Last Few Days for Prints on ETSY


Due to the high volume of print orders, I am outsourcing my prints so I can concentrate on my original works. I will have more information regarding where to find select prints in the near future. In the meantime, I want to tell all my ETSY print customers how much I have enjoyed meeting and working with you. I hope that some of you will stay and try my originals on ETSY if you haven’t already. And I also hope you will continue to enjoy and find my future prints via these other outlets (details coming soon!)

Above is a typical day’s fulfillment of orders through all my online sales. I usually spend about three hours daily packaging and shipping orders. I want to reduce this time so I can focus on my painting.

I will still offer prints at the One of a Kind art show in Chicago this coming December. I will have more news on my blog regarding my prints in the upcoming weeks ahead.


Thank you, all, for your orders (you know who you are ;) ).

Stuff Found While Looking Around

barn swallow no. 12
Just some random but interesting stuff found while looking around. (The barn swallow painting is a recently painted piece of mine.)

A very cool lego painting stop-motion movie.

Who knew doodling could make you smarter and that doodling improved creativity.

Marc Kushner, an architect, on why the buildings of the future will be shaped by you.


imageIf you happen to be in the west suburban Chicago area, stop by Elmhurst Art Museum to see the latest exhibits.

Ending March 20 is solo show by EAG member Charlotte Cziperle.  The show is called “Contemplation”.

The mostly oil paintings in the show consist of abstract pieces in earthy colors with varying textural qualities to landscape and floral pieces.

The show ends March 20.  So hurry in and take a look before it is gone.

Upholstery Project


My latest project is to learn how to upholster. I found this used Room and Board sofa, which had been clawed and shredded by a cat. I’ve always wanted to learn how to upholster. And this sofa feels like the perfect project right now.

Amanda Brown’s book Sprucewas my initial inspiration for this project. I also have a padded bench I will warm up my skills on. Stay tune for updates!

upholstery book

Fabric swatches:


Oil Painting Classes and Other News


It was so nice to meet many of you at the One of a Kind Show in Chicago the first week of December. I really enjoyed interacting and meeting so many wonderful people.

I will be teaching oil painting classes at Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL starting January 6. The schedule and registration page is here. This is a new endeavor for me which I am excited about.

In other news, SaatchiArt has featured me in a gallery page today here and here. Thank you, Saatchiart.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year!

One of Kind Show Chicago 2014


I feel so excited about my upcoming show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago December 4 – 7th. I have a limited number of complimentary tickets available for anyone who may be interested. I will be exhibiting in both 7-4043 this year. The show is called One of a Kind Show Chicago 2014. It’s a large holiday-centered show of only handmade items including art, furnishings, fashion, accessories, and much more.

Here are a couple pics from last year’s show.


Waiting in line to unload at the loading dock at Merchandise Mart Chicago.


Part of a display wall from my exhibit 2013.

I look forward to seeing some of my buyers and hope to meet many more!

The Pivot and Its Inspiration

the pivot 2 painting

After a lot of soul-searching, I’ve come to realize I should do more landscape paintings. (Just kidding about the soul-searching.) But the though has crossed my mind, “Angela, why don’t you do more landscape paintings?” The answer is simple. I don’t want to paint outside. I like my stuff a particular way and I don’t want to deal with wind, dust, cold, and heat.

But one thing I know, is I am open to change.

I know that because I have been known to change my mind. When I got married, I wanted a silver ring (platinum gold it was called). My husband wanted gold. But now I want a gold ring and gold jewelry all around. This is just one example of many. I’m set in something, and then I change my mind down the road.

On another note, I want to tell you about pivots. After growing up in Chicago and working in the city, it took awhile for me to figure out the ranching. One thing I learned about is irrigating. All the fields (We don’t grow crops. We grow hay and alfalfa to feed the cows.) need to be watered. The climate on our ranch is considered “high desert”. That means we have sage brush, cactus, and rattle snakes. But we also get snow – especially and mostly up in the mountains. We don’t get nearly as much down in the valleys. But we depend on that snow in the mountains for irrigation.

Luckily, the geography of the ranch is such that it all flows downhill. Our ranch actually sits at the edge of the Continental Divide. We are the first property on the Western Side to get runoff. Besides that fact being totally amazing, we also don’t have pumping costs. Many ranchers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to pump water to irrigate their fields. We use gravity. We also practice conservation techniques to use most efficiently and provide waterways for wildlife, including and especially fish. Did you know fish come all the way from the Pacific ocean (steelhead and salmon) and spawn in places like land-locked Idaho? It’s true and totally cool.

Back to my story. Types of irrigation you will find on our ranch. Flooding. This is easy to do. One just makes dams like this orange tarp on the water.

flood irrigating dam

The way this works, one just dams up the water and lets it flood the field. Below is a pasture with cows that is being flood irrigated.

flood irrigation on cattle ranch

The next easiest form of irrigation we use is handlines. They are often used in places we can’t have pivots and other mechanical devices. But a long time ago, they were all that were used. They require a lot of manual labor moving them. Here is my painting of two of our boys moving the hand line in the fields.


And here is a video of the process (not mine but found on Youtube).

Next, we have wheel lines. As you can see in the picture below, they are large aluminum wheels that roll slowly across the field. They have a mechanical motor but need to have the hoses moved occasionally.


Then there is the pivot. The pivot rotates around its axis and could be long or short. You have have seen the tracks it leaves from an airplane. Those circles on the ground. Those are where pivots have irrigated. The first image is a painting of a pivot. They don’t require daily maintenance like some other forms of irrigating. And also are very efficient at distributing water over fields. Most of ours are powered by hydraulics and don’t even use electricity.

And lastly, there is always the occasional rain. Farmers and ranchers love this form of water (unless its time to put up hay.)

rainbow on the ranch

My Introduction to Adobe Kuler

Theme 1

Hi there. Introducing Adobe Kuler with the catchphrase, “Color is Kuler”. I downloaded this app on my iPhone and also use on my computer. It’s a fun way to come up with color schemes and palettes for various purposes.

For instance, I took the photo of the fall ornamental kale, mums, and amaranth the other day. By selecting one of the palettes, I come up with a bright rainbow hued palette. This could be used for art, decorating, or many other purposes.

For this photo, I just chose it from my existing photo album. But one can also take a picture and instantly create a color scheme from the photo. Or you can upload from the cloud, dropbox, or anywhere else you store photos.

Also, one can experiment with the different palette types. For example, a list of palette types on kuler are analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound, shades, and custom.

roses with kuler

In the above photo, I am working with a photo of some roses in front of my house. You can see here the palette I have created from this photo. I actually used this palette to create several paintings of roses.

One thing I really like about this program is the way it helps train my eyes and brain. As an artist, I’ve already noticed my increased capabilities in many visual contexts compared with non-artistic people. But one can always gain new skills. Using this program, I am often surprised by the colors that pop out of seemingly nowhere (because I had not noticed them.). A fun exercise is to aim the camera at one’s face or foot, or other seeming colorless object and discover the colors the app picks up. I’ve felt tickled pink at the colors and beautiful palettes I have made from common objects on my office desk, someone’s face, a kitchen appliance.

Then, you can save palettes you like. You can also browse other palettes. Adobe has categorized them as popular and so forth.

So if you are curious, give it a try.

Richard Koppe Exhibit

Richard Koppe Exhibit EAM

There is a new exhibit this month at Elmhurst Art Museum. The artist is Richard Koppe. A former professor at UIC and IIT, his work is influenced by New Bauhaus and Cubism. How nice to be exhibited in the EAM, which was designed by architect Mies Van Der Rohe – one of Richard’s associates and peers.

My favorite paintings in the exhibit were the ones produced on large linen woven canvas in bright colors in a south-facing gallery. No photographs were allowed in the exhibit so I find it hard to explain. I’ll just say they were large canvases and supported a lot of color. Abstract yet I forget what forms were in the painting. I only remember the feel. Solid lines separated areas of saturated color. The paintings made me feel alive and vibrant. Find out more about Richard Koppe (1916 – 1973) here.