Tuesday, October 29, 2013

a HALLOWEEN painting progression: the scream

I decided to follow up last year's Girl with a Pearl Earring costume with Munch's the Scream. Of course, this requires the user to have their face perpetually forced into full-on-open-mouth screaming posture--but it's all in the name of Halloween. Right?

Read on below for how to make this a two person costume and some other amazing art-themed Halloween ideas.

Start by finding a large size picture frame--large enough to cover your head and upper body (not too big though--you'll have to carry it around all night). Cut a piece of cardboard or heavy poster board to fit. Paint or gesso it white.

Using the Munch's the Scream as reference, draw in the basic composition.

paint in the sky

the dark outlines

Carefully cut out the face shape with an x-acto knife. Attach inside frame.

viola---(thanks to dear husband for modeling)

And for a two person costume---I present the Art Heist:

Check out this amazing rendition of Klimt's "the kiss" and a Roy Lichtenstein painting come to life (with tutorial).

Saturday, October 26, 2013

open studio--in pictures

A virtual tour from the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour open studio. If you missed it--check out my schedule to see upcoming events.

a corner of my studio: display of floral paintings and a favorite from my birds' nest collection.

my living room is open on the tour--this time featuring large floral paintings and wee prints

my new collection of songbird prints on canvas

my studio--spiffed up and looking shiny for the tour

artwork spills out onto the breezeway

the Happy Camper Mobile Art Gallery set up in my driveway

 the Happy Camper!

new work from my painting demonstration

my tools--I love looking at these

a vintage 1966 camper (all original) converted to "art gallery on wheels"

the foyer featured meadow themed landscapes

cards, prints, paintings, and a new work in progress for the open studio

chunky sunflower prints

chunky bachelor buttons

say Hi to the girls--Daffodil, Marigold, Buttercup, Edith, Esther & Minnie Pearl

chicken and owl prints

Milo--my official greeter for open studio

"a prayer in spring" painting
new acrylic/collage paintings

large triptych of the White Mountains in my studio

my other studio kitty

Monday, October 7, 2013

PAINTING PROGRESSION: lupine meadow--a painting in one minute

I mixed things up a bit this week and created a short video of "lupine meadow" coming to life.

A painting in one minute.

To see more like this, click on "progressions" on the right sidebar under labels.

available for purchase here

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour--fine art in the Monadnock region, NH

Save the date!  My studio will be open on October 12th & 13th, 2013 for the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour.


The Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire is fast becoming the place to be for fall foliage and fine art tours. On Columbus weekend alone, over 100 artists open their studio tours to the public and invite them to an inside peek at the New England tradition of fine art and craft at its best.

Check out the latest issue of Monadnock Living to read a description of all the tours in the region.

The Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour features 20+ artists in 9 towns.  Come experience a glorious weekend of fine art and fall foliage. Artists open their studios for a self-guided tour showcasing sculpture, pottery, painting, fiber, jewelry, drawing, photography, glass, wood turning and furniture. The backdrop is the peak autumn foliage of the rolling hills, mountains, and quaint towns of the Monadnock region. Come for the day or spend the weekend.

Stop by my home/studio and the Happy Camper Mobile Art Gallery.  I will have my vibrant colorful paintings new and old on display, affordable prints, and greeting cards and happy camper t-shirts too. Come meet my studio kitties (and say hi to the chickens out back in their extra fancy coop cottage) and enjoy some treats and a glass or wine (or two!)

Pick up a tour map at my studio or print one online.

Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour
October 12th & 13th, 2013
87 Ashuelot Street
Keene, New Hampshire
10am to 5pm