Thursday, July 28, 2011

Come On Down, Mon Cher!

Little Red Barn, a sweet little 8 x 8 inch gem!

If you're in the Asheville, NC area this weekend, stop by Atelier 24 Lexington Gallery for the Bele Chere Festival. The gallery has many of my American Farm paintings to see, as well as my new "Little Farms" that are the perfect size for groupings or shelf sitting!
The Bele Chere Festival is an annual 3-day event, featuring live, local, regional and national performers, on 4 stages. I looked up the origin of the name and found out that Bele Chere comes from an ancient Scottish dialect, meaning "beautiful living". Sounds like a good plan!
One of the bands I looked up — purely because I took a shine to their name — was Hoots & Hellmouth. I took a listen and found them quite delightful They definitely got me in the mood for some outdoor music, food and art this weekend. Enjoy!

Here's the scoop:
Bele Chere 2011 Dates & Times:

Friday, July 29 Noon to 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 30 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 31 Noon to 6 p.m.

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    WKRQ in Cincinnati

    I was so excited to see this photo that Patti — from WKRQ in Cincinnati — sent to me!

    I wrote in my last post, how much I enjoyed working with Patti on the custom set of Ohio Farmhouses that she ordered for her radio station digs.

    I just love how the arc in the grass of the paintings mimics the arc of the opposite green wall and the slice of cobalt blue on the first painting is reflected in the strip of blue on the upper wall. Brilliant!

    Thanks again Patti!

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    I Love My Customers!

    I'm loving this new custom series that I just recently finished!

    My brilliant customer, Patti, had really liked how the "detail" images looked in my Etsy shop listing of My Ohio Farmhouse. She asked if I could paint a series for her building, exactly like the detail shots.

    I think the four paintings look smashing together! Thank you Patti for your order and for your inspiration.

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Peace Love and Understanding

    So happy to be in the shade!

    What a fun, exhausting weekend!

    I'm still recovering, unpacking and regrouping after running a booth at the weekend-long music festival Maplewoodstock.

    This was the first time I've shown this work at a live venue and it was wonderful to talk with folks and get their reaction to my paintings.

    I learned many new things:

    My work seems to appeal to a very broad range of ages.

    Men love my Farms and Dreamscapes!

    My new note cards were a huge success.

    So now I'll take this new info in mind as I start restocking my shelves for the upcoming holiday season.

    Thanks to all who stopped by the booth to say "hi".

    Now, back to work!

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011


    Here's a custom painting I just completed recently — Gossip Girls!
    As the USA was celebrating the the birth of it's nation, I was thinking about all of the milestones that the past month held. My husband, Matthew and I started the month off, celebrating our 20th anniversary, my oldest daughter graduated high school and my youngest daughter graduated from middle school.

    Summer seems to have swept in while I wasn't looking and here it is July 5th!

    As I attempt to catch up with life and blog, I will start on a festive note; the Backyard Bird Giveaway!

    On the morning of July 1st I gathered up all the entries, compiled them into a list, cut them up, put them in a hat and the winner was drawn.

    Natalie Tetzlaff won the 2-painting set and is in the process of picking her favorites for me to wrap and send — Congratulations Natalie!

    I have many more items to chat with you all about, but will save those for another post.