Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Extinct But Not Forgotten

I just listed three new (small) prints in the store from my "Endangered" collection:

"No.4: Dodo"

"No.3: Black-Eared Mantella"

All three of these paintings sold during the gallery show, but they shall live on in resurrected print form for happy walls everywhere. Hurrah!

I also have some new work to post and can't wait to show you (just need some sun and a decent photoshoot). I'm utterly thrilled about this new series and I'll be unveiling and listing each painting for it separately in the store as they are completed (vs. listing them all in one big update). Stay tuned to get the first sneak peek!

Cheers, gang.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Painting Sale!

I have a little special announcement...

Next week, from the 22nd through the 25th, I'm hosting a big Painting Sale in the store! This is, officially, the very first sale I've ever done on original art....and it's a doozie of one.
20% off *every* original painting--including pieces from my latest "Endangered" series! On some of the larger and more expensive paintings, 20% off is a whopper of a discount. Truly.

Special sales are a bit rare in my neck of the woods, so I hope that everyone who's had a keen eye on a painting for a while will be able to come and check it out. All the prices will be changed early Tuesday morning to reflect the sale, so you won't have to wait for a new invoice or any of that time-wasting mumbo jumbo to snag your treasure.

Alrighty, that ends the "official self promotion broadcast". In other, random news...

A couple years ago, I was wearing a white skirt while doing some window painting at work and, as any smart individual could have predicted, I managed to drip paint on it. Permanent, hot pink, window marker paint. I washed and bleached it to no avail and promptly threw it in the "mend" pile to fix at a later date.
Well, some fabric scraps from my quilt project, tiny colored beads, and steady handstitches were all it took to transform it into a wearable article of clothing once again. Hoorah for crafty cleverness!With the beautiful Spring weather, I'm looking forward to wearing it out and about on my coffee runs.Happy Sunday, everyone!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Nature Preserved

More Field Museum photos, ahoy!I can't say it enough--this place was amazing. My favorite natural history museum to date. And I came home completely overwhelmed with inspiration. I spent most of my time there in the Ornithology wing, staring at various winged friends and geeking out way too much.These wee hummingbirds were my favorite specimens. So, so tiny! The nest was about 2", and the little hummers were maybe an inch long. Look at the tongues! Just amazing. With all this inspiration, I think I'll go work on a painting or two. Have a great weekend, gang!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sting Rays and Stuffed Pelicans

Hello, gang!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the week. I got back from my whirlwind of a Chicago trip and have so many pictures to share with you. It was a fabulous getaway (snow and all) and came and went rather quickly, if you ask me. There was barely any time to really explore the city with my family, but I was able to get to both the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum, which was a big plus!
The aquarium was so crowded (and teeming with little children) that I was only able to quickly snap a few images...and about half of those were of the rays. I'm a sucker for sting rays, I admit. They have a neat see-through floor where you can actually walk *over* the sting rays, and I think I just about peed my pants when I realised this.If I ever become a bazillionaire, I would like it known that there will be a sting ray aquarium floor installed in my living room.And the Field Museum? Be still my heart. I spent four hours there and only saw the first floor! Which of course means that one day I will have to go back. I was also very snap-happy with the camera...as shown by the 84 pictures I took just at the Field Museum alone. It was a great opportunity to beef up my own wildlife photo reference library for my art. I'll show some more of the museum images in a day or two (they deserve their own post). Also, there are now a handful of paintings left from my show in Seattle available in my etsy shop. New prints are next on my list, so do stay tuned! I do believe the prints of the "Endangered" paintings will be lovely little show-stoppers.

Time for lunch and perhaps more coffee. Have a great day, loves!