Off to Sugar Grove !!


These four paintings are headed to Sugar Grove, Ohio in several weeks.  They are currently on display at Laurie's for the Stanwood Art Walk on July 30th.  This couple came in the first day they were up and decided thay just had to have them..all four.  He is a jokster; so, I thought he was kidding. This was a problem only because one of them was done just for the shop and was not for sale.  I get to do another one.....another already paid for painting experience.  Now this is fun!!!!

I have to say that they do look extremely good on Laurie's dark brown wall and her lighting is very good as well.  I use a lot of metallic paint so they need light  on them to really show off.  Sue does a great job of hanging my work...I'll have to get her to hang all my shows!

The other exciting thing is that as a result of this sale and the one for Laurie we were able to buy that water buffalo for Heifer International!!  I've been wanting to do that for awhile and now it's done!!! Helping Hooves..they have a great write up on their site about what one water buffalo can do to help a rice farmer...there is a link from my site to theirs.  Check it out!


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Living the Dream



Living the Dream....that is just what my friend and neighbor, Laurie, is doing.  She is happily retired but always wanted a dress shop. So, she has opened one in downtown Stanwood, Washington.  When she asked me to create a painting for her shop I was stoked!!

"I want unique," said Laurie.  Forget my usual ferns and organic materials... we generated a list of collage elements that said "dress shop."  It included mirrors, a zipper, button, her labels, and if you look very closely you can find an earring back as well.  She also had colors in mind....Laurie likes to color coordinate...can you imagine??? no surprise there!

I was surprised by how different it feels to create a painting that is already sold.  Talk about motivated..I had guidelines, a list of ideas, and colors to match to start.  How unusual! It was so satisfying making this painting...I knew what I wanted to create and exactly where it would hang when it was done.

July 30th Stanwood is starting up their art walks again, and John and I will be at Laurie's to welcome you in to see Living the Dream as well as several of her sisters.  I am so excited and hope to visit with lots of people that evening!! Maybe someone else out there really wants a painting done just for them!! I can dream as well!!!!


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