Thursday, February 5, 2015

My New Website is Up!

My new website is finally finished!  I will be blogging there from now on as well as having a portfolio and links to my shops.  It's been fun on Blogger but I really needed to make an all in one website for my art.  Thanks to everyone who visited and followed me here.  Now click the link and have a look around at my new site!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Changes in the works

Coming Soon!

A Brand New Website!

I'm still playing around with templates and ideas.  Here is one that I'm considering.

I will keep you posted of my progress and let you know when the website is live!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Cultivate Art Collective Magazine

I'm in the latest issue of the Cultivate Art Collective Magazine. You can check it out here and see my art and the art from other talented members of the collective.

Don't forget, the sale is still going on in my Etsy shop thru December 7th. Use discount code HOLIDAY20 to save 20%.


Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Sale and New Things in the Works.

I have a sale going on in my Etsy shop through Sunday, December 7th. Just use discount code HOLIDAY20 to get 20% off your entire purchase. I am working on a whole new redesign in my shop and a new website/blog will be coming soon. Stay tuned.

I've been working on creating digital paintings and I now offer those prints in my shop. You can see them below with some newer paintings I am also offering as prints.


Just click here to get to my shop and don't forget to use HOLIDAY20 to save 20% at checkout.


Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Finding My Style in Illustrator

I admit to feeling frustrated lately with finding my style in Illustrator.  It's a flat vector based computer program and sometimes I just don't like that look.  My artwork is usually created with lots of layers of paint and paper.  I decided to play around and see what I could come up with.  I went with my favorite subject matter and here is what I created.

These are the icons I started with. I tried some texture with my brush strokes to give the foxes depth.
I played around with the background to add more interest.
Then I tried out some patterns.

Then I played with textures I made with a very cool app from Adobe called Adobe Shape as well as the watercolor brush and I came up with this fox.
I love how he turned out.  He's much closer to my painting style and I think the texture I created is nice.  It's still a work in progress but I know I'm headed in the right direction.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Remembering Europe 2004

Ten years ago this week my hubby (then boyfriend) and I spent 10 days in Europe. We started in Canterbury, England then went to Paris, then to London and finished in Killarney, Ireland. We'd only been dating for a couple of months. Jeff was going to Canterbury for business and was planning on staying for a week to see other European cities. He invited me to go with him. Who was I to say no to Paris!

It was fun and crazy with ups and downs hopping from country to country. We actually missed our flight home due to fog in Ireland. When we go again (hopefully) I'd like to stick to one country. It was an amazing trip. We both still think about it. Here are some of my favorite photos from our first vacation together. These were taken on my good old film camera by the way. You remember film, right?









(How young and cute are we!)




(Yep. Typical tourist!)

Killarney, Ireland and County Kerry







I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane. I've been very fortunate to do a bit of traveling in my life. When I was a teenager my family went to Australia! My mom has those pictures so I can't share those. I'm not a huge fan of traveling now since it's become such a hassle. We should always be exploring though. There's so much to see in this world and in my own state of North Carolina. Maybe this walk down memory lane will spark some local traveling with the family. Next week I'll share some snippets from our Disney trip. That was an adventure! One hotel room and a 5 & 6 year old. I'm still recovering.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

More Sketchbook Fun

I'm continuing to explore my painting process with the Catalyst Wedge and Blade. This time I let the bunny emerge instead of trying to paint a specific animal like I did with the fox painting from this post. I also used a bamboo skewer to apply black ink for his outline and face to help keep the painting raw.


As you can see I don't let anything goto waste. I made sure to use up my paint on my palette on the other page. Who knows what will end up on that page. We shall see.


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