Friday, October 2, 2015

Cottage Upgrades

Back in 2011 we purchased this adorable cottage in a nearby town!
We worked hard to transform this sweet place from
a dark knotty pine cabin look...

To something light, bright and airy!
If you want to see all the changes see:

Over the five years the outside has evolved as well! 

Above -is the photo from the real estate listing...

As soon as spring came around,
 we added some flower beds and plants.

We also added shutters to frame the front and side windows.

The following summer we painted (3 sides) of the cottage 
a tan color and the old metal awning white.
But were weren't done!

This past summer we punched up the curb appeal even more!
The white picket fence had been added the previous summer.
We decided to remove the old metal awnings 
and built a trellis in its place!
 The cottage found a new color 
- steel blue!
It was amazing how the greenish roof 
finally blended in and made sense!

Another small change we made over the past few years
was in the kitchen!

When we first bought the cottage the little kitchen looked like this!

Like the rest of the cottage- the walls and cabinets
received a facelift with new paint and hardware!

Which was a huge improvement,
but we are always up for a good project...
so when we found an antique slab of marble
at the local reuse store...

We snapped it up and had our local granite dealer 
cut and polish it for us to install!

The addition of a single bowl Ikea apron sink
completed the new look!

The choice of sink actually increased, as small as it is,
the counter space!

I love how small changes make big impacts!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mom's Favorite Painting

This is my Mom's favorite painting
 I have painted to date!

Up Past Midnight- Oil on Canvas

I am not always sure what will end up on the canvas...
A little secret.... 
this one started out as cherries!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Kathy's Rooster x Two

This is my friend, Kathy's rooster!
I wish for the life of me I could
remember his name!

Anyway... My brain is showing my age!
A mutual friend was over visiting Kathy and took
a few photos and videos of her small coop.
I was so inspired I decided to try my hand
at painting her rooster!

Kathy's Rooster Take One- Oil on Canvas

My first attempt was an oil on canvas. 
The tone of this painting is soft and subtle.
I painted him during class and I liked
many things about this painting but
the artist in me is always
calling for a mulligan!
So I went home and painted a second painting!

Kathy's Rooster Take Two- Oil on Gesso Board

This second painting is smaller than the first one.
I also used Gesso Board for the first time.
Gesso Board is very smooth and it took 
some getting used to how the paint "slid" on the
smooth surface.
This painting ended up overall brighter than the first one!

I enjoyed the process of both paintings, but if I had to
choose a favorite I think it would be the Take Two!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sandwich, Sandwich

I have enjoyed getting to practice so many skills
while learning to become a better painter.

For instance:
How can I make an object "read" as shiny?

See how the jelly and the ends of the knife are shiny?
In order to create this "illusion" on canvas with paint
you have to make everything surrounding the highlighted
area darker!

Afternoon Snack- Oil on Canvas

This is my attempt of painting the
photo above.  I keep debating
if I want to go back in and add a few highlights
to the jelly on the sandwich, but half
of me likes the way it looks
like the jelly and peanut butter have smeared
together.  Anyone remember Smucker's Goober?
 I also took creative license
with the photo and removed the glass of milk.

Last week I tried another sandwich!

My husband's BLT!

Wayne's BLT- Oil on Gesso Board

Not only was I trying to create the illusion
of shiny, I was also trying to keep my brush strokes
loose and "painterly"!
Here I decided to removed the deep shadow
from the other half of the sandwich 
in the upper left hand corner, instead opting
to fade out that corner with a highlight.
It is neat just how many decisions 
a painting can take before you complete it!

And as always....
So many things to paint... so little time!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


I have just loved painting.
This painting started off as a group
of little girls running across
a field, but evolved into this...
one  sitting, reflecting and

"Waiting" - oil on canvas


Monday, July 27, 2015

Last Weeks Painting

"Reflective"    oil on canvas

Wishing you a week of Blessings!

Friday, July 17, 2015


My friends pup!

"Tokyo"   Oil on Canvas-  Gifted