The new Cottages and Bungalows magazine (Vol. 10, no. 4) has an article about me and about art. It’s a fun and inspiring article about adding color to a space. When I first opened the magazine, I was drawn to the photos. The colors just seemed to pop off the pages. For a moment, I forgot it was my own art!
If you are interested in a fun magazine with loads of ideas on decorating, check out this magazine. My small art seems to be a great fit for cottages and bungalows. The small paintings tuck perfectly into nooks and crannies. They add a lot of color and fun to these smaller spaces.
AND… (bonus) the article also encourages creating yourself! Try painting or creating something unique yourself. I personally teach classes at the EAM. But there are many ways to learn a new creative skill that can add a personal touch and meaning to your unique space. Check out local bookstores and libraries for books, your city and local schools for classes, and even Youtube for video tutorials (like the ones I have started making).
Whether you want to make art yourself or purchase already made, small art is a great way to add to your space with little risk.
If you happen to be in the area, check out the Country Living Fair this weekend in Rhinebeck, NY. Earth Angels Studio will be there with my art. The show is June 3-4-5. Jennifer O’Connor, founder of Earth Angels Studio kept me posted early in the first day and had sold six of my paintings. I am excited to see how the rest of the show goes. Wish I were there. I will be in my studio painting. Hope to be able to catch up with some of the nice buyers Jen tells me about soon.
I’m going to start doing more book reviews on art-related books. Here’s one now:
For my small bird paintings, I usually like a smooth surface. So instead of using canvas (which often has a textured surface) I like to use wood panels.
The white panels shown are called gessobord. They are a composite product like masonite. They are factory gessoed with the white surface and are ready to paint on. I really like this product for my paintings.
The boards you see are maple panels. One nice thing about these boards is they have a notch in the back for hanging. So there is no need to frame. Plus the painting stands out, not the frame. So it’s a very simple style. I like the organic quality of the wood also.
But to use the maple panels, I have to gesso them myself. I can’t just paint with oil paint on the surface. So I will apply three coats of gesso. It’s a time-consuming process. But I do like having control of the whole process.
Then I am ready to paint!
I feel very excited to announce the upcoming release of a new book on birds in art by Angus Hyland at Laurence King Publishing. I received an advance copy today in the mail. Was so excited. Felt like a holiday opening and thumbing through the new book. What a fun read. I plan to do a book review on it later this coming week. IN the meantime, just believe me when I say this book is a real treat. And not only because 24 of my bird paintings are included in this book.
There is such a nice collection of art around the subject of birds, complete with notes, quotes, short biographies of famous and not-so-famous past and present artists. The art is in a variety of mediums and each page is different.
Can be easily read from front to back or vice versa. Comes with a durable and removable cover. And the soft cover makes for nice flipping of the pages.
So honored to be included in this collection. Get your copy here. Release date in the US is May 31!