Saturday, March 29, 2014

Moo Cards Review

Just received my first shipment of Moo business cards. Yeah...despite the obvious pun, I placed an order and am glad I did.These cards are beautiful!
 I read about them on Karen Margulis's blog back in February. You can buy them with a bunch of different images on one order. Multiple images could be used as your mini portfolio without whipping out your smart phone.
Be forewarned, if you go for the free trial order, they will send you cards with a logo on one of the corners. The cards you see below are printed on their standard card-stock which is very high quality.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

IAPS Show at Vose Gallery

After writing about how we should have the courage to accept rejection and be a "tall poppy", I found myself unable to stop obsessing about whether my painting would be accepted into the first big pastel show this year. Lucky for me, "Luna" was accepted in the IAPS Show at the Vose Gallery in Boston. 2013 was challenging  in many ways. I hope this is a good omen for 2014.

18 x 24
Pastel on paper

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Resilience and Having the Courage to be a Tall Poppy

Tis the season for artists entering juried shows and waiting for THE ANSWER whether we're IN the show or NOT. I think the most often used word these days is "Declined" instead of rejected as it was in the past. I listened to an Art Biz Blog interview with Mark McGuiness who talks quite a bit about this topic. He wrote a book and has a great blog with lots of free information. 
Check it out and you'll know why you want to be a tall poppy!


6 x 6
Oil on board
Back to the Holsteins at the farm in Bucks County. Thinking of painting beauties like Agatha is a good reason to get up in the morning. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Kayli Painting

I just heard back from the folks at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. They are having a silent auction in November for "ThanksLiving" and this painting will help raise money for their good work. Yay!
14 x 11
Oil on board

Monday, March 3, 2014

Kayli's Great Escape

A couple of years ago, I read about a cow who escaped a slaughterhouse here in Philadelphia, was given a pardon by Gov Corbett, and was lucky enough to go live in upstate New York at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
 I absolutely had to meet this brave girl and drove up to Woodstock to meet Kayli. I have visited her a number of times. but managed to shoot very little in the way of decent photographic reference. Yes, two good photos is all I have! This is the latest rendition in oil on board. I need an excuse to see her again, so this one may be donated for one of their fund raisers.

14 x 11
Oil on board

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Gabriel and Passion

11 x 14
Oil on board

Just watched a TED talk with Scott Dinsmore about doing what you love. Artists have their ups and downs, but we're so lucky to have the passion to paint. Check it out!