintings plus one framed canvas painting.

I have two one day shows coming up the first weekend in August.  I mentioned in a previous post that I had some slate that I bought at a yard sale.  I decide these shows would be the perfect place to display some slate paintings.  Back 35 plus years ago when I was in Ohio I sold many paintings on slate.  At that time most of the patterns I painted were of Amish kids.  That was very popular in the 70's and 80's.  Since I live in Amish country again I debated on using some of those designs but decided to go with what has been selling recently.  Here are new smaller versions of subject matter you have seen before on canvas that are now done on slate.

I also did a new 8X10 canvas painting called "Sunflowers in Burgundy Vase"

I'm not sure what I will paint next.  I still have some more slate.  Maybe I will dig out some of those old Amish patterns and do one just to see if there is any interest.  I have to think about that.

In my last post I mentioned we were going to celebrate the 4th of July with our family.  Here is a picture of Roger and me with our sons and their wives and our daughter.  It was so nice to all be together again.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Three Painted Hand Saws

In the past two weeks I have been painting three hand saws which are commissioned jobs for Countryside Creation.  It has been a long time since I painted a saw.  The most recent was about 5 years ago and before that it was over 30 years ago.  That was back in the day when I only painted craft items and was a tole painting teacher.  That was a long time ago but they say, "What goes around comes around" so here I am painting saws again.  Here is the photos of the most recent hand saw paintings.  The first one I call "Down on the Farm".  Don't forget to click on the photo to see a close-up.

The next one is a version of "Phantom Herd".

The third saw is one of my "Fun Flowers".  I do not have a pattern for this one.  I free hand the drawing on the saw with a chalk pencil.  I always have fun painting fun flowers!

Today is July 1 so I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July.  We are going to have a mini family reunion this holiday weekend.  Our two sons and their wives will be here.  Brian & Sarah are now living in Dayton, OH and Mark and Leslie live in NC.  Our daughter Kim lives here here.  It will be nice to all be together.

I have not decided what I will paint next.  I have some slate that I got at a yard sale that is cleaned and ready for paint.  Slate painting is another Blast from the Past.  I did many slate paintings in the 80's. They were very popular back then.  I have also been tossing and idea for a canvas painting around in my head. I'm just not sure what I will do next.  I'll wait until all the company is gone then see what I am in the mood to paint.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

One new painting and our new flower box

I finished one  painting this week.  It is something new.  I did a trio of cats which I titled "Fancy Felines". Size on this one is 14X11.  I refinished the frame from white to a dark brown.

I am now ready to start painting the three hand saws that are commissioned by Countryside Creation.  Roger did the prep work for me.  The rust had to be sanded off and then a coat of rustproof primer applied.  He did that and now they are ready for me to paint.

The last home improvement project photos that I posted were of our powder room.  Since then Roger built a flower box around our front porch.  We planted it a few weeks ago.  Here are some photos of the completed project along with one of our new porch furniture and cushions.

If you have been following along with the saga of our remodeling projects which I have been posting since we made the move to MI you know that the construction of our new front porch was completed last October.  The weather turned cold soon after it was done so we didn't have much chance to enjoy sitting on the porch.  Now that it is summer we are finally are able to spend time relaxing there.  We still have to reseed the front yard as the grass got torn up during construction.  We may have to wait to do that because the weather has been too hot to plant the seeds.  Here is a photo of me on the porch swing.

I'm not sure what our next home project will be.  The basement and first floor are completed.  We have painted and decorated the two guest bedrooms.  Our bedroom paint is okay so I don't think we will do that.  We installed a new toilet and sliding glass shower doors in our master bath.  We are talking about putting down tile and doing a new longer vanity which will include a sit down area for me to use for applying makeup.  I had that in our Tucson home and loved it.  I prefer that over having two sinks.  I see no reason for each of us having our own sink because we never use the bathroom at the same time.  Other projects include painting our loft office and maybe removing the carpet and installing hardwood.  We have a large window at the top of the stairs that could use stained glass. Our upstairs guest bath could use painted and maybe a tile floor. There are a few more outside projects that we have talked about doing.  We are taking all of these things under consideration but have not made up our minds on what to do or when to do it.  Some of these things would be good winter projects.  I'll keep you updated once we decide what to do next.

I'm not sure who sees my blog but I know I get lots of hits so I hope you enjoy what you read.  I don't get many comments but that is okay.  For me, doing this blog is my way of documenting my art and a journal of our home improvement projects.  Every so often I go back to the beginning and scroll through all the posts.  Doing this brings back memories of when my art career took off and of the many shows I have done and painting I have sold and the people who bought them.  More recently I see the adventure of our move to Michigan and starting over in a new place with my art and the fun of remodeling our new home.

Thanks to those who read my blog and may God bless you in the way Roger and I feel we have been blessed by Him.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Two cow skulls, Mr. Hoots and stained glass cross panel

I finished the two cow skulls that were a commissioned job for Countryside Creations.  It was a fun project.  I am posting two photos of each skull.  One shows the whole skull and the other is a close-up of the painting.

I also did another version of "Mr. Hoots" at the request of the owner of Countryside Creations.
I did not realize she wanted this painting for herself.  I thought she wanted it for the shop so was surprised when she paid me for it when I delivered it.

Another thing she requested which was for the shop was for Roger to do a stained glass panel of his choice.  Previous to this he only did commissioned windows but she was able to talk him into doing some thing for her shop.  He decided to do a cross.  The size of the panel is 16 X 12.  I took this photo on our front porch and liked the reflection it cast so did not crop it out of the photo.

Today proved to be profitable because besides being paid for the owl painting and the cow skulls I also sold a painting at home.  This morning a neighbor couple came to the house to buy my "Magnolia" painting.  This has always been one of my favorite paintings so I was happy to see it stay in the neighborhood.

I am now working on a new painting of three cats which I will call "Fancy Felines".  When it is finished I will then paint one of the hand saws which is a commission for Countryside Creations.

Friday, June 2, 2017

A bunch of new paintings and a couple of stained glass projects.

This is my second blog post of the day.  I returned home from my trip to FL on May 15.  Since then I have been busy with lots of activities and have not had much time to paint but I still manged to get a few things done.  I also have some things I did before I left on the trip but did not post.  All of these are subject matter that I have done before and are good sellers.  I did new versions to replace the ones that have sold.

I got a number of boards like these at a yard sale and did these two for Countryside Creation. 

Next are two stained glass windows that I designed and that Roger made.  The first was for a friend of ours who was a truck driver.  He and his wife told us what they wanted which was a truck driving down a road toward the sunset with snow topped mountains and a river and trees.  This is what we came up with. Here is a photo of the window installed in their house.

This window was made of our son Mark and his wife Leslie for the house they just moved into in NC.  It had a small window on their porch which looked into their living room.  They wanted stained glass to give them some privacy.  Here is what we came up with.  This photo was taken before we sent it to them.

I started work on one of the cow skulls that I showed you at the end of my last post.  It should be done soon. I'll post photos as soon as it is done.