Friday, December 3, 2010


The birds are really flying off the page!
I've been wanting to make 3D birds for a few years now and finally I decided the time had come to follow through. This paper mache fellow is still a work in progress. I'm trying to figure out how subtly or strongly I want the pattern to show. There are a few other birds awaiting paint.
I'm really having fun with this new medium. Next I'm thinking of branching off into something figurative, although I'll still keep some birdies around.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pier One Birds

The birds are in! Well, they've been in for a few weeks now. I took the family on a little field trip to visit our nearest Pier One and there they were, cute little fellows, sitting amongst the other paintings. I've only seen these little birds in their small format so it was fun to see them on a larger scale. Pier One did a nice job presenting them. They're printed on a light cotton fabric and gallery stretched. Each one has a fun little tag describing the personality of the birds they depict.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


My etsy page is being inundated with little birds. I have a goal to get forty of these little guys ready for the arts festival is June. I have four down. That's a good start, right?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I do love all the rain we've been getting this week, but maybe in the back of my mind I'm really wishing for a little sun, thus this happy little sunny bird that I painted this afternoon.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Something New

I'm working on a new series of paintings. I'm liking where they're going so far. I've been using more organic forms and some new patterns found in images of microscopic cells. Here's a glimpse of one and I'll post more as they come.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I'd have to say that I'm filled with quite a little bit of glee myself after finding out that two of my paintings THAI SPICE I & II are being used on the set of the TV show GLEE. My paintings are hanging in the character Rachel's bedroom. I don't know how many episodes they've appeared in, but I'm certainly a convert to the show now. I can't wait to see when they appear next.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Friday Gallery Stroll

I've got many new pieces showing at Evergreen Gallery this month. The opening is this Friday the 16th from 6-9. I'd love to see you there if you can make it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I haven't done any landscapes for a while so it's been refreshing to paint some for the upcoming show at Evergreen. Here's a picture of a little diptych that I just finished.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Work, Work, Work

It feels good to be back in the rhythm of painting again. I always like a good deadline (this must play to the procrastinator in me), and I certainly do have a lot of deadlines. I just finished this piece at the request of my publisher and I'm hoping that it finds a good home. Today I need to finish the companion and begin work on the landscapes that are due on the tenth for my show at Evergreen Gallery. I'm looking forward to the shows at the Himilayan Kitchen that Alpine Art has set up for later in the summer and I need to start thinking about new work for the Ogden City Arts Festival, which I've been asked to attend as an invited artist. Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it all.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Stencils

It's time for some new stencils, not because the old ones have worn out, although some are getting pretty thick with paint, but because I'm ready for something new. I certainly don't create new stencils as often as I do new paintings, but I do love the process and I enjoy thinking about how I'm going to incorporate them into new work. I'll be starting a new series that I'm trying to make a little bit more formal and I thought I'd start off with a Damask stencil. I don't usually go quite this intricate and it will be interesting to see how the small pieces hold up.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Just a few more days until spring. I might have to paint an homage to it all week.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thank You Etsy

I've had the good fortune of being featured in one of etsy's emails and these little birds have been flying off the shelves. (That is, if there were shelves to fly off of). Funny what a little bit of advertising can do. I'm certainly grateful to the editor who chose me. I also had the good fortune of being asked to be a featured artist in the Ogden City arts festival this June. I haven't done any festivals in a while so it will be something fun to look forward to.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Emerald City

Here's a peak at the scenery that I've been working on. My daughter was having a dress rehearsal and we snapped this picture of her in front of the magnificent Emerald City.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Photo Shoot

I'm used to having my images speak for themselves, but today I had to go be the image myself. Poems Art needed a new photograph of me and so I went in for a little photo shoot. I must admit, I hate to have my picture taken, but surprisingly, it wasn't bad at all. Hopefully there will be at least one good photo and if there is, I'll be sure to post it.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wizard of Oz

I've been very busy painting the scenery for my daughter's school play. These corn panels have taken about four hours each. Times that by seven and you've got A LOT of work. And that's just the tip of the iceburg. The Emerald City is 32 feet wide and 18 feet tall. The farmhouse has a detachable porch that spins during the hurricane. We've got a witch's castle and a wizard's chamber and of course there's Munchkinland. But it will all be worth it! Right?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Posters

Poems Art Publishing just finished printing a new line of posters. Pretty soon all these little birdies will be springing up in fun new places and with any luck they'll be as popular as the abstract floral pieces.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Little Sun

Last week the Salt Lake Valley had a terrible inversion. For the most part the inversion is horribly depressing and has no redeeming qualities as it blocks out the sun with a very thick layer of smog. But one night last week the smog turned into fog, the kind that is often compared to split pea soup, and when we woke up in the morning everything was covered with a beautiful layer of crystals.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I have a new appreciation for the birds that flitter in and out of my backyard. This little starling perched up by the telephone wires for a moment the other day and held still long enough for me to snap this photo. I've been spending quite a bit of time in my yard with my camera strung around my neck. Last week the kids and I went to a local store, Backyard Birds, and stocked up on bird seed and a fancy new bird feeder, with the hopes that we can lure some new models to our yard. The seed disappears quickly, although I haven't managed as many great shots as I'd like.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Not only do these photos work well on their own, but they make great studies for my bird paintings.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I Should be Painting...

Yes, I should be painting. But I'm not. I should be painting... but instead I'm playing around with all these photos that I can't stop taking. Not only am I spending all my time snapping pictures, but now I'm finding fun new ways to modify them. I really like the way these apples turned out. They look a bit like marble. Maybe not too great to bite into, but pretty neat to look at.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Camera

I have a new obsession. For Christmas our family got a beautiful new camera and I can't seem to put it down. This past weekend we took a trip to Idaho to visit family and the three and a half hour trip home flew by as I took shots of the landscape out the window.