July 4, 2014

Painted Barns, on Rt. 11 near Mt. Crawford, VA

     I pass these Red Barns everytime I travel up route 11 towards 
Harrisonburg.....and everytime I pass them, I say to myself or to the person in the car with me, usually it is my husband Greg, that I need to draw or paint them. They are so charming. I can imagine the person painting them. I imagine the pumpkins when first painted were more of a bright 'pumpkin ' color, but over the years it has faded to "peach".
Here are some pics showing my process. Thanks for stopping by my blog!




In Remembrance....








My friend's pet dog, Reno, passed away recently. Hopefully this will be a nice remembrance for her. 
This was my first dog drawing. I used colored pencils and black pen. I worked the pencils with the hope that his fur would shine. I am happy with the results. 
Thanks for looking!

October 18, 2013

October box

I haven't posted in awhile, but I worked on something more decorative and
I wanted to share it with you. I am making this for a very special lady.
The first photo shows the beginning of this project.
I bought an unfinished round wooden box at the local arts and craft store.
I painted it a solid color, then lightly sanded it.
I worked out the design in my sketch book and
then drew my design on the box with pencil.
I used marker to crisp up the lines.
Then I started to paint, keeping the palette simple and colorful.
The last picture shows the finished box. I think she will like it.
It is her birthday soon and last year her home was severely burned.  
Her bedroom was on the first floor and that is where the fire did its most damage. Her home is finished now. It has the new house smell. It is fresh and beautiful.
Since Her bedroom was destroyed including her jewelry boxes,
I  wanted to paint a special box for her to store her most precious items in.
I think she will like it.
 
 
 
Thanks for looking, now go out and
create something wonderful for yourself or someone else!

April 2, 2013

April art show, wish me luck!


I have entered this in the Art show for April at Larkin Arts in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Wish me luck! I am number 19. Here is their web-site, http://www.larkinarts.com . What a great place to go if you need any art supplies. They offer all types of art classes, from beginner to the more advanced. They have a nice Gallery space and there are monthly exhibits. A lot of wonderful talent in and around Harrisonburg. Check it out if you are ever in the area.

Thanks for coming back and checking out my blog!

February 9, 2013

Something different.....


I haven't posted anything in along time. Sorry. I am glad you are visiting my blog though. Thanks for stopping by. I have been working on something a little bit different.
I want to enter this art show coming up in Harrisonburg this spring.
The art piece has to be 6", no more. 
The idea I had was to paint just the eyes of an individual.
Someone peeping out behind something.
I started with a block of oak wood, 6" x 3 1/2" x 1".


I painted some Gesso on the front of the raw wood,
then sketched what I wanted and then did a light under-wash.


I then started adding on the color.


I have a lot left to do, I hope I don't get too fussy but I can't help myself.
Thanks for looking and I will post the finished piece in a few days so please stop back by!


June 19, 2012

Painting- week 32

Nest: a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home. 
This is my latest painting. I am going to do a series of these. They will sell for $45.00. The size of the canvas is 6" x 6". The painting carries over to the 1 1/2" outside edges.
I am hoping to put these in the local "art" shops in town.
My idea for these paintings came about when in one of the barberry bushes in front of my house we discovered a birds nest with small eggs inside. I loved the way the "mommy" bird had nestled her small home between the branches. A week or so went by and before we knew it the birds had hatched and were gone, isn't that the way, time just seems to fly. I wanted to do a series of these with one or more eggs in the nest to represent the people you may have in your home.
I am taking custom orders, even if you are a empty nester there is a painting for you.
So, how many do you have in your Nest?

May 31, 2012

Art Show set-up











What a great space for Art. The table that is shown will be moved out and that will give us lots of space to move around. I finished up my waterfall painting just in time for the show. I love how everything looks hanging on the walls. Special thanks to my husband Greg for helping me and just being there along the way. Thanks again to Lynda Bostrom for letting me show my work at the Blue Nile and for her amazing picture hanging skills. I will post pictures Saturday of the Artist reception. A blank canvas or empty plain paper is my nemesis and I think I conquered it....this time.  (:    I hope you enjoy looking at my work and once again thanks so much for stopping by!

June Art Show at the Blue Nile

I am so excited to say that my art will be hanging in the Blue Nile Restaurant for the month of June. They have a wonderful space to display Art. The Blue Nile is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. My Artist Reception is June 1st, Friday from 6-9pm. Thanks to Lynda Bostrom for designing my poster. Lynda is in charge of the Gallery space and everything that entails and she does a wonderful job.

April 11, 2012

Drawing- week 31........SOLD

This is a drawing from a place in Augusta County, Virginia called Braley Pond. "Braley is a 4.5-acre impoundment constructed in 1965 by the U.S. Forest Service as a recreation pond." When fishing you could find rainbow trout which are stocked and largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. What I loved about this particular day was the clear blue water contrasting against the lime green and reds of the water lilies.

I hope you enjoy my drawing.

Have a great day and stop by again!

March 4, 2012

Art Reception


My Art Reception will be Saturday, March 10th

at the Bluestone Vineyard. It is from 2 'til 4pm.



Please stop by and say Hello!








February 4, 2012

Drawing-week 30



This scene is from a local winery, Afton Mountain. Virginia not only has great tasting wines but our Vineyards have some of the most beautiful vistas. These places are great to go and relax and unwind after a hectic work week. Be sure to go with friends and just"Chill".

It is suppose to snow this evening here in the Valley, but it won't be long until the roses bloom again. Yea!

Thanks for looking and I hope you like my drawing!

January 19, 2012

Art Show;January-February-March

I have some exciting news....I currently have my Art displayed at one of the local vineyards. Visit their website and learn the story behind their wonderful place and great tasting wine.

Here is the link to get there,



My work will be on display through March.We are still discussing an Artist reception date, (sometime in February) so I will keep you posted.

November 11, 2011

Drawing-week 29

Thanks for taking the time to look at my Art. With this drawing I wanted to show the contrast between the soft hay and the rusty wire. I wanted to play the green and red off each other. The last of summer with all the vibrant colors. I hope you like it!

August 1, 2011

Drawing-week 28: Finished!.......SOLD


This is a strawberry farm that we went to in the early summer. Great place located in Grottoes, Virginia. http://www.middleriverfarms.com/ The strawberries are always delicious. This has been our annual event to jump start the summer for us since we moved to the Shenandoah Valley.
Thanks for looking!

July 30, 2011

Progression of a drawing

I thought it would be an interesting idea to show you how I work a drawing. First I start with a pencil line sketch.




Then I start adding in some color with my colored pencils.




....then more color..............................








....adding still more color........




I am trying to keep a mostly gray background and by making the foreground pop with color, create alot of depth. The colors of summer to me are the many hues of greens and reds. What do you think?



I will post the finished drawing tomorrow....please come back and look!

June 9, 2011

To sell or not to sell.............

I think every Artist has asked themselves this question, should I sell my art. We put a little piece of ourselves into our Art and we just can't seem to come to terms with selling it. Then the day comes when you have so many pieces in your studio, you think what is the big deal, "I will make some money to help buy more paint, brushes or pens". To take those Drawings or Paintings and have an Art Show where people come and hopefully say wonderful things about your work is very gratifying. If you are lucky, a sweet young couple with two beautiful kids will look at one of your drawings and recognize a particular scene where they once had a picnic. Believe me it feels great selling them a piece of yourself so they can always remember that day.


I have just set up a shop at Etsy. I am just getting started so have a look. Here is my web address. www.etsy.com/shop/ValleyArtProject .


Thanks for looking and please leave a comment to let me know what you think! Next week I will start up my drawing a week posts. Please come back to take a look!













May 8, 2011

Artist Reception May 6th

I would like to Thank everyone that came to my

Artist Reception last night;

the ones that came in from out of town,

the ones that rushed over after work,

the ones that stayed 'til the end,

the ones that brought my mom,

the ones that gave me the nerve to do an

impromptu tv interview,

the ones that bought something(:,


Thanks again to all my Family and Friends!!!


Here are some photos.



This is my husband Greg,

whom I owe a big Thank you too.

He is my carpenter for the frames

and the installation of the art.

Thanks!!

I don't have a pic with my daughter, but she was there.

She was the first reason for me to do this Art Show.



Go here to see my interview. Josh Knight from Channel 3

interviewed me. I was so nervous.

I had no idea this was going to happen.
He just showed up because his

station manager thought it would be

a nice story to put on the news.

I was so thankful for the attention.
It was truly a fun evening.





Thanks for sharing this with me!!
Here is a photo of my large painting. 42" x 48"



This one is Goshen Pass.


All my work is for sale and some has sold already.

I will post the prices next to each drawing or painting.

All my work is available as prints.

Each 4 x 6 is mounted on a 5 x 7 Black card stock.

Those are $5.00.

They look great framed and grouped as

several together.Contact me if interested in any item.
This was half of the Journey, now I will be up and running for the second half.
Thanks for sharing this time with me!

May 4, 2011

Countdown to Art Show!


I hope that those who can come to my show will. I am really looking forward to it. I will post lots of pic's this weekend. And if you can't make it, I will let you know how it went. Here is a painting that is on display in the front window of the Clementine Cafe. My husband Greg and my daughter Laura really helped me out on Sunday. We hung all of my Art and placed the labels underneath them. I owe them a tremendous "Thank you!".

April 10, 2011

Art Show Poster

Here is my poster that will be placed about town. I owe a special Thanks to my Daughter for creating this poster for me...Thanks Laura! Add Image

Art Show-Harrisonburg, Va, May


I have been getting everything together for my Art Show at Clementines in Harrisonburg, Va. There is an event in town called First Fridays. Every first Friday of the month local businesses host an Artist of their choice. The public is welcomed to go for a walk around town and view the art. There is music and food. The event is free. Its a great time to get out and enjoy the evening.

Located in the Historic section of Harrisonburg, Clementines is a unique restaurant. Their Gallery is located in the Basement Lounge area. The atmosphere is great for displaying Art work. My Show will run the month of May. The Artist reception is May 6th from 5-7pm. For those of you who can't attend, I will post a virtual Art Show. Here is a detail from my painting Goshen Pass which will be on display.

I am also posting my poster which will be displayed about town. Thanks for looking and try to come if you can! Clementines web-site is http://www.clementinecafe.com/

March 12, 2011

Drawing-week 27


This is probably the last "snow drawing" I will be doing for awhile.
I can't wait to start thinking "spring".
This bird was on my deck during the last snowfall and
she looked so colorful next to the gray-blue background.
If you look in the distant tree to the right you can see her mate,
waiting and looking after her. Aww.

Thanks again for looking!!

I have been getting ready for an Art Show May 6th.
I will post later about that.

January 29, 2011

Drawing-week 26










This is the Middle River Tree Farm.

I drive pass this place alot and have always wanted to

draw it with snow all around.

I hope you enjoy!


Thanks for looking and all of your great comments!!!

December 3, 2010

Drawing-week 25


This stream is near a place called Wintergreen, Va.
Enjoy...
I could have spent hours more on this ,
but I wanted it to be more of a study of the
water and rocks.

November 27, 2010

Drawing-week 24


This is a drawing of a very nice place to
camp off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
It is Cave Mountain Lake.
What a wonderful place to go and swim,
hike, bike or just have a picnic.
I hope you get a sense of peace when you look at my drawing!

October 30, 2010

Drawing- week 23


Horton Winery, Gordonsville, Va.
What is nice about visiting the local vineyards in
Virginia is the wine of course, but also the
beautiful views that all of them have.
Thanks for stopping by!