Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Classic Art.. on a crushed can!

A couple of silly pieces I did, cartoony styled old master copies... on crushed cans LOL

Davinci's Mona Lisa (sort of) on a crushed soda can

Van Gogh's Stary Night on a crushed soda can

They both come mounted in the frame and available on my etsy shop and currently on SALE! :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

one of those days...

Good news, the painting, New Beginnings was accepted into the show at the JAG gallery so I am pretty excited. When the show is over and if it hasn't sold it will be listed on 1km. (really hoping it sells). I'll post more details on the show when i have them.

Have you ever had one of those days? Days when you should probably have never gotten out of bed? Sunday was that day for me. Without going into a long drawn out depiction of the day, i scalded my hand with boiling water (it is mostly ok, ran cold water over it immediately), got a flat tire, while with someone else that day her car's battery died, and then to top it off, while carrying a 70lb air compressor down a set of stairs i missed a step and fell down the stairs. Banged up a bit but otherwise ok... what a day! Kind of afraid to paint now... i might poke an eye out with a brush or drink some turps! LOL

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Beginnings Oil on canvas 24"x12"

Finished the painting and tonight will submit it to the show and see what happens from there. I named it New Beginnings because I started it during the presidential inauguration, a new age in America was beginning. The sunrise, a new beginning on a new day, and the tattered old flag kind of spoke to me about where we are now as Americans. Is this the new dawn of a bright future, or is it a beginning of the end? Only time will tell. It was fun working in oils again and with as much paint is left on the palette i think i will do one or two small paintings in oil in the next day or two. Right now though.. i have a date with a washing machine.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

possible piece for an upcoming show

I have been working on a piece that I am going to try entering into a local show. The theme is Americana, ironic or iconic, it has to be done in oils so I figured I could whip something up. I decided to redo a painting I have done before, since it was the most interesting flag reference I have. I did a more wide angle view and grabbed part of the sky from a different photo from the same shoot in hopes to add more interest. It isnt finsihed yet, but hope to finish it tomorrow. Submission is due by Friday, so I figure i will know in a few days if it is excepted since the drop off for the show is a week later. SO anyway, here are the WIPs so far. Tomorrow I will post the finished piece.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Brrrr... its cold out there! Good day to stay in and paint!

I have been in a bit of an artistic funk lately and I think I miht be breaking out of it finally. It is bitterly cold here and yesterday we ot a bit of snow, around sunset I saw these awesome clouds over the beach and new despite it being 19 degrees out I had to go to the beach and shoot some photos. I got some nice shots and today I painted one of them, although i am not sure i am very happy with it.

After the Storm

Thursday, January 15, 2009

new shop at 1000markets!

I just opened my new shop at Initially I was skeptical, thinking it was just another crafty site like etsy but I see they have alot of fine art as well so I am excited about that! I'll see what kind of traffic I get over there and may start movin more of my artwork there. Anyway I have spent the whole day on the computer working on promoting my shops and updating my site so I should get back to the easel!

Check out the shop at

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

crushed can art

a bit of a diversion from the norm, I decided to try something a little different. I came across a a guy painting soda cans and thought it was pretty neat so decided to try some and see if they sell on etsy. Here is a few samples :)

So I crush the can as flat as I can, of course cleaning them out first, and then paint the side to be painted with gesso. The I paint the imae with acrylic paints and sprays it with a clear enamel to protect the painting. I then glue the can to a piece of acid free mat board and place it in the frame.

So will give it a try and see if any sell.. the electric company is calling so I sure hope they do!! LOL

Monday, January 12, 2009

The waiting begins in the jurying process

This weekend was a complete washout at work with the snowstorm that almost was but i did take 4 of my paintings in to be juried for the Monmouth Festival of Arts show in April. I should hear back by the end of the week if any paintings got accepted. These are the paintings I submitted, I think the sunset is the weakest.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

new website design is up

No art today but a bunch of art marketing, one thing I spent a great deal of time on is redoing my website so feel free to take a peak and let me know if you have any suggestions or if anything is not working :) It is i think alot simpler and not as busy as the old site was.
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Morning Sail

Morning Sail 9"x12"
Available Here

Finished this one up today, enjoyed painting it. The reference I used was from a photo I took on my trip this fall to Cap Cod. Feel free to leave comments or critiques.

Monday, January 05, 2009


Finally got back to painting today, started a new piece but havent finished it yet. It is from a photo I took while in Cape Cod this past September. Here is the WIP as it stands now. I hope to have it finished by Wednesday.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Summer Carousel in Oils

Happy New Year... glad to see '08 in the rear view mirror! The last few days I have been working on a piece in oils, first time i pulled the oils out in over a year. It was fun and I am glad to work in oils once again.

Summer Carousel 12"x16" oil
Available for sale here

I look forward to a prolific new year and hope to advance my art marketing skills for 2009, do a few shows, sell a few paintings :)

Happy New Years!