My Artwork - November 2017

My studio

I'm settling into my apartment, routine, and new studio space (a.k.a. my dining area) here in Tucson. The apartments where we're living are quiet, have nice scenery, and lots of patio space to enjoy fresh air and sunsets (my favorite!). I've discovered a multi-use path that crosses nearby, and have been enjoying starting my days along the Cañada del Oro Wash, admiring the desert plant and animal life that call it home. The quails, roadrunners, and hummingbirds are some of my personal favorites. I never thought I would be intrigued by birds, but they are so different from those we saw back home in Louisville. Or, maybe I'm just getting old.

Hard at work packaging up those new greeting cards!

Last month, I talked about being excited by the opportunity to make some larger pieces of art, and a commission helped me deliver on that promise already. I was honored to help commemorate one of the most special moments in a friend's life, the day she got engaged on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I sure hope that her fiancé is wowed by her thoughtful and creative Christmas gift. I certainly stressed enough over it!

I also rolled out a new product - variety packs of blank greeting cards. I have currently two "themes" - my Teressa's Trek cards are landscapes from my adventures over the past year, and my Reverse Mermaid cards feature those whimsical friends I recently began dreaming up. They are all professionally printed on high-quality paper that makes them closely resemble the originals. I'm very pleased with the work that the printing company did on these. I also whipped up a special custom design for a friend to use for her Christmas cards this year. I love it when people come to me with their fun and creative ideas.

I sure hope that all my friends out there had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a peaceful holiday season. It should be pretty low-key for us here, considering we still know pretty much no one in the area. For our Thanksgiving, I was super excited to find an authentic Chinese restaurant serving up piles of dumplings near the University of Arizona (go eat at China Pasta House now), and those were a perfect substitute for turkey in my opinion. Later in the day, I made empañadas. It was a day of stuffing ourselves with stuffed foods. How fitting! 

Unfortunately, with the number of gift commissions featured on my art wrap-up this month (7 of the 9), I am a little afraid to share this post very widely and spoil any surprises. I guess I'll hit the "publish" button and hope someone out there in cyber land finds it and reads it. :-) 

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"La Familia de los Pescados está Acampando"

"El Pescado está Pintando una Sirena"

Hopkins, Belize: 7/4/17, 9:21:46

Saltese, Montana: 6/5/17, 19:01:31

Tulum, Mexico: 8/10/17, 11:14:31

The Isle of Slye

Sarah's Dolphin

Case's Sea Turtle

Beaver Tail Prickly Pear

My Artwork - April 2017

April 2017 led me to the area surrounding Pensacola, Florida, then returning to the west for visits around Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; and Baker, Nevada. Most of my paintings reflected the Gulf Coast's scenery this month.

One of the things I've been working on over the past couple of months is "loosening up" my approach to art. While I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to receive artistic training throughout my life, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art (Painting emphasis), I feel that instruction hampered my creativity in a lot of ways. I often wonder what my creations would look like had I explored my my creative side independently. 

I personally feel that untrained and uninformed art is the purest artistic expression, which is one of the biggest reasons I have spent years collecting folk and outsider art. Most of the paintings I made this month were only loosely sketched with pencil prior to getting out the paintbrushes, and some were not sketched at all. This is a huge change from the meticulous beginnings I usually undertake.

I continued to be pretty productive, creating 9 pieces of art and an additional 2 "sketch" paintings, which I used as promotional giveaways. As always, except for the sketch paintings, my pieces were inspired by my travels and informed by my original photography. Many are already sold (thank you, dear friends - I continue to be humbled by your support!). As of this posting, 5 of these pieces are still available and ready to keep your walls company.

I'm also running a promotion right now. Until the end of the day on Sunday, May 7, you will get 15% off your purchase when you enter the promo code MOMLOVE at checkout.

So go ahead, go get yourself some art! 

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Casa Grande, Arizona: 4/16/17, 13:22:42

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama: 4/2/17, 13:45:20

Gulf Breeze, Florida: 3/29/17, 9:43:55

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama: 4/2/17, 13:45:22

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida: 3/27/17, 11:32:01

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida: 3/27/17, 11:27:53

Gulf Breeze, Florida: 3/31/17, 11:40:17

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida: 3/27/17, 11:28:45

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama: 4/2/17, 14:32:48

Easter Giveaway "Sketch" Painting

World Penguin Day Giveaway "Sketch" Painting

Every $30 you buy in art helps keep me rolling on my adventure across the United States for approximately 1-2 days (gas is expensive!). I'm truly grateful to all the people in my life who keep me fueled up, both literally and figuratively!

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My Artwork - November 2016

On October 22, 2016, I embarked on a year-long adventure of traveling the United States to experience living in different locales and see all the beauty our country has to offer. After a 10-day long trek of over 2,000 miles, I settled in to Las Cruces, New Mexico for November.

One of the main intentions of this journey has always been to have more time and inspiration to fuel my creativity. Staying in a location for an extended period enables me to really experience the many facets of that area, and gives me more than a moment to spread out my tubes of paint and paintbrushes and let the pigment fly. 

During November, I created the following paintings inspired by my travels and informed by my original photography. Some are already sold, but I still have a few left that could grace that empty spot on your wall or be presented to someone you love this holiday season! 

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico: 11/2/16, 17:24:58

Cleo Springs, Oklahoma: 10/30/16, 12:39:38

Talimena Trail Scenic Byway, Oklahoma: 10/28/16, 13:36:02

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas: 10/26/16, 10:01:08

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico: 11/6/16: 01:36:00

Aguirre Springs, Las Cruces, New Mexico: 11/18/16, 17:08:20

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, Mesilla, New Mexico: 11/7/16, 15:14:07

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico: 11/16/16, 12:37:57

Every $25 you buy in art helps keep me rolling on my adventure across the United States for approximately 1-2 days (gas is expensive!). I'm truly grateful to all the people in my life who keep me fueled up, both literally and figuratively!

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