Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bird House Ornaments

So, what do you do with all of the "used" paint tubes, caps, and 
brushes that constantly accumulate?  Throw them out!  
For the last few years I've been tossing them into a 
bin with the plan to use them for something.

I've turned them into little bird house tree ornaments!  
I used the tubes for roof shingles, the caps for bricks and the brushes 
for bird ledges (not that there will be any birds sitting on them!)

A fun afternoon's work!  Or should I say play!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

G44 Holiday Show

This Friday, November 22nd, 5-9, is the Opening of the Annual G44 Gallery Holiday Show.  If you live in the Springs, I hope that you'll stop by for the Opening or any time until Christmas.  There are 70 artists and artisans participating in the exhibit this year!

G44 Gallery 1785 S. 8th Street, Colorado Springs, 80905
Thursday-Saturday Noon - 5pm

Thursday, November 14, 2019

MegaFood Wellness Gummies

Over the last 2 years I've had the fun of being the artist behind MegaFood Wellness Gummies.
I get excited when I'm in Sprouts and see my "paintings" on the shelves!
The young Vitamin manager recognizes me...he is helpful, knowledgeable, and very friendly.

Anyway, I received a random email asking me if I'd like to paint vitamin labels.  Strange emails do go around, so I was a little skeptical.  However, I googled the design company, and looked at all of the labels that they've created.  They were/are definitely a real company!  They told me that they'd seen some Impressionistic style blueberry paintings online that I'd done awhile back.  They were looking for Impressionistic style fruit.  One never knows what happens to things posted online.  

Every 6 months or so they've contacted me again.  I'm thrilled that the gummies are doing so well!
My husband and I take the men's, women's and melatonin.
I think that I've done 11 different "fruits".  There are 9 completed and 4 more on the way.

The first step is an email asking me to sketch some "whatever" the fruit at that point is.
I email photos of my sketches back to them and wait to hear which ones work for the labels.

Then, I paint the one, two or three that MegaFood likes on canvas painted the color that 
the label will become.

Once the paintings are approved I Fedex them off to the design company.  
I then wait for the labels to appear!  Usually I see them first on Instagram!

I consider myself a painter, not an illustrator.  But, once the design company explained what and how they wanted these done, I've really had fun painting something a little bit different.

Friday, November 8, 2019

PACE Opening

Tonight is the opening reception at PACE, Parker Art & Cultural Events Center, in Parker, CO.  
I'm thrilled to have had the 2 paintings below juried into the exhibit.  I hope that those of you who live in the Parker area, south of Denver, can stop by tonight or any time over the next 6 weeks.

Alley-oop (left) and Back Alley (right) are both 12" x 9"