Pink Pony Windows 11×14 $500
This is a restaurant/bar in the Chippewa Hotel on Mackinac Island. Although I’ve not yet stayed in the hotel, the food is super great. If you’re in the area of northern Michigan, check it out! http://www.chippewahotel.com/pink-pony-patio.cfm
This painting will be at Lilacs & Lace on Mackinac Island by next week. You can contact Barb@lilacsandlace.com.
I drove myself nuts today deciding on what to paint next. It’s a simple thing… jeez. I finally decided on another store front since I have some ideas I want to try to add more depth. More paint. More layers. I look back at my older work and now it seems to lack varying tones to me. It’s okay, I’m on it.
Heading out to pick up a friend to have a nice dinner and then go to our new school fundraiser meeting. Looking forward to meeting the new folks! (I guess I”m the new folk… I didn’t want to call them old folks… that would be starting out on the wrong foot.)
Feed your passions!
Velvet Fudge Shop 16×20 $900
This is my latest… a fudge shop on Mackinac Island. I gave it a good dose of whimsy. I’m shipping this painting to Lilacs & Lace Gallery on Mackinac Island today.
My sister and her husband are in town visiting from SC. We always have fun together… My sister and I even met up with old childhood friends. More than friends actually, our best friends, who also happen to be sisters. It was awesome!
Woods XI 6×8 $250
Woods XII 8×6 $250
These are the two little woodsy scenes from my Mackinac Island photos. They’re framed in wide, distressed gold frames.
I had a great day today with my mom. We ran errands and had lunch. I promised myself I wasn’t going to eat pancakes… I ate pancakes. I suspect willpower issues. I’m on the verge of starting Weight Watchers again. It was a success last year. I know what I should and shouldn’t eat. It’s simple. It’s just that tomorrow is for some reason the best day to start. I just bought the special scale that will measure a fraction of a pound… so you feel successful even if you only lost, I don’t know, what 3 ounces? I think that’s like 3 hours of sleep. I did notice that you weigh considerably less in the morning. Morning is good. I have to make sure I get a good 8 hours in tonight… that’s like, what… a pound? Pardon my math…
Woods X 40x30
Woods X is another painting that I’ve enjoyed so much. It’s a journey and I feel like I’m walking through the trees and stumping my toes on the roots seeking something… not exactly sure what it is. In the process I’m discovering all sorts of things. It’s so awesome. It’s spiritual and wonderful. Maybe at my young age of 36 (okay, not 36. Maybe a bit more…. 42? Nope. Not that either. Anyway, no matter…) the point is I’m getting deep. No nose plugs. Finally. It’s about time.
What’s next? You tell me and we’ll both know… Feed your passions!
The Grand Pool 9x12
This is a painting of the pool at The Grand Hotel. We love to spend time here because it’s so peaceful! Plenty of shade if you’re not a sun worshiper… always a nice breeze. The best place to read a book you can’t put down. Then when you get hungry you can walk over to the grill they have going outside and buy a hamburger to die for or go inside for an incredible lunch! I think I could spend my whole summer at this pool. It’s a bit pricey to get in but you get to stay the whole day. I can’t say enough about this particular pool… and I’m not even a pool person.
I’ve been busy with woodsy paintings again… they simply aren’t out of my system yet. I’m going for the ride. I’ll post those soon.
West Bluff Glimpse of The Grand Hotel 24x36 $1,400
This is my third and final entry into the Mackinac Island Art Exhibition. It’s another night-time view, which I obviously love. The warm lighting with the cool sky is a contrast I appreciate. I went with another theory opposing my first theory of show casing the entire building. This is a mere glimpse, meant to be a tease so you have to head up the rest of the bluff to see it in all of its glory. It really, truly is glorious. No kidding.
Next I’m working on something completely different…. it’s almost done. I’ll try to finish touch it up today and post it tomorrow.
My excuse for not posting for several days is… (drum roll) my computer had been replaced when I returned from South Carolina! It was a surprise and I’m grateful but it’s also the reason I’ve been putting off posting. Now I’m up and running. I know you all hadn’t expected an excuse this worthy but there it is. If anybody needs a list of excuses you can contact me… I have a huge one and it’s good. Very, very good. I thought about writing a book of excuses for people to use in their daily lives but couldn’t figure out a beginning paragraph so for the time I’m still a painter. Things could change…
I was so inspired after viewing all of the fantastic paintings in Charleston, I just had to paint BIG! You get so much bang for your buck in terms of the pieces’ presence in a room. Although I need to be concentrating on paintings for a show at the museum on Mackinac Island (which celebrates the 125th birthday of the Grand Hotel), but I have these woodsy themes in my system and I’m trying to purge them before I move on to another subject. I started another woodsy theme… let’s think what shall I name it…hmmm oh ya, probably Woods VI. I know, I know, original. Jeez, I can’t do everything.