This crow is covering up another failed crow underneath. I drew the crow in a technique called wire drawing, then used zentangles and visual contrast to ink over the drawing. I drew in many geometric shapes and painted them leaving a white pattern that flows to each edge. The last step (or so I thought) was to create a black pattern touching each side. I really overdid the one in the lower right. It seemed way too busy. First I tried to rectify it with more black paint and and ink. Better, but still too busy. Ready to hurl the canvas onto a bonfire by now, I decided to try one last thing to calm it down. Digging through many drawers and bins of collage paper, I found what I thought would work, cut them in shapes that covered some intricate sections, and voila! It worked. I love this colorful guy.
"Un-Common Crow" 2 16" X 20.5" $ 110
I took a little different tack with "Un-Common Crow" 2: it is on watercolor paper and has its own border within the mats.
"Veery" 13" X 13" Prints 8" up to 16" $ 75 & Up
Part of a series I recently started, Birds of North Carolina, this little guy took a slightly different tack than the several previous paintings of birds. Now I expect each one will be similar, but unique. Just as the birds are.
"Bluebird" 13" X 13" Prints 8" up to 16" $ 75 & Up
Before moving to North Carolina, I had never seen a bluebird, and even now only two fleeting glances in our back yard. What a thrill! I have put up two houses for them but thesquirrels chewed the hole bigger when I was not looking.
"Kanuga Abstract" 17" x 17" $ 150
This was my favorite abstract done at The Kanuga Watermedia Conference outside of Hendersonville last spring. There are many layers and also much elbow grease used to remove portions of color. One of the best instructors I have ever experienced, Karen Knutson, gave the Acrylic Abstract workshop. https://www.karenknutson.com
"Croation Corner" 16" X 23" $ 225
I have done this multimedia painting three times, twice with watercolor. The painting is from a photograph a good friend took while in Croatia. She asked if I could paint it for her. I did. I loved the first one so much I decided to do one for myself, until I felt broke and remembered another friend had asked me if I had a print. I sold that one to her. I decided to approach it with acrylics, a medium I am not familiar with. Scary. The first one was so bright I needed sunglasses to look at it. That one got covered up with gesso. Again, I attempted it and learned SO much! I added interesting chunks of collage as well: the paper from a bee hive, ripped up antique postcards, art papers, parts of paper napkins, lichen, strings from painted cheesecloth. I love this one too!
"Indoor/Outdoor Hanging Driftwood Decor" 41" long $ 45
Almost exclusively made from Lake Superior driftwood collected from the Park Point and Knife River beaches, these make lovely housewarming gifts and last for years outdoors, if not decades. The seed pod and white driftwood were discovered unexpectedly on clearance at TJMaxx. I just never know where I might find something to enhance my art forms. The weight at the bottom is one of four African napkin rings I bought at Lulu's in Fletcher for this purpose.
"Forest Sculpture" 71" tall with base $ 150
After dragging home driftwood to add to my stash of other items from nature, I began this large sculpture. Once I brought it in to avoid predicted rain, I realized each evening it started making a cricket-like sound. I don't hate bugs. I know they deserve to live here too, but I'm kind of hoping this bug, whatever it is, doesn't stay FOR.EV.ER.
Bike Face "Billy Bob" 8" x 12" $ 35
I am a trinket hoarder...but I am neat about it. I have drawers and bins and cubbies to stash all the treasures I find that might someday wish to be in a piece of art. Oddly, although I more often than cannot find my phone or car keys around the house, I remember exactly where most of these little trinkets were purchased or found.
"Driftwood Decor" 14" X 18" $ 50
This could either be a wall hanging or a mobile outside with a bell that would make a small but pleasant sound in the wind.
Indoor/Outdoor "Hanging Driftwood Decor" Close Up
"Looking In, Looking Out" 22" x 27" $ 250
This is another Croatian photo. I love windows and doors, but it was very tricky for me to make the wall interesting and to look old. I used collage papers and acrylic drizzling and every trick I could think of. The flowers are collage paper and paint. I like this one, but it may not appeal to everyone.
'Don't remember where I got the old frame but I knew it would come in handy eventually!
"Cottage on the Sea" 19" x 23" $ 175
Looks like fun to live here, doesn't it? There was a house built on stilts up the creek from house I grew up in. It was outrageously modern when built. Sadly, it is no longer being lovingly cared for and ihe people who now live there are allowing it to fall into total disrepair.
"Done for the Day" 16 x 20 $ 125
This was begun in a watercolor class, but when I got home, I could not help myself: I added a lot of collage!