November 13, 2014

Pet Portraits.............



 Drawing animals is a very interesting thing for me, especially someone's pet. I know that the owner and his or her companion have a special bond with each other. It is a very real and honest love. The eyes are a sure way for me to capture that connection. 
It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul.(Shakespeare). 
     Thanks for looking. 
Now go hug your love, whether or not they have two or four legs.


October 25, 2014

"Ordinary Beautiful". Juried Art Show

I am honored to get into another Art Show in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This one has a theme of "Ordinary Beautiful". It is at a new gallery space in the Church of the Incarnation. They have this space for artists in the hopes of bringing art to many.
I came in second place which was awesome. I received prize money and a gift certificate to a local restaurant which was unexpected. My painting sold which was amazing.
The young lady who purchased my work is really sweet. I just meet her to give her my painting. Although I know she will take great care of my work, it is still a little sad letting one of my "babies" go. I spoke to my daughter (number one baby...haha) soon after. She gave me many encouraging words. I wonder if all artists have a tough time letting go.....hum.
Enjoy the things that you have but remember they are only things. It is your family and friends that are the true treasures.

July 25, 2014

"Local Landmarks" juried Art show

In Harrisonburg, Virginia, there are wonderful places to
display your Art work. 
Harrisonburg has a great art community.
One of the galleries to try to get in the door is Larkin Arts.
The gallery space is very personal and clean and has wonderful light.
Larkins had a call for artists to a juried art show
several weeks before July 1st. 
The theme of the show is Local Landmarks.
37 pieces were entered and they selected 13. 
I am happy to say that my piece called "Wetsel Reflections" was selected. Yea!
To find out more about this, go to www.larkinarts.com 
I have posted several pics that show the progression of my piece. 
As always, thanks for stopping by!






July 4, 2014

Painted Barns, on Rt. 11 near Mt. Crawford, VA

     I pass these Red Barns everytime I travel up route 11 towards 
Harrisonburg.....and everytime I pass them, I say to myself or to the person in the car with me, usually it is my husband Greg, that I need to draw or paint them. They are so charming. I can imagine the person painting them. I imagine the pumpkins when first painted were more of a bright 'pumpkin ' color, but over the years it has faded to "peach".
Here are some pics showing my process. Thanks for stopping by my blog!




In Remembrance....








My friend's pet dog, Reno, passed away recently. Hopefully this will be a nice remembrance for her. 
This was my first dog drawing. I used colored pencils and black pen. I worked the pencils with the hope that his fur would shine. I am happy with the results. 
Thanks for looking!

October 18, 2013

October box

I haven't posted in awhile, but I worked on something more decorative and
I wanted to share it with you. I am making this for a very special lady.
The first photo shows the beginning of this project.
I bought an unfinished round wooden box at the local arts and craft store.
I painted it a solid color, then lightly sanded it.
I worked out the design in my sketch book and
then drew my design on the box with pencil.
I used marker to crisp up the lines.
Then I started to paint, keeping the palette simple and colorful.
The last picture shows the finished box. I think she will like it.
It is her birthday soon and last year her home was severely burned.  
Her bedroom was on the first floor and that is where the fire did its most damage. Her home is finished now. It has the new house smell. It is fresh and beautiful.
Since Her bedroom was destroyed including her jewelry boxes,
I  wanted to paint a special box for her to store her most precious items in.
I think she will like it.
 
 
 
Thanks for looking, now go out and
create something wonderful for yourself or someone else!

April 2, 2013

April art show, wish me luck!


I have entered this in the Art show for April at Larkin Arts in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Wish me luck! I am number 19. Here is their web-site, http://www.larkinarts.com . What a great place to go if you need any art supplies. They offer all types of art classes, from beginner to the more advanced. They have a nice Gallery space and there are monthly exhibits. A lot of wonderful talent in and around Harrisonburg. Check it out if you are ever in the area.

Thanks for coming back and checking out my blog!

February 9, 2013

Something different.....


I haven't posted anything in along time. Sorry. I am glad you are visiting my blog though. Thanks for stopping by. I have been working on something a little bit different.
I want to enter this art show coming up in Harrisonburg this spring.
The art piece has to be 6", no more. 
The idea I had was to paint just the eyes of an individual.
Someone peeping out behind something.
I started with a block of oak wood, 6" x 3 1/2" x 1".


I painted some Gesso on the front of the raw wood,
then sketched what I wanted and then did a light under-wash.


I then started adding on the color.


I have a lot left to do, I hope I don't get too fussy but I can't help myself.
Thanks for looking and I will post the finished piece in a few days so please stop back by!


June 19, 2012

Painting- week 32

Nest: a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home. 
This is my latest painting. I am going to do a series of these. They will sell for $45.00. The size of the canvas is 6" x 6". The painting carries over to the 1 1/2" outside edges.
I am hoping to put these in the local "art" shops in town.
My idea for these paintings came about when in one of the barberry bushes in front of my house we discovered a birds nest with small eggs inside. I loved the way the "mommy" bird had nestled her small home between the branches. A week or so went by and before we knew it the birds had hatched and were gone, isn't that the way, time just seems to fly. I wanted to do a series of these with one or more eggs in the nest to represent the people you may have in your home.
I am taking custom orders, even if you are a empty nester there is a painting for you.
So, how many do you have in your Nest?

May 31, 2012

Art Show set-up











What a great space for Art. The table that is shown will be moved out and that will give us lots of space to move around. I finished up my waterfall painting just in time for the show. I love how everything looks hanging on the walls. Special thanks to my husband Greg for helping me and just being there along the way. Thanks again to Lynda Bostrom for letting me show my work at the Blue Nile and for her amazing picture hanging skills. I will post pictures Saturday of the Artist reception. A blank canvas or empty plain paper is my nemesis and I think I conquered it....this time.  (:    I hope you enjoy looking at my work and once again thanks so much for stopping by!

June Art Show at the Blue Nile

I am so excited to say that my art will be hanging in the Blue Nile Restaurant for the month of June. They have a wonderful space to display Art. The Blue Nile is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. My Artist Reception is June 1st, Friday from 6-9pm. Thanks to Lynda Bostrom for designing my poster. Lynda is in charge of the Gallery space and everything that entails and she does a wonderful job.

April 11, 2012

Drawing- week 31........SOLD

This is a drawing from a place in Augusta County, Virginia called Braley Pond. "Braley is a 4.5-acre impoundment constructed in 1965 by the U.S. Forest Service as a recreation pond." When fishing you could find rainbow trout which are stocked and largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. What I loved about this particular day was the clear blue water contrasting against the lime green and reds of the water lilies.

I hope you enjoy my drawing.

Have a great day and stop by again!

March 4, 2012

Art Reception


My Art Reception will be Saturday, March 10th

at the Bluestone Vineyard. It is from 2 'til 4pm.



Please stop by and say Hello!








February 4, 2012

Drawing-week 30



This scene is from a local winery, Afton Mountain. Virginia not only has great tasting wines but our Vineyards have some of the most beautiful vistas. These places are great to go and relax and unwind after a hectic work week. Be sure to go with friends and just"Chill".

It is suppose to snow this evening here in the Valley, but it won't be long until the roses bloom again. Yea!

Thanks for looking and I hope you like my drawing!

January 19, 2012

Art Show;January-February-March

I have some exciting news....I currently have my Art displayed at one of the local vineyards. Visit their website and learn the story behind their wonderful place and great tasting wine.

Here is the link to get there,



My work will be on display through March.We are still discussing an Artist reception date, (sometime in February) so I will keep you posted.

November 11, 2011

Drawing-week 29

Thanks for taking the time to look at my Art. With this drawing I wanted to show the contrast between the soft hay and the rusty wire. I wanted to play the green and red off each other. The last of summer with all the vibrant colors. I hope you like it!

August 1, 2011

Drawing-week 28: Finished!.......SOLD


This is a strawberry farm that we went to in the early summer. Great place located in Grottoes, Virginia. http://www.middleriverfarms.com/ The strawberries are always delicious. This has been our annual event to jump start the summer for us since we moved to the Shenandoah Valley.
Thanks for looking!

July 30, 2011

Progression of a drawing

I thought it would be an interesting idea to show you how I work a drawing. First I start with a pencil line sketch.




Then I start adding in some color with my colored pencils.




....then more color..............................








....adding still more color........




I am trying to keep a mostly gray background and by making the foreground pop with color, create alot of depth. The colors of summer to me are the many hues of greens and reds. What do you think?



I will post the finished drawing tomorrow....please come back and look!

June 9, 2011

To sell or not to sell.............

I think every Artist has asked themselves this question, should I sell my art. We put a little piece of ourselves into our Art and we just can't seem to come to terms with selling it. Then the day comes when you have so many pieces in your studio, you think what is the big deal, "I will make some money to help buy more paint, brushes or pens". To take those Drawings or Paintings and have an Art Show where people come and hopefully say wonderful things about your work is very gratifying. If you are lucky, a sweet young couple with two beautiful kids will look at one of your drawings and recognize a particular scene where they once had a picnic. Believe me it feels great selling them a piece of yourself so they can always remember that day.


I have just set up a shop at Etsy. I am just getting started so have a look. Here is my web address. www.etsy.com/shop/ValleyArtProject .


Thanks for looking and please leave a comment to let me know what you think! Next week I will start up my drawing a week posts. Please come back to take a look!













May 8, 2011

Artist Reception May 6th

I would like to Thank everyone that came to my

Artist Reception last night;

the ones that came in from out of town,

the ones that rushed over after work,

the ones that stayed 'til the end,

the ones that brought my mom,

the ones that gave me the nerve to do an

impromptu tv interview,

the ones that bought something(:,


Thanks again to all my Family and Friends!!!


Here are some photos.



This is my husband Greg,

whom I owe a big Thank you too.

He is my carpenter for the frames

and the installation of the art.

Thanks!!

I don't have a pic with my daughter, but she was there.

She was the first reason for me to do this Art Show.



Go here to see my interview. Josh Knight from Channel 3

interviewed me. I was so nervous.

I had no idea this was going to happen.
He just showed up because his

station manager thought it would be

a nice story to put on the news.

I was so thankful for the attention.
It was truly a fun evening.





Thanks for sharing this with me!!
Here is a photo of my large painting. 42" x 48"



This one is Goshen Pass.


All my work is for sale and some has sold already.

I will post the prices next to each drawing or painting.

All my work is available as prints.

Each 4 x 6 is mounted on a 5 x 7 Black card stock.

Those are $5.00.

They look great framed and grouped as

several together.Contact me if interested in any item.
This was half of the Journey, now I will be up and running for the second half.
Thanks for sharing this time with me!

May 4, 2011

Countdown to Art Show!


I hope that those who can come to my show will. I am really looking forward to it. I will post lots of pic's this weekend. And if you can't make it, I will let you know how it went. Here is a painting that is on display in the front window of the Clementine Cafe. My husband Greg and my daughter Laura really helped me out on Sunday. We hung all of my Art and placed the labels underneath them. I owe them a tremendous "Thank you!".

April 10, 2011

Art Show Poster

Here is my poster that will be placed about town. I owe a special Thanks to my Daughter for creating this poster for me...Thanks Laura! Add Image