Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Art's Alive at Mardi Gras!

     Last Saturday, I took part in the Art's Alive event in Sharon, PA.  It was my third time doing this event and it was held at The Corinthian Banquet Center.  At "Art's Alive at Mardi Gras" there was a hall full of local artists, live music, and some non-profit organizations.  New Orleans style food was also available.  One of my hometown friends was able to join me and after a quick lunch and a Pat Catan's run, we set up shop.  Sales weren't great, (I blame the icy roads,) but it was really awesome to see so many of my Mercer County artist friends!  Special thanks to all who came out and especially to those who worked so hard to put it on.  I can't wait for the summer and the outdoor festivals!

Every time, I set-up, I do things a little differently.  I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient and improve my shop.

Even Seamus was in the Mardi Gras spirit!

There were some bakers selling cupcakes and other baked goods.  I couldn't pass up these yummy shamrock cookies!

A coloring page penguin in Mardi Gras colors.

Cupcakes for dinner.  Hooray!

A view from above.

Musicians entertained the crowd.

Some of my painted cork ornaments.

Using my school photographer skills to load everything onto ONE cart!  (I'm happy to report that we made it down the elevator and to the car without anything falling off!)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Corry Winterfest Winterpalooza

     This past weekend, I set up shop for the first time at the Winterpalooza vendor/ craft show.  It took place at the First United Methodist church in Corry and was a part of the city's annual Winterfest celebration.  The freezing cold temps may have had an effect on the turnout, but every show I do, I learn something like a new way to arrange my table or use some new equipment.  I also meet some new vendors and share tips and tricks.  This weekend you can find me at Art's Alive at Mardi Gras in Sharon.  Hope to see you there!

I occupied myself at my demo table by working on some napkin art.

Seamus the Wonder Penguin is ready for another adventure!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Art Everywhere: Healing Hearts Valentines

     When I was little, one of my favorite things to do at school was make and decorate stuff.  It was always great when the holidays came around because there would be all sorts of fun crafts to make.  We may have passed out store bought Valentine's Day cards, but we got to make the boxes that they would go in.  There were some pretty elaborate ones...  masterpieces of glue, glitter, and construction paper.  Anyway, a local Christian radio station has been doing a Valentine's project the last couple of years called "Healing Hearts Valentines."  They collect cards that people make and distribute them to nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals, and anywhere they're needed.  This year, I decided to take part after having so much fun with my local Rising Tide group writing Christmas cards.  My inspiration came from the penguin coloring pages I give out at craft shows.  I cut the shape from some colorful two-sided card stock and got out the glue sticks, pens, gel pens, and even some paper punches.  I hope they make someone's day.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Art for Sale! Kyna

     I'm getting an early start this week and posting my latest offering in my Etsy shop.  This is "Kyna," an original acrylic painting from my Celtic-Inspired series.  At one point I started giving my paintings done in this style Irish names.  Kyna can mean love or esteem.  I love painting these Celtic style animals and hope to find them homes where people will love them, too.  You can find this painting at

  Let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate it.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Art at the Arena

     It was a hockey night... in Pittsburgh.  Needing a night out, a friend and I were able to scoot down to PPG Paints Arena to see the Penguins take on the Wild.  It was "80s Night" and I tried to think of some rad ways to incorporate some art into our little excursion.

     First off, for most of the past year, I've been giving out these free mini coloring pages at my craft shows and art festivals.  They have a link to my Etsy shop as well as the hashtag #RCpenguin.  The idea was that people would color the little penguin and post of photo of it on a little adventure.  This is one that I did with kinda sorta bright 80s colors in mind.  Here he is with some real live Pittsburgh Penguins!

I also made this "Ninja Turtles" themed sign which, of course, I forgot it at home!


    It was a great night for a hockey game, though.  The Penguins won big time, we 80s kids took in a little of the festivities, and we even got to meet the world's most famous groundhog!  Have a great weekend, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Art IRL: Postcard Sketchbook

      I've been trying to figure out some reoccuring themes for my blog and one of them was Art IRL.  I was thinking it could be about how to incorporate art into your everyday life or even how to use your images as a part of a functional object.  "Intercession" is an old pen drawing from years ago that I had postcards made from.  The idea of the postcard was not to send in the mail, but to have bound with extra pieces of paper to make sketchbooks.  It was inspired by another artist that goes by "Your Secret Admiral" and her handmade books.  I liked the idea of upcyling and making custom sketchbooks.  So I tried it a few times.  This one is made with some extra notebook and drawing paper.  It would make an excellent travel journal, but for now, I'm using this for my Artists' Guild meetings to both take notes and for our monthly sketchbook challenge.  I'd love to learn bookbinding, but until then, I'll just have to take it to Staples.  Have you ever tried something like this?  Comment below.  I'd love to see you work!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Art for Sale: Irish Chain Quilt Painting

     Last year, I was experimenting a little with abstract art.  I prefer more representative work, but once in a while, it's good to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.  Some of my friends and family members are into quilting, but sewing was never my strong suit so I decided to try it with painting instead of fabric.  One thing I love about quilting is the use of scrap fabric to make something whole and beautiful.  Sometimes when I'm working on a painting, I mix too much and still have a blob left over so instead of throwing away this scrap paint, I started using it to fill in the squares and shapes of various quilt patterns I saw in a quilting book.  This one is a variation of one called "Irish Chain."  I like the central focus point and also the Irish part.  I've done one other smaller one so far and maybe it'll show up here eventually.  For now though, if you're interested, you can purchase this one in my Etsy shop at

Thanks for stopping by today.