Flowers that Never Die

When my son was a toddler, he use to talk people into buying me Rose Heart webflowers on his behalf because he knew that I loved them. When he was about 3 he became sad when I explained he couldn’t keep touching the flower petals because it made them die faster. He was so upset that they died. I told him I would paint flowers so they never die.

Since then, my flowers have evolved. I’ve been on a mission for over a year to figure out how to create textured flowers using only acrylic paint. After much trial and error, I finally have figured it out. I’ve been making paintings with my new textured flowers.

Loe grows here.jpgIf you’re looking for flowers that never die for Valentine’s Day or just to say ‘I love you, consider a flower painting. You can see a selection of the new paintings here.

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Flowers and Cows

I paint textured landscapes and flowers, and I paint cows. I love both subject matters in very different ways. I’ve decided that for marketing purposes I need to separate the two.

As a result, all of my landscapes and flowers will still be found on my website www.StrokeofRed.comPresent original. I have started a new website dedicated to just my cows and barnyard babies,

My hope is to simplify my marketing efforts and let clients and potential clients see the work they’re looking for without sorting through what they aren’t looking for.

Please take a look at my new site and let me know what you think.

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Starting to get in the holiday spirit

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! 


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Mingle Jingle Holiday Extravaganza

I have been working on lots of small new pieces. The inspiration keeps flowing and I can’t seem to paint fast enough.

0e345884-7e59-4a26-be90-460942f5f950I 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

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10 x 10″ Original Art, 150+ Artists

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 22789134_10155805301891369_2132343172921353581_n.jpgwith 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.


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The final product

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.

unnamedI 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.


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Way Outside my Comfort Zone

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…



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