Friday, July 27, 2012

Silvestri Update

Okay, here's the deal.  I submitted nine original pieces of artwork to Silvestri.  They chose five to be reproduced and marketed.  After taking them to Market, the top two sellers were printed and shipped to retailers.  


 The print quality is really great!  This is my photo of the print.

Each piece is bordered with velvet ribbon.

Embellishments added to the prints.

This has been a very exciting and educational experience.  I want to thank Linda and Angela at Silvestri for all their help and guidance during this process.  They were wonderful to work with!

I know Cloverleaf Boutique will be carrying my prints.  
I will find out other sources and post later.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

I wanted to share a couple more things from our Idaho trip.  We stayed at the beautiful Coeur d'Alene Resort, and these paintings lined the hallway leading to one of the wonderful restaurants.  I thought they were so charming.  I'm pretty sure they are oils.  Unfortunately, I was unable to see the artist's name.  

Aren't they sweet and delicious!

Some more fun things we did:

Morning walks on the trail next to the resort.

(Nice pose.  haha)

We took the Route of the Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail ride.
This trail is one of the American's Rails to Trails.
Old train routes are being turned into walking and bike trails.

(After riding through the first tunnel...1.7 miles!)

This was the most fun I've had in a long time!  The views were amazing!!
And, yes, I am quite aware of what dorks we look like in our helmets.

Thanks for sitting through my boring vacation pictures!  :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mel McCuddin, Artist

My husband and I just returned from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  We were there on a business trip, but managed to slip in some amazing experiences while we were there.  First, I would like to introduce you to Artist, Mel McCuddin, from Spokane, Washington.  We happened to be there when Coeur d'Alene was having its Art Gallery Walk. Mr. McCuddin was having his opening at The Art Spirit Gallery.  I am so excited that I got to see his work!  I absolutely LOVED it!  And, what a bonus....I actually got to meet him!  Such a kind and interesting man.

 Mel McCuddin, Figurative Expressionist

 Before going to the art opening, I did some research online.  He has a youtube video explaining his artistic process.  It is so inspiring...I encourage you to watch it!  Mel McCuddin YouTube.

Below are just a few of my favorite pieces:

 Loved this sweet dog, the composition of
him being down at the bottom of the painting.
Reminds me of my dog, Gus.

Love the colors and texture of this lonely rower.

Besides just loving the raven subject, 
the intensity of the under-painting showing through is great!

If you are in love with Mr. McCuddin's paintings as much as I am, go to:
The Art Spirit Gallery to see more of his amazing work!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Attack of the Butterflies

This weekend, while cleaning and organizing my studio, I needed a place to keep my butterflies out where I could see them.  Looking around, I realized my dress form would be a perfect solution.  I love the way the butterflies are clustered on her dress.  

Not only will I be able to pluck them off when needed, they look beautiful all together.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Oklahoma Squall

A couple of months ago, when my husband and I took a road trip, we could see a huge rainstorm off in the distance.  We were so captivated by it, that I was inspired to paint another landscape.  I finished it a while ago and we hung it in our house.  I just kept walking by it thinking, "something isn't right".   Now that I added the barbed-wire fence it finally feels finished.

 Oklahoma Squall               30" x 40"

I love a good summer rain storm!