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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Show is Here

Terzian Gallery
Park City, Utah
Saturday, December 18th, 2010
6 - 9 pm
This show will run through January 4th and then move in it's entirety to Springville Museum of Art for the month of January.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Yes I am finished with all the paintings for the show and yes I am yelling (all caps). I finished 21 paintings with a range of sizes for Terzian Galleries show opening December 18th. I am really excited about this show and am really proud of the paintings I have done. I think they show my growth as an artist. Save the date!
'Settled In'
30 x 40"

Friday, November 12, 2010

Holiday Show 2010

Art Access in Salt Lake City is having their annual holiday sale. Link here for their website and info. They requested small still lifes. I did 5, really small pieces (7 x 9"). I love working small. It is less laborious, so immediate. I literally can do 1 or 2 a day. During a baby nap. I felt so productive the week I did these. Unlike a large painting that I work on, rework, glaze, rework, set aside, rework, critique....over several weeks. Large paintings are great for my street cred and for the pocketbook, but if I have to choose, I choose small. I guess variety is the key so I don't get bored. Any that don't sell will be on their way to Texas.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Spoiler....or Teaser?

Only 1 month until I have to be done painting for my show at Terzian Gallery. Here is a sneek peak at what I have been working on. They are representative of the roles I carry; Sister, Wife, Daughter, Mother. I am up to 18 out of 20 paintings. Just 2 more to go! (But then I would love to have it up to 30 for the show in January at the Springville Museum....hmmm.)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Paintings I love so Much

Oh I love these paintings so much. I am so inspired. They are so different from eachother, but I love them and admire their makers!
1. Alyssa Monks: I love the composition. I love the feeling of the painting, restful, intricate. And unbelievably painted. I am painting a sheet in the painting I am working on now. If only it looked like this one. I guess I will put in another 5 hours and see where it gets me. Sigh.

2. Clay Wagstaff: His paintings are so thinly painted, almost washes. You can still see pencil lines on the canvas underneath. They are dreamlike, calming, out of this world-like. Oh I am in love with this painting. He is my sister, Alisa's, favorite painter and I believe he has grown on me. I love his paintings the more I see them. I think about them after I see and study them in Park City.
3. Lindsey Frei: Another Utah painter. She is so technically amazing. She does mainly still-lifes, but her figures are what capture my attention. They are unreal. I love her lighting and her soft edges, and her fashion taste is awesome so I always love her color choices. Look at this girl's nice. I love how her bangs cover her eyes. Such a yummy painter.
4. Britt Freda. I found it online a long time ago and didn't write down her/his name so thanks to all the comments to let me know. I love how loose the painting is, I am obsessed with bees, and the composition is really nice too. I wish this was in my house.

Friday, September 24, 2010

First 4 for my show

I painted these for my show coming up in December. However, Terzian needed more paintings and needed to show examples to clients of what kinds of paintings will be at the show. So, I had to hand over these 4 small paintings. I have finished 14 paintings out of 30 needed, but if these sell, I will need to paint more. It doesn't make sense to half wish they don't sell, that is just crazy right?
12 x 12"
oil on panel

3 small paintings

These little paintings are so immediate I love doing them. Terzian has been asking for more of these, 7 x 9's because they sell well and are an easy impulse buy for those Park City tourists.


In this economy we all have to get a little creative and more flexible. I draw a lot for practice and to keep up my drawing skills. I draw from paintings, I draw from photographs, I draw from life.I used to draw every night while I watched tv, now it's not every night, but almost. So why not draw and sell? I showed 10 of these little drawings at a small show last weekend and sold a few. Now they are at Terzian Gallery in Park City. $225. 6 x 9".

Friday, August 27, 2010

Project Runway

I love #2 shadow's combinations. Check out the plaid headband, striped shirt, camo shorts, sparkly shoes, tights (it was 100 degrees yesterday!). I just smile and get out my camera. She's gonna be famous one day.....I know it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

1st Visit to Wally Workman Gallery

The husband flew us down to Austin, Texas to check out the city and the gallery and of course to meet the owner (Wally, of course) and Rachel. It was great. We love Austin so much and have vowed to go back to visit semi-often. The 30th Anniversary party was hoppin' and there were so many beautiful paintings. I definitely have my hopes set on a few artists. I was able to meet an artist I've been following blog-style Carol Marine, who was delightful. And Wally and Rachel told us where to eat and play. It was a great escape from the brain-frying summer as a mom of 3 little-ish kids. Thank you Jason so much!

I don't know who this lady is, but I love that she is taking a little break by one of my paintings. We had to snap a shot....classic.

Friday, July 30, 2010

When it Rains, it Pours.....

....So I have a 2 person show planned for Terzian Gallery for early next year. I was also just approached by Springville Museum of Art to show in one of their galleries (awesome!) also at the beginning of 2011. Thirdly, Wally Workman Gallery is possibly putting on a show for me later in the year.

Amazing, yes. Scary, yes. Stressful.....yes! The only problem is that they are all coming at once. They are all such great opportunities I don't even care. I think I just need to change my life a little, maybe hire some things out: making canvases (check), framing (half check), dinners (check...Costco), cleaning house (husband? kids?). I think I will take a hiatus from reading, tv, and gardening. Scratch the TV haitus, I need it. I am really excited about my concept and hopeful about my abilities.

1 down, 29 paintings to go....

'Sister; Many Hats'
16 x 16"

Ugh....Head Shots

Okay. I was finally forced to do head shots (thanks Rachel). It is a good thing to have, and maybe even necessary, and I haven't taken them for probably 8 years. Hopefully this one will last for another decade. Please help me choose one. I had thousands taken in the hopes that there would be one I could stand. I guess this is the part of aging I don't do very well. I much prefer a self portrait drawn or painted. It's probably time to do one of those too.

Please vote for one. I need help, I guess I am too close to the subject.....

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

3 for 30 Years

'Eye to Eye'
18 x 24"

These have been sent to Wally Workman Gallery in Texas for their 30th anniversary party (along with the painting 'Young Trepidation', a few posts ago). It's great to be a part of a gallery that has been around that long. The husband also surprised me with plane tickets for us to go there for the celebration. Yay!
'Childish Things'
18 x 24"

Monday, June 28, 2010

3 Commissions

I have been working for the last month on 3 commissions for a family of sisters. Twins Kathrin and Amelia, and an older sister Gabby. I was able to meet with them one afternoon and record my impressions, and come up with my own interpretations. Their mother (the client) was so open minded and willing to let me express my own thoughts about her girls. I don't really do portraits, but I enjoyed these. It was fun to interpret these young girls. Most importantly, I hope they love them and think I was true to who they are.

Amelia: centered, quiet, introspective.
Kathrin: outgoing, full of personality, comfortable with attention.
Gabby: mature, athletic, quiet.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Long Days

Summer is here and it was officially 104 degrees yesterday. Which means popsicles, swimming pools and bare feet. The kids only get the swimming pools. The only problem is I have been so busy painting, I have only 1/2 enjoyed summer so far. I am knee deep in commissions (I will show later), and also painting for Wally Workman Gallery 30th anniversary. No pressure, but please send us "your 3 best paintings you have ever produced". I am a little stressed, I must admit. It is not infringing on my sleep yet, but because I feel guilty about my kids being inside for most of the day, I am making big promises for our upcoming beach trip. (I promise to not yell once, to say yes whenever you want your fingernails painted, and to create something big and amazing out of beach sand in exactly 2 weeks).

I have been painting everyday (almost) and things are moving well for the most part - don't want to jinx momentum though. This painting is the first of 3 for Wally Workman due the end of July. Let's just all cross our fingers in hopes I can do it all. I am definitely burning the candle at both ends and my house is here to prove it. Let's also say a little prayer that the kids don't get sick of cereal and mac & cheese.....pretty please.

'Young Trepidation'
18 x 24"

Oh So Proud

Career Day.
2nd Grade.
Shadow #2 wants to be an.........Artist!
Oh proud mama.

P.S. the "beret" makes me laugh!

Friday, May 21, 2010

For Sophie

I did this commission for a dear friend in North Carolina. Her husband ordered it for her birthday, sent me the dress of their daughter, Sophie, and surprised her. Maybe the award for the best husband of the year goes to Joe. I am flattered he entrusted me with the job of immortalizing little Sophie. I hope they love it forever.

The process of this painting also made me think about how fast time flies, and how fast our little babies grow into tweens and beyond....yikes. I miss the babies, but am loving the conversations and different relationships that grow as my kids grow. I have changed so much since I was pregnant with my first little girl 12 years ago. I almost feel like a different person. I am less judgemental of myself and others, I am more laid back and have so much more perspective about what is important to me, I like parts of my personality that I didn't know existed,, that can only come out through being a mother. I am grateful for my life and all the experiences we have had in the last 12 years.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Two Articles

Two articles came out this past week about my work. The first is an artist of the month feature for an online art magazine.
The second is an article about mothers who create art about motherhood.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mama's!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

300 Plates Show

Art Access
230 S 500 W #125
SLC Utah
May 17th - July ?

This is my first time being a part of the 300 Plates show. It is a fundraiser for 'Art Access' who provides art programs for the disabled. It is a great organization and a very well known show. So each of 99 Utah artists paints on 10 x 10 metal printer plates. Then they are numbered starting at 75 and going up in $1 increments. The number your plate is, is the cost of your painting. So theoretically you could get a Brian Kershisnik painting for less than his usual $10K.

I went several years ago to the event and it was first come first serve and when they opened the doors it was like black friday but art gallery, wine drinking style and not that different from the fights at walmart the day after Thanksgiving. I literally saw someone push an old lady out of the way with her elbow to put her sticker on one of the plates so she could buy it.

I was so turned off, I left with my 3 purchased plates and vowed to never come back.
Well, they have changed the purchasing process now and have promised it to be much more civilized. Who knew that little metal disks could attract the animal instinct. Cheap paintings = crazy people. The list of artists is humbling and now that I am one of the artists, I would be honored if someone would push old people to buy one of mine....not probable. Let's hope there is interest in my work and I cannot wait to expand my own 'plate' collection!

300 Plates Show

These 4 (sorry I forgot to photo the upper left one before I delivered it...duh...lost forever) fit together to form a larger painting but they also stand alone as singular works. I thought it would be challenging to make it work both ways. I am not tech savvy enough to figure out how to put them together right, so you will just have to imagine. Or you could take a look at the plate show, they are going to try to hang them together.
Whenever I am pushed to do something different with either color or format or subject matter, it changes my direction a bit. I haven't done paintings with cropped views of the dresses. But I like the finished product of these where the dress isn't necessarily the main I think I will do more of this. We'll see if anyone buys them. If not, than forget all of that excitement about a new direction.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Baby Shadow

Lately my shadow #3 has been painting in my studio with me (she's 2). I love her creation so much. This is maybe 3 weeks worth and I think she is done. It is really a beautiful watercolor. I think it is going on my painting wall.
Usually she watches 'Wizard of Oz' while I paint but lately she has been going back and forth between painting and watching.
So maybe we should title this "Through the Tornado" or "Dorothy's tumultuous travels".
This little puppy is getting framed! Mommy proud.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Have You Seen This?

Maybe these have been around the world via email, but I saw them not too long ago, and I am still amazed. In case you cannot tell, they are chalk drawings on a sidewalk incorporating some real people. Look close, these are mad skills. If I could do this, I would have some serious street cred with my kids and the neighborhood!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Largest Painting I've Ever Done

24 x 48"
'Accepting Comfort and Strength'

I am not settled on that title, just trying it out. I have to deliver it next week, so I need to decide quick. I would love some ideas if any of you are struck with something you can't shake.

It is going to the well-known Springville Salon to be juried and hopefully accepted. Because it is larger than I usually do, I realize I am questioning my composition. I also added a detail of Naomi's face because I find her captivating. She has a wisdom in her eyes, kind of an old soul thing. I love painting her. This pose was her choice, her idea....she is 7. After I finished the painting she looked confused and then she told me she thought I was going to paint myself into the painting instead of the dress form. Cute.

The title I have at the top comes from my cousin who was giving me an impromptu critique the other night. She told me she dreamt of the painting that night. She was the girl and was hugging her mother and had such a strong feeling of comfort and strength. I was so moved that she dreamt of my painting after looking at it for just a few minutes. I always hope my paintings have the ability to affect someone or evoke nostalgic feelings. They are emotional to me, but I never know if they project any of those strong feelings to the viewer. PS.....this painting has nothing to do with my own Mommy issues that I may or may not have.