I’m excited to have won the MAAC https://www.monticelloareaarts.org Poster Design Contest for the Monticello Farmer’s Market!! The design will be in print ads and on posters and displays at the Market and around Monticello for this season. Check it out!
Another great Peony Painting workshop at the Allerton gardens this year. We finished just as the sun was going down on a beautiful spring evening.
Released December 5th is my new Christmas book, “Monsters Love Christmas Too!”
I have a limited number of copies on their way to me. If you would like a signed copy for $15, please email me before Dec. 15th. They will arrive to you by Dec. 22nd.
Otherwise, you can purchase an unsigned copy for direct delivery to your address at:
Here’s my Mini Tree Submission for the MAAC 2nd Annual Mini Tree Festival.
“Buttoned Up” is a mixed media painting that includes a pastel tree, glitter (of course), and embellished buttons for ornaments. All crowned with an old broach that has always reminded me of a Christmas Star. You can’t see all the glitter in the picture but in person it is fabulously sparkly.
The final revisions are in and my first Children’s Book “Who’s in the Woods?” is currently available for sale directly from the printer (Lulu) and/or will be available on Amazon (possibly Barnes & Noble) within the next 6-8 weeks — of course I receive a larger % if you purchase directly from the printer 😉
I am so excited I can barely contain myself! It’s taken forever since I finished my Master’s degree to finish all the paintings from my Thesis Project into this first book and I’ve already started my second book “Who’s in the Forest?”; a book about a northern boreal forest covered in snow on Christmas Eve.
My cousin, Teri, posted this beautiful video on FB and I had to copy it into a watercolor. I tried the Chinese Pour Technique. I’ve been working on artwork for kids for so long that it’s a bit more fanciful than I was working for, yet I’m still enjoying it.
I recently held a class for ~20 participants on peony painting in the garden of Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, IL. The Monticello Area Arts Council approached me about the event and I wasn’t sure about the setting and how it would go. I was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm and willingness of the painters. They seemed to have such a good time, from the inexperienced to those who painted without guidance. Quite a fun night!
The Monticello Area Arts Council commissioned an illustration and final product postcard to be used as their participant handout during the downtown area’s Reds of Christmas event on Friday, November 28, 2014. The final product I provided was a 5×7 card made from my 11×17 “Wineglass” illustration. I was very pleased with how it turned out and the Arts Council loved it.