Each year I end up with a bunch of Christmas cards in the mail box. I love getting them. It’s like mailbox love. I hang them on the mantle, but after Christmas I never really know what to do with them. Throw them away? Save them in a box I’ll never open again?
I decided to create a holiday card this year that is made from the image of an original painting. It’s blank inside so it can be customized with your own special message. The best part…it can be framed or go on display after the holiday season and doesn’t have to be stashed or thrown away. Click here to check it out!
I have been working on lots of small new pieces. The inspiration keeps flowing and I can’t seem to paint fast enough.
I decided to show and sell some of my new work at a Holiday Extravaganza hosted by Finan Chiropractic on November 29 from 6-9 p.m. Finan Chiropractic already has several of my large pieces on display in their office.
In addition, there will be several other vendors. There will also be a DJ so it’s guaranteed to be a good time. Be sure to come by and see me if you’re in the neighborhood!
Finan Chiropractic, 9209 W 110th St, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
ArtsKC will feature over 150+ original works of art from Kansas City artists that have been supported by ArtsKC through the Grant-Making program and the Now Showing program.
I participate in the Now Showing Program, which connects local Kansas City businesses with local artists. My work is hung and rented for up to 3 months at a time. For this holiday event, ArtsKC wanted to offer affordable art for the holiday season. All pieces are 10×10″ in size and are priced less than $250.
I entered one of my heavily textured dahlia pieces for the event. All pieces will be on display and on sale at 106 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108 now through Christmas.
I realized I never shared the final product of my son’s homemade Halloween costume. The only thing we ended up not making was the hands. We ordered them off of Amazon.
I ended up going to Goodwill and buying an old black costume for a base so that we could add to it. The rest was made from silver and black paint, cardboard, hot glue, duct tape, and a lot of patience.
I used a pair of old knee pads to glue the “shin guards” on. We also made a whole chest plate and shoulder pad, but it was so big and bulky on him we decided against it in the end. It was almost too much after the mask was put on the “hair” took up so much space.
In the end, he was super happy with the final product and heard how scary he was all night. He’s already starting to plan what we are going to make for next year.
When you 9 year old son comes home from school and says he wants a homemade costume for Halloween, you don’t tell him no. Especially when he starts justifying a homemade costume by telling you it will be “cooler” and “it will be fun to make together”.
The shock came when he told me he wanted to be Predator. I knew he had never even seen the movie, but that’s not an easy costume to pull off. I had no idea where to start. As an artist, I got really excited about figuring it out. We went to the art store and found a base mask to start with, some yarn, and foam. Then we headed to the hardware store and walked around looking for materials and ideas. We left with some duct tape, spray paint, and pipe insulation.
We took it back to the studio and I gave my son a lesson on how not to burn yourself while working with a hot glue gun (by burning myself). We began cutting up foam and insulation and applying it to our base mask. It didn’t take long before our mask started to make sense.
We ended up with a mask that we were super proud of and is custom fit to his head. Now for the costume part…
Travel and art are two of my biggest passions. I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling this year. So much so, I haven’t had as much time to work on all of the ideas and inspiration that I have gained.
I have decided to start by working on a series of small paintings. 6×6 canvases in oil inspired from my various trips. I have started with my most recent trip to Michigan. I kayaked around Grand Island, visited little resort towns in the Upper Peninsula, and hiked Pictures Rocks National Park. It really is a spectacular place and I had no idea it was so beautiful. Here is one of my first pieces from a hike.
I have always had a sort of personal rule that when a painting is finished and I sign my name to it, I do not touch it again. I decided that this rule had to be broken.
As I was organizing paintings in the studio I sat back and looked at some of my tree and aspen paintings and decided that they needed more. More color, more depth, more time. I decided to throw out my rule and and let myself rework the paintings. I am loving the turn out. In some cases I am completely reworking the color scheme, trees, and background.
I have two new shows going up next week, and hope that they are ready for that show. I am glad that I broke my own rule. Sometimes rules are just meant to be broken.