Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jay and Mona Kang Art Show

       It was a busy weekend.  I had art work entered in two different art shows.  Yesterday, I was finally able to make it over to see the Jay and Mona Kang Art Show at the Barber National Institute in Erie.  This was my seventh time participating in this show and it was as wonderful as ever.  There was such a variety of work in such a wide range of media by so many different artists.  I even saw a couple pieces by some fellow Corry Artists' Guild members.  I entered my painted found object "Murtagh MacNugget" who was even featured on one of the show's Facebook posts!

   I also entered a new portrait that I painted specifically for this show in honor of the Institute's work with those on the autism spectrum.  It's called "So Much More" and finishing it came down to the wire.  I hope people liked it.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Corry Artists' Guild "Spring Safari"

      This past weekend, the Corry Artists' Guild held our annual spring art show in Corry, PA.  The theme was "Spring Safari" and there were over 80 works by local artists.  It was a lovely little show and there was a lot of awesome artwork by our guild members.  Here were some of my entires.  If you would like to see more photos from the show, head on over to our Guild's Facebook page at

These are two of my newest portrait paintings.  The top is "Vinnie" who is named after Vincent Van Gogh because the style I painted him in kind of reminded me of the Dutch artist.  Below him, is my latest, "I Am Not a Trophy" featuring an African Elephant.  I hope to sell this painting and donate some of the proceeds to help animals in danger.

This is another painting from this year called "Addison."  It's part of my series of painted portraits in this style.

These are from my "Dogs" series of pen and marker drawings.

My 3D painting on a found object "Hamish" made his exhibition debut!

"Hamish" the squirrel, "Frederick" the rabbit, and "Malachi" the owl.  They are all painted with acrylic on found objects.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Erie Handmade Fair!

     This past Saturday, I participated in my first Erie Handmade Fair.  It was wonderful to have an event that focused on and promoted handmade vendors and artisans.  Not only that, but it was all for a great cause.  Proceeds from the show and the auction benefitted the Autism Society NWPA.  Over $400 was raised!  The event was held at the Polish Falcons in downtown Erie and featured a wide range of vendors: everything from doll clothes to soap and paintings to fiber crafts and clothing.  Not a great sales day, but I did sell one of my kitty ornaments to Santa and Mrs. Claus.  (They had the photo to prove it!)  Maybe if I'm good this year, he'll bring me a Nikon D5...  Anyway, the plan for my next stop is the Starving Artist Sale at Cravings in Sharon, PA as part of the city's Spring Fling event.  I've never done that one before either (I think it's the first year for it) and I'm excited.  I have some artwork I would really like to find homes for to make room for the new stuff.  Hope to see you there!  Mention this post and maybe I'll have a surprise for you!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Another view of my display.

It was tight quarters so I didn't have enough room for my demo/ painting table so I worked on an ACEO.

Seamus the Wonder Penguin supports Autism Awareness!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Art Experiments: Blue Frame Photo Holder

     So I have this old picture frame that I got from work a while ago and it was all dinged and scratched, but I always thought I could make something out of it.  This winter, I finally got around to it.  After several coats of chalk paint and sealing wax, I added some eye screws, twine, and some clothespins.  Now, it's a cute picture holder!  Here it is featuring some black and white photos of our kitties. 
     I can't decide, though, if it should have some kind of backing or just be open to see the wall behind or not.  What do you think?   Comment below.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay tuned for more art experiments and ideas.